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Houghton approves $18M budget; state revenue cuts projected

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved a budget of just over $18 million at its meeting Wednesday. Health insurance costs are projected to increase by about 7%, City Manager Eric Waara said. The city did not budget for salary increases. With COVID-19 taking a large chunk of state ...

Agreement made: Larson officially takes Houghton County job

HOUGHTON — Ben Larson made it official Friday, formally signing on as Houghton County’s next administrator.  Larson, the director of advancement for the College of Sciences and Arts at MIchigan Technological University, starts work for the county on Aug. 3. He will learn the ropes from ...

Secret tool for suffrage: Cookbooks revealed women’s secret world

To put it bluntly, history too often tends to be gender-biased. Historians will focus on wars, battles, industries, or some other aspect of life of which women were largely excluded. History, like life, was gender-biased. Because of this, historical sources regarding the roles of women in 18th, ...

Meth lab found in Houghton Friday

HOUGHTON — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) assisted the Houghton City Police Department with the response to an alleged meth lab Friday.    While executing a search warrant on a vehicle believed to be involved in the recent larcenies of  two ...

Moving forward: Houghton County extends offer to new administrator

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will have a new administrator.  The county board voted Tuesday to extend an offer to Ben Larson to take over when Eric Forsberg retires at the end of August. Larson currently works at Michigan Technological University, where he is director of advancement for the ...

Arrests made in larceny investigation

HOUGHTON — Two arrests have been made in connection with the larceny of two trailers, snowmobiles and a motorcycle, according to the Police Department. The drivetrains of the snowmobiles, however, are sill missing, and further investigation continues. The two suspects will be arraigned in ...

LL-H gets $2.5M donation

LAKE LINDEN — Shortly after being named superintendent of Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools, Brad Codere was summoned into current Superintendent Craig Sundblad’s office.  “You might want to sit down,” Sundblad told Codere. Codere braced himself for something bad. His fears were ...

Petition to recall Michigan governor can proceed

HOUGHTON — The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers on Monday unanimously approved ballot language on a petition to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The petition was filed by downstate Albion resident, Chad Basse, 39, in response to a March executive order under which Whitmer ordered ...

LL-H to reopen Sept. 1

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools will start its school year on Sept. 1, the district board voted Monday. The district had applied for a waiver to start school ahead of Labor Day, which falls later on the calendar than usual this year.  “This would give us Tuesday, ...

Passing the torch: Menge ready to move on from Baraga County Commissioner

William Menge will be leaving his seat as Baraga County Commissioner in November after 14 years. “I’m going to be 81 years old in November,” he said. “I just figure somebody else really needs to take that job, especially a younger person.” During his time on the board, the county ...

Local congregation helping people register to vote absentee

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways. One way is how elections are organized. Portage Township Committee Trustee Bill Fink, declared that, “in upcoming elections, every community is going to have to prioritize the health of the folks working the polls.” ...

Outdoor dining returning to Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — After getting a request from a downtown Ontonagon restaurant to allow the business to put tables and chairs on the sidewalk, the Ontonagon Village Council unanimously approved a resolution in support to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and unanimously approved the ...

Hancock Schools looks to fall classes

HANCOCK — The Public School District is planning to return to face-face instruction with beginning of the 2020-21 school year, along with conducting the fall sports preparation and competition schedules. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the Coronavirus outbreak in Michigan closed school ...

Local campgrounds have reopened

HOUGHTON — As restrictions lift on campgrounds and the residents who fill them, local campgrounds are opening back up.  The Houghton RV Park reopened on June 2. It had been taking reservations before that based on a projected start date of June 12. Bookings have been filling fast, said ...

African American Michigan: Morning in America, but for who?

Editor’s note: This story is the sixth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. In the 1980s, the American political scene was mostly dominated by President Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a former California governor, and a movie star before that. Reagan had movie star charm and a ...

Isle Royale increasing boat access to the park

HOUGHTON — Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Safe Start plan, and local public health authorities, Isle Royale is increasing boat access to the park.   Beginning Wednesday, overnight anchoring for boats will be ...

Ontonagon Area School District sets tax millage request

The Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) held a special Board of Education Meeting last Thursday. The purpose of the meeting was for the board to agree on the tax rate request. The tax rate request is to set the millage for non-homestead properties, debt retirement millage on all ...

Sustainability Film Series a decade old

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Film Series recently finished its 10th year, said Joan Chadde. Chadde is the director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach Education Program; Coordinator of the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & ...

A way to celebrate

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette A poster featuring L’Anse senior Shelby Harrison was on display during the school’s parade to honor those students who graduated in downtown L’Anse.

Whitman brings experience to bear

With the sitting commissioner, Bill Menge, declining to run for reelection, four Baraga County residents are competing for the fourth seat on the board. Fran Whitman is the only candidate registered to run with the Democratic Party, and will compete in November with the Republican candidate who ...