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Menominee sergeant terminated on criminal sexual allegations

MARQUETTE — Sergeant Brian Helfert of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office was terminated from employment Thursday on allegations of criminal sexual misconduct involving a 16-year-old Menominee High School student. The investigation began after Michigan Child Protective Services ...

5 arrested on drug charges

MARQUETTE — Five people were arrested on drug related charges in Escanaba Monday. Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and officers from Escanaba Department of Public Safety arrested five people for charges related to the use and distribution of crystal meth and ...

‘Bomb threat’ in St. Ignace

MARQUETTE — No viable threat was detected from a report of a “bomb threat” at LaSalle High School in St. Ignace Monday afternoon. The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office received information from LaSalle High School administrators about a hand written “bomb threat” that was found on ...

DNR advisory council to meet

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a deer season recap, off-road vehicle licenses, trail permits and a seasonal restrictions land-use order, as well as an update on oak wilt, when the council ...

Victorians are returning to Houghton to celebrate Christmas

By GRAHAM JAENIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Times and fashions have changed since Houghton was founded by Ransom Shelden in 1852. The grand stone buildings along the main street named for the town’s founder, however, still reflect the elegance and grace of the ...

Snow takes toll on Christmas tree farms

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press BARK RIVER — While it is common for people to wish for a white Christmas, a snowstorm that hit the area last weekend has created problems for local Christmas tree farms. Among these farms is Teal’s Tree Farms, located in Bark River. “It’s been ...

Enbridge leaves debris in Lake Michigan, delays report

By The Associated Press PETOSKEY, Mich. — A Canadian-based energy transportation company’s preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Lake Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock ...

St. Vincent food pantry gets very large delivery

By JOSHUA VISSERS Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry accepted more than 1,000 pounds of food yesterday from WLUC’s Canathon Holiday food drive. Eagle Radio volunteers picked up the food from various collection locations in the area and brought ...

Bill to lift deer baiting ban sent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would lift a state ban on using bait to hunt deer, but it faces a veto from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Baiting deer and elk is prohibited throughout the entire Lower Peninsula and parts ...

Logging company buys 550K acres

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A New Hampshire-based logging company has purchased more than a half-million acres of timberland in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Company says it recently sold 555,000 acres of U.P. timberland to an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company for ...

Storm knocks out power for thousands across U.P.

HOUGHTON — The U.P. is still recovering from a winter storm that knocked power out for thousands of people across the U.P. and dropped more than 20 inches of snow in Houghton County. Heavy snow brought down many power lines and tree limbs. Power outages started near the same time as the ...

The spirit of Thanksgiving

Above, standing around the table in the kitchen at the Escanaba High School preparing potatoes Wednesday are, from left, Trinity Busick, Corrie Korpi, Joanne Olson, Mary Penet, Katherine LeBuc, Scott Carlson, Allison Korpi, and Adrina Busick. The crew was preparing for the annual Community ...

Police request info on vehicle thefts

FLORIDA LOCATION — The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public regarding recent thefts in the Calumet area. On Nov. 2, a red 1970s-era Suzuki moped was taken from a yard on Allouez Street in Florida Location. It has a square headlight, chrome handlebars and black ...

Officials: Esky election was proper

ESCANABA — Following comments made by former Escanaba City Council Member Ron Beauchamp criticizing the election that led to his ousting, election officials have come forward to give their side of the story. “We have proper steps and procedures in place in order to fully make sure these ...

Drowning claims life in Escanaba

ESCANABA— A 55-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found floating face down in the Escanaba Harbor near Water Plant Road around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The man, identified as Anthony McCullogh of the Hannahville Tribal Community, was found just off shore east of the ...

Helping the Earth — one wrapper at a time

By DEBORAH PRESCOTT Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Students in the Escanaba area are recycling candy wrappers after Halloween this year instead of throwing the wrappers in the trash, thanks to Escanaba High School’s Environmental Club. The new club decided the first activity it would ...

Science, engineering festival held

HANCOCK — The first Copper Country Science and Engineering Festival took place at the Hancock Central High School Wednesday. The event featured 60 demonstrations and activities for fourth through seventh grade students from Hancock, Houghton, Chassell, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Calumet, and Dollar ...

Twin brothers face drug charges following fatal crash

COOPERSTOWN, Wis. — An Iron River woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash Saturday morning in Cooperstown Township in northern Wisconsin. Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched at about 6:14 a.m. Saturday to the I-43 northbound ramp at County Highway K ...

Pence visits Marinette Marine

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is telling workers at a Wisconsin shipyard that President Donald Trump is working to increase military spending while Democrats are spending all their time on impeaching him. Pence visited Marinette Marine on Wednesday. He said the president ...