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Calumet faced with losing its police force

CALUMET — The village is, at least for the time being, is without a police department, as both officers submitted their resignations earlier this month. Officer Blake Frantti submitted his letter of resignation to Police Chief Keith Anderson on May 10, in which he stated he had learned a ...

Dinner to benefit former Calumet teacher

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — A former Calumet High School teacher dealing with a rare disease will get some much-needed help from the community through an upcoming fundraiser. A June 1 spaghetti dinner will raise money for Melissa Curtis Beckman, a 30-year-old woman diagnosed with Pick’s disease in ...

A soldier’s story finally comes to an end

CALUMET — Marshall Kipina was born in Augusta, Maine, on Dec. 18, 1944, and grew up in Calumet. Like so many Midwestern boys growing up in Midwestern towns, he had many friends; among them were: Bob Tarvis, Bob Harter, Jim Niemala, Joe Waaranen, Jim Mattson, and John Hendra. And like so many ...

Welcome aboard: US welcomes new citizens

CALUMET — Seventeen years after he came to the U.S. as a Ph.D. student, Durdu Guney achieved another distinction Thursday: American citizen. “It was a long journey, and I’m really excited about it,” said Guney, who came to the U.S. after completing his master’s degree in Turkey. ...

Village seeks volunteers to clean up Agassiz Park

CALUMET — Agassiz Park is in dire need of help, and the village council is appealing to the residents for help. Trustee Nathan Anderson, along with Downtown Development Authority Chairwoman Leah Polzien, are asking for volunteers to get together on Tuesday, May 28, at the park, with shovels, ...

Houghton mulls park move

way on a narrow strip on M-26, a longtime Houghton park could be moving. City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting he is looking at other possible locations for the Verna Mize Park. The park was dedicated in June 1981 to Mize, a Houghton native who former Gov. William ...

More flood problems: Washout closes section of ORV trail

LAKE LINDEN — A washout due to a culvert failure has forced the closure of part of the Department of Natural Resources’ ORV trail near Lake Linden. The 0.8-mile segment of the Lake Linden Off-Road Vehicle Route between Normand Road and Lake Linden will be closed indefinitely, the DNR ...

Calumet works through its financial challenges

CALUMET — The Village Council discussed a $40,000 shortfall Tuesday, when the lowest bid for the Elm Street Project came in $400,000 over the anticipated budget. Engineer and Elm Street project manager Chris Holmes told the council that two bids for project were received, one from Bacco ...

4th of July planning in full gear

Planning for the Fourth of July celebration that has happened in South Range every year since 1906 is well under way. “It will be our 113th year this year,” said Mike Renier, chairman of the committee in charge of the events. The event will include the usual parade, games and races and ...

‘Well-rounded’ choice: Steve Patchin named new Hancock superintendent

HANCOCK — Stephen Patchin was selected for the position of superintendent of Hancock Public Schools at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. Patchin was one of three candidates selected to be interviewed for the position from a list of 10 applicants. Board President Dale Kero said that ...

Residents join local anti-abortion protest

HOUGHTON — About 30 Copper Country residents marched across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Tuesday as part of a nationwide protest against a wave of anti-abortion laws being passed or proposed across the country. “The bans are medically unsound, and women are going to rally,” said Susan ...

Solar project would generate energy, learning options for Houghton

HOUGHTON — Houghton students might get a new learning tool, while the building would save money through renewable energy. Members of the group behind a project to install a solar panel array on the roof of the Houghton High School locker room building spoke at Monday’s Houghton-Portage ...

KBIC to vote on marijuana business

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) tribal council is considering the purchase of a $3 million medical marijuana business, Fresh Coast Farms, built into the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) transmitter site formerly run by the U.S. Navy in Marquette County, south of Humboldt. The issue is ...

Thinking outside a box: Paraprofessional gets cane made from hockey stick

HOUGHTON — With every step Mike Datto takes, he will be reminded how students appreciate the difference he ha made. Houghton High School students and shop teachers came together to build a stronger cane for Datto, a paraprofessional in the ninth-10th grade resource room. Datto, who was ...

Concert held memorializing music teacher

DOLLAR BAY — In 23 years as Dollar Bay-Tamarack City’s K-12 music teacher, Paula McKaig saw many students from kindergarten to graduation, instilling in them a lifelong love of music. Saturday, many of them came back to remember her life the best way they could think of — with music. ...

Green space benefits Calumet community

CALUMET — As the Village Council moves forward with creating a new green space on Fifth Street, it also has plans to revitalize Agassiz Park on Fourth Street. Trustee Nathan Anderson said in an interview that he will soon be inviting village residents to volunteer for a clean-up effort in ...

School Board to hire new superintendent

HANCOCK — The Board of Education will announce its final selection of a new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting Monday, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school multi-purpose room. Drawing from an original list of 10 applications, last week board members narrowed the ...

Area students receive KEDA trade scholarships

HANCOCK — Nine high school seniors in the Copper Country received $1,000 scholarships to trade programs this month as part of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) scholarship. Started in 2013, the scholarship fund has raised more than $35,000 and supported 45 students going ...

Village Council moves forward with new green space

CALUMET — The Village Council, in moving forward with revitalization projects, met in special session Thursday to discuss obtaining topsoil for the creation of a Fifth Street green space, that could be used during the summer for a farmer’s market, and a host of various events. The ...

Hancock discusses property changes

The Hancock City Council took the first steps toward purchasing the former Neil’s Taxi lot and clearing it for more overnight winter parking at Wednesday’s regular meeting. According to Hancock city manager Bill Givens, the parcel, at 201 East Franklin St., was one of three properties ...