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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 ...

Traffic stalled by Lift Bridge malfunction

The barrier arms on the Houghton side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge became stuck in the down position at about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, stalling traffic across Portage Lake. Crews got the arms operating at about 2:55 p.m.

Calumet trustee discusses police protection

CALUMET — While the Village Council moves ahead with searching for a police chief, one trustee spoke of the need to examine its police force and the needs of the community. Virginia Dwyer said she did some checking into the number of complaints in the village last year requiring a police ...

Pre-Carnival Drug Bust: UPSET raid recovers pot, acid-laced medication

HOUGHTON — A Grand Rapids man arrested after a Thursday raid by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. Jon Ettinger, 19, was arraigned on three marijuana charges in 97th District Court Friday. Additional charges against Jon Ettinger, 19, may be filed next week. After a month-long ...

Glide N Gorge is Nordic Club’s combined ski event

By KURT HAUGLIE khauglie@mininggazette.com HANCOCK — It might seem a bit unusual to combine eating with skiing and snowshoeing, but it has worked well for years as a fundraiser for the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club. Candi Silvola, KNSC member, said this is the ninth year the club has conducted ...

New Calumet police chief fired

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council last night voted to remove the village’s recently hired police chief, Joel Dobis, due to a legal technicality. The General Law Village Act states when a police officers is hired, he must be certified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement ...

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen

HANCOCK – Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen, 82, a resident of Hancock, passed away on Thursday evening, January 12, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 9, 1934, in Misery Bay, a daughter of the late Charles and Pearl (Spiegel) Kemppa. Gladys ...

Officials planning smelter’s future

RIPLEY — For many years, there have been discussions about what to do with the former Quincy Smelting Works site in Ripley. Now that the site will become property of the National Park Service, those discussions are being ramped up. The Quincy Mining Company opened the smelter 1898 to ...

Shirley M. (Carl) Kukkonen

CHASSELL - Shirley M. (Carl) Kukkonen, 94, a former Hancock, resident and current resident of Chassell and Phoenix, Arizona, passed away in Arizona on December 15, 2016, of natural causes. Born on February 8, 1922, in the Finnish community of Duluth Minnesota, she was the daughter of Gust and ...

Safety First: Deliveries Delayed

Keeping in mind the safety of our drivers and carriers, home delivery of the Daily Mining Gazette will be late or delivered with tomorrow's paper due to blizzard conditions. Your understanding is appreciated.  

Ontonagon Christmas: Holiday celebration this weekend

By SKIP SCHULZ For the Gazette ONOTONAGON — The village will host its 16th Annual Hometown Christmas this weekend. “The weekend is full of various events such as fireworks, community tree trimming, horse-drawn wagon rides, hayrides, light tours, Children’s Time, which has ...