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Refurbishing Progressing: Medical Care Facility renovation is ahead of schedule

HOUGHTON — Work at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility is a little less than half done and progressing ahead of schedule. Construction on the $8.5 million project started in March, including renovations on the ground and first floors and the addition of 12,500 square feet for dining. ...

Keweenaw County exploring broadband possibilities

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board continues to explore the possibilities of bringing broadband internet to residents of the state’s northernmost county, which is a project proposed a couple of weeks ago by county resident Theresa Ahlborn. Ahlborn, who wants to work remotely from ...

State Police at Calumet Post planning citizen’s academy

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post will conduct a citizen’s academy, according to a release. The academy is tentatively scheduled Sept. 25-Oct. 16. It will consist of four, two-hour classes on Monday evenings at the post on U.S. 41 just south of Calumet. The academy will ...

Money left on table: Lack of basic catering cuts out KML from profits

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge could be missing a financial opportunity by not catering the events taking place at the KML, according to Harvey Desnick, KML coordinator, catering the lodge is equipped to handle. He added, however, that an adequate staff would reduce potential ...

CC Arts Council celebrates 25 years of promoting art

HANCOCK — Cynthia Cote was hired to be the director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) before there was a building to house the art. “We were on the sidewalk,” she said metaphorically of the organization’s origin in 1992. The CCCAC is celebrating its 25th ...

Careless parking creates safety issues in Hancock

HANCOCK — Parking complaints are still posing a problem to police, as is evidenced by police reports in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Mining Gazette. Wayne Butler, Hancock police chief, said recently parking complaints have become overwhelming for his department, as students and other ...

Bridge walk adds optional fun run

HOUGHTON/HANCOCK — A little more intense activity was added to the 13th annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run on Monday. In previous years the event was called simply the Bridge Walk. This year event organizers encouraged participants to run as much as possible, said Angela Luskin, health and ...

Author speaks about joys of reading at orientation

HOUGHTON — 3.1415926535897932384 and on into infinity. Pi, the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is a neverending string of digits with no recurring patterns. But when Daniel Tammet thinks of it, it tells him a story as moving as a Shakespeare play. It makes him think of a ...

Greenland racer splits featured showdowns at Dirt Kings event

Greenland racer George Truscott won one of the two featured races Sunday at the Dirt Kings Late Model Tour event at the TNT Speedway in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. While many expected to see exciting racing with the Dirt King Late Models, the fans were treated to exciting racing in the Midwest ...

Afternoon on the Town: Houghton community welcomes students back

HOUGHTON — Hundreds of Michigan Technological University students swept down College Avenue to downtown Houghton Sunday, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes during Tech’s Afternoon on the Town. The annual event, which concludes Tech’s Orientation Week, gave chance for dozens of ...

Keweenaw County officials say economic development will bring broadband access

EAGLE RIVER — Establishing high-speed internet service in a remote area like Keweenaw County will happen with more economic growth, said Ann Gasperich, administrator for the county’s Planning Commission Gasperich last week informed the Keweenaw County Board that an internet initiative ...

Marketing intended to bring skiers to trails

Representatives for four ski trails areas in Houghton County are working together to get more people, both local and out of town, to use the trails. Cynthia MacDonald, president of Swedetown Trails, said the four ski areas are working together as the Keweenaw Trails Alliance to bring more ...

Man pleads guilty, bond revoked

HOUGHTON — A South Range man pleaded guilty Friday to three charges related to a February arrest for selling morphine in advance of a trial that had been scheduled for next week in Houghton County Circuit Court. Charles Knuckles, 24, pleaded guilty to delivery of of morphine/hydromorphone, ...

Nigerian arrested in Keweenaw County fraud sting

EAGLE RIVER — Abramson Abdullah Adekola, 22, a Nigerian national, has been arrested as the result of a criminal investigation into an identity fraud and stolen property processing operation, according to a release from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Adekola was taken into custody ...

Accused embezzler appears in court

HOUGHTON — The case of a Lake Linden woman accused of embezzling money from her father is still on track for trial. Susan Dulong, 47, is scheduled for a three-day trial starting Nov. 13. She appeared for a pretrial hearing Friday in Houghton County Circuit Court. She is charged with ...

Tech ROTC taking donations for Harvey victims

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is pitching in with the response to Hurricane Harvey. Tech will be collecting donations to send to Texas through Sept. 12. Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant are accepted, as ...

Police Chief offers solutions to multiple parking disputes

HANCOCK — Hancock Police Chief Wayne Butler said there are alternatives to calling the police with parking problems, which is something his department has been overwhelmed with lately, particularly on Quincy and Hancock Streets. “We are getting way too many calls in reference to parking ...

Keweenaw County asked to consider broadband planning

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board recently heard a presentation on an internet initiative, designed to bring high-speed internet to the county. Theresa (Tess) Ahlborn said that at Bete Gris, where she is building a home, the internet service available in that area is inadequate for ...

Battling Invaders: Group’s mission is stopping spread of non-native species

HOUGHTON — About 10 years ago, Sigrid Resh was running along the waterfront trail between Houghton and Chassell when she had her first encounter with giant knotweed. By the Quilt Shop, a large patch of the plants, which sprout up to 14 feet high, had formed an archway over the trail. ...