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Driver sentenced to 15 years

L’ANSE — An Illinois man was sentenced to 57 months to 15 years in prison in Baraga County Circuit Court Monday for drunk driving in a fatal crash at the Holiday station in L’Anse. Dawaun Johnson, 24, of University Park, Illinois, was working for the CR England company on the night of ...

Finding community: Hundreds celebrate at second Keweenaw Pridefest

HANCOCK — Kicking off the start of Pride Month, the second annual Keweenaw Pridefest drew hundreds to the Hancock Beach Saturday. The event is put on by Keweenaw Queers, with the goal of being free, all-ages and inclusive, said President Kate Atkinson. This year’s theme, “Here and ...

Dealing with blight: Calumet Village approves seeking enforcement officer

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council last Tuesday approved a motion to post an opening for the position of Blight Enforcement Officer. Village Manager Megan Haselden said during the regular May Village Council meeting that a wage amount and hours per week are topics the council will yet ...

Dixon found competent: Defendant accused in November fatal shooting

HOUGHTON — The Hancock man charged in a fatal shooting in downtown Houghton in November was ruled competent to stand trial in 97th District Court Friday. Evan Dixon, 60, appeared in 97th District Court via videoconference for Friday’s hearing. He underwent an evaluation at the State ...

Kempainen preliminary hearing delayed

HOUGHTON — The preliminary hearing for a Wisconsin mother and son accused of killing a Hancock Township relative in December has been postponed. Margaret Kempainen, 50, and Jacob Kempainen, 21, of Hartland, Wisconsin, had been scheduled for a joint preliminary hearing Friday. David ...

New boats, better response

HANCOCK — The U.S. Coast Guard Station Portage’s newest vessel will be out patrolling the waters next week. Officers have been training on a new 45-foot response boat medium, the first of two it will have on the water this summer. Starting Monday, the boat replaces the 47-foot motor ...