ZACK CAUDELL, 21, waters the pocket park area off the city parking lot on Hughitt Street in downtown Iron Mountain. The area annually is planted and maintained by the Downtown Beautification Committee, which is responsible for dozens of hanging baskets and sidewalk planters throughout the downtown, plus several small areas like the pocket park. On dry days, Caudell and his brother, Riley, will make the rounds with hundreds of gallons of water for the plants. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

Making the downtown grow

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The colorful hanging baskets and sidewalk planters in downtown Iron Mountain don’t spring to life each year on their own. Downtown beautification is an ongoing annual project that carries a cost. And it needs help. The effort, led by Pat Nicometo and the Downtown Beautification Committee, ...

THREE NURSES FROM the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain retired June 30, with a combined 95 years of serving veterans. Recognizing their service were Andrea Collins, left, RN, associate director for nursing and patient care, and Deb Ruohomaki, right, RN, nurse manager for primary care. Shown from left are retirees Susan Gray, RN with 30 years; Carrie Champion, LPN with 32 years; and Carol Hinds, LPN with 33 years of federal service.

Nurses retire with 95 years of combined VA service


IRON MOUNTAIN – Three nurses retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center on June 30, after serving a combined 95 years as VA nurses. The retirees include Susan Gray, RN, 30 years; Carrie Champion, LPN, 32 years; and Carol Hinds, LPN, 33 years. All three nurses worked in various ...


Chemicals in Marinette pool send swimmers to hospital

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MARINETTE, Wis. — An apparent chemical overload sickened dozens of people using the Civic Center pool in Marinette on Friday night, authorities said. Twenty-three people were evaluated by EMS personnel at the Civic Center and then taken to the Bay Area Medical Center Emergency Room for ...


Driver flees traffic stop in Quinnesec

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County deputies and a Michigan State Police K-9 unit were searching the Quinnesec area Monday afternoon for a driver who fled a traffic stop on foot, sheriff’s office officials said. The driver reportedly has Michigan warrants for his or her arrest, officials ...


Support for YMCA


The Thomas Theatre Group displays their banner-level support for the recently completed YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides scholarship opportunities to ensure that all are provided an opportunity for health and wellness. The YMCA once again exceeded its annual campaign goal, which this year ...

Aspirus UP system among ‘most wired’ hospitals in 2017


IRON RIVER — Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, which improves communication, safety and patient-provider relationships, according to officials with the four Aspirus hospitals in the Upper Peninsula. And these hospitals are at the leading edge of this ...

Michigan, Wisconsin vie for Foxconn factory

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize. It’s not just jobs that are up for grabs ...

Sturgeon Bay divided over development


TURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sturgeon Bay in Door County remains divided on what to do with a key piece of waterfront land. City officials want to move forward with development of the land, but a dispute over how much of the land and water the city owns has slowed the project, Milwaukee Public ...

Italian Fest needs volunteers

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The organizers behind Italian Fest could use a few extra hands. The festival, set for Aug. 12 in downtown Iron Mountain, has put out a call for volunteers to work the event. Those willing can choose from three shifts and eight stations. Sign-up can be done online at the Italian Fest web site ...

Blain Ruonavaara of Hebert Construction shows part of a covering on a concrete saw he was operating, which was broken when a driver ran a vehicle into it, but didn’t stop.
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Workers suffer abuse from motorists during UP project

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HANCOCK — Working road construction is dangerous enough when things are going well, but when workers face intentional harassment and physical attacks from motorists, it becomes more dangerous. Dustin Provost, an employee of project contractor Hebert Construction of Iron River, said that ...

Meetings to start on oil pipeline

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business groups today defended twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac, saying Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 provides crucial energy supplies and is safer than transporting the oil another way. Representatives of several organizations, most with ...

Film based in early 1900s lumber industry

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Work has begun on a historical fiction film about the lumber industry in western Wisconsin. Filming began in Eau Claire on “The Lumber Baron” on July 17. The movie is set in 1910 Chippewa Valley and tells the story of a family lumber business, the Leader-Telegram ...

Gas prices rise slightly across Michigan

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 14 cents more than at ...

Saturday in the Park kicked off Friday night with Unhushed Grace. From left, are Cameron Mulka, Mackenzie Fries, Kent Brock and Robert Norton. Gates open today at 1 p.m. at City Park in Iron Mountain.
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Saturday in the Park: Family fun today at City Park fundraiser

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Saturday in the Park has a second round of live music set for today, plus a full slate of activities for families and children in City Park. Gates open at 1 p.m. today. Children will be able to purchase a $10 game bracelet that includes all-day access to several bounce ...

Six dead in Holy Land violence

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. The military ...


Hiker recalls little about being lost

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MARQUETTE — Officials aren’t expecting to learn anything more about how a 55-year-old woman lost for five days at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore managed to survive and turn up in good condition Wednesday afternoon. Kara Moore, of Milwaukee, reportedly doesn’t remember very much, due ...

Bill Cummings is shown with the new photographic display of the Great War, also known as World War I, measuring 7-by-12-feet. The display was fabricated and installed in the World War II Glider and Military Museum in Iron Mountain by the Baker Sign Co. in late May to commemorate the centennial of the United States’ involvement in the conflict. Various aspects of the involvement in the war are depicted using period views with explanations.

Veterans Free Day on Monday

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IRON MOUNTAIN — To honor area veterans, the Menominee Range Historical Foundation Board of Governors will host an annual free day to their World War II Glider and Military Museum on Monday. All veterans are invited from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to tour, free of charge, the museum at the corner of ...

Gas leak in Niagara

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NIAGARA, Wis. — A gas leak prompted Niagara firefighters to evacuate the area of Mill and Clark streets for about two hours Friday afternoon. Workers with a private contractor were putting in new water and sewer lines on Mill Street about 12:30 p.m. when they hit a gas line, Niagara ...

House unveils plan to fix VA’s budget gap

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks. The proposal by the ...

Police: No evidence that reported abduction happened

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MARQUETTE — Police have been unable to substantiate an eyewitness report that a woman was abducted by two men Wednesday afternoon in Marquette Township. The witness reportedly saw two men force a white woman into a four-door dark blue sedan around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Venture ...