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Police respond to shots fired at Central Michigan University

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — School officials say police are responding to a report of shots fired at a residence hall at Central Michigan University. The university said on its Facebook page Friday morning that the report concerns Campbell Hall on campus. The university says the suspect is ...

AG candidate Nessel visits Houghton

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HOUGHTON — One of the Democratic candidates for state attorney general visited Houghton Wednesday as part of a trip across the Upper Peninsula. Dana Nessel, now managing partner of Nessel & Kessel Law in Detroit, has been in the legal field for 25 years. She spent 11 years as assistant ...

Houghton OKs e-waste plan

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved joining an electronic recycling plan also involving Hancock and Goodwill at its meeting Wednesday. Houghton will pay up to $500 from its solid waste fund, and also provide space for the recycling events at the Department of Public Works Garage. ...

Farm production remains steady

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HOUGHTON — Larger Upper Peninsula commercial farming operations have been consolidating in recent years shrinking the number of farms in the region. “One of the…things I have a lot of concern about is the transition of our existing family farms. The larger farms to new operators, to the ...

Calumet losing veteran employee

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CALUMET — Calumet Village will lose a veteran employee in May when Steve Kellow retires from his position as street superintendent. If that sounds vague, it’s because anything that has to do with the streets of the village, Kellow oversees it. Than includes maintenance of the public works ...

Loan lands restaurant

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved a $98,000 loan from its revolving loan fund (RLF) Wednesday for a new restaurant to be located in the former Urban Rustics building on Shelden Avenue. Paul Gemignani, who also owns Gemignani’s Italian Restaurant in Hancock, plans to open a ...

State of UP Ag: Special challenges face farmers

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With a short growing season and remote location Upper Peninsula farmers have unique challenges compared to those experienced by farmers in fair-weathered states. The commercial farming industry could be worth $50-75 million a year, according to a rough estimate by Jason Isleib, a crop ...

Village fails to address concern

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CALUMET — As the Calumet Village Council works to readdress ordinances, particularly in reference to snow removal issues, that topic came up again at last Tuesday’s Council meeting. Village resident Penny Menze addressed the council, saying that because her property has no driveway, she ...

Shared NHS values promote common learning at conference

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HOUGHTON — For the second straight year, National Honor Society members from area high schools held a conference in Houghton to meet other members and share ideas. “Since we all have the same mission, we can all learn from each other,” said Bella Menzel-Smith, president of Houghton ...

Pasty.net explains changes

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CALUMET — Charlie Hopper, president of Pasty.Net, told the Keweenaw County Board at its regular monthly meeting that he would like new wording to the contract between the county and the internet provider. “Basically, we want to give the county the flexibility to do what’s best in the ...

Family grateful for love, support

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The Salmi family, whose home was destroyed by a fire on Feb. 18, expressed its appreciation to the Copper Country community for the love and support bestowed on the family in its hour of need. “We want to thank all of the fire departments and everybody that’s donated to us,” said Greg ...

Pasty.net proposes new county terms

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EAGLE RIVER — The contract for broadband service between Pasty.Net and Keweenaw County for internet service will be up for renewal in May, and Charlie Hopper, president of the internet service provider, proposed contract changes with the board at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday. ...

Public records release delays blamed on staff shortage

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ONTONAGON — Understaffed, the village office is slow in fulfilling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, drawing criticism from community members who feel the delays are excessive. FOIA allows citizens to access all records and documents held by public bodies with some ...

Taking its time: KBOCC seeks new president

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BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) is taking a deliberate approach in its presidential search process. Former President Debra J. Parrish resigned at the end of January after almost 30 years, said KBOCC Board Chairman Robin Chosa. Parrish left a large spot to fill. ...

Stimulating Science: GLRC offers after-school learning

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HOUGHTON — Introducing local kids to sciences in a hands-on enjoyable way, the Great Lakes Research Center has been hosting after-school classes since the facility opened. “I think it at least enriches the children and relates to the world, and it’s things that they experience, and ...