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WUPPDR announces municipality microgrants

HOUGHTON - The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) recently announced that its 2016 Placemaking Microgrant Program has awarded funding to seven municipalities in its six-county Western U.P. region. The agency, which hosted a public informational session on ...

Hewlett presents Great Lake Shipping Adventures at PLDL

HOUGHTON - The Portage Lake District Library of Houghton will host another of Roger Hewlett's Great Lakes shipping video presentations. "Great Lakes Shipping Adventures: Sailing the Freighters 1956 - 1957" is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the library. The presentation will ...

Storm causes road damage

HOUGHTON - Wednesday night's thunderstorms had crews out Thursday repairing erosion and spillage on local roads.On Houghton County roads, there was widespread damage, particularly in the Houghton area, where gravel shoulders suffered erosion, said county Road Engineer Kevin Harju.The worst ...

MTU student gives local perspective on Brexit

HOUGHTON - Although many people in the United Sates may not have had much interest in the discussions about Great Britain leaving the European Union, as an American living there at the time, Peter Nouhan found it fascinating.Nouhan is a student at Michigan Technological University who spent ...

The European Union explained

According to the EU website, the organization formed after the end of World War II with the goal of creating economic cooperation, which it was thought would make another continental war less likely. The organization was initially called the European Economic Community.Currently, there are 28 ...

Tall ship visit

HOUGHTON - The tall ship Mist of Avalon, a privately owned two-masted schooner out of Toronto, Canada, had been docked at the city's waterfront since Monday. The ship's hull design was based on a 19th century commercial fishing ship from Grand Banks, said James, a deckhand on the Mist of ...

Cause of July apartment fire remains undetermined

HOUGHTON - A state fire marshal has yet to determine the cause of a July 29 fire on Shelden Avenue, City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday's City Council meeting.Waara said he has been trading voicemails with the owner of the building, who was out of town last week, about his future plans ...

Streetscape Start: Quincy reconstruction reaches to 500 block

HANCOCK - The underground work for the Quincy Street reconstruction in Hancock is continuing, and work will soon begin on the streetscape for the project, according to Al Anderson.Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, ...

Pensions pumped: County primes fund with $1M

HOUGHTON - The pension fund for Houghton County employees was replenished on Tuesday.The County Board approved an additional $1 million in payments to reduce the unfunded liabilities in the retirement plan.The county was already paying $800,000 to the Municipal Employees Retirement System for ...

Trump blames media for 2nd Amend. uproar

BRISTOL, Va. - On the defensive once again, Donald Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. He's insisting he never advocated violence against Hillary Clinton, even as undeterred Democrats pile on.The latest controversy ...

CLK: Keep public access at range

CALUMET - The Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Board of Education passed a resolution concerning a building next to school property during its regular meeting Tuesday.Superintendent Darryl Pierce said the building is owned by the United States government, which wants to ...

Copper Harbor range light to get face lift

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comCOPPER HARBOR - The Copper Harbor Lighthouse, on Keweenaw County's Hay's Point, has undergone extensive archaeological and restoration works since the 1950s.Recently, the same attention has been paid to the mainland range lights, located within the ...

Conference looks at prehistoric mining

HOUGHTON - There is an endless supply of historical documentation regarding the production of copper and mining in the Lake Superior copper district. But there is little beyond archaeological evidence about those prehistoric miners who first opened up the region to mining over 6,000 years ...

Taxable Property: Site used by former school board member

LAKE LINDEN - A property on the Schoolcraft Township campground was determined to be taxable, Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Superintendent Craig Sundblad said at Monday's board meeting. However, he said, the school board has no role in collecting taxes.The 192-square-foot structure, which lacked ...

Teacher contract: LL-H Board approves union pact

LAKE LINDEN - The Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board of Education ratified a one-year contract with the district's teachers union at its meeting Monday.The new contract includes full steps and a 0.75 percent salary increase, said Superintendent Craig Sundblad. The district's insurance ...

Emergency Measures

ONTONAGON - Having experienced some of the worst storms Mother Nature can dole out, village officials are talking about what they can do to improve emergency measures.Village Manager Ken Waldrop said not only will the Fire Department sound a special siren to warn residents in the event of ...

Baraga Cnty. Board takes steps to enhance courthouse security

L'ANSE - The Baraga County Board took action toward safety and security at the County Courthouse during its regular meeting on Monday.County Clerk Wendy Goodreau told the commissioners there is concern by employees in the building that access to the building is not secure at certain times."We ...

Clinton spends big on Olympic ads; Trump on sidelines

WASHINGTON - The Rio Olympics are in full swing: Michael Phelps is back to winning races in the pool, Simone Biles is running up the score in the gym and Hillary Clinton is advertising with eyes on doing just as well on Election Day.Donald Trump isn't even competing.The Democratic presidential ...

Surreal View: Copper Props promotes flight

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Fred Benzie started flying small planes in 1984. On Saturday he brought his 1977 Piper Archer 2 to the Copper Props Fly-In at Houghton County Memorial Airport.Benzie said he was attending his third Copper Props Fly-In, which is organized by the Keweenaw Experimental Aircraft ...

Teen Science: Teams test problem-solving skills at festival’s challenge

HOUGHTON - Teens tested their problem-solving skills against each other during the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival's Teen Science Night Friday.Participants rotated through a series of stations, where they were given sets of materials and a tight time limit to build something to meet ...