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Challenge accepted: McBroom ready to take office on Jan. 9

After winning the 38th Michigan State Senate seat, Ed McBroom has come out of the gates running.  The Vulcan dairy farmer recently was elected as the State Senator and has prepareed to take the reins from the term-limited Tom Casperson. “It is a very humbling event to receive the ...

State Police arrest caregiver in death

L’ANSE — A 37-year-old L’Anse woman was arrested Wednesday on a Homicide-Felony Murder warrant authorized by the Baraga County Prosecuting Attorney, according to a new release from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The warrant authorization and arrest occurred on the anniversary of ...

Steve Lancour Memorial Winter Clothing Drive today

HOUGHTON — The Steve Lancour Memorial Winter Clothing Drive will take place during the MacInnes Holiday Classic Tournament, which is sponsored by the Calumet Education Association, the Hancock Education Association, and the Houghton Education System, according to Emilie Lancour. Donations ...

Ontonagon expands robotics offerings after last year’s success

ONTONAGON — Success by the Ontonagon High School's robotics team last year has crowded the bandwagon this year, with the number of student participants doubling from previous years. The increase in student participation, and the high school team advancing past the state finals last year has ...

Village Council member attempts to cool meetings

CALUMET — Trustee Nathan Anderson proposed an extensive number of procedural changes to the rules of the conduct of council meetings designed to make the meetings shorter, more productive, and less hostile. The proposed changes are very similar to those contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, ...

Swartz, LaFernier earn re-election

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's (KBIC) general election was held Dec. 15, and the unofficial vote tallies are in. Warren “Chris” Swartz and Susan LaFernier won re-election to the Baraga and L'Anse districts. Kim Klopstein won the second seat in the Baraga district and Dale Goodreau ...

Competition in full swing as businesses decorate trees

L’ANSE — Christmas trees line the streets of the village this month, decorated by participants in the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) decorating contest, now in its 10th year. The DDA bought more than 40 trees for participants this year. The trees are decorated by businesses with ...

Recent lockdown drill taught many lessons at Hancock

HANCOCK — The recent lockdown drill at the Middle and High schools more than accomplished its goals, according to Ezekiel Ohan, principal of both. “The lockdown was a success for starting out the initiative of trying to figure out where our weak spots were,” he said, “having our ...

Candidates discuss drugs, blood levels at forum

L’ANSE — Eight Tribal Council candidates and one Chief Judge candidate answered questions compiled by the Keweenaw Bay Ojiibwa Community College (KBOCC) Tribal Government class and the student government on Thursday night at KBOCC. Warren ‘Chris’ Swartz Warren “Chris” Swartz is ...

Ontonagon debates lighting projects throughout village

ONTONAGON — Village lighting projects were discussed at Monday's Village Council meeting. The discussion included a quote from Robert C. Shaver Co. for retrofit of LED lights on the Ontonagon River Bridge. Erickson informed the board that the Department of Public Works crew was able to ...

Local resident wants to help homeowners

ONTONAGON — Local homeowners on fixed or low incomes need financial assistance to do critical home repairs, resident Dan Szymanski told the Village Council on Monday. “I understand the Critical Home Repair program is only available to homeowners in Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw ...

Grossman: Games linked to violence

HOUGHTON — Former U.S. Army Ranger and West Point psychology professor David Grossman said in his presentation Monday that psychologists have identified a link between media violence and school massacres. Grossman talked at the Houghton High School and Middle School on school safety. He ...

Finndependence: Finlandia, Hancock celebrate with food, music, dancing

HOUGHTON — On the 100th anniversary of the first time Suomi University first celebrated Finnish’s independence from Russia, local Finnish descendants, or just those who love the culture, celebrated at Finlandia University’s Finnish-American Heritage Center Thursday night. “It’s ...

Speaker: violent media, not guns, is the problem

HOUGHTON — During his Monday presentation at the Houghton High School, retired Army Lt. Col. David Grossman said while the popular argument in the U.S. regarding school massacres is the lack of adequate firearm regulation, guns are not the problem. China has had school massacres involving ...

Chamber holds annual meeting

HOUGHTON — Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members reviewed the past year’s accomplishments, and treated them to a preview of something to come, at the Chamber’s annual breakfast meeting Tuesday at the Bluffs. Board president Brian Donnelly updated members on several initiatives. One ...

Students get chance to try virtual reality

“Today was our first day and it was unbelievable,” Karyn Juntunen said. Juntunen is a special education teacher for the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD). Tuesday morning, her adult class was the first group of students with autism to try the virtual reality headsets ...

Resident wants a special Christmas experience for those in nursing home

HOUGHTON — Calumet Township resident Naomi White hopes to make a difference at Christmas this year for 50 residents of the Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care in Calumet. White volunteered to serve meals at the facility on Thanksgiving Day and learned of a resident plush cat that ...

Addressing pot focus of newly-formed committee

HANCOCK — Concerned with potential problems regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, Mayor John Haeussler appointed three council trustees to a newly-formed committee to study related issues to the law. “The committee is free to proceed at the discretion ...

Neola suggestions passed in L’Anse

At last week's school board meeting, the L'Anse Area School (LAS) board passed more than 20 adjustments to their policies as recommended by Neola, a consulting firm that serves schools across six states, helping the boards make sure their policies are in line with state and federal laws. These ...