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Craft Show set for Saturday

On Nov. 10, crafters from around the Copper Country will be converging on Houghton to display their wares at the Deer Hunters’ Widows (and Widowers) Craft Show Extravaganza. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 90 vendors will have booths set up at the Copper Country Mall. Booths at the event ...

Voters turn out in force

HOUGHTON — Voter turnout in Houghton and Keweenaw counties seemed to be at near-record numbers, according to election workers who had been at their stations since 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Mary Babcock, Hancock city clerk, said at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that if the rate of voters coming to the ...

Wind farm issue blows change in L’Anse Township Board

After a busy election day, the L’Anse Township Board will see only one change in its composition. Wallace “Buddy” Sweeney defeated the incumbent Brian Kissel 793-638, with only seven unresolved write-ins. Sweeney ran as an independent against Kissel on the Republican ticket. Kissel, ...

Incumbents retain seats on Keweenaw County Board

EAGLE RIVER —Keweenaw County residents turned out in near record numbers to cast their votes on a number of issues, including recreational marijuana and state redistricting. In regards to Proposal 1, legalizing marijuana, the vote across the five townships was 662-650 in favor. Proposal 2 ...

Hancock selects old, new, old/new council members

HANCOCK — Two incumbents, one former incumbent and one newcomer were elected Tuesday to the Hancock City Council. Two of the seats had incumbent candidates John Haeussler and Paul LaBine running for their seats. Haeussler received 1,006 votes and LaBine took home 989. New to the council ...

Change of plans: new approach to old Hancock Central High School

HANCOCK — The old Hancock Central High School is an area icon that has been sitting empty for several years but new plans may see it put to use again by the 2020-21 school year. The original plan was hatched in 2009 over a chicken wrap and signed a year later with Hancock High School ...

KIBC held primary Saturday

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) held its primary election Saturday for seats on the Tribal Council and the role of chief judge. Of the 10 candidates running for the two open seats in the Baraga District, four candidates move on to the Dec. 15 general election. Kim ...

Calumet students learn boat building in traditional style

CALUMET — Over the past month, high school woodworking students got the chance to practice traditional Finnish boat building. Since the first week of October, Calumet High school students have been aiding master boat builder Alex Comb on the project and got the chance to show off their ...

As election nears, signs at risk: Theft, vandalism happens rarely

LAURIUM — Political signs spring up everywhere in the weeks leading up to Election Day. In a few cases, they disappear. Cases have been few this year, but theft or vandalism has been known to happen, local law agencies said. “We generally see it happen here and there during each ...

Salo seeks another term: Rentals, business among issues

HOUGHTON — Daniel Salo sees himself as the “blue-collar viewpoint” of the Houghton City Council. “I went to college, but I didn’t get a degree,” he said. “I worked in construction. I think I have a middle-class view of the proceedings, so that gives me that look.” Daniel ...

School board candidate brings parent viewpoint

HANCOCK — A Hancock High school graduate, daughter of a district teacher and now mother of Hancock students, Wendy Chynoweth has been a Bulldog for a long time. She is hoping to apply that history and the perspective she has gained as a parent to the School Board and will appear on the ...

Film festival celebrates documentaries, short films

The 41 North Film Festival is hosting 19 documentaries as well as several short films this weekend at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Michigan Technological University's (MTU) campus. The movies are all brand new and not yet widely available, according to Erin Smith, the festival's ...

Village president wants to finish work started

ONTONAGON — Village President Kenny Waldrop is running again for his seat on the village council to continue the work already started, with a major focus on blight. “We're not finished yet, we have a lot of things going, a lot of things created,” Waldrop said. For example, the village ...

Council candidate focused on ideas, volunteering

ONTONAGON — Robert “Skip” Schulz began calling the village his home in 1990. Since his arrival, he has been volunteering his time and ideas, which is something he'd like to see more of. Schulz is on the Nov. 6 ballot for the Village Council. He has a long history of serving in local ...

Calumet candidate running for two positions

CALUMET — Village resident Nathan Anderson is a candidate for two positions on the council. He is seeking the position of village president, and if that does not work out, he is seeking a seat as a trustee. Anderson has been a village resident since November, 2008, and has been a homeowner ...

District 2 candidate focused on airport upgrades, progress

ONTONAGON — Richard Bourdeau will appear on the ballot this November representing District 2 on the County Board and is looking to continue progress and ramp up airport improvements. Raised in Ontonagon, Bourdeau has always tried to stay in the area despite a difficult economy that ...

Baltensperger seeks to add to 30 years on H-PT board

HOUGHTON — Even with the difficulties of schools over the past decade, Brad Baltensperger still enjoys being on a school board. Baltensperger is one of three candidates running for three terms on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board in the Nov. 6 election. This year marks ...

Frights, sights abound at Treat Street

HOUGHTON — As Shawn Kyllonen staggered down Shelden Avenue Saturday afternoon, people turned. Jaws dropped. Phones came out. It wasn’t the lurching gait so much as what he wore — an unclassifiable jumble of gore, fangs and corpse. It was his first time on stilts. “It’s not as ...

Massaway seeks first full term

HOUGHTON — Schools provide the foundation for future of the community and the world, said Amanda Massaway. That, and having children in the district, makes being on the Houghton-Portage Township School District Board important to her. Massaway has been on the board since September 2017, ...