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CTE millage can reduce wait for service

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HANCOCK – A critical shortage of skilled labor throughout the Copper Country is causing a backlog of customers waiting for contract service work, and is causing a loss of revenue to local businesses, and ultimately is hurting the local economy. “As a local contractor, we fully support ...

WUPHD conducts health needs survey

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HANCOCK — For the third time since 2012, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is conducting a survey to help determine the health care needs of Upper Peninsula residents. The surveys in 2012 was directed at the WUPHD coverage area of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and ...

Search for president gears up

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HOUGHTON — The search firm charged with finding Michigan Technological University’s next president has begun making on-campus visits, while the university has also created a transition committee to help the eventual pick. In June, the board approved the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel ...

Homeless shelter will promote crime: police

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Houghton police oppose plans to open a homeless shelter in nearby Hancock this winter. “We feel we have the agencies in place to assist people,” said HPD Lt. Nick Roberts, citing Dial Help, Community Action, LIttle Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Barbara Kettle-Gundlach Shelter, ...

Music fest held in memory of ‘Bucket’

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The life of an Ontonagon man will be celebrated at a music festival this weekend at the County Fairgrounds in Greenland. The second annual Bucketfest in honor of Jim “Bucket” Koski is a fundraiser for the Jim Koski Scholarship Fund at the Ontonagon Area School. Last year $1,200 was raised ...

Tinged tap water still safe to drink

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HOUGHTON — Tap water in Houghton is temporarily discolored but is still safe to drink. The discoloration is being caused by flushing done for construction work in town and maintenance being done at the city water plant. That flushing leads to elevated levels of iron and manganese, which ...

Ontonagon plans enhancing area’s historical features

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ONTONAGON — The county historical society is working on its patented appeal to visitors by making more of the area’s rich history. “Our creed is: ‘If you walk in the door as a stranger, we want you to leave as a friend,’” said society president Bruce Johanson, warmly greeting ...

Project HOPE: Teen emergency shelter is available in Hancock

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HANCOCK — It sometimes happens a teen ends up not living at home, either because of conflicts with the family, or unexpected homelessness, and Project HOPE is intended to fill the teen’s need for shelter, according to Tom Cowan. Cowan is the youth outreach specialist for Child and Family ...

Ontonagon finally gets state to fix River Street

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ONTONAGON — Portions of Ontonagon’s main street will be closed soon so numerous potholes and joints finally can be repaired. “The Ontonagon Village Council has been requesting the Department of Transportation to repair River Street for many years,” Village Manager Joe Erickson said in ...

Rural broadband funding available

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas. USDA plans to make at least $60 million in loans available through today’s announcement. Loans can range from $100,000 to $20 million. They will be ...

Keweenaw Cnty. millage weighted for local roads

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MOHAWK — In August 2014, residents of Keweenaw County approved a ballot proposal of 2 mills to provide additional road funding of $270,000 for five years. The funds were would be used to improve the county roads that had fallen into a state of disrepair due to inadequate funding levels over ...

Campers once again ready to rock

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HOUGHTON — In 2009, P.J. Olsson was asked to be the main musical act for the Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival, but there was no time to put a band together and he didn’t want to do a solo act, so that is how P.J. Olsson’s Rock Camp came into existence, according to Todd ...

Squeezing Nickels: Agency does its own prep work to save money

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MOHAWK — The Keweenaw County Road Commission Board wants to be transparent and let county residents know how the current millage for road projects is being spent. “What the board wanted to do last year was get the word out on these millage projects,” said Gregg Patrick, Keweenaw County ...

First Friday kicks off big month in art

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The Calumet Art District will have 11 gallery openings for this First Friday featuring well-known artists from around the Copper Country and beyond. There will be demonstrations of new and interesting painting techniques at the CCAA and Calumet Floral & Gifts, as well as a fundraiser for ...

Tech hosts reunion for alumni

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HOUGHTON — Hundreds of Michigan Tech Alumni and friends are expected to descend upon the Keweenaw this weekend for the University's annual Alumni Reunion. Beginning Thursday, the three-day reunion features tours, talks, an alumni basketball game, the Pep Band celebrating 50-ish years, the ...

As the Weather Turns…

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It has been hot and dry around the Keweenaw recently, but the weather is expected to change, at least for the rest of this week, according to Jaclyn Ritzman. Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said precipitation totals for a 30-day period in ...

Husky Pep Band marks milestone

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HOUGHTON — Among the activities scheduled for this week's Alumni Reunion at Michigan Technological University is a celebration of a half-century (more or less) of pep. The Husky Pep Band is celebrating its 50ish Anniversary throughout the Alumni Weekend. Past and present band members and ...

Camp shows how emergency workers perform public service

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Other Camp 911s have been held around the Upper Peninsula, but the one for Houghton and Keweenaw counties is the one that has stuck around. This is the 19th year for Camp 911, which is designed to introduce children entering or leaving fifth grade to groups such as ...