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PLDL launches Read for Relief, new summer reading initiative

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The Portage Lake District Library’s (PLDL) annual summer reading program is coming soon, and with a charitable twist. Through a collaboration with the Portage Health Foundation (PHF), PLDL and the Hancock School Public Library (HSPL) will engage residents in summer reading while also helping ...

MDNR: Hot, dry weather boosts fire danger around the state

Outdoors

Weather across Michigan has been great in recent days – mostly warm, sunny and dry. But that means a higher risk of wildfires. Most areas in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula currently are at elevated fire risk, and that is expected to continue through the weekend. The ...

Coast Guard rescues 10 people from the water in Traverse City

Outdoors

SAULT SAINTE MARIE — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 people from the water in Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, Michigan, Friday. At approximately 2:30 p.m., Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received a distress radio call from a 30-foot vessel that was taking on water. The Coast ...

Houghton County Historical Society cancels summer season

Business

The Houghton County Historical Society board has decided, with regret, to cancel our 2020 summer season. To maintain the safety of patrons and staff from the uncertainty of the Coronavirus, we have decided to err on the side of caution, curtailing operations for the foreseeable future. We will ...

Native plant sale this week

Business

HOUGHTON — Gardens can be about more than beauty. They can also nurture bees, birds and butterflies. If you are interested in supporting nature in your own yard, the Wild Ones Keweenaw chapter is making it easy with its safe, online sale, which includes several plant species native to the ...

Fire destroys Adams Township home

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ADAMS TOWNSHIP — A structure fire on Friday destroyed an Atlantic Mine home located on North Huron Street, stated a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. The fire began at approximately 3:30 p.m., and was reportedly started by a deep fryer on the stove. Adams Township Fire ...

Surplus Outlet clearance sale

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Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette Temperatures lately have been near perfect in the Copper Country, leading right into a huge clearance sale going on this weekend at Surplus Outlet in downtown Houghton. As shown outside, brothers Tim and Travis Porter of Calumet along with friends Timikka Moe, ...

Lake Linden OKs budget

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LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden approved a balanced $569,000 general fund budget at its village council meeting Thursday night.  Hits from state revenue sharing meant Lake Linden had to postpone plans to replace the aging roof of the village hall.  “When the state projected that the revenue ...

Hancock votes down marijuana, for now

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HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council held its regular June meeting on Wednesday evening via Zoom. While a number of important issues were on the agenda, one of the most contentious was the vote on whether or not to allow marijuana retail licensing in Hancock. The council ultimately voted ...

Another step: Farmers Market returns to Calumet Village

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CALUMET — The Main Street Calumet Farmers Market is returning to the village again this summer, and will begin its regular season run on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Main Street Calumet Executive Director Leah Polzien said this year will see several updates. The market is ...

Ontonagon Marina weather station operating

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Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association (UPSFA) President Dale Rantala notified the group’s members, and boaters that the Ontonagon Marina’s new weather station is up and running. “New weather station activated at the marina,” he said. “Please pass this around so members ...

Residents working through backlog of bottles, cans

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HOUGHTON — Michigan residents stashed away an estimated $64 million in potential deposits during the three-month ban on can and bottle returns, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  This week, people are starting to reclaim that money — and space, one 10-cent deposit at a ...

Ontonagon has a new day park

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Ontonagon Township, known for its campground and children’s park, has added a new day park to its landscape. Doug’s Sunset Park is located next to the Legion Cabin, adjacent to the Ontonagon Township campground on the shores of Lake Superior. After the death of Doug Filppula, township ...

Performances in the Park receives go-ahead

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COPPER HARBOR — The Copper Harbor Improvement Association’s (CHIA) Performances in the Park co-coodinators have received permission from the Grant Township Board to go ahead with the eight-week event. “We’ve been on pins and needles to see how Grant Township would address our event ...

Trial set for former priest accused of CSC

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ONTONAGON — A former Ontonagon County priest will stand trial next year on charges of molesting several children during his time in the county in the early 1980s.  Gary Jacobs, 74, was arraigned in Ontonagon County Circuit Court Wednesday. He was bound over to circuit court in April on ...

Whitmer optimistic about return to in-person classes

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LANSING — Michigan schools will likely return to in-person instruction this fall, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a press conference Monday.  Whitmer plans to release an executive order and detailed set of instructions on June 30 that will set minimum health and safety requirements for ...