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DNR Advisory Council to meet

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in at the Baraga Lakeside Inn, 900 U.S. 41. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled on Houghton County trails rehabilitation, ...

Learning experience

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — The race season is underway for Michigan Technological University’s mushing club, which competed in its first race of the season last weekend. Student-led teams finished fifth, sixth and eighth in their division in the ...

Little sportsmen’s club plays big role

By CLARISSA KELL Escanaba Daily Press POWERS — A small town sportsmen’s club in Menominee County has big responsibilities. According to its bylaws, the Normenco Sportsman’s Club, based in Powers on Normenco Road, dedicates itself to promote sound conservation legislation and ...

Artists encouraged to apply

ONTONAGON — Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2020 spring, summer and fall and 2021 winter residencies. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by the unique northern ...

LEDs light Luminary Ski for first time in 2019

By JOSHUA VISSERS Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — Thursday night, hundreds of people took to the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock to ski or snowshoe a loop marked out by small lights through the dark forest. “The attraction tonight is the lights,” said event organizer and ...

Program helps recycle the holidays

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The holiday season has come and gone, and some people in the area have begun the process of taking down their Christmas decorations. Local residents will once again be able to take advantage of Christmas tree pick-up services offered by ...

‘Pulling together’

SAULT STE. MARIE — Chippewa County officials have expressed their gratitude over agencies and residents pulling together during the recent storm. According to a news release from the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, county residents had begun to see their power disrupted beginning ...

Fatal accident under investigation

ST. IGNACE — A Lower Peninsula man has died from his injuries after a fatal snowmobile accident occurred on New Year’s Day about a quarter-mile west of Borgstrom Road in Hudson Township. The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office, which is in investigating the incident, were called to the ...

1 dead in Sagola Township fire

IRON MOUNTAIN — One person is dead following a residential fire in Dickinson County which took place Sunday afternoon. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post responded to a report of a residential fire around 4:06 p.m. along M-95 in Sagola Township, a press release ...

Scholarship fund seeks support

LANSING — With the 2019 tax year ending, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. Donations made to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provide scholarships to young ...

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 ...