Uncategorized

Some locals give unto poor — with certain conditions

HANCOCK — Judging from stipulations on their giving, a number of people who feel charitable during the holiday season do not want their charity going toward homeless people or families of people in jail. Capt. Leonita Schweigert of the Hancock Salvation Army said her organization hears a ...

Adoption turns kids from innocent victims to survivors

As social workers we often see the absolute worst of humanity. Where the everyday person sees many of life’s heart-breaking moments on the television or through social media, the social worker sees them first-hand. We have witnessed the burns and bruises of battered children. We have ...

Kitti arraignment rescheduled

HOUGHTON — Originally scheduled for Friday, the arraignment of Christian Kitti, the man accused of shooting his sister to death in Laurium in 2016, was rescheduled for next week. Kitti is seen here via videoconference during a Wednesday preliminary hearing.

Paying Back Sacrifice: Local VA officer hired

HOUGHTON — Houghton County has a new veteran service officer at its Veterans Affairs office. Joseph Battisfore, who recently took over the post, introduced himself to board members at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. Battisfore replaces Jim Klutts, who died earlier this year. He ...

Ruska to see federal kidnapping charges

MARQUETTE — Law enforcement officials announced Monday that Eric Scott Ruska is being charged at the federal level for kidnapping a 28-year-old Cooks woman and holding her against her will for several days. Officials this morning confirmed Ruska was being charged with kidnapping through U.S. ...

Anne M. Johnson

AURA — Anne Marie Johnson, 100, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Portage Pointe in Hancock. She was born November 28, 1916, in Hamtramck, the daughter of Joseph and Jelena “Helen” Zivicnyak. Anne graduated from Pontiac High School. She married Theodore Johnson on August 20, ...

Dump truck crash kills driver

WAKEFIELD — An unidentified truck driver died in an accident Friday in Ontonagon County. The Michigan State Police Wakefield Post responded to a fatal crash about 11:30 a.m. Friday west of Agate Falls on M-28. Sgt. Brett Marshall said more details — including the name of the driver — ...

Memorial Day Observances

Here is a list of Memorial Day observances held Monday in the Copper Country region: • 7 to 11 a.m., American Legion Post 90 will hold a Memorial Day breakfast at the Post in Lake Linden. Admission is $7, • 7:50 a.m., American Legion Post 186 will hold Memorial Day Services at the ...

Opiod epidemic is factor in jail overcrowding

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country has not been spared the drug addiction spike sweeping the nation, and it is costing the region more money. Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala recently was compelled to add a sixth member to his staff, while in Keweenaw County, the board this month approved a ...

Dianda issues statement on Kivela’s death

“It comes with a heavy heart to learn about the passing of my colleague, state Rep. John Kivela. John served his district with pride and fought for the U.P. every day. He was a loving husband and father, and I will cherish the memories of serving with him in Lansing. My prayers are with his ...

Another class graduates

HOUGHTON — Close to 1,000 degrees were handed out at Michigan Technological University’s spring commencement Saturday. The spring crop of graduates included 675 undergraduates in 54 degree programs, including eight who earned more than one degree. The spring graduating class also ...

Beekeepers’ spirituality fair creates buzz

GREENLAND — The Wellness and Spirituality Fair here was all the buzz Saturday. Algomah Acres Honey House & Meadery owners Melissa Hronkin and John Hersman hosted the event featuring ongoing, primarily free seminars from several vendors, as well as the opportunity to pay for spiritual ...

DNR: Storm damage closes roads at Porkies

Wintry weather over the past two days has felled trees, blocking trail and road access to some popular visitor attractions at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula. "Over the past two days, the higher elevations in the park have received up to an inch of ice, ...

UP economic development group cancels meeting

The Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance (UPEDA) meeting scheduled for Friday at the Magnusson Restaurant in Houghton, will be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Legalize political gambling

Will Donald Trump be re-elected in 2020? Probably not, say people who bet. They give Trump only a 23 percent chance. They do pick him over all other politicians, but the favorite is “other.” I know this because I follow the betting odds at ElectionBettingOdds.com. Yes, bettors were wrong ...

Motorcycle accident ties up traffic

Traffic along Shelden Avenue in Houghton was backed up for some time Friday evening due to a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. Police did not immediately release any information on the incident and will issue a press release at a later time.

Power outage from car hitting pole

HOUGHTON — Electricity was lost this morning to businesses on M-26, according to Houghton City Manager Eric Waara. At about 9:15 a.m., Waara said a vehicle had struck a power pole on M-26 at an unknown time, causing a power outage from the Walmart Super Store south on M-26. The Gazette ...

Three-goal third period propels Team CC to second win

LANSING — Despite outshooting the Warwick Wildcats 30-9 through two periods of play, Team Copper Country 18U Tier 2 hockey team led just 1-0 heading into the final period of play. With three goals in a span of just over three minutes, Team CC earned its second 4-0 victory of the national ...

Mroz stepping down at MTU president to return to faculty

Michigan Technological University President Glenn D. Mroz announced his intention to return to faculty starting no sooner than June 30, 2018. In an open letter to the University community today, Mroz stated, "For some time now, the University leadership and I have worked to develop a ...