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Veridea to make presentation on proposed Lakeshore Drive development

HOUGHTON — For more than a year, the closest visual approximation of The Veridea Group’s plans for its proposed Lakeshore Drive project was a maximalist rendering developed as a proof of concept in response to Houghton’s request for qualifications. That will change Dec. 15, when Veridea ...

Key assists: Horizons benefits from caring community members

MOHAWK — When Horizons Alternative School opened in 2005, it was for students who were struggling, who had given up and simply left school, or students in at-risk environments. With all of these students, elevated stress levels occurring outside of the school contribute to lower academic ...

Bayside Village reports seven deaths, 30 new COVID cases in weekly report

L‘ANSE — Bayside Village in L’Anse reported seven deaths and 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the most recent update of state numbers from long-term care facilities. The seven deaths, the first recorded for Bayside, were reported in an update posted Tuesday by the state Department of Health ...

PHF set to raise more than $200K from Giving Tuesday

HANCOCK — Throughout Giving Tuesday, Michael Babcock saw the alerts on his phone signifying new donations to the Portage Health Foundation. By the time he watched the last of 778 online donations come in at 11:58 p.m, PHF had raised $197,023 for its fourth annual Put Your Money Where Your ...

Ontonagon’s Bobula evaluated

The Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board went into closed session at their special board meeting on Monday. The purpose of the closed meeting was to give an evaluation of OASD Superintendent/Principal Jim Bobula. The board evaluated Bobula for 2020-21 school year and found his ...

Help on the way: For students with needs, their future is on the Horizons

MOHAWK — The creation of Horizons Alternative School in 2005 was the result of a group of educators concerned about the number of students in the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Schools who were either struggling or who had given up and simply left school. It became clear, the CLK website ...

Matthew Smith case assigned to Oakland County

PONTIAC — The case of a Genesee County man accused of making a threatening phone call to Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly earlier this year has been assigned to Oakland County, the state attorney general’s office said. Phone records received by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office ...

Former Senator Casperson loses battle with cancer

HOUGHTON — Tom Casperson, former Michigan lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the age of 61, from lung cancer, reported the Associated Press on Monday. Casperson, a Republican from Escanaba, cast a key vote to expand Medicaid, and built alliances with labor ...

Rock House temporarily closed

HOUGHTON — The Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern is temporarily closed after a liquor license suspension last week for potential violations of the state’s COVID emergency order. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission served an emergency suspension order Wednesday, Department of ...

Chassell man killed in one-vehicle crash

HOUGHTON — A Chassell man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Portage Township Sunday night. The crash occurred on Superior Road near Haapapuro Road, where Michigan State Police Calumet Post troopers responded around 9:40 p.m., according to an MSP press release. Rodney Barnes, ...

Despite COVID, Hancock finds way to celebrate Christmas

HANCOCK — Normally, hundreds come to downtown Hancock on the Friday after Thanksgiving to meet Santa Claus. This year, he came to them. Riding atop a Hancock fire truck, Santa Claus drove through every neighborhood in Hancock Friday night. About 70 people watched in socially-distanced ...

Snowy owl dies after water rescue

HOUGHTON — A snowy owl was saved from the Portage Lake Shipping Canal by Houghton police Sunday, though it later died. The department received a call of an injured owl which jumped into the canal at Bridgeview Park, said Nate Kinnunen of the Houghton Police Department. By the time officers ...

Black Friday was not always the start of holiday rush

HOUGHTON — Believe it or not, Black Friday was not originally applied to the first official day of the holiday shopping rush. Rather, it was applied to the U.S. gold market crash of Sept. 24, 1869. What is easier to believe is that the financial crisis was the result a financier, Jay Gould ...

State fines Café Rosetta $1K for violating shutdown order

CALUMET — Café Rosetta was among seven businesses disciplined by the state Wednesday for offering indoor dining service in violation of the state’s three-week shutdown. The cafe received a $1,000 fine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Penalties ...

Turkey and football, or a day of national thanks and unity?

HOUGHTON — To millions of Americans today, Thanksgiving is an annual day of football games and a turkey feast. But it was not always a national holiday and —well — most historians agree that it had little to do with the Pilgrims back in 1621. Author Dina Gilio-Whitaker, in her ...

Little Brothers delivers Thanksgiving meals

HANCOCK — Marie Ross usually donates to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Until this year, she hadn’t taken part in its Thanksgiving home meal delivery. But because of COVID-19 concerns, her family couldn’t travel to Hancock for the holiday as usual. COVID-19 forced the ...

Santa speaks: Santa talks Christmas Walk, Christmas Eve plans

Editor’s note: The following story features a fictional interview with Santa Claus. Visiting all the homes in the world in one night is a dangerous thing to do in 2020, but Santa Claus is doing his best to be careful as he’s preparing for Christmas Eve this year. On Friday, he will be ...

Houghton County: No transfer station RFQ until at least late 2022

HOUGHTON — If Houghton County does decide to sell or lease its transfer station, it will not happen for close to three years. The county was evaluating offering a request for proposals for companies that could offer county-wide recycling program at the transfer station. The county’s ...

Hancock Schools gives Thanksgiving updates

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin announced in a Tuesday email update that school will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the holiday, returning to classes on Monday, Nov. 30. “Classes will resume for the elementary and middle school,” Patchin said. “The three-week ...