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Man pleads not guilty to harassing phone call to clerk

DAVISON TOWNSHIP — A Genesee County man pleaded not guilty this week on charges of making a threatening late-night phone call to Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly on behalf of her then-opponent in March 2020. Matthew Smith pleaded not guilty Monday in 67th District Court in Genesee ...

Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions

The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully ...

Portage Lake Lift Bridge closed to nautical traffic during funeral Saturday

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake Lift Bridge will not lift for nautical traffic during a funeral procession Saturday morning. From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, the U.S. 41 bridge over the Keweenaw Waterway will be closed to masted navigation during the funeral procession for Houghton County ...

A hero returns home to the Copper Country

Chris Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean was returned to the Copper Country Thursday afternoon under heavy escort. Community members held up signs and greeted the procession from Michigan Tech through Hancock.

DNR creates road block for Keweenaw bike trails

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County Board Chairman Don Piche said at the regular July meeting Wednesday that thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the land purchase agreement between the county and John Mueller, owner of the Keweenaw Resort LLC, has stalled. “Sorry to ...