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Summer’s-End Ritual: Big turnout expected for Light the Night

LAURIUM — For the fourth consecutive year, people will be walking and lighting up Laurium and Calumet during Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital’s Light the Night Fun Run and Walk. Jenn Jenich-Laplander, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital marketing logistics coordinator, said the Light the Night event began ...

A Steal at $1.5M: Lodge sale draws interest, no offers

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has had interested possible buyers look at the property since the Keweenaw County Board put it on the market earlier this year, but no offers have been tendered yet. “I have had several interested parties come and talk to me in an acquisition ...

‘Response’: UPPCO statement fails to address customers’ billing issues

The Daily Mining Gazette recently received several telephone calls from customers of the Upper Peninsula Power Company about what they considered to be excessively high electric bills, and shutoff notices after they said they paid their bills. The company has responded to an inquiry by the ...

Lewis, Fresnel lit way for Great Lakes navigators

• Editor’s Note: This story is a companion article for “Lighthouses of the Copper Country,” a Daily Mining Gazette magazine included in today’s edition. By GRAHAM JAEHNIG gjaehnig@mininggazette.com Like nearly every other lighthouse in America during the same period, the early ...

Board discusses opening lodge for 2018 season

EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has been experiencing a more financially successful season than it has in years, that success does not answer many questions for the KML Board. In the event the lodge doesn’t sell, the board discussed whether it should be opened next season, ...

Cold-case Podcast: Mystery writer probing local missing person case

HOUGHTON — An upcoming podcast will explore the disappearance of a Copper Country woman who disappeared almost 30 years ago. “Leap in the Dark” will explore the case of Rose Peterson, who was last seen walking from Calumet to Hancock on U.S. 41 in 1989. The podcast is hosted by Jill ...

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette This temporary resident of the Swine Barn at the Houghton County Arena is seen lounging between shows and auctions at the Houghton County Fair on Saturday.

Finlandia grad named top 50 graphic artist

HANCOCK — Getting recognition in one’s chosen field is usually a pleasure, and for Hayley Laban that recognition came in the form of being named as one of the top 50 Under 30 years old graphic artists in a marketing-industry publication. Laban, who is 28, received the recognition in the ...

Latest Brewfest is biggest ever

HOUGHTON — An estimated 1,500 people filled the Kestner Waterfront Park Saturday for the ninth annual Keweenaw Brewfest. The event is a fundraiser for the Keweenaw Community Foundation, which has more than 100 funds dedicated to community programs. The event has continued to grow each ...

Car wreck results in injuries

A three-vehicle personal injury accident occurred at 4:38 p.m. Friday on U.S. 41 near Ingot Street on Quincy Hill, resulting in four people being sent to the hospital for injuries, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Mercy Ambulance transported a 60-year-old ...

Crowds check out fair

HANCOCK — Ashley and Kyle Seppanen of L’Anse liked the Houghton County Fair so much last year when they attended it for the first time, they decided to come back on Saturday. Ashley Seppanen said their 4-year-old son, Xander, came with them last year, and he found some things he really ...

Trial Set: Sawaski trial scheduled to start on Oct. 30

HOUGHTON — A former Houghton High School athletic director is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly possessing child pornography in October. Don Sawaski, 72, faces two counts of possessing sexually abusive material involving a child, a four-year felony, and using a computer to commit a ...

Finlandia nursing students get ‘Schoology’

HANCOCK — Finlandia University has switched to a new online teaching platform called Schoology, and Mark Miron is excited about its potential. Miron, who is Finlandia’s RN-BSN program director, said the Schoology platform will allow nursing students with associate degrees to work towards ...

Flying elephants at county fair

Daily Mining Gazette/Dave Archambeau On Thursday’s opening day of the Houghton County Fair, kids are seen here flying high on a ride at the carnival.

State jobless rates jump in July

LANSING — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in July rose seasonally in all of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and workforce levels declined in the majority ...

Getting air at county fair

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette The 2017 Houghton County Fair opened Thursday in Hancock, featuring, among many other events and activities, motocross races (above) and thriller carnival rides like the Super Nova 360 (below).

LBFE celebrates 35 years fundraiser gala

HANCOCK — Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly has been a presence in the Hancock area for 35 years now, and according to Cathy Kass-Aten and Mike Aten, the need for the organization is still strong. Kass-Aten is the LBFE Upper Michigan Chapter executive director, and Mike Aten is the ...

Funding for trails coming from sales of new brew

SOUTH RANGE — The Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) is constantly working and expanding its off-road bicycling trails, and new donation from the Keweenaw Brewing Company is going to allow that work to continue. Dick Gray, co-owner of KBC, said the company has been donating to the CHTC for ...

Camp teaches middle-school-life lessons

HOUGHTON — Right, left, then back to the right. Locker combinations can be tricky, but they’re just one of the challenges facing incoming middle school students. Incoming Houghton Middle School sixth-graders learned more about the classes they will take, and the place they will keep ...

Work update reveals method to madness

HOUGHTON — Quincy Street in Houghton will be graveled and opened back up to traffic for the weekend, U.P. Engineers & Architects project manager Chris Holmes said at Wednesday’s Houghton City Council meeting. Quincy should be paved on Monday, he said. Curbing and sidewalk is being ...