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SNB buys downstate bank

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HANCOCK — After nearly 130 years, Superior National Bank and Trust is expanding below the bridge.  Superior’s parent company, Keweenaw Financial Corp., announced the impending purchase of North Star Financial Holdings and its subsidiary, the Bingham, Michigan-based Main Street Bank, ...

GS Engineering founder talks about federal case settlement

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HOUGHTON — Paying $1 million to the federal government to settle allegations of false claims by GS Engineering was the company’s least-bad option, its founder said Thursday. “We strongly disagree with the allegations, but it would cost more to take it to court through lawyer costs than ...

Parade of Nations this weekend

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The 30th annual Parade of Nations is set to take place in Hancock and Houghton on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event begins with the parade but continues throughout the day with a cultural fair. The event is meant to showcase the cultural diversity in the area and also serves as a welcome to ...

Village police department still an issue

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CALUMET — The Village Council received more backlash for its lack of action on the police department issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting. A resident told the council that because of Elm Street construction, the section of the street on which he resides is without street lights, and three ...

Paavola joins school board

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HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board has appointed a new member, Rod Paavola, who replaces former trustee Mary Babcock. Babcock, who was the board vice president, stepped down in July because of her excessive work load at City Hall, where she serves as city clerk. “I have a lot to ...

HMS seventh-graders experience Day of Science

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HOUGHTON — From purifying water to learning the reactions creating ice cream, Houghton Middle School seventh-graders got hands-on learning as part of the school’s annual Day of Science activity at Michigan Technological University. About 120 students took in four stations out of 11 ...

CCISD board president resigns

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The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The Copper Country ISD Board of Education accepted the resignation of Board President, Robert C. Tuomi, leaving an open seat on the Board. Dr. Nels S. Christopherson has been ...

State Police launch smart phone app

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LANSING — Beginning today, Michiganders can download a free mobile app that allows users to follow the Michigan State Police (MSP) post that covers their area to receive breaking news and information. The app, called MSP Mobile, is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play ...

Ontonagon Board agrees to teacher contract

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The Ontonagon Area School District Board agreed to a new teachers and support staff contract. The contract with both unions was agreed upon during a closed meeting this past Monday. The teachers’ contract is for one year, while the support staff contract is for two years. Teachers that have ...

Critical need for blood in the U.P.

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The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O-pos, O-neg, A-pos, and A-neg blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, and Sault Ste. Marie and supplies 13 UP hospitals. Please see our website at ...

Hancock’s MSTEP scores continue to rise

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HANCOCK — MSTEP scores for the Barkell Elementary School showed steady increases in math from 2018 to 2019, approaching nearly double the state average. For 2018, Barkell’s third grade math showed a proficiency percentage of 75%. In comparing that number for reference, Dan Vaara, ...

Leonard named to H-PT board

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HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board added a new member Monday. Scott Leonard was named to the board to fill the vacancy left by Bob Wheeler. Leonard, a Houghton resident, graduated from Houghton High School in 1987 and is also a graduate of Northern Michigan University. ...

Where wind comes sweeping

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Richard Byrd/For the Gazette The Calumet Players raise their arms while singing “Oklahoma” at Sunday’s final performance of the play at the Calumet Theatre.

Business Skills-Building Series Kicks Off

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HOUGHTON, MI — The MTEC SmartZone (MTEC) and Invent@NMU (Invent) are collaborating with Main Street Calumet and Keweenaw Coffee Works on the series event – Caffeinated Conversations – at Keweenaw Coffee Works (KCW) in Calumet, Michigan. KCW is a community space that offers opportunities ...

Familiar faces in two new members of Salvation Army

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HANCOCK — The Salvation Army in Hancock provides important services to our community. It has operated as a meeting place and a food pantry, but a limited staff has meant limited community outreach and involvement. However, with two new staff members, the Salvation Army in Hancock is working ...

New Member Induction

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Pictured from left to right (back row): Phillip Anderson, eXp Realty, Marquette; Daniel Grille, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Marquette; Alex Ledford, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Marquette; Jacob Miller, Select Realty, Marquette; Jessica Pelto, Key Realty of Delta County, Escanaba. Pictured from left ...

SHF anual gala benefits Little Brothers

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The Superior Health Foundation held its Eighth Annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Grand Ball Room in the new Northern Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. More than 400 guests were treated to an elegant dinner, a program and entertainment by The Pulse, an ...

Beethoven and Banjos music festival

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AMASA – The Beethoven and Banjos fifth annual music festival will take place during the first week of October. Since the first year, it has drawn together folk and classical music and musicians from around the country and world. Brother and sister Evan and Laurel Premo grew up in the Upper ...