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New snow and warmer temperatures in the region spurred a number of area residents to get outside and enjoy some winter activities. From left, Daija Linsmeyer, Carter Hartwell, Aliejae Dubsky and Myla Linsmeyer sled outside their homes on College Street in Quinnesec. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Fun in the snow

New snow and warmer temperatures in the region spurred a number of area residents to get outside and enjoy some winter activities. Daija Linsmeyer, Carter Hartwell, Aliejae Dubsky and Myla Linsmeyer sled outside their homes on College Street in Quinnesec. Laura LaValley of Kingsford and her ...

DAMION SINCLAIR, RIGHT, testifies in his own defense Wednesday as Judge Mary Barglind looks on in Dickinson County Circuit Court. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

IM man’s assault case goes to jury

IRON MOUNTAIN — Jurors this morning continued deliberations in the case of an Iron Mountain man accused of beating and choking a woman during a May 31 altercation and then smashing her phone so she couldn’t call for help. The group of eight women and four men spent more than two hours ...

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Take survey on top area stories

Today’s Daily News includes a special publication on the top stories of 2017, as chosen by the newspaper’s editorial staff. The top 10 selections include Bellin Health System’s announced intent to acquire Dickinson County Healthcare Systems, the loss of three area high school seniors ...

DAMION SINCLAIR, RIGHT, testifies in his own defense Wednesday as Judge Mary Barglind looks on in Dickinson County Circuit Court. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

IM man convicted on lesser assault charge

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man accused in Dickinson County Circuit Court of beating and choking a woman last year was found guilty by jury Thursday of a lesser assault charge — reducing his maximum possible incarceration from life to 93 days — and cleared of an interfering with ...

In rare step, Michigan Legislature overrides Snyder vetoes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto of a speedier tax cut for those who trade in their car for a new one, the first override in his tenure and just the fourth in the last 67 years. Senate Majority Leader Arlan ...

A young deer sniffs at a dead leaf on a winter day in Marquette County. (Michigan DNR photo)

Deer habitat grants available in Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced a March 1 deadline to apply for a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grant funding in the Upper Peninsula. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to ...

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SARGE WITH A new toy left during a recent visit by the man who found him lying on old M-69 in Iron County, shot and suffering from hypothermia. The young pit bull-type dog is expected to make a full recovery but will require expensive surgery at the University of Wisconsin to repair a broken left front leg. (Submitted photo)

A story of survival

Sarge is proving to be a survivor. The black-and-white, pit bull-type dog found wounded and abandoned early Thursday in rural Iron County not only is recovering but doing better than expected, despite taking a bullet to the head that x-rays later showed lodged in his neck. That’s not even ...

Kingsford council gets good news on audit report

KINGSFORD — A cap on retiree health benefits that has been in effect for about 18 years is helping Kingsford maintain a stable financial position, a new audit shows. “You’re way ahead of the game,” auditor Scott Kenney of Crystal Falls told the city council Tuesday. Kingsford ...

DAMION SINCLAIR, RIGHT, listens to testimony in Dickinson County Circuit Court with his standby counsel, Michael Scholke. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

Progress slow in second day of IM assault trial

IRON MOUNTAIN — Proceedings moved slowly Tuesday in the second day of trial for an Iron Mountain man accused of felony assault, as both sides made numerous objections and motions to testimony and evidence in Dickinson County Circuit Court. At one point, Dickinson County Chief Assistant ...

Verso expands options, including sale, merger

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, — Verso Corp. announced Tuesday that its Strategic Alternatives Committee is looking at the possibility of selling the entire company outright, or merging with another. Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc., Verso’s financial adviser, was directed in September to identify and ...

State, mining company settle on Porcupine erosion damage

SILVER CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have reached a settlement with a mining company involving erosion caused by exploration of an underground copper deposit near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The state Department of Environmental Quality said it recently signed a ...

DCHS opts for private rooms, lowers bed count

IRON MOUNTAIN — In a response to changes in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Rural Coding requirements, Dickinson County Healthcare System has lowered its bed count from 96 to 49 beds. The reclassification allows DCHS to receive a higher reimbursement rate for its ...

Steinbrecher leads North Dickinson board

FELCH — The hierarchy of the North Dickinson County School Board remained unchanged Monday. Carl Steinbrecher will continue as board president, with Lynn Oman as vice president, Marsha Hord as secretary and Jacquelen Schemmel as treasurer. Oman and trustee Larry Rusch will be up for ...

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Democrats flip conservative Wisconsin district

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democrat has been elected to represent a traditionally conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, in an upset that Democrats suggest could lead to more Republican losses in the state. Patty ...

Florence County supports library legislation

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Board on Tuesday urged state legislators to support proposed bills that would make rural public libraries eligible for certain grant funding. Assembly Bill 572 and Senate Bill 491 would allow these libraries to apply for Technology For Educational ...

Snowmobiler killed in Chippewa County crash

NEWBERRY — A 51-year-old Saginaw man was pronounced dead at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after the snowmobile he was riding missed a curve and struck in tree in Chippewa County. The name of the man is being withheld pending completion of the county medical examiner's ...

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Clearing a path

Brad Strehlow clears the sidewalk in front of the Dickinson County Courthouse in downtown Iron Mountain. The area got 1.6 inches of snow Monday.

Full marathon proposed for IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Organizers of the annual Iron Mountain Road and Trail plan to add a full marathon to this year’s race lineup but still need to find a route that meets the city’s approval. Race representatives Sandy Petroff and Melissa Wentarmini detailed for the city council Monday a ...

IM awarded grant for tennis courts

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tennis courts on Iron Mountain’s east side will be resurfaced with the aid of a $58,000 state grant. “They’re definitely in need of it,” City Manager Jordan Stanchina told the city council Monday. “We’ll hopefully get those done this year if the timeline allows ...