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Snowbank shooter gets five months

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HOUGHTON — A Hancock man arrested in March after shooting at a snowbank he had driven into while intoxicated was sentenced to five months in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday. Jared Freeman, 37, was charged with driving while intoxicated - third offense. The charge is ...

Food contracts discussed by Ontonagon School Board

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Food and students’ nutrition were the main topics of this past Monday’s Ontonagon Area School Board meeting. From the Elementary to the High School student handbook to a National Education policy (NEOLA Policy), changes were directed at student nutrition. Superintendent James Bobula ...

End O The Road Car Show returns to Copper Harbor

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COPPER HARBOR — The 16th annual End O The Road Car will occur this Saturday, July 20, in Copper Harbor, said John Cima, one of the show’s organizers. The annual event is organized by a group of six or eight car enthusiasts calling themselves the Keweenaw Cruisers, and they handle the show ...

McBroom, Markkanen to speak in Twin Lakes

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State Senator Ed McBroom and State Representative Greg Markkanen will be the guest speakers at this Friday night’s Reagan Day Dinner. They will be at the Parkview Lodge and Restaurant in Twin Lakes. With the recent Michigan Natural Resources Commission decision to ban the baiting of deer in ...

Pietila charged with drunk driving

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HOUGHTON — A National Hockey League prospect was arraigned in 97th District Court on a charge of driving with a high blood-alcohol content. Blake Pietala, 26, of Milford, Michigan, could be sentenced to up to six months of jail on the charge. It applies to blood-alcohol levels of .17 or ...

Isle Royale jet ski gambit fails

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ISLE ROYALE — An Alexandria, Virginia, man was rescued in Lake Superior by a Canadian freighter last week after attempting to jet ski to Isle Royale National Park. The 42-year-old man was riding a Kawasaki jet ski to the island from Grand Portage, Minnesota, according to a call log provided ...

Council will begin enforcing blight ordinance

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CALUMET — The Village Council voted unanimously to begin immediate enforcement of its blight ordinance at Tuesday’s regular meeting, in response to a letter from Real People Media, owner of the former Family Dollar building on Fifth Street. RPM said it has been placed in a situation that ...

Work load forces board member to step down

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HANCOCK — The school board accepted with regret the resignation of Trustee and Board Vice President Mary Babcock at its regular July meeting Monday, who stepped down as a direct result of a staff shortage at Hancock City Hall, where Babcock is also city clerk. Monday afternoon, Babcock ...

Carter ready to keep shoulders moving

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Dr. Michael Carter, one of two board certified orthopedic surgeons at UPHS – Portage, is a sports medicine specialist. Dr. Carter sees patients with a wide variety of conditions, but his specialty is the rotator cuff. “Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, but in the hip, ...

Fay named to H-PT board

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ownship Schools has a new board member. Robert Fay was appointed to a partial term at the district board meeting Monday night. Fay, a project manager with GS Engineering, was one of four applicants for the position. Fay is president of the Houghton-Portage Township Schools Foundation, and ...

Fort Wilkins’ dead are not forgotten

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COPPER HARBOR — An important archaeological event is scheduled for the weekend of July 26, at Fort Wilkins State Park, said Historian Barry James of the Michigan History Center, Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Michigan Technological’s Social Sciences’ Industrial Archaeology Department ...

Man from Eagle Harbor arraigned on child porn charges

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EAGLE RIVER — An Eagle Harbor man was arraigned Monday in Keweenaw County on nine child pornography charges. Michael Braman, 61, allegedly had more than 100 images of child sexually abusive material, and material involving prepubescent children and sadomasochistic abuse or bestiality. He ...

Strawberry Festival attendance high

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CHASSELL — Whether in bowls or on Beetles, strawberries were everywhere in Chassell on Saturday for the final day of the Copper Country Strawberry Festival. Turnout was higher than anticipated, said Dan Crane, secretary of the Chassell Lions Club, which organizes the event. Crane was ...

Ashburn crowned queen

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CHASSELL — Lily Ashburn has been coming to the Strawberry Festival for years. This year it came with a crown. Ashburn was named Strawberry Queen before a packed crowd at Friday’s competition. “I think this is super-awesome ... this is a great honor to do this,” she said. Peyton ...

Art takes many, many forms

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L’ANSE — The new Village Gift Store in L’Anse is open for business, even as it continues to be worked on. Blacksmiths Payne Chassen and Bill Steinhardt purchased the former Mind’s Eye photography shop next to the Village 104 Collective — which Chassen ran solo — at the beginning ...

Performances in the Park presents Tapestry Band

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COPPER HARBOR — Continuing the summer Performances in the Park series, presented by the Copper Harbor Improvement Association, the Tapestry Band will perform starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Tapestry is a collective group of five musicians who form a traditional, but unique, ...

Bagpipe serenade

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Terry Patterson of Houghton plays the bagpies during a walk down Shelden Avneue Friday afternoon. Patterson began playing the bagpipes 10 years ago after hearing a friend demonstrate them. “When somebody plays so close to you, it raises the skin off your ...

Houghton awards facade grants

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HOUGHTON — Ten Downtown Houghton businesses will be able to spruce up their exiteriors through a new round of facade grants. The city’s Downtown Development Authority gave out $30,000 in funds — double the usual amount. It includes the money budgeted for last year, when no grants were ...

One injured in L’Anse car crash

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L’ANSE — One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in L’Anse Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m., when a 2000 Ford Focus pulled out on Menge Creek Road, failing to yield to a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado headed west on U.S. 41, said Baraga County Undersheriff Jim ...

Houghton eyes stricter limits on when bridge can be raised

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Transportation is counting crossings at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. The information will be used to identify the peak travel times in hopes of tightening the restrictions on crossings for boat traffic that requires the bridge to be raised. MDOT ...