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Hancock Board of Ed Calls Special Meeting

The Hancock Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for this afternoon at 12:30. The agenda includes the hiring of a new math teacher, and board approval for armed school resource officers in district buildings and on district properties. There will be time for public comment.

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Houghton HS Teacher Named to State Council

A local teacher has been named to an influential state board. Ruth Ryynanen, of Chassell, is an English, AP English, and theater teacher at Houghton High School. She’ll represent secondary education on the Governor’s Educator Advisory Council.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts …

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MDOT Suspends Most Road Projects for Holiday

Travelers will move more quickly through many of Michigan’s highway construction zones this weekend. The Michigan Department of Transportation will suspend work and lift restrictions in 104 of its 165 current projects. Some lane shifts, shoulder closures and equipment may remain in place, and caution is encouraged. In our area, …

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COVID-19 Cases Ebb Locally

The latest COVID-19 wave shows preliminary signs of fading. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services figures showed 69 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties in the past week. That’s down a bit from the 82 cases confirmed in the previous week. Forty-four were in Houghton …

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Run or Bike Around the Keweenaw This Memorial Day Weekend

Its Memorial Day weekend, and while the weather may not cooperate, it won’t stop runners from running around Keweenaw Mountain Lodge’s golf course. The Back 9 Endurance Race at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, challenges runners to push themselves for 12 or 24 hours. Endurance racing is a growing community for …

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Houghton Announces Recipients of Facade Mini Grants

Houghton’s Downtown Development authority has announced the recipients of their façade mini grants. The DDA annually sets aside around 20,000 dollars for helping downtown businesses upgrade their store fronts. Four of the five businesses will get just over 4,000 dollars and one will get 1000 dollars for a smaller project. …

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Houghton City Deals with Potholes, Ponders Pier Change Costs

Houghton city crews are attacking potholes. At last night’s meeting, city manager Eric Waara told city council members that the weather has warmed enough that the divets can be filled with hot patch, which lasts longer than the cold patch that needs to be used in colder temperatures. City officials …

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Camp 911 Returns to Baraga County

After two years off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baraga County kids will have a chance to learn about emergency procedures again this spring. Bay Ambulance’s Camp 911 is returning. Linda Paakala tells us the two-day session covers a wide range of topics… First aid, CPR, we have police and …

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New Lift Bridge Schedule Begins Today

New procedures take effect today for operation of the Houghton-Hancock Bridge.  The experimental rules will allow the Michigan Department of Transportation to restrict lifts to the top of the hour and the bottom of the hour between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays. There are some exceptions – the …

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KORC Reports Successful Keweenaw Clean-Up

The Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition is hailing a successful clean-up effort last Saturday. More than 70 volunteers picked up a ton of trash from streets and trails across Keweenaw County.  The KORC is encouraging residents to help keep those areas, and the entire Copper Country, clean this summer. Read their …

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