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Isle Royale names superintendent

HOUGHTON — After eight months, Isle Royale has a permanent superintendent.  Denice Swanke will become superintendent of the park effective Aug. 16, the National Park Service announced Friday.  Swanke comes to the park from Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where she has been ...

Calumet Farmers Market in full swing

CALUMET — With the ongoing community spread of COVID-19 in Houghton County, extra precautions are being taken with the Calumet Farmers Market to further protect customers and vendors. “With the latest from Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer, we did update our policies,” said Leah Polzien. “We ...

LL-H talks timeline for reopening plan

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Superintendent Brad Codere discussed the district’s timeline for developing a plan to reopen for in-person learning at Monday night’s board meeting.  “I’ve already talked with Leon and Jack, and I’ll be spending a lot of time with ...

Startup using funds to help with local battle against COVID

HOUGHTON — StabiLux Biosciences is one of two Houghton-based, high-tech companies that recently received direct investments, or loans, from the state’s Tech Startup Stabilization Fund to assist them during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Tech Startup Stabilization Fund has been administered by ...

Seigel crowned Strawberry Queen

CHASSELL — Ani Seigel was crowned Copper Country Strawberry Queen during the 72nd annual coronation Friday night — and the first to be held without the accompanying festival. Gia Guidotti was named first attendant. Sierrah Driscoll was named Miss Congeniality. “I am super excited, ...

Residents, council members: keep police department here

HOUGHTON — Multiple Houghton residents Wednesday urged the City Council not to consider defunding the police department. At the previous city council meeting, several activists had asked the City Council to consider beginning the process of shrinking the department to divert funds to other ...

WUPHD: COVID-19 showing community spread

HANCOCK — The latest COVID-19 cases in the area indicate community spread, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department’s community and planning preparedness director said Thursday.  The WUPHD is currently tracking several clusters, Pete Baril said.  Since the start of July, the ...

Houghton County Fair canceled

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair is canceled for 2020, the county fair board voted Thursday night.  The Junior Market Livestock Show and Sale will still take place, the board said in a release.. Details will be announced later. Contracted entertainment will be rolled over to the 2021 ...

Superintendent confirms rumor

HANCOCK — In his weekly Hancock Public Schools update, Superintendent Steve Patchin on Friday said he wanted to alert people that “one of our education team has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As you know, privacy laws protect the individual by not allowing them to be public ...

Tests show no toxins in area algae blooms

HANCOCK — The algal blooms that have popped up in area waterways recently showed no signs of toxins, test results show, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said Thursday.  WUPHD issued a recreational health advisory for Portage Canal, Portage Lake and Torch Lake on June 30 after ...

Houghton Walmart petitions to lower taxable value

HOUGHTON — The Walmart Supercenter in Houghton has filed a petition with the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower its taxable value by 40% through the “dark store” theory.  If granted, Walmart’s state equalized value and taxable value for 2020 would be reduced from $4,562,390 (about $50 per ...

On with the show: Strawberry Queens Coronation still being held

CHASSELL — Although this year’s Copper Country Strawberry Festival was canceled, one part of it will go on. The annual Queens Coronation will still take place at the Centennial Park pavilion 7 p.m. Friday in Chassell. There will be a limited live audience. It will also be livestreamed ...

Finlandia University reports positive COVID test

HANCOCK — One person at Finlandia University has tested positive for coronavirus, the university announced Wednesday.  To protect the person’s privacy, Finlandia is not releasing identifying details. The positive test is included among the recent results announced by the Western Upper ...

Three vehicle crash sends one driver to the hospital

HOUGHTON — A three-vehicle personal injury crash resulted in one driver being sent to the hospital, according to a release from the Houghton City Police Department. The crash occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, at the intersection of Sharon Avenue and Razorback Drive, the release ...

Local organizations receive grant funding

HOUGHTON — Cultural and community nonprofits in six Upper Peninsula counties, including Houghton and Ontonagon, received grant funding from Michigan Humanities, according to a release from that organization. Michigan Humanities announced $661,085 in emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ...

CCISD selling student-built tiny house: Bids start at $29,000; end July 31

HANCOCK — Starting Tuesday, tiny house enthusiasts have a chance to buy one crafted by Career and Technical Education students at the Copper Country Intermediate School District. Students kicked off the bidding period with a display of the house at the CTE building Tuesday morning. The ...

Traprock holds parade

The first-ever Independence Day Parade in Traprock Valley was held on Saturday. The parade’s grand marshalls were Staff Sgt. Army Air Corp. Joe Enrietti, Tailgunner B-24 Bomber WWII, and Pfc. Uno Isaacson, U.S. Army WWII 10th Mountain Division. Also representing the military was the ...

Banners honor veterans

CALUMET — Anyone driving down Sixth Street in Calumet over Fourth of July weekend already knows a bit more about one of the area’s most noted veterans.  A banner commemorating Staff Sgt. Marshall Kipina was put up on a streetlight Thursday, the first installed through a program to ...

Superintendent announces return to fall classes

HANCOCK — As the Copper Country prepared for a Fourth of July weekend with little in the way of community celebrations or fireworks, Superintendent Steve Patchin wanted to help put Hancock School District parents and student in a better mood with some good news. “We will be returning to ...