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All abuzz: First UP beekeepers conference set

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MARQUETTE — All are welcome at the first U.P. beekeepers conference. “New beekeepers, old beekeepers and people that are not beekeepers,” said organizer Joel Lantz. “There's been just exploding interest in beekeeping throughout the U.P.” With clubs now in the Keweenaw, Escanaba, ...

Housing Commission advised on authority

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ONTONAGON — The Housing Commission heard from attorney Laura Katers Reilly at a Monday special meeting to clear up disagreements over closed meeting requirements and on the authority of the commission. The Marquette-based attorney from Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen ...

Analyses must be conducted on towers

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EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County must have structural analyses conducted on each of the towers it owns, according to state law. Two companies are waiting to place new equipment on one of them until after the analyses are completed. “We have been approached by MasTec, as well as Black & ...

Coming Out of Bag: L’Anse robotics team preps for competition

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L’ANSE — The L’Anse area schools robotics team, the Aluminum Sting, is preparing for its “out of bag” day, when the students will make changes to their robot for upcoming competitions. The team will be attending the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) ...

Airport, CTE key local economy: House candidate

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HOUGHTON — Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Morgan said he supports maintaining Essential Air Service funding, which he sees as key to the area’s economic fortunes. The Houghton County Memorial Airport has been in the EAS program since 2010. Trump’s 2018 budget proposed ...

’Dog Drama: Musher saves competitor’s dog in distress

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CALUMET — A competing musher turned lifesaver in the middle of this weekend’s CopperDog race. As Amy Malo pushed her team trying to defend last year’s title, one of her dogs collapsed on the trail. “We don’t know what happened. He just fall(s) down and he was choking really bad,” ...

County jail to conduct open house

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EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an open house at their newly-expanded facility, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 9, Sheriff Bill Luokkanen said. The purpose of the event is to allow people to see the completed renovations of the former Sheriff’s home located ...

Congress needs attitude adjustment: challenger

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HOUGHTON — Matt Morgan, a Democratic challenger for Michigan’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is running to correct what he sees as the skewed priorities of the current Republican-led House.  Morgan, of Traverse City, is looking to unseat Rep. Jack Bergman, ...

KML coordinator focusing on staff recruitment

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EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Coordinator Harvey Desnick says that while reservations and golf memberships are looking very optimistic for the upcoming year, he has been focusing on hiring workers for the 2018 summer season. “Most of my time in the past month has been spent ...

KBIC joins farm bill lobby group

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BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community passed a resolution to join the Native Farm Bill Coalition at its Tribal Council meeting on Saturday. The coalition is an effort to give Native Americans a voice on the farm bill, which is passed by Congress every five years. There will be a new or ...

Camp promotes reading

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HOUGHTON — Area children got free books and a day of fun through the fourth annual Camp Read Away Saturday at the Copper Country Mall. “The goal is just promoting reading with kids and families,” said Marcy Erickson, director of Superior Americorps, which ran the event along with BHK ...

Watch DOGS program gets dads involved

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The L’Anse Area elementary school has added a Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) Program to promote parent involvement. The start of the program was announced at the January school board meeting. “We’re starting to kick off that program to encourage parental involvement, especially ...

Go: CopperDog starts

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CALUMET — The CopperDog 150 started off with a bang. The 17 mushers took off at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Volunteers, families and townspeople from all over lined Fifth Street in Calumet to see them off. Announcers made notice to thank the hundreds of volunteers, saying, “We couldn’t ...

Roof collapses in Chassell

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Ray Gronevelt/Daily Mining Gazette Workers clear debris from the site of the former Merchantile building in Chassell, which was destroyed when snow collapsed the unoccupied building on Tuesday

ArtPrize looks to open doors for artists

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HANCOCK — Bringing the Upper Peninsula to the world, local organizations are proud to announce the third year of promoting and coordinating U.P. artists through ArtPrize. “Not only are we promoting individual artists, but we are really promoting the U.P. as a distinct arts and cultural ...

Market Rebound: Consumer demand brings back family farm

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Consumer priorities are changing in terms of diet and food consumption, with more focus on natural, healthy, organic and locally grown foods, creating more demand for local family farms. “We do have a vibrant and growing local food industry...small farms popping up all around the ...

Mountain Lodge financial position on target

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EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw County Board continues to look for a buyer for the Mountain Lodge, the facility appears financially to be right about where lodge coordinator Harvey Desnick expected it would be moving into 2018. “We’ve been tracking pretty close to the projections that ...

Sam Hill and Copper Falls mine: Success from two failures

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The Lake Superior Copper Company failed, simply stated, because an inexperienced management blindly accepted the opinions and instructions of an incompetent geologist, Charles T. Jackson of Boston. In his initial report to the company trustees, Jackson mentioned the copper vein at Copper ...

Drugmakers must pay for role in opioid crisis: candidate

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HOUGHTON — The response to the opioid epidemic should be treatment-centered, involving drug courts and diversion courts, Democratic attorney general candidate Dana Nessel said during an interview with the Daily Mining Gazette Wednesday. As a defense attorney representing indigent ...

Snowmobile Hillclimb Sat. in S. Range

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SOUTH RANGE — Whealkate Bluff will be the site of the Ojibwa Casino Winternationals Snowmobile Hillclimb on Saturday hosted by the Mid-America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) Racing Circuit. The event is expected to draw hillclimbers from throughout the Midwest. The racers navigate ...