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AAA: Michigan gas prices up 1 cent to $2.94 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 1 cent in the past week to about $2.94 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 38 cents more than at the same point last ...

UP man arrested for meth lab

BARK RIVER — Detectives assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 38-year-old Bark River man Thursday as part of a methamphetamine manufacturing investigation. Detectives arrested the man near a residence ...

Employment awareness

“Take Your Legislator to Work,” an activity of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, was observed Friday at McDonald’s in Iron Mountain. From left are state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; Lori Ahola, McDonald’s district manager; ...

Six shots fired at officer — prosecutor

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain police officer was justified in fatally shooting a 20-year-old Norway man Aug. 27 in Breitung Township and will not face criminal charges, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards has ruled. Evidence showed Riley Joseph Starnes fired six shots at Iron ...

IM-K Community Schools to boost presence

KINGSFORD — Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools wants to be more connected with its districts. Julie Wonders, director, will be attending the school board meetings quarterly to check in and stay connected. Wonders told the Breitung Township Schools Board earlier this week she ...

TRICO promotes long-term satisfying employment

KINGSFORD — Over past 50 years TRICO Opportunities Inc. has provided vocational rehabilitation to people with barriers to employment in the community. A key component in this is TRICO partnering with local businesses on work opportunities for job seekers with disabilities. Over the ...

Marquette doctor charged

MARQUETTE — The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has served an order summarily suspending the medical license of Jonathan Gale Robertson of Marquette for allegations of criminal sexual conduct. LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint against Robertson ...

New slides in Niagara

Karen Klenke photo The Niagara Lions recently replaced two unsafe slides at the Heights Purple Park in Niagara. Cost of the replacement was just under $1,000, which is part of the Lions’ community service commitment to make improvements to the city’s parks. Lions members from left are ...

North Dickinson School confirms district has six-figure surplus

By BETSY BLOOM Managing editor FELCH TOWNSHIP — The North Dickinson County School audit this week appears to confirm the district has a decent six-figure fund surplus, the district’s finance director said. Though he didn’t have final figures yet, “it looks like we’re going to ...

Felch Township Board authorizes property tax rate

By Daily News staff FELCH TOWNSHIP — The Felch Township Board has authorized a 2018 property tax rate of 1.2913 mills, or $1.29 per $1,000 of taxable value, plus .5 mills for ambulance service. The township forwarded that rate to Dickinson County officials to be placed on file. The ...

Honor Flight homecoming

ESCANABA —Mission XV of the U.P. Honor Flight Organization will have a welcome home celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday at the Delta County airport in Escanaba. The public is invited to attend the homecoming festivities.

A fair fall forecast

IRON MOUNTAIN - As an El Nino weather pattern possibly forms in the Pacific, a long-range forecast from the National Weather Service suggests higher than normal temperatures through the end of the year in the Upper Peninsula. There is a 50 percent chance of above-normal temperatures for the ...

Prosecutor: IM officer justified in fatal shooting

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Aug. 27 officer-involved fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Breitung Township was justified, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards announced in a statement today. Evidence supports the conclusion that Iron Mountain Police Department Officer Cory Johnson was in ...

IM schools to look at free lunch program

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain School District may qualify for a federal program that would provide free lunches for all students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Escanaba schools already participate in the program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and ...

Snyder wants resolution as dispute stalls roadwork

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a resolution after road builders’ lockout of union workers has slowed or halted work on more than 150 projects statewide. Snyder said Thursday the Michigan Department of Transportation and other agencies have limited legal authority ...

Tractor pull Saturday

A U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers event will start at noon Saturday at the Florence County Fairgrounds in Florence, Wis. The competition was scheduled to take place during the fair in August but was postponed by rain. There will be an exhibition of various mud trucks after the pull. Admission is ...

Meet Miss Mitchell

KINGSFORD — The pristine “Miss Mitchell” will be the highlight of this year’s Ford Airport Day this weekend. Ford Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 439 and Kubick Aviation will host its 16th annual event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kingsford ...

Norway school land may be closed to hunting

NORWAY — The Norway-Vulcan Area Schools Board will consider prohibiting hunting on school land adjacent to Oak Crest Golf Course where a mountain bike trail will be built. Although the issue was before the board Wednesday, members opted to postpone a decision to their October meeting when ...

Channing man acquitted of felony assault

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Channing man on trial for reportedly assaulting and choking a woman was convicted Wednesday of misdemeanor domestic violence and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, but acquitted of a felony assault charge that could have sent him to prison for any term of years up ...

Senate passes spending bill to avoid partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic hurricane heads for the Carolinas, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. The House is set to vote today on a $147 billion package ...