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Color scheme: Volunteers brighten Hardwood playground

BREEN TOWNSHIP — When Bonnie Kirkland noticed the Hardwood Park playground needed some care, she took her concerns to the Breen Township Board. “I would bring my little friends up here, and there wasn’t enough sand for the kids to dig in, and one of the slides and one of the swings ...

Boil alert issued for Quinnesec water system

QUINNESEC — Routine monitoring has detected the presence of coliform bacteria in the Quinnesec water system, prompting officials to issue a boil alert for the Quinnesec district until further notice. Residents are asked to boil their water for two minutes before using it for drinking or ...

Bicyclist injured in Iron River

IRON RIVER — A 19-year-old woman was injured Friday morning in a collision between a bicycle and semi-truck in Iron River that closed U.S. 2 for more than four hours, according to Iron River police. The accident was reported about 9:45 a.m. at U.S. 2 and Hunter Road, police Chief Curtis ...

DCHS asks community for support

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fewer patients continues to create financial stress at Dickinson County Healthcare System, even as the hospital cuts expenses by reducing staff, according to a DCHS news release Friday. The financial report for June 2018 showed DCHS had $8,861,222 in total operating revenue ...

VA to host town hall Sept. 4 at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is inviting veterans, their families and friends, and the general public to a Veteran Town Hall in Iron Mountain at 5 p .m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Veteran Town Hall will be held in Fornetti Hall at Bay College West Campus located at ...

Cormorant graces Six Mile

It’s not often I get to photograph a controversial figure out on Six Mile Lake. This individual wasn’t shy, either, even coming closer as I snapped away like paparazzi. Maybe it was the first camera this juvenile double-crested cormorant had ever seen. While not an uncommon bird, it was ...

Fifth annual Corks & Forks on Sept. 20

IRON MOUNTAIN – Tickets are now available for the Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center fifth annual Corks & Forks event set for Thursday, Sept. 20, at Pine Grove Country Club. The Northern Lights YMCA-Dickinson Center’s largest fundraising event directly supports the YMCA’s Annual ...

Snyder gets sneak peak at UMERC power project

NEGAUNEE — Gov. Rick Snyder got a first-hand look at how construction is progressing at the new F.D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee Township. Snyder toured the site owned by the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation — a subsidiary of the WEC Energy Group — with other ...

Niagara school plans open house

NIAGARA, Wis. — The School District of Niagara will hold a back to school open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. High school and junior high schedules will be available in the main office. Combination locks will be available for $8, athletic fees can be paid and season passes purchased at ...

Florence health agency issues reminder on student vaccines

FLORENCE, Wis. — Parents are reminded that Wisconsin law requires all students to show that they have received immunizations or have a signed waiver, the Florence County Health Department said. The required vaccines are generally at the entrance to kindergarten and the entrance to 6th ...

Well water nitrate testing to be offered at Wausaukee fair

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Marinette County residents have the opportunity to bring a sample of their well water and have the nitrate quantity analyzed free of charge during this year’s Marinette County Fair. The fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 26, at the fairgrounds in Wausaukee. Scott ...

Marquette man honored as UP Veteran of the Year

ESCANABA — Charles Hawes, of Marquette, was honored as 2018 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year during a ceremony at the Upper Peninsula State Fair. Veterans, citizens and officials were in attendance Thursday, including Gov. Rick Snyder and other elected officials. Hawes was an E-5 ...

Ready to get things started

Northern Elite’s Brent Dumke, left, talks with Landen Kaldor during practice Wednesday in Pembine, Wis. The Predators team — made up of players from Niagara, Pembine and Goodman schools — will start their season tonight at Marion/Tigerton. Friday's Daily News has a preview of the Northern ...

Board: DCHS sale to get public scrutiny

IRON MOUNTAIN — Documents related to the proposed sale of Dickinson County Healthcare System will be subject to public review before any transaction occurs, the chairman of the DCHS Board said Thursday. “Once an agreement is defined, it will be available for public scrutiny,” Bill ...

Crash in Iron River closes highway

IRON RIVER — U.S. 2 in Iron River between Lalley and Ice Lake roads was closed Friday morning after a traffic crash, according to the Michigan Department of Transporation. Iron River Police officials haven’t yet responded to a request for more information. But police scanner traffic ...

Boil alert issued for Quinnesec water system

QUINNESEC — Routine monitoring has detected the presence of coliform bacteria in the Quinnesec water system, prompting a boil alert for the Quinnesec district only, said Guy Forstrom, Breitung Township Department of Public Works superintendent. Residents are asked to boil their water for ...

Jet car driver dies at Norway Speedway

NORWAY — Friday night racing at Norway Speedway came to a halt when a pre-race event ended in a fatal crash. The Green Mamba, a jet-powered exhibition dragster driven by Douglas Rose of Ring Town, Penn., sped down the straightaway of the third-mile oval and into the dirt when it turned over ...

Another round of scam calls reported in region

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local law enforcement agencies are warning residents about a recent influx of scam phone calls to the area. Iron Mountain Police officers received 15 complaints about Internal Revenue Service scam calls Thursday morning, Iron Mountain Director of Police and Fire Services Ed ...

Snyder attends his last UP State Fair as governor

ESCANABA — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder came to Escanaba for Honored Citizens Day at the U.P. State Fair on Thursday, his final visit to the fair as the state’s governor. In an interview earlier in the day, Snyder addressed several state issues. On the ongoing trade war between China and ...

Breitung Township School District adds staff members

KINGSFORD — At least two more staff members will need to be added for the 2018-19 academic year at Breitung Township Schools, district officials said. The school board earlier this week approved hiring Renee Lindholm for special education at Kingsford High School, Amanda Gibbons as a ...