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Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which ...

Blood drives in IM, Florence

IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Upper Peninsula Health System in Marquette, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. For an appointment call Heather Zahn at 906-776-5795. There ...

‘ShinDig’ planned for June 16

CRYSTAL FALLS — If the new Crystal ShinDig this summer sounds a little familiar, that’s by design. The ShinDig is intended to replace the community’s Summerfest event that had been in late July, said Alisa Nelson, president of the Crystal Falls Business Association. “There was too ...

Forest Park students explore career options

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Forest Park Curriculum Committee and Iron County 4-H together hosted a career fair this spring for students in grades 8, 9, and 10. The goal of the career fair was to help Forest Park students begin thinking about their futures by exploring career options. The ...

Harris Energy Group builds business on hydroelectric power 

NORWAY — The power of flowing water is the principle behind Harris Energy Group Inc. The company at 1001 Stephenson St. in Norway, founded by William “Bill” Harris, of Neshkoro, Wis., and President/CEO Tom Berutti of Iron Mountain, has focused over the years on fostering ...

Fires doused in Norway, Breitung Township

IRON MOUNTAIN — Area fire departments were busy Sunday, as Norway and Breitung Township firefighters responded to separate structure fires. No injuries were reported in either incident. An electrical short started a fire about 4 p.m. at a home on the 500 block of Iron Street in Norway, ...

Marquette nurses authorize strike

MARQUETTE — Following a two-day vote, unionized nurses at UP Health System-Marquette authorized to go on strike, according to the Michigan Nurses Association. Members of the UPHS-Marquette RN Staff Council/MNA have been in contract negotiations with hospital administrators since April 18, ...

Sunny climb

Kingsford’s Allan Barribeau tackles a hill Saturday morning in the 38th annual Norway Spring Classic. Barribeau was among the 10K runners.

‘Loyal to Local’ presentation Tuesday morning at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN —What might it take to help revitalize business in the region? One Iron Mountain businessman, working with the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance, looks to raise at least $25,000 for advertising and other community education efforts toward persuading area ...

Man arraigned in fatal crash

MARQUETTE — Austin Keith Mitchell, 21, of Ishpeming was arraigned Thursday on a charge of operating under the influence causing death in Marquette County District Court. The charge stems from a fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred March 25 on Marquette County Road 550 north of Sugar ...

Heart monitors for IM classes

Iron Mountain Academic Booster Club purchased heart rate monitors to be used in Matt Wonder’s three advanced fitness classes. Shown with a few of the monitors, from left, are Patrick Redding, Sawyer Hicks, Jordan Weslin, Paige LaPoint, Olivia Galeazzi and Evan Geronimi.

County, school meetings set

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 tonight in the circuit courtroom of the courthouse in Iron Mountain. The agenda includes a proposed heating and air conditioning service agreement with Trane Inc., a courthouse Wi-Fi project proposal, an update from Dickinson ...

Decades of duty: Rickaby to step down after 29 years of service as sheriff

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby will retire at the end of the year after nearly three decades on the job, during which he oversaw changes in the county’s jail facility, 911 system, and school security. Rickaby first took office in 1989, making him the current ...

Student walkouts held to protest gun violence

KINGSFORD — A group of Kingsford High School students joined many others across the country by walking out of class Friday morning to call for changes in gun laws on the 19th anniversary of the deadly Columbine High School shootings. About 30 students gathered for about 15 minutes to ...

Community gives Bay good marks

ESCANABA — A community survey shows a high level of satisfaction with Bay College, the board of trustees was told. Results of the 2017 Community Satisfaction Survey were shared by Bay College Director of Institutional Research and Reporting Penny Pavlat, who explained why the college ...

Finlandia coach arrested for domestic violence

MARQUETTE — The head football coach at Finlandia University and former Northern Michigan University assistant football coach was arrested today and charged with one count of aggravated assault domestic violence. Robert Boss, 34, who school officials said was separated from his position with ...

DNR biologist: Now isn’t the time to start feeding deer  

The dire news from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that the prolonged winter could take a heavy toll on the Upper Peninsula deer herd may tempt some to begin feeding the animals in earnest. However well-meaning, that could doom the deer more than hunger and cold, DNR officials ...

Youth conservation camps offered

MARINETTE, Wis. — Two unique conservation summer camp opportunities are available for middle and high school students from northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Middle school youth (entering sixth through eighth grade in fall) are invited to attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp ...

Iron Belle trail secures $10.5 million in private gifts

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hiking and bicycling routes that will traverse Michigan have secured $10.5 million in private donations. Gov. Rick Snyder this week shared the fundraising update on the Iron Belle Trail at an Ann Arbor event. He was joined by philanthropists including officials with ...

Forest Park grant

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation along with affiliate Crystal Falls Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to Forest Park School District. The purpose of the grant is to assist in funding additional technology for the students. Crystal Falls Area Community ...