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FIRST Robotics returns to the Upper Peninsula

Escanaba — Teams from across the state will travel to Escanaba to partake in the ultimate sport for the mind beginning Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17. This year marks the fifth time Escanaba has hosted a FIRST Robotics competition, which started back in 2014. Competitive ...

Musher saves competitor’s dog during Calumet’s CopperDog 150

CALUMET — A competing musher turned lifesaver in the middle of this year’s CopperDog race. As Amy Malo pushed her team trying to defend last year’s title, one of her dogs collapsed on the trail. “We don’t know what happened. He just fall(s) down and he was choking really bad,” ...

Gasoline leak at gas station in Marquette

MARQUETTE — A gasoline leak was reported at the Krist Oil Co. gas station located at 1110 Lincoln Ave., Marquette, around 4:25 p.m. Sunday. As the Marquette City Fire Department arrived at the scene, responders found a large amount of gas was covering the 1000 block of West College ...

‘Marathon’ author coming to Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Public Library will host author Jim Anderson of Cable, Wis., at 6:30 p.m. March 22 for a talk about his book, “Discovering America One Marathon At a Time.” This book is a unique tour of America by an athlete who ran a marathon in each of the 50 states. Told ...

Exploring the ice caves

The Eben Ice Caves, in the Rock River Wilderness area of the Hiawatha National Forest in Alger County. The Eben Ice Caves each year attract thousands of visitors to trek through the wintertime phenomenon.

IM might seek to have officer in school

IRON MOUNTAIN — City voters might be asked later this year to restore funding for a police officer at Iron Mountain Public Schools. There has been no school liaison officer in Iron Mountain since voters in November 2014 rejected a millage increase to save the program. At Monday’s city ...

Bellin-DCHS agreement moves forward

IRON MOUNTAIN — A public hearing will be held later this month on Bellin Health’s planned acquisition of Dickinson County Healthcare System, following DCHS’s approval Tuesday of an asset purchase agreement. “While a substantial amount of work remains to be completed before the deal is ...

Norway to replace mine pump

NORWAY — Norway will replace an aging mine shaft pump that prevents water from flooding into basements in the northern part of the downtown area and regulates water levels on Strawberry Lake, Lake Mary and Lake View.  The city council agreed Monday to pay $33,000 to Kleiman Pump and Well ...

Pickleball could be added at park

KINGSFORD — The city plans to seek a $160,000 Michigan DNR Passport Grant to replace the playground equipment at Lodal Park and install four pickleball courts on the west side of the tennis courts. An informational meeting on the grant proposal has been set for March 19. The plan may be ...

New trial date set in IC horse shootings

CRYSTAL FALLS — A new trial date has been set for a Crystal Falls man accused of shooting at an occupied home and two horses in Crystal Falls Township last year, after a judge Monday allowed his court-appointed attorney to hire a ballistics expert to review evidence. Luke Endjamin Wool, 20, ...

IR man pleads not guilty to child abuse

CRYSTAL FALLS - An Iron River man accused of breaking a child’s arms, legs and ribs in November decided Monday to waive his preliminary examination in Iron County Trial Court and enter not guilty pleas at the circuit court level. Jesse James Winkler, 22, will return to court April 9 for a ...

IR man pleads not guilty to store break-in

CRYSTAL FALLS - An Iron River man is scheduled for a March 26 pre-trial conference in Iron County Trial Court after waiving his preliminary examination and pleading not guilty to charges he broke into the Outpost convenience store in Iron River Township last month. Trevor James McPherson, ...

Norway school plans book fair

NORWAY — Norway Elementary and Norway-Vulcan Middle Schools will host a book fair from 2:30 to 7 p.m. March 13 and March 15 at the NVAS Library. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. All proceeds ...

Felch Township receives tire grant

FELCH — The township should be able to take in used tires for disposal later this year after being approved for a $4,000 grant by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ stressed that Felch should wait until a signed agreement is in place before beginning to accept tires, ...

Smith joins the Army recruiting team in Iron Mountain office

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Smith has joined the recruiting team at the United States Army Iron Mountain Recruiting Station. Smith will serve the local community and surrounding area as a recruiter at the Iron Mountain Station located at Midtown Mall, 1070 S Stephenson Ave. He has ...

Officials: Flint school sees some high lead levels in water

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say some samples at a Flint high school tested higher than the federal threshold for lead in drinking water. The Flint Journal reports results posted by the Department of Environmental Quality showed seven of 80 samples from Flint Northwestern High ...

Wisconsin poll shows skepticism over Foxconn, wide open primaries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters, especially those outside of the Milwaukee area, are skeptical the Foxconn Technology Group project is worth the $3 billion in state incentives promised to the Taiwanese company if it meets employment and investment targets, a poll released Monday ...

IM-K pre-school program to accept registrations

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools will conduct a telephone registration for the 2018-19 pre-school classes on Thursday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Pre-school is designed to prepare children for early kindergarten and kindergarten with an emphasis on academic skills ...

Jumping from Niagara to Alaska

NIAGARA, Wis. — Sam Chartier remembers the first skis he used to jump off the hill in Niagara at age 12. They were shaped from wood and strapped to his feet with inner tubes from old car tires, he said. “I had been jumping off the small jumps with rubbers on my feet when my brother ...