Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula library is accepting food donations instead of cash for overdue book fines.

The Portage Lake District Library in Houghton will waive up to $10 in fines this winter if a borrower donates non-perishable food. The food goes to The Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that people with overdue fines can also write a check to the organization.

Library director Dillon Geshel says $360 was raised that way in 2017. 

COPPER HARBOR, MI (AP)--   The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge will be open again next summer while a buyer is sought.

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that the board overseeing the facility has voted to open the lodge and golf course. They say keeping it closed during summer would not be attractive to a potential buyer.

The property includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course, and a string of cabins. It was built in the 1930s to stimulate the economy during the Depression.

COPPER HARBOR, MI (AP)--   A bidder has dropped out of the running for an Upper Peninsula lodge that was built during the Great Depression. 

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that Adoba Hotels has withdrawn its letter of intent to purchase Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for $1.5 million. The property includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course and a string of cabins.

County Board member Jim Vivian says there's "nothing really further to add at this point."

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Board is considering putting a jail expansion millage on the November ballot. 

The Daily Mining Gazette says the board will meet July 26 to discuss ballot language.

The county jail has dealt with overcrowding issues for some time and has operated at capacity at several points over the past year. Commissioners are considering a $4 million to $5 million plan that would wrap the addition around the back of the county courthouse.

The millage for the proposal could amount to 1 mill over 10 years or .5 mill over 20 years. 


HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   A mountain biking race that serves as a fundraiser for Michigan Tech's cross country, Nordic skiing and track and field teams has made its debut.  

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reports Michigan Tech Athletics held the Keweenaw Tread Fest on Saturday on the school's trail system. Events included 12- and 25-mile races as well as youth events. The newspaper says Tread Fest drew 82 racers.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A former Houghton High School track and football coach has been arraigned in Michigan for possessing child pornography.  

The Daily Mining Gazette reports Don Sawaski, 71, was arrested as a fugitive from justice in Longmont, Colorado in January.  He was being investigated for sexually assaulting male athletes from the 1970s through the early 1990s and for having child porn on his computer. 

Camp 911 offers inside look at medical emergencies

Aug 12, 2015

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A summer youth camp in Franklin Township offers a chance to learn about emergency medical care. 

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that this year's two-day Camp 911 was held last week at the Mercy EMS headquarters. The first Camp 911 was held in 1999. It was the idea of a Marquette doctor.

Ann Clancy-Klemme helped create Camp 911 as a nurse. The first year it had 22 children. She says it now has "80-plus."

Geoheritage the aim of former Tech professor

Jun 11, 2014

CALUMET, MI (AP)--   A retired Upper Peninsula professor is bringing geology and history together with a website that promotes the area's geoheritage. 

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reports that retired Michigan Technological University professor Bill Rose started the website to provide information on unique geological sites individuals can explore and promote tourism in the Copper Country.

Rose recently promoted the idea to about 60 area residents at Calumet High School. He says geoheritage is "geology with links to social science and history."

Garrett Neese / Daily Mining Gazette

UPDATE, 9/30/13, 5 p.m.:   WLUC-TV reports Timothy Cadeau, 29, of Houghton has been charged with homicide and first-degree home invasion in connection with the death of Geraldine Fouts, 84. 

Cadeau is being held on a $1 million bond at the Houghton County Jail. 

The court has ordered an exam to determine if Cadeau is competent to stand trial. 


UPDATE, 9/30/13, 10 a.m.:  Houghton Police have made an arrest in the case and are seeking charges against the suspect.  More information is expected to be released after the suspect has been arraigned.