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Trolley tracks, coal bins unearthed on Quincy St.

HANCOCK - Work on the reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock has moved on to the 200 and 300 blocks, and the project is progressing as planned with no serious problems, according to Al Anderson.Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming Transportation ...

Park, walkway, street work still on to-do list

BARAGA - After 18 years on the job, Village Council President Wendell Dompier is not done yet. He is running as a nonpartisan for re-election."I've got a few more projects I'd like to see finished," Dompier said, naming a proposed Veteran's Park, walkway around the lake and ongoing street work ...

Reward for monument vandalism info

HOUGHTON - A city resident is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person or people responsible for the recent vandalism at Veterans Park in Houghton."When we investigate something like a larceny, we always have evidence, like we can find what gets ...

Local show of support for police

HOUGHTON - In light of national controversy sparked by the Dallas shooting on July 7 in which five police officers were killed and seven more wounded, local citizens have stepped forward to show their support for the Houghton Police force.Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts said support for their ...

Jail remains rotten within: inmate

HOUGHTON - The Houghton County Jail facility is receiving an expansion and upgrade of the kitchen, administration and storage areas.Unfortunately, this construction does not address or relieve the jail overcrowding, or the substandard living conditions for inmates, according to a recent letter ...

Items missing from Baraga Village Hall

BARAGA - Baraga Village is looking for chairs and fire extinguishers that have turned up missing sometime in the past month.Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire told the council about the missing equipment Tuesday. To combat future problems, the council allotted $500 so LeClaire can purchase four new ...

Tornado confirmed during Tuesday’s damaging UP storm

BESSEMER, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a tornado struck Michigan's western Upper Peninsula during an overnight storm that downed trees and caused power outages and flooding.The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday a low-end EF1 tornado struck three miles south of the Gogebic County ...

Obama’s words for black victims rankle police

DALLAS - After each fatal shooting of a black man by an officer, President Barack Obama has swiftly spoken out against bad policing, giving voice to the generations of African-Americans who have found themselves at the wrong end of a baton, a snarling dog or a gun.As much as those words have ...

Tax question dogs trustee resignation

LAKE LINDEN - The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board of Education is looking for a new member.The board accepted Trustee Kevin Codere's resignation with regret at its Tuesday meeting."I've enjoyed the past two years and hope I've brought some value to the mission of educating our ...

Jail project adds more space for administration

HOUGHTON - Along with the kitchen upgrade at the Houghton County Jail, badly needed expansion of administrative space is also underway.Expansion of that space will include increasing the size of the front desk and the sergeant's work station, said Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean.In ...

Jail kitchen built up to standards

HOUGHTON - Construction work at the Houghton County Jail is progressing smoothly, according to Sheriff Brian McLean, though the project was pushed back a couple of weeks due to the roofing crew being delayed past the start date.The project includes expansion of the kitchen, which will be ...

Lots of holes in GOP presidential ground game in key states

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Presidential battleground states were supposed to be swarming with Republican Party workers by now."We've moved on to thousands and thousands of employees," party chairman Reince Priebus declared in March, contrasting that with the GOP's late-blooming staffing four years ...

Berry Fest:Crowds flock to Chassell; Berryman named queen

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comCHASSELL - As Chassell Lions Club member Steve Palosaari says, "You can't go wrong when you celebrate around a dessert."Thousands did just that this weekend, heading to the 68th annual Copper Country Strawberry Festival in Chassell.The Lions Club prepares ...

Rural access to health care

HANCOCK - For people living in rural communities, getting access to health care can be difficult. Federally qualified health centers are intended to address that issue.According to the U.S. Health and Human Services website, the federally qualified health center (FQHC) designation is for ...

Women retirees more likely to face poverty

CHICAGO - During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they're more likely to live in poverty.These are women who have raised children and cared for sick and elderly family members, often taking what savings and income they do have and spending it on ...

Honor monument re-set

HOUGHTON The Purple Heart Monument in Veteran's Park has been repaired.On Thursday morning, Terry Wiitanen, manager of Champion Monument of Hancock, oversaw the re-set and repair of the monument that was vandalized a week ago in the park."It went pretty easy," Wiitanen said. "We had the right ...

Former member has issues with current Houghton County Board

CALUMET - Tom Tikkanen hopes to return to the Houghton County Board.Tikkanen, who served on the board from 2013-15, is running in the Republican primary for District 1, which includes Calumet and Hancock townships. His opponent is incumbent Eugene Londo, who defeated Tikkanen in the 2014 ...

‘Have hammer, will hit’: Groundbreaking for Habitat home

SOUTH RANGE - Copper Country Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) broke ground on Friday for Matthew, Kayleene and Landyn Beaudoin's home on Sixth Street in South Range.CCHFH, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a grassroots, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry seeking to ...

Makinen seeks re-election as prosecutor

HOUGHTON - Houghton County Prosecutor Michael Makinen is seeking a second full term in office.Makinen, who has been prosecutor since 2009, is running as a Democrat. He faces Republican challenger James Cone and Douglas Edwards, the former prosecutor who is running as an independent.Before ...