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Time to listen: Houghton to hold Lakeshore Drive development open house

HOUGHTON — Houghton will hold an open house on proposed development on Lakeshore Drive next month. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Members of the city’s Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Committee (LDRC), Planning Commission and City Council will hopefully be in ...

Recent ordinance passages raises questions

CALUMET — The Adult Use Marijuana Facility Ordinance that was passed in October was the cause of some questions of uncertainty at the regular meeting of the Village Council Tuesday. The questions arose in response to a Facility Authorization Application received by the village on Jan. 6. ...

Heikinpaiva welcomes instructor from Finland

HANCOCK — As the local community descends upon Hancock Saturday to celebrate Heikinpaiva, there is one young lady who has journeyed quite a distance to take part in this mid-winter festival. Twenty-two-year-old Minka Jarvenpaa has traveled more than 4,000 miles to this unique Copper Country ...

Pot store: Calumet Village receives authorization application

CALUMET — The village has received its first Adult Use Marijuana Facility Authorization Application, Clerk Kevin Weir told the Village Council Tuesday. The application was received on Jan. 6, along with the required application fee of $5,000, which was deposited into the General Fund two ...

Waterfront group hits goal for petition, might not use it

HOUGHTON — Despite reaching its goal for signatures on a petition for an initiative regarding the development of property on Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, a citizen group may seek a different way to gauge the public’s opinion. The group obtained about 160 signatures, above the 133 ...

Baraga County to form new political party

After the successful establishment of both the Houghton and the Ontonagon County Constitution Party, the Copper Country is going to have its third Constitution Party in Baraga County. The Constitution Party is an affiliate of the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan, through which they have ballot ...

Laurium mulls five-year plan adjustment

LAURIUM — During its regular meeting Wednesday, the Laurium Village Council considered discussion of its five-year plan. In addition to adding transparency and direction to the council’s operation, the document is required as part of Laurium’s efforts to become a Redevelopment Ready ...

Good start: Houghton soccer club reports on year

HOUGHTON — The first season of the Houghton High School Soccer Club is setting it up for more success in the future, club members said during Monday’s Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board meeting. “It really represents Houghton taking a leadership position in athletics in the ...

Morning car crash in Portage Township

A Wednesday morning, two-vehicle crash on M-26, at the intersection of the Canal Road, in Portage Township sent one man to the hospital, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. At 7:35 a.m., a 2019 Buick Enclave, driven by Norbert Verville, 83, of Stanton Township, was ...

School Board adopts MASB guidelines

HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board Monday adopted Defined Role Expectations for the board and superintendent as suggested by the Michigan Association of School Board (MASB). The board passed the measure on the recommendation of Superintendent Steve Patchin. The MASB emphasizes that the ...

Ontonagon School Board re-elects officers

Many would want the election of the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) School Board to be the blueprint of all elections. Within minutes, the full board was re-elected unanimously. Nancy Mattson was re-elected as president, Tanya Weisinger as vice president, Tammy Strasser as secretary, ...

College students read to kids for MLK Day

HOUGHTON — On what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday, students from Michigan Technological and Finlandia universities visited local elementary schools to teach children why he was so important. Monday morning and afternoon, Tech students stopped by Hancock, Dollar ...

School Board reviews governance standards

HANCOCK — On Monday, the Hancock School Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent Steve Patchin to approve Board of Education Governance Guidelines as outlined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), that were introduced at the December regular monthly meeting. ...

H-PT shuffles officers

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township School Board put some of its newest members into leadership positions at its reorganizational meeting Monday. Longtime board member Nels Christopherson, previously vice president, was chosen as president. The new vice president is Amanda Massaway, who ...

Protesters brave snow for Women’s March

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 ...

Health Department alerts parents of influenza

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 ...

Some lawmakers favor a moose hunt at Isle Royale

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 ...

Hancock gets new recycling bins to help reduce waste

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 ...

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

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

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 ...