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Houghton County Commissioners Call Special Meeting

The Houghton County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting this morning. The agenda includes one new item, titled “Airport Operations.” It could include information about SkyWest’s attempt to discontinue service to the Houghton County Memorial Airport. Commissioners will also continue discussion about the use of $6.8 million of …

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Houghton City Voting Precinct Boundary Changes

The City of Houghton has changed its voting precinct boundary.  The adjustment was required after redistricting reassigned some city residents to a different county board of commissioners district.  The precinct boundary change mostly affects voters in West Houghton between Bridge Street and M-26 and voters along West Lakeshore Drive. Those …

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Local Students Honored for Volunteerism

A couple of local students have been honored by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for their volunteer work. Timothy Bendick from Forest Park High School received a Youth Changemaker Award, for documenting more than 400 hours of community service. Ani Schneiderhan from Calumet High School received a Community Impact Award for more …

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Urgent Need for Blood Donations

The Upper Peninsula is critically short of all blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has issued a plea for immediate donations. There are no blood drives in our area in the immediate future, but donations may be made at the Blood Center office in Hancock. Call 483-1392 for an …

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COVID Surges in Baraga County, Ebbs in Houghton County

Baraga County is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.  Figures from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services show confirmed cases in the lightly vaccinated county more than doubled last week, from 14 to 30. On a prorated basis, that makes Baraga County the hottest COVID-19 spot in the …

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Hancock Students Assemble Gazebo in Klondike Park

Hancock High School students began work installing their community service project. Students are raised a cedar wood gazebo in Klondike Park, near Barkell Elementary School. The gazebo was built by students in Hancock’s wood shop classes. The reassembly of the gazebo, happened over the last two days, and brings another …

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Little Brothers Celebrates 40 Years in the Community, Kicking Off Summer with Their Pancake Breakfast

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, is marking 40 years of community service this summer. The non-profit will celebrate during their annual pancake breakfast to help support its medical transport program. The event also kicks off this summer’s mustang sweepstakes. Well, we have a Ford mustang convertible, that’s being …

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Decision on New Hancock Zoning Ordinance Nears

Hancock’s city council will hold one more work session, before formally introducing the city’s new zoning and development ordinance.  At last night’s regular meeting, councilman John Haussler moved to table the rollout until the June 15th meeting. Kurt Rickard cast the only “nay” vote. The work session will be held …

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Houghton City Boards Hear SmartZone Update

The Houghton city council, planning commission and Downtown Development Authority heard an update from MTEC SmartZone officials at a joint meeting last evening. CEO David Rowe told the group that, since its founding 10 years ago, the SmartZone has assisted 97 companies, leading to 612 jobs. The organization has helped …

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Hancock Schools Approves Search for a Full Time Officer in School

Hancock Public Schools approved plans to search for a full-time school resource officer(SRO), during a special meeting last Friday. Prior to the covid pandemic the school district began an SRO program, but was put on hold during the time schools operated remotely. Superintendent Steve Patchin says that the district heard …

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