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UP tribe to vote on marijuana business

BARAGA —The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community tribal council is considering the purchase of a $3 million medical marijuana business, Fresh Coast Farms, built at a former U.S. Navy transmitter site in Marquette County, south of Humboldt. The issue is being brought to a referendum vote on ...

UP Whitetails scholarships

U.P. Whitetails of Dickinson County has presented a $2,000 scholarship to each high school in Dickinson County since 1994.

North Central Elementary promotes health and wellness

POWERS — North Central Elementary School has received a $5,000 U.P. Health Project Competitive Grant and $2,500 mini-grant from the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula for health and wellness support for students, staff and community. “Our ‘Fueling Our Jets for the Future’ ...

Experiencing history and military

About 140 11th-grade students from Kingsford High School participated in a history event Monday at the Glider Museum in Iron Mountain. The students broke into groups that rotated to various stations, meeting with VA veterans and representatives of the Marines, Army and National Guard. They ...

IM sets hearing on medical marijuana

IRON MOUNTAIN — Rules to regulate medical marijuana facilities in the city are ready for adoption and will be the subject of a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 3. The hearing comes six months after Iron Mountain City Council signaled it would allow medical marijuana dispensaries, along with ...

IM man gets prison in shotgun incident

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will spend nearly five years in prison for firing a shotgun several times at Park Ridge Mobile Home Park in November. Christopher Scott Anderson, 40, was sentenced Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court and may serve as many as 20 years on the charges ...

Crews spend hours dousing warehouse fire

IRON MOUNTAIN — A warehouse at Champion Inc. had smoke, fire and water damage after a blaze broke out Monday afternoon. The fire was reported about 2:11 p.m. in the attic area of the building at 2809 N. Stephenson Ave. All inside the warehouse were able to get out without injury, according ...

Honor Flight departs Wednesday

ESCANABA — Mission XVI will depart Escanaba Wednesday morning, way beyond what local Honor Flight organizers ever expected to accomplish. “Never in our dreams did we think there would be this many flights,” long-time volunteer Paula Waeghe, of Gladstone, told a group of guardians who ...

Norway council OKs buying excavator

NORWAY — The Norway City Council reversed itself Monday and approved electric foreman Tim Brew’s request for a compact excavator. Council members turned down the purchase May 6 but reconsidered after Brew explained his reasons for needing the nearly $35,000 machine. The excavator, Brew ...

Region under flood warning for Menominee River

IRON MOUNTAIN — A flood warning continues through early afternoon Wednesday for the Menominee River near Florence and Niagara, Wis., affecting Dickinson and Iron counties plus Florence County in Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service office in Green Bay, Wis. The warning also ...

Billionaire starts ballot drive on auto insurance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a "failsafe" in case Michigan's Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact legislation to cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums. The move, confirmed Monday ...

Bank failure was part of early IM history

IRON MOUNTAIN —The 44th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “Downtown Iron Mountain — 221-233 South Stephenson ...

Bay College revises building hours for summer

ESCANABA — Bay College building hours will be modified for the summer. Starting this week, employees will work 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Thursday. The college’s building hours through July 25 will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Thursday at the ...

Johnson’s bill opens federal highways to logging trucks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has introduced the Safe Routes Act of 2019, legislation that would allow logging trucks that meet state requirements to drive up to 150 air miles on federal highways. Logging trucks are currently limited to travelling on state highways and ...

Cambensy mining bill clears Michigan House

LANSING — State Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, introduced House Bill 4227 in February to create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, which would be responsible for making advisory legislative and policy recommendations to strengthen and develop sustainable mining practices in ...

Business is growing: Larson’s Greenhouse opens for season

IRON MOUNTAIN — After a long and harsh winter, Rick Larson is enjoying spring. Rick and his wife, Judy, own and operate Larson’s Pine Creek Greenhouse at W6552 Upper Pine Creek Drive in Iron Mountain, which opened for the season April 27. The bright, flowering botanicals the Larsons ...

Water and sewer rates up slightly in IM budget

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain’s proposed 2019-20 budget would hold the tax levy steady but does include small increases in water and sewer rates. The city council will have a public hearing on the 2019-20 fiscal year budget at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The proposed water consumption ...

Two teens killed in Gogebic County crash

BESSEMER — Two teens have died in Gogebic County after the vehicle they were in crashed into a tree early Saturday. The accident was reported about 2:32 a.m. on Lake Road near Powers Road in Ironwood Township, after the vehicle went off the roadway and struck the tree, according to the ...

Sparks fly downtown

Iron Mountain Fire Department responded to an electrical fire Sunday evening at the Downtown Plaza in Iron Mountain. Firefighters were called around 8:43 p.m. to 427 S Stephenson Ave., outside Spiro’s Downtown Restaurant. The fire was extinguished after We Energies cut the power to the ...

City, school meetings scheduled

The Florence County Board of Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in Room 259 of Florence High School. There will be an election of officers. New business includes substitute teacher wages, meal prices for 2019-20 and teacher resignations. Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. ...