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Something surely missing

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette A lonely swing sits behind an orange fence at an empty playground in L’Anse which has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

School closure presents opportunities for reform

CALUMET — An Education Policy Report published by Michigan State University titled: “At the Crossroads: A Quarter Century of State Control,” stated: “As in other states, Michigan’s public school system developed around locally-governed and operated school districts, Over the last two ...

Candidates file for August primary

HOUGHTON — Most local races were unaffected by a U.S. District Court ruling extending the deadline for some filings in the August primary. The decision only applies to candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Wayne County Community College Trustee and judicial ...

The cost to fishermen

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Dave Holsworth works to trailer his fishing boat at the L’Anse marina. He said he stuck to the shore until the governor’s restrictions were loosened on boating, even though he wanted to use the boat. He also kept his dad from joining him. Normally, he ...

Superintendent ponders future changes to public education

CALUMET — The sudden closure of face-to-face classes in schools across Michigan, compelled the state to make several changes in how school districts conduct distance learning. One of the changes involved the state returning a fair degree of authority back to the intermediate school ...

Houghton to hold parking forums

HOUGHTON — Consultants have studied maps of parking in downtown Houghton. They have looked at the numbers. But they have yet to hear from the residents themselves.  That will change Wednesday with virtual forums on downtown parking. Originally scheduled for March, the forum was postponed ...

Hancock Superintendent discusses learning plan, thanks

HANCOCK — In a Friday email, Superintendent Steve Patchin told parents and students that Week One of the Learning Plan, has been completed. The plan, he said, expanded on the district’s activity packet program begun on March 16 when face-to-face learning at all schools was suspended. ...

Potential funds will aid local schools

HANCOCK — The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be immediately applying for nearly $390 million from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARE) Act, the MDE announced ...

Simple message for all

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Jacobson’s Funeral Home in L’Anse encourages people to Stay Home, Stay Safe.

Houghton continues COVID-19 response

HOUGHTON — To maintain social distancing, Houghton has temporarily made some city recreational equipment harder to use.  The city was having trouble keeping people off of basketball courts, City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council. To discourage use, city workers secured ...

Hancock Interact Club recognizes Earth Day

HANCOCK — Hancock Public Schools Interact Club celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday, adding a new component this year: face masks, gloves and social distancing. Club members braved cold north winds and cloudy weather to carry signs on Front Street, near the lift bridge, and at the corner of U.S. ...

Governor relaxes COVID restrictions

HOUGHTON — As new COVID-19 cases are plateauing in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Friday announced the easing of some restrictions on businesses, while extending the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15.  At a press conference Friday, Whitmer said the state would look at data, ...

Teachers deserve more appreciation this year

HANCOCK — Teacher Appreciation Week occurs the first week of May. But this year, teachers have worked harder than ever to earn a far higher level of appreciation. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every school in the nation has been compelled to suspend classroom learning, while ...

Houghton High School break-in caught on CCTV

HOUGTHON — The Houghton Police Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering of the Houghton High School that occurred on Friday evening, April 17. According to a release from that department, the suspect is described as white male who was wearing black pants, a gray sweatshirt with ...

MTU sanitizer awaiting OK for testing

HOUGHTON — Federal approval is still needed before testing can begin on a Michigan Technological University project to sanitize personal protection equipment with high levels of heat.  The Mobile Thermal Unity (MTU) Sanitizer was first tested on Michigan Technological University’s campus ...

Houghton passes zoning ordinance for recreational marijuana shops

HOUGHTON — Recreational marijuana retailers still are not allowed in Houghton, but an ordinance approved Wednesday will regulate where they could go.  In a 4-3 vote, the Houghton City Council approved the ordinance, which imposes similar restrictions on location to the ones on medical ...

Barkell Elementary principal discusses learning from home challenges

HANCOCK — Michigan has asked schools in the state to track and report on the effectiveness of the activities they are assigning, said Barkell Elementary School Principal Dan Vaara, in a Wednesday email. “This allows us to remain in compliance,” he explained, “but more importantly, it ...

We are all in this together

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Buckos Party Store in Calumet has their window decorated in solidarity with Yoopers.

HPTS moves ahead with learning plan

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools Middle School Principal, Julie Filpus, said that the district spent the past two weeks of April creating a Continuity of Learning (COL) Plan for the school district. In an April 15 email to school district parents, Filpus said the school has ...

HPTS Math teacher offers updates on new learning method

HOUGHTON — Middle School math teacher Tiffany Scullion said Monday began the third week of classes moving online for Houghton-Portage Township Middle School math. Starting April 20, students began be receiving grades in PowerSchool for completed math assignments. At the end of the marking ...