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CCHPC to host Project Homeless Connect

HOUGHTON - The Copper Country Homeless Prevention Coalition will host a Project Homeless Connect event on Thursday, September 15 at the Hope Fellowship Church in Houghton, John Niemela, chair of the CCHPC said."The event is for people who are homeless, about to become homeless, or are facing ...

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By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. PNEUMONIA DIAGNOSIS FUELS QUESTIONS ABOUT CLINTON'S HEALTHFor weeks, the Democratic presidential candidate dismissed questions about her health as little more than a ...

Pipeline project blocked

BISMARCK, N.D. - Supported by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Standing Rock Sioux's effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects ...

Mass City woman arrested for car theft

ONTONAGON - A Mass City woman was arraigned in 98th District Court for allegedly driving away a missing car in Ontonagon after being arrested wt. the car downstate.Candi Finley, 38, is charged with unlawful driving away of an automobile.The car, a 2013 Dodge Dart, was reported stolen in ...

Sheriff offers distracted driver stats

HOUGHTON - The Houghton County Sheriff's Department wants to educate and remind motorists to keep school buses and children safe while on the roads.Dristacted driving can be as much of a hazard as driving while intoxicated.The department, in its campaign, "Just Drive" to protect school ...

Schultz: I’m not a racist – Yik Yak student speaks out

HOUGHTON - A former Michigan Technological University student expelled from the university after a social media post investigated as threatening broke his silence Thursday with a press conference as part of an effort to clear his name.Matthew Schultz, 22, who filed a suit in federal court ...

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By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. NORTH KOREA SAYS IT CONDUCTED 'HIGHER LEVEL' NUCLEAR WARHEAD TESTPyongyang trumpets that it can build "at will" an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear ...

MDEQ fields questions on Warden Electric

L'ANSE -- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials fielded a battery of questions about the L'Anse Warden Electric Company Wednesday, primarily from Friends of the Land of the Keweenaw.Ideally FOLK would like to see the L'Anse power plant run on natural gas, which produces less ...

KBIC Summer Youth Conservation Corps work with DNR

BARAGA -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council last month heard from Summer Youth Conservation Corps students who'd recently worked on projects led by members of the tribe's Natural Resources Department and the Superior Watershed Partnership.This year's inter-related projects were ...

Laurium wants to improve Public Works fleet

LAURIUM - The village of Laurium has an aging fleet of Department of Public Works vehicles, and village officials are hoping voters will approve a millage request on the Nov. 8 ballot to improve the fleet.Ed Vertin, Laurium village administrator, said the proposal is for an increase of 2.5 ...

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By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:1. TRUMP, CLINTON TANGLE OVER SECURITYThe candidates confront their key weaknesses in a national security forum, with the Republican defending his preparedness to be ...

Cadets see the world: MTU students selected for Summer Training

HOUGHTON - Several Army ROTC cadets from Michigan Technological University worked overseas this summer, learning to adapt to another culture and appreciate the strategic impact of their actions.Six from Tech were chosen based on merit, fitness and grades, said Lt. Col. Adam Melnitsky, ...

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By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. OBAMA HONORS LAO CULTUREAiming to cement closer ties with the Southeast Asian nation, the U.S. president tours a Buddhist temple and takes questions from young people ...

Feast celebrates lives in midst of tragedy

ZEBA - Hundreds of people enjoyed bountiful feasts following the funerals of AJ Swartz and Jimmy Shelifoe, much of it brought by Keweenaw Indian Community residents in response to the tragic situation at hand.Mounds of fresh frybread loomed over huge hot pans of just about anything you can ...

L’Anse schools ask for sinking fund millage

L'ANSE - L'Anse Area Schools hopes voters will approve up to 1 mill for building and site needs through a sinking fund millage that will be on the November ballot."A sinking fund millage is a limited property tax to fund major repairs and renovations to school buildings," said Superintendent ...

Parade caps Ontonagon’s Labor Day celebration

By VANESSA DIETZvdietz@mininggazette.comONTONAGON - A large turnout marked events at the 60th annual Labor Day festival here this weekend, including the main event: the 2 p.m. Sunday parade down River Street."We've had a lot of people this weekend," said Village Manager Joe Erickson, who also ...

CTC seeks involvement from Keweenaw Cnty

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - As Communities That Care (CTC) moved into the phase of organizing its Community Board in August, Ginny Machiela, CTC coordinator, said she would like to see more residents of Keweenaw County become involved."Keweenaw County is one of our ...

Communities That Care looking to recruit youth members

HOUGHTON - Communities That Care (CTC) is an organization that seeks to create a better community for the youth of Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, as well to improve their lives in many ways. Recently, CTC conducted a two-day training and organizational session for members of its community ...

Parting salute: 2nd Beartown firefighter laid to rest in Baraga

ZEBA - Rainy weather gave way to sunshine Wednesday when friends and family of Alan John "AJ" Swartz gathered for the 25-year-old firefighter's funeral at Zeba Hall.Fire department personnel came up two by two to silently salute AJ, who lay in an open, flag-draped casket."AJ thrived on ...