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3 named to Iron Museum board

NEGAUNEE — Three local people have been appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board.

Daniel R. Fountain of Negaunee is a member of the Negaunee Historical Society, Marquette Underwater Preserve Committee and the Marquette Range Engineers Club. He holds an associate’s degree in electronic technology from Northern Michigan University.

Fountain was appointed to represent the Negaunee Township for a term that began Feb. 18 and expires Oct. 4, 2024. He succeeds Justin Carlson, whose term expired Oct. 4.

Karen L. Kasper of Ishpeming is the vice president of the Ishpeming Area Historical Society and a volunteer with the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center and the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum.

She holds a bachelor of science in English from NMU. Kasper was appointed to represent the general public and residents of the Upper Peninsula for a term that began Feb. 18 and expires Oct. 4, 2024. She succeeds Susan Hornbogen, whose term expired Oct. 4.

James R. Paquette, of Negaunee, is retired from Cleveland-Cliffs where he worked as the senior staff employee development and training representative. Paquette recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Historical Society of Michigan and the Marquette Regional History Center and Museum. He holds a bachelor of science in social services from NMU.

Paquette is reappointed to represent the city of Negaunee for a term that began Feb. 18 and expires Oct. 4, 2024.

The advisory board advises the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment on policies, plans and programs concerning the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. The board supports education programs and public use of the facility.

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