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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 ...

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 ...