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Flood News for Copper Country Residents: Updated as of June 18, 4:05 p.m.

•The Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved a restricted fund be maintained for the 2018 HOUGHTON COUNTY FLOOD RELIEF FUND. “There are a lot of people from our municipalities, community health agencies and organizations, utility companies, and the community at large ...

Dorothy A. Judnich

HURONTOWN — Dorothy A. Judnich, 78, a former resident of Hurontown, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she resided for the past year. She was born on September 19, 1939, in Obenhoff, a daughter of the late John and Mamie (Hill) ...

Recalling one gutsy performance

HANCOCK — L'Anse used the sharp pitching of Bryce Crawford and Cooper Jahfetson to sweep a doubleheader over Hancock Tuesday evening. The Hornets, who were playing their season-opening game, scored 17-0 wins in both contests at a rainy Hancock Driving Park. "We played very well as a team ...

House explodes: Update April 18 at 2:35 p.m.

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Calumet Township Fire and Rescue (CTFR) responded to a possible house fire at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday, when the owner of the home on Tamarack Waterworks Road, reported an explosion in his basement. Initially, the caller said there was smoke coming from the basement, but there ...

Koubek named new Tech president

HOUGHTON — Richard Koubek was unanimously chosen as Michigan Technological University's 10th president as a special Tech Board meeting Friday. Koubek comes from Louisiana State University, where he spent nine years, the past three as executive vice president and provost. Prior to that, he ...

KBIC Tribal Council opposes wind project

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council discussed its opposition to the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project at its Saturday meeting. Council president Warren “Chris” Swartz Jr. discussed his conversation with a Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Group representative and members of the ...

South Range builds surplus, looks for potential setbacks

SOUTH RANGE — After years of operating on a deficit, the village of South Range reported a surplus for 2017 and is on track to do so again this year, despite unexpected setbacks. Village Council President Justin Marier went over the numbers and gave notice of potential setbacks to watch for ...

Raw waste leaks into Lake Superior; no notice given

COPPER HARBOR — About 400,000 gallons of raw, untreated wastewater was released from a Grant Township lagoon into the Lake Superior watershed earlier this month, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) confirmed to the Daily Mining Gazette on Monday. The incident occurred ...

Late goal beats Hancock in semis

PLYMOUTH, Michigan — The top-ranked Hancock Bulldogs lost in the state hockey semifinals Friday to No. 4 Detroit-Country Day 2-1 on a goal with less than five minutes left in the third period. See Saturday's Daily Mining Gazette for the full story.

People are fed up with corporate-rigged politics

Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the ...

Calumet learning from mistakes after 4-2 loss to Detroit-Jesuit

CALUMET — If the Calumet Copper Kings and the University of Detroit- Jesuit Cubs were wearing the same uniforms, at times, it would be near impossible to tell the players apart. That’s how close in talent and style the two teams were: Blue and maroon were the only things stopping them from ...

Suspicious person at Calumet Colosseum

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Police are searching for an individual who approached a couple at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Calumet Colosseum, made some inappropriate comments and drove away in a tan-colored Chevrolet pickup truck, Michigan State Police reported in a release. The individual was ...

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 — ...