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Getting to work: County begins summer road construction

RIPLEY — Despite delays caused by COVID-19, repairs of roads damaged in the Father’s Day flood are underway in Houghton County.  Work started Monday on a nearly $2.9 million project on Old Mill Hill Road to rebuild 0.41 miles of roadway, including storm sewer and culverts. Funded through ...

Lake Linden cancels July 4 celebration

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council and the Lake Linden Volunteer Fire Department have canceled the sponsored activities for this year’s Independence Day celebration, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said in a release. “We were at the point where we couldn’t continue planning, ...

Opening lines of communication

Three people have filed to run on the Republican ticket for the county commissioner seat vacated in Baraga County by Bill Menge. They will have a primary runoff on Aug. 4 to determine who runs against the Democrat on the ballot, Fran Whitman. Cindy Larson has lived in Baraga County for about ...

Remembering friends

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette A group of L’Anse seniors pay homage to fallen classmate Dylan Roberts during a graduation parade this week.

Amidst pandemic, Hancock High School offers happy news

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin on Friday extended an invitation to the public for an event to take place on Saturday, a parade for graduating seniors. The parade will be the kickoff to the Commencement Ceremony. “Hope you all can attend the parade tomorrow (Saturday May 30),” ...

Wifi hotspots offered throughout Copper Country

HANCOCK — COVID-19 is simultaneously creating more need for many people to access the internet and reducing the places from which they can log on.  To fill that need, a network of free wifi hotspots is being installed in the four-county area through a partnership between the Portage Health ...

Black Lives Matter: No hate group, but a fighting movement

The oppression of African Americans by various police departments and courts around the nation is well documented, and in recent years, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has been a voice trying to bring equality to the American justice system. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, is but ...

Horizons principal recognized by staff, honored by state

MOHAWK — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School District’s Horizons High School Principal, Joel Asiala, has been named Michigan Alternative Education Organization’s 2020 Administrator of the Year. He was nominated by his entire teaching staff, who felt unanimously compelled, due to the many ...

Perfect bridgeview

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is shown practicing social distancing during a warm day earlier this month.

Houghton facilitates outdoor dining

HOUGHTON — A move by Houghton’s City Council last night could encourage more outdoor options at city bars and restaurants.  The Houghton City Council voted Wednesday to allow City Manager Eric Waara to give permission on a case-by-case basis for restaurants to extend liquor sales to ...

Sheriff has it pretty good now

EAGLE RIVER — The May 28 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette contained two articles that discussed the new Keweenaw County Sheriff and the new undersheriff. To fulfill their duties to the residents of Keweenaw County, the Sheriff’s Office relies on a full staff of deputies capable of ...

New sheriff in the Keweenaw

EAGLE RIVER — Former Keweenaw County Undersheriff Curt Pennala, became the county’s most recent sheriff earlier this month, when former Sheriff Bill Luokkanen retired from law enforcement and took a managerial position in the private sector. Although Pennala has only been in the position ...

May brings staff changes to Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office

EAGLE RIVER — Tonya Stefonich is the Keweenaw County Undersheriff, as of May 16. Stefonich received her promotion when Curt Pennala was appointed to fill Sheriff Bill Luokkanen’s position, after Luokkanen retired on May 15. Stefonich said she will observe her 15th anniversary on May 29. ...

Houghton looks to remove marijuana limits

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission voted to schedule a public hearing for modifying a city zoning ordinance to remove any limit on the number of medical or recreational marijuana retailers, reasoning that the constraints imposed by geography and the marketplace will provide a ...

CHS students reminisce on lost months of school

CALUMET — High school seniors saw an abrupt end to their school year when in-person classes ended in March.  While awaiting the start of a parade in their honor through Calumet and Laurium, some of the reunited Class of 2020 reflected on the surreal end of their high school ...

CHS graduates honored in parade

CALUMET — Calumet High School seniors missed out on the rituals that mark the end of high school.  Instead, they got one unique to their class. Students reunited Friday night for a parade through Calumet and Laurium. Parents and community members lined the streets, snapping photos of the ...

African American Michigan: Insurgence of the century

Editor’s note: This story is the fifth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. One of the most tumultuous times for the advancement of African Americans in U.S. society was from 1954 to 1968, or the Civil Rights Movement. The American Civil War had been roughly 100 years ago, ...

U.P. businesses reopen

HOUGHTON — Friday morning, restrictions lifted on bars, restaurants and retailers in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan.  In Houghton, a crowd of about 30 entered the Downtowner Lounge just after midnight. A group of fellow bartenders from downtown Houghton were waiting outside ...

Finlandia holds online graduation

HANCOCK — The large crowd, the beaming graduates and the flipped tassels only appeared in file footage. But despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, Finlandia University found a way to honor its 81 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony, livestreamed on its website Thursday ...

Ontonagon sets graduation

ONTONAGON — While it will not be the pomp and circumstance, or speeches from the stage, Ontonagon graduates will have a graduation ceremony.  It will be in the form of a parade, and graduate introduction via an outdoor public address system at the school this Friday. This announcement ...