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Baraga County Land Dedication on Tuesday

For the GazetteARVON TOWNSHIP - The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a public dedication of the Abbaye Peninsula-Huron Bay Conservation Initiative at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.According to Evan McDonald, KLT executive ...

Fall Delay: Warm temps slow change of season

HOUGHTON - The leaves on trees are turning slower than usual, and the recent relatively warm temperatures have something to do with that, according to Tara Bal.Bal is a research assistant professor and Master of Forestry Degree Program director at the Michigan Technological University School of ...

Rates Remain: Utility gets break on SSR payment

HOUGHTON - On Sept. 8, the Daily Mining Gazette reported on an online group called "Fight UPPCO's rate hikes." At that time, the group claimed a membership of 909. As of Oct. 3, membership had risen to 1,197 members.UPPCO has yet to respond publicly to the website.Two weeks later, the Gazette ...

Fraternity marches for mental health funding for veterans

HOUGHTON - The local members of Sigma Phi Epsilon will be shouldering extra loads Saturday in solidarity with the metaphorical load faced by one of their late brothers and other veterans.The fraternity's Michigan Technological University chapter is hosting its annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck ...

Finlandia president outlines school’s projects

HANCOCK - The faculty and staff are doing their best to move Finlandia University forward, according to Philip Johnson, and Wednesday he and other university representatives gathered to talk about some of those efforts.Johnson, who is Finlandia president, said during the university's Community ...

Body image advice amid campaign insults

WASHINGTON - Even if your daughters don't pay much attention to politics, they'd be hard-pressed to have missed Donald Trump's attack of a former Miss Universe's weight or comments about a 400-pound hacker. It resonated with a 15-year-old who said this week the words damage girls' body image ...

Ducking the Debate

ONTONAGON - Three of the four political candidates scheduled to debate in Ontonagon agreed more than they disagreed in a amicable debate centered on issues of local concern.State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, his Republican challenger, Greg Markkanen, and Lon Johnson, Democratic candidate for ...

‘Time to come home’

ONTONAGON - Norman and Virginia Lindrus were married 61 years, but they knew each other much longer than that, according to daughter Michelle Libesch.Together in life, they also left this world together. Virginia died Sept. 25 of natural causes, and Norman died Oct. 3 from the effects of ...

Entangled 3rd body recovered

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University vessel Agassiz assisted staff from Traverse City's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College on Tuesday to recover the body of the last of three boaters who drown while fishing Sept. 17.Steven Chartre, 43, of Ishpeming, ...

Retiring emergency chief introduces replacement

HOUGHTON - Houghton County's emergency services coordinator introduced his replacement at Tuesday's County Board meeting.Jack Dueweke, who is retiring at the end of the month, will be passing the reins to Chris Van Arsdale. Dueweke will stay on through the end of October to bring Van Arsdale up ...

VP debate fact checks: debt, immigration, taxes, Syria, emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - Not all the claims in the vice presidential debate stand up to scrutiny. A look at some of them and how they compare with the facts:REPUBLICAN MIKE PENCE: "The fact that under this past administration, we've almost doubled the national debt is atrocious. ... Hillary Clinton ...

Final task

HOUGHTON - Michigan State Police are trying to recover the body of 43-year-old Steven Chartre of Ishpeming today from Keweenaw Bay.Chartre and his 9-year-old son, Ethan, went fishing Sept. 17 with 61-year-old Keith Karvonen of Atlantic Mine on Karvonen's 14-foot boat and were reported missing ...

Roar of Awareness

HOUGHTON - The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter had always observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October with a solemn ceremony of some kind.Three years ago, Executive Director Mary Niemela decided to shake it up."I thought, 'Let's make some noise. Bring it out into the community, and ...

Last class for college award

HANCOCK - When Jenna Ollanketo attended Hancock Central High School, she was certain she would leave the area to go to college. "I was set on moving away," she said.But that's not what happened.Ollanketo, who graduated from HCHS in 2014, said things didn't work out with the university she ...

Award made college affordable

HANCOCK - Having the Hancock Award available has been beneficial for Hancock Central High School students who could not otherwise afford a post-secondary education, said Karyn Ruohonen, Hancock middle school and high school counselor."It's worked out great," she said. "We've had more kids going ...

Healthcare impacts budget

L'ANSE - The Baraga County Board adopted a new budget Wednesday with significant changes in healthcare and a 50 cent raise for all full-time employees.The balanced budget lists $3,771,442.14 in revenues and expenses for the fiscal year beginning Saturday."Health insurance has much more ...

Bodies recovered

HOUGHTON - A local family's search for a loved one ended Saturday when the body of 61-year-old Keith Karvonen was recovered from Keweenaw Bay.Karvonen, and his friend, 41-year-old Steven Chartre of Ishpeming, both of whom worked for Checker Cab, and Chartre's 9-year-old son, Ethan, did not ...

Medical facility scheme disputed

HANCOCK - Candidates from the three contested Houghton County Board races answered questions at last week's Copper Country League of Women Voters forum.Speakers included Board Chairman Al Koskela, the Republican incumbent from District 2, and Democratic challenger Valorie Troesch; Vice Chairman ...

Lodge operation’s financial condition concerns manager

COPPER HARBOR - About two years ago, the Keweenaw County Board decided to make the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge self-funding for economic reasons, according to Debra Britz-Maier."It was bleeding the county dry at the time," said Britz-Maier, who is the KML manager.Britz-Maier, who was hired as KML ...

Walk for strength

By VANESSA DIETZvdietz@mininggazette.comBARAGA - A couple hundred people clad in purple honored domestic violence victims and survivors at the Keweenaw Bay Community College in Baraga Saturday.Most of the participants in the eighth annual Chelsey LaFernier Memorial Walk awareness event walked ...