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Houghton County to consider alternate sites for jail

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will continue to look for alternate sites for a new county jail, Commissioner Roy Britz said at Tuesday’s county board meeting. The owner of property on Evergreen Drive in Houghton identified as a potential location for a jail is asking the county to pay the ...

Calumet grad, Lia Tervo, named 2020 Brule Scholarship recipient

Calumet graduate Lia Tervo has been selected as the 2020 Brule Scholarship recipient by Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design. The Brule Scholarship is a $20,000 competitive art scholarship for new students. Tervo plans to major in Graphic Design, which she hopes ...

Veteran uses platform to speak out

Photos provided by Catherine Paavola Elo veteran David Paavola, who served during the Vietnam War, shares info that he feels all “informed voters” already know. Paavola and his wife, Catherine, owned Cypress Corner for years. Paavola and his wife were angered and devastated by President ...

On the hunt for Parade of Nations

The scavenger hunt replacing the 2020 Parade of Nations events is off to as smooth a start as can be hoped for a first-time event, but so far nobody has solved all nine hunts and claimed first prize. “Things are going well,” organizer Will Schuett said. “We’re seeing quite a few ...

Driver accused of fatal OWI bound over

L’ANSE — The driver in an alleged July drunk-driving crash that killed one of her passengers was bound over to Baraga County Circuit Court Tuesday. Wendy Liuska, 48, appeared in 97th District Court via Zoom Tuesday. She voluntarily waived her scheduled preliminary hearing. If convicted, ...

Ontonagon holds Labor Day parade

ONTONAGON — By design, this year’s Ontonagon Labor Day parade didn’t have big marching bands or throngs of people in downtown. Instead, Ontonagon celebrated Labor Day with low-key attractions to help boost the community’s spirit after several months of COVID-19 restrictions. This ...

Hancock Schools: Bus routes and lunches announced

HANCOCK — In his weekly Friday email update, Superintendent Steve Patchin included the bus routes for this week, which can also be found on the school website. “We ask for your patience in this first week as we work on the timing of the runs,” he said. “Those not part of the route, ...

Dark money: how super PACS work

HOUGHTON — Legislators, governors, judges — even prosecuting attorneys— are all for sale in Lansing, depending on which nonprofit can match the price tag. Organized under 501c status of the Internal Revenue Code, nonprofit, tax-exempt groups can legally engage in varying amounts of ...

Beer: MTU surveillance testing accounts for most new COVID cases

HOUGHTON — Surveillance testing at Michigan Technological University accounts for the majority of new cases reported in Houghton County this week, while there does not appear to be evidence of community spread, said Kate Beer, health officer for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. ...

Literal stone wall

Photo courtesy of Richard Byrd Hand-laid stones are the strength of an operations building beside the Hoist House at the Quincy Copper Mine at Hancock.

Parade of Nations cancelled, but you can still hunt for its spirit

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost the world a lot in 2020, including the annual opportunity Copper Country takes to celebrate the diverse background of cultures. “The physical parade that happens annually is not taking place this year, nor is the multicultural festival,” said Will Schuette, ...

American Legion Post to host spaghetti dinner fundraiser

HANCOCK — American Legion Post 186, located on West Quincy Street, will conduct its semi-annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. The primary funding for the post comes from membership dues and the spaghetti dinners, said post member Dan Manninen. “We ...

Getting windy: High winds cause local damage

HOUGHTON — High winds led to downed trees and power outages throughout the northern Keweenaw Thursday. “There’s trees down all over the place, taking down some power lines,” said Houghton County Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Helminen. “That’s been pretty much it.” Keweenaw and ...

Michigan’s government thrives on dark money

HOUGHTON — A November, 2015, State Integrity Investigation report revealed that Michigan received an F grade, which the report called “An honor system with no honor.” The 2015 State Integrity Investigation was done in partnership with Global Integrity, and provided a comprehensive ...

Ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder is latest Republican to back Biden

LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder backed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to support the Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has actually been leading the charge on incivility. The divisiveness in our ...

Welcome back: L’Anse students return to class

L’ANSE — After nearly six months, students are back at L’Anse Area Schools. “There was a lot of energy the first day of school,” Superintendent Susan Tollefson said. “It’s great to hear those voices in the building again.” L’Anse Area Schools, along with Baraga Area ...

Dana Ferguson confirms domestic violence arrest

ALPENA — The Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District seat was arrested and charged with domestic violence against his ex-wife in May 2011 in Negaunee, The News has confirmed. Police records obtained by the site Conservative Intel show Democrat Dana Ferguson was also on ...

Having a goal of helping others: Canal View CNA receives scholarship

HANCOCK — For the first time in six years, a student working at Canal View - Houghton County has received a scholarship from the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council (MCMCFC). Isabella Menzel-Smith, a third-year biological sciences student at Michigan Technological University, ...

PHF providing $428,450 to local schools for safe start

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is providing $428,450 to school districts in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties to help fund their safe start to the school year. “Schools are a cornerstone of a safe, healthy community,” said Kevin Store, executive director of Portage ...