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Wisconsin defendants sue over state public defender problems

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — A group of defendants from northern Wisconsin is suing over funding and staffing problems in the state Public Defender’s Office, arguing the rights of indigent defendants in Wisconsin to competent attorneys and speedy trials have been violated. The five men and one ...

Conservation Fair on Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District invites the public to its 69th annual meeting and Conservation Fair, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fornetti Hall at Bay College West. Free and open to all, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about conservation at work in our ...

U.P. man wins $100,249 Club Keno The Jack

LANSING, Mich. — A Marquette County man is looking forward to financial relief after winning a $100,249 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Club Keno The Jack game. The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize when his easy pick The Jack numbers — ...

Breitung Township Board minutes available to view

QUINNESEC — Minutes from the Breitung Township Board’s regular Dec. 26 meeting have been posted. They are available to view at the Breitung Township Hall, Quinnesec fire hall, Kingsford fire hall, North Breitung fire hall, and online at www.breitungtwp.org.

Real winter to arrive?

IRON MOUNTAIN — With winter off to a fairly mild start — icy parking lots aside — a return to normal temperatures could be in store. The Climate Prediction Center calls for a 37 percent chance of above normal temperatures from now through the end of March, and a 29 percent chance of ...

Shopko files for bankruptcy; one UP store slated to be closed

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday morning, citing “excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures.” The Ashwaubenon, Wis.-based retailer later released a list of 38 new stores it plans to close. Kingsford was not included, nor were full-size ...

Former governor Engler out at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees said Thursday that interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he’d step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of ...

Evers supports making recreational marijuana legal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who campaigned in support of legalizing medical marijuana, went a step further this week and said he now supports full legalization, giving hope to Democrats and other advocates who have pushed the issue unsuccessfully for years. Attorney ...

Man, 75, found dead in IR; foul play not suspected

IRON RIVER — Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 75-year-old man whose body was discovered Wednesday morning in an alley behind Carquest Auto Parts store on Genesee Street in Iron River. The man was found unresponsive about 7 a.m., according to a news release by Iron ...

Schwedler retires as probate judge in Iron County

CRYSTAL FALLS — On a rainy morning a few days after Christmas, retiring Probate Judge C. Joseph Schwedler cleaned out the Iron County Courthouse office he occupied for nearly 30 years. He took the framed print of three attorneys gifted to him by his mother-in-law when he first moved to ...

Breitung school appointment pending

KINGSFORD — The Breitung Township School Board has only one interview remaining this week before it can choose from five candidates to fill a vacant board seat. The board has until the end of January to make a decision on who will succeed William Rice, whose term ended in December. The ...

Swearingen lists assignments

MADISON, Wis. — State Rep. Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander, is beginning his fourth term in the Wisconsin Assembly. “I want my constituents to know that my staff and I are here to help assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding state government,” he said. ...

Halftime show

The Kingsford High School pep band performs during halftime of the boys basketball game between Kingsford and Iron Mountain on Tuesday in Kingsford. Iron Mountain won the game, 70-52, to remain unbeaten this season.

Names released in fatal shooting in Pembine

MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities have identified the man accused of fatally shooting his wife Sunday in their Pembine home. Gary Rogge, 55, is in the Marinette County Jail awaiting charges, according to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office. Rogge reportedly contacted the sheriff’s office ...

Senate GOP: Car insurance rates a priority

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Republicans on Tuesday signaled their intent to make lowering high auto insurance premiums a top priority in the two-year session, proposing legislation that would make it optional for Michigan drivers to buy what is now mandatory unlimited medical coverage. The ...

Area school boards pick officers for year

Several area school boards chose their officers this week. Breitung Township Schools KINGSFORD — Robert Hendrickson will remain president of the Breitung Township School Board. The board also opted Monday to keep Dave Kashian as vice president and Joanne To as secretary. Mark Pugh was ...

Scholarship created for KHS students interested in the field of cosmetology

IRON MOUNTAIN — Kate Chaperon, Kingsford High School alumni and owner of The Good Earth, has created a scholarship to recognize her passion for the field of cosmetology, and her sincere commitment to helping younger generations fulfill their dream of working in this field. Going ...

Dickinson clerk report released for 2018

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Clerk/Register of Deeds Dolly L. Cook has issued her activity report for 2018. Clerk records issued included 1,536 birth certificates, 2,032 death certificates, 162 marriage certificates, 62 notary public commission, 566 concealed weapons licenses, and 282 ...

Bay College to host Skills USA

ESCANABA — Career and Technical Education provides Michigan high school students experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, which helps improve the quality of their education. It motivates, and gives all students leadership ...

North Elementary honors

Eleven students were recently recognized as Students of the Month at North Elementary School of the Arts in Iron Mountain. In front, from left, are Troy Copiskey and AnaSophia Chartier, first grade; Mackenzie Farragh, early kindergarten; Julianna Saldana, second grade; and Kaira Hakola, ...