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Despite COVID, Hancock finds way to celebrate Christmas

HANCOCK — Normally, hundreds come to downtown Hancock on the Friday after Thanksgiving to meet Santa Claus. This year, he came to them. Riding atop a Hancock fire truck, Santa Claus drove through every neighborhood in Hancock Friday night. About 70 people watched in socially-distanced ...

Snowy owl dies after water rescue

HOUGHTON — A snowy owl was saved from the Portage Lake Shipping Canal by Houghton police Sunday, though it later died. The department received a call of an injured owl which jumped into the canal at Bridgeview Park, said Nate Kinnunen of the Houghton Police Department. By the time officers ...

Black Friday was not always the start of holiday rush

HOUGHTON — Believe it or not, Black Friday was not originally applied to the first official day of the holiday shopping rush. Rather, it was applied to the U.S. gold market crash of Sept. 24, 1869. What is easier to believe is that the financial crisis was the result a financier, Jay Gould ...

Turkey and football, or a day of national thanks and unity?

HOUGHTON — To millions of Americans today, Thanksgiving is an annual day of football games and a turkey feast. But it was not always a national holiday and —well — most historians agree that it had little to do with the Pilgrims back in 1621. Author Dina Gilio-Whitaker, in her ...

Little Brothers delivers Thanksgiving meals

HANCOCK — Marie Ross usually donates to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Until this year, she hadn’t taken part in its Thanksgiving home meal delivery. But because of COVID-19 concerns, her family couldn’t travel to Hancock for the holiday as usual. COVID-19 forced the ...

Santa speaks: Santa talks Christmas Walk, Christmas Eve plans

Editor’s note: The following story features a fictional interview with Santa Claus. Visiting all the homes in the world in one night is a dangerous thing to do in 2020, but Santa Claus is doing his best to be careful as he’s preparing for Christmas Eve this year. On Friday, he will be ...

COVID numbers keep rising in greater Copper Country

HANCOCK — Ontonagon County tops the state in both the rate of new cases and in the percentage of tests coming back positive, while Baraga County is in the top five for both categories. State data show Ontonagon County with a seven-day average of 35% positive tests, based on an average of ...

White Pine Mine tailings pond disappearing, still inspected as dam

While it comes as a surprise to some, the state of Michigan still requires the registration and inspection of the human-made tailings ponds at the White Pine Mine. This makes the Tailings Pond No. 2 dam the longest in Copper Country. It is 5.5 miles long, and ranges in height up to 70 feet, ...

Mask UP: Whitmer asks Michigan Legislature for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan lawmakers Thursday to enact a statewide law on mask wearing, as the state continues to shatter coronavirus case records and hospital admissions steadily rise. A state emergency order already requires people to wear masks in indoor ...

Another lawsuit filed in Michigan

HOUGHTON — An amended lawsuit has been filed in Michigan State Court regarding as many as tens of thousands of ballots that were improperly completed by Wayne County election board officials and Democratic election observers, according to a Friday release from the Amistad Project. “As ...

What the Center for Technology and Civic Life is

According to Influence Watch, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is: “a Chicago, Illinois-based center-left election reform advocacy group formed in 2012. The organization pushes for left-of-center voting policies and election administration. It has a wide reach into local ...

The Zuckerberg effect? Funding appears to fuel Trump’s lawsuits

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series of articles that will examine donations seen as used to influence the election results. HOUGHTON — President Donald Trump’s attorneys are suing Michigan and Pennsylvania for what amounts to permitting hundreds of millions of ...

Sliding sweets

Connor Ploe, 9, and Elliana Ploe, 7, of Houghton get trick-or-treats remotely Saturday in Houghton after pulling a string linked to a bell. That summoned a witch (Vickie Baltensperger), who slid them pieces of candy down a chute atop the stairs to her house. (Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette)

Saaranen, Sullivan among sheriff’s candidates

HOUGHTON — Four candidates are running in Houghton County’s sheriff race. Incumbent Sheriff Brian McLean is running against three candidates: write-in candidate Steve Laux, who previously ran against McLean in the Republican primary, and independent candidates Josh Saaranen and Roger ...

E.B. Holman School: It’s more than just the bees

STANTON TOWNSHIP — Through a Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) project, middle-school student at the E.B. Holman School this month extracted 31.5 pounds of honey, which they filtered and bottled, from two bee hives. The bee hives are located in the newly fenced garden area of the ...

Between militia and terrorism

Two weeks ago, the story of an attempted abducting of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer by people who have both been called a “militia” of sorts, but also terrorists. But which is it, and where are lines between the two drawn? There are three understandings of “militia” in the ...

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Annual depressions worsened by weather change

Fall in the Copper Country can be a rough time for many. The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and people may start feeling down unexplainably. The explanation may be Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. In an article on HCA Midwest Health’s website called “Could It ...

Candlelight vigil held for RBG

HOUGHTON — “Be like Ruth! Be like Ruth!” The cry came up from about 50 people who held a candlelight vigil in downtown Houghton Sunday night in memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, who had served on the court since 1993, died at the age of 87 Friday of ...

Michigan voter information is available to the public

LANSING — Voter information is not confidential in Michigan. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, states have varied requirements on who is eligible to request a list of voters, what information the list contains, what information is kept confidential, and how ...

Rockland man recognized for saving neighbor’s wife

ROCKLAND — An elderly Rockland man was recognized by the Michigan State Police on Wednesday, Sept. 9, for saving his elderly neighbor from her burning home on June 3. Bruce Racine, 72, was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award for carrying 85-year-old Helen (Carryl) Miilu from her ...