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World Day of Prayer Friday

NEGAUNEE — World Day of Prayer 2017 women, men, and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday. The focus is on Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. The Bible study and worship service invite us to explore concepts ...

Escanaba DDA cuts expenses

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority reviewed its 2017-18 budget recently during a meeting at city hall. DDA Director Ed Legault provided the board with a review of the upcoming budget that forecasts a deficit of $49,246. In order to create a “buffer” and not face a ...

2017 Regional Spelling Bee place winners announced

MARQUETTE — The Ishpeming-Negaunee- NICE Community Education Division will be hosting the Upper Peninsula Spelling Bee Finals on Wednesday, March 8. The agenda for the event is as follows: - 5th Grade competition at Westwood High School Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. - 6th Grade competition at ...

Local briefing

Ice shanty removal dates approach MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them, especially when Michigan ...

Copper drilling in Porcupine Mountains

ONTONAGON (AP) — The state says exploratory drilling for possible copper deposits is taking place at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it’s issued a permit to Highland Copper subsidiary Orvana ...

Solar energy center to boost supply

GLADSTONE — Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association will meet more of its customers’ electricity needs with power harnessed from the sun thanks to a recently announced agreement between Alger Delta’s not-for-profit power supplier, WPPI Energy, and NextEra Energy Resources. WPPI ...

Crews battle fire in Manistique

MANISTIQUE — Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire Saturday morning in Manistique Township that caused extensive damage to personal property. According to a press release from the Manistique Department of Public Safety, personnel responded ...

Board hears new race track request

FLAT ROCK — A decision on an Escanaba Township resident’s request to operate a year-round race track on private property is expected to be reached by the township board when it meets for its regular meeting on Feb. 13. Following a public hearing during a special meeting attended by more ...

City Manager Waara talks Houghton improvements

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s $877,000 state grant for water, sewer and storm system work this summer on Lakeshore Drive will also give the city a chance to make other upgrades to the street. “We’ve got Shelden Avenue that’s beautiful, we’ve got a waterfront that’s beautiful, and ...

DNR finalizes master plan for McLain

HANCOCK — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has finalized a master plan for F.J. McLain State Park, with $1.25 million appropriated for an initial phase of construction, which is slated to begin this spring. In August, the DNR solicited public comments on the park master plan, ...

VA offers new CPAP clinic

IRON MOUNTAIN –The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, recently established a new CPAP Clinic to offer Veterans who suffer with sleep apnea help in adapting to their continuous positive airway pressure equipment. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which ...

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 ...