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DAMION SINCLAIR GIVES his opening statement to the jury. In the background is Dickinson County Deputy Clerk Brenda Buchner, and in the foreground is Iron Mountain Police Sgt. Joseph Dumais. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

IM man chooses to represent himself in felony assault trial

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 41-year-old Iron Mountain man accused of choking and beating a woman last year has decided to represent himself at his jury trial this week in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Damion Antonique-Don-Tay Sinclair at a motion hearing Friday said he disagreed with his ...

Sniffling? Coughing? DCHS says don’t visit hospital

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System on Monday called on potential visitors to stay away from the Iron Mountain hospital if they show any signs of illness. In its announcement, officials said although DCHS has not put a visitor restriction policy in place at this point for ...

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Trial set for CF woman accused of embezzlement

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls woman will go to trial in April on a charge of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Lakeshore/Oldenburg Group in Iron River. Laura Lee Sartori, 53, has a supplemental pre-trial conference on March 19 and a two-day jury trial beginning April 24 in Iron ...

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KHS students saluted

Pictured are Kingsford High School Advanced Placement students of the month for December. From left, front, are Madeline Ryan, literature and composition; Kate St. Aubin, U.S. history; and Valerie Caylor, chemistry; back, Dominic Occhietti, calculus; Ben Olson, computer science; Anthony Palmer, ...

Veterans town hall planned

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will host a veterans town hall at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at American Legion Post 50, 916 River Ave. in Iron Mountain. The event is free and open to all veterans, their families and friends. “We encourage anyone who is a veteran ...

Florence High School students who earned credits in Microsoft Word include, from left, in front: Natalie Swanson, Danessa Wegand and Faith Neuens; in back: Kendralee Milan, Shayla McLain, Lexi LaChapelle, Jenna Springer and instructor Kay McLain.

Florence High School students earn college computer credits, certificates

FLORENCE, Wis. —Several Florence High School students have earned Northeast Wisconsin Technical College credit in Microsoft Word-Intro. Students met college requirements and earned college credit while in high school, saving them time and money. The majority of these students also earned ...

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Students compete at BPA

The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District Tech Center A+/Network+ and Coding for Gaming students earlier this month attended the Business Professionals of America regional competition in Escanaba. Instructor Jonathan Gregg was impressed with the students’ performance, reporting that 11 ...

Community leaders briefed on Iron Ore Heritage Trail

ESCANABA — Information on a 47-mile recreational trail in Marquette County that was created through voter-supported millages, grants and volunteer efforts was presented Monday during a round table meeting of Delta County leaders at Escanaba City Hall. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail extends ...

AMANDA GRIGGS, RIGHT, an Iron Mountain librarian, poses alongside longtime “Jeopardy!” game show host Alex Trebek during a taping of the show Oct. 31 in the Los Angeles area. The show in which Griggs, 30, competed will be broadcast locally Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

IM librarian lives ‘Jeopardy!’ dream

IRON MOUNTAIN — The third time did prove to be the charm for Amanda Griggs’ dream of being on “Jeopardy!” The 30-year-old Dickinson County librarian competed on the popular game show Oct. 31, with the episode set to air in the Iron Mountain area at 6 p.m. Central time Wednesday on FOX ...

Michigan lawmakers back to work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At the onset of 2018, Michigan lawmakers have a growing to-do list — led by talk of cutting taxes, wiping clean driver fee debt and improving mental health services. Also top of mind, at least for Republicans, is repealing a law that mandates higher “prevailing” ...

THE 2017 WINNER of the Daily News’ Pet Idol contest, Stella Bella, and her proud owners, Debra Constantini and Alan Steinberg. She was the first cat to take the title. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Daily News sixth annual Pet Idol competition kicks off today

IRON MOUNTAIN — Time again to let everyone know you have one special pet. This is the sixth year of the popular competition that invites residents in the region to share that prized animal companion they have at home, be it cat or dog, parrot or pony, guinea pig or goat, cow or lizard. ...

Engineer at MTU to lead Mackinac oil pipeline study

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — State officials have hired a Michigan Technological University professor to lead a risk analysis of twin pipelines carrying crude oil beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Guy Meadows and a team of researchers will focus on the underwater segment of Enbridge Inc.’s ...

Soo Locks to close for winter maintenance work today

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie will close for the winter season today, enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to handle a variety of maintenance projects. The Soo Locks are located on the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Huron and ...

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Honors band event to feature highly regarded composer

NIAGARA, Wis. — When the 14th annual Menominee River Conference Honors Band weekend kicks off on Friday, a major composer of wind band music will be welcomed to the area. The local branch of the Wisconsin School Music Association, the Menominee River Conference, is an association of 13 ...

Niagara High School seniors display some of the 2018 NASF Alumni Scholarship Fund Drive letters which are being mailed to NHS alumni across the nation this week. Pictured left to right are Abby Provencher, Jared Linsmeyer, Ruby Aranda, Sydney Hedmark, Maddie West, Alex Hagerty, and Ki’Eircidy Hannah.

Niagara Scholarship Fund Drive gets underway

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Scholarship Foundation has announced that its 23rd annual Alumni Fund Scholarship Drive has gotten underway. According to NASF president Jim Dunnick, special solicitation letters were mailed out Jan. 10 by school staff members including high school secretary ...

IMFD responds to two weeke­nd calls

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 6:10 p.m. Saturday to Pizza Hut for an odor of gas in the building. Firefighters monitored the air and determined a water heater was defective. They turned off gas to the heater, advised the owner to have it repaired and ventilated ...

Rising Great Lakes water levels keep companies busy

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Rising water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are keeping shoreline stabilization, dock and hoist companies in Michigan busy. The Army Corps of Engineers says water levels for the two lakes averaged 580 feet in December, which is nearly 2 feet higher than ...

Councils to meet today, Tuesday

By Daily News staff Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the council room at City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave. The agenda includes the manager’s report and the purchase of portable radios for the fire department. The North Dickinson School Board will meet at 6 p.m. ...

McBroom to speak at ACE

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ed McBroom of Vulcan, the former 108th District state House representative now seeking the 38th District state Senate seat, will speak at the Americans for Constitutional Enforcement meeting set for Tuesday evening at Recreation Lanes, 1555 N. Stephenson Ave. in Iron ...

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Family of fans

Griffin Lancour, 2 months old, is held by grandmother Tami Gingras, left, as grandfather Rick Gingras looks on during a high school boys basketball game between Iron Mountain and Gwinn on Friday in Iron Mountain. Lancour’s sister, 4-year-old Maddy, is at right with their mother, LeAnn.