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1 killed in head-on collision on M-26

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Chassell resident was killed Monday from injuries sustained in a head-on traffic collision on M-26 near Coal Dock Road, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord that hit a 2005 Chevrolet ...

Students create music from nature data

HOUGHTON — You may know that up on Isle Royale, in the middle of Lake Superior, a group of scientists has studied the wolves, the moose and the climate for the last 58 years. But did you know you can now dance to their findings? That’s a gross oversimplification, and an insult, likely, ...

Finnish-American celebration begins Tuesday in Hancock

HANCOCK — The Copper Country, especially Hancock, has a large Finnish-American population, and because of that fact, in 1999, it was decided an event recognizing that heritage should take place. The city of Hancock has a Finnish Theme Committee, and 18 years ago, members created ...

Patrick Miles to resign as US attorney for Western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Patrick A. Miles Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, has announced his resignation effective noon on Jan. 20. He informed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch of his decision Wednesday. “I am extremely blessed and grateful for ...

Jack Bergman sworn in to Congress

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1) issued the following statement Tuesday after being sworn in to the 115th Congress by Speaker Paul Ryan: “It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be here in Congress representing Michigan’s First District. My job and Constitutional duty ...

‘Dark store’ loophole gains foothold

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Some big-box retailers in Wisconsin have successfully challenged their tax assessments by claiming they should pay the same rate as a store that’s closed and remains vacant. Critics say that “dark store” legal loophole could cause municipalities to raise ...

A WINTER WONDERLAND

Although temperatures aren’t expected to be extremely cold the rest of this week, much of Houghton and Keweenaw counties could get 5 to 8 inches of lake effect snow today into Friday.

Escanaba man pleads guilty

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old Escanaba man recently pleaded guilty to accosting children for immoral purposes and is scheduled to be sentenced on the four-year felony next month in Delta County Circuit Court. Cory Michael Gibbs, of 1505 N. 20th St., Escanaba, was arrested earlier this year and ...

Blueberry Ridge open house set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday to invite the public to learn more about trail grooming at the Blueberry Ridge Pathway. The open house will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Blueberry Ridge south parking lot, located off M-553, a mile ...

Snowmobile trail set to reopen

MARQUETTE — Thanks to the efforts of several local trail partners and cooperation of a key landowner, a segment of Snowmobile Trail No. 14 in Marquette Township soon will reopen to public use. The trail segment had been closed in recent months due to loss of land permissions. The reopening ...

Section of snowmobile trail closed

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work continues to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain. “A recent engineering analysis of the Menominee ...

Melissa Holmquist named UPHP Chief Operating Officer

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan President and CEO Dennis Smith announces Melissa Holmquist as Chief Operating Officer. Holmquist, a Crystal Falls native, is in her 14th year with the company being promoted from her current position, Director of Government Programs. UPHP, a managed ...

Fatal accident in Chippewa County

GOETZVILLE — The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-vehicle fatal accident that occurred Monday on M-48 near Townline Road near Raber Township. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at about 11:30 p.m. and located a pickup truck in the west ditch off M-48. ...

Hancock woman killed in crash

ONTONAGON — A Hancock woman died Sunday as the result of a car accident in which police said speed and alcohol were contributing factors. The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office reported Mandy Kela was traveling north on U.S. 45, 1 mile north of M-26 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. when she lost ...

Menominee nativity scene removed

MENOMINEE (AP) — A nativity scene that’s been displayed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of a longtime Christmas tradition has been taken down following years of complaints. Menominee City Manager Tony Graff tells WLUK-TV  that the display was taken down shortly after being put up ...

Judge backs farmer in lawsuit

L’ANSE (AP) — State officials say they’re reviewing their options after a local judge sided with an Upper Peninsula farmer in a lawsuit over whether he is raising exotic pigs that are illegal in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boar and related ...

Schoolcraft Township seeks federal help for stamp sands

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP — Schoolcraft Township is looking for federal help with stamp sands that are threatening to choke off access to its marina. The township has had a problem for years with the sands, which wash up from the shores of Gay, where the smokestack of the former Mohawk Mill is ...

Warrants issued for KBIC members selling tobacco

HOUGHTON — Warrants were issued for two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members for transporting tobacco to the reservation as part of their jobs last year, according to a press release the tribe issued Tuesday. KBIC declined to name the individuals involved in the matter. “KBIC takes its ...

Thanksgiving in the 1880s

For  “Harlow’s Wooden Man,” 1966 With the approaching observance of Thanksgiving, it is interesting to note how this national holiday was celebrated three-quarters of a century ago (now more than a century and a quarter). House and Home, A Complete Housewife’s Guide by ...