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Decision on New Hancock Zoning Ordinance Nears

Hancock’s city council will hold one more work session, before formally introducing the city’s new zoning and development ordinance.  At last night’s regular meeting, councilman John Haussler moved to table the rollout until the June 15th meeting. Kurt Rickard cast the only “nay” vote. The work session will be held …

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Houghton City Boards Hear SmartZone Update

The Houghton city council, planning commission and Downtown Development Authority heard an update from MTEC SmartZone officials at a joint meeting last evening. CEO David Rowe told the group that, since its founding 10 years ago, the SmartZone has assisted 97 companies, leading to 612 jobs. The organization has helped …

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Hancock Schools Approves Search for a Full Time Officer in School

Hancock Public Schools approved plans to search for a full-time school resource officer(SRO), during a special meeting last Friday. Prior to the covid pandemic the school district began an SRO program, but was put on hold during the time schools operated remotely. Superintendent Steve Patchin says that the district heard …

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Keweenaw Waters Resort Receives Approval to Start Construction

The Keweenaw Waters Resort has finally received approval to begin construction on their campground. And while the letter from EGLE and MDHHS is much awaited, it has delayed the main portion of construction to next summer. But, Bradway Enterprises, the company that owns the property, said approval from the Michigan …

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Cruise Ship Visit Canceled

The highly-anticipated first visit to the Copper Country by the cruise ship Octantist has been called off. Viking Cruise Line officials said anticipated high winds would have prevented passengers from leaving the ship to explore the community. The 665-foot polar-class cruise ship was scheduled to anchor near Dollar Bay, with …

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Sears Hometown Store Closing Confirmed

Officials with the Sears Hometown Store chain have confirmed the permanent closing of the Houghton location. Stores in Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Ionia will also be shuttered in Michigan, with around 100 more closing their doors across the nation. Management of the local outlet had recently been taken over …

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Net River Dam Repair Effort Underway

A long-term effort is underway to stabilize the Net River Dam in Covington Township.  In late April, corrosion of a water control structure in the middle of the dam caused a sinkhole to develop. The dam itself remains in place, and no flood occurred. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials …

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Houghton Boards to Hold Joint Meeting

The Houghton City Council, Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority will hold a joint meeting this evening. The agenda calls for the combined group to receive an update on the MTEC SmartZone, and discuss downtown issues. The session will begin at 5:30 at the Bonfire Restaurant. The meeting is open …

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Paint a Fire Hydrant Next Week with Hancock’s Fire Department

Hancock’s firemen needs the community’s help. After a year of some difficult weather, fire hydrants around town need a new coat of paint. Next Tuesday volunteers can pick up special hydrant paint, ad pick out a hydrant around town to paint. When volunteers arrive at their hydrant, they’ll need to …

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Great Lakes Encounter Symposium Invites Political Leaders from All Over the Great Lakes Region

After countless hours of work, coordination, and four years of hard work the Great Lakes Encounter Symposium starts in just two days. Organizers have invited government leaders from all levels, from all around the great lakes, including friends across the border in Canada. The purpose of the symposium is to …

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