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Snow melting rapidly

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Don Camp of Grand Haven, Mich., nears the finish of the 25K freestyle race during the Great Bear Chase last Saturday. This past week saw much of the snow still visible in picturs like this melt.

Gun waiting periods rare in US states but more may be coming

Not long before the deadly Atlanta-area shootings spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide, police say the attacker made a legal purchase: a 9 mm handgun. Within hours, they say, he had killed eight people, seven of them women and six of Asian descent, in a rampage ...

Work continues on YMCA relocation

ESCANABA — Progress on the relocation of the Northern Lights YMCA to the former M-TEC facility on the Bay College campus is proceeding rapidly according to YMCA Executive Director Gary Nash. “They (Contractor Gundlach Champion) have exceeded our expectations in terms of their progress on ...

Budget addressed: Katz sets record straight on Calumet village budget

CALUMET — Amidst talk in the village that the council removed police funding from the FY 2022 budget after the Feb. 25 Public Budget Hearing, there seems to be some confusion about how the trustees are still leaving residents to pay that portion of the millage. While changes were, in fact, ...

Health department details variant protection

MARQUETTE — The discovery of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant has led to the Marquette County Health Department providing public health mitigation measures to minimize the impact. The variant was detected by the MCHD’s ongoing surveillance program that looks for variants of concern in the ...

County board members tour prospective jail site

HOUGHTON — Houghton County Board members and residents toured a prospective site for a new county jail, district court, sheriff’s office and other offices before a work session Thursday. The First Apostolic Lutheran Church site on Sharon Avenue in Houghton is for sale, as the ...

CCISD thanks health officials for efforts to help area

HANCOCK — In an open letter signed by the superintendents of the Copper Country Intermediate School District and released Friday, the CCISD thanked local health officials for their continued efforts to keep students, teachers, and school administrators safe through the past year as the ...

Hancock tables application for Navy St. land buy

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council will schedule a special meeting to hear from the city attorney regarding a grant to help the city acquire property on Navy Street. The city is considering applying for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant towards the cost of buying the land. The ...

Getting started: Houghton parking deck committee holds first meeting

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s Lakeshore Drive parking deck committee set officers and meeting times at its first meeting Tuesday. The initial members are Planning Commission members Tom Merz, Eric Waara, Mike Needham and Dan Liebau. Merz, the chairperson of the Planning Commission, will hold ...

Village responds to insurance check allegations

CALUMET — A Village Council trustee, and a former trustee, responded to a March 11, 2021, Daily Mining Gazette article in which Ashley and Andrew Bain said that since 2018, after a fire destroyed a house on Seventh Street, the couple has been trying to get some issues resolved with the ...

Michigan has 5th-highest virus rate in US over past week

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had the country’s fifth-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last week and is among 14 states where infections rose over the past two weeks, a trend that state health officials said is potentially tied to the increasing prevalence of a more contagious ...

Expansion: Vaccine eligibility expands locally as supplies increase

HANCOCK — As vaccine supplies increase throughout the five-county region, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is expanding eligibility for who can sign up. In addition to people 65 and older, the eligible groups now include people 50 and older with underlying health conditions ...

Closing on finish line

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Sarah Duclos of Ann Arbor and McDaniel Lang of Appleton, Wis., approach the finish of the 50K freestyle race during the Great Bear Chase Satuday.

H-PT gets update on food grants

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools’ food services director updated the district board on the status of several grants at Monday’s monthly meeting. The district received a portable service line at no cost through a Moolah for Schools grant from the United Dairy Industry of ...

Local residents snagged in drug bust

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Two area residents were arrested were arrested on March 12 on charges involving selling illegal drugs, according to a release from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). Detectives from UPSET, along with troopers from the Calumet Post and deputies from ...

Main Street Calumet’s mission explained

CALUMET — During a public presentation via the internet last Thursday, the chairwoman of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and executive director of Main Street Calumet, Leah Polzien, defined a downtown district from the angle of a community rather than a business cluster, then ...

No bears here: Racers enjoy Great Bear Chase

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Though scaled down for COVID safety, this year’s Great Bear Chase was still a highlight for skiers from across the Midwest. The annual ski race at the Swedetown Ski Trails in Calumet Township was capped at 550 racers this year, versus nearly 900 last year, said race ...

Houghton parking deck committee holds first meeting

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s parking deck committee set officers and meeting times at its first meeting Tuesday. The initial members are Planning Commission members Tom Merz, Eric Waara, Mike Needham and Dan Liebau. Merz, the chairperson of the Planning Commission, will hold the same title on ...

No injuries in College Avenue fire

HOUGHTON — There were no injuries in a house fire on College Avenue in Houghton Sunday night. The fire is reported to have started in the kitchen area, said Mike Reynolds, chief of the Houghton Fire Department. Firefighters arrived on scene at about 5:30 p.m. and saw smoke coming out of the ...