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Public speaks out on marijuana in Ontonagon

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The Ontonagon Village Council chambers were packed at the Aug. 25 Village Council meeting.  The issue that brought people out dealt with the Aug. 12 council meeting where four members tabled a motion for the village to “opt out” of allowing a marijuana retail business in the village. At ...

Habitat for Humanity hosting groundbreaking

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HOUGHTON — Shelter is one of humanity’s basic needs. Copper Country Habitat for Humanity is looking to people interested in helping them fill it. There is a “desperate” need for volunteers at the building site, said Rene Johnson, publicity coordinator for Copper Country Habitat ...

Ontonagon celebrates Labor Day

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ONTONAGON — For the 63rd year, crowds lined up in Ontonagon for floats, bands and candy Sunday for the annual Labor Day parade. Competing in the parade is a point of pride for many organizations, which try to outdo each other with creative concepts. Several floats paid homage to the 50th ...

Local printer recovers from break-in with help from Calumet resident

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CALUMET — Laura Miller, retired executive director of the Calumet Theatre, is taking steps to assist a 30-year-old business recover from a devastating break-in that occurred last month. Copper Island Printing, at 423 Pine St., was broken into on Aug. 16, and computers, monitors, keyboards, ...

Manoomin Camp spreads Ojibwe wild rice culture

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ALBERTA — People gathered in the cool, wet Wednesday weather at the Ford Center in Alberta to learn about Manoomin, or wild rice in English, at the 2019 Manoomin Camp. The camp is a way for members of native Indian tribes to learn about and share the cultural importance of wild rice and the ...

Man pleads to child porn charges

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EAGLE RIVER — An Eagle Harbor man pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related counts in Keweenaw County Circuit Court Thursday. Michael Braman, 61, was arrested in July after allegedly possessing more than 100 images of child sexually abusive material, as well as material involving ...

Ontonagon Labor Day Festival this weekend

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ONTONAGON — The 63rd Annual Ontonagon Labor Day Festival kicked off on Friday and runs through Sunday night. The festival draws thousands of people from all over to the village, as well as brings former residents back to the community they either went to school at, or used to live in and ...

Ontonagon president not a resident of village

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ONTONAGON — At Monday night’s Ontonagon Village Council meeting, the issue of whether Village President Gerard Waldrop can legally continue as president was raised, as Waldrop stated that he is a resident outside of the village. During public comment, village resident William Johnson ...

Soberfest being held for third year

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HOUGHTON — The name Soberfest has made some people think it is only for people in recovery. That’s not true, said organizer Deb Barna. “It’s for anybody that wants to have fun without substances,” she said. “That’s the main focus, to bring people together so they don’t feel ...

The Vault to launch in mid-September

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HOUGHTON — The Vault is about to be opened. The 17-room boutique hotel in downtown Houghton will have its first guests in the second week of September, its owners said Tuesday during a media tour. When former owners Wells Fargo announced they were moving, Vault co-owners Jonathan and ...

‘Dear Martin’ author talks to freshmen

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HOUGHTON — The first-year Michigan Technological University students gathered in the Rozsa Center Tuesday morning will all experience failure and uncertainty at some point in their lives, if they have not already. And they should embrace that, said author Nic Stone. “I failed freshman ...

Partnership between Portage, Marquette valuable

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The Portage location in Hancock is only one of the several UP Health System locations across the Upper Peninsula. All of the facilities work together to ensure that the people of the U.P. get the best care possible as close to home. One example of this is the relationship between UPHS - Portage ...

Secretary of State touts voter measures

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson spoke to Copper Country residents Monday night about the progress of two voter initiatives approved in November. The Copper Country League of Women Voters organized the presentation at Hancock High School, at which Benson also took ...

Lakes announce 2019 Hall of Fame class

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LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools is pleased to announce the third group of inductees into the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction will take place Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. along with a continental breakfast in the high school commons area. The ...

One killed in two-vehicle crash

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Note: This story has been updated with the identity of the drivers. Aug. 27, 9 a.m. L’ANSE — One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash outside of L’Anse Monday morning. About 8 a.m., a semitruck collided with a GMC Envoy on U.S. 41, said Baraga County Sheriff’s Deputy Fabian ...

Fair enjoys high turnout

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HANCOCK — Buoyed by good weather, the Houghton County Fair’s first two days were even with or better than last year’s turnout, said fair office manager Carol Saari. Saturday’s attendance could break a record, she said. “People wait for this all year,” Margaret Dunstan said. ...

Houghton holds Camp Middle School

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HOUGHTON — Incoming sixth-graders at Houghton Middle School learned what they would be doing this year and how to get there at Camp Middle School Thursday. The longstanding orientation session includes learning how to open a locker, a scavenger hunt for classes and other middle school ...