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Jury to decide if ‘hashtag Las Vegas’ a threat

CRYSTAL FALLS — A jury trial started Wednesday for an Alpha man accused of threatening an Iron County business during a telephone call to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, with the prosecution and defense offering different versions of what he meant by the phrase, “hashtag Las ...

Groundbreaking for new trades training facility in Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — Officials broke ground Wednesday in Negaunee Township for a facility that will allow carpenters and millwrights to learn a variety of trades, ranging from building a house to improving skills such as welding. About 100 community leaders, union officials, contractors and ...

DNR board signs off on enhanced deer farm fencing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has unanimously approved an emergency rule that requires deer farms to upgrade fences in an effort to slow chronic wasting disease. The rule calls for deer farms that have had a CWD infection to install a second fence ...

Flynn says fellow Democrats can’t win against Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Down in the polls with the election just days away, gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn went after fellow Democrats on Thursday, saying they have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Flynn is one of eight Democrats ...

Our Town Iron River: Summer means IR farmers market

IRON RIVER — Residents and visitors alike each Wednesday afternoon during the summer and early fall can purchase locally grown fresh produce and other items at the Iron County Farmers Market in the parking lot next to the KFC. The Iron River market is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, ...

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project file appeal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 replacement are asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to declare that the environmental review for the controversial project fails to meet the legal requirements and needs to be redone. The Minnesota Public Utilities ...

Our Town Iron River: A Fair time to be had in Iron County this week

IRON RIVER — The 127th Iron County Fair is in full swing and will continue through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Iron River. Today is Senior Day, with a free lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at the bandstand and other activities for local senior citizens. An arts and crafts sale and judging for ...

$510 million milk processing complex to be built in Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A $510 million milk-processing complex will be constructed in Michigan, creating nearly 300 jobs and bolstering a dairy industry among the largest in the U.S. that has been suffering because of low prices and high costs, state officials said Thursday. The ...

Menghini hired at Woodland

KINGSFORD — Melissa Menghini was hired to teach Title One at Woodland Elementary School this year. Menghini is married to Paul Menghini of Kingsford, they have two daughters, Lily and Maggie, who both attend Kingsford High School. She has enjoyed teaching for 13 years. Menghini is most ...

Our Town Iron River: Event to mark 50 years of IC museum

CASPIAN — The Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the event “Old Fashioneds With Old Fashions,” set for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The ticket price is $50 per guest, which will include a gala dinner party with Old Fashioneds or wine, ...

Account set up for Norway man injured at Fumee Lake

An account has been set up at the Northern Interstate Bank in Norway to assist Dave Verley, who was severely injured July 24 when struck by a tree while doing maintenance at Fumee Lake Natural Area. The Northern Interstate Bank has a branch in Pat’s Foods in Norway, as well as Iron ...

Discover Sawyer Family Fun Day Sunday in Marquette

MARQUETTE — For those who are looking for a thrilling aircraft experience, a chance to experience the local airport, or just do something a little different to this weekend, look no further than the fifth annual Discover Sawyer Family Fun Day, a free, family-friendly event to be will be held ...

Our Town Iron River: Aspiring Women to host ‘Girls’ Afternoon Off’

IRON RIVER — Ready for a Girls’ Afternoon Off? Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics’ next Aspiring Women in the Outdoors event will be just that — three hours of pontoon boat rides, kayaking, crafts and other activities Aug. 21 at Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls. As in the ...

Partial demolition of wall draws outcry

ISHPEMING (AP) — Some residents of Ishpeming are upset that parts of a historic wall were demolished to make room for construction equipment. WLUC-TV reports the Ishpeming City Council heard Wednesday night from people who were frustrated after the demolition apparently took place without ...

Garden grant

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation, along with the affiliated Crystal Falls Area Community Foundation, recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Green Thumb 4-H Gardening Club in Crystal Falls. The funds were used to complete a fence around the garden. Chandra Ziegler, club leader, accepts ...

Crivitz group receives grant to reconstruct historic Hergan barn

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society has received $5,000 from the Community-Wide Fund held at the M&M Area Community Foundation for a new project they are initiating. The society is reconstructing the historic 1909 Hergan barn, originally located on one of the ...

Wisconsin farmland value steady as cropland prices drop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Department of Agriculture data figures show the value of farm real estate is up slightly in Wisconsin this year, but the value of cropland is down. Farm real estate includes the value of land and buildings, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The department’s ...

Rapid Enrollment Days at Bay College

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College will host Rapid Enrollment Days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday on both the Iron Mountain and Escanaba campuses. New and returning students are invited to campus to get assistance with every step in the college process. This can ...

Dickinson voters say yes to all millages

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County voters approved all tax proposals on Tuesday’s ballot, including a new millage to generate additional funding for the Norway-Vulcan Senior Citizen Center so it can continue operating independently from the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency. But a ...

Incumbents Wender, Stevens advance for county board

IRON MOUNTAIN — Incumbent Dickinson County commissioners Henry Wender and Joe Stevens easily won their Republican primary races Tuesday and will face Democratic challengers in the November election. Wender received 567 votes to fellow Republican Wallace Townsend’s 340 votes in the ...