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Finger joint work done on lift bridge

The Michigan Department of Transportation says that all work on the finger joints attaching the movable portion of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge with the fixed sections is complete. Maintenance continues underneath the deck, and when that is done, the span will be lowered and locked into position for the …

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Match on Main grant program benefits Houghton business

A Houghton business is one of 41 across the state to be selected as a Match on Main grant winner through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement on Thursday. Included in the list is Good Times Music located on Shelden Avenue in the downtown business …

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Storm brings winds, power outages, and now snow

A four-day stretch of unusually warm weather came with a huge price tag for the Upper Peninsula, including the Copper Country. Hurricane force winds buffeted the area, causing power outages in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Keweenaw Counties in various locations throughout Thursday. At one point, the figure numbered in the …

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Hancock Can Now Negotiate Abatement with Industrial Park Developers

Hancock city council started the night with a public hearing over resolution 21-42 to establish industrial park district number one. By accepting the resolution the city can now negotiate tax abatement with future developers of the business and technology park. This resolution incentivizes manufacturing and technology developers to bring their …

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UPDATE: Baraga Schools went into lockdown Thursday

Thursday afternoon instruction was interrupted by a temporary lockdown at Baraga Area Schools. An adult walked into the building and failed to check in at the office, as required by school policy. The person was not armed, but refused to leave when confronted by staff. Eventually, Principal Lori Wisniewski was …

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Hampton Inn and Suites hosts grand opening

City officials and dignitaries from various economic development organizations were on hand Thursday morning for the grand opening of the Hampton Inn and Suites near Franklin Square in Houghton. The longtime hotel site is hardly recognizable, but owners Jon and Jen Julien say the changes are worthy it. Still, they …

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Houghton Planning Commission discusses parking deck results

Pat Coleman from North of 45 presented to the Houghton Planning Commission on Tuesday evening regarding the results from the two nights of public engagement discussing what will replace the downtown parking deck. Coleman is a winter city expert and has worked with Houghton in the past on a variety …

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Menominee man steals nearly $300,000 in government benefits

A 49-year-old Menominee man will spend 18 months in jail after falsifying applications for $297,768 in benefits. Edward Cornman pleaded guilty to the charges in June. He hid his work history and other relevant asset holdings when seeking approval for Medicaid assistance. The government program is income dependent. The benefits …

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Houghton Council recap

The last Houghton City Council meeting of the year covered a wide swath of topics, from public comment urging the body to stay firm in opposing the short-term rental legislation being deliberated in the state Senate to a renewal of the exemption for health care plans for city employees. The …

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Anders Hill excited to take over as Houghton-Portage Township superintendent

Starting on January 3rd, Houghton-Portage Township Schools will have a new superintendent. Anders Hill was tapped by the district’s Board of Education in November, and he officially accepted the position earlier this week. Hill is faced with the prospect of beginning his tenure in the middle of the school year, …

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