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Biofuel plant construction set to begin

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ONTONAGON — Thousands of construction workers could be employed next year to begin constructing a new biorefinery plant in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “That should be happening soon,” said Brian Buckta, SynSel Energy senior vice-president administration. “Ontonagon will ...

Jazz Central back at Central Mine

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KEWEENAW COUNTY — The third annual Jazz Central music festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Central Mine, just off of U.S. 41 in Keweenaw County. The event will take place in the main parking lot near the visitor’s center. Jazz Central will feature live music by Denny McKaig and the ...

Stamp sand research project wins national competition

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LAKE LINDEN — Fresh off winning a nationwide competition, the three Lake Linden High School ninth-graders on Lake Linden’s eCYBERMISSION team are making another run. Siona Beaudoin, Beau Hakala and Gabe Poirier won first place in June at the national competition, sponsored by the U.S. ...

Funds help old town become self-sufficient

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CENTRAL MINE — Keweenaw County’s Central Mine ended operations on Aug. 1, 1894, and miners and their families began leaving the company town for employment elsewhere, most commonly in Houghton County. Through the efforts of a handful of dedicated people, however, the town of Central, which ...

Homeless shelter plan moves forward

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Plans for Hope House Homeless Shelter continue to move forward, despite board member resignations, as details get ironed out. The proposed shelter would rotate weekly among area churches to serve residents of Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties. So far, one church is on board. “Tuesday ...

Chassell Township posts surveys

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CHASSELL — Chassell Township is seeking residents’ input on two issues with online surveys posted last month. One survey asks whether medical marijuana facilities should be allowed within the township. The other asks for residents' feedback regarding the township's five-year recreation ...

Cross-country skiing grants available

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HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $2,586.14 is available from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting ...

Ex-FU students plead to gun burglary

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MARQUETTE — Two former Finlandia University students pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to stealing firearms from Northwoods Trading Post in December. Juan Pereyra and Alexander Santiago pleaded guilty to stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The theft charge carries a ...

Rock Camp Concert Solo

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Jenna Sulisz sings a solo number during the PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp concert at the Rozsa Center in Houghton Saturday.

West Nile virus, distemper flare up in Copper Country

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West Nile virus and canine distemper are diseases which affect wildlife, and this summer both maladies are making themselves known in parts of the Copper Country. Tom Cooley, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist in East Lansing, said West Nile virus has been ...

Calumet teacher gets state role

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CALUMET — Chris Woods has been a teacher at Calumet High School for 18 years, and now he’s hoping to get the opportunity to use his experience to guide state education policy. Woods, who teaches ninth and 10th-grade algebra and applied geometry at CHS, in July was named as one of 24 ...

OAS district’s repair to-do list requires sinking fund millage

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Ontonagon and Carp Lake township voters will decide Tuesday if the Ontonagon Area Schools gets money every year for school repairs and renovations through a sinking fund millage. The district seeks 1.3 mils for 10 years to pay for its most pressing building projects each year during the ...

Porkies: Help needed for music festival

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CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP — Just three weeks away, the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival needs more volunteers to make sure the event is a success. “Please consider becoming a part of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival family,” said Jennifer Jackman, volunteer coordinator for the ...

Rerun: Markkanen announces candidacy for 110th District

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Greg Markkanen announced that he will run for the 110th state representative seat Friday at the Baraga County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Ford Forestry Center in Alberta. “I am proud to have served as the Ward 2 representative on the Hancock City Council. I have also served ...

Lang leaving UPHS

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UP Health System — Portage hospital Jeff Lang, chief executive officer of UP Health System — Portage, will be leaving UPHS effective Aug. 31, in order to take on a new position with a different organization. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Roy Vinson has been named interim ...