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Ontonagon announces Hometown Christmas winners

Volunteer committee members agreed that the 19th Annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas this past weekend was another success. Temps in the 30’s and the mid-November snowstorm provided the Christmas atmosphere. “The Hometown Christmas committee would like to thank the community for making ...

Variety of entries hightlight of Selected Shorts competition

The Selected Shorts writing competition came to a close last week, giving the selection committee time to select a winner. The winner of the competition will be announced at the show at the Rozsa Centre Saturday evening. The winning short story will also be read live by one of the Selected ...

Ontonagon’s 19th Hometown Christmas this weekend

The village that has come to count on its volunteers to coordinate a Festival and a parade is set to host its 19th Annual Hometown Christmas this weekend. Ontonagon’s Hometown Christmas begins Thursday and runs to this Sunday. It begins with a Christmas Concert at the Christian Center, ...

Laurium mulls redevelopment plan at meeting

LAURIUM — The Laurium Village Council held its regular meeting for the month of November Tuesday evening. The council discussed a number of matters that will guide the village for the months and years to come. Discussions involved coming up with a budget plan for 2020, reviewing and updating ...

Ontonagon revisits pot

ONTONAGON — It is like that relative that comes every Thanksgiving, the one that never goes away. Same situation on two issues at an Ontonagon Village Council meeting. The marijuana issue and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget battle. At Monday night’s meeting, the agenda item was on ...

Ontonagon Schools improve financial health

ONTONAGON — After years of concern by the residents, parents, and students of the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) when it comes to the district’s financial health, at this past week’s OASD board meeting, the audit report had good news on the district’s financial health. OASD ...

CCCAC holds annual Party With the Arts exhibition

HANCOCK — Area artists and art enthusiasts met for the “nearly annual” Party With the Arts and Shaft exhibition at the Copper Country Community Arts Center Friday evening. Party with the Arts is a membership drive and social event while the Shaft is an annual competition in which local ...

Copper Country Ford donates to CCISD automotive students

HANCOCK — David Narhi and Jeff LaMuth, automotive technology instructors with the Copper Country Intermediate School District, accepted a 2013 Focus donated by Ford during the autotech’s class Wenesday. The car was made available to the class because of their participation in Ford’s ...

Ontonagon settles lawsuit with former secretary Lockhart

Depending upon who you believe, there were two stories pertaining to the lawsuit settlement between the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission and former Housing Commission Secretary Sue Lockhart. Lockhart, who was the Housing Commission Secretary for close to 25 years, filed a lawsuit against ...

KSC looking for volunteers to help with grooming

The sport of snowmobiling has evolved since it’s heydays in the 60s. While the manufacturer numbers have gone from close to 100 to only four, its economic impact is well over a million dollars in the Keweenaw every winter. Another big change in the area has come from who and how the trails ...

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 ...