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Crowds enjoy sights, sounds of Bridgefest weekend

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HOUGHTON — In air, on land and at sea, thousands of people took in everything Bridgefest had to offer this weekend. The 32nd annual festival offered events on both sides of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. There were food, music, games, vendors and fireworks at the Kestner Waterfront Park and ...

Ontonagon residents take opportunity to speak up

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ONTONAGON — Five people spoke up during the public comment period at last Monday night’s Ontonagon Village Council meeting. Each of them had one concern in common, that was the importance of tourism and recreation in the community. Karen Parige stated that in early 2000, she and her ...

Distillery brings back Copper Queen Whiskey

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CALUMET — A wall painting of a long-gone Copper Country product led to a conversation that brought it back to life. Iron Fish Distillery has revived the Copper Queen Whiskey, which originated in Calumet in 1914. It was the product of Narciso Bianchi, an Italian immigrant and saloon operator ...

Ontonagon Village Council discusses possible omission

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estion as to the legality of the removal of property at the former Wagers Restaurant in downtown Ontonagon continues to be a topic at Ontonagon Village Council meetings. During Monday’s meeting, an issue arose as there was an omission of a question from a council member, as the question was ...

Houghton seeks rental ordinance changes

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HOUGHTON — A public hearing is coming up on changes to Houghton’s rental ordinance. In a change from prior practice, rental applications that meet all the requirements for a rental property would no longer have to come before the Rental Housing Board. Instead, it will function as an ...

Houghton approves budget

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved a budget with more than $4.6 million in general fund spending at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “Everything is pretty close to where it was, except we did budget more for police, to hopefully get an additional officer,” said City ...

None injured as fire in barrel expands to house

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — No injuries had been reported as of Wednesday afternoon from Tuesday fire that gutted a log home in Portage Township. The fire at the Sheridan Place on U.S. 41 began in a burn barrel before spreading to a nearby wooden fence, storage shed, then finally a neighboring log ...

Houghton County holds Truth in Taxation hearing

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County’s millage will stay the same as last year’s. The county will collect 6.2911 mills, its maximum allowable rate, Deputy Equalization Director Jaikob Djerf said during a Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday. Under state law, the board must conduct the hearing to be ...

Calumet Theatre director outlines plans

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HANCOCK — Change is scary, Marlin Lee admits. But reaching for a dream should be. “If you don’t have a dream, you don’t have something to look forward to, that’s not living, it’s just existing,” he said. “...You’ve got to step outside your comfort zone.” Lee, executive ...

Lake Linden eCYBERMISSION team competing at Nationals

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AKE LINDEN — For most of the school year, students this far north are walking to school in the dark. Lake Linden-Hubbell High School seventh graders are heading to Washington, D.C. with a purpose in mind. The seventh-grade eCYBERMISSION team — Olivia Shank, Rebecca Lyons, Chloe Daniels ...

Dr. Lipson ready to focus on Urology

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Urology is a surgical specialty that not many people think about until they need urologic treatment. Most people will require some sort of urologic treatment at some point in their lives. Urology involves evaluation and treatment of problems involving the genitourinary tract which includes ...

Suffragette celebrators unveil sunflowers

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ynonymous with the suffragist movement since the 1860s, when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton campaigned for women’s right to vote in Kansas. The iconography is returning in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage next year, which will be accompanied by ...

Fighting fire near Portage Lake Golf Course

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on U.S. 41 in Portage Township Tuesday afternoon. More information will be available in Thursday’s Daily Mining Gazette.

Girl seriously injured in ATV roll-over

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ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — A 12-year-old female was seriously injured Sunday when the ORV she was driving flipped over and landed on her, pinning her underneath, stated a release from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were dispatched at approximately 5:06 p.m. to private property off ...

Legion Riders hold blessing, benefit ride

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LAKE LINDEN — “May God bless you and keep you safe on your bike. May you encounter the risen Lord in your travels, and the freedom of the open road, and the fellowship of other bikers and each person you meet.” Against the threats of harsh weather, bad roads and oblivious texters, ...

Last dairy farms in Houghton, Baraga counties get out

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CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — The days of a milk truck picking up shipments from farms in Baraga and Houghton counties is almost over. The last dairy farm producing milk in Houghton County is selling its milking cows near the end of July, following one in Baraga County that sold its stock of cows ...

Proper handling: Veterans conduct Flag Retirement Ceremony

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HANCOCK — The Alfred Erickson Post 186 conducted its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at its West Quincy Street post Wednesday evening, retiring American flags that are no longer serviceable. According to the U.S. Flag Code, disposing of an American flag is a sensitive, yet necessary, action ...

Portage Lake District Library hosts light bulb sale

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HOUGHTON — Residents got the chance to find out more about energy-efficient light and buy them at a discount at Efficiency United’s sale the Portage Lake District Library Wednesday and Thursday. “Usually Day Two is a little bit slower, but we were still very busy selling out some of ...

Remembering D-Day: Yanks, British, Canadians land on French Coast

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SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, June 6 (AP) — Allied Expeditionary Forces and sea-borne forces landed in northwestern France today, establishing beach heads in Normandy and slashed inland in an auspicious start to history’s greatest overseas operation, aimed at liberating ...