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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 ...

Kids taken on ‘Book Hunt’ at Story Walk along Portage Lake

HOUGHTON - Many area families participated in the Story Walk for Children held at the Portage Lake District Library on Saturday.Groups of several children, with their parents following along, were read the story "We're Going on a Book Hunt" by Pat Miller.Pages of the book were staked out on a ...

CTC building community board

Dial Help's Communities That Care (CTC) program, with funding from NorthCare Network, is moving on to its second phase, according to Ginny Machiela, CTC coalition coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The first phase of the projects was an organizational meeting to introduce a wide ...

CTC seeks safety, health for youth

HOUGHTON - Communities That Care is seeking members from Houghton and Keweenaw Counties for it Community Board, which is phase two of the five phase project. CTC is a way for community members to work together to create a healthier, safer environment for kids and teens, according to Ginny ...

Saatio pleads not guilty

MILTON, Fla. - John Saatio pleaded not guilty to two felony charges relating to his most recent escape in Florida Thursday.Saatio, 35, is being held in Florida's Santa Rosa County, where he was recaptured by police in July, a day after escaping from a private transport company that was bringing ...

New chairman to lead MTU Board

By VANESSA DIETZvdietz@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - Michigan Tech Board chairwoman Julie Fream passed the gavel to Terry Woychowski, who chaired the board's first meeting of the fiscal year."I did notice the gavel has some chew marks on it," Woychowski joked at the board meeting Thursday, before ...

All aboard new tram at Quincy Mine

HANCOCK - Jim Curtis appreciates the new electric tram now in service to take visitors into the Quincy Mine for tours.Curtis, tour guide and tram driver for the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, said the new machine is nearly silent compared to its predecessor towed by a diesel-powered ...

Science Festival crawl offers interesting mix

HOUGHTON - Sizable crowds mixed spirits with science in downtown Houghton for the second annual Science Pub Crawl.The night, part of the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival, included scientific lectures and demonstrations at the Downtowner Lounge, Continental Fire Co., Library Restaurant ...