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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 ...

Helping reclaim a local woodland environment

Two years ago, Houghton resident Hilary Sproule discovered that her backyard was infested with an invasive shrub known as “common buckthorn.” One shrub had grown to a 25-foot tree and there were many saplings and seedlings. She contacted the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area ...

Food contracts discussed by Ontonagon School Board

Food and students’ nutrition were the main topics of this past Monday’s Ontonagon Area School Board meeting. From the Elementary to the High School student handbook to a National Education policy (NEOLA Policy), changes were directed at student nutrition. Superintendent James Bobula ...

McBroom, Markkanen to speak in Twin Lakes

State Senator Ed McBroom and State Representative Greg Markkanen will be the guest speakers at this Friday night’s Reagan Day Dinner. They will be at the Parkview Lodge and Restaurant in Twin Lakes. With the recent Michigan Natural Resources Commission decision to ban the baiting of deer in ...

Ontonagon council approves zoning variance

The Ontonagon Village Council Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on Monday night. This was due to a request from Keith Penegor to establish a campground on his River Driver property. In a letter to the zoning board, Penegor stated, “the property is a 1.4 acre lot in the vVillage ...

Ontonagon residents continue to speak up on a number of issues

As has been the routine at Ontonagon Village Council meetings, public comment turned into a time for residents to question the decisions and operations managed by the council. As has been a heated topic for over a year, the paddle-craft landing continues to be a controversy in the village. At ...

Packed house at Ontonagon Council meeting

The Ontonagon Village Council Chambers were packed with people at Monday night’s council meeting. While some of those attending were there to show their support of the council, many were there to either get answers or show their dissatisfaction with the council. What has been a topic for ...

Wager’s property removal investigation underway in Ontonagon

The entrance and removal of property by an Ontonagon Village contractor at the former Wager’s Restaurant in Ontonagon continues to be a topic at Ontonagon Village Council meetings. When Village Council member Sarah Hopper questioned the council for an update at a May meeting, and it was not ...

Ontonagon looks to fill board seat

ONTONAGON — This past Monday, the Ontonagon Area School District sent out agendas and posted their school board meeting. The meeting was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. However, the Board had met earlier that day at 5:30 p.m. With multiple media representatives showing up at 7, the board ...

Public hearing scheduled in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — School financing was a topic at the special board meeting on Wednesday, from state funding and passing a resolution to support adequate funding for Michigan schools to local school financing. On a local level, it will be on June 24 that the board will go over the 2019-20 general ...

Program to save energy costs in Ontonagon County

ninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) has been awarded funding to assist the village of Ontonagon in pursuing community energy planning to supplement or update existing plans. During this week’s village council meeting, Angela Yu and Melissa Davis gave a presentation to the ...

Ontonagon property removal in question during meeting

oments that only take a second or two that ends up being the most remembered. This was the case at this week’s Ontonagon Village Council meeting. Right before the council voted on the resolution to accept the $50,000 Demolition Grant from the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority to help ...

Carp Lake says no to Marijuana

Carp Lake Township, which includes the communities of White Pine and Silver City in Ontonagon County, said no to allow Recreational Marijuana dispensaries in a meeting earlier this month. The township board was unanimous in its decision. Unlike the standing room-only crowd of a year ago ...

‘Mother’ rerun concludes Green Film Series season

HOUGHTON — Residents will have a second chance to watch a Green Film screening that they might have missed. The Green Film Series is replacing its scheduled screening of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” with a repeat of Feb. 20’s “Mother Caring for 7 Billion.” The film will be ...

Copper Country Calendar: May 2, 2019

Thursday • 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice will offer a free blood pressure clinic at the Douglass House in Houghton. • 6 to 7:30 p.m., A presentation about death will take place at the Portage Lake District Library. A Death Cafe is a group directed ...

Copper Country Calendar: May 1, 2019

Wednesday • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, The Lake Linden Hubbell Public Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at the Elementary Gym during the school's open house. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books for the library. For more information, email Michelle Nelson at ...