×

Front Page

Farmers Market a success

CALUMET — The first Farmers Market of 2020, which took place on Fifth Street on June 20, was more successful than anticipated, according to Main Street Calumet Executive Director, Leah Polzien. “We had a great day,” Polzien said. “Our farmers were not sure what to expect, and they ...

The Battle of Gettysburg: Prelude to the fight

Editor’s note: This story serves as the introduction to our coverage of important moments in both the American struggle for independence and the Civil War as significant dates overlap. This week, 157 years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought. The Battle of Gettysburg was not only the ...

Activists ask Houghton council to defund police

HOUGHTON — Local activists asked the Houghton City Council to consider shifting police funding to other resources, while Chief John Donnelly praised the department’s training and community involvement.  Defunding the police has been one of the most frequent suggestions raised by ...

4th of July celebration planned

HOUGHTON — The creator of the “All Business is Essential” campaign is planning a Fourth of July party for the community on his property in Tamarack City.  The event will start 6 p.m., Friday, July 3. He will host the event on 10 acres of private property at the Point in Tamarack ...

Importance of voting, running for local offices

“I’ll see you in November,” is phrase coming up more and more in U.S. politics as election season comes around again. The U.S. presidential election is not the only race voters should be interested in. Every voter has an interest in state and local level governments, too. Whitehouse.gov ...

Organizers ‘floored’ by public participation in recycling event

HOUGHTON — The organizers of Saturday’s inaugural Waste Reduction Drive came up with the idea, they figured it would go one of two ways: really good or really bad.  They were “floored” by what they saw.  “This event has shown me how sustainably-minded our community is,” said ...

Ford Dam sprouts bush

In their 2006 report, engineers gave the Ford Dam a very positive review. “The overall condition of the earthen dam appears to be good,” the report concluded. It noted the high hazard potential of the dam, with U.S. 41 and a fiber optic cable run along the crest at risk of being washed ...

The condition Blacks found themselves in during the 1980s

Editor’s note: This story is the sixth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. This is also the first of a two-part look at how drugs became pervasive in Detroit in the mid-to-late 1980s. The late 1980s and 1990s was a very tumultuous time in Detroit, also known as America’s ...

City Council raises non-issue to issue

HANCOCK — The Defund the Police movement currently sweeping the nation was a non-issue locally. That is, until the June 17 City Council meeting, when council members William Lytle and John Haeussler made it a topic for discussion when they threw their support behind two community members who ...

Houghton approves special use permit for recreational marijuana

HOUGHTON — Recreational marijuana sales are closer to becoming a reality in Houghton.  The city council approved a special-use permit Wednesday for Northern Specialty Health, a medical marijuana dispensary that is looking to expand into the recreational market. It also scheduled public ...

Planning stages: Julien discusses potential hotel with Planning Commission

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission heard a preliminary concept for a hotel next to the Franklin Square Inn at its meeting Tuesday.  Jon Julien, who also owns the Franklin Square Inn and The Vault, presented his plans for the site, now housing vacant buildings between the Franklin ...

Sleeping man earns arrest date for 2

HOUGHTON — On Thursday morning, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office was alerted as to a man slumped in his vehicle, parked in front of the Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from that agency. Deputies identified him as a 32-year-old Hancock man, who was nodding off and passing ...

Citizens sue Houghton over alleged violation

HOUGHTON — The City of Houghton is facing a civil suit alleging meetings of the Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Committee violated the state’s Open Meetings Act. Benjamin Ciavola, Marilyn Cooper and Frank Fiala are named as plaintiffs in the complaint, which attorney Evan Dixon ...

Hancock Police object to council member comments

HANCOCK — In an open letter to the members of the Hancock City Council, the City Police Department responded to comments made at the June 17 council meeting regarding defunding the police. The letter also mentioned comments made to, and in, the Daily Mining Gazette. “Since the council ...

Copper Country’s first Waste Reduction Drive this Saturday

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) has announced it will host The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, in the Michigan Tech Lot 24 parking lot. In a Wednesday release, The Sustainability ...

Students look to answer question about local waste

How much waste can we save from the landfill as a community? This is a question the MTU Sustainability Demonstration House is asking during its The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive, this Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Michigan Tech’s Lot 24, on Sharon Avenue in Houghton, near the ...

Conditions vary: Not all local dams are in great shape

There are 22 dams regulated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the four-county region covered by the Gazette. An additional dam, Prickett Dam, is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Of the dams registered with EGLE, twenty are regulated ...

Hancock Schools District Library opened Monday

HANCOCK — The District Library opened for physical entrance and book check-out Monday, after months of being open only to students for curbside pick-up. The library was closed to entry on June 8, limiting its operations to providing curbside pick-up services for library materials after Gov. ...

Isle Royale increases access: Campgrounds, docks, trails reopen Friday

HOUGHTON — Isle Royale National Park will start increasing recreational access to the park this weekend. The decision comes after guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Michigan and local public health authorities, the park said in a ...