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Schools to reopen in fall, tentatively

HANCOCK — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on June 17 announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict safety measures in place. The statement from Whitmer’s office said that the Return to School plan will align ...

Fireworks incoming: Local businessman plans July 4th celebration

LAKE LINDEN — A local business owner announced plans to hold a fireworks display to replace Lake Linden’s canceled Fourth of July celebration at Thursday’s meeting of the Lake Linden Village Council, drawing concerns from village officials that the resulting crowd would violate the ...

Mandatory Food Distribution sign up to continue receiving food each week

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin said that the Weekly Wednesday food distribution to area students is in transition to a summer feeding program, which has a different funding source. Because of the change in programs and funding sources, parents who wish continue participating in the ...

Hancock debates police funding in wake of budget discussions

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council held its regular June meeting on Wednesday evening via Zoom. One of the largest items on the agenda was the amending and approval of the city budget for the year 2020-2021. A main point of discussion involved the “Defund the Police” movement, which ...

Hancock plans out changes

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council held its regular June meeting on Wednesday evening via Zoom. The four-hour meeting discussed the budget, recreational marijuana licensing, and a number of other topics touching on how the city operates. Among those topics were splitting the clerk and ...

Houghton council to meet in person

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council will resume meeting in person this week. Wednesday’s council meeting at 5:30 p.m. will be the first held in the council chambers since March, when executive orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer limited gathering sizes and allowed governmental bodies to ...

Protesters hold Juneteenth march

HOUGHTON — Holding signs like “Stop Killing Black People” and “Silence is Violence,” about 40 people marched across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Friday to protest racial injustice and commemorate Juneteenth. “There’s a quote that ‘We don’t want it to be a moment, it’s a ...

Laurium village councilor resigns

LAURIUM – The Laurium Village Council held its regular June meeting over Zoom Wednesday evening. During the meeting, it was made public that village councilor Loralee Miller had formally resigned her seat because she will be moving out of the village. “I think she’s been a real asset to ...

Pets receive blessing

HOUGHTON — Swift’s True Value in Houghton held its inaugural Blessing of the Pets Saturday. Retired Rev. Jeff Paulson, an employee at Swift True Value Hardware, delivered the blessings. A Michigan Technological University alumnus, he had been a United Methodist “transformational ...

Officials concerned over citizen-planned event

LAKE LINDEN — A local business owner announced plans to hold a fireworks display to replace Lake Linden’s canceled Fourth of July celebration at Thursday’s meeting of the Lake Linden Village Council, drawing concerns from village officials that the resulting crowd would violate the ...

Mandatory Food Distribution sign up to continue receiving food each week

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin said that the Weekly Wednesday food distribution to area students is in transition to a summer feeding program, which has a different funding source. Because of the change in programs and funding sources, parents who wish continue participating in the ...

Fire destroys Adams Township home

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — A structure fire on Friday destroyed an Atlantic Mine home located on North Huron Street, stated a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. The fire began at approximately 3:30 p.m., and was reportedly started by a deep fryer on the stove. Adams Township Fire ...

Surplus Outlet clearance sale

Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette Temperatures lately have been near perfect in the Copper Country, leading right into a huge clearance sale going on this weekend at Surplus Outlet in downtown Houghton. As shown outside, brothers Tim and Travis Porter of Calumet along with friends Timikka Moe, ...

Lake Linden OKs budget

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden approved a balanced $569,000 general fund budget at its village council meeting Thursday night.  Hits from state revenue sharing meant Lake Linden had to postpone plans to replace the aging roof of the village hall.  “When the state projected that the revenue ...

Hancock votes down marijuana, for now

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council held its regular June meeting on Wednesday evening via Zoom. While a number of important issues were on the agenda, one of the most contentious was the vote on whether or not to allow marijuana retail licensing in Hancock. The council ultimately voted ...

Another step: Farmers Market returns to Calumet Village

CALUMET — The Main Street Calumet Farmers Market is returning to the village again this summer, and will begin its regular season run on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Main Street Calumet Executive Director Leah Polzien said this year will see several updates. The market is ...

Ontonagon Marina weather station operating

Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association (UPSFA) President Dale Rantala notified the group’s members, and boaters that the Ontonagon Marina’s new weather station is up and running. “New weather station activated at the marina,” he said. “Please pass this around so members ...

Residents working through backlog of bottles, cans

HOUGHTON — Michigan residents stashed away an estimated $64 million in potential deposits during the three-month ban on can and bottle returns, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  This week, people are starting to reclaim that money — and space, one 10-cent deposit at a ...

Ontonagon has a new day park

Ontonagon Township, known for its campground and children’s park, has added a new day park to its landscape. Doug’s Sunset Park is located next to the Legion Cabin, adjacent to the Ontonagon Township campground on the shores of Lake Superior. After the death of Doug Filppula, township ...