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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 ...

Brush fire that wasn’t

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Smoke rose above Ripley on Friday morning as Ross Muonio burned brush he had cleared from a lot he is preparing for development on Maple Street.

Houghton to post draft of rec plan

HOUGHTON — A draft of Houghton’s recreation plan will be available on the city’s website in early December. The council set a public hearing for the plan for its Jan. 9 meeting. The plan will be posted to the city’s website 30 days prior to the meeting. The recreation plan, also a ...

Moving ahead: Calumet DDA seeks to increase business in downtown district

CALUMET — While many residents have heard of the Village Master Plan, and some had issues with it, the master plan remains a very valuable and little understood tool to any municipality, and its several committees. It is from the guidelines set down in the master plan that village officials ...

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 ...