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Trees For Tomorrow to host workshop

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. - Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, is accepting applications from high school students interested in attending Natural Resources Careers Exploration Week. The 2019 workshop, set for June 16-21, at Trees For Tomorrow’s ...

Title quest ends in controversy

Iron Mountain’s Charlie Gerhard, left, reacts as Pewamo-Westphalia celebrates its first-ever Division 3 state championship Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. The Mountaineers led for much of the game and into the final second when two controversial calls — a travel on a layup that would have ...

Ecobricks: Making building blocks from plastic

KINGSFORD — Can trash be the building blocks for a better world? Thomas Niebrzydowski of Kingsford says yes. For the past few years, he’s been carefully collecting discarded plastic to make ecobricks at his home. “It’s taking garbage and moving it to a higher level instead of ...

Body found in Menominee County

MENOMINEE — Authorities still are working to identify a body found late Saturday morning in Menominee County. The body was discovered in an undisclosed river in Menominee Township about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office. The ...

Changes proposed to bail system that jails poor defendants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers and advocates across the political spectrum are joining together to propose changes to Michigan’s cash bail system, which is under criticism for allowing low-income defendants to be jailed when they cannot afford to post bond. Newly introduced legislation ...

WPS to begin drawdown at Caldron Falls dam

Green Bay, Wis. — Wisconsin Public Service is encouraging residents and outdoor enthusiasts to use caution around its Caldron Falls hydroelectric dam as a drawdown of the facility’s reservoir begins this week. A drawdown is a controlled process in which the reservoir located upstream of ...

906 DEMS meet with Whitmer

County leaders with the 906 DEMS met with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a recent reception in Marquette. The 906 DEMS leadership says it is looking forward to working with the governor on issues that are important to the Upper Peninsula. The 906 DEMS is an organization representing local ...

Fundraisers planned for Northwoods Animal Shelter

IRON RIVER — Logans’ Place is holding a fundraiser for the Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with proceeds going to the shelter. Also, the Northwoods Animal Shelter annual bake sale is planned for Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Covantage ...

Michigan gas prices up 7 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.59 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 3 cents more than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

City council meetings tonight; hospital board to meet March 28

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain. The agenda includes bid openings for 2019 paving and a draft ordinance to allow medical marijuana establishments. Kingsford City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight in the council ...

LaCost issues court report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County District Judge Julie A. LaCost has issued her activity report for the month of February 2019. New criminal cases for the month included 12 felonies, 10 misdemeanors, six OWIL/OUI misdemeanors and two felony drunk driving. New civil cases for the month ...

Mountaineers fall to Pewamo-Westphalia in state finals, 53-52

EAST LANSING — Iron Mountain was 0.7 seconds away from a state championship on Saturday. Pewamo-Westphalia’s Collin Trierweiler hit a pair of free throws after controversial intentional foul and travel calls to give the Pirates a 53-52 win for their first-ever state championship. Just 0.7 ...

Suspect named in 1976 murders

MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities say DNA analysis led to the arrest Thursday of an 82-year-old man now accused of killing a couple in Marinette County more than four decades ago. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve identified Raymand Vannieuwenhoven of Lakewood, Wis., as the suspect in the ...

UP jobless rates higher in January

IRON MOUNTAIN — Jobless rates moved higher across the Upper Peninsula in January, with Dickinson and Menominee counties showing the region’s lowest rates for the month at 4.5 percent. The U.P. rate was 6.8 percent, up nearly a fully percentage point from December’s rate of 5.9 ...

Western UP moose population holding its own — DNR survey

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Moose in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula are holding their own more than three decades after an attempt to rebuild the population with animals from Canada, although their numbers remain far lower than initially hoped, officials said Friday. The state ...

Robotics at Kingsford

Forty teams of high school students and their mentors competed in The FIRST Robotics competition at Kingsford Middle School and High School gyms on Friday.

Judge approves PCB settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for three paper companies that polluted the Fox River and Green Bay with chemicals decades ago to cover hundreds of millions of dollars in remaining cleanup costs. The deal U.S. District Judge William Griesbach approved ...

YMCA hosting 300 children for annual swim program

IRON MOUNTAIN – Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center’s annual third grade swim program is underway, with nearly 300 children expected to participate throughout the month. The program, in its fourth year, is offered free to all third grade students in the area and is fully funded for the ...

New logo design

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department recently collaborated with the graphics communications class at the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District to design a new logo for the department. The final design was submitted by Kaitlyn Pellegrini, who is a senior at Norway High School. ...

Norway-Vulcan eyes building needs

NORWAY — The Norway-Vulcan School Board is making plans for a possible bonding issue to come later this year for building improvements. The board Wednesday shifted the Aug. 14 regular meeting to Aug. 7 to accommodate what Superintendent Lou Steigerwald described as a time-specific ...