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Spring in their step

Parker and Alayna Pietrantonio jump on the trampoline outside their home on Case Street in Kingsford. While the first part of the week has had milder temperatures, snow could fall again this weekend.

Board says yes to fair building

IRON MOUNTAIN — A multipurpose building measuring more than 6,000 square feet will be added to the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, providing offices, restrooms and vendor areas. The county board adopted an agreement Monday that allows the fair board to borrow up to $250,000 for the project, ...

Dickinson to address jail inmates with mental illness

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County will begin an effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the county jail. A resolution adopted by the county board introduces the “Stepping Up” initiative, which is led by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State ...

Midwest timber industry welcomes tariffs on Canadian lumber

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The upper Midwest timber industry is welcoming the Trump administration's announcement that it's imposing tariffs averaging 20 percent on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. The industry has been struggling in Minnesota and Wisconsin in recent years. ...

Two accused of heroin, cocaine sales in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two Milwaukee men accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Iron Mountain made appearances in Dickinson County District Court on Monday, while a third co-defendant had his felony case dismissed. Davin Vincent Veir-Washington, 25, agreed to waive his preliminary examination ...

Aurora ticket worth $50,000

MADISON, Wis. — Merrie Tapani of Kingsford has won the first top prize of $50,000 playing the Wisconsin Lottery’s Hearts scratch game. Tapani purchased the Hearts ticket at Tom & Jo's Liquor in Aurora, Wis. Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent ...

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Welding competitors

Four students from the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District Technical Education welding class led by instructors Jay Jezylo and Andrew Paulsen qualified to compete in the SkillsUSA state of Michigan competition in Grand Rapids. Tech Center students represented the U.P. earning some of ...

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Plea deal for man who tried to hit people with truck

CRYSTAL FALLS — Prosecutors have dismissed all felonies against an Iron River man who reportedly attempted to hit two people with his vehicle and then damaged another person’s vehicle last month. Johan Dylan Harju, 35, instead pleaded guilty Monday in Iron County Trial Court to a lesser ...

Coppens will again lead Niagara school board

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Board of Education held its reorganizational meeting Monday and re-elected Tracy Coppens as president. Lisa Swanson was selected as vice president, Ann Brasure as treasurer and Susan Moll was re-elected clerk. The board heard a report on an educational trip ...

Proposal would allow homemade baked goods sales in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The sale of homemade baked goods in Wisconsin would be legalized under a bill being circulated in the state Senate. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. There is a pending lawsuit filed by ...

Prevailing wage bill draws fire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers out of state and further erode the middle ...

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Marijuana defendant pleads not guilty

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River man pleaded not guilty to felony marijuana charges Monday after waiving his preliminary examination in Iron County Trial Court. John Leroy Walker, 52, will return to court May 30 for a pre-trial conference on delivery or manufacture of marijuana and three ...

Wisconsin GOP Legislature calls redistricting ruling dangerous

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold GOP-drawn legislative boundaries, saying a ruling that found them to be unconstitutional was "dangerously" wrong. The filing comes in support of separate and ...

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ELLA PETERSON, LEFT, and Sophia Hayes enjoy a recent warm day at City Park in Iron Mountain.

April showers: Normal rainfall in spring forecast

IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.S. Drought Monitor shows no abnormally dry conditions across Michigan and Wisconsin as the spring fire season arrives. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, predicts a greater than climatological chance of above-normal temperatures in the Upper Peninsula this spring ...

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Body of missing Norway man found

MARINETTE, Wis. — The body of a missing Norway man has been recovered from the Menominee River in the town of Niagara, not far from where authorities had found his car and footprints leading onto the ice in January. Volunteers from the Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue Team found the ...

Municipalities’ fiscal outlook gloomy despite economy

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight years into Michigan's economic recovery, the fiscal outlook is still unnerving for municipalities seen as ill-equipped to withstand the next recession. Despite continued job growth and record auto sales, the state's per-capita personal income lags the national ...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks at the GM-Honda Next Generation Fuel Cell news conference in Detroit. Calley signaled his candidacy to be Michigan's next governor Monday, April 24, 2017, launching an online ad in which he touts Republican-passed right-to-work and tax laws and talks about having an autistic daughter. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Lt. Gov. Calley signals 2018 gubernatorial bid

LANSING (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signaled his candidacy to be Michigan’s next governor Monday, launching an online ad in which he touts Republican-passed right-to-work and tax laws and talks about having an autistic daughter. The ad and a new website hint at a May 30 announcement, ...

Most UP roadside parks open today

MARQUETTE (AP) — Many of the Upper Peninsula’s roadside parks are opening for the season today. The state Department of Transportation owns and maintains 32 of the U.P. parks, which usually close in late October and reopen in mid- to late April. Drinking water systems won’t be turned ...

Dickinson, Niagara boards to meet

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. today in the circuit courtroom of the courthouse. The agenda includes a memorandum of understanding with the Dickinson County Fair Board regarding a $250,000 loan being secured for fairground improvements. The Niagara School ...

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center raised $32,759 during the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign. Some of the CFC “Key Person” coordinators representing their departments are, from left, front row: Dayna Hodgins, Sue Bouchey-Hoffman, Patty Lancour, Barb Kirschner, medical center Director Jim Rice, Karla LaDuran, Ellen Thom, Audra Hawkins and Mary Deyaert; second row: Andria Nichols, Jeana Klingelhutz, Michelle Eaglebarger, Trish Bednarczk, Laura Skrumbellos, Tim Ellison, Amanda Winters and Mike Krasowski.

VA employees raise $32,759 for charities

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center completed its 2016 Combined Federal Campaign in December. VA employees from the medical center and its seven community-based outpatient clinics donated to the charities of their choice with total donations of $32,759. CFC is part of ...