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Orbion Space Technology Cuts Ribbon on New Houghton Testing Facility

Orbion Space Technology cut the ribbon on their new facility yesterday. The company plans to test newly developed and manufactured plasma propulsion systems for small satellites, before they are sold to their customers. Orbion also provides end-to-end services like engineering, planning, orbit and mission analysis, propellant fueling, and on-orbit support. …

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Houghton Breaks In New Pier with a Fall Festival

Over the weekend Houghton broke out the new pier for it’s first ever event, the Fall Festival. Saturday’s weather allowed for a large crowd to gather on the new place making project, for music, a hayride, and games. In total the pier’s construction came in on budget, ever after an …

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“Count Day” for Local Schools

Today is a critical attendance day for our public school districts.  Known as “Count Day,” this is the day on which attendance is measured to determine the student count on which next year’s per-pupil funding will be based. Each student in a district that is not included in today’s count …

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Hancock Council to Consider Parking Fines Tonight

The Hancock City Council could adopt an updated series of parking fines at tonight’s meeting.  Most of the fines would come in at $20 or less. Exceptions would include blocking a fire hydrant or fire escape, or parking in a handicap zone. Council members will consider buying a new pickup …

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COVID-19 Numbers Ebb

COVID-19 case numbers fell slightly in the area last week. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 33 confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties, compared to 40 in the previous week. Statewide numbers fell for the third straight week, with a daily average of 1,445 …

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Child Abuse/Neglect Resource Center to Be Set Up in Keweenaw

The Copper Country is one of six locations in the state tabbed for the establishment of resource centers to help prevent child abuse and neglect. The Keweenaw Family Resource Center will host the pilot program locally. Funding will come from Children Trust Michigan and the Children’s Services Agency, both of …

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The Bus Driver Shortage is Still a Problem for Districts, Two Months into the School Year

At the start of each school year there are bound to be some changes to bus routes, but over the past couple of years, school distracts have been juggling routes more often than they’d wish too. And while the issue of a driver shortage is one districts are facing on …

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38 Seniors Join MI-TRALE for the 13th Annual Senior Citizen Fall Color Tour

Over the weekend seniors from the area were treated to a special ATV ride through the fall forests. 38 seniors participated in this year’s 13th annual Senior citizen fall color tour with MI-TRALE. Seniors this year included locals from the area, and visitors from lower Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida. …

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Houghton Police Nab Suspected Car Contents Bandit

UPDATE: Hancock police confirmed this morning that the man arrested for a number of vehicle break ins in Houghton is connected to the break ins on Depot Street from a couple of weeks ago. The search warrant executed on the man’s home recovered a number of items from Depot Street …

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Mission Point Nursing Home Problems Extend to Ishpeming Facility

Problems with the Mission Point nursing homes aren’t limited to the Hancock location. A review of Medicare inspections for the Mission Point facility in Ishpeming also reveals multiple fines and violations. The Ishpeming site has been penalized $293,481 over the past two years. Federal payments have been suspended twice. The …

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