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Talking Books players available at library

HOUGHTON - Those who are unable to read standard printed materials can now access a Talking Books player at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.According to a release from the library, the player offers "high-quality sound, advanced navigation, and variable speed controls." The ...

Memristors are vanguard of next cyber revolution

HOUGHTON - For decades, the story of computing has been about getting smaller and faster, devices shrinking in size and increasing in power until today's cell phone has more computing power than yesteryear's mainframe. There has been constant incremental improvement but just one true computing ...

Snowmobile crash injures Minn. man

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP - Deputies from the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury snowmobile accident in Sherman Township Saturday, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.At about 6 p.m., a snowmobile driven by 24-year-old Joe Leibel of St. Paul, Minnesota was traveling along ...

Candidate addresses issues

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Jason Allen of Traverse City, one of the Republican candidates looking to fill outgoing U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's seat next year outlined his position on several Michigan issues during an interview with the Daily Mining Gazette on ...

KBIC Tribal Court dismisses constitutional challenge

BARAGA - A lawsuit attempting to force the KBIC Tribal Council to follow a constitutional provision requiring tribal referendums to spend more than $10,000 has been dismissed, and plaintiff Eddy Edwards has been ordered to pay $5,000 toward the legal costs of defendants.Tribal Council member ...

Dakotas, Edwards have faced off before on council sovereignty

BARAGA - In his recently-dismissed lawsuit against eight other Tribal Council members, Eddy Edwards cited a 2014 suit where he'd been a defendant, in an attempt to show when sovereign immunity could and could not be used as a legal defense.It may not have been the best strategy, as Tribal Chief ...

Professor: Use of simulation an industry norm for engineers

HOUGHTON - Using a new teaching tool can present a challenge for students, but most of his engineering students understand the need to be aware of what industry is going to expect of them when they go to look for a job, according to Chuck Van Karsen.Van Karsen, associate professor in Michigan ...

Fire destroys Chassell house

By KURT HAUGLIEand GRAHAM JAEHNIGkhauglie@mininggazette.comCHASSELL - A Sunday fire resulted in the destruction of a house on the Chassell-Painesdale Road in Chassell Township, according to Chassell Fire Department Chief Kurt Judson.Judson said the Chassell Fire Department responded to a call ...

Guest shoots host with arrow; alcohol involved

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - A houseguest was arrested in Hancock after allegedly shooting his host with an arrow after an argument Saturday afternoon.About 12:30 p.m., the property owner, a 56-year-old man, and guest had gotten into an argument over a cell phone at a house ...

1 dead after multiple snowmobile accident

PHOENIX LOCATION - A snowmobile accident Sunday was fatal for an Illinois woman, according to a written statement from the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office.At about 11:50 a.m., deputies responded to a call about a multiple-vehicle snowmobile accident on Trail No. 3 about one mile south of U.S. ...

Congress candidate offers conservative credentials

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - One of the Republican candidates looking to fill outgoing U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's seat next year visited the Copper Country Saturday.Jason Allen of Traverse City announced his candidacy for Michigan's 1st Congressional District seat in January. He previously served in the ...

State ed official goes to school

L'ANSE - Michigan Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Susan Broman visited a pair of classes at far ends of the K-12 spectrum at L'Anse Area Schools during last Friday's U.P. tour.First, she stopped by a high school AP biology class, where students were using electrically charged ...

Broadband promotes economy

HOUGHTON - Like water and electrical power, high-speed access to the Internet is a fundamental infrastructure requirement for an area's economy. The goal of the Regional Prosperity Initiative's (RPI) Broadband Connectivity project is to determine the western U.P.'s broadband accessibility to ...

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, ...