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Pressing issues present hard choices for Calumet

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CALUMET — As the topic of a bond, issued by the Village Council and challenged by a residential petition, was discussed at the regular April meeting, the topic of a fire truck purchased on an auction site was also brought up. However, while the Village Fire Department does have the ...

Toaster fire damages downtown building

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HOUGHTON — No injuries were reported in a Monday afternoon blaze that started in an upstairs apartment of the Sew Irresistible building on Shelden Avenue in Houghton. Louis Vencato, owner of the building, said the fire was the result of a faulty toaster left unattended. He said when he ...

Planned Ahmeek fire/rescue facility will be county-owned

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AHMEEK — The facility proposed to the Keweenaw County Board last Wednesday by the Ahmeek Fire Department is for a storage building in which to house all of the equipment for the Keweenaw County Off-Road Rescue at one location. The proposal as written calls for a four-bay, heated, ...

Easter dinners from Friends of the Elderly

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CALUMET — Seniors across the Western Upper Peninsula found companionship and good meals Sunday at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Easter dinners. Sixty-nine people had come for dinner at Sacred Heart Church in Calumet, with 24 volunteers making meals and serving, said volunteer David ...

Ahmeek Fire requests help with new building

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AHMEEK — The Ahmeek Volunteer Fire Department facility is completely inadequate for the department’s needs, and needs to be replaced, Tony Spagnotti and Debbie Mann of the fire department told the Keweenaw County Board Wednesday. They asked the board for a resolution of support for the ...

Bond issue will go to Calumet voters in Aug.

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CALUMET — After submission of a petition demanding a referendum to approve a $500,000 bond issue, the Village Council had no choice but to approve the special election. The bond issue is intended to fund the purchase of a snow-go for the Street Department. Trustee Nathan Anderson praised ...

Sustainable Living: Tech students show ecological responsibility

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HOUGHTON — Earth week is almost finished, but some Michigan Tech students live the sustainable life every day of the week. Residents at the Sustainable Demonstration House track their use of water and electricity, keep a log of their waste, compost their food scraps, keep an indoor aquaponic ...

‘Excellent melt’ preventing flooding

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LAKE LINDEN — So far, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hasn’t spotted any complications from the spring melt on the Lake Linden-area railroad grades damaged in last year’s flooding. “We’ve had a really excellent melt this year, considering the hazards that are out ...

Former paint store site in Lake Linden to be redeveloped

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LAKE LINDEN — Three new units of single-family housing will hopefully be up in Lake Linden by the end of the construction season, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe told the Lake Linden Village Council Thursday. The plan calls for the former Lakes ...

Advancing tech signaled mine success

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It their exploration phases, mining companies began, of course, with locating a prospective copper vein. Once found, the next step was to open the vein to explore its potential wealth. In the Lake Superior copper district, geological forces had determined that copper veins were, in most cases, ...

Bridge the digital divide

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Since the inception of public libraries in the United States, patrons have relied on them for access to the information services they need. While the value of libraries in a traditional sense is often placed on their books and collections, they have adapted to meet other information needs over ...

Company improves an activity

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I will freely admit this: I am a massive “Game of Thrones” (GoT) addict. I literally had the season premiere written on our calendar in Sharpie. I ordered a rug from Poland with the Stark sigil on it, and our House name. I bought a Stark banner to hang from my fireplace, just below ...

Volunteer firefighters buy truck without permission

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CALUMET — Tim Gasperich of the village Fire Department spoke to the council Tuesday, beginning his address in a peculiar way. “First of all, I’d like to say I’m real sorry for what we did,” he said. “But we saw it was a good deal, and we went for it.” Gasperich said department ...

Recycling Progress: MTU campus planning for improvement

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s recycling efforts are improving, though it is not where it hopes to be. Jay Meldrum, Tech’s executive director of sustainability, spoke at a Copper Country Recycling Initiative forum April 11. Tech’s recycling rate is at 15 percent, ...

Keweenaw County, Shorewaves can’t come together on contract

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EAGLE RIVER — Another attempt at an agreement between Keweenaw County and ShoreWaves.net failed when Steve Fitzgerald, president of the internet provider, said he could not sign the agreement as it was written by Chuck Miller, the county’s attorney. Fitzgerald told the board at a meeting ...

Copper Country Calendar for Friday, April 19

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Friday, April 19 • 2 to 7 p.m., The Houghton Rubik's Rumble is a five-hour Rubik's Cube workshop that will be held at the MTU Memorial Union Building at Michigan Tech. The Rumble will feature Sydney Weaver, a seven-time gold medalist speedcuber, and is hosted by the Cubing Club at Michigan ...

2 more Calumet trustees resign

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CALUMET — Trustee Virginia Dwyer resigned her seat on the Village Council at the end of Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting, citing a lack of communication from the village administrator and the president. Among issues she voiced at the meeting was the topic of two insurance checks sent to ...

Calumet approves medical marijuana ordinance

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CALUMET — Along with the city of Houghton, the village of Calumet became the second municipality in the Upper Peninsula to approve medical marijuana sales after a 5-1 vote to approve the Medical Marihuana Facilities Ordinance at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The four-page village ordinance, ...