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Aspirus, BCMH Announce Vaccine Plans

Local health care providers are gearing up to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the public. Beginning Monday, people age 65 and older, and designated essential workers, are eligible to be inoculated. That doesn’t mean you’ll get a shot right away – supplies remain limited. Essential workers younger than age 65, such …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Program Expanding Locally

Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is expanding. Beginning Monday, those age 65 and older will be able to get their shots. So will some younger essential workers, including school staff, first responders, and jail and prison staffers. In a news conference yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that vaccine supplies are still …

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Square One: Veridea Exits Houghton Development Project

The Houghton Lakeshore Drive redevelopment project is back to step one. Last night, the Veridea Group of Marquette, which had been selected as the city’s development partner, officially withdrew. City Manager Eric Waara read the company’s letter at the beginning of a special city council work session devoted to the …

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Hancock Non-Union Employees Get Pay Boost

Hancock’s non-union city employees will be getting a raise. At last night’s meeting, the city council approved a 2.75 percent increase for 2021. City Manager Mary Babcock said the raise was in line with those granted to union workers… “The police union gets a 2.75, and the DPW got a …

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Hancock Council to Consider Rental Ordinance Changes Tonight

The Hancock City Council begins its new schedule of twice-monthly meetings tonight. The council recently decided to expand the number of gatherings, in hopes of trimming back the length of the meetings, which have frequently stretched out to three hours or more. Tonight’s agenda includes a public hearing regarding some …

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MTU Team Competes in NASA Challenge

UPDATE: It was announced on January 11th that the MTU team had won the top prize in this competition. A team from Michigan Tech is competing in the finals of a NASA competition. The BIG Idea Challenge asked college students to develop technology to support NASA’s goal of exploring the …

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Houghton Council to Hold Lakeshore Drive Work Session Tonight

The Houghton City Council will hold a work session this evening to discuss options regarding the proposed Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Project.  No decisions are made at work sessions, but the public is invited to view the discussion, and comments from the public will be taken.  The meeting begins at 5:30. …

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Arts Minigrant Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Arts Projects Minigrants. The money comes from the Michigan Council for the Arts. The grants are administered by the Copper Country Community Arts Council. Non-profits, municipalities, libraries and K-12 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic and Iron Counties are eligible.  Grants …

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“A Healthier You” Session Tonight

UP Health System – Portage will kick off its series of community events for 2021 tonight at 6:00 with an online presentation called “A Healthier You.” Health professionals including dietitians, exercise specialists and physical therapists will explain how small steps can lead to big improvements in people’s health. Participants will …

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Iconic Houghton Miner Statue Damaged

You may have noticed that Downtown Houghton’s official greeter is missing in action. The Miner statue at Franklin Square that welcomes folks into the city’s downtown was hit by a car late Sunday night. The driver of the car wasn’t injured, but city officials say the miner was severely damaged. …

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