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Pressing issues present hard choices for Calumet

CALUMET — As the topic of a bond, issued by the Village Council and challenged by a residential petition, was discussed at the regular April meeting, the topic of a fire truck purchased on an auction site was also brought up. However, while the Village Fire Department does have the ...

Planned Ahmeek fire/rescue facility will be county-owned

AHMEEK — The facility proposed to the Keweenaw County Board last Wednesday by the Ahmeek Fire Department is for a storage building in which to house all of the equipment for the Keweenaw County Off-Road Rescue at one location. The proposal as written calls for a four-bay, heated, ...

Bond issue will go to Calumet voters in Aug.

CALUMET — After submission of a petition demanding a referendum to approve a $500,000 bond issue, the Village Council had no choice but to approve the special election. The bond issue is intended to fund the purchase of a snow-go for the Street Department. Trustee Nathan Anderson praised ...

Former paint store site in Lake Linden to be redeveloped

LAKE LINDEN — Three new units of single-family housing will hopefully be up in Lake Linden by the end of the construction season, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe told the Lake Linden Village Council Thursday. The plan calls for the former Lakes ...

Volunteer firefighters buy truck without permission

CALUMET — Tim Gasperich of the village Fire Department spoke to the council Tuesday, beginning his address in a peculiar way. “First of all, I’d like to say I’m real sorry for what we did,” he said. “But we saw it was a good deal, and we went for it.” Gasperich said department ...

Keweenaw County, Shorewaves can’t come together on contract

EAGLE RIVER — Another attempt at an agreement between Keweenaw County and ShoreWaves.net failed when Steve Fitzgerald, president of the internet provider, said he could not sign the agreement as it was written by Chuck Miller, the county’s attorney. Fitzgerald told the board at a meeting ...

Copper Country Calendar for Friday, April 19

Friday, April 19 • 2 to 7 p.m., The Houghton Rubik's Rumble is a five-hour Rubik's Cube workshop that will be held at the MTU Memorial Union Building at Michigan Tech. The Rumble will feature Sydney Weaver, a seven-time gold medalist speedcuber, and is hosted by the Cubing Club at Michigan ...

Calumet approves medical marijuana ordinance

CALUMET — Along with the city of Houghton, the village of Calumet became the second municipality in the Upper Peninsula to approve medical marijuana sales after a 5-1 vote to approve the Medical Marihuana Facilities Ordinance at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The four-page village ordinance, ...

Copper Country Calendar

Thursday, April 18 • 10:30 to 11 a.m., Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice will offer a free blood pressure clinic at the Laurium housing office. • 6 p.m., The monthly membership meeting for the Calumet Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club will be held at the Copper City community hall. ...

Elm Street project prep continuing

CALUMET — As springtime nears, municipalities start looking to summer projects, and Calumet is no exception, as it considers its upcoming Elm Street Project. Village Council President Dave Geisler said bids are going out this week and are due back by May 15 and will be opened in the council ...

Funding limits Keweenaw road projects

MOHAWK — As road repair season grows near, the Keweenaw County Road Commission does not have a set list of what repairs are necessary to what roads, said engineer Gregg Patrick. “Repairs we don’t know much about until the snow melts,” Patrick said. “General things we kind of keep an ...

Busy summer of projects on Keweenaw Cnty roads

MOHAWK — The Keweenaw County Road Commission has several projects on the agenda for the coming summer, according to engineer Gregg Patrick. Projects include some receiving federal funding, as well as county road millage funds. For those projects that are federally funded and receive ...

Adams Township approves construction bid

PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School Board on Wednesday approved a bid by Gundlach Champion to be the general contractor for the upcoming work on both the high school and the elementary school. The contract award includes contingencies superintendent Tim Keteri said will replace a ...

Hotel sign, church get variances

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Zoning Board of Appeals approved variances for two signs Wednesday. New hotel The Vault, at 600 Shelden Ave., received variances for sign size and placement. The sign will get 43 square feet per side, versus the 20 permitted by city ordinance. The top of the sign ...

Barkell hosting 4th annual Showcase of Excellence

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School will conduct its annual Showcase of Excellence beginning Wednesday at the school. The expo was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed because of the building’s partial roof collapse on March 7. With the building having been ...

Bridge Gas Leak

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette MDOT work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was temporarily halted on Wednesday after work crews smelled gas. A minor leak was found in the gas line that feeds the heater and generator for the bridge, according to the Houghton Fire Department.

Ontonagon’s Village Council lays down law on FOI requests

ONTONAGON — The Village Council on Monday unveiled an eight-page policy document regarding requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and what it will take to submit requests and receive public information. It was the new FOIA policy resident Tom Hamilton addressed during the ...

Shop owner: Corporations should be better neighbors

CALUMET — Amy Knight, owner of Calumet Floral and Gifts on Fifth Street, said there seems to be a lack of accountability for building owners in the village after the roof of the Family Dollar building next door to her establishment collapsed on March 7. “I would like to see the village ...

Open for Business: Flower shop lost sales when Family Dollar roof collapsed

CALUMET — Calumet Floral and Gifts on Fifth Street has been open for business since the middle of March, after the building was temporarily evacuated as a result of the Family Dollar building’s collapse next door on March 7. “When the Family Dollar roof collapsed,” said Amy Knight, ...

Morrison School in Calumet resurrected into apartments

CALUMET — The Morrison School in Calumet has new life as an apartment complex, after owner Mike Lahti had massive renovations completed to convert the former school into one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the summer of 2016. Since then, the complex has enjoyed full occupancy. Lahti ...