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Joe Tinti, Norway High School principal and athletic director, demonstrates the Pixellot system that will be used to livestream sporting events in the district.  Cameras are located at the football field and high school gym. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photos)

Norway to pilot sports video technology for Upper Peninsula

NORWAY — The latest video technology for capturing sporting events will soon be operating in the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools District. Known as Pixellot, the school board learned about the automated system last year through Joe Tinti, high school principal and athletic director, and ...

Jobless rates drop across UP

MARQUETTE — All counties in the Upper Peninsula experienced some decrease in the jobless rate in August with the regional rate moving down by .5 percentage points to 5.7 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. The U.P.’s jobless rate had ...

McCain says no to GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program. It was the second time in three months ...

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Accused killer found competent to stand trial

HOUGHTON — A Grand Rapids man accused of killing his sister in Laurium in July 2016 has been found competent to stand trial. Christian Kitti, 33, was found not competent last September after an examination at the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry. He was ordered to undergo further ...

Nurses set strike date at UPHS-Marquette

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette nurses notified hospital management on Friday of their intent to strike on Oct. 5 and 6. “We have said all along that striking is an extremely serious decision for nurses. We want to be at the bedside caring for our patients. Duke LifePoint has ...

Wisconsin says hackers had no impact on election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's voter registration system was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian hackers before last year's election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said Friday. The commission, which had long insisted it was not the subject of any hacking attempts, said it was notified ...

The Disabled American Veterans presented a check for $1,590 to the U.P. Honor Flight. Pictured in the front, from left, are Leonard Reed and Jason Henderson; middle, Mike Bachand, Scott Knauf, U.P. Honor Flight president, Doug Powell and Ron Zahn; back, DAV members Eugene Cavacioni, Russ Rosenburg and Joe Marczak. Honor Flight XIII will be take place Sept. 27.

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The Disabled American Veterans presented a check for $1,590 to the U.P. Honor Flight. Pictured in the front, from left, are Leonard Reed and Jason Henderson; middle, Mike Bachand, Scott Knauf, U.P. Honor Flight president, Doug Powell and Ron Zahn; back, DAV members Eugene Cavacioni, Russ ...

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Leaving summer for fall

Jennifer and Rhiannon Johnson walk through the fallen leaves on the Millie Hill trail on Iron Mountain’s north side. Fall officially arrives today, with the autumn equinox expected to happen at 3:02 p.m. Central time. But the weekend will feel much more like midsummer, with temperatures ...

DCHS hobbled by reimbursement cuts

IRON MOUNTAIN — Regulatory changes are adding to the financial challenges faced by Dickinson County Healthcare System, which continues to explore methods to remain a viable, top-ranked public hospital. Most recently, Medicare’s decision to deny DCHS cost reimbursement for its Rural Health ...

Case against Kingsford men moves forward in sex assault

IRON MOUNTAIN — The case against two Kingsford men accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman they knew continues to move through the Dickinson County Court system. Brent Thomas Clement, 32, was in district court this morning to waive his preliminary examination and agree to be ...

FOR BEING A Lumen Christi nominee, Mike Malnar, left, accepts a check for $1,000 from Catholic Extension on behalf of Alpha Omega House in Iron Mountain. Presenting the check is Kyle Rambo, right, executive director of Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula.

Malnar nominated for Lumen Christi Award

IRON MOUNTAIN — Mike Malnar was honored with a nomination for Catholic Extension’s 2017 Lumen Christi Award. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate overwhelming dedication and commitment to helping others in need. Malnar manages Catholic Social Services of the Upper ...

Truckload seafood sale at Econo Foods today

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tadych’s Econo Foods in Iron Mountain has plenty of deals available at its truckload seafood sale going on until 6 p.m. today. “We will not be undersold on any truckload sale item,” store officials said. Celebrate the return to warm weather this weekend with grilling ...

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Laura Moloney, left, director of student services at Bay College West Campus, presents a scholarship certificate to Grace Hansen, a West Campus student. Grace was a recipient of the Bay College Board Elite Scholarship for Academic Year 2017-2018. The Bay College Board Elite Scholarship is ...

Harvest and Haunt Festival planned Sept. 30 in Iron River

IRON RIVER — The third annual Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival features a wide variety of free fall-themed fun for all ages including live music, kids’ games and crafts, trick-or-treating, craft and vendor booths, and the huge bonfire. The event is being hosted by the Iron County Economic ...

Leaders: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The commission, which represents ...

NWTC Center ribbon cutting Saturday

AURORA, Wis. — Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Woodland Regional Learning Center and Incubator Kitchen in Aurora has announced that the center’s grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place during the eighth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday. The day will begin at 10 ...

U.P. conference on diabetes offered Sept. 29 in Marquette

MARQUETTE — The U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network is offering a daylong diabetes conference in Marquette on Sept. 29. The program offers six hours of continuing education for nurses, dietitians and pharmacists. Marti Funnell, newest diabetes medication featuring Dr. Helen Berlie from ...

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint's water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of ...

GOP gathering for Mackinac conference

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are gathering for a three-day summit ahead of 2018 elections in which they hope to keep control of the governor’s office and unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference begins Friday and runs ...

Wisconsin man charged with killing wife, blowing up home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of blowing up his home to cover up killing his wife sent money to a Russian woman seeking to come to the U.S. and also made payments to online dating sites in the months before the blast, police and prosecutors alleged Thursday. Steven Pirus, 59, ...