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10 things to know today: Tuesday, April 26,, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HOW FRONT-RUNNERS VIEW UPCOMING CONTESTSDonald Trump aims for a sweep of all five Northeastern states holding primaries, while Hillary Clinton is already looking past Democratic rival ...

Good weather brings out runners for Sisu Shuffle

HANCOCK - More than 500 people got an early start to the 5K season with UP Health System - Portage hospital's Sisu Shuffle Saturday.The Sisu Shuffle, first created at Portage's former home on Water Street, was reintroduced about 13 years ago, said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator for ...

A call for UP Power

MARQUETTE - The city of Marquette's Lakeview Arena has advanced to the final two ice rinks in the annual Kraft Hockeyville USA competition, securing at least $75,000 toward arena upgrades.Through community-wide online voting efforts, Lakeview Arena beat the Twin Ponds Family Complex in ...

Local science demos at Lake Superior Celebration

HOUGHTON - The Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education will host the Lake Superior Celebration from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center, according to a release.The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local ...

Longtime city employee in Houghton retires

HOUGHTON - After 33 years of working for the city of Houghton, Paul Sorlie is retiring. His retirement party was held Friday in the council chambers of the City Hall on Shelden Street, which was well attended.When he first began working with the city in 1983, Sorlie started as a bookkeeper, he ...

10 things to know today: Monday, April 25, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHAT KASICH, CRUZ ARE ALIGNING TO DOTrump's rivals are joining forces in three states to deny him the necessary delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, the latest display ...

Road Repair: Season of construction projects scheduled for Houghton County

The weather is finally warming up and drying out, which means summer road projects will soon get started in the Copper Country, with the reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock being one of the bigger projects.Dan Weingarten, Michigan Department of Transportation communications ...

Media lawyer: Arrestee identity is public info

HOUGHTON - Journalists are often told by law enforcement personnel they are prevented by law from giving out names of people who are arrested until that person is arraigned in court, but a representative of the Michigan Press Association said that isn't correct.In order to find out exactly ...

City accepts foreclosed property

At its Wednesday meeting, the Hancock City Council also approved accepting the donation from Wells Fargo of a foreclosed house at 932 Prospect Street. City Manger Glenn Anderson said although the house's exterior may not look good, it has undergone extensive rehabilitation, including ...

Bicyclist struck by car near campus

HOUGHTON - A bicyclist suffered minor injuries after being struck by a car in Houghton Friday.The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m. at the intersection of Peal Street and Townsend Drive, said Houghton Lt. Nick Roberts.A 29-year-old man driving north on Pearl hit an 18-year-old woman was riding ...

New ideas sought for old courthouse

ONTONAGON - Residents are asked to help tidy up the grounds of the old county courthouse Saturday, and help generate ideas for future use."So far we are looking at setting up a farmers market and flea market in the old village square behind the old courthouse," current owner Jason Pragacz ...

Smuggling Bust: Two women arraigned on felony drug charges

HOUGHTON - Deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday morning arrested two local women on felony charges, according to a news release.According to Houghton County 97th District Court, Jamie Pauline Ekdahl, 29, of Calumet, and Sarah Jean McMahon, 35, of Laurium, were ...

Softball field named

HANCOCK - The Hancock City Council Wednesday approved naming the softball field at the Driving Park after longtime softball player and promoter Gordy Schaaf.Recreation Commission Chairman John Haeussler, who presented the request for naming the field, said Schaaf, who is 88 years old, played ...

CCSID Crisis Team coming together

HANCOCK - A crisis team that was begun in January 2016 by George Stockero, superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, is progressing satisfactorily, Stockero said at the regular meeting of the CCISD board on Tuesday. The crisis team held its second meeting this semester, ...

Spirit award gets revived

ONTONAGON - While the Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation seeks donations for operating expenses, it will reinstate its Spirit Award."It's a way to reward a person for going above and beyond," Ontonagon EDC member Skip Schulz said. "All it is is to thank someone."While members ...

Grant to CCISD will fund career technical education

HANCOCK - The Portage Health Foundation has provided a grant for $50,000 to the Copper Country Intermediate School District for the second year, George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, said at the organization's board meeting Tuesday night."Last year, I wrote a grant to the Portage Health ...

Trash Bash: Speakers support recycling

HANCOCK - About 50 people filled the community room of Lakeview Manor in Hancock Tuesday for a joint meeting of the Hancock and Houghton city councils. Most were there to express support for the expansion of curbside recycling.On the agenda for the meeting was the review of requests for ...

Keweenaw economy shows prospects, potential: KEDA director

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - There are many things happening in the Keweenaw Peninusla which have the potential to create a growing and lasting economic base, according to Jeff Ratcliffe.Ratcliffe, executive director of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, spoke during a presentation Monday at the ...

Calumet approves FOIA policy

CALUMET - Calumet now has a formal Freedom of Information Act policy.The Village Council approved the policy at its meeting Tuesday night.The village has received two FOIA requests since Village President Dave Geisler was elected in 2012."If the requests are small, obviously there's not a lot ...