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CCISD, voters built CTE program, students coming

ere enrolled in the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education courses. Next year’s enrollment is projected at 323. “We obviously built what was needed, and kids are taking advantage of it,” CCISD superintendent George Stockero said. Stockero and ...

Light election in Copper Country

L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — The May ballot was mostly light in the Copper Country, but several municipalities did have items on the ballot. L’Anse Township was voting on a referendum for a zoning ordinance that would allow zoning for wind energy projects in forest areas. Renewable Energy ...

Angling Experience: Houghton Elementary students learn basics of fishing

HOUGHTON — Elementary school students from the Keweenaw cast their lures into the waters off the Great Lakes Research Center Tuesday afternoon in search of fish. While the fishing part was unsuccessful in a narrow sense, they did reel in new knowledge about fish, their place in the ...

Husky Doctor

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Xueling Li receives her doctoral hood during a hooding ceremony at Michigan Technological University on Saturday, signifying a Doctor of Philosophy degree in statistics. A total of 61 students received Ph.D.s at the 2019 spring commencement.

Rate Hikes: Houghton budget analysis of water, sewer funds finds need

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s water and sewer rates could be going up for the first time since 2012. City manager Eric Waara outlined the proposed rate hikes during a city budget meeting Wednesday. The combined percentage increase is about 9.6 percent. In sewer, the proposed increase will be ...

Becoming Husky: Nature or Nurture?

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University was a rigorous environment, graduating students said Saturday. But they would do it all over again. One of more than 1,000 students who walked across the stage during Saturday’s ceremony was student commencement speaker Monica Brechting of ...

Finlandia speakers: About all in family, making difference

HANCOCK — Finlandia University celebrated the graduation of 88 students at Sunday’s spring commencement. The student speaker was marketing major Haley Makela of Atlantic Mine. She was heavily involved in campus activity during her four years. She served as vice president of the Student ...

‘Inflection Point’: College of Computing established at MTU

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Board approved three new degree programs at its quarterly meeting Friday. It also passed resolutions in support of dissolving the School of Technology and creating the new College of Computing. “This will be the first college of its ...

Cities, townships get set for first election with more voting rights

HOUGHTON — While there are no statewide issues to consider at the polls, Tuesday’s May 7 election is the first since a constitutional voting rights amendment was passed by 67 percent of Michigan voters in November. Michigan voters approved a proposal on Nov. 6, 2018, that provided a ...

Evasive Measures: Air Force dragging its heels on reporting brownfield tests

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is still waiting for a report from the Air Force, nearly two years after water testing and soil testing was done at the former Calumet Air Force base on Mount Horace Greeley. Testing of groundwater and soils were conducted ...

State agency selling plants to stay open

HANCOCK — An estimated 10,000 plants will be available at the Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District’s (HKCD) annual tree sale, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Houghton County Arena. “Everybody is welcome,” said Gina Nicholas, chairperson of the HKCD board. “It’s ...

Land trust accredited to protect, conserve

HANCOCK — After a five-year process, the Keweenaw Land Trust has a stamp of approval from a prestigious source. Earlier this year the KLT received accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. It was formed 10 years ago by the Land Trust Alliance, which assists land trusts in ...

Tough Fit: Houghton planners OK Meijer site plan

HOUGHTON — The planned Meijer store passed a regulatory hurdle in Houghton Wednesday when the city’s Planning Commission approved the store’s site plan to be built along M-26 and west Sharon Avenue. The site for the 160,000-foot store was one of the most challenging he’s worked on, ...

Finlandia’s graduating artists face exhibition

HANCOCK — Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design is celebrating the graduation of nine students this spring with an exhibition displaying their work at the Finlandia Gallery in the Finish American Heritage Center on Quincy Street in Hancock from May 4-29. While the ...

Hancock board appoints Vaara interim school chief

HANCOCK — The School Board voted unanimously to approve authorization of Barkell Elementary School Principal Dan Vaara to serve as interim superintendent of Hancock Schools, temporarily filling the vacancy created when Kipp Beaudoin submitted his resignation on March 8. Vaara will serve in ...

Lake Superior Sportsman Club plans $2.4M renovation project

A former state prison built in the 1950s will bring a $2.4 million investment to Ontonagon County. The facility has been managed by the Lake Superior Sportsman Club (LSSC) since the 1970s. It is on Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property just east of Silver City off M-64. This ...

Hancock School Board clarifies admin contracts’ status

HANCOCK — School Board President Dale Kero sought to explain why the board decided not to renew contracts of administrators under the same terms of the previous contracts at a Monday board meeting. After consideration of those reasons for considering non-renewal, the board voted not to ...

Isle Royale moose boom is stressing park’s flora: study

ISLE ROYALE — The moose population on Isle Royale is estimated at 2,060, its highest level in almost 25 years. The numbers are putting pressure on their favored sources of food, which are showing signs of heavy damage. The numbers come from the latest iteration of Michigan Technological ...

Cooking Up Meds: Baraga pharmacist has recipe for Yooper Gravy

Baraga County resident Leonard Matusik has been giving away cannabis plant to other community members to grow outside. “My only option to get what I want, which is safe, effective, affordable cannabis medication, is to start from the grassroots,” Matusik said. The Food and Drug ...