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Houghton to consider marijuana ordinances

HOUGHTON — Houghton will hold public hearings next month on two marijuana ordinances. A new ordinance would add zoning regulations regarding adult-use recreational marijuana retailers, as well as modify the regulations for medical marijuana businesses. The marijuana retail ordinance ...

Minor injuries in 3-car crash

HOUGHTON — A three-car crash on M-26 and Razorback Drive Friday afternoon resulted in minor injuries. About 3:30 p.m., a car was turning right off of Razorback Drive when the driver failed to notice another northbound vehicle in their blind spot, said Patrolman Alan Jurmu of the Houghton ...

Boil advisory lifted

HANCOCK — The boil water advisory was lifted Friday for all municipalities affected by Wednesday’s water main break in Adams Township, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announced. As a precautionary measure, the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) ...

Houghton holds Lakeshore Drive open house

HOUGHTON — In a packed city council chamber Tuesday night, Houghton held an open house to update the public on a proposed redevelopment project on Lakeshore Drive. In August, the city council voted to enter into negotiations with Marquette-based The Veridea Group for a potential ...

Border Grill coming to Houghton soon

HOUGHTON — Border Grill is expanding to Houghton. The Mexican fast-casual restaurant will be moving into the building on Ridge Road that previously housed a Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silver’s. Founded in 1997, it has three locations in Marquette and Negaunee. Owner Chris ...

Jail process on hold until spring

HOUGHTON — Houghton County jail will wait until the spring to find out if one potential site for the Houghton County Jail is feasible. The county is in talks with the owner of a 23-acre parcel off of Evergreen Street in Houghton behind the former Sears building for an option to purchase ...

Parading confections part of fun at CCCAC

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is hosting its annual “Parade of Confections” on Valentine’s Day evening in the Finnish American Heritage Center. The fundraiser event sees auctions of gourmet deserts as well as a silent auction of pieces by local ...

Women’s recovery center opening in L’Anse

L’ANSE — A new house for women looking to recover from substance abuse is opening in L’Anse. The Ripple Recovery Residence is holding an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday to celebrate its opening this week. The home, located at 346 North Main Street in L’Anse, can house six to ...

Ontonagon Council questioned on local issues

For over a year, the Ontonagon Village Council has been questioned regarding numerous issues, including lawsuits and threats of lawsuits.  The questions continued Monday night. It all started with President Tony Smydra requiring everyone who speaks during Public Comment, including ...

US looking for help with census taking

Over a century ago the poster of “I want you for the US Army” was produced.  For 2020, it is not just ‘“Uncle Sam” that wants you, but also Aunt Marti.  Marti Wegner spoke at Monday’s Ontonagon Village Council meeting. She addressed the council as to the importance of the 2020 ...

Man pleads not guilty to shooting

ONTONAGON — A Greenland Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts related to a shooting Sunday morning.  Cole Wascher, 24, allegedly shot a 23-year-old Ontonagon man in Greenland Township Sunday morning. The victim told police Wascher had threatened him with a firearm – ...

St. Albert holds annual Ice Masses

HOUGHTON — “Please rise.” The congregation laughed. Where they worshipped Friday night, there were no pews — or a ceiling, for that matter.  About 200 people packed in for the first of St. Albert the Great University Parish’s annual Ice Masses Friday night. This was the fifth ...

An artist with ice

Photograph by Richard Byrd Ice artist Rich Pechtal proudly stands by his ice castle creation on Shelden Avenue in Houghton Saturday during the Winter Festival.

Shooting in Ontonagon County

An adult male was shot Sunday morning in Ontonagon. While the Michigan State Police is handling the investigation, Ontonagon County Undersheriff Bill Witt said one adult male is the suspect in the investigation. The incident allegedly happened at a Hobby Farm outside of Greenland. The victim ...

Ordinances to be repealed, replaced

CALUMET — The Village Council conducted a special meeting Thursday approved a motion to temporarily repeal both the medical and recreational marijuana ordinances, Ordinances 152 and 153. The motion included that the council works together with the Village Planning Commission and the Zoning ...

Students work to prove sustainability

Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Demonstration House held an open house on Thursday evening.  The house, which is lived in by five students, is outfitted with sustainable living features, including solar panels and energy efficient appliances. The goal of the house is to ...

No arrests after discovery of meth lab

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Evidence of a meth lab in a Calumet Township home was seized by Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) detectives, UPSET said in a release Friday. Detectives executed a search warrant at the house Thursday after developing information indicating the homeowner ...

Grundy Run raises funds for Special Olympics

HOUGHTON — The run from the Walker Arts Building on Michigan Technological University’s campus to the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity house on College Avenue takes about seven minutes. When it is February, and you are running in your underwear, it may seem longer. Sigma Tau Gamma made its ...

Phi Kappa Tau takes snow statue top spot

HOUGHTON — A Bronze Age tribute got Phi Kappa Tau the gold. The Michigan Technological University fraternity won its third Winter Carnival snow statue crown in the past four years. Its “Dongson Fishing Village” statue is located outside the fraternity’s house in Hancock. It ...