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Whitmer ties reopening to vaccination rates

HOUGHTON — In a bid to inspire more Michigan residents to get vaccinated, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday the state would tie further rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions to statewide vaccination rates. Whitmer’s plan gradually eliminates limits as more people get vaccinated, ...

CLK Elementary School wins national award

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — CLK Elementary School was named a National Showcase School by Capturing Kids’ Hearts earlier this month, according to a release from CLK Elementary School Assistant Principal Julie Giachino. “This is quite the honor for our school,” said Elementary Principal Matt ...

GoFundMe page set up for family of Ontonagon County boy

PAULDING — The family of an Ontonagon County boy whose body was found Monday after a three-day search announced funeral arrangements for this weekend, while friends have set up an online fundraiser for the family. Cam Besonen’s mother, Jill Keeley-Besonen, confirmed the authenticity of ...

Is vein stripping safe for a person with mild liver disease?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have liver disease (my doctor calls it mild cirrhosis) and terrible, painful varicose veins. Is it safe for me to get a vein stripping? – V.P. ANSWER: The risk of an operation always depends on the type of operation and the underlying medical condition of the patient. ...

WUPHD resumes Johnson & Johnson use

HANCOCK — With the lifting of the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is resuming its use. Both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna will be available at a public mass vaccination clinic at Michigan Technological University Thursday. The ...

Calumet Fire Department to benefit from Gary Sinise Foundation Grant

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Fire Department is receiving a grant of $22,000 for new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus air tanks, which are set to expire this summer, according to a release from the village. The grant is from the Gary Sinise Foundation. The tanks, which are used anytime ...

Delay season: Houghton road project begins next week

HOUGHTON — A $9.6 million reconstruction project on U.S. 41 between downtown Houghton and Michigan Technological University will get underway on Monday. The project is intended to improve traffic flow, as well as improve pedestrian safety and reduce unnecessary maintenance costs. Work ...

Bike Club trails reopening rests on advice of county’s lawyer

EAGLE RIVER — During a presentation of the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) to the Keweenaw County Board at the regular April meeting, the topic came down to one of liability and who would pay in the event of a catastrophic injury of a user of the mountain bike trails owned by the club and ...

Hancock Planning Commission discusses placemaking, neighborhood expansions

HANCOCK — The City Planning Commission met Monday evening in-person in the council chambers of City Hall. City Manager Mary Babcock introduced the first subject, zoning. “Over the last couple months, we have talked a lot about zoning, and one of the things that keeps coming up is ...

School superintendent proud of award winners

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin said that at during the April meeting of the Hancock School Board, the Copper Country Association of School Boards (CCASB) Awards were announced. “These honors,” said Patchin, recognize individuals and organizations that have performed generous ...

One year later: Tech marks anniversary of COVID lab

HOUGHTON — The benefits of a quick testing turnaround for COVID-19 are obvious: a negative relieves stress, a positive enables quarantining and contact tracing that can limit further spread. In the early days of the pandemic, testing could take more than a week. Early on, Michigan ...

Pelican makes a stop in Copper Country

HOUGHTON — A rare pelican sighting took place on Apr. 19. Rita Erkkila and her husband were out walking their dog at McClain State Park. “We were walking the dog this morning on Bear Lake trail at McClain park,” she said. “My husband thought it was a swan. We saw the long beak and I ...

Redistricting committee member speaks at LWVCC forum

HOUGHTON — One of the members of Michigan’s new nonpartisan redistricting commission explained his role during a League of Women Voters of the Copper Country presentation on the redistricting process Tuesday. Steven Lett of Interlochen is one of 13 members of the Michigan Independent ...

Body of missing Ontonagon County teen found

PAULDING – The body of a teenager who was the subject of an extensive three-day search in the woods near his Upper Michigan home has been discovered by teams who had been battling snow and sub-zero temperatures in their attempts to locate him. Officials with the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s ...

Ryan Street Community Garden gets help from CTE students

HANCOCK — The Ryan Street Community Garden recently received a needed addition to their growing garden through collaboration with the Copper Country ISD Career & Technical Education programs. CTE Construction Technology students built a counter out of treated wood, then mounted a sink ...

Search continues for missing child

ONTONAGON — The search for a missing 17-year-old in Ontonagon County continued Monday, three days after he wandered off from home. Cam Besonen was reported missing late Friday afternoon. Search operations continued Monday with nearly 100 volunteers and 30 law enforcement personnel, the ...

Michigan’s new expungement laws offer second chance

LANSING, Mich. — Julia Elkins wants to go on school field trips with her daughter like other parents, but felonies from almost a decade ago related to her drug addiction will keep her ineligible unless she gets her criminal record expunged under new laws in Michigan that took effect this ...

Gone in a flash: None injured, house ‘total loss’ in Tamarack City fire

TAMARACK CITY — A Tamarack City house was described as a total loss after an electrical fire Friday afternoon. Three people were in the house at the time, all of whom got out safely, said Tamarack City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Klein. The fire at the Tamarack Street house was ...

Last steps in Houghton

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette People wait to enter the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton during Friday’s Senior Walk. The bar was at 50% capacity, as required by the state during the pandemic. At the time last year’s Senior Walk would have taken place, bars were still shut down ...