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Incremental increases: Parking permit fee hike approved by city

HOUGHTON — Parking permit fees in Houghton are going up. The Houghton City Coucnil Wednesday approved increases to daytime, night and 24-hour parking in city lots. The increases will go into effect July 1. Rates went up between $5 to $10 dollars a month, Clerk Ann Vollrath said. The ...

Missing Ontonagon man found alive, stuck

ONTONAGON — Carl Thomas Kettunen, a 66-year-old from Trout Creek, was found alive Friday afternoon with his Orange Honda Rancher off-road-vehicle. The DNR led search began Thursday at about 10:30 p.m. and continued through the night after caregivers reported him missing. He was last seen ...

Ontonagon Beach area taking shape

ONTONAGON — Work on the public beach in downtown Ontonagon is ongoing, moving in leaps and bounds this week. The project began about 16 months ago when Lake Shore Systems (LSS) agreed to lease the 4.5 acre stretch of unused beach to the Downtown Development Authority at $1 a year. LSS ...

Keweenaw County responds to phone scams

Undersheriff Curt Pennala of the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department would like the public to be aware of phone scams that seem to abound in the county, one in particular claiming to be the Upper Peninsula Power Company. Pennala said the standard approach the caller is using is to identify ...

Houghton Skate Park holds final skateboard auction

HOUGHTON — A skateboard with antlers. A skateboard shaped like fish. A skateboard that also held toilet paper. Around 40 boards were auctioned off Thursday at the Keweenaw Brewing Company for the final fundraiser for the Houghton Skate Park. The funds will help determine the final budget ...

Village resident files petition to recall trustee

CALUMET — Village trustee Virginia Dwyer is the subject of a recall petition by Calumet Village resident Barbara Yannatta. Yannatta filed the petition with the Houghton County Clerk’s Office Thursday morning, for clarity and factual review by the Houghton County Election Committee. The ...

Waste: Keweenaw County Board aids Grant Township with its wastewater load

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board passed a motion Wednesday to allow Grant Township to dispose of waste water in the county-owned ponds in Houghton Township until the treatment plant in Copper Harbor is repaired. “They had a failure in their primary lagoon,” said Zane Hyrkas, ...

Smart move: False alarm teaches a valuable lesson

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Fire Department responded to an alarm on West South Street at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday, arriving on the scene to see the family gathered together outside — and no fire. Firefighter Buck Foltz said the family did exactly what they were supposed to do. A ...

Inspections coming for lift bridge

HOUGHTON — Routine inspections of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will begin Monday, leading to short closures over the next two weeks. The evaluation of structural, mechanical and electrical components is done every five to seven years, said Jeff Barch, lift bridge engineering support with ...

Medical marijuana shops stuck in holding pattern

HOUGHTON — After statewide medical marijuana regulations were put into effect in 2017, the number of facilities in the Western Upper Peninsula is down to one. Both Portage and Torch Lake Township have ordinances in place allowing the facilities with Portage allowing for three and one in ...

Learning: Mroz discusses economy, education

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz was the speaker at the Houghton Rotary Lunch Thursday, and he discussed education and its changing perceived value, along with its connection to the economy. Mroz began with discussing an article he had recently read by ...

Car of Hancock man found

HANCOCK — Police found the car Tuesday afternoon of a Hancock man whose body was recovered in the Portage Canal five months after he was reported missing. The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada belonging to Duane Kangas, 38, was found in the canal near Birch Street. It was pulled from the canal about ...

Wasting Away: Biologist discusses nature of Chronic Wasting Disease

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources held its last public outreach meeting to gain feedback and suggestions on how to fight against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Thursday evening at the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton.   Wildlife Biologist Sara Thompson gave a short presentation on the ...

Hunters get a crash course in handling CWD cases

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Sara Thompson gave hunters and community members suggestions on how to handle animals with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at an engagement meeting on Thursday night. The neurology disease was first detected in 1967 in Wyoming and was ...

Playground confusion cleared, future discussed

ONTONAGON - Parents and kids alike attended the Thursday Greenland Road School Commission meeting to support the tire park playground, a popular local gathering place. The attendance came after the future of the park was discussed at last month's meeting and rumors began spreading. The ...

About time: Groundbreaking held for new clock tower

HOUGHTON — William Bernard Jr.'s father went to Michigan Technological University. So did four of his five siblings. Growing up in Houghton, he would come to Engineering Week, where they let him make little license plates for his bicycles. He eventually went himself, graduating in 1969 ...

Drop off your old drugs today

Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by dropping off any old or unused prescriptions at your local sheriff’s office or other certified drop-off locations in the area, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The UP Coalition Network has recently had information cards listing drop off ...

Sinking fund to hit ballot

HANCOCK — In August voters will vote on a sinking fund millage proposal for the Hancock school district aimed at funding building repairs and security improvements. The School Board unanimously approved a resolution to call the special election at their Tuesday meeting. The proposed ...

Band on a Run: Dollar Bay hits every note at state

DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay High School band returned in weary triumph Thursday evening after winning a first-division ranking for its State Band Festival performance, the first time in 35 years for the school. “We were all pretty excited and as soon as we played our last note we...knew ...

Calumet eliminates itself as middle man for garbage service

CALUMET — Village residents received word earlier this week that the village will no longer offer weekly residential garbage pickup, which will go into effect on May 31. The issue of garbage pickup was discussed at recent Village Council meetings. At the April meeting, Village President ...