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New manager at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

COPPER HARBOR - A new general manager has been hired for the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, according to Don Piche.Piche, chairman of the Keweenaw County Board, said board members hired Debra Britz-Maier at a special meeting on March 25 to take over management of the KML. County Board commissioners ...

Lorenz seeks re-election as Houghton County clerk

HOUGHTON - Even going to the grocery store, Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly Lorenz gets questions - not just about things related to her jobs, but other county offices, such as the courts."I tell them what I can that's just what you do as an elected official," she said. "You help out as ...

Breaking bread: Little Brothers serves community Easter meal

HANCOCK - For 36 years, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly has been doing its best to make sure every local elder has a good meal and a friendly place to eat on Easter.The holiday dinners program has steadily grown since 1982. On Sunday, Little Brothers served about 1,200 Easter dinners to ...

Persians ring in ‘new day’

HOUGHTON - Iranian students led others from the community in ringing in the New Year with a Norouz celebration at Michigan Technological University Saturday.Norouz, a combination of the Persian words for "new day," marks the beginning of spring. Traditionally, said Iranian Community President ...

Stamp sands continue to leach mercury into Torch Lake

Lake Linden - Back when copper was king, interlinked Portage and Torch Lakes were both used as dumping grounds for massive amounts of mine rock tailings, along with unhealthy amounts of mercury, cobalt and copper that escaped smelting processes.These days, from above, the whole area "looks ...

Calumet science teams advance to state

By Garrett Neesegneese@mininggazette.comCALUMET - Both of Calumet's Science Olympiad teams are headed to State - and they're doing it coming off first place finishes at their regional competition.The middle and high school teams are busy preparing for the state competition, to be held April 30 ...

Infection shield: Tech biomed engineer develops catheter polymer

HOUGHTON - Although her start-up company isn't physically in any of the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation SmartZone buildings, Megan Frost appreciates the help she gets from the organization as a virtual client.Frost, who is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Michigan ...

L’Anse-area man missing

L'ANSE - The Calumet post of the Michigan State Police is investigating the disappearance of Joseph Edward Waisanen from the L'Anse area.Waisanen was last seen on Sunday, March 20, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Baraga Avenue in L'Anse.Waisanen is a 33-year-old white male, 6 feet 6 inches tall, ...

‘Giving back to community’

HOUGHTON - Houghton County is looking for some new election workers.Free training sessions will be held in June to certify workers before the August and November elections. The certifications last for two years.Anyone interested can pick up an application at the County Clerk's Office. Clerk ...

SmartZone assists life science businesses

HOUGHTON - The purpose of the MTEC SmartZone is to provide space and expertise for start-up businesses to grow and hopefully get established locally, and one of the newer business concepts to get the attention of the SmartZone is life sciences.Life science businesses manufacture products and ...

1 fish, 2 fish: When is it too much fish?

LAKE LINDEN - Fish are low in fat and a good source of protein. But no matter where you catch or buy your fish, there's almost inevitably some level of chemical contamination."Eating fish is good for you, and people like fishing, but you have to make a choice," said Michelle Bruneau, a health ...

City Council approves police union contract

HOUGHTON - The Houghton City Council approved contracts with two police unions at its meeting Wednesday night.The contracts for patrol officers through the Michigan Police Officers Labor Council and supervisors through Michigan American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees Local ...

13 stamp sand sites remediated at Torch Lake Superfund site

LAKE LINDEN - Torch Lake fish are looking better, but you should still think twice before eating them. Polluted stamp sands throughout the Keweenaw have been covered with topsoil and planted with grasses, but not much is growing on the floor of Torch Lake.Torch Lake and the Copper Country have ...

Restoring aquatic quality challenging

LAKE LINDEN - Torch Lake Superfund shoreline work in the Copper Country appears to be a success, but undersea improvements still have a way to go.Years ago, said Meral Jackson of the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District, the federal Environmental Protection Agency named Torch Lake an area of ...

Houghton approves grant terms for park nature area

HOUGHTON - A green space in central Houghton acquired as a park through a Department of Natural Resources grant will stay that way.The Houghton City Council approved a declaration that the city is obliged to follow requirements for the long-term conservation of the property, which must be kept ...

Blue economy: Water can float MI finances

HOUGHTON - Water has always been crucial to Michigan's economy, says John Austen, providing blue highways for voyageurs and ore freighters and waterfront homes for the heavy industry that drove growth for most of the 20th century.Austen, director of the Michigan Economic Center and president of ...

H-PT Board files unfair labor practice charge

HOUGHTON - In response to an unfair labor practices charge filed against Houghton-Portage Township Schools last year, the Board of Education voted Monday to file its own charge against the Houghton Education Association.The charge, filed with the American Arbitration Association, alleges the ...