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Miners of all kinds honored tonight at Negaunee football game

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee High School will honor its long-time varsity football coach Dick Koski at its home game against a team that shares its nickname, the Gogebic Miners, at 7 p.m. today.

“What makes this game even more unique is the history behind the nickname,” a post on the NHS website said. “We have plans for special recognition to be given at Friday’s contest. Not only will we be honoring (retired) Coach Dick Koski, as the two teams play for the Dick Koski Trophy, but we will also pay tribute to our current and past employees of (Upper Peninsula) mines.”

All current and former miners will be admitted to the game for free, according to the school’s online post. Those fans will also receive a flashlight, donated by Eagle Mine, as they enter. At halftime, a short history of mining from both of the combatant schools’ areas will be presented by stadium announcer Sean O’Donnell.

“As Mr. O’Donnell finishes, miners will be asked to shine their flashlight in honor and memory of those who proudly hold the title of Miners,” according to the release.