New Gazette reporter comes home

HOUGHTON – A hometown boy is back at the Daily Mining Gazette.

Dan Roblee started at the paper Monday. He will cover Baraga County, including schools, government and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

A Copper Country native, Roblee went to the E.B. Holman School in Stanton Township and Houghton High School. He later attended college at the University of Michigan and graduated from Florida International University, where he majored in journalism.

Roblee has spent much of his adult life in Florida, from Key West to Palm Beach County. He spent some time working at the Miami Herald; non-journalism jobs have included working on boats and delivery service. By his count, he also worked at more than a dozen restaurants before the age of 25 until swearing off the occupation – “which was good news to most local restaurateurs,” he said.

In addition to the Baraga County beat, Roblee said he’d be interested in taking people inside some of the traditional careers in the area, such as logging.

“You see the trucks rolling, but you don’t see them working, because they’re usually way back in the woods somewhere,” he said. “It’s amazing how many kids I grew up with – that were smaller than me – you run into here and there and they’re cutting down trees for a living.”

Roblee is excited to come back to the Daily Mining Gazette where he wrote from 1999 to 2001.

“They say you can’t go home again, but I’ve been back a couple of years now, and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of things, and it’s one of the more fun things I’ve ever done. I also feel it’s something where I can give back to the community.”