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Kingsford sets contract for electric system

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council on Monday selected GEI Consultants of Iron Mountain to design a standby electric system at the Public Safety building. GEI Consultants had the lowest of two bids on the project at $8,244, compared with $10,450 from U.P. Engineers & Architects Inc. ...

Man killed in Escanaba house fire Tuesday

ESCANABA — A man died in a house fire Tuesday night after he became trapped in the upstairs of the burning structure, according to Escanaba Public Safety officers. Officers were called to a two-story house at 301 N. 12th St. at 10:21 p.m., and were told a man was trapped upstairs in the ...

Federal government says Michigan in need of special education intervention

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year, according to federal education officials. The U.S. Department of Education determined the need for intervention after evaluating Michigan’s ...

Burning car victim ID’d

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Investigators using dental records have identified the remains of a man found in a burning vehicle in the middle of an Upper Peninsula road. State police say the man was 57-year-old Doug Kievit of Hessel. His remains were found in a burning car on July 10 ...

New trooper at Iron Mountain State Police Post

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain’s Michigan State Police Post gained a new trooper — Cole Tardiff of Gladstone — after the recent graduation of the 134th Trooper Recruit School. Tardiff will begin his 17-week field training officer program July 23. “We are happy to have him join the ...

YMCA campaign

Larry Lambert, left, of Danielson Insurance of Kingsford, presents a check for $5,000 to Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center Director Jonathan Ringel as a gift toward the Capital Campaign. The YMCA recently surpassed its fundraising goal of $2.4 million to rebuild the pool and renovate the ...

IM to consider reducing to three lanes on Carpenter Avenue

IRON MOUNTAIN — Public comment will be invited next month on whether Carpenter Avenue should be reduced from four lanes to three, with wide shoulders for bicycles, from H Street north to Ludington Street. The concept, which includes a center two-way left-turn lane, has been discussed by the ...

Dog park set to open Friday in City Park

IRON MOUNTAIN — Rules are in place for a new dog park scheduled to open later this week at City Park. An ordinance adopted by the Iron Mountain City Council on Monday sets a schedule of fines ranging from $50 for a first violation to as much as $250 for repeated violations and loss of ...

Norway shifts order of repairs on hydroelectric turbines

NORWAY — A $3 million turbine runner replacement project at Norway’s Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility will proceed as scheduled, but “severe” cracking damage found in unit 2 has prompted the Norway City Council to switch the order of work so that gets fixed first. The initial ...

Fire briefly knocks out cable TV in Quinnesec

QUINNESEC — A brush fire Monday afternoon in Quinnesec knocked out cable television service to the area for a brief time, Breitung Township Fire Chief Jeff Iverson said. Iverson said he’s not sure how the fire started about 5 p.m. in a fenced-in back yard on River Street. The fire got ...

Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — Seventy-six years after his death in the attack at Pearl Harbor, Navy Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley returned home Saturday to his final resting place. Valley was buried with full military honors at the Holy Family Catholic cemetery to an outpouring of military and ...

Pine Gardens was Roaring Twenties attraction

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 34th 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 “The Roaring Twenties — The Pine Gardens, ...

Parade band

Representatives of the Kingsford band accept first place in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Independence Day parade for the combined bands of Iron Mountain, under the direction of Craig Recla, and Kingsford, under the direction of Ben Sherk. From left are Ann Grider, Liz Ryan, Kate Cook, Kally ...

A neighborhood grocery store

KINGSFORD — Nicole Monette grew up at the grocery store her grandfather had started in 1957. She remembers “my brother and I running up and down the aisles” as her dad, Alan, and grandfather, Francis, worked in Monette’s in Kingsford, the third grocery store her grandfather had ...

Barn destroyed by fire Sunday

NORWAY — A pole barn at 1991 Longview Road in Norway Township is a total loss after a fire Sunday evening, Norway Fire Chief Dave Bal said. Firefighters believe an overheated lawn mower sparked the blaze about 6:30 p.m. in the 50-by-30-foot storage building. The structure and its contents ...

Van Riper State Park deals with arsenic report

MARQUETTE —In preparation for a water system improvement project, drinking water at Van Riper State Park in Marquette County was tested and found to contain arsenic in levels slightly above government health standards. Park staff was notified Wednesday by the Marquette County Health ...

Democrats seek to flip Michigan US House districts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — For Democrats hoping to seize back the U.S. House amid a purported “blue wave” of liberal enthusiasm against President Donald Trump, Michigan could deliver a key victory or two — but it won’t come easily. Two years ago, the battleground state went for Trump, ...

City council meetings tonight

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain. Items on the agenda include a dog park ordinance and a discussion on the possibility of reducing a portion of Carpenter Avenue to three lanes of traffic. Kingsford City Council will ...

DNR advisory panel to meet

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Tuesday in Houghton, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating ...

Summer slide

Playing on newly installed equipment at Lake Antoine Park are, from left, Blake Grenier, Jaiden Bouche and Owen Grenier, all of Vulcan. The Dickinson County park project was aided by a grant from the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission. More “lake weather” ...