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It was Dr. Suess-y day at Camp Read Away…

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Tents, s’mores and displays of national parks helped set the mood Saturday at the fifth annual Camp Read Away at the Copper Country Mall. Superior AmeriCorps held the event for child readers in conjunction with the B-H-K Child Development parents. AmeriCorps members ...

Calumet not dissolving its fire department

CALUMET — The Village Council says it has no immediate plans to dissolve its volunteer Fire Department. Village firefighter Tim Gasperich addressed the board at its regular February meeting and requested clarification on the issue. “When we hear the village administrator is negotiating ...

Torch Lake Town seeks residents’ road input

HUBBELL — Torch Lake Township residents could get to shape the township’s priorities for road repairs. The township is setting up a road board to oversee priorities for repairs. So far, the Township Board is looking at a road board of about five members, said Supervisor Brian Cadwell. ...

Plan panel approves coffee shop flood repair plan

HOUGHTON — Post-flood work at the 5th and Elm coffee shop was one of several projects to pass the site plan review at Tuesday’s Houghton Planning Commission meeting. 5th and Elm plans an addition to the front of the building to increase indoor seating space. The courtyard area in front of ...

Calumet administrator stays on job on his terms after contract expires

CALUMET — The contract under which village administrator Joe Snow was working expired Feb. 20, and he has agreed to remain in the position until April 20, an extra 60 days, if the village meets his terms. Village President Dave Geisler said Snow is asking the village to pay his ...

Janssen hosts first public office hours

HOUGHTON — Houghton County Commissioner Gretchen Janssen hosted her first open office hours with constituents Saturday at the Portage Lake District Library. The meetings were a campaign promise of Janssen, who represents Houghton on the board. She was appointed as an interim member in June ...

Bus garage contract awarded

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Board approved one of nine bids for their new bus garage at its meeting Tuesday. The bid from DP Construction of Chassell is for $248,820. “It was much lower than we had anticipated,” Superintendent George Stockero ...

Winning Milestone

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton High School girls’ basketball coach Julie Filpus receives a certificate from Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board President Buck Foltz recognizing her for 400 wins as a coach. Filpus's Gremlins team hit her coaching milestone Saturday with a ...

Reading program primes students for more learning

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) psychologist Lynnette Borree informed the CCISD Board about the workings of Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI) at Tuesday night’s board meeting. "It's one of those things in education that, I can't believe we haven't ...

Principal foe: board must censor newspaper

HANCOCK — After reporting news of a campaign to remove a principal, the Daily Mining Gazette came under attack at Monday’s School Board meeting, during which a local resident, Jodi Mikesch, asked the board to censor news articles written about the school. “I’m very embarrassed about ...

Local Rotary seeks exchange hosts

HANCOCK — Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin is inviting Hancock residents to consider hosting a youth exchange student as an international student hosted by Rotary clubs. “And one of the ways we embrace that is students coming from foreign countries, for cultural exchange, and vice versa,” ...

Differences in how students understand Valentine’s

In middle school and high school, there are two very distinctive attitudes about Valentine's Day; middle schoolers hand out valentines and treats, and high schools (typically, overall) despise Valentine's Day. There is a pile of treats on my desk from the middle school students that have ...

Diabetic foot ulcers are common with diabetes

Diabetes affects 30 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the population. Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes are not aware they have it. The population of the Keweenaw Peninsula is roughly 40,000 people. That means more than 3600 people in the Keweenaw Peninsula have diabetes. Diabetic foot ...

Foundation funds create motivation for learning

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) has dispersed hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships since it was organized 31 years ago. In grants alone, the HPSF disperses more than $120,000 per year for various materials, equipment, computer equipment, and ...

Onto. council approves new contract for manager

ONTONAGON — With the recommendation of the Personal Committee, the Village Council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with village anager Joe Erickson. Council member Tony Smydra, speaking on behalf of the Personal Committee stated a few parts of the contract that the Council should ...

South Range clerk resigns, won’t say why

SOUTH RANGE — The South Range Village Council will be appointing a new village clerk in March, after the current clerk, Jason Coffey, submitted his resignation at February’s regular council meeting. "I'm not just going to walk out the door,” Coffey said. After Feb. 26, the effective ...

School foundation funds educational opportunities

HANCOCK — Since the establishment of the Hancock Public Schools Foundation in 1987, the organization has come a long way, according to the President of the Board of Directors Dave Dow. “When we originally started out with the original members, it was pretty tough,” said Dow. “We were ...

L’Anse planning panel proposes zoning changes

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Township Planning Commission unanimously approved changes to the zoning ordinances which will now be sent to the Township Board for final approval. The changes include the procedure for selecting members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), as well as specifics on ...

Hancock citizen praises district’s admin, comments on internal strife

HANCOCK — Hancock resident Frank Hawthorne addressed the School Board at its regular January meeting, offering his appreciation for the school district’s efforts in improving the buildings and the district as a whole. But he also commented on apparent increasing internal tensions between ...