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Weight restrictions ordered

LANSING —The Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies are enacting additional annual spring weight restrictions to protect roads. Effective 6 a.m. Monday, weight restrictions will be expanded to cover all state trunkline highways for the entire state. State routes ...

DNR advisory panel to meet Thursday in IM at Bay West

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will discuss deer camp survey results and Michigan’s moose history when it meets Thursday in Iron Mountain. The meeting will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Room 231 at Bay College ...

Mountaineers in state finals

The Iron Mountain boys basketball team bench celebrates in the fourth quarter as the Mountaineers headed for a 60-57 win over Detroit Edison PSA in the MHSAA Division 3 state semifinal Thursday in East Lansing, Mich. The victory means the Mountaineers will play for the state championship ...

Jury acquits local man on sexual contact

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 44-year-old man accused of having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl was found not guilty Thursday on all charges in Dickinson County Circuit Court. David Streckert faced three counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree, one for each alleged instance of contact ...

Two men charged in Chippewa County kidnapping

MARQUETTE — Two men are accused of kidnapping and other charges in the reported abduction of a 5-year-old boy from a Chippewa County home Wednesday night. George Cunningham and Jon Stygler both were arraigned in 91st District Court in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday on charges of kidnapping, ...

Arrest made in 1976 Marinette County double homicide

MARINETTE, Wis. — The Marinette County sheriff announced this morning that an arrest has been made in a double homicide case that happened in July 1976. The department will have a news conference at 2 p.m. today with additional details, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said in a ...

Fan bus donated

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1329 has graciously offered to cover the expenses of sending a student fan bus to support the Mountaineer boys basketball team in Petoskey on Tuesday. The union’s gesture allowed equal access to all students who want to attend ...

Wisconsin leaders want review of Guard sexual assaults

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin demanded Thursday that federal military officials review Wisconsin National Guard protocols for reporting and investigating sexual assault after Guard members alleged harassment, assault and retaliation for reporting ...

Blood needed

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Health System Regional Blood Center in Marquette is experiencing a need for O-positive, O-negative, A-negative, B-positive and B-negative blood donors. If you have not donated in the last eight weeks, please consider giving the “gift of life.” If you ...

Seasonal road restrictions start Monday in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Road Commission will impose seasonal load and speed restrictions on all county roads effective 7 a.m. Monday. Up to normal loads are permitted on roads designated as all season. A list of all season roads can be found at www.dickinsoncrc.com.

Bennett Scholarship available

ESCANABA — A new scholarship to support Bay College students was recently developed by Diane and Bill Bennett of Escanaba. Diane is a retired nursing instructor, teaching heath care courses at Bay College over a 29 year span, working in the field for 45 years, and a graduate of the first ...

Erickson Jewelers helps SA food pantry

IRON MOUNTAIN — Erickson Jewelers in downtown Iron Mountain offered shell pearl earring sets for $10 during the holidays, pledging to give money from the sales to the Salvation Army of Dickinson County’s Bread of Life Assistance Center. The store at 511 S. Stephenson Ave. sold about 75 to ...

Garage burns after stove lit up inside to melt roof snow

HOUGHTON — An Allouez Township garage had extensive damage after a fire Wednesday afternoon in Keweenaw County. The garage’s owner, Mark Mountz, said he had started a fire in a stove in the building’s interior to melt the snow on his roof and went on a brief walk. “I came back, and ...

Reports on Michigan child welfare called ‘depressing’ by judge

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s new governor has inherited a troubled child-welfare system that has failed to protect foster kids from abuse and operates with a faulty computer network that might need to be scrapped after just five years, experts reported Wednesday. A judge got an update on a ...

Beekeeping workshop set

EWEN — Michigan State University Extension once again is teaming up with Les McBean of White Birch Apiary of Bruce Crossing LLC to offer a Backyard Beekeeping Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 30, at the Ewen-Trout Creek High School in Ewen. For more ...

Meltdown begins

Stockbridge Avenue near West F Street in Iron Mountain had puddles approximately 2 feet deep Wednesday as temperatures reached 41, with about a quarter-inch of rain. The meltdown led the National Weather Service office in Marquette to issue a flood watch through Friday morning for parts of the ...

US moves to lift gray wolf protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

Boy safe after Amber Alert in Chippewa County

MARQUETTE — Authorities say a 5-year-old boy who prompted an Amber Alert after reportedly being abducted from a Chippewa County home Wednesday night has been found safe, with the two men accused of kidnapping him in custody. Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the North ...

IR hospital restricting visitors due to flu

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics is restricting visitors at the hospital in response to an increase in flu illness in the area. The restriction are: — No more than two visitors for any patient; — No visitors younger than age 12; — No visitors who have any ...

Three-vehicle accident in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — At least one person was taken for medical treatment after a three-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 2 near the Home Depot store. Iron Mountain Police had few details on the accident that was reported about 3:28 p.m., but one person was believed transported to ...