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Veterans visit for Mass

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Monsignor James Kaczmarek, a 25-year U.S. Air Force veteran who conducts weekly Mass at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, invited veterans at the center to instead attend Mass on Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. The group gathered after the Mass in the ...

Kingsford hires new public works supervisor

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KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council has hired a public works superintendent, filling a roughly year-long vacancy. Jeff DeMuri, who was Florence County’s highway commissioner for 12 years and has 11 years’ experience with engineering firms, will join the administrative staff Sept. 2, ...

Florida man missing in Iron County found dead

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CRYSTAL FALLS — A Florida man who had been missing for about 24 hours was found dead Tuesday evening in western Iron County. Two residents riding all-terrain vehicles reported at 7:08 p.m. coming across the body of 69-year-old Robert Gravley on a federal forest road, according to a news ...

UP legislators give update on Line 5, stalled state budget

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ESCANABA — Participants in a recent Delta County joint governmental roundtable discussion heard about work on Michigan’s 2019-20 budget and other state-level issues from state Sen. Ed McBroom and state Rep. Beau LaFave. One of the topics discussed by McBroom, R-Vulcan, at Monday’s ...

Wisconsin DNR board to consider rule closing grouse season early

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is considering an emergency rule to shorten Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse season to protect the population. Drumming activity declined 34% statewide from 2017 to 2018. Hunters took only 173,347 grouse last year, the lowest ...

Michigan woman pleads guilty in adoption scheme

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NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to collect more than $260,000 from couples who wanted to adopt children. Tara Lee of New Haven wasn’t licensed to arrange adoptions. Prosecutors said she sometimes matched more than one set of ...

Michigan GOP files second lawsuit challenging redistricting panel

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel's political ...

Whitmer creates task force to tackle opioid epidemic

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A task force is being created to tackle Michigan’s opioid epidemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Wednesday forming the advisory group, which will include leaders from across state government. It is the second time a Michigan governor has created an opioid ...

MARSP helps update dissection equipment

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KINGSFORD — Kingsford High School anatomy and physiology classes are provided the opportunity to learn about human organ systems through comparative anatomy dissections using organs and organisms from frogs, sheep and fetal pigs. Hands-on dissections provide a tactile experience that ...

Fair time in Florence County

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FLORENCE, Wis. — It will be “A Fair to Remember!” at the 116th annual Florence County Fair set for Friday through Sunday in Florence. Thursday is a working day at the fair, when all exhibits are judged and then the displays are created. For this reason, fair organizers ask that ...

IM woman’s death ruled accidental drowning

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SPREAD EAGLE — The Iron Mountain woman who was found floating Saturday in the Menominee River in Spread Eagle has been identified as Robin Dean, according to Florence County Sheriff Dan Miller. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, Miller stated in a release. The 52-year-old ...

Marinette County Fair opens Thursday in Wausaukee

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WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — The Marinette County Fair is set to kick off Thursday in Wausaukee. Highlights over the four-day event include live music, a carnival, the youth livestock auction, a demolition derby and a truck and tractor pull. New this year is a butterfly house where visitors can view ...

Push for dental therapists in Wisconsin has foes

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan push for the Wisconsin Legislature to create a dental therapist license as part of an effort to provide basic services in mostly rural areas is meeting with stiff opposition from dentists. A coalition of more than 50 groups is urging the Legislature to join ...

Hundreds tackle Pine Mountain stairs

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IRON MOUNTAIN — More than 200 athletes Aug. 4 participated in the first Pine Mountain 500 stair-climbing event presented by the Rotary Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford. With participants from five states, some as far away as New Hampshire and Iowa, organizers said they believe there is no ...

Life jacket stations

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Life jacket loaner stations were implemented through Florence County Forestry and Parks and the Public Health Department at five county parks. The initiative is from the Children and Families Coalition to promote safe swimming and boating.

Dickinson 4-H shooters win state titles

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KIMBALL — Eleven members of the Dickinson County Big Shooters Club traveled Aug. 3 to Kimball for the 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament, the largest group ever to represent Dickinson County. In the senior target rifle event for ages 15 to 19, Katherine Erickson earned her third state ...

Southwestern Wisconsin power line approved

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have approved a contentious power line project in southwestern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line between Dubuque, Iowa, ...

50 millionth visitor logged at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

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EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan has welcomed its 50 millionth visitor. The National Park Service says other visitors applauded when Meghan Boertman entered Sleeping Bear’s visitor center in Empire, west of Traverse City. She was joined by ...