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Making their pitch: MTU students take part in Bob Mark Pitch competition

HOUGHTON — In four minutes Wednesday, students had to summarize their product, the need for it, and how they would bring it to market. For two more minutes, they had to field whatever questions a panel of judges could throw at them. The gauntlet is part of Michigan Technological ...

UP experiencing major 911 outage

The Michigan State Police Negaunee Regional Communication Center is experiencing a major 911 outage in the Upper Peninsula. If you reside in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, and/or Schoolcraft Counties and are unable to dial 911, please dial 866-411-0018 for any emergency need. If you ...

Two sentenced in drug case

EAGLE RIVER — Two Keweenaw County residents arrested in a drug investigation last summer were sentenced in Keweenaw County Circuit Court Thursday. Delano Howard, 33, and Sarah Howard, 32, both of Mohawk, were arrested last summer after a several-week drug investigation by the Upper ...

Archaeology and historical record solve a Portage Lake mystery

Editor’s note: This is Part Three of a series of the identification of the schooner barge “Mediator,” which sank in the Keweenaw Waterway in approximately 1900. Part One appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the DMG. Once Brendon Baillod and Randy Beebe had surveyed, photographed and ...

Ontonagon creates new position

Without being on the agenda or advertised, the Ontonagon Village Council unanimously added a new position to village government. The position is titled, development coordinator. After getting this position added to the agenda, President Tony Smydra explained who he wants to fill the position ...

Agreement: Magnusson Hotel to become a Hampton Inn

HOUGHTON — The renovated Franklin Square Inn will be a boon to the area, its soon-to-be owners said Tuesday. Julien Properties announced Tuesday it is purchasing the hotel from U.P. Hotel Group, Inc. The hotel will be affiliated with Hampton Inn by Hilton after a series of exterior and ...

L’Anse house fire kills 1

L’ANSE — One person was killed in a Wednesday morning fire on Fourth Street in L’Anse. The fire was reported about 9:35 a.m., said L’Anse Fire Chief Mike Bianco. Fire trucks were able to knock down flames coming out of the front of the house almost immediately, he said. The victim ...

CopperDog 150 hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser

CALUMET — CopperDog 150, Inc. will host a fundraising spaghetti dinner from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2020, at the Calumet Elks Lodge, at 25701 Wedge Street in Calumet. All proceeds from this event go to support the CopperDog 150. “We just need a little help with our budget this year, and we ...

Archaeological survey of sunken ship provides clues

Editor’s note: This is Part Two of a series of the identification of the schooner barge “Mediator,” which sank in the Keweenaw Waterway in approximately 1900. Part One appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the DMG. When Brendon Baillod and his dive team first investigated the remains of a ...

Keweenaw Waterway shipwreck finally identified

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series of the identification of the schooner barge “Mediator,” which sank in the Keweenaw Waterway in approximately 1900. The remains of one of the earliest cargo vessels to sail on Lake Superior has been identified, even though it has lain on ...

Race director announces 2020 CopperDog

CALUMET — CopperDog 150 will begin on Friday, Feb. 28, this year, and conclude on Sunday, March first, Jeff Foss told the Village Council last Tuesday. Foss, race director of the annual dog sled race, addressed the Village Council at its regular meeting and said he put together a proposal ...

Heikinpaiva hits its peak

HANCOCK — Heikinpaiva, Hancock’s Finnish Heritage Midwinter celebration, took place in downtown Hancock on Saturday. The month-long event features Finnish food, music, art, and games and the final day begins with a parade including characters from Finnish tradition and popular culture. ...

Benefit concert held for Roberta Rosenberger

HANCOCK — As a nurse, friend and family member, Roberta Rosenberger has given back to many people. Over the past month, it has been her turn to need them. And they ‘ve responded. A benefit concert was held for Roberta Rosenberger at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock Saturday night. On ...

Time to listen: Houghton to hold Lakeshore Drive development open house

HOUGHTON — Houghton will hold an open house on proposed development on Lakeshore Drive next month. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Members of the city’s Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Committee (LDRC), Planning Commission and City Council will hopefully be in ...

Recent ordinance passages raises questions

CALUMET — The Adult Use Marijuana Facility Ordinance that was passed in October was the cause of some questions of uncertainty at the regular meeting of the Village Council Tuesday. The questions arose in response to a Facility Authorization Application received by the village on Jan. 6. ...

Heikinpaiva welcomes instructor from Finland

HANCOCK — As the local community descends upon Hancock Saturday to celebrate Heikinpaiva, there is one young lady who has journeyed quite a distance to take part in this mid-winter festival. Twenty-two-year-old Minka Jarvenpaa has traveled more than 4,000 miles to this unique Copper Country ...

Pot store: Calumet Village receives authorization application

CALUMET — The village has received its first Adult Use Marijuana Facility Authorization Application, Clerk Kevin Weir told the Village Council Tuesday. The application was received on Jan. 6, along with the required application fee of $5,000, which was deposited into the General Fund two ...

Waterfront group hits goal for petition, might not use it

HOUGHTON — Despite reaching its goal for signatures on a petition for an initiative regarding the development of property on Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, a citizen group may seek a different way to gauge the public’s opinion. The group obtained about 160 signatures, above the 133 ...