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Baraga bumps utility rates

BARAGA - The Baraga Village council bumped water and electric rates at its regular meeting Tuesday.Electric rates will increase 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, to 12.5 cents/kwh. Water rates will increase 50 cents per 1000 gallons to $7.70/1000 gallons, for anything over 4,000 gallons per month. ...

Jail in jeopardy: Officials seek to lock in plans for facility’s future

EAGLE RIVER - The future of the Keweenaw County jail was the only topic of discussion during a special informational meeting Thursday of the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners.Sheriff Ron Lahti and Undersheriff Rick Olson spoke to the board about the history of the jail and the costs to run ...

Plans for Fishers’ Association move forward with $30,000 grant

L'ANSE - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community commercial fishermen will be getting some help developing tribal fishing standards and studying the possibility of a fish marketing co-op, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the First Nation's Development Institute.The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Housing & ...

Archives offer a wealth of material

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is a gold mine for those digging for genealogical, historical, and other information, and/or photographs. In fact, there are more collections available to the public than can be discussed in this ...

Mining company records available

HOUGHTON -Among the countless materials housed at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections are extensive mining company records."We're stewards of three major mining company collections," said Lindsay Hiltunen, senior archivist at the Michigan ...

Plea deal possible for alleged arrow shooter

HOUGHTON - A plea deal is on the horizon for a Hancock man who allegedly shot another man with an arrow during an argument in February.James Walters, Jr., 58, of Hancock, waived his preliminary hearing in 97th District Court Wednesday. He faces an attempted murder charge for an incident at a ...

So far, only incumbents in Baraga elections

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comL'ANSE - Candidates for county and township offices need to file about three weeks earlier than in the past years to get their names on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, according to Baraga County Clerk Wendy Goodreau, and filing paperwork has already begun to ...

Houghton-Portage Township Schools holds forum on bond proposal

HOUGHTON - Houghton-Portage Township Schools held an informational session on an $8.69 million bond referendum for facility upgrades at the Houghton High School library Wednesday.The referendum, which will be voted on in a special election May 3, includes work on security and technology ...

Pilgrim River Watershed: Project nearing completion with boost from grant

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP - A project to purchase conservation easements that began in 2009 is mostly complete thanks to a $550,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.The Pilgrim River Watershed Project is a partnership of Copper Country Trout Unlimited, the Keweenaw Land Trust, ...

A resource for all: Tech Archives open to the public, welcomes researchers

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Collections, located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, is a public research facility and always has been, according to Lindsay Hiltunen, senior archivist."One of the misconceptions is that we're not open to the general ...

Finlandia to host scholars

HANCOCK?- Those interested in learning about Finland's response to asylum seekers are invited to attend a presentation at Finlandia.According to a release from the university, historian Juhana Aunesluoma from the University of Helsinki and Matti Jutila, a political scientist from the ...

Family Science Night

HOUGHTON - With the heavy emphasis on reading and math, science tends to be low on the list of priorities for primary-school teachers, said Houghton Elementary School teacher Emilia Johnson.So when intense, hands-on science opportunities like Tuesday's Family Science and Engineering Night come ...

Black Voices: African Americans play role in history of Copper Country

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections will host a talk by Dr. Michelle Johnson, a community historian with the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing.An African American history presentation will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Van ...

Chamber seeks to mold tomorrow’s leaders

HOUGHTON - In order for a community to be progressive, it needs leaders who understand what is needed to move forward. Identifying those people is the purpose of the newly created Leadership Keweenaw program.Cheryl Fahrner, executive director of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, said the ...

Exponential Learning: Engineering teacher learns corporate world relations

HOUGHTON - A few families have been known to follow Family Science and Engineering Night from school to school, says organizer John Chadde. But for most residents of the region, it's a once-a-year opportunity, so she and her presenters try to make it special."If you're passionate and ...

Keweenaw clerk runs for 3rd term

EAGLE RIVER - Julie Carlson enjoys being Keweenaw County clerk so much she decided to seek a third term in the office.Carlson said she was first elected clerk in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. So far she's the only person to file for the position for the August 2 primary election.To be ...

Crave 21 program raises awareness of addictions

HOUGHTON - Starting Friday, students and others throughout the country will be setting aside sweets, dropping video game controllers, jousting with their caffeine joneses and hitting the pause button on any habits they think might be getting to be a bit too much. And like the Ice Bucket ...

Sober now, safer later: Pledge bridges addiction’s stormy seas

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - The vast majority of American drug, alcohol and nicotine addicts get hooked before they turn 21, according to New Wave Recovery CEO Camden Brieden. Waiting just a few years for that first drink can be the difference between a reasonable ...

Tech’s branding change starts with new logo

HOUGHTON - In anticipation of its 150th anniversary in 2035, officials at Michigan Technological University have decided to change the university's branding, and they began the process last week by debuting a new logo.The logo is a silhouette of the bronze husky dog statue located between the ...