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LIFTing Youth: MTU Summer Youth Program finds new partner

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Michigan Technological University’s Material Science Summer Youth Program has a new industry partner in Lightweight Interventions For Tomorrow. LIFT is a Detroit-based research and development firm largely sponsored by the U.S. Department of defense. The firm is interested in designing ...

Can zoning be weapon? No, lawyer tells pro-wind group

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Steven Tinti, an attorney from Crystal Falls, gave a brief talk at the meeting organized by Services And Vibrant Economy (SAVE) for Baraga on Tuesday night. “What we’re ultimately talking about are property rights,” he said. Tinti asked how many members of the roughly 70-person ...

Ontonagon dredge project could be heading to court

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ONTONAGON — While the village has decided as to which engineering firm to hire for a street project, the dredging project is now in the hands of its legal counsel. At Monday’s council meeting village manager Joe Erickson reported three bids were received for the Pebble Beach Drive ...

Hancock Schools asks for millage renewal

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HANCOCK — A five-year millage for Hancock Public Schools expires this year, and a renewal request will appear on the ballot of the May 7 election. The request is not for an increase on top of the current millage, superintendent Kipp Beaudoin said, but is a request for a renewal on the ...

Light May ballot for Copper Country

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HOUGHTON — Millages and the L’Anse Township vote on modifying its wind energy ordinance make for a light May ballot in the Copper Country. Below are the ballot measures in Baraga and Houghton counties. No measures are on the ballot in Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. Houghton Adams ...

Family Dollar makes proposal on damaged building in Calumet

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CALUMET — The Village Council was given an update on the Family Dollar building on Fifth Street by Joe Snow, village administrator, on a proposed resolution to the building that suffered a roof collapse in early March. Snow told the council Tuesday that there has been communication between ...

Support for Wind: NMU speaker makes case to SAVE project

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L’ANSE — The group Services And Vibrant Economy for Baraga, or SAVE, hosted an informational meeting about the now-cancelled Summit Lake Wind Farm on Tuesday evening. The meeting included presentations from Steve Waller, an adjunct instructor at Northern Michigan University, and Steven ...

New state water regs require inspecting lines for lead fixtures

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HOUGHTON — Houghton and other municipalities across the state will be inspecting — and possibly replacing — service lines due to new Department of Environmental Quality rule changes enacted as a response to the Flint water crisis. City manager Eric Waara said the Department of Public ...

Village not sure what’s up with its zoning panel

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CALUMET — Trustee Nathan Anderson has scheduled a meeting of the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for May 2 after he received confirmation from Village President Dave Geisler that his December 2017 removal from the panel was illegal. The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act. Section 601 of ...

Spring cleanup set in Houghton

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HOUGHTON — The city of Houghton will host its annual spring cleanup May-June 9. Trash bins will be available seven days a week at the city garage on the corner of Technical Avenue and Gundlach Road. Allowed materials are wood (under 4 feet), brick and metal (to be placed in a specially ...

Ontonagon gets Portage Health Foundation grant for lakeshore

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ONTONAGON — The Portage Health Foundation awarded a grant of $16,900 for the Accessible Pathways to Public Beach Project to the village of Ontonagon. The award was announced at Monday’s Village Council meeting. The project is to be completed by this upcoming Aug. 15. “The grant is ...

Copper Country Calendar, April 25

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Thursday • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Community Action Agency will have apples, oranges and boneless pork roast available at the CAA Distribution center loading dock. participants must show their green eligibility card. • 7 to 9 p.m., The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a ...

Village probes items removed from building

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The Ontonagon Village Council chambers were packed Monday to hear comment from area residents reporting the removal of equipment from the former Wagers Restaurant, a building designated for demolition using state blight removal funding. Numerous residents alleged items were removed during the ...

Public urged to get involved in fixing Calumet finances

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CALUMET — The regular April meeting of the Village Council last Wednesday put into perspective some financial dire straits facing the village, including the need of a Sno-Go before the onset of winter, and a new roof for the Village Hall. Due to lack of matching funds, the council signed off ...

Flood briefly closes M-26

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TAMARACK CITY — M-26 was closed briefly Monday night due to water over the roadway in Tamarack City. Radio reports indicated the flooding was caused by a dam overflowing. The Michigan State Police called for its closure between 9:54 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Monday night, said Michigan ...

Plan Party: Library kicks off strategic planning

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HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library showed off the strategic plan that will help guide its next three years at a launch event Tuesday afternoon. Work began on the plan in March 2018. Almost 200 community members rated the library’s services and gave their ideas for future ...

Outside capital expanding Keweenaw trails tourism

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EAGLE RIVER — The discussion of increasing revenues in Keweenaw County came up during an update given to the board by Nathan Miller, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club, and club board member Sam Raymond during Wednesday’s County Board meeting. Miller said last year set ...

Capsized kayaker rescued in Sedar Bay

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SEDAR BAY — One kayaker’s misfortune was canceled out by some snowshoers’ good timing Saturday. A kayaker spent about 20 minutes in the water off Sedar Bay Saturday afternoon after his kayak capsized, according to the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department. A group near the mouth of ...