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HOUGHTON - Swamps, bogs and other wetlands don't always carry the highest price tags on the real estate market, but they are one of the earth's most valuable ecosystems in terms of organic production.Wetlands are a keystone ecosystem, according to Michigan Tech professor Rod Chimner, meaning ...

UP wetlands keep natural areas healthy

HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech professor Rod Chimner has been involved in wetlands research and restoration around the U.S. and the world before returning to his native Michigan. The U.P.'s wetlands, he said, are in relatively good shape."There aren't a lot of screwed-up wetlands here," he said. "I ...

Retired trooper running for Keweenaw Co. Sheriff

EAGLE RIVER - Dale Yeo has been in law enforcement for his entire adult life, and although he retired from the Michigan State Police, he running for Keweenaw County Sheriff.Yeo, who is running as a Democrat, said after taking law enforcement training classes at Northern Michigan University, he ...

Tech government relations VP retiring after 25 years

HOUGHTON - On June 30, Dale Tahtinen will be retiring from Michigan Technological University after 25 years, and in that time he's seen a lot of positive changes at the university.Tahtinen, who is Tech vice president for governmental relations, and secretary of the Tech Board of Trustees, said ...

Veterinarian goes to the dogs at CopperDog event

CALUMET - The CopperDog 150 and the CopperDog 80 races attract mushers from all over the world, and such a race can involve more than 350 dogs. Each dog must be examined throughout the race in order to ensure it is healthy, fit to race and in no distress.To see to the needs of these canine ...

Brenda Coleen Barnhart

MARQUETTE - Brenda Coleen Barnhart, 64, of Marquette, died Sunday afternoon, February 7, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, after a lengthy battle with Lymphoma.She was born May 17, 1951, in Laurium, the daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn (Codere) Buzzo.She was a graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell ...

Joan Nygard

ONTONAGON - Joan Mildred Kilmer Crandall Nygard, of Ontonagon, died peacefully in her sleep at her home on February 14, 2016.She was born in Ontonagon on January 22, 1946, just minutes after her twin sister, Jean Lockhart. Joan was one of five children born to Alfred Kilmer, a printer at the ...

Carl E. Dewald

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Funeral services for Carl E. Dewald, 81, a resident of Franklin Township, who passed away February 10, 2016, at UP Health - Portage, will be held 11 am Wednesday February 24, 2016, at S.S. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church of Houghton with Rev. Aaron Gehrke to ...

Genevieve M. Blau

LAURIUM - Genevieve M. Blau, 95, passed away at her home in Laurium on Wednesday February 17, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday February 22nd at the Sacred Heart Church in Calumet at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Abraham Mupparathara to officiate. Friends may call on Sunday from ...

No injuries in Kirkish building roof collapse

HOUGHTON - No cause has been determined in a roof collapse of the 106-year-old Kirkish building on the 100 block of Shelden Avenue early Saturday morning, according to Fire Chief Mike Reynolds.The Fire Department was called to the scene at 12:20 a.m., Reynolds said, after the flat roof of the ...

Support flows in for family that lost home

CHASSELL - The support Andrea Aho has received after her house burned down in Chassell has been almost as overwhelming as the loss."I just find myself in pools of tears every morning, because people are doing so much," she said.There were no major injuries in the Sunday night fire, although a ...

Mr. B’s Joy Box Express rolls into Hancock school

HANCOCK - In autumn 2014, Mark Braun spread his message of the importance of keeping arts and athletics in the country's schools by towing an upright piano behind a specially-constructed bicycle through the states along the Mississippi River.During a stop Wednesday at the auditorium at Hancock ...

Pianoman uses music to inspire students’ passions

HANCOCK - Ann Arbor-based musician Mark Braun uses music to inspire students to pursue their passions, and Wednesday he brought his message, and a piano he tows behind a specially-constructed bicycle, to Hancock Central High School.Braun spoke to the students in social studies and English ...

Hearing in attempted murder case

HOUGHTON - A Hancock man faces a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting someone with a compound bow and arrow in Hancock Saturday.James Walters Jr., 58, of Hancock, was arrested Saturday after Hancock police responded to a house on Summit Street. Police say he shot a 56-year-old ...

Local man pleads to N.D. sexual abuse charge

WILLISTON, North Dakota - A Mohawk man accused of sexual abuse of a teenage girl over several months in North Dakota pleaded guilty there Monday prior to the scheduled start of his trial.Shane Karrio, 45, who was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, entered a guilty plea Monday, the ...

Hancock council approves $358K fire truck purchase

HANCOCK - The city of Hancock Fire Department should be getting a new pumper truck after action taken by the Hancock City Council Wednesday.During the council regular meeting, Fire Chief Joe Neher and Capt. Mark Dennis told the members the pumper they would like to get is a 2016 model at a cost ...

Body positivity: Learn how to take holistic view of mirror’s image

HOUGHTON - Motivational speaker Erin Bown will offer ways to find something beautiful in the mirror in a presentation at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at MTU's Fisher Hall, Room 135. The event is open to the public and free to attend.The topic Brown will discuss is body positivity and empowerment, said ...

Board plans info strategy on bond proposal

HOUGHTON - People looking for more information on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools' new bond proposal will have several avenues.Last week, the board voted to put a $8.69 million bond referendum on the May 2 primary election ballot. The money will go to security and technology updates, ...

Memristors are vanguard of next cyber revolution

HOUGHTON - For decades, the story of computing has been about getting smaller and faster, devices shrinking in size and increasing in power until today's cell phone has more computing power than yesteryear's mainframe. There has been constant incremental improvement but just one true computing ...