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Amistad Project continues battle over voter integrity

Since ballot counting began in Michigan, Bridge has constantly asserted that President Donald Trump has claimed, either “without proof,” or “without evidence,” that the elections were skewed by massive fraud. Yet, according to many sources and organizations beyond Bridge, there is ...

200 protest COVID restrictions with family night

HOUGHTON — An estimated 200 people attended a party at the Mine Shaft & Rock House Grille Friday held to protest the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the three-week pause that prohibited the business from being open to the public. The event included food and the use of the ...

MTU launches film series on race

HOUGHTON — A new film series hosted by a sociology class at Michigan Technological University is giving people a forum to discuss a variety of racial issues in America. The Film Festival on Reckoning with Race began this week and continues through Dec. 13. The 11 films were picked by ...

Trump meets Michigan leaders in bid to subvert election

WASHINGTON — Michigan state legislators headed to the White House on Friday as President Donald Trump made an extraordinary and sure-to-be futile attempt to block Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state and subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election. The state has yet to ...

Hancock announces new teacher contract, school day changes

HANCOCK — In an email sent out to the district last Friday, Superintendent Steve Patchin announced that the school board and the teachers union settled on a new contract, the duration of which is two years. There will also be major changes coming for the 2021-22 school year, he added. In ...

Ontonagon questions CARES Act invoice

While the village of Ontonagon handed out a pay raise of over $3.00 to an employee in the office, and gave an additional $10.00/hr (to $30.00/hr) to a former employee to come back and help train her replacement, the village council continues to try to find a way to pay an individual they have ...

Aspirus CEO: Care might change to avoid filling beds

WAUSAU, Wis. — With COVID-19 cases expected to rise through the holiday season, Aspirus hospitals may reschedule some non-time-sensitive procedures and move less serious cases to a home care model, Aspirus CEO Matt Heywood said during a press conference Wednesday. Typically, Aspirus staffs ...

Ontonagon Village on spending spree

ONTONAGON — To the untrained eye, it would appear that the Ontonagon Village Council has money to burn. The village continues to get extensions on money owed to the Michigan Department of Treasury. The Treasury has not only given the village another extension, according to Village Manager ...

Ontonagon Schools ratifies contract

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board of Education unanimously ratified the contract with the Ontonagon Teachers Education Association (OTEA).   While there will be no increase in salary, teachers will be reimbursed for SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) ...

H-PT board hears COVID update

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools board members received briefings on the district’s COVID response during a board meeting Monday, during which they renewed the district’s COVID learning plan for another month. Starting Wednesday, all Michigan high schools are required to ...

Hancock Schools announces new principal

HANCOCK — Jesse Kentala, former English teacher and guidance counselor at Dollar Bay - Tamarack City Area Schools, has been selected as the new principal of the Hancock Middle School, according to a release from the school. Kentala, who was with Dollar Bay-Tamarack Schools for 15 years, ...

Jim’s Pizza encourages community involvement in Christmas Spirit

CALUMET — Jim’s Pizza, under new ownership since last December, would like the community to help them find the right people receive Thanksgiving boxes filled with Thanksgiving meal starters. These include potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, celery, cranberries, and also a few turkeys. ...

Schools adjust to three-week closures

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Hancock Schools Superintendent Steve Patchin and Houghton High School Principal Cole Klein announced plans for their respective schools, in responses to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcements involving schools and the COVID-19 pandemic spikes. “Today Gov. Whitmer stated ...

Classes, indoor dining halted in latest anti-COVID measure

HOUGHTON — To tamp down a new wave of COVID-19 infections throughout the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Sunday announced the temporary suspension of in-person classes for high schools and colleges, indoor service for bars and restaurants and other restrictions on indoor entertainment venues and ...

‘Stop the steal’: Trump supporters rally at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People waving U.S. and Trump flags rallied Saturday at the Michigan Capitol as speakers cast doubt on the results of the Nov. 3 election and encouraged Republican lawmakers to deliver Michigan’s electoral votes to the president. “We all know the president won an ...

COVID numbers keep rising in greater Copper Country

HANCOCK — Ontonagon County tops the state in both the rate of new cases and in the percentage of tests coming back positive, while Baraga County is in the top five for both categories. State data show Ontonagon County with a seven-day average of 35% positive tests, based on an average of ...

Biden likely to break barriers, pick woman to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet. Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon ...

White Pine Mine tailings pond disappearing, still inspected as dam

While it comes as a surprise to some, the state of Michigan still requires the registration and inspection of the human-made tailings ponds at the White Pine Mine. This makes the Tailings Pond No. 2 dam the longest in Copper Country. It is 5.5 miles long, and ranges in height up to 70 feet, ...

LaBine, Haeussler back into leadership roles in Hancock

HANCOCK — New members of the Hancock City Council were sworn in over Zoom on Wednesday evening, and mayor and mayor pro tem were selected. “All right, if you could just raise your right hand,” City Clerk Ashley Freeman said. Joining the council for the first time are Kurt Rickard and ...

St. Vincent de Paul in Hancock starts capital campaign

HANCOCK — St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Society’s resale store on Quincy Street has begun the public phase of a capital campaign to raise funds to offset the cost of a truck which is needed for picking up large donations such as furniture. The late-model, single-unit, Chevrolet truck ...