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Houghton opts against mental health council subcommittee

The Houghton City Council welcomed Portage Health Foundation’s Kevin Store to present at Wednesday’s meeting. He talked about mental health and the abilities of local organizations to meet the challenges it creates. There had been some discussion in recent months as to whether Houghton should form a subcommittee on the …

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Already a Lot of Interest in 2022 Houghton County Fair

The Houghton County Fair is still a few months away, though the fair committee is already seeing a lot excitement for this year. Especially from the youth in the community. Each year the market livestock show and sale sees many kids bring their hogs, sheep and goats to the fair …

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Community Meeting to Discuss Keweenaw County’s Poor Cell Phone Coverage

Mobile phone coverage in Keweenaw County, or the lack of it, has always been a problem. A community task force will meet for the first time next week to discuss just that. The task force plans to focus on mobile phone coverage along US-41. The idea is to take motivated steps toward …

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Houghton County Road Commission keeps up with storm

After a remarkably mild season last year, winter is back in the Keweenaw…but not too harsh. Houghton County Road Commission Engineer Kevin Harju says the budget is still within the usual range. We’re at about $1.4 million, so about $400,000 more than last year on snow removal [at this time]. …

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Area deer rely on help to survive winter

As snow depths reach over four feet in parts of the Copper Country, it becomes hard for animals like deer to survive. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages supplemental feeding by residents throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula. There are several conditions that must be met to have a site on …

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Public hearing to be held on sweeping rezoning in Houghton

Twenty-four lots in east Houghton could be rezoned as multifamily housing, pending public input at a hearing held next month and the wishes of the City Council. The affected area involves parcels on the south side of Houghton Avenue between Agate and Townsend Drive. The proposal technically includes one property …

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Two arrested on drug charges in Baraga County

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) arrested two individuals from Baraga County on drug charges related to the alleged sale of methamphetamine last Friday. The investigations were not related, although the apprehensions occurred close to each other. UPSET and Michigan State Police – Calumet personnel were involved in the …

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Houghton-Portage Schools Looking into Updating Strategic Plan in September

Houghton’s school board is looking into developing a new strategic plan for the district. After talking with other districts, like that of Ironwood schools, the board hopes to use MASB as an organizer and developer of such a plan. The previous strategic plan employed by the school was up at …

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COVID cases continue to plummet

Figures released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday show continued improvement statewide among several COVID metrics, including hospitalizations. That trend is being seen locally as well, even as snowmobiling and Winter Carnival brought in visitors from across the region recently. Houghton and Ontonagon Counties are …

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Hancock council applications due by Friday

The vacancy on the Hancock Council is expected to be addressed at a March meeting. As of last week, the city had one application submitted fully, with several other residents expressing a preliminary interest. All paperwork must be received by the end of the business day on Friday at City …

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