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Protesters brave snow for Women’s March

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HOUGHTON — Despite a winter storm dumping as much as an inch of snow an hour, close to 50 people walked across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Saturday for the fourth annual Women’s March.  “We may not be the biggest, but we may be the snowiest,” said organizer Susan ...

Nessel authorizes CSC charges against UP clergymen

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LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two more priests by her department’s Clergy Abuse Investigation Team. Multiple charges have been filed in three Upper Peninsula counties against Gary Allen Jacobs and ...

Health Department alerts parents of influenza

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HANCOCK — Robert Van Howe, M.D., interim medical director for the Western U.P. Health Department, sent a letter to local school districts to be emailed to parents of students, including Hancock Public Schools. The letter contains important information regarding flu symptoms and ...

Finlandia to introduce Esports as varsity sport in Fall 2020

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Finlandia University Athletics is excited to host a new varsity sport on campus beginning in fall 2020, esports. Esports – competitive, organized, multiplayer, online gaming - is the world’s fastest growing sport and has begun to explode in popularity at the collegiate level. “Esports ...

Some lawmakers favor a moose hunt at Isle Royale

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior ...

Community Gardens the focus of latest PHF Request for Proposals

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Portage Health Foundation is aiming to plant gardens to watch its community grow with the latest request for proposals (RFP), which focuses on community gardens. Up to $50,000 is available. Grant applications are due March 20.  “The health benefits of gardening individually and ...

Hancock gets new recycling bins to help reduce waste

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HANCOCK — The city of Hancock used a grant from Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy – formerly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – to purchase recycling bins, which are now available to residents at a reduced rate. The bins, which include a guide on recycling materials ...

Hancock considers using land for business, technology park

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HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council, during their regular meeting last month, voted to investigate using a unique funding opportunity to develop a technology park. Approximately 40 acres owned by the city has been set aside with the intention of creating a business and technology park for over ...

Local graduating seniors invited to apply for academic scholarships

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LAURIUM — The Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Auxiliary invites local graduating seniors to apply for one of two $500 academic scholarships. The scholarships are a way for the auxiliary to thank students for their dedication and support of the auxiliary’s many fundraising activities. “We are ...

LSSI, Chassell elementary students take A Walk in Our Back Yard

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CHASSELL — The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) and Chassell Elementary School have partnered the past two years for a project called A Walk in Our Backyard. The purpose of the 2017-19 project has been to reclaim an underutilized nature trail leading to, and around, the outdoor ...

Houghton County seeks crash witnesses

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TWIN LAKES — The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from witnesses to a two-car crash in Twin Lakes Thursday morning. Two people were injured in the crash, which occurred about 9:25 a.m. Thursday on M-26 in front of the Four Seasons Convenience Store. Mercy EMS transported ...

Temple Jacob vandalism case delayed

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HOUGHTON — The case of a New Jersey man accused of organizing the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti on Temple Jacob was continued for two months this week to give him time to review evidence in the case. Richard Tobin, 18, allegedly used a far-right neo-Nazi social network to recruit ...

Proposal for Lake Linden homes OK’d

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LAKE LINDEN — A contractor has been lined up for single-family homes on a formerly blighted property in Lake Linden. The Houghton County Land Bank approved a proposal from Robert E. Johnson Contracting of Lake Linden to build three houses on the site, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance ...

Baraga County investigates additional L’Anse-Baraga road

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L’ANSE — U.S. 41 is the only all-season road connecting Baraga and L’Anse. When that connection is severed, either through lake water reaching the roadway or closures from crashes, drivers are detoured more than 100 miles out of their way. Baraga County is seeking a better ...

Honoring the fallen from crash

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Nazanin Nahrjou, a third-year Ph.D. chemistry student at Michigan Technological University, lit a candle at a memorial Wednesday for the victims of last week’s plane crash in Iran. The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech held a moment of silence in honor of ...

Hunters share concern with testing for Chronic Wasting Disease

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Editor’s note: This story is a continuation of our Chronic Wasting Discase coverage from Thursday’s edition. ALTERNATIVE METHODS If Copper Country hunters are forced to give up baiting, hunter’s safety instructor Dave Caspary thinks more devoted hunters will return to hunting like Keith ...

New site: Houghton County looks at new jail location

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board has picked a potential site for a new jail. Tuesday night, the board voted to begin negotiating for a option to purchase five to seven acres off of Evergreen Street behind the former Sears building. Commissioners Roy Britz and Gretchen Janssen have ...

Council member kicked off, then added back on

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ONTONAGON — Controversy continues to plague the Ontonagon Village Council. From wasteful spending on a kayak landing, to lawsuits against the village, to appointments of council member’s personal friends, and now to an appointment to a vacated council seat. When former Village President ...

Hunting for a response to Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan

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Hunters in Copper Country are still exempt from the ban on baiting and feeding that has taken effect in the Lower Peninsula. However, they’re keeping a close eye on developments and anticipating the continued spread of Chronic Wasting Disease across the state. Late in 2019, Gov. Gretchen ...

Iranian students hold moment of silence for crash victims

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HOUGHTON — Dozens of people joined the Iranian Community at Michigan Technological University in a moment of silence on campus Wednesday for the victims of a Ukrainian plane crash in Iran last week. The Iranian military said this week it had accidentally shot down the passenger jet, which ...