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FROM LEFT, CAROL and Chet Tokoly from Homestead attended the unveiling last month of the restored the 1918 Florence fire truck will be featured at the U.P. Firemen Tournament that starts Friday in Florence. The truck has been totally restored by Daniel Zoppetti, auto body expert from Luxenberg, Wis. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Firefighters returning to Florence

FLORENCE — This year’s Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Tournament is going out of state for only the second time in its history. But the 123rd annual event, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, is returning to relatively familiar territory: Florence, Wis., just over the ...

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Dog license fees going up in county

IRON MOUNTAIN — The annual cost for a dog license will increase to $10 in Dickinson County, up from the current $5, moving the county closer to what is charged elsewhere in Michigan. The county board approved the increase Monday after reviewing a survey done by County Treasurer Lorna ...

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Breitung hockey to include Iron County schools

KINGSFORD — The Breitung Township Schools Board has agreed to add Forest Park and West Iron County school districts to its hockey co-op program for 2017-18. The board Monday accepted the athletic committee’s recommendation to let students from the two Iron County districts play with the ...

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IM police seek public help to find missing man

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain police would like the public’s assistance in locating a 47-year-old Iron Mountain man who left his home Friday to go to Green Bay, Wis., and hasn’t been heard from since. Imran Kiani has issues with depression, which may be the reason he hasn’t contacted ...

Missing person in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County authorities are searching for a voluntary missing person last seen early Saturday at the Morgan Lake Campground in the town of Fence, Wis. Alexander Glenn, 28, of Niagara, Wis., left the area on his own about 3 a.m. after an argument and hasn’t been seen ...

Driver flees after Quinnesec traffic stop

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County deputies and a Michigan State Police K-9 team searched the Quinnesec area Monday afternoon for a driver who fled a traffic stop on foot, but they were unable to find him, sheriff’s office officials said. The driver, a Wisconsin resident, reportedly was ...

Township to hold meeting at North Breitung Fire Hall

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board will have its regular Sept. 11 meeting at the North Breitung Fire Hall on M-95 in an effort to reach more residents on the north end of the township. Meetings usually are at the Breitung Township Hall in Quinnesec. However, the township does ...

Dickinson OKs new contract for inmate health services

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County is switching to a new provider for inmate health care services as recommended by Sheriff Scott Rutter. The contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare of Peoria, Ill., has an annual cost of $123,611, about $1,400 more than what the county now pays, but ...

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Miners Day Picnic

Miners State Bank will help sponsor the Iron County Museum’s Miners Day Picnic. The event is a revival of the mining picnic held every Labor Day weekend for mining employees and their families. In addition to the dedication to the miners who lost their lives in the mine, it is a family ...

Marquette County to fund hangar repairs

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board last week approved a nearly $908,000 project to replace fire protection barriers in two airplane hangars at Sawyer International Airport. The hangars have been leased by Envoy, formerly American Eagle, since Sept. 1, 1996. Under the memorandum of ...

Charges issued in fatal crash

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman accused of striking and critically injuring a Green Bay area police officer while driving drunk. Twenty-eight-year-old Kalin McGuire is charged with injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and intoxicated use of a ...

ZACK CAUDELL, 21, waters the pocket park area off the city parking lot on Hughitt Street in downtown Iron Mountain. The area annually is planted and maintained by the Downtown Beautification Committee, which is responsible for dozens of hanging baskets and sidewalk planters throughout the downtown, plus several small areas like the pocket park. On dry days, Caudell and his brother, Riley, will make the rounds with hundreds of gallons of water for the plants. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

Making the downtown grow

The colorful hanging baskets and sidewalk planters in downtown Iron Mountain don’t spring to life each year on their own. Downtown beautification is an ongoing annual project that carries a cost. And it needs help. The effort, led by Pat Nicometo and the Downtown Beautification Committee, ...

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Chemicals in Marinette pool send swimmers to hospital

MARINETTE, Wis. — An apparent chemical overload sickened dozens of people using the Civic Center pool in Marinette on Friday night, authorities said. Twenty-three people were evaluated by EMS personnel at the Civic Center and then taken to the Bay Area Medical Center Emergency Room for ...

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Driver flees traffic stop in Quinnesec

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County deputies and a Michigan State Police K-9 unit were searching the Quinnesec area Monday afternoon for a driver who fled a traffic stop on foot, sheriff’s office officials said. The driver reportedly has Michigan warrants for his or her arrest, officials ...

Michigan, Wisconsin vie for Foxconn factory

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize. It’s not just jobs that are up for grabs ...

Italian Fest needs volunteers

The organizers behind Italian Fest could use a few extra hands. The festival, set for Aug. 12 in downtown Iron Mountain, has put out a call for volunteers to work the event. Those willing can choose from three shifts and eight stations. Sign-up can be done online at the Italian Fest web site ...

Blain Ruonavaara of Hebert Construction shows part of a covering on a concrete saw he was operating, which was broken when a driver ran a vehicle into it, but didn’t stop.
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Workers suffer abuse from motorists during UP project

HANCOCK — Working road construction is dangerous enough when things are going well, but when workers face intentional harassment and physical attacks from motorists, it becomes more dangerous. Dustin Provost, an employee of project contractor Hebert Construction of Iron River, said that ...

Meetings to start on oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business groups today defended twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac, saying Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 provides crucial energy supplies and is safer than transporting the oil another way. Representatives of several organizations, most with ...

Film based in early 1900s lumber industry

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Work has begun on a historical fiction film about the lumber industry in western Wisconsin. Filming began in Eau Claire on “The Lumber Baron” on July 17. The movie is set in 1910 Chippewa Valley and tells the story of a family lumber business, the Leader-Telegram ...

Gas prices rise slightly across Michigan

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 14 cents more than at ...