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Biofuel plant construction set to begin

ONTONAGON — Thousands of construction workers could be employed next year to begin constructing a new biorefinery plant in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “That should be happening soon,” said Brian Buckta, SynSel Energy senior vice-president administration. “Ontonagon will ...

Stamp sand research project wins national competition

LAKE LINDEN — Fresh off winning a nationwide competition, the three Lake Linden High School ninth-graders on Lake Linden’s eCYBERMISSION team are making another run. Siona Beaudoin, Beau Hakala and Gabe Poirier won first place in June at the national competition, sponsored by the U.S. ...

Homeless shelter plan moves forward

Plans for Hope House Homeless Shelter continue to move forward, despite board member resignations, as details get ironed out. The proposed shelter would rotate weekly among area churches to serve residents of Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties. So far, one church is on board. “Tuesday ...

Ex-FU students plead to gun burglary

MARQUETTE — Two former Finlandia University students pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to stealing firearms from Northwoods Trading Post in December. Juan Pereyra and Alexander Santiago pleaded guilty to stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The theft charge carries a ...

Rock Camp Concert Solo

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Jenna Sulisz sings a solo number during the PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp concert at the Rozsa Center in Houghton Saturday.

West Nile virus, distemper flare up in Copper Country

West Nile virus and canine distemper are diseases which affect wildlife, and this summer both maladies are making themselves known in parts of the Copper Country. Tom Cooley, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist in East Lansing, said West Nile virus has been ...

OAS district’s repair to-do list requires sinking fund millage

Ontonagon and Carp Lake township voters will decide Tuesday if the Ontonagon Area Schools gets money every year for school repairs and renovations through a sinking fund millage. The district seeks 1.3 mils for 10 years to pay for its most pressing building projects each year during the ...

Rerun: Markkanen announces candidacy for 110th District

Greg Markkanen announced that he will run for the 110th state representative seat Friday at the Baraga County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Ford Forestry Center in Alberta. “I am proud to have served as the Ward 2 representative on the Hancock City Council. I have also served ...

Lang leaving UPHS

UP Health System — Portage hospital Jeff Lang, chief executive officer of UP Health System — Portage, will be leaving UPHS effective Aug. 31, in order to take on a new position with a different organization. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Roy Vinson has been named interim ...

Ratepayers subsidize Cliffs in UMERC power plan

One analysis of the Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC) plan to build two new power plants in the Upper Peninsula determined ratepayers will be overcharged more than $372 million over the life of the project. Indiana-based The Power Bureau says that UMERC’s cost recovery plan will force ...

Nurses rally in Marquette

Mining Journal photo by Rachel Oakley Hundreds of people gathered along Magnetic Street in Marquette earlier this week to protest the staffing practices of Duke LifePoint and UP Health System Marquette. Nurses delivered over 3,700 signatures to Duke LifePoint management in a petition asking ...

Local employers prefer residents for workforce

HANCOCK — Ramon Simonson, owner of RC Mechanical, is a strong supporter of the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s millage proposal to maintain and expand its career and technical education (CTE) program. As a local contractor, Simonson’s business is experiencing first-hand the ...

CTE millage can reduce wait for service

HANCOCK – A critical shortage of skilled labor throughout the Copper Country is causing a backlog of customers waiting for contract service work, and is causing a loss of revenue to local businesses, and ultimately is hurting the local economy. “As a local contractor, we fully support ...

WUPHD conducts health needs survey

HANCOCK — For the third time since 2012, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is conducting a survey to help determine the health care needs of Upper Peninsula residents. The surveys in 2012 was directed at the WUPHD coverage area of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and ...

Search for president gears up

HOUGHTON — The search firm charged with finding Michigan Technological University’s next president has begun making on-campus visits, while the university has also created a transition committee to help the eventual pick. In June, the board approved the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel ...

Homeless shelter will promote crime: police

Houghton police oppose plans to open a homeless shelter in nearby Hancock this winter. “We feel we have the agencies in place to assist people,” said HPD Lt. Nick Roberts, citing Dial Help, Community Action, LIttle Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Barbara Kettle-Gundlach Shelter, ...