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Nurses rally in Marquette

Mining Journal photo by Rachel Oakley Hundreds of people gathered along Magnetic Street in Marquette earlier this week to protest the staffing practices of Duke LifePoint and UP Health System Marquette. Nurses delivered over 3,700 signatures to Duke LifePoint management in a petition asking ...

Local employers prefer residents for workforce

HANCOCK — Ramon Simonson, owner of RC Mechanical, is a strong supporter of the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s millage proposal to maintain and expand its career and technical education (CTE) program. As a local contractor, Simonson’s business is experiencing first-hand the ...

CTE millage can reduce wait for service

HANCOCK – A critical shortage of skilled labor throughout the Copper Country is causing a backlog of customers waiting for contract service work, and is causing a loss of revenue to local businesses, and ultimately is hurting the local economy. “As a local contractor, we fully support ...

WUPHD conducts health needs survey

HANCOCK — For the third time since 2012, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is conducting a survey to help determine the health care needs of Upper Peninsula residents. The surveys in 2012 was directed at the WUPHD coverage area of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and ...

Search for president gears up

HOUGHTON — The search firm charged with finding Michigan Technological University’s next president has begun making on-campus visits, while the university has also created a transition committee to help the eventual pick. In June, the board approved the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel ...

Homeless shelter will promote crime: police

Houghton police oppose plans to open a homeless shelter in nearby Hancock this winter. “We feel we have the agencies in place to assist people,” said HPD Lt. Nick Roberts, citing Dial Help, Community Action, LIttle Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Barbara Kettle-Gundlach Shelter, ...

Tinged tap water still safe to drink

HOUGHTON — Tap water in Houghton is temporarily discolored but is still safe to drink. The discoloration is being caused by flushing done for construction work in town and maintenance being done at the city water plant. That flushing leads to elevated levels of iron and manganese, which ...

Ontonagon finally gets state to fix River Street

ONTONAGON — Portions of Ontonagon’s main street will be closed soon so numerous potholes and joints finally can be repaired. “The Ontonagon Village Council has been requesting the Department of Transportation to repair River Street for many years,” Village Manager Joe Erickson said in ...

Keweenaw Cnty. millage weighted for local roads

MOHAWK — In August 2014, residents of Keweenaw County approved a ballot proposal of 2 mills to provide additional road funding of $270,000 for five years. The funds were would be used to improve the county roads that had fallen into a state of disrepair due to inadequate funding levels over ...

Squeezing Nickels: Agency does its own prep work to save money

MOHAWK — The Keweenaw County Road Commission Board wants to be transparent and let county residents know how the current millage for road projects is being spent. “What the board wanted to do last year was get the word out on these millage projects,” said Gregg Patrick, Keweenaw County ...

As the Weather Turns…

It has been hot and dry around the Keweenaw recently, but the weather is expected to change, at least for the rest of this week, according to Jaclyn Ritzman. Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said precipitation totals for a 30-day period in ...

Camp shows how emergency workers perform public service

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Other Camp 911s have been held around the Upper Peninsula, but the one for Houghton and Keweenaw counties is the one that has stuck around. This is the 19th year for Camp 911, which is designed to introduce children entering or leaving fifth grade to groups such as ...

Jail Cost: $5.3M estimate for 64 more spaces

HOUGHTON — Houghton County released the layout of a proposed 64-bed addition to the jail building, along with an engineer’s estimate of $5,534,100. The County Board last week decided to hold off on scheduling a special election in November to decide on a millage for the new addition, ...

Local coffee shop sign stands up against hate

HOUGHTON — During the 2016 presidential campaign, Frank Fiala became concerned about the negative comments aimed at immigrants and Muslims, so he decided to do something about it at his restaurant. Fiala, who owns 5th & Elm Coffee House in Houghton and Calumet, said during the ...

Biblical directive to make community better place moved Langseth

CALUMET — For the Rev. Robert Langseth, his efforts at helping to create the Keweenaw National Historical Park and at preserving Copper Country history are guided by his desire to help create and preserve community. Langseth is the chairman of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory ...

Widespread support for CTE from local business, education sectors

HANCOCK — When the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) decided to ask for a dedicated millage to fund the career and technical education (CTE) program, a mil was not a random number. Nor was it a random decision to try to maintain and expand the program. “We surveyed over ...

Health Concerns: Citizens speak out against biomass plant

L’ANSE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) heard a lot of complaints from the public at its Wednesday hearing regarding the L’Anse Warden Electric Co. Permit To Install and Renewable Operating Permit renewal applications. MDEQ Air Quality Division (AQD) Assistant ...

Community survey will determine risk factor priority for local youths

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon County Communities That Care (CTC) is asking residents to choose two of four risk factors identified in a Risk and Protective Factor Assessment of area youth. “We certainly do want the people’s opinion on what we should focus on,” said CTC Coordinator Adriana ...