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Ontonagon County’s Pelkola dies

Longtime Ontonagon County Board Chairman John Edwin Pelkola died peacefully at his home recently. Remembered for his devotion to his life’s endeavors, the 74-year-old Trout Creek resident passed away Feb. 23. One of the founders of SONCO Ambulance, Pelkola taught at Ewen-Trout Creek High ...

CopperDog 150 race under way

By KURT HAUGLIE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette CALUMET — The temperature was cold, but the sky was clear, and there was no snow falling Friday at the start of the CopperDog 150 dog sled race on Fifth Street in Calumet. Race Director Meredith LaBeau said there were 21 mushers entered for the ...

‘Dollars for Drama’ fundraiser set

MARQUETTE — Superior Arts Youth Theater is raising money through its Dollars for Drama fundraiser until Sunday. This year’s theme is “It’s our small world after all.” The city of Marquette may be small, compared to the world as a whole, but the community, and youth in general, have ...

Cochran found guilty of murder

CRYSTAL FALLS — Kelly Cochran now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted her Tuesday of first-degree murder and other charges for the 2014 killing of 53-year-old Christopher Regan of Iron River. Her official sentencing is set for May 10 in Iron County ...

Marijuana law, other issues addressed

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Student Law Forum will present “Suds, Buds and Barristers” tonight, at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. in Marquette. Practicing attorneys will address marijuana law and other legal questions from 7 to 9 p.m. in the community space upstairs. The ...

Plan for lakes, streams tonight

MARQUETTE — The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program at 6:30 p.m. today in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn. Phil Schneeberger, Lake Superior Basin Coordinator and 42 years with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries ...

Feeding America truck coming

ISHPEMING— The Feeding America truck will be at CrossBridge Church, 119 N. Third St., in Ishpeming on Thursday. Anyone needing food is welcome. Items will be distributed according to last name to minimize waiting time. The order is rotated every month. The order for March is: G-L, 9:30 ...

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, ...