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PLDL hosts garden club

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The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening learning about “Self-Contained Veggie Gardening” on Monday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. Jackie Manchester-Kempke will discuss attractive and easy-to-maintain solutions for growing vegetables and herbs using ...

PLDL gets Thinkpad Tablets

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Lenova Thinkpad Tablets are now available for check out at the Portage Lake District Library. Each tablet runs on Windows 10, and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard is included with each check out. Patrons can browse the web, stream videos, or work from home on this all-in-one touch screen tablet. ...

Redistricting town hall at PLDL

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The Portage Lake District Library will host a Town Hall meeting on congressional redistricting in Michigan on Saturday, March 11, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Members of the group Count MI Vote, in partnership with Voters Not Politicians, invite the public for an education and policy discussion ...

10 things to know – Mon., March 6, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ANGRY WEEKEND COMPOUNDS TRUMP’S FRUSTRATIONS Exasperated by leaks, errant messaging and his attorney general landing in hot water, the president fires off a series of tweets that only ...

Kitwin not viable for reuse as county jail

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HOUGHTON — A 2010 study by the Michigan Department of Corrections on regional jail and facility re-use examined the feasibility of converting Camp Kitwin, near Painesdale, to a jail. Examination of the facility found several costly shortcomings. While the facility had been offered to the ...

AND THEY’RE OFF! CopperDog race starts in Calumet

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CALUMET — The temperature was cold, but the sky was clear, and there was no snow falling Friday at the start of the CopperDog 150 dog sled race on 5th Street. Race Director Meredith LaBeau said there were 21 mushers entered for the 150 race, with all but five returning. For the 80 race, 13 ...

MTU students teach tech to non-technical

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HOUGHTON — Jillian Jacobsen started using computers about 15 years ago for her work as a dental assistant, but using a personal computer is sort of a mystery for her. “I can’t get on Yahoo,” she said. The computer she used at work had software related to dentistry, Jacobsen said, but ...

Community, schools also use Calumet Readiness Center

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Michigan National Guard Readiness Center in Calumet Township may not have been built if it wasn’t for the efforts of local and federal government officials. Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto said the National Guard left the Calumet Colosseum in 2004, and there ...

Use of ham radios growing in UP

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — It may seem unusual when there are so many forms of electronic communication available there are still people who use radios to communicate, but according to Stuart Kauppila the use of the technology is actually growing. Kauppila, who is the president of the Copper ...

State, county officials saw jail overcrowding coming

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HOUGHTON — On Feb. 21, Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean invoked Michigan’s Jail Overcrowding Emergency Powers Act due to chronic overcrowding of the county jail, but state and county officials have known for years the overcrowding of the facility would reach a critical point. In ...

Laurium native is Soo fire chief

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SAULT STE. MARIE — Scott LaBonte is the newest fire chief in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and he had to travel across the Upper Peninsula to get the job. The city hired LaBonte on Feb. 21 from a list of 15 candidates for the position. “It was a nationwide search,” he said. LaBonte ...

Why call it ‘ham’?

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According to the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio in the U.S., the meaning of ham to describe amateur radio users came about this way: “The first wireless operators were landline telegraphers who left their offices to go to sea or to man the coastal ...

Next in line to lead Russia probe: Rosenstein has respect

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ASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats worry the appointment of a Jeff Sessions subordinate to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election won’t be a clean enough break from the embattled attorney general. But the veteran prosecutor in line for the job may be uniquely ...

DNR officials suspect CWD deer in UP; none yet found

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HOUGHTON — In 2002, the DNR and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development crafted a response plan for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which listed steps to be taken once CWD-infected deer is discovered. Provisions of plan, updated in 2012, include: •Completing a ...

Highland Copper appoints leaders

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LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Last month, Highland Copper announced hiring Denis Miville-Deschenes as president, CEO and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. “Mr. Miville-Deschenes is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design, development and construction of mines ...

White Pine acquisition closing date set

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HOUGHTON — Copper Range Company and Highland Copper Company Inc. announced their agreement Thursday to complete the acquisition of the White Pine project June 30. “The final closing of the acquisition is subject to releasing CRC from certain environmental obligations associated with the ...

KCF is going for the gold

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HANCOCK — Keweenaw Community Foundation’s annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Wednesday March 15, at the Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill on the Seventh Floor of the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton. This year’s theme is “Blueprints of Our Community’s Future,” in ...

County looks at jail alternatives

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Justice Center Study Committee, in its 2009-2010 criminal justice facilities study, considered alternatives to the Houghton County Jail, and studied both the Work Camp at the airport and Camp Kitwin, near Painesdale. The committee report described the Work ...