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Big broadband project muscles out smaller rural providers

HOUGHTON - Steven Fitzgerald is disappointed the United States government isn't yet including small internet and telephone providers, such as his ShoreWaves Internet company, in the funding program to bring broadband internet to rural areas of the country.Connect America, a program intended to ...

Edwards eyes return to Prosecutor’s Office

HOUGHTON - Douglas Edwards, who spent 20 years as prosecutor for Houghton County, wants to regain the position.Edwards is running as an independent against incumbent Democrat Michael Makinen. James Cone, who was the Republican candidate, announced his withdrawal Thursday after accepting a job ...

AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Hillary Clinton’s speech

WASHINGTON - In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton wrongly implied Donald Trump has proposed banning Islam in America and sketched out a plan for defeating Islamic State militants that merely mirrors what the U.S. is already trying to do.Clinton spoke Thursday night ...

Quincy construction hurting businesses

HANCOCK - Rick Freeman understands the need for the reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock, but he's still frustrated about the negative effect it's had on his business.Freeman, who owns Northwoods Sporting Goods in the 100 block of Quincy Street, said compared to the spring and summer of ...

Cone withdraws from race

HOUGHTON - James Cone, the Republican candidate for Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced Thursday he is withdrawing from the race to accept a job at a law firm in Georgia."This was a very, very difficult decision," he said. "I didn't enter the race lightly, and I don't leave it ...

Chassell voters to decide whether staying in library

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP - Chassell Township voters will decide on Tuesday whether to withdraw from the Portage Lake Library District.A vote of "yes" on the measure would remove the township from the library after December 31, 2017. Residents would no longer pay the 2 mill tax levy for the library. ...

Porkies cabins reopen after storm

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK - Most Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park backcountry cabin and campsite closures were lifted this week, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources."Thanks to help of some dedicated crews, these cabins have been reopened ahead of ...

Sheriff warns of Dish phone scam

HOUGHTON COUNTY - Houghton County Sheriff's Office warns residents of a new telephone scam targeting Dish Network customers."The scammers are calling residents using the name 'Info-Tech' and stating that they are contracting with Dish Network," according to a press release the sheriff's office ...

Calumet government undergoing reshuffling

CALUMET - The Calumet Village Board will have all seven seats filled after the Nov. 8 election, but for a while Village Administrator Rob Tarvis wasn't certain that would happen.As the July 26 deadline to file to be a candidate for the November general election approached, few people had filed ...

Stealing Thunder

WASHINGTON - After Donald Trump encouraged Russia to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, an instant debate exploded over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.Shortly after Trump's extraordinary ...

Big cash reserve to fund facility upgrade

HANCOCK - The Houghton County Medical Care Facility is planning a large renovation to bring the facility in line with the new movement towards person-centered care. And it's been saving money for years to do it.At the end of June, the facility had almost $20 million in the bank - $10.2 million ...

Ontonagon looks for better deal in rebidding paddlecraft project

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon village will rebid the paddlecraft landing project planned for Rose Island since a previous bid came in well above estimates.Angelo Lupino offered to knock $15,000 off his initial $91,573.80 sole bid for the entire project, but the Village Council decided the figure is ...

Discovery Delayed

For about six hours, the body of Kimberly Bess lay where she was shot multiple times Saturday while mowing the yard at her parents' house on the 100 block of Florida Street in Laurium.A nearby neighbor said she heard a rapid series of sounds she thought were fireworks at about 6 p.m. She heard ...

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 ...