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McKenzie Re-Elected as Mayor of Hancock

The City of Hancock will have a familiar face leading its council. Lisa McKenzie, who was re-elected for one of the four at-large bids, was elected mayor of Hancock during last night’s organizational meeting. Ted Belej, who was also re-elected, was named Mayor Pro-Tem. They will both serve one year …

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Board of Commissioners Looking to Make Changes in the MERS Plan

Houghton County’s Municipal Employees Retirement System, better known as MERS, might be getting a makeover really soon. Houghton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Scott Ala, who has been an opponent of the system for a long time, says the numbers are just too down to overcome. Ala says he met …

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Big Change for Houghton County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department will no longer be getting their 2% cost-of-living increase. That’s according to the Houghton County Board of Commissioners, who are writing the check for $84,000 to the Municipal Employees Retirement System for that single benefit, but are looking to end that because it doesn’t fit …

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Two New Ordinances in Houghton

The City of Houghton has two new ordinances that will be implemented just in time for the winter season. The first gives leniency to the police department with those who park overnight. The old ordinance says cars should be towed immediately but now, police can ticket and give warnings before …

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Family Night Out

Tomorrow, a special event will be held that supports a great cause. Wesley’s Warriors will host “There’s No Place Like Home – Life Re-imagined” – a family night out event at the Rosza Center starting at 6 o’clock. Admission is $5.00 per person, or $15,00 per family, plus a dish …

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Overbidding for Lift Bridge Rehab Project

The much-talked-about Portage Lift Bridge rehab project scheduled for this winter has hit a snag. Dan Weingarten at the Michigan Department of Transportation Superior Region Office in Ishpeming confirms that bids on the project came in substantially over MDOT’s cost estimates. Bids were opened on Friday. The State Transportation Commission …

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Houghton City Council Organizational Meeting

New term. Same city council. At last night’s Houghton City Council organizational meeting, the four incumbents that were on the ballot for last week’s election: Robert Megowen, Mike Needham, Gernot Joachim and Dan Salo, were sworn in for their new terms. The council then voted for Robert Backon to serve …

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Town Hall Update on White Pine Project

Tonight a special update on the White Pine Mine project will be given by representatives from Highland Copper. Project Manager Carlos Bertoni will speak at a town hall meeting at 7 o’clock at the Ontonagon Jr.-Sr. High School. He will give an update and overview of what is happening at …

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Shaft and Jr. Shaft Exhibit Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the annual Shaft and Junior Shaft exhibits is right around the corner. The exhibit, which will be dispayed at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, will feature works created by local artists inspired by the Copper Country’s mining heritage. The entry fee for Shaft exhibits is $5.00. …

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UPEC Offering Grant for Environmental Education

A grant opportunity has opened up for those with an interest in quality environmental education. The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has announced that a grant is now being made available to educators and youth workers who are involved in these types of programs with K-12 students as well as those …

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