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Yik Yak racial threat altered

HOUGHTON - A screenshot posted on Twitter and circulated locally of a November comment posted on the social media site Yik Yak including the phrase "gonna shoot all black people" featured a manipulated version of the post, a Michigan Technological University official said.However, that had no ...

Snowmobile falls through ice into canal

HANCOCK - A snowmobile that partially fell through the ice of the Portage Lake Shipping Canal of the winter Friday morning was pulled out around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.About 10 a.m., a snowmobile ridden by a middle-aged Wisconsin man fell partway through the ice. The incident occurred about ...

No interest from 5 regional counties to update solid waste plans

All counties in Michigan are required by law to have a non-hazardous solid waste management plan. Whether or not those plans need to be updated is determined by the state Department of Environmental Quality, according to Christina Miller.Miller, DEQ solid waste planning, reporting and surcharge ...

New system delays release of substance abuse treatment funds

L'ANSE - NorthCare Network is holding about $20,000 in substance abuse treatment and prevention funds meant to serve Baraga County residents, NorthCare's Judi Brugman confirmed Thursday.The U.P.-wide health provider is working toward approval of the county's funds request, however. And while ...

Step Into History

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department are partnering with a program to get people physically active while getting educated about local history at the same time, according to Arnie Kinnunen.Kinnunen, who is the health ...

Sixth running of Copper Dog 150 starts Feb. 26 in Calumet

CALUMET - Since it its first race in 2010, the Copper Dog 150 has attracted mushers from all over the world. In 2011 and 2012, the Copper Dog race included a musher from as far away as South Africa, the Copper Dog website stated.Organization of the race began in 2009 and now includes two races, ...

Spark Plug awards for community achievers

CALUMET - Mark Wilcox talked about a snowblower's spark plug, the least expensive part of an engine."It's a tiny thing," he said, "But that tiny thing makes the whole (machine work)."Wilcox gave the opening remarks at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce's annual Keweenaw Community Spark Plug ...

RPI explores solar feasibility

HOUGHTON - The Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) is conducting a study on the feasibility of solar energy as an alternative power source through grant funding administered by the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR).The study is two parts, said Jerry Wuorenmaa, ...

Informational meetings for farmers

HOUGHTON/BERGLAND TWP. - Farmers are invited to get information on changes to the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency programs through local update meetings.According to a release from the Michigan State University Extension, a meeting will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the ...

Baraga armory facing closure

BARAGA - The Michigan National Guard is making plans to consolidate armories in the U.P., and Army National Guard soldiers who train monthly at the Baraga Armory will likely be driving a bit farther in the future."Almost everybody knows Baraga is being looked at," said Brig. Gen. Michael Stone, ...

Repairs mulled for arena roof

HOUGHTON - The Houghton County Arena roof is in dire need of replacement, county and arena officials said.Houghton County Board of Commissioners members discussed ways to address the project at its meeting Tuesday night.Replacing the roof on the county-owned building could run from $200,000 to ...

Top of the class: Dollar Bay recognized for academics

DOLLAR BAY - For Jan Quarless, the first place ranking of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools in a recent academic competition among almost 770 high schools in Michigan is an indicator of the quality of the administration, board of education, faculty, staff and students in the district.For ...

Assessing access: Initiative to explore area’s connectivity

HOUGHTON - When the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) received continued funding from the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) for a number of specific priority projects, one of the projects was continuing broadband connectivity, researching and planning to address ...

Snowmobile falls through ice

HANCOCK - The first snowmobile through the Portage Lake Shipping Canal of the winter occurred this morning.About 10 a.m., a snowmobile ridden by a Wisconsin man fell partway through the ice about 50 to 60 yards from shore near the Canal Crossings condominiums in Hancock. The rider walked to ...

Glide N Gorge: Fundraiser to support Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club

HANCOCK - Like most non-profit organization's, the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club relies to a large extent on fundraisers to provide revenue, and their biggest fundraising event will take place Feb. 27.Candi Silvola, KNSC board member and event co-ordinator, said this is the eighth time the club's ...

Theft of vehicle batteries under investigation

ATLANTIC MINE - The Houghton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a larceny of nine vehicle batteries this week at the U-Haul parking lot in Atlantic Mine.The thefts occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to a release, when the batteries were taken out of U-Haul ...

Energy inventory to chart area’s resources

HOUGHTON - As part of a $185,000 grant, the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) is implementing an Energy Inventory, Opportunities Assessment and Demonstration Project to compile an inventory of electrical and natural gas infrastructures, resources, socio-economic ...

T-bone crash at Lift Bridge

HOUGHTON - A two-vehicle property damage accident occurred Wednesday at the Houghton terminal of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge at approximately 11 a.m.A motorist in a gray sedan approached the stop sign on the southern approach to the bridge and lost traction, sliding into oncoming ...

Car crash mash-up in Houghton

HOUGHTON - Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly called it the biggest collection of car crashes he's seen over a two-day period in the city.Tuesday and Wednesday, the icy roadways led to 28 incidents around town, Donnelly said at the Houghton City Council's Wednesday meeting. Most were minor, ...

1 dead after snowmobile accident

ONTONAGON - An Iowa man died after hitting a tree while snowmobiling Wednesday evening in Rockland Township.According to a release, the Ontonagon Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene where Bradley Allan Kuennen, 36, had crashed at about 10:35 p.m, along with the Rockland Township Fire ...