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DYLAN ROSE AND Susan Polaske inspect each bottle of water as it comes down the assembly line at Crystal Falls Springs Inc. in Crystal Falls. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Something in the water

CRYSTAL FALLS — Raise a glass to Crystal Falls Springs Inc. This Iron County company walked into the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest on Feb. 25, went up against about three dozen bottled waters brought in from places like Alaska and Colorado, even as far ...

Not guilty pleas in Felch gun thefts

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two of three men accused of stealing weapons from a Felch Township home to sell across state lines for drugs agreed Wednesday to waive their Dickinson County cases to the circuit court level and enter not guilty pleas. Authorities still haven’t confirmed if they will ...

Wausau area shooting killed cop, bank workers, lawyer

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have identified those killed in a series of northern Wisconsin shootings as two bank workers, a lawyer and a veteran police detective. The victims in Wednesday afternoon's attacks at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex in the Wausau area were Everest ...

Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to a shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wis. Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, were in a standoff with the suspect late in the afternoon, Wausau police Capt. Todd Baeten said at a news conference. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay. (AP photo)

Dispute, standoff leave four dead near Wausau

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody after shootings at a bank and a law firm in the Wausau area, followed by a standoff at an apartment complex that ended in a volley of gunfire. Police characterized the initial shooting at the ...

Iron River death investigated

IRON RIVER — The Iron River Police Department is investigating the death of a 31-year-old Iron River man from a suspected heroin overdose. Officers responded to a residence in Iron River at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday where the victim was found deceased. Drug items were found, including syringes ...

BRANDON MATTIS

Man accused of swapping nude photos with girl, 15

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 22-year-old man faces felony charges for reportedly exchanging nude photographs with a 15-year-old girl in Kingsford. Brandon Christopher Mattis, who did not have a listed address, was in Dickinson County District Court this week to waive his preliminary examination and ...

State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, speaks at the annual Michigan Municipal League Conference held this week in Lansing.

‘Dark store’ legislation reintroduced in Michigan

LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, said that he is pleased to cosponsor state Rep. Dave Maturen’s (R-Vicksburg) House Bill closing a tax loophole created by court decisions dealing with dark stores. The bill would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent ...

GREGORY MALTRY

Competency exam sought for IR man

CRYSTAL FALLS — Court proceedings are on hold for an Iron River man accused of threatening two people with a knife March 9, as his attorney has requested a competency examination. If found competent, 45-year-old Gregory Allen Maltry will face two counts of felonious assault, a four-year ...

Two sentenced to prison terms in drug cases

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two Iron Mountain women will serve prison time for drug charges in unrelated Dickinson County Circuit Court cases. Lori Ann Juneau, 46, was sentenced this week to a minimum of 28 months to a maximum of 20 years on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance and ...

ANNALISE COLENSO

Six candidates vie for Miss Niagara crown

NIAGARA, Wis. — A new Miss Niagara will be chosen when voters go to the polls Tuesday, April 4. Niagara High School students, along with city and town of Niagara voters, will choose from among six students who were recently selected by the high school as the finalists for 2017. ...

Lakes & Streams meeting Friday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District will host a meeting of the Dickinson County Lakes & Streams Coalition on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Fornetti Hall at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. The meeting is of special interest to waterfront residents and anyone ...

THE NORTH JUNCTION of U.S. 2/U.S. 141 and M-95 just north of the Iron Mountain city limits will see a major construction project this year as the Michigan Department of Transportation eliminates the grassy median and makes other upgrades. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

No more median

IRON MOUNTAIN — Motorists on U.S. 2 in the Iron Mountain area will have to navigate through a major road construction project this summer at the “North Junction” of U.S. 2/U.S. 141 and M-95, just north of the city limits. But a second, similar upgrade scheduled for the “South ...

Snyder: GOP health bill a threat to millions in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder warned Tuesday that House Republicans’ federal health care bill would hurt 1.75 million residents in Michigan’s traditional Medicaid program and end the expansion of coverage to more than 650,000 others. In a letter to each Michigan member of ...

The Sears store at the Birchwood Mall in Kingsford features appliances and hardware. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Sears may be on brink of closing

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 5 percent before the opening bell today. Millions of dollars have been ...

SAMUEL BURGESS

Teen has chance to keep crashed trucks off record

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain teen who crashed two stolen pickup trucks with a co-defendant in Iron Mountain last year was sentenced Monday under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which allows him to keep a felony conviction off his record if he completes 18 months of probation. Dickinson ...

The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative will fund 11 projects across 13 counties in the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan DNR Photo

DNR awards $100,000 for UP deer habitat work

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants in the Upper Peninsula. The funds will be allocated to 11 grant award recipients. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program ...

Former shelter dog helps save Delta County girl

RAPID RIVER, Mich. (AP) — A former Delta County shelter dog is being credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who was found naked and alone in freezing weather. The Delta Animal Shelter shared a letter on Facebook from the family of Peanut, an abused dog that arrived at the ...

La Crosse considers banning unlimited drink specials at bars

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The La Crosse City Council is considering banning “all you can drink” specials. The proposed ordinance would prohibit selling an unlimited amount of alcohol for a fixed price, selling three or more drinks for the price of one and contests involving alcohol, ...

Gregory
Primeau

IM trooper recognized for safety efforts

IRON MOUNTAIN —Trooper Gregory Primeau of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Iron Mountain Post was honored during the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards presentation for his efforts as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and ...

Florence prepares plan for election emergencies

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County, at the state’s request, has prepared an election emergency contingency plan if the courthouse ever had to be evacuated on an election day. Officials will designate an emergency operations site — likely at the Florence Natural Resource Center off of ...