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After a year away, Rock Camp returns to Houghton

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HOUGHTON — It’s good to be back. After a one-year layoff, PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp has returned, with local youths spending two weeks rehearsing for the big concert 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center. Twenty musicians are part of this year’s camp, most of them returnees, said Olsson, ...

Spahn recently named superintendent in Chassell

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CHASSELL — A longtime Chassell Township Schools educator has made the leap to the district’s top position. Spahn was hired as the new superintendent and principal at Chassell Township Schools in May. He had served on an interim basis in December, replacing Howard Parmentier, who took a ...

Calumet Theatre enjoys busy summer

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CALUMET — The Calumet Theatre has been enjoying a busy summer, in terms of both attendance for shows, and visitors coming for tours, said Marlin Lee, executive theater director. “It’s been very steady,” he said, “and we had a really good crowd for Rodney Crowell on July ...

Ruth Ann Miller memorial vandalized

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TAMARACK — The family of Ruth Ann Miller is looking for the return of a vase stolen from the site where the 7-year-old girl fell down a mineshaft to her death more than 50 years ago. Sometime between July 9 and July 31, someone climbed over the fence at the memorial site. There, they ...

Swift Hardware celebrates 150th

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HOUGHTON — Swift Hardware is 150 years old this year, and celebrated Friday with a ribbon cutting, free Vollwerth hot dogs, bratwurst, birthday cake inside the store, along with prizes, kids’ games, and even a prize wheel. People registered to win a free lawnmower, a $150 gift certificate, ...

Name released of plane crash victim

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CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP — The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane crash last weekend in Carp Lake Township. Jack Maccani, 36, of Ironwood was the sole occupant of the plane that crashed en route from Gogebic County Airport to Ontonagon County ...

Houghton skate park now open

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HOUGHTON — With a backdrop of skaters and bikers flying through the air, organizers and city officials celebrated the official launch of the Houghton Skatepark Friday night. Houghton’s is the second professional concrete skate park in the Upper Peninsula, after Marquette. Several ...

Hancock moves with caution toward recreational marijuana ordinance

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The Hancock City Council held a work session on the evening of August 1 to discuss how the city will go forward with the licensing of marijuana businesses. The term “businesses” includes producers, processors, distributors, and retailers. The meeting was called by the ad hoc recreational ...

Joseph A. “Joe” Becia

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Joseph A. "Joe" Becia, age 91, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1967, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born on August 1, 1927 in Quincy Township, Houghton County, MI. Beloved husband of Adeline Becia (nee Bonaguro), whom he married September ...

Pilot’s body, plane found in Ontonagon County

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CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP — The body of a pilot was found with his plane in Carp Lake Township after an extensive air and ground search Saturday. The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department was notified Saturday that an aircraft had failed to arrive at its desitnation of the Gogebic County Airport ...

Mass City mercury spill contained

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MASS CITY — A small accidental mercury spill in Mass City has been contained after a week-long effort and was found not to have been a health threat to the surrounding neighborhood, Ontonagon County Emergency Management said Friday. The accidental spill reportedly happened when children ...

Michigan Tech happy, Koubek gets raise

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s president is heading into next year with a raise. The Tech Board of Trustees approved an $11,250 base salary adjustment for President Richard Koubek Friday, amounting to a 2.5% raise. His salary was set at $450,000 in 2018. The raise was ...

Blood donations very important in summer

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HANCOCK — For local blood centers, the summer means a severe need and less chance of it being met. With many people on vacation, there are fewer people donating. What they are doing is riding ATVs, mountain biking or other activities that could lead to accidents and a need for blood ...

Buffalo Reef task force presents options to locals

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LAKE LINDEN — Members of a task force charged with finding ways to protect Buffalo Reef from encroaching stamp sands presented ideas to the public at an informational meeting in Lake Linden Wednesday night. About 15 million cubic yards of stamp sand deposited at the Gay Mill are migrating ...

Attempt to locate graves begins near Ft. Wilkins

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COPPER HARBOR — Fort Wilkins seems to be as busy this summer as it was when it was garrisoned from 1844-46 and again from 1867-70. Along with celebrations of the former military post’s 175th anniversary, Michigan Technological University’s Industrial Archaeology Department was also at the ...

Former Houghton man killed in alleged murder

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WILLISTON, N.D. — A North Dakota man is charged with murdering a former Atlantic Mine man earlier this week. Dyson Bastian, 24, was one of three people allegedly run over by Steven Rademacher, 42. According to a court affavadit, Rademacher had been yelling at the group before driving ...

Battery D fulfills two goals: One for public, one for members

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COPPER HARBOR — Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery completed its annual Fort Wilkins encampment Sunday afternoon, concluding its 35th annual encampment. The primary goal of the battery is to offer as accurate account of life in the 1860s as is possible in the 21st century. The 501(C)-3 ...

McDonald’s fixtures still available to public

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HOUGHTON — The historic local touches of Houghton’s McDonald’s removed as part of a recent remodel will still be available to the public. Owner Brian Wilson donated the materials to area non-profits. Stained-glass windows went to the Keweenaw Community Foundation in Hancock and the ...

DB-TC residents hear about bond proposal

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DOLLAR BAY — Residents in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools district heard a presentation and asked questions about the district’s bond proposal Monday night at the first of two forums. On Aug. 6, the voters will decide on a $4.685 million, 20-year proposal for security upgrades, ...

Anniversary celebration continues in Copper Harbor

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COPPER HARBOR — Visitors to Fort Wilkins last Saturday evening received a special treat in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the fort. The Dodworth Saxhorn Band (DSB), of Ann Arbor, Michigan, gave a live performance of 19th century music, most of which would have been familiar to the ...