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Senate appears poised to pass tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican leader claimed enough votes Friday to push the party’s $1.4 trillion tax bill through the chamber, apparently overcoming eleventh-hour hitches that had raised questions about whether the GOP’s push for its highest legislative priority might ...

24 days until Christmas

The home of Todd Bagley at 107 Fourth St. in Iron Mountain is ready for Christmas. If you know of a home that has exceptional lights or decorations for the holidays, call 906-774-2772, ext. 40, or email the tip to news@ironmountaindailynews.com.

FNB donates turkeys to Salvation Army

IRON MOUNTAIN — In celebration of their 130th anniversary, the employees of First National Bank & Trust gathered a collection of approximately 150 sought after favorite recipes from past and present employees and created an Anniversary Cookbook. Books were then sold at each of their ...

Man sentenced to six months jail after three county chase

ESCANABA — An 18-year-old Escanaba male who stole a car in Escanaba and eluded police in Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties last summer was sentenced to six months in jail in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Cory John LaBonte pleaded guilty in October to one count of unlawful use ...

Wisconsin GOP proposes shortening statute of limitations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would shorten the statute of limitations for bringing civil lawsuits. The measure would shorten the statute of limitations for injury to character from six years to three. The statute of limitations to sue over an injury ...

Michigan House votes to expand frog hunting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that has advanced another step in Michigan would let hunters kill frogs year round and lift a ban against spearing frogs by using an artificial light. The House passed the bill 69-39 Thursday after changing a version that previously cleared the Senate. The ...

St. Norbert tour

Students from Iron Mountain and Norway High Schools toured St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., on Tuesday. Students in the front row from left, are Holly Mattia, Norway; Katie Leiker, Norway; Allison Sheski, Norway; Emily St. Vincent, Norway; Natalie Dykhuis, Iron Mountain; Emily Miziniak, ...

IMHS General Scholarship Fund celebrates 29 years

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain High School graduating class of 2018, will be the 29th class to be awarded scholarships made possible through the General Scholarship Fund. “Who knew this fund that was established 1988, and first awarded in 1990, would grow to what it has today,” ...

Countdown to Christmas

Steve Servia puts up Christmas decorations outside his home on Park Avenue in Iron Mountain. The Daily News on Friday will begin its annual countdown to Christmas, each day showcasing a residence in the region that has exceptional lights and decorations for the holiday season. If you know of ...

UP jobless rate slightly lower

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula’s jobless rate nudged lower in October, dropping 0.2 percent to 4.9 percent. “This was very similar to the 0.3 percentage point rate cut in Michigan in October,” said Bruce Weaver, an analyst with the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and ...

Not guilty plea in Iron County crash

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River Township man accused of injuring a woman while driving drunk is set for a Dec. 11 pre-trial conference after waiving his preliminary examination and pleading not guilty this week in Iron County Trial Court. Theodore Walter Tschannen Jr., 63, faces operating ...

Police, firefighters rally over health care proposal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied Wednesday at Michigan’s Capitol, protesting yet-to-be-introduced legislation they fear could lead to cuts in retiree health and pension benefits. The demonstration was designed as a show of force to persuade ...

Dickinson drug defendants waive preliminary hearings

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two men charged in unrelated felony drug cases waived their preliminary examinations Wednesday in Dickinson County District Court and agreed to be bound over to circuit court for further hearings. Kevin Lee Johnson, 29, of Iron Mountain, and Louis Charles Jones, 27, of ...

Verso Corp. and employees support United Way, pledging over $40,000

QUINNESEC — The United Way Fundraising Committee from Verso Corp.’s Quinnesec Mill presented three local United Ways with symbolic checks totaling $41,434 on behalf of the mill’s employees. The Quinnesec mill campaign committee reached out to every employee to encourage workers to help ...

After years, historic Telemark Lodge in Wisconsin closer to remodel, reopening

CABLE, Wis. (AP) — A Florida hospitality company has signed an agreement to resurrect a landmark lodge in northern Wisconsin that has fallen on hard times. HK Hospitality Management agreed to buy the Telemark Lodge in Cable for an expected $47 million, the Wisconsin State Journal reported . ...

Officials take public feedback on long-term Lake Michigan fish plan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are taking feedback on a long-term plan for managing Lake Michigan fish populations and future stocking activities. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting the last of three public meetings on the topics Thursday in Grand Haven. ...

Grant helps Quinnesec park, Christmas in Quinnesec event

QUINNESEC — Breitung Township recently was awarded a Prosperous Places mini-grant from the Central Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Initiative to increase awareness of the Quinnesec Park and Recreation Complex at Lincoln, Cliff and River streets. Grant funding, as well as township match ...

Michigan wants volunteers to be campground hosts for state lands

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to serve as campground hosts in state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest sites. Hosts can stay in the campgrounds free of charge. In exchange, they perform 30 hours of service per week. ...

Christmas tree supplies tight elsewhere, but Wisconsin in good shape

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin tree farmers say they’ll have enough Christmas trees to meet demand this year despite evergreen shortages in other parts of the United States. Tree farmers across the country planted fewer trees when the Great Recession hit in 2007. The trees take between ...

Care package event

More than 100 volunteers participated in the LCpl. Eric A. Palmisano Care Package Project’s annual Christmas packing event Nov. 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. The group assembled 187 care packages for delivery to the Florence Post Office for troops serving overseas. For ...