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Western UP planning agency hires millennial executive director

HOUGHTON - When he was an eighth-grader, Jerry Wuorenmaa job-shadowed an urban planner after taking an aptitude test.But even before the test, Wuorenmaa's studies were already pointing him in that direction."It encompasses a lot of different things I was interested in, like sociological stuff, ...

Native yooper named federal bank regulator

MINNEAPOLIS - For Lake Linden native Josh Limanen, getting from Lake Linden-Hubbell High School to a position as a person overseeing banks and other financial institutions really wasn't such a big leap.Limanen recently was commissioned as a national bank examiner in the federal Office of the ...

What a federal bank examiner does

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Lake Linden resident Josh Limanen recently got a job as a federal bank examiner working for an agency that's been around more than 150 years.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is the oldest federal regulatory agency. It was established in 1863 during the ...

Sharon Lee Schmaus

ONTONAGON - Sharon Lee Schmaus, 75, of Ontonagon, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the University of Arizona Medical Center.Sherry was born June 15, 1940, in Ontonagon, daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Voss) McCarthy. She graduated from Ontonagon High School in ...

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Carlton

LAKE LINDEN - Margaret "Peggy" Carlton, 93, passed away at her home in Lake Linden on January 5, 2016.The Mass of Christian Burial is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 6 until 8 ...

Walter ‘Mike’ Michelson

DOLLAR BAY - Walter "Mike" Michelson, 101, passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born in Dollar Bay.Walter was the beloved husband of the late Barbara; loving father of Dale (Diane) and Kristen (Chip) Switalski; dear grandfather of Heather, Ian, Christopher and Kara; great-grand father of ...

Alex G. Butkovich

COPPER CITY - Alex G. Butkovich, 97, a former Copper City resident, passed away on December 24, 2015, at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.Alex was born on October 24, 1918 in Copper City, a son of Louis and Gevieve Butkovich.Alex served in the U.S. Army during World War II and ...

David Allen Snyder

CALUMET - David Allen Snyder, 68, of Calumet, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain.David was born on May 29, 1947, to Lloyd and Mabel (Ballari) Snyder in Hubbard Lake, Michigan.He graduated from Waterford Township High School class of 1965, where he was an ...

Dennis Alan Koistinen

LACROSSE, Wis. - Dennis Alan Koistinen, 33, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, formerly of Ontonagon, passed away unexpectedly in Silver City on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.Dennis was born in Ontonagon on September 11, 1982, the son of Gary Koistinen and the late Lori (Binkley) Koistinen.He graduated ...

Elsie E. Autio

ELO - Elsie E. Autio, 92, of Elo, died Friday, January 1, 2016, at the PortagePointe in Hancock, Michigan, where she had been a resident for two months.She was born on December 27, 1923, in Tapiola, to John and Senia (Niemi) Heikkinen. Elsie graduated from the John A. Doelle High School in ...

Leslie ‘Butch’ Laplander

KEARSARGE - Leslie "Butch" Laplander, 68, of Kearsarge passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home.He was born on May 13, 1947, in Laurium to Uno and Elsie (Lindquist) Laplander.Leslie grew up in Florida Location and attended local schools. He enlisted in the Army in July of 1964. He ...

Robert ‘Bob’ A. Becker Jr.

ROUND ROCK, Texas -Robert "Bob" A. Becker Jr., 68, passed away at St. Davids Hospital in Round Rock, Texas, on December 15, 2015, after a short illness.Bob was born in Gary, Indiana, and was the younger of two children of Robert A. Becker and Elizabeth Herman Becker.He retired from the United ...

Software investment: L’Anse spends money to collect money

L'ANSE - The village is making a long-term investment in new NorthStar billing software for its municipal electric utility. The software's initial $61,000 price tag will be offset by a $25,000 grant from WPPI Energy, the co-op that provides the village's energy, but it will also come with a ...

10 things to know today: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2015

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. NORTH KOREA SAYS IT CONDUCTED SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL H-BOMB TESTIf confirmed, the move would be a huge jump in Pyongyang's quest to improve its still-limited nuclear ...

Cardboard recycling center opens on QT

ATLANTIC MINE - The Houghton County Cardboard Recycling Center quietly started accepting cardboard Monday, and bundling it for shipment to paper mills. There, instead of being landfilled and taking up space indefinitely, it'll be recycled into new boxes or paper bags."It's really great that ...

Lakeside’s bank owner intends to keep hotel open

BARAGA - Superior National Bank and Trust has officially taken ownership of the Baraga Lakeside Inn after foreclosing on its mortgage, and employees can feel safe in their jobs for now.John Farquhar, SNB's chief credit officer, said in a release the bank is placing the hotel for sale with ...

Un-Suomi-like weather won’t hinder Heikinpaiva festivities

HANCOCK - Despite the mild winter weather so far, organizers of Heikinpaiva are forging ahead with plans for the mid-winter festival, which will be held for the 17th year.Jim Kurtti, chairman of the Hancock Finnish Theme Committee, which creates and organizes Heikinpaiva, said as usual, several ...

Paul N. Stimac Jr.

ALAMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Paul N. Stimac Jr., passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Alamo Nursing Home.He was born on February 13, 1930, in Mohawk, the son of Paul and Anne (Spreitzer) Stimac.Paul proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.In his spare time, he ...

Wolfgang Hans Hermann Andel

GWINN - Wolfgang Hans Hermann Andel, 63, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, January 3, 2016. He had been ill for the past nine months.Wolfgang was born on July 7, 1952 in Darmstadt, West Germany, a son of the late Hans Josef and Waultraud (Klug) Andel.He served for ...

Jack Edwin Morris Sr.

HOWELL, Mich. - Jack Edwin Morris Sr., 83 of Howell, passed away early Friday morning, January 1, 2016.Jack was born on August 9, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of William H. and Edna (Magel) Morris.Formerly of Chassell, Michigan and a Howell resident since 2013, Jack was a ...