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Art Drivers: Calumet shows how creative arts promote local economy

CALUMET - The people of Calumet have been trying for decades - since the end of the copper-mining era - to find other economic drivers for the community, and a recent academic study suggests the arts could at least help create sustainability in the village and surrounding area.Richelle Winkler, ...

Local high schools participate in athletic head injury project

CALUMET - At the start of the 2015-16 school year, 70 member schools of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) across the state were invited to participate in one of two testing programs aimed at assisting in decision-making regarding the removal of athletes from activity after ...

KEDA addresses infrastructure

HOUGHTON - Transporting anything valuable - be it food, gas or even data- requires a good backbone to get it there.Wednesday's Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting featured a panel discussion on infrastructure. Guests were Aaron Johnson, manager of the Michigan Department of ...

Job Fair: Local students get 1st look at real-world job market

HANCOCK - At least 40 employers and well over 200 job seekers packed the Finnish American Heritage Center Wednesday for the third annual Keweenaw Job Fair.Employers offered a wide range of opportunities, from summer jobs at Michigan State Parks to long-term careers in health care, law ...

Quincy Report: MDOT updates Hancock residents, business owners on road project

HANCOCK - Representatives of the Michigan Department of Transportation gave an overview of the upcoming Quincy Street reconstruction Tuesday, and answered many questions of residents and business owners in attendance.At the community room of the First United Methodist Church on Quincy Street, ...

Pintar seeks re-election to Houghton County Board

HOUGHTON - A longtime Houghton County commissioner is seeking another term. Anton Pintar is running for re-election as a Democratic commissioner for District 3, which covers Adams Township and Hancock. Pintar graduated from Jeffers High School before getting a bachelor's degree from Michigan ...

Art center seeks donor funding for wheelchair ramp

CALUMET - Everyone is welcome at the Calumet Art Center, says Executive Director Ed Gray. It says so right in the bylaws. But for a person in a wheelchair, getting down the stairs into the basement of the historic church that houses the center would take some help from a hearty friend.To fix ...

Late winter blast standard UP weather: meteorologist

HOUGHTON - It may look like December outdoors, but it's really not unusual for the ground to be snow-covered in early spring in the Upper Peninsula, according to Dave Petrovich.Petrovich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said although it's April, ...

Painted ladies in garden

HOUGHTON - Spring may be playing had to get this April, but the first butterflies of the year might have already taken flight.Winter is a generational gap for most butterflies, said Michigan Tech professor and amateur butterfly enthusiast Tim Isley. Mourning cloaks, however, are some of the ...

Tech will hold indoor Relay for Life at SDC on Saturday

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - After last year's Relay for Life raised more than $20,000 in the fight against cancer, Michigan Technological University will look to build on that success for this year's Relay Saturday at the Student Development Complex.The event will run ...

Art on the Range: Gallery opening pioneers local arts scene

SOUTH RANGE - Until Friday, South Range had never been known as a hotbed for the arts. As far as anyone knew at the grand opening of the Wide-Eyed Gallery, it was the first gallery opening on the Range.That led to a bit of confusion trying to put things together, said artist/chiropractor/ ...

Soup-A-Bowl: Fundraiser for ceramics school gains in popularity

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - Marcee Garland and her daughter, Sarah, were attending the Finlandia University Soup-A-Bowl event for the first time Saturday, and they were glad they did."We love it," Marcee said. "We love shopping local."The event, which was conducted in the ...

Sawaski arraigned on child porn charges

HOUGHTON - A former Houghton High School athletic director, teacher and coach was arraigned in 97th District Court Friday on charges of possessing and seeking child pornography.Don Sawaski, 71, of Houghton, is charged with two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year ...

Cybergirls: High school girls get geek on in computing, engineering

HOUGHTON - Charlotte Hildebrandt had already come to Michigan Technological University through Summer Youth Programs. So when she got an email about a program in conjunction with Tech's Women in Computing Visit Day, it didn't take much convincing."I like science in any field, especially ...

Chase suspect arraigned

HOUGHTON - The suspect in a breaking and entering that led to a high-speed chase Thursday night was arraigned in 97th District Court Friday.Patrick Shea, 33, of Calumet, was allegedly spotted trying to break into a home on Bootjack Road in Torch Lake Township by a neighboring resident. A ...

Power poles latest L’Anse-Warden concern

L'ANSE - L'Anse-Warden Electric Company CEO Steve Walsh and environmental activist Catherine Andrews don't agree often, but both say the L'Anse-Warden power plant's operating permit doesn't allow the burning of utility poles."The permit allows us to burn three things, (railroad) ties, ...

Hancock looks for better waste collection deal

HANCOCK - The city of Hancock is seeking bids from companies for trash and recyclables collection to determine if doing so would save the city money.City Manager Glenn Anderson said the city has been collecting residents' trash for many decades, but occasionally bids from private companies are ...

Man on lam sighted?

HOUGHTON - An inmate who has been on the loose since escaping Houghton County custody in June may have been spotted in Houghton Thursday.John Saatio, 35, was reportedly seen walking on U.S. 41 near the Michigan Technological University campus about 10:50 a.m., the Houghton County Sheriff's ...

Catch more brookies: New reg increases daily limit

HOUGHTON - A new Department of Natural Resources fishing regulation will allow for potentially huge days for inland lake fishermen, George Madison told anglers at the Portage Lake District Library Thursday.Madison, DNR western U.P. fisheries director, said the DNR has uncombined the catch limit ...

Easy winter will boost fish stocks: DNR

HOUGHTON - This year's relatively mild winter should mean better future fishing, says Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western U.P. Fisheries Director George Madison, but fish stocks will likely need some time to fully recover from the last few extra-long winters."Fish like this deal. ...