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Hancock Schools releases health policies for new school year

HANCOCK — Hancock Superintendent Steve Patchin in a Friday email, released the 2020-21 Hancock Schools health policies that have been adopted by administration, as more than 75% of all students have chosen to return to face-to-face instruction when school begins on Sept. 8. “We have ...

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. “We’re working hard to have this done by the end of the year and ...

Whitmer’s School Roadmap offers guidelines for Phase 5 schools

HANCOCK — As schools across Upper Michigan return to face-to-face instruction, some students and parents are not sure about topics such as facial coverings in schools and on buses. In a Friday email release, Superintendent Steve Patchin said that as of Aug. 28, information stated that over ...

Whitmer sends Michigan troops to Wisconsin

LANSING — In response to a request from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday, Aug. 27, authorized two companies of the Michigan National Guard to provide support in Wisconsin, as the city of Kenosha faced protests and violence after the police shooting of ...

Ontonagon hears from auditor

While many disagree as to the financial condition of the village of Ontonagon, most agree that the village is in debt. The question that remains, how far is the village in debt? After holding a couple of council meetings at the Performing Arts Center, where the public could attend, the ...

Houghton County sees first COVID-19 death

HANCOCK — A local resident has died of complications from COVID-19, becoming the second COVID-related fatality in the five-county area, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said Saturday. The elderly person was an inpatient at a local hospital at the time of their death. “Our ...

Livestock auction, fair food bring people to fairgrounds

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair may have been canceled for 2020, but some sparks of the fair experience remained. The annual junior market livestock auction went on as usual Saturday afternoon, while Skerbeck Entertainment set up a drive-through sale for fair foods on what would ...

WUPHD: Frat house is possible COVID-19 exposure site

HOUGHTON — The Theta Tau - Beta Chapter’s house in Houghton has been identified as a possible COVID-19 exposure site, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announced Saturday. Exposure may have occurred during events held at the house on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. The house is located ...

Julien named to Planning Commission

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission has a new member. The Houghton City Council appointed Jennifer Julien to fill the spot vacated by Gary Lubiniski. She will represent the recreation and tourism sectors. The partial term expires Dec. 31, 2022.  Julien and fellow candidates Ben ...

Several millage renewals on Houghton County ballot

HOUGHTON — A number of road, operating and fire millages are on the November ballot for Houghton County.  • Chassell Township residents will vote on a 2-mil, four-year renewal for road improvement. It would result in an estimated $130,100.40 in revenue in the first year. There will also ...

Redridge Dam to be repaired, stabilized with FEMA money

Copper Country’s infrastructure took a heavy damage during the 2018 Father’s Day flooding. Among the repairs still being made are those to Redridge’s historic steel dam. Stan Vitton, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University, is a key member ...

Local trail volunteers win national-level awards

The North Country Trail Association held its annual awards ceremony in August, and members of local chapters were given two national-level awards, Trail Maintainer of the Year, and Boots on the Trail. Calvin Kangas of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter won NCTA Trail Maintainer of the Year, as well as ...

Responsible firearm training, certification at 906 Tactical

On Saturday, Aug. 22, Jeff Stroud taught a class for law-abiding Yoopers looking to receive their concealed pistol licenses (CPL). Stroud teaches his classes on not only the legalities of CPLs, but how to be a responsible, and, in his words, exemplary carrier. Stroud is a fully-licensed ...

Lakeshore committee meetings to be open to the public

HOUGHTON — Meetings of Houghton’s Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Committee will be advertised and open to the public after a vote by the Houghton City Council Wednesday.  The committee was formed to discuss the potential sale of the Lakeshore Drive parking deck property to The Veridea ...

Calumet votes down recreational marijuana ordinance

CALUMET — The village of Calumet’s legal counsel determined Wednesday a majority of council members present was not enough to pass a recreational marijuana ordinance at Tuesday’s village meeting, Village Manager Caleb Katz said Wednesday. By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the council favored ...

Some contested races on November ballot

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will see several contested city and county races on the November ballot.  • County board (two-year terms): In District 1, Republican Vice Chairman Tom Tikkanen is running against Democratic challenger Amber Brodersen. In District 2, Republican Chairman Al ...

Boat parade fun on Portage Canal

Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette A boat owned by Kevin and Lori Geshel of Painesdale, was only one of almost 200 boaters who rallied the Portage Canal this past Sunday afternoon in support of President Donald Trump as he prepared for the start of the Republican National Convention. For more ...

Portage Health Foundation collaborates to help community

Editor’s note: This story was written with the intention of running in our Heroes special section on Saturday, but was cut for space. HANCOCK — When it comes to discussing people or groups who act heroically in a community, a group that seems to almost always be there, whether literally ...

Finlandia student tests positive for COVID-19

HANCOCK — A Finlandia University student tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend after baseline testing being done as students return for the fall semester, the university said Monday.  The student has been moved to a quarantine dorm on campus, said Olivia Myers, director of ...

Boat parade honoring Trump passes on canal

HOUGHTON — A boat parade showing support for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was held Sunday along the Portage Canal in Houghton. It started at 2 p.m. at Hancock Beach, went to Portage Lake and then traveled on to White City, according to TV6. Trump 2020 flags were latched ...