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Downtown Ontonagon Expansion part of PRT plan

ONTONAGON — Two public hearings were held this past Monday night in the crowded Ontonagon Village Council chambers. One for the Ontonagon Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Plan Amendment and the other for the DDA District expansion. Former Governor Rick Snyder chose Ontonagon as a second ...

Laurium Manor celebrates 30 years in community

The Laurium Manor is celebrating 30 years, though the building itself is much older than that. The 45-room, 13,000 square-foot mansion was built in 1908 for Thomas Hoatson. Hoatson was the owner of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company. While the Arizona made him most of his money, Arizona ...

Hancock considers pot ordinances

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss a number of topics, including the possibility of introducing Ordinances 306, 307, and 308. Ordinance 306 is drafted to allow Hancock to opt back in to the state’s legalized marijuana infrastructure, allowing ...

Four-vehicle crash causes injuries

Editor's Note: This article has been updated with new information based on a Michigan State Police press release. The number of vehicles, extent of injuries, and use of Jaws of Life have all been updated. For the most up to date coverage, click here. PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A three-vehicle ...

Hancock offers to compensate Babcock

HANCOCK — At a special meeting of the City Council on Wednesday, the council voted to increase the pay of City Clerk Mary Babcock by $500 per pay period to reflect her work as acting city manager. Babcock has been assuming the duties of City Manager Barry Givens. While Givens is still the ...

Class gives students chance to learn ancient art of boot, shoemaking

The Lapland boot and shoemaking class at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock came to a close on Wednesday. During the eight-day workshop, ten students learned how to make “Lapland Boots.” The tall leather boots with pointed toes were popular in Finland during the period that ...

Two crashes on Thursday

STANTON TOWNSHIP — An Illinois man was arrested for drunk driving after a one-vehicle crash that resulting in his car catching fire Thursday morning. About 12:13 a.m., the 21-year-old driver went into a ditch after having been unable to negotiate a turn on Canal Road near Firehall Road, ...

Finnish, Copper Country heritage mesh together this weekend

The Copper Country owes much to the Finnish heritage that was brought here immigrants who came to work in the mines. They brought with them their own language, their own foods, their own arts and literature, music and dance. Long before that, Finland had to develop that rich culture, which they ...

JR Richardson honored

At the annual joint meeting between the Western and Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory Council, former Natural Resources Director Chairman J.R. Richardson was honored. Richardson, an Ontonagon native, was one of the only Ontonagon County residents to ever serve as chairman of the State ...

Hancock discusses further changes to recreational areas throughout city

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council approved a rate increase on water and adopted an ordinance allowing community members to purchase flood insurance despite the area not being a designated flood zone at their Wednesday evening meeting. They also discussed a number of potential recreation and ...

Wagers demolition begins

ONTONAGON — The demolition of the former Wagers building in downtown Ontonagon began on Monday morning. The demolition contract was awarded to Norm Pestka Construction at the July 22 meeting.  The contract was for $76,500.00. There were only three bids for the contract, with the biggest ...

Ontonagon residents speak against marijuana

The Aug. 12 meeting of the Ontonagon Village Council, where the council voted 4-3 to not opt out of allowing a recreational marijuana retail business to open in the village, continues to bring people to council meetings.  Once again, the council chambers were crowded with people voicing their ...

Lake Linden enrollment dips slightly, though still above budget

LAKE LINDEN — Enrollment at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools declined slightly from the end of last year, Superintendent Brad Codere said at Monday’s district board meeting. The district has 396.72 students at the start of the year, versus 400 at the end of 2018-19. “We budgeted ...

LaBlanc faces federal manslaughter charges

MARQUETTE — Federal charges have been filed against a Wisconsin man accused of killing a Baraga man in a drunk-driving incident in June. Christopher LaBlanc is alleged to have hit Orlando Moreno, 29, on Superior Avenue in Baraga while visibly impaired on June 8. Charges were originally ...

Ontonagon president not a resident of village

ONTONAGON — At Monday night’s Ontonagon Village Council meeting, the issue of whether Village President Gerard Waldrop can legally continue as president was raised, as Waldrop stated that he is a resident outside of the village. During public comment, village resident William Johnson ...

As fair readies to open, planning has already begun for next year’s weekend

Some things about the fair seem to be the same every year – that is their charm. However, no one wants to go to the exact same fair every year. That is why the Houghton County Fair Board starts planning one the next year’s fair before the current fair has even started. “We actually ...

Missing Houghton woman found

HOUGHTON — A Houghton woman with Alzheimer’s disease was found Sunday afternoon after a nearly day-long search. Eva Vencato, 82, was found about 2:35 p.m. just off the Bill Nicholls Trail near Houghton Canal Road and Old Mill Hill Road. She was conscious when found, said Houghton ...

Alleged stabber arrested in McLain State Park

MCLAIN STATE PARK — A woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing another woman twice with a knife at McLain State Park. The altercation stemmed from a dispute over a dog running at large on the beach, the Michigan State Police Calumet Post said in a release. The alleged victim, ...

Like other UP towns, no decision yet about marijuana in Ontonagon

Ontonagon still has not made a decision on drafting an ordinance to opt out of allowing for a business to sell or produce marijuana within the village limits. “The committee met ad discussed the new rules,” said Village Manager Joe Erickson. “They will be reviewing a draft ordinance to ...

Ontonagon Council addresses Wagers demolition and property removal

After over a month of Ontonagon Village Council members, village residents, and village employees talking and asking questions about Norm Pestka Construction entering the former Wager’s Restaurant late at night and removing equipment, the issue was in the forefront of this past week’s ...