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Gilchrist visits Houghton Elementary

HOUGHTON — Houghton Elementary School first-graders had a storytime to remember Monday morning. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visited the school, reading to students and meeting with administrators. “We value public education above all else, and so anytime I come to a community, I take ...

Rash of arrests at former air base

EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A high rate of trespassing at the former Calumet Air Force radar base on Keweenaw County’s Mt. Horace Greeley has been steadily increasing since late summer, said Keweenaw County Sheriff Bill Luokkanen. Because of the high risk of serious injury, or worse, ...

Vikings descend on Hancock over weekend: Finland’s Viking age on display

HANCOCK — The smell of smoke and the sounds of metal-on-metal filled the air on the Quincy Green Saturday as Balagard — Viking Age Finland took place there and in the Finnish American Heritage Center. The one-day Finnish and cultural fair assembled over a dozen experts from the Midwest, the ...

MTU holds first ‘Instruments of Change’ concert

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University hosted its inaugural Instruments of Change Community Concert at the Rozsa Center on Friday. Faculty, staff and students wanted to recognize the support community partners and donors have given to Michigan Tech, said President Richard Koubek. ...

Local Rep speaks out on budget

LANSING — For now, State Rep. Greg Markkanen is treating the state budget as a settled issue. “As far as we’re concerned, right now the budget is complete,” he said Thursday. “That doesn’t mean all the needs are met across the state.” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget ...

Markkanen bill would expand scholarships for former foster kids

LANSING — A state scholarship program for students who have aged out of foster care would be exapnded to include vocational classes under a bill proposed by State Rep. Greg Markkanen. House Bill 4406 was approved by the House of Representatives 104-4 in September. The Fostering Futures ...

Midwives provide important service

LAURIUM — When Cindy Beale was a registered nurse at a hospital in Milwaukee, she had wanted to be able to provide water birth for mothers. When she came to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, she was happy to see it offered here. Other mothers coming to the Keweenaw from larger cities have said ...

Calumet schedules fall cleanup

CALUMET — The Village Council has announced its annual Fall Cleanup, which will run from Thursday, Oct. 12 through Oct. 20, for yard debris, such as leaves and tree branches. Council Trustee Nathan Anderson said flyers announcing the dates have been distributed to the homes of residents, ...

Weaver running for Ontonagon Sheriff

Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Matt Weaver is seeking the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s position. The Democrat spoke at the monthly meeting of the Ontonagon County Republican Party (OCRP) at the Konteka in White Pine. Weaver will be running against incumbent Sheriff Dale Rantala, ...

Interfaith group seeks ways to find unity after graffiti

HOUGHTON — In response to the Nazi graffiti sprayed on Temple Jacob in September, Keweenaw residents from a variety of religions met Wednesday night to discuss ways to foster communities to work together in the current climate. The discussion group of about 20 discussed their feelings ...

Local fire departments receive needed equipment

CHASSELL — A number of local volunteer fire departments received over a half a million dollars in used fire fighting equipment last Thursday, thanks to a downstate organization called From our Fire House to Yours. Denny Hughes, a retired firefighter from Farmington Hills, is a co-founder ...

Calumet’s facade grant moves forward

CALUMET — With funding from a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has completed the process of seeking quotes to provide complete grant administration for $305,709 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded project. ...

WUPHD issues health warning for Julio scrap yards

RIPLEY — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) issued a warning Monday for people to avoid activity near the Julio scrap yards in Ripley after testing showed elevated levels of asbestos and heavy metals. Sampling was conducted by the Michigan Department of Environment, ...

PHF seeks non-profits to apply for Giving Tuesday match

HANCOCK — For the third year, Portage Health Foundation will raise money for local charities through its participation in Giving Tuesday. In its Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is program, PHF will match up to $100,000 total in donations made to local non-profits on Giving Tuesday, which ...

Lighting the way with paint

Provided photo The mural on the side of The Village Gift Store in L’Anse, a collaboration between artist Brian Welsh and contest-winner Rion Maki, was started in September and, weather permitting, will be finished in October.

CCHS holds EchoTrek fundraiser

HOUGHTON — The week before Alec Fisher died, he sent his mother a Google Docs link with his Christmas wishlist. It had one item and a note: “If there’s any money left over, just give it to the Humane Society.” To keep his legacy alive, Fisher’s family is collaborating with the ...

Fort Wilkins again receives attention

COPPER HARBOR — Fort Wilkins State Park was the subject of an underwater archaeology survey Saturday, or more accurately, Lake Fanny Hooe, on the southern boundary of the former military post. Wayne Lusardi, the state of Michigan maritime archaeologist with the Department of Natural ...

One injured in two-vehicle crash

CALUMET — One person was in stable condition after a two-car crash in Franklin Township Monday morning. The crash happened about 8 a.m. at the four-lane intersection of U.S. 41 and Highway Road, according to the Michigan State Police. Lila Hobmeier, 77, was turning left onto Highway Road ...

Cooked to perfection at Horizons

CALUMET — Students at Horizons Alternative High School in Calumet take the same core classes that they would at any other school. However, the educators and administrators often attempt to offer additional courses to help the students become well-rounded and offer them experiences that they ...