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Kingsford students Ben Olson and Blane Newman work on programming and hardwiring one of three robots that will compete in the robotics competition in Escanaba in March. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photos)

Collaboration: Schools share resources for robotics competition

Robotics teams from three local schools have joined forces and resources to build robots that will represent them in an upcoming Upper Peninsula competition. Students from Kingsford, Iron Mountain and Norway received their competition challenge and kits during a robotics kickoff event Jan. ...

Stalemate leads to US government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled ...

Serious injuries suffered in Wells Township fire

MARQUETTE — Two people were injured as the result of a structure fire in Wells Township on Thursday. Troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Negaunee Township were dispatched to a fire at a camp at 58820 Marquette County Road 426 at 10:54 p.m., according to Michigan State ...

Pictured are Don “Holmzy” Holmes, left, and Ben Sherk, Kingsford High School band director.

New Kingsford scholarship honors the late Don Holmes

KINGSFORD — The KHS Music Booster Club has donated funds to develop a scholarship to honor the memory of the late Don “Holmzy” Holmes. The music boosters have worked with the family to recognize and celebrate the passion that “Holmzy” had for the music program at Kingsford High ...

Flu peaking in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The flu season is nearing its peak in Wisconsin. The federal government on Friday added Wisconsin to the map of states with severe, widespread outbreaks of influenza. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt said this is “a severe year” for the flu, but the peak is getting ...

Meteorite hunters find first fragments in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Meteorite hunters who flocked to Detroit from across the U.S. after a meteor exploded are finding the fragments. The 6-foot-wide meteor broke apart Tuesday about 20 miles over Earth, NASA scientists said. Most of the fragments landed in Hamburg Township. The first fragments ...

Prosecutor clears deputy in eighth-grader’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy was justified when he shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a tribal reservation last year, a prosecutor said Friday. Ashland County District Attorney Michael Nieskes cleared Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich of any criminal liability in ...

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Honors Band concert today

Internationally recognized clinician and composer Robert Sheldon was a guest conductor for Iron Mountain High School Concert Band on Friday as they rehearsed his 2002 composition "Brule River Celebration, op.77.” Sheldon is the guest conductor for the Menominee River Conference Honors Band ...

IN THIS 1918 photo, volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend to influenza patients in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, used as a temporary hospital. As scientists mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish influenza pandemic, labs around the country are hunting better vaccines to boost protection against ordinary winter flu and guard against future pandemics. (Edward A. “Doc” Rogers/Library of Congress via AP)

When flu killed millions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are ...

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State police sergeant at IM post cited for rescue

LANSING — A Michigan State Police sergeant at the Iron Mountain post has been honored for his role in helping rescue two Vulcan teens who got into trouble while tubing on the Sturgeon River last June. Sgt. John Flitton received the MSP Bravery Award from MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue ...

DAMION SINCLAIR AWAITS the jury’s verdict Thursday in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Behind him is his standby counsel, Michael Scholke. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

IM man convicted on lesser assault charge

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man accused in Dickinson County Circuit Court of beating and choking a woman last year was found guilty by jury Thursday of a lesser assault charge — reducing his maximum possible incarceration from life to 93 days — and cleared of an interfering with ...

Two seriously injured in Marquette County fire

NEGAUNEE — Two Gwinn residents were seriously injured in a structure fire Thursday night at a camp in Marquette County’s Wells Township, Negaunee Michigan State Police troopers said. The 36-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, who troopers did not immediately identify, were taken to U.P. ...

The 2017 vehicle just after being placed on the Chapin Pit ice for the Iron Mountain Rotary Car Plunge Contest. (Daily News photo)

Car going out on ice Saturday for Rotary contest

The Iron Mountain Rotary Car Plunge contest will officially start Saturday morning with the car being placed on the Chapin Pit ice. The public is invited to watch the process, set to begin at 10 a.m., as the car is eased onto the ice. A great viewing spot is on the Hardee's side of the pit, ...

Shutdown showdown in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have ...

THE Dickinson County new forensic interview room recently opened at The Caring House in Iron Mountain. Shown in the front row, from left are Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Rutter, Tara Trudgeon, Caring House; Donna Fayas-Johnson, Caring House; Mellisa Lantto, Caring House; Marti Swisher, Caring House; Connie Larson, Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office; back row: Ed Mattson, Iron Mountain Police Department; Caring House Executive Director Cheryl O’Neil, Jim Shafer, Norway City Police; Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Kass, Geno Basanese, Michigan State Police; Tim Olson, Kingsford Public Safety.
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New forensic interview room opens

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s forensic interview room has opened at The Caring House in Iron Mountain. The project was funded through a grant from the Superior Health Foundation. The goal is to reduce trauma experienced by victims by reducing the number of times a victim has to ...

Fired food worker to stand trial for stadium chase

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A fired Lambeau Field food service employee will stand trial on accusations he chased down a former co-worker and another man with his car and rammed their vehicle and others. Chay Vang is facing seven charges, including recklessly endangering safety. A criminal ...

More than 70 deer killed so far in expanded Ann Arbor hunt

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say more than 70 deer have been killed so far during Ann Arbor’s expanded 2018 deer hunt as part of the city’s deer management efforts. A hunt to kill up to 250 deer started Jan. 8 and runs until Jan. 31. It’s being carried out by sharpshooters. The ...

IM firefighters respond to calls on Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called twice Thursday to Systems Control, at 3200 Industrial Park Drive, for fire alarms. One alarm came in at 8:29 a.m. and the other at 8:44 p.m. Both times, firefighters determined the alarm was set off due to testing and there was no fire. ...

Free Mental Health First Aid courses to be offered

NEGAUNEE — Great Lakes Recovery Centers will be hosting three free Mental Health First Aid classes in the coming months. These courses are free to the public and run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The first course will take place on Jan. 23 at the Adolescent Services Center community room, ...

Michigan House votes to let charters get regional taxes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided state House narrowly voted Thursday to let charter schools receive revenue from voter-approved property tax hikes that now only goes to traditional public schools, a move that cleared the legislation’s path toward final enactment and reignited a long-standing ...