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H-PT solar panels up

HOUGHTON – The new solar panels outside Houghton High School are up and running, and the public can find out how effective they are. Drew Cramer, owner of Solar Up, a Hancock-based solar installation company, showed the interface to Houghton-Portage Township District School Board members ...

CLK elementary students invited to Hockeyville

CALUMET — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw elementary students have been invited to participate in Kraft/NHL Hockeyville activities during the upcoming week of Sept. 23. According to an email from Calumet Schools, the activities will include the Stanley Cup, welcoming the players into the ice rink, ...

Former air base is for the birds

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion allowing the Copper Country Audubon Society to mount a small, high-tech antenna at the top of Mount Horace Greeley. David Flaspohler, professor of forestry at Michigan Technological University, requested ...

MTU holds bystander engagement training

HOUGHTON — In many cases of assault or harassment, there are people who could have done something to intervene, or done more. Getting people to understand the importance of speaking up or acting was the subject of a seminar by Michigan Tech’s Title IX program Thursday. The presentation on ...

Hancock mulls water rate hikes

The Hancock City Council discussed a number of issues including complaints regarding the condition of area rental properties, a proposal to add a waterpark attraction to Hancock Beach, and a proposed water rate increase at their regular September meeting on Wednesday. The waterpark requires ...

Officers honored for Father’s Day Flood heroics

HOUGHTON — Four Copper Country officers received a statewide honor for their heroism during the Father’s Day Flood Wednesday. Houghton County deputies Angela Miles, Hans Tolkkinen, Tyler Harju and Keweenaw County Sgt. Brad Pelli received the Police Officers Association of Michigan award ...

SNB buys downstate bank

HANCOCK — After nearly 130 years, Superior National Bank and Trust is expanding below the bridge.  Superior’s parent company, Keweenaw Financial Corp., announced the impending purchase of North Star Financial Holdings and its subsidiary, the Bingham, Michigan-based Main Street Bank, ...

GS Engineering founder talks about federal case settlement

HOUGHTON — Paying $1 million to the federal government to settle allegations of false claims by GS Engineering was the company’s least-bad option, its founder said Thursday. “We strongly disagree with the allegations, but it would cost more to take it to court through lawyer costs than ...

Parade of Nations this weekend

The 30th annual Parade of Nations is set to take place in Hancock and Houghton on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event begins with the parade but continues throughout the day with a cultural fair. The event is meant to showcase the cultural diversity in the area and also serves as a welcome to ...

Village police department still an issue

CALUMET — The Village Council received more backlash for its lack of action on the police department issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting. A resident told the council that because of Elm Street construction, the section of the street on which he resides is without street lights, and three ...

Paavola joins school board

HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board has appointed a new member, Rod Paavola, who replaces former trustee Mary Babcock. Babcock, who was the board vice president, stepped down in July because of her excessive work load at City Hall, where she serves as city clerk. “I have a lot to ...

HMS seventh-graders experience Day of Science

HOUGHTON — From purifying water to learning the reactions creating ice cream, Houghton Middle School seventh-graders got hands-on learning as part of the school’s annual Day of Science activity at Michigan Technological University. About 120 students took in four stations out of 11 ...

Ontonagon Board agrees to teacher contract

The Ontonagon Area School District Board agreed to a new teachers and support staff contract. The contract with both unions was agreed upon during a closed meeting this past Monday. The teachers’ contract is for one year, while the support staff contract is for two years. Teachers that have ...

Hancock’s MSTEP scores continue to rise

HANCOCK — MSTEP scores for the Barkell Elementary School showed steady increases in math from 2018 to 2019, approaching nearly double the state average. For 2018, Barkell’s third grade math showed a proficiency percentage of 75%. In comparing that number for reference, Dan Vaara, ...

Leonard named to H-PT board

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board added a new member Monday. Scott Leonard was named to the board to fill the vacancy left by Bob Wheeler. Leonard, a Houghton resident, graduated from Houghton High School in 1987 and is also a graduate of Northern Michigan University. ...

Where wind comes sweeping

Richard Byrd/For the Gazette The Calumet Players raise their arms while singing “Oklahoma” at Sunday’s final performance of the play at the Calumet Theatre.

Familiar faces in two new members of Salvation Army

HANCOCK — The Salvation Army in Hancock provides important services to our community. It has operated as a meeting place and a food pantry, but a limited staff has meant limited community outreach and involvement. However, with two new staff members, the Salvation Army in Hancock is working ...

County board gets brownfield advice

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board heard about some of the brownfield development tools available to them Tuesday. Jeff Hawkins, CEO and founder of the Kalamazoo-based brownfield consulting firm Envirologic, spoke to the Houghton County Board at its September meeting. Hawkins ...

Circuit Court rules against DNR

BARAGA COUNTY — After more than seven years of litigation, on Thursday Baraga County Circuit Court struck down the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) declaration that Baraga County pig farmer Roger Turunen and his wife, Brenda, were raising and marketing illegal pigs, under ...

Crowds come to third annual Geek U.P.

HOUGHTON — DC or Marvel. Anime or video games. Fans of all stripes found something to pique their interest at the third annual Geek U.P., held at Michigan Technological University on Saturday. Larger crowds turned up throughout the day’s events, which included artist displays, ...