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Austrian Olympian visits U.P. luge club

MARQUETTE — Olympians are few and far between, so it was a big deal when a former member of the Austrian women’s luge team visited the Upper Peninsula Luge Club to help the young lugers train. Of course, Veronika Halder, who finished fifth in singles in 2006 in Turino, Italy, and 12th in ...

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

MARQUETTE — Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2017 spring, summer and fall and 2018 winter residencies. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by the unique northern ...

Students involved in poetry match

HOUGHTON — Students from the Copper Country went to Lansing recently to compete against students across the state in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. In the nationwide program, students memorize and recite classic poems. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip ...

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 ...

DNR partners with deputies to patrol Houghton snowmobile complaints

HOUGHTON — Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers teamed up with deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office to address several recent loud noise complaints in the city of Houghton. The group sound enforcement patrol was conducted Feb. 11 along Trail No. 3 ...

Company confirms operations in Porkies

HOUGHTON — Officials with Highland Copper Company, Inc., of Longueuil, Canada, said recently Tuesday that it is conducting exploratory drilling in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park Tuesday to define what resources it has in the eastern section of the Copperwood copper-silver deposit, which ...

Distinguished Alumni Award

L’ANSE — Ford Motor Company Executive Rick Popp has been chosen as L’Anse Sacred Heart School’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2017. This award is given each year to a SHS alum that evangelizes through his/her life and shows exactly what it means to live their faith, as well as give back to ...

Pathways seeks Clubhouse: Facility would be site for the mentally ill

MARQUETTE — Pathways Community Mental Health is looking for a place for its Clubhouse project. A Clubhouse, part of an international model, is not a recreation center but a recovery-focused community offering people with mental illness the chance to achieve their full potential. ...

Students react to order, Tech administration

By GARRETT NEESE Special to the Journal HOUGHTON — The executive order banning travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries puts stress on international students and their families, and doesn’t make the country safer, Michigan Technological University international students ...

Mastering gardening in U.P.

MARQUETTE — If looking at photographs of topiaries, giant rhubarb and a bee hotel in places like Hampton Court and Hever Castle Gardens don’t inspire you, maybe the Upper Peninsula Master Gardeners Association isn’t for you. If they do, perhaps it is. Michigan State University ...

Ice wine on tap in Delta County

ESCANABA —Two local wineries are creating something sweet this winter. Leigh’s Garden Winery in Escanaba and Northern Sun Winery of Bark River are making ice wine at their locations — a wine unique to cold climates. According to Carrie Bartel, tasting room manager at Leigh’s Garden ...

Fundraising underway for Samsung project

MARQUETTE — A crowdsourcing fundraiser has been set up for Marquette Area Public Schools to help with a nationwide technology competition. MAPS grant writer Sara Cambensy and Marquette Senior High School science teacher Rebecca Simmons have written a state-level winning grant in the ...

Delta Animal Shelter has successful year in 2016

ESCANABA — It was a busy yet successful 2016 for the Delta Animal Shelter. According to Delta Animal Shelter Manager Susan Gartland, the shelter staff couldn’t be more excited to see what 2017 has in store. Over the past year, Gartland explained the shelter maintained its no-kill status ...

Little Presque Isle

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources expects a final decision this winter on its non-motorized trails designations at Little Presque Isle, a popular recreation site located off Marquette County Road 550 in Marquette Township, according to a Michigan Department of Natural ...

KBIC investing in casino staff

BARAGA — The Ojibwa casinos manager is focused on making sure the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s $40 million in casino upgrades pays off by investing in one of the tribe’s biggest resources — its staff. “My experiences at the top … have been really good,” a thankful Wren told ...

National park service recognizes employee

By KURT HAUGLIE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette CALUMET — For Lynette Webber, helping people remember the copper mining era is an important part of her job at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and for her efforts she recently received an award from the National Park Service. Webber, ...

Natural Resources Trust Fund concludes anniversary year

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — As 2016 winds down, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources concludes its year-long celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Since its inception in 1976, the Trust Fund ...

Local family donates for new bridge

HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club has kicked off its capital campaign with a local family’s significant donation toward the cost of replacing the Sisu Bridge in the Swedetown Creek Gorge. David Meyers, a 1944 graduate of Chassell High School and now a resident of Port Richey, ...

HEET helps heat homes

CALUMET — It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and Joann Peterson is very, very grateful. “This has been unreal,” she says. “You can’t imagine how happy I am.” Peterson is one of the dozens of Copper Country residents who’ve been assisted by the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team, ...

Lower Tahquamenon Falls prep for quiet winter recreation

NEWBERRY — Tahquamenon Falls State Park will provide an improved area at the Lower Falls for quiet recreation beginning this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides. “We have seen an increased interest in ...