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Keweenaw Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 15

Bike commuters, from first-timers to experts, will be taking to the streets Thursday, May 15 for the sixth annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day, celebrated every May, encourages people to use bicycles as transportation to work, school and errands, while reminding motorists to watch for cyclists and share the roads.

Organized by a new regional bike advocacy group called Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE), the event features seven refueling stations where cyclists can say hello to volunteers and share hot and cold beverages and light snacks from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. The stations will be located on the Houghton Waterfront Trail near the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, on the Michigan Tech campus, in McGann’s parking lot on Hancock Street in Hancock, on Campus Drive near Portage Health, in Calumet on Highway 41 by the CLK Schools, on M-26 at Lake Linden Village Park, and on M-26 in South Range.

Participants who register on-line at the survey link atwww.kb2wd.org, or at the snack stops, will be entered in a drawing for raffle prizes donated by area bike shops.

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Tech Ends Grooming – 2014 Season Comes to an End

Given the weather forecast for above-freezing temperatures and rain, Michigan Tech has ended grooming for the 2013-14 season, bringing the ski season to an end.

Tech logged the first and last grooming of the season, kicking off on November 24 and ending on April 28. That’s a 155-day season, or a little over five months. Another way to look at it, we had groomed trails for skiing during 42 percent of the year.

Hats off to all of the groomers, from Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor on the north, to the guys at Swedetown and Maasto Hiitho, to Michigan Tech and Chassell. It’s been a great run. Time to tune up the bikes and plan for the 2015 U.S. Nordic skiing championships in January!

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Keweenaw Land Trust Land Jam Slated May 10

KLTThe Keweenaw Land Trust will hold its annual Land Jam fundraiser on Saturday May 10th, 5-10 pm  at the South Range Community Hall. There will be live music and a selection of popular beer, hard cider, and soda. The event will raise funds for future land acquisition projects across the Copper Country. Continue reading →

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Registration Open for Sisu Shuffle – Apr. 26

Registration for the SiSu Shuffle is now open! The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 – 11 a.m. at Portage Health, Hancock. This 5k fun run/walk is completely free. By registering, you will be entered to win one of 6 bikes! Continue reading →

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Swedetown Grooming Ends This Weekend

Swedetown will be groomed for this weekend, April 11-13, 2014, then grooming will end for the season.

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2014 Copperman Registration Open

Aspirus_Copperman_logo_300Registration is open for the 2014 Aspirus Keweenaw Copperman Triathlon. The events includes a half-mile swim, a 23-mile bike, and a five-mile run past the end of US Highway 41. For information and to register, visit www.keweenawcopperman.org

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City Plows End Grooming on Nara Trails

This note from Michigan Tech received March 31, 2014:

“Our trail groomers had a surprise this morning while grooming the Michigan Tech Trails. The city of Houghton has plowed the Nara Loop and part of Ridge Loop down to dirt. They are getting prepared for possible flooding at railroad grade on Peepsock Creek culvert.

“We apologize to all our trail users but we were not informed earlier to get this information out. Ridge Loop, Nara Loop and other trails near the Nara Chalet will no longer be groomed or connected to the Upper Tech Trails. Signs have been posted at intersection of trails that are closed.”

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