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Brown seeks E-TC School Board seat

U.S. Forest Service employee Shawn Brown of Bruce Crossing is on the ballot for one of three seats open on the Ewen-Trout Creek (E-TC) School Board. Brown is a former E-TC athletic director, a position he held for four years. “I'm running for the school board because I feel all students ...

First phase of improvements done for Point Abbaye park

The first phase of the Point Abbaye park improvements has been completed successfully with a new accessible vault toilet, parking area, picnic and camping area. “We’re very pleased with the project,” Baraga County clerk Wendy Goodreau said. The work was completed by MD Contracting, ...

Village candidate wants to keep forward movement

SOUTH RANGE - Cody Bonini was appointed to the village council a few years ago and is now running for his seat on the November ballot to continue on the progress already made. Bonini first joined to help keep the village looking nice and since then has been a part of bringing in new ...

Mental health training focuses on empathy

L’ANSE — Trainers from Copper Country Community Mental Health presented a training for individuals interested in being able to both identify individuals potentially suffering a mental health problem, like depression, anxiety substance abuse or eating disorders, and offer their assistance. ...

L’Anse and UPPCO agree to deal in court

L'ANSE — The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) and the village of L'Anse made an informal agreement in court Wednesday that prevented an injunction from being set in place. “The court will enforce your informal agreement,” Judge Charles Goodman said. UPPCO filed a complaint on ...

Village candidate brings infastructure experience

ONTONAGON — When John Hamm retired from 26 years working for the village department of public works, his next move was to run for village council, bringing his understanding of the village's inner workings to the role. “It was a case of there were a lot of things that were going on that I ...

Accident leaves three injured

ONTONAGON — A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of M-64 and Rockland Street resulted in three injured and a partial road closure that lasted three hours. Failing to yield, a 2004 F-250 driven by a 68-year old Bruce Crossing woman struck a westbound Sanimax dump truck causing it to roll, ...

Schaefer leads by example as she runs for supervisor

Polly Schaefer is running for L’Anse Township Supervisor in the Nov. 6 election against current supervisor Pete Magaraggia. “I think we need some leadership in that role,” she said. Schaefer is committed to making the most of grants and other funding sources before going to taxpayers ...

New publication

The Daily Mining Gazette has debuted a new publication, the Keweenaw Connection. In addition to all the local news, weather and sports in the Copper Country, the new publication will feature products and services provided by local merchants and businesses in the region, said Randy Cutright, ...

Village discusses sidewalk snow removal contracts

CALUMET — Snow removal was a topic of discussion at last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting, which the council members agreed would remain at last year’s rate, about $5 per foot for sidewalks. The discussion centered on a letter to be sent to residents outlining the various points of the ...

Ontonagon moves on blight, hears water rate update

ONTONAGON — Monday's village council meeting featured several small changes and laid the groundwork for future developments. In updates, the blighted building across from the village offices and council chambers was laid to rest earlier this month. Now an empty lot sits at the corner of ...

Laurium requesting snow removal millage renewal

LAURIUM — The village is seeking a millage renewal for snow removal, according to Village Administrator Ed Vertin. The millage is used exclusively for snow removal operations, and the money is deposited into the Village of Laurium Municipal Street Fund for that purpose only. “In other ...

Schott seeks re-election to ETC School Board

Dr. Kirk Schott is seeking re-election to the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board. Schott is running for one of the three seats open on the board, and is running as a write-in candidate. “I had not intended to run for the Board again,” he said. “But in September, I was approached by some of ...

Learning the lake: Students get hands dirty at Lake Superior Water Festival

HOUGHTON — You can lead the kids to water education but you can’t keep them dry. With water, mud, native plants and a few presentations, the seventh annual Lake Superior Water Festival had a little bit of everything. Around 700 students descended on the Great Lakes Research Center ...

Revved up: LSPR drivers, crew make final preparations

HANCOCK — The Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) officially begins Friday, but drivers and crews were busy with final preparations on Thursday. Those preparations include inspections at the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s (CCISD) Career and Technical Education (CTE) ...

KBIC primaries nearing: Vote for Tribal Council, Chief Judge seats Nov. 3

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) primary election for Tribal Council seats and Chief Judge is Nov. 3. Four seats on the Tribal Council are up for reelection in December. Voter registration, open to KBIC members, is currently closed for the primary. “It will open up on the ...

Village president explains DDA and MSC

CALUMET — There is a question among some residents in the village concerning the existence and functions of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Calumet, two organizations with seemingly much overlap. Village President Dave Geisler offered some information to help residents ...

Changing of guard: Hancock bids farewell to longtime leaders

HANCOCK — Wednesday marked the last city council meeting, and send off, for four longtime community leaders. The first was Mary Tuisku who passed away May of 2017. To mark the end of her term, her plaque was presented to her husband Dick Tuisku, flowers to her family and a mayoral ...

Write-in candidate ready to serve county

Dan Robillard has announced his candidacy for Baraga County Commissioner, replacing Pat Reilley as District 3 candidate. Pat Reilley moved out of the area over the summer and his resignation was accepted by the County Board at their Oct. 9 meeting. Robillard will be a write-in candidate. He ...

Kolpack to run as write-in again in Ontonagon

Current Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board member Julie Kolpack has registered to run as a write-in candidate. She has been on the board for the last two years. “The reason I am running again is because I see what we are doing and it is going in a good direction,” she said. ...