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Facility’s millage renewal on ballot

HANCOCK - Houghton County voters will decide Tuesday on whether to renew the six-year operating millage for the Houghton County Medical Care Facility.If approved, the measure would levy 2.5531 mills in the county from 2016 to 2021. The millage has existed for about 30 years; residents most ...

2 Quincy St. blocks ready for paving

HANCOCK - The expected completion date for the reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock is October, and according to Al Anderson that target should be met.Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, said the 200 and 300 ...

Team effort in Ontonagon’s storm recovery

ONTONAGON - The village of Ontonagon Department of Public Works and area residents cleaned up fallen trees and other debris following last week's severe thunderstorm."Trees will grow back, but unfortunately there was a lot of property damage out there," Village Manager Joe Erickson told the ...

Clinton wins historic nomination — with boost from primary rival

PHILADELPHIA - Breaking a historic barrier, Hillary Clinton triumphantly captured the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night, the first woman ever to lead a major political party into the general election.Delegates erupted in cheers as Clinton's primary rival, Bernie Sanders, helped ...

Brother arraigned in sister’s homicide

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - The Grand Rapids man suspected of killing his sister in Laurium Saturday night will be held without bond.Christian Kitti, 32, was arraigned in 97th District Court Wednesday. He is charged with homicide against Kim Bess, 44, a felony punishable ...

Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton as DNC heats up

PHILADELPHIA - Sen. Bernie Sanders urged supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention, but ardent followers who marched for hours in punishing heat Monday and planned to do so again seemed intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive."Based on her ideas and her ...

Shooting Homicide

LAURIUM - The Laurium Police Department is investigating a shooting homicide in the village Saturday resulting in the death of a woman.According to a written statement from the Laurium Police Department, officers received a call of the shooting at 11:46 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of ...

Powwow: Dance, drums, smoke featured at KBIC

BARAGA - Sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed during the 38th annual Keweenaw Bay Maawanji'iding weekend celebration in Baraga.Emcees Joey Awonohopay, Menominee, and Pete Gahbow Millacs, Ojibwe, let everyone know what was happening at powwow with plenty of humor, often teasing dancers, ...

Franklin Township has candidate shortage for board, clerk positions

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - There are two open positions on the Franklin Township Board, but only one person applied to be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot by the Thursday deadline, according to Supervisor Glenn Ekdahl.Ekdahl said one person filed to run for trustee, but no one filed for the open ...

Trump taunts claims Russia hacked DNC emails for him

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump on Monday dismissed as a "joke" claims by Hillary Clinton's campaign that Russia is trying to help Trump by leaking thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee.Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta added fuel to the debate Monday, saying there was "a ...

Rockin’ the Street

HOUGHTON - The sounds of percussion aren't unusual during rehearsals for PJ Olsson's Rock Camp.But instead of drums and tambourines, Friday's had a different source: falling bowling pins. The group relocated to the Mine Shaft Friday afternoon after a power outage at Michigan Technological ...

Terror revisits Munich

MUNICH - A gunman opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald's Friday night, killing nine people and wounding at least 10 others before killing himself, said authorities who called the rampage an act of terrorism.Police gave a "cautious all clear" early Saturday ...

Storm recovery still continues

As of 5 p.m. Friday, an estimated 500 Upper Peninsula Power Company customers in Houghton, Baraga and Ontonagon counties were still without power due to the strong storm on Thursday morning, according to UPPCO spokesman Dave Forsberg.The number was reduced from a little less than 1,000 number ...

Storm exposes problem in bridge’s backup system

HANCOCK/HOUGHTON - The powerful storm which passed through the western Upper Peninsula early Thursday disrupted operation of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Thursday and Friday, but a solution seems to have been found, according to Dan Weingarten.Weingarten, Michigan Department of Transportation ...

Power outage update

Power outages caused by the storm that hit the western Upper Peninsula Thursday, are gradually being restored, according to Dave Forsberg.Forsberg, who is Upper Peninsula Power Company community, media and government relations representative, said as of 3 p.m. Thursday, two of the three power ...

Waste contract approved for Hancock

HANCOCK - The city of Hancock has officially hired a private waste collection company after action taken Wednesday by the city council.By a vote of 4-0, council approved the five-year contract with Waste Management of Michigan for garbage and recycling collection. Absent from the meeting were ...

Palosaari running for Houghton County Board

CHASSELL - Tim Palosaari is seeking re-election for a third term on the Houghton County Board of Commissioners.Palosaari, a Republican, is running against Democrat George Rajala in District 5, which covers Chassell, Duncan, Elm River, Laird, Portage and Stanton townships.Palosaari has been in ...

Finlandia talks improvements, world violence

HANCOCK - Philip Johnson gave an update on the operations of Finlandia University Wednesday, but there was more on his mind than what's happening on campus."Right now, it's not all money, and that's rare," said Johnson, Finlandia president.Before beginning his annual Community Partners update, ...

Power outage to delay newspaper

HOUGHTON - Due to the widespread power outage across the region, today's newspaper delivery will be delayed.Areas of Houghton County are seeing wide swaths of wind damage and power outages, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Zika.The Upper Peninsula Power Company at 9 a.m ...