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Public hearing scheduled in Ontonagon

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ONTONAGON — School financing was a topic at the special board meeting on Wednesday, from state funding and passing a resolution to support adequate funding for Michigan schools to local school financing. On a local level, it will be on June 24 that the board will go over the 2019-20 general ...

A soldier’s story finally comes to an end

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CALUMET — Marshall Kipina was born in Augusta, Maine, on Dec. 18, 1944, and grew up in Calumet. Like so many Midwestern boys growing up in Midwestern towns, he had many friends; among them were: Bob Tarvis, Bob Harter, Jim Niemala, Joe Waaranen, Jim Mattson, and John Hendra. And like so many ...

Welcome aboard: US welcomes new citizens

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CALUMET — Seventeen years after he came to the U.S. as a Ph.D. student, Durdu Guney achieved another distinction Thursday: American citizen. “It was a long journey, and I’m really excited about it,” said Guney, who came to the U.S. after completing his master’s degree in Turkey. ...

Village seeks volunteers to clean up Agassiz Park

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CALUMET — Agassiz Park is in dire need of help, and the village council is appealing to the residents for help. Trustee Nathan Anderson, along with Downtown Development Authority Chairwoman Leah Polzien, are asking for volunteers to get together on Tuesday, May 28, at the park, with shovels, ...

Houghton mulls park move

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way on a narrow strip on M-26, a longtime Houghton park could be moving. City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting he is looking at other possible locations for the Verna Mize Park. The park was dedicated in June 1981 to Mize, a Houghton native who former Gov. William ...

More flood problems: Washout closes section of ORV trail

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LAKE LINDEN — A washout due to a culvert failure has forced the closure of part of the Department of Natural Resources’ ORV trail near Lake Linden. The 0.8-mile segment of the Lake Linden Off-Road Vehicle Route between Normand Road and Lake Linden will be closed indefinitely, the DNR ...

Calumet works through its financial challenges

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CALUMET — The Village Council discussed a $40,000 shortfall Tuesday, when the lowest bid for the Elm Street Project came in $400,000 over the anticipated budget. Engineer and Elm Street project manager Chris Holmes told the council that two bids for project were received, one from Bacco ...

UPHS — Portage receives honor

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cently received an honor of quality from its parent company. The hospital has been recognized as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate. The designation recognizes hospitals within the LifePoint Health system that have enrolled in the LifePoint National Quality Program and succeeded succeeded in ...

4th of July planning in full gear

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Planning for the Fourth of July celebration that has happened in South Range every year since 1906 is well under way. “It will be our 113th year this year,” said Mike Renier, chairman of the committee in charge of the events. The event will include the usual parade, games and races and ...

Residents join local anti-abortion protest

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HOUGHTON — About 30 Copper Country residents marched across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Tuesday as part of a nationwide protest against a wave of anti-abortion laws being passed or proposed across the country. “The bans are medically unsound, and women are going to rally,” said Susan ...

Solar project would generate energy, learning options for Houghton

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HOUGHTON — Houghton students might get a new learning tool, while the building would save money through renewable energy. Members of the group behind a project to install a solar panel array on the roof of the Houghton High School locker room building spoke at Monday’s Houghton-Portage ...

KBIC to vote on marijuana business

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) tribal council is considering the purchase of a $3 million medical marijuana business, Fresh Coast Farms, built into the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) transmitter site formerly run by the U.S. Navy in Marquette County, south of Humboldt. The issue is ...

Concert held memorializing music teacher

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DOLLAR BAY — In 23 years as Dollar Bay-Tamarack City’s K-12 music teacher, Paula McKaig saw many students from kindergarten to graduation, instilling in them a lifelong love of music. Saturday, many of them came back to remember her life the best way they could think of — with music. ...

Green space benefits Calumet community

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CALUMET — As the Village Council moves forward with creating a new green space on Fifth Street, it also has plans to revitalize Agassiz Park on Fourth Street. Trustee Nathan Anderson said in an interview that he will soon be inviting village residents to volunteer for a clean-up effort in ...

School Board to hire new superintendent

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HANCOCK — The Board of Education will announce its final selection of a new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting Monday, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school multi-purpose room. Drawing from an original list of 10 applications, last week board members narrowed the ...

Area students receive KEDA trade scholarships

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HANCOCK — Nine high school seniors in the Copper Country received $1,000 scholarships to trade programs this month as part of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) scholarship. Started in 2013, the scholarship fund has raised more than $35,000 and supported 45 students going ...

Village Council moves forward with new green space

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CALUMET — The Village Council, in moving forward with revitalization projects, met in special session Thursday to discuss obtaining topsoil for the creation of a Fifth Street green space, that could be used during the summer for a farmer’s market, and a host of various events. The ...

Program to save energy costs in Ontonagon County

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ninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) has been awarded funding to assist the village of Ontonagon in pursuing community energy planning to supplement or update existing plans. During this week’s village council meeting, Angela Yu and Melissa Davis gave a presentation to the ...