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Motor sports business stays to grow

HANCOCK - For the owners of M&M Power Sports, there really was no thought of moving to another location when it became clear they needed more space, so they decided to stay put and expand, according to Michael Messner.Messner, general manager of M&M Power Sports, said the ...

Houghton County school, municipal races set for Nov. election

HOUGHTON - The following candidates are running in Houghton County's November election.County governmentProsecuting attorney: Incumbent Democrat Michael Makinen is running against Douglas Edwards, who has no party affiliation.Sheriff: Republican incumbent Brian Mclean is running against ...

Despite hype, actual ideas at play in presidential election

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.Washington, even in normal times, may feel like ...

Jailhouse smuggler sentenced

HOUGHTON - A Dollar Bay man was sentenced to six months in jail for smuggling prescription pills into the Houghton County Jail's work camp.Bruce Scherer, 31, was charged with furnishing contraband to a prisoner, a five-year felony. An identical charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.Minimum ...

Trial set for Houghton biker accused of fleeing

HOUGHTON - The case of a Houghton man accused of fleeing police earlier this year is being set for trial, although work towards a plea agreement is ongoing.Rudolph Voght, 30, appeared in Houghton County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing Friday.Voght is accused of fleeing police on his ...

Storm impacts phone service

Long distance telephone service was cut from Ontonagon to Keweenaw County for a period of time Thursday, according to several reports.Jay Brogan of the Hiawatha Telephone Company in Munising said in a telephone interview that there was a long distance outage that effected certain carriers as a ...

Elder abuse is unspoken epidemic in US

HOUGHTON - People who attended a Thursday workshop at the Portage Lake District Library learned the signs of elder abuse at a free seminar held by the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress.Knowing how to properly treat vulnerable adults and the issues they face can empower us to help ...

After verbal missteps, Trump blames others

ERIE, Pa. - It's the media's fault. That's out of context. Never said it in the first place.Donald Trump's claim Friday that he was merely being "sarcastic" in accusing President Barack Obama of establishing a terrorist group was his latest attempt to blame others for the uproar over what he ...

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 ...