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State bill to hide non-profit donors clears another state senate hurdle

Republican Senator Mike Shirkey’s senate bill 1176, known as the Personal Privacy Protection Act if passed, has been recommended to the committee of the whole for review and possible amendment. The bill would prevent any government agency from obtaining or revealing the names of donors to ...

Dashboard numbers for Houghton strong

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s state performance dashboard will show results largely similar to the year before. The council approved the dashboard report, which will be posted on the city’s website at cityofhoughton.com. Houghton posted positive progressions in four areas, neutral in six ...

MSP warns motorists to stop for school buses

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post is reminding motorists of a law for them to stop for school buses when its red lights are flashing. “This is in response to a the increase in complaints received regarding motorists passing school buses with the flashing red lights ...

Raising funds, food for those in dire need

ONTONAGON — The Wakefield post of the Michigan State Police (MSP) has raised more than $4,200 and more than 27,000 pounds of food for area food banks in partnership with local businesses as part of their annual Harvest Gathering Campaign. In partnership with Pat's Foods and other businesses ...

DDA valuable tool for downtown development

CALUMET — The main function of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to invest money and management expertise into downtown districts. Executive Director of the village’s DDA, Leah Polzien said that she feels too few people understand the purpose and function of a DDA. “In ...

Calumet DDA moves forward promoting village

CALUMET — At lease one candidate for the village council had proposed dissolving the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) before the Nov. 6 elections, and some residents expressed concern that they did not know what the DDA does with the village’s money. DDA Executive Director Leah Polzien ...

Celebrating Christmas: Ontonagon Hometown Christmas this weekend

The 18th annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas will run from Thursday, Nov. 29-Dec 2. Ontonagon residents and businesses who want to enter the Hometown Christmas lighting contest must register by 1 p.m. Thursday at Annette Trail’s residence, 281 Tamarack Lane, or at the Y-101 studios. The ...

Houghton Police: Cars not stopping for school buses

HOUGHTON — There has been an increasing number of vehicles refusing to stop for school buses when they are stopped to let children off, said Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department. “We were getting them on the side streets, where people were passing the buses, but now we’re ...

Public defender contract OK’d: Office now has three attorneys

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a new public defender contract to bring the office in line with new state standards. Houghton County approved contracts between the state and the county, as well one between Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties and a non-profit set up by ...

Baraga County begins branding effort

Baraga County has launched a branding effort with the intention of attracting more people to spend their money, time or even their whole life in Baraga County. The intention is to capitalize on the growth in the outdoor adventure industry, the increase in telecommuting to work, and the ...

Old fashioned bazaar ready for Calumet

CALUMET — A longstanding arts and crafts tradition in the Copper Country, the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar to be held Saturday in the CLK High School gymnasium is extra special this year, hitting an annual milestone of 25 years. This year’s event features art and crafts wares ...

New research vessel on Keweenaw Bay

ZEBA — Late this summer, the Keweenaw Bay Natural Resource Department (NRD) took delivery of their brand new, 35-foot, 5.5-ton research vessel, the Myrtle Tolonen. “This was a long process,” said NRD biologist Gene Mensch. “We started this vessel from scratch.” The boat was made ...

Kiosk launch could put Calumet at an advantage

CALUMET — Invent@NMU Marquette SmartZone celebrated the launch of its remote kiosk Tuesday at the Keweenaw Coffee Works on Fifth Street. Calumet’s kiosk creates the opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to submit an idea for a product, invention, or a business, and receive a ...

Status quo in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The leadership of Houghton’s City Council will look the same over the next two years. The council re-elected Bob Backon as mayor and Robert Megowen as mayor pro tem in Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting. Both were chosen 4-0 to serve two-year terms. Backon praised the work ...

MTEC not worried about competition from kiosk

CALUMET — While there is a high degree of excitement in the village in regard to the launching of the new remote kiosk at Keweenaw Coffee Works, there is also some local concern that the Marquette SmartZone is encroaching on the territory of the MTEC SmartZone in Houghton. However, MTEC ...

County Sheriff sponsoring toy drive for 20th year

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is conducting its 20th annual No Kid Without a Christmas drive, said Bill Luokkanen, sheriff. “Last year, more than 40 families were helped through this program,” said Luokkanen, “and I can’t even tell you how many kids were ...

Ontonagon School renews contracts

The contracts for the administrative staff in the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) were renewed with unanimous support from the School Board. This includes the contract for Jim Bobula, superintendent/principal; Linda Karttunen, Business Services manager and Kristie Ollila, Business ...

Water testing in Lake Linden shows nothing out of ordinary

LAKE LINDEN — Voluntary waster testing at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools revealed nothing out of the ordinary, Superintendent Craig Sundblad said Monday. “We’re pleased,” he said. “We thought it would be that way, but now we know for sure,” he said. Sundblad said the ...

New board sworn in

BARAGA — Before the regular monthly meeting of Baraga's village council, four members of the council were sworn into their previously held positions. Diane Mayo, Tony Cerroni and Paul Stark were sworn into council seats and Wendell Dompier was sworn back in as village president. Mayo was also ...

Senior citizen health discussed in Baraga County

L’ANSE — At Thursday’s rescheduled meeting of the Baraga County Board, health officer Kate Beer from the Western U.P. Health Department presented findings on Baraga County from the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. “The aging population is significant,” Beer said. More than ...