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Icy roads claim vehicles

Paul Peterson/For the Gazette Police, an ambulance and several tow trucks were called to the scene of a four-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Hancock. There were several accidents throughout the Copper Country Wednesday.

County sells land to proposed charter school

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of two lots at the Houghton County Airpark to a proposed charter school at its monthly meeting Tuesday.  The county sold lots 19 and 20 of the airpark to the Copper Island Academy for $50,000.  The lots have been up ...

Whitmer: Delayed aid may slow vaccines; Senate has $2B plan

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday pressed state lawmakers to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 aid, warning that a delay could slow Michigan’s vaccination rate and efforts to reopen schools and help ailing businesses. The push coincided with Senate Republicans’ ...

LL-H adds board member

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board added a new member Monday night. Courtney Holzberger was sworn in for the first time at Monday’s monthly meeting. Holzberger was chosen by the board at a special meeting last week. She replaces Amy Codere, who resigned from the board. ...

Letters spark controversy over campus climate

HOUGHTON — Members of the campus community related their experience with discrimination locally and at the university during a Michigan Technological University Senate discussion on a recent anti-discrimination resolution and two campus letters from faculty protesting it. Public comment ...

Vaccine drive gains speed, but maskless fans fuel worries

The drive to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus is gaining speed and newly recorded cases have fallen to their lowest level in three months, but authorities worry that raucous Super Bowl celebrations could fuel new outbreaks. More than 4 million more vaccinations were reported over ...

Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall

Parents of schoolchildren learning from home shouldn’t necessarily count on reclaiming the dining room table any time soon. After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next ...

WUPHD: Vaccine situation improving, but still needs work

HANCOCK — There still is not enough COVID-19 vaccine to go around for all the residents eligible to take it, but the situation is improving, said Kate Beer. The state is now able to project supplies out for a couple of weeks, which will make it easier to schedule vaccination clinics, said ...

‘Defund Bergman’ campaign begins

MARQUETTE — A “Defund Bergman” campaign has been established to ask donors to withdraw financial contributions to U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet. According to its Facebook page, the campaign was built and powered by a “grassroots citizen engagement” from across the 1st ...

Snow, cold to stick around

HOUGHTON — Just after it would have done statue builders any good, the snow came. The system that led to nearly a foot and a half in parts of the Keweenaw has passed through, but more snow and low temperatures will remain in effect through next week. For Thursday’s snow, we can blame ...

Ontonagon remembers Herald publisher

ONTONAGON — The passing of Ontonagon Herald owner and publisher, and recent village trustee, Maureen Guzek was memorialized during Village President Tony Smydra’s president’s report. After being appointed to the council, Guzek was elected to the trustee position during this past ...

MDARD explains actions to committee

LANSING — On Wednesday, the Michigan House Agriculture Committee conducted a hearing in order for its members, as Chairwoman Julie Alexander put it, “to better understand the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)’s role” in Michigan’s Public Act 92 of 2000, ...

COVID, warm temps can’t stop all-nighter

HOUGHTON — Despite smaller crowds and fewer amenities, Michigan Technological University students did their best to maintain Winter Carnival spirit during an abnormal year for Wednesday’s all-nighter. As other students milled around or took photos, builders put finishing touches on their ...

Committee seeks answers about food law

LANSING — The Michigan House Agriculture Committee conducted a hearing on Wednesday to hear testimony from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on the licensing process for food establishments and current COVID-19 orders. Committee Chairwoman Rep. Julie ...

Statues come together

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Andrea Rake, a fifth-year student at Michigan Technological University, and Madeline Williston, a second-year student, craft a snow statue of a plane for Guardians of the North Wednesday afternoon. Makers of month-long statues and all-nighters were busy on ...

Wisconsin prosecutors seek Rittenhouse arrest, higher bond

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a new arrest warrant for an Illinois teen charged with shooting three people, killing two of them, during an anti-police protest in Wisconsin after he apparently violated his bail conditions. Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly failed to ...

Education nominee pledges new guidance, more virus testing

President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is pledging to counter the “frustration and distrust and fear” about reopening schools in the middle of a pandemic with clear guidance, expanded virus testing and a call for teachers to be prioritized in vaccine rollout plans. But ...