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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 ...

Hopper, Hamm, and Smydra elected to village board

ONTONAGON — The village saw three seats up for election and the seat for village president, Tuesday. Incumbent Village President Ken Waldrop ran unopposed and received 483 votes by the end of the night. On the council, incumbent candidates Tony Smydra and John Hamm received 369 and 421 ...

Baraga passed sinking fund for schools Tuesday

Both school funding proposals in Baraga County were approved by voters in Tuesday’s election. Baraga Area Schools’ (BAS) sinking fund passed by a narrow margin, 612 to 574. It won only 51.5 percent of the total vote. “I think it’s going to be a big boost,” BAS superintendent ...

Keweenaw County elects a new probate court judge

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County voters elected Probate Attorney Keith DeForge to the probate court bench on Tuesday in a race in which DeForge and his opponent, Diana Langdon were both write-in candidates. DeForge said he appreciates the trust the voters have placed in him, “with the help and ...

Incumbents re-elected in Adams

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — The school board of education saw two incumbent candidates on the ballot Tuesday. Darren Niemi and Kristen Archambeau were both re-elected to their seats on the board. Archambeau, who currently serves as secretary for the board received 633 votes. Niemi who serves as ...

New faces win in Hancock

HANCOCK — With three candidates on the ballot for the school board, and two seats available, Wendy Chynoweth and Michael Lancour walked away with the most votes. In the lead, 1,544 votes went to Chynoweth and Lancour received 1,241. The unseated incumbent candidate Catherine Jordan was not ...

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 ...