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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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Gasoline and energy costs surge again

Consumers bludgeoned by soaring prices at the pump and heating costs are about to get socked again. Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine has sent energy commodities soaring. Brent oil is at $98 per barrel and gasoline futures are nearing $2.80. Once you add in transportation costs, profit margin, and taxes …

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Great Bear Chase registration cost increases soon

For those interested in participating in this year’s Great Bear Chase cross country ski race, there are a couple of trends to be aware of. Each race has a cap on the size of the field and some of the offerings fill up faster than others. The 50 km classic, …

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Trail 3 near Copper Harbor “ride at your own risk”

Brockway Mountain will be best viewed from afar for the next 24 hours or so. The Keweenaw Snowmobile Club will not be grooming a portion of Trail 3 until midday Wednesday at the earliest due to the winter storm. The portion of the trail that hugs US-41 will be maintained …

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Copper Dog registration due this week

Mushers for this year’s Copper Dog need to register by Sunday, February 27th. Entrance fees start at $125. The races are the following weekend, with the 150 mile event beginning in Calumet on Friday, March 4th. There are three different distances in which mushers can enroll; the 150, 80, and …

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Presidents Day holiday affects school board meetings

Houghton, Hancock, and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City School Districts typically hold a monthly Board of Education session on the same night. All three use the third Monday except for rare occasions when holidays throw a wrench into the calendar. February, and Presidents Day, is just one such time.  Houghton-Portage Township Board …

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