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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, ...

Candidate looking to give back

ONTONAGON — With a family history going back to 1848, when Tony Smydra returned to the village of Ontonagon, he wanted to continue the family legacy of giving back. “We have a family value of service to community and we believe that you should always give back to your community,” Smydra ...

Lockhart running for School Board

ONTONAGON TOWNSHIP — Unlike the majority of the other six candidates on the ballot and the one registered write-in for the Ontonagon Area School District School Board, Sue Lockhart emphasizes the need to represent taxpayers who do not have children attending the school. “Recently ...

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 ...