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Congress has recessed for the summer and hundreds of lawmakers have fled the beltway to reconnect with constituents in their home states. Today Independent Sen. Angus King was in the Millinocket area, which has been economically ravaged by the loss of two paper mills, but is hoping for a rebirth. The region’s fate may depend on decisions that come directly from Washington.

FILE: In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, smile as they prepare for a speech in San Francisco.
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MILLINOCKET, Maine _ The chairman of the Millinocket Town Council says it’s pretty powerful” that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose to pay a visit to his town.

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday in Bangor. On Saturday, they hiked some trails near Mount Katahdin and had a low-key visit with a group of residents and business leaders in Millinocket.

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MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Millinocket fire horn will sound once again, as it has for decades, twice a day, every day. The sudden absence of the daily blasts has had residents up in arms for more than two weeks, to the surprise and dismay of the town's governing body, which decided in council action Thursday night to restore the tradition immediately.

Officials in Millinocket have struck a tentative deal with Great Northern Paper to pay the town nearly $1.2 in million overdue property taxes. 

Great Northern Paper Co. has reached an agreement with the town of Millinocket to settle a $2.24 million property tax dispute.  The agreement also paves the way for the development of a $140 million pellet plant at the Millinocket mill.

The town council voted 5-0 yesterday to accept the agreement, which puts the town third in line for proceeds from Great Northern's auction of its No. 11 paper machine and other equipment.  Ahead of the town are the auction company and the Internal Revenue Service. The auction is scheduled for Thursday.