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A great pumpkin patch

Rich McLain hauls pumpkins at his friend Rob Steber’s pumpkin field on U.S. 2 just east of Florence, Wis. The frost definitely will be on the pumpkins overnight as the forecast calls for temperatures to dip to 23, but Thursday should be a glorious fall day, with sunny skies and a high near 53.

Iron County sets $5.78M budget for 2019, keeps same tax rate

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Iron County Board has approved a $5.78 million general budget for 2019 that keeps the property tax rate unchanged for another year. That rate will be 6.43 mills, or $6.43 per $1,000 of taxable property value, the third straight year at that amount. General fund ...

Court opens door to public aid for private schools

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan lawmakers can send tax dollars to private schools in certain circumstances, the state appeals court said Tuesday in a major test of a 1970 amendment to the Michigan Constitution that says no public money can flow. In a 2-1 opinion, the court said private schools can ...

Snyder nixes plane parts tax break, bans pot-laced beer

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday vetoed bills that would have exempted additional aircraft parts from state taxes, citing concerns about the $4 million impact on Michigan’s budget. The state already does not apply the 6 percent sales or use tax to parts used in commercial ...

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 ...

Niagara parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 25-26

NIAGARA, Wis. — School District of Niagara parent-teacher conferences for grades 4K-12 will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. There will be no school for grades 4K-12 Friday, Oct. 26. Junior high and high school conferences (grades 6-12) will be on Oct. 25 and will be held in ...

Glacial Gardeners group awards college scholarships

FLORENCE, Wis. — Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association has awarded two $1,000 Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships to two area students. Both recipients are returning students who are entering their senior year at their respective schools. Abigail Reimer of Sagola attends ...

Breitung board minutes available

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP — Minutes for the Breitung Township Board’s Sept. 24 meeting are now posted at the Breitung Township Hall and Quinnesec, Kingsford and North Breitung fire halls, as well as www.breitungtwp.org.

Clothesline Project honors victims of domestic violence

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College’s Diversity Committee is once again partnering with The Caring House in Iron Mountain to bring The Clothesline Project to Bay College’s West Campus. Supplies to make shirts will be available on the Iron Mountain Campus in the Lower Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 ...

Dedication in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The School District of Florence County and the greater Florence County community will dedicate the new middle/high school addition and renovation at 2 p.m. Friday. The ceremony will take place in the high school gymnasium. Following a successful referendum, construction ...

Candidates forum Thursday

KINGSFORD — The American Association of University Women of Iron Mountain-Kingsford will host a candidates forum from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday at Kingsford High School. The forum, featuring both local and state candidates, will be held in the auditorium. Doors will open to the public ...

Spread Eagle dance hall disciplined against ‘rough element’

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 37th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “The Roaring Twenties — Other Dance Halls, Pavilions and ...

Getting a kick out of fall

The cold temperatures Monday didn’t stop Riley Hahn and Alex Oberlin from playing some kickball on East A Street in Iron Mountain. The cooler than normal conditions will continue today and Wednesday before the week ends with a couple of days in the 50s, according to the National Weather ...

IM plans to regulate canopy storage units

IRON MOUNTAIN — An accessories building ordinance may soon be amended to regulate fabric-covered storage units in residential areas of the city. The amendment will be based on recommendations from the city Planning Commission, with a public hearing to be scheduled, Iron Mountain council ...

Parking to be restricted near Norway school

NORWAY — Parking will be prohibited for an hour in the morning and afternoon on Fourth Avenue across from Norway-Vulcan Area School to free up room for buses and better protect students, the Norway City Council decided Monday. The council voted unanimously to ban parking on the south side ...

Felch man accepts plea deal in marijuana case

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 72-year-old Felch man charged in connection with a 2017 marijuana bust has reached a plea agreement in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Norman Blomquist on Monday pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug house, a two-year high court misdemeanor. A charge of conspiracy to commit ...

Victim identified in fatal crash in Marinette County

MARINETTE, Wis. — Marinette County authorities have released the name of a Kaukauna, Wis., man found dead Sunday morning in the wreckage of a vehicle that went off Parkway Road in the town of Stephenson. Hunters reported discovering the body of 36-year-old Ryan Vandenheuvel about 6:20 a.m. ...

Channing man to serve no additional jail time

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Channing man acquitted of a felony assault charge but convicted by Dickinson County jurors last month of two lesser charges will serve no additional jail time. Daniel Niggeling, 42, appeared for sentencing Monday before Circuit Judge Christopher Ninomiya on charges of ...

Stabenow, James clash in final Senate debate

DETROIT (AP) — Republican John James on Monday urged people to vote “for the person, not the party” and said he would both stand with and against President Donald Trump as necessary, while Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow touted her bipartisanship and said now is not the time to send a ...

Friend of Norway

The Kleikamp family was selected to receive the Friend of Norway award during the city’s Leif Erikson fall festival. From, left, with the key to the city, are Becky Kleikamp, Terry Kleikamp, Nick Kleikamp and Amanda Grunlund.