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Snowbank shooter gets five months

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 ...

End O The Road Car Show returns to Copper Harbor

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 ...

Pietila charged with drunk driving

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

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

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

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 ...

Fay named to H-PT board

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Performances in the Park presents Tapestry Band

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Former Copper King designed designed the new field, track

CALUMET — Former Copper King Emmett Bjorn was a very versatile football player in high school. A running quarterback in his senior year, he averaged 100 yards passing, and 83.5 yards rushing per game. Bjorn is back at Agassiz Field, but not as an athlete. Rather, he is the engineer who ...

Houghton OKs rental ordinance changes

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council unanimously approved several changes to its rental housing ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The city charged a Planning Commission subcommittee with creating recommendations on the topic, which has been a polarizing issue in the city for years. The ...

Fort Wilkins receiving needed restorative care

COPPER HARBOR — Two major restoration projects are occurring this summer at Fort Wilkins State Park: one involves the Copper Harbor Light House, which is not currently open to the public, and the other is within the fort complex, to repair and restore chimneys on the buildings. “The ...

County backs flood insfrastructure grant application

HOUGHTON — Houghton County backed a grant application to improve the area’s infrastructure in the event of future floods. Evan McDonald, a member of the Houghton Planning Commission and the new Keweenaw Resilency Task Force, briefed the county Board on the task force’s work. Formed ...