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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 ...

Lead levels limit Baraga armory access

BARAGA - In the past, said Baraga Village Manager LeAnne LeClaire, the Baraga Armory has been a great community resource, with its gym rented out for wedding receptions, youth basketball and more.Currently, however, the armory is one of more than two dozen in Michigan that have restricted ...

City explores solar power

HOUGHTON - As the Regional Prosperity Initiative studies the feasibility of residential and commercial solar energy in the Western U.P., the city of Houghton is also exploring available options."The city is getting involved," said Susie Landers, business development director for Houghton. "I ...

SmartZone, health care driving local economy

HANCOCK - Four city and village leaders discussed their steps in revitalizing their communities during Wednesday's Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting.Speaking Wednesday were Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson, Calumet Village Administrator Rob Tarvis, L'Anse Mayor Pro Tem Leann ...

Regional Prosperity Initiative funded for third consecutive year

HOUGHTON - For the third consecutive year, the Western U.P. Regional Prosperity Initiative has been funded and is now underway, according to a press release from the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (WUPPDR).WUPPDR, the planning and economic development ...

A brief history of the RPI

HOUGHTON - As the state of Michigan created regions and service areas for dozens of state agencies over the years, consideration was seldom given to how they could most effectively and efficiently interact, according to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning Region (WUPPDR) website.While many ...

University official: 2015 TB case at Tech an isolated one

HOUGHTON - There was a confirmed case of tuberculosis at Michigan Technological University in the fall of 2015, but Bonnie Gorman, Michigan Tech dean of students, said it was an isolated case, and there have been no confirmed cases since.Gorman said on Sept. 11, 2015, the university received a ...

Police warn of phone scam

HOUGHTON - The Houghton Police Department is advising the public of a telephone fraud making its way through the region."Fraudulent enterprises acting as the U.S. Treasury Department are calling telephone numbers," Lt. Nick Roberts said. "Perpetrators are advising individuals if they do not pay ...

Retired athletic director appears in Colo. court

BOULDER, Colo. - Don Sawaski, 72, former athletic director at Houghton High School and part-time resident of Longmont, Colorado, appeared in Boulder County Court on Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. to face the charge of being a fugitive of justice from the state of Michigan, according to a spokesperson from ...