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INVASION UNDER WAY: Invasion of Europe begins in northern France

HOUGHTON — On June 6, 1944, regular radio programming on WHDF was interrupted for an announcement issued by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). “The following communique has just been issued by Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces,” the announcement began. “Under ...

Whitmer: More UP businesses can reopen Wednesday

HOUGHTON — Hair salons, gyms and movie theaters are some of the businesses that will be able to reopen Wednesday in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday.  The U.P. and northern Michigan were moved to Phase 5 of the state’s six-phase recovery ...

Reinforcements: Sheriff’s Office using grant to bolster coverage

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office has received a 2020 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck from the Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) through the Department of Homeland Security. To be eligible for OPSG, said Sheriff Curt Pennala, entities must be state, local, or tribal law enforcement ...

Olsen motivated to serve county

Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination the the Baraga County Commissioner seat being vacated by Bill Menge at the end of his current term. “I’m just your average guy,” said Lyle Olsen, one of the candidates. Olsen was born and raised in L’Anse, but moved downstate to ...

New COVID-19 positive in Houghton County

HANCOCK — A new case of COVID-19 in Houghton County was announced Wednesday related to one of the cases announced last week.  With most of the contract tracing completed, the six new cases of COVID-19 reported in Houghton County last week did not appear to have initiated any community ...

Marching with cause: Demonstration march gathers unprecedented numbers

HOUGHTON — More than 1,000 people of all ages gathered on the city of Houghton’s upper parking deck Wednesday for a demonstration march along Shelden Street, across the bridge to Hancock, then back, an unprecedented turnout for the Copper Country, according to police. Chanting “Black ...

Floyd protests may mark turning point, protesters say

HOUGHTON — As marchers filled both sides of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and shouts of “Black Lives Matter” resounded, James Collins lifted his phone in the air to document the scene for friends downstate.  “I believe that most people are starting to realize that injustice towards ...

Equal Rights protest in Houghton County: So far, so peaceful in town

HOUGHTON — On Wednesday, police estimated upwards of 1,000 people showed up on the back parking decks of Houghton to join in a solidarity march for George Floyd and American people of color. Blacks, whites, Asians, Jews, pastors, priests, professors and medical doctors joined together. Cars ...

Drive-thru grads: Hancock seniors given parade Saturday

HANCOCK — Hancock High School conducted its Senior Graduation Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning, in spite of chilly temperatures, high winds, and the threat of rain. The ceremony was conducted at the Hancock High School football field, where immediate family members of graduating ...

Houghton County nears 1K testing mark

Houghton County is closing in on 1,000 COVID-19 tests. As of Monday, 987 people had been referred for testing in Houghton County, more than half of the 1,784 in the five-county area. Of those tested in Houghton County, six were positive.  Michigan Technological University set up a lab ...

Hospitals maintain readiness for increase of local COVID cases

HANCOCK — Local hospitals are maintaining readiness for COVID-19 cases in the event of more cases as the Upper Peninsula begins to reopen. “While we are unable to predict the impact of the upcoming tourism season and the reopening of our communities, we are always prepared to identify, ...

Mason ready to build up Baraga County

Three people are running in August’s primary to be the Republican candidate for the Baraga County commissioner’s seat being left vacant by Bill Menge. Burt Mason, one of the candidates, relocated to the area from Detroit. Mason has been married for 49 years and has three kids and six ...

Getting to work: County begins summer road construction

RIPLEY — Despite delays caused by COVID-19, repairs of roads damaged in the Father’s Day flood are underway in Houghton County.  Work started Monday on a nearly $2.9 million project on Old Mill Hill Road to rebuild 0.41 miles of roadway, including storm sewer and culverts. Funded through ...

Lake Linden cancels July 4 celebration

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council and the Lake Linden Volunteer Fire Department have canceled the sponsored activities for this year’s Independence Day celebration, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said in a release. “We were at the point where we couldn’t continue planning, ...

Opening lines of communication

Three people have filed to run on the Republican ticket for the county commissioner seat vacated in Baraga County by Bill Menge. They will have a primary runoff on Aug. 4 to determine who runs against the Democrat on the ballot, Fran Whitman. Cindy Larson has lived in Baraga County for about ...

Remembering friends

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette A group of L’Anse seniors pay homage to fallen classmate Dylan Roberts during a graduation parade this week.

Amidst pandemic, Hancock High School offers happy news

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin on Friday extended an invitation to the public for an event to take place on Saturday, a parade for graduating seniors. The parade will be the kickoff to the Commencement Ceremony. “Hope you all can attend the parade tomorrow (Saturday May 30),” ...

Wifi hotspots offered throughout Copper Country

HANCOCK — COVID-19 is simultaneously creating more need for many people to access the internet and reducing the places from which they can log on.  To fill that need, a network of free wifi hotspots is being installed in the four-county area through a partnership between the Portage Health ...

Black Lives Matter: No hate group, but a fighting movement

The oppression of African Americans by various police departments and courts around the nation is well documented, and in recent years, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has been a voice trying to bring equality to the American justice system. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, is but ...

Horizons principal recognized by staff, honored by state

MOHAWK — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School District’s Horizons High School Principal, Joel Asiala, has been named Michigan Alternative Education Organization’s 2020 Administrator of the Year. He was nominated by his entire teaching staff, who felt unanimously compelled, due to the many ...