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Houghton OKs Portage Cove lighting

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HOUGHTON — Portage Cove is about to become brighter. The Houghton City Council approved $64,520 for additional street lighting, which was bid out to Erico Electric of Hancock. Erico was the lowest of three bidders, with another being rejected for an incomplete bid. The amount covers a ...

Timber company requests access to Greeley parcel

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EAGLE RIVER — J.M. Longyear Company has requested permission in writing to cross a parcel of property owned by Keweenaw County to access and remove timber products from lands owned by Lake Superior Timberlands property in Houghton Township. In an email from Bethany Baetsen of Longyear to ...

Vigilance, bridge construction discussed

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ONTONAGON — In a public statement at last week's Village Council meeting, Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Weaver urged residents to be alert and report suspicious behavior. “I just wanted to ask all of you to be very vigilant,” Weaver said, explaining that officers pay close attention to tips ...

Great Festivity: LBFE holds Easter dinner

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HANCOCK — People without a place to go for an Easter dinner could find one at nine Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly locations in the Copper Country and Marquette Sunday. At the Hancock site, they prepared about 100 meals, including ham, potatoes, vegetables and more, said lead ...

Challenge issued: Farm demands control of wells on property

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EAGLE RIVER — Two water wells and pump houses on Gratiot Lake Drive in Houghton Township were the subject of a letter to Keweenaw County Board Chairman Don Piche, dated Feb. 6, 2018. The wells had served the former U.S. Air Force base on Mt. Horace Greeley, and were installed over 60 years ...

Spring ice thaw begins

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HANCOCK — Even with spring temperatures being uncooperative, the Lake Superior ice is well on its way out. The level of ice cover was high this year, compared to the past few years, reaching 77 percent coverage according to Sarah Green of the Great Lakes Research Center. According to data ...

Garbage pail sounds: Turning scrap into musical instruments

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HOUGHTON — One man’s trash is another man’s world-touring musical instruments. Scrap Arts Music is exactly what the band's name sounds like. Making instruments himself from industrial scrap material, Gregory Kozak is able to create unexpected sounds with his finds. The group performed ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

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Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “We Love CLK” by Isabella Kangas, a first-grade artist at CLK Elementary School.

KBIC focusing on food growth

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resource Department (NRD) encourages food sovereignty in Baraga County with its Community People’s Garden in L'Anse. Karena Schmidt, NRD ecologist, said the garden, in several different variations, has been around for about ten years, as an effort ...

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’

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I'm a movie and television fan and have been my entire life. When I was in 10th grade, I took a film study class that simultaneously made me love and hate movies. It taught me to watch for things that were out of place such as power lines in the old west, phones, lights, or anything that ...

Council discusses police staffing

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HOUGHTON — Houghton City Council members were receptive to overtime for police at this week’s budget workshop. The projected budget for the next fiscal year, the first in which overtime was separated from salaries and wages, included $21,300 for overtime. Council members suggested the ...

Smithwick and his ship formed an odd marriage

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James Smithwick was a very experienced seaman who had abundant confidence in himself, and faith in the ship he skippered. Captain of “Algonquin,” his was the largest vessel in the five-ship fleet of the company. But, it was the smaller of the two American-owned ships plying the southern ...

No Fooling: Winter weather coming back hard

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HOUGHTON — Don’t put those winter jackets away yet. The forecast for the near future calls for more snow and cooler temperatures into April. The Upper Peninsula is in for more snow this weekend, particularly for the Keweenaw Peninsula area, said Jonathan Banitt meteorologist out of the ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

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Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “Houses” by Emma Johnson, a kindergarten artist at Barkell Elementary School.

‘Extra’ funding not enough for roads barely making grade

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L’ANSE — Although local road commissions are expecting to receive more funding for roads and transportation projects this year, it is not enough to fix many problems. Baraga County Road Commission engineer Douglas Mills said the county will get $195,000 out of the $175 million that ...

Budget session looks at police staffing

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HOUGHTON — With overtime now a separate line item in the Houghton’s police budget, the City Council discussed how to set the right amount during a Wednesday budget work session. Councilor Rachel Lankton questioned why police overtime had gone over budget for the prior year. Budgeted at ...

Keweenaw County discusses ISP rental rates on its towers

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EAGLE RIVER — The County Board last Wednesday discussed the topic of internet service provider (ISP) contracts, something Charlie Hopper of Pasty.Net had brought up during a presentation at the February regular monthly meeting. Among the items Hopper suggested changing were electricity and ...

More funds for rural mental health coming

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The Copper Country Mental Health Services Board might be receiving additional government funding as discussed at its Wednesday meeting. Executive Director Cari Raboin introduced the proposed plan to the board members, explaining that her and Finance Director Susan Serafini received the ...

Ontonagon hears RAD proposal

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ONTONAGON — Robert Beale of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) spoke to Village Housing Commission residents, Commission Board members and Village Council members earlier this week on whether or not to join RAD to address issues involving the commission’s apartment building. “Public ...