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Hilma M. Sastamoinen

CHASSELL - Hilma M. Sastamoinen, entered into eternal life on January 6, 2016, and joined her beloved husband, Earl.Hilma was born May 1, 1919, in Freda, a daughter to the late Otto and Hilja (Salo) Erikkila.Hilma moved with her family to Detroit. On February 9, 1946, she was married to her ...

Gertrude Fallon

HANCOCK - Gertrude Fallon, 75, a resident of Hancock passed away Sunday January 10, 2016, at her home following a lengthy illness.A Mass of Christian Burial for Gertrude will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday January 13, 2016, at Church of Resurrection in Hancock with Fr. Corbin Eddy to celebrate. ...

10 things to know today: Monday, Jan. 11, 2015

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. ICONIC SINGER DAVID BOWIE DIES FROM CANCERHe turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album called "Blackstar."2. MEXICO BEGINS EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS ...

John G. Caserio

CALUMET - John G. Caserio, 96, of Calumet and Pheonix, Arizona, passed away on January 1, 2016.John was born in Laurium on June 17, 1919 to Joseph and Mary (Michela) Caserio. He graduated from Calumet High School and Cleary college in Ypsalanti, Michigan with a degree in accounting.He served in ...

Dennis “Muzzy” Massoglia

Dennis "Muzzy" Massoglia, 62, a resident of Calumet and East Grosse Point Shores passed away on Wednesday January 6, 2016 peacefully at his home with his family at his side.The location of the Funeral Mass for Dennis has been changed to Sacred Heart Church in Calumet and will be held Sunday, ...

Refuge land never stolen from ranchers

HOUGHTON - One of the key claims of armed protestors occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon - that the federal government unfairly took the land away from ranchers - simply isn't true, according to Michigan Tech environmental historian Nancy Langston.She should know. In 2006 ...

Flum probation violation hearing postponed

COPPER CITY - A hearing on an alleged probation violation in Houghton County Circuit Court by the Copper City man involved in an armed standoff with police in April was postponed.Jerome Flum, 65, had notified the court Friday morning he could not be at the hearing because his wife is ailing, ...

Little snow, but Carnival to go on

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - It's been a low-snowfall-amount winter so far, but despite that, the Michigan Technological University Winter Carnival will still take place, even the snow-sculpture building, according to Laura Bulleit.Bulleit, who is Tech assistant dean of ...

Superior year of service

HOUGHTON - By day, they offer one-on-one reading help to catch kids up before early literacy issues short-circuit academic careers. By night and on the weekends, they're winterizing houses, collecting books to give away and helping out anywhere there's a need. They do it all for barely enough ...

Birth of Copper Country through Brockways’ Eyes

In 1899, the year 84-year-old Daniel Brockway died, he and his 83-year-old wife Lucena could sit on their porch in Lake Linden and marvel at all they had seen over the past 56 years.Brockway and his wife had moved from Lower Michigan to L'Anse in 1843 where Daniel had been appointed government ...

Former coach arrested in Colo.

A former Houghton High School athletic director and teacher who was a longtime football and track coach was arrested Monday as a fugitive from justice in Longmont, Colorado, and held on a five-count felony warrant issued by Houghton County.Don Sawaski was arrested and detained by Colorado ...

Arrest for false report of robbery

HOUGHTON - The bartender who reported an armed robbery of the South Range Veterans of Foreign Wars post in December was arraigned for making a false report.An arrest warrant has also been issued for the person who allegedly took the money.Sasha Anderson, 36, of South Range, reported in December ...

HEET winter blitz fighting cold on multiple energy efficiency fronts

HOUGHTON - Along with a volunteer home winterization blitz kicking off this weekend, Houghton Energy Efficiency Team Energy Manager Melissa Davis has announced two parallel efforts. The group has begun a crowdfunding campaign to pay for materials for the group's winterizations, she said, as ...

Finnish festival is distinctly Hancock in origin

HANCOCK - In 1998, Jim Kurtti attended a conference in Washington, D.C. called Project 34, which had the goal of preserving Finnish culture for third- and fourth-generation Finnish Americans.At the Project 34 gathering, Kurtti, who is now chairman of the Finnish Theme Committee, said someone ...

Dianda: roll back tax exemptions on nonprofit lands

EAGLE RIVER - Citing the financial constraints of Keweenaw County and other rural counties, state Rep. Scott Dianda asked residents to contact their federal representatives to lift the tax-exempt status on land owned by nonprofits such as conservancies.As an alternative, Dianda, D-Calumet, ...

Retiring recreation chief urges community service

HANCOCK - For Dennis Hagenbuch, it's important people get involved with the communities where they live. His involvement amounts to two decades as a member of the Hancock Recreation Commission.Hagenbuch retired this year after serving 18 of those 20 years as chairman of the recreation ...

UP Food Exchange connects local growers with local food consumers

HANCOCK - People looking to purchase locally grown food from Upper Peninsula growers can use the UP Food Exchange (UPFE) to do an easier search.Created in 2012 with funds from a Regional Food Systems grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the UPFE is an ...

Sharon Lee Schmaus

ONTONAGON - Sharon Lee Schmaus, 75, of Ontonagon, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the University of Arizona Medical Center.Sherry was born June 15, 1940, in Ontonagon, daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Voss) McCarthy. She graduated from Ontonagon High School in ...

Dennis ‘Muzzy’ Massoglia

CALUMET - Dennis "Muzzy" Massoglia, 62, a resident of Calumet and East Grosse Point Shores, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, peacefully at his home with his family at his side.He was born on February 23, 1953, to John and Anna (Butkovich) Massoglia in Laurium. He attended Calumet High ...