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Michigan seen as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond. Michigan is the first Midwestern ...

Women help Democrats take back key offices in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women voters. Gretchen Whitmer's comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette ...

ISD finds new hiring service

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District has approved a partnership with EduStaff.org to provide a hiring service for substitute staff. This new partnership will replace the previous one with Professional Educational Services Group, who terminated its contracts without ...

Norway Elementary grant

From left, Tamara Juul, executive director of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, presents a check for $250 to Norway Vulcan School staff members Jeannette Sword, Cindy Miller and Katie Dahlman to start a sensory path for elementary students at Norway Elementary School. The path will be ...

UW-Green Bay Marinette celebrates Armistice Day

MARINETTE, Wis. - To celebrate the centennial of the Armistice that ended “The War to End All Wars,” UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus presents “World War I: Wisconsin, Michigan and the 32nd Red Arrow Division” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Room M-117, Main Building. The presentation will be ...

Niagara Public Library taking part in Give A Kid A Book

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Public Library will again participate in the Give A Kid A Book Campaign. People are encouraged to buy and drop off new books which are geared anywhere from infant to young adult. This year there is a great need for board books, books for teens, especially in the ...

Republicans discuss curbing Evers’ power

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate were meeting privately Thursday to discuss ways to scale back the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as he worked on assembling his transition team. Republican legislative leaders have not said exactly what they ...

Hospital foundation to host Love Lights ceremony Dec. 10

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Hospital Foundation invites the community to participate in the 32nd annual Love Lights tradition. The event, which celebrates the beginning of the holiday season, includes a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm to showcase the Love Lights that ...

Winter market Saturday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain Farmer’s & Artisan’s Winter Market will be held Saturday and Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Iron Mountain School’s Izzo-Mariucci Center on the corner of Carpenter and West A Street. In 2019 there will be indoor markets from March ...

Breitung Fire open house

Breitung Township Fire Department Station 1 in Quinnesec hosted a Halloween-themed open house, complete with treats, games, prizes and safety demonstrations. “Public relations and fire safety are a big part of being a firefighter,” said Ryan Sanders, Quinnesec training officer. “Education ...

Sister city mayors

Sister city mayors Dale Alessandrini, left, of Iron Mountain, and Ugo Pesciarelli, of Sassoferrato, Italy, stand outside the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy. The mayors met during Alessandrini’s recent family trip to Rome. Alessandrini and his family were on a cruise that stopped in Rome for ...

Post offices closed, no mail delivery Monday

KINGSFORD— Retail services at post offices will be closed on Monday in recognition of Veterans Day. Additionally, there will be no mail delivery. All services will resume on Tuesday. Post offices will be open regularly scheduled hours on Saturday. Commercial customers are asked to ...

Democrat Whitmer wins Michigan governor race

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was elected Michigan’s next governor on Tuesday, retaking the office for her party after eight years of Republican control of a state that Donald Trump won by the slimmest of margins. Whitmer, a former legislative leader who led a ...

Wender, Stevens, Kramer returned to Dickinson board

IRON MOUNTAIN — The longtime Dickinson County Board chairman and two other Republican incumbents retained their seats Tuesday, but one 14-year veteran was ousted. In District 2, Iron Mountain Republican Ann Martin fell to Democratic challenger Kevin Pirlot, 944 to 1,006. In District 1, ...

McBroom tops Dianda for state Senate

Ed McBroom of Vulcan is going back to Lansing, this time as a state senator. The Republican and former three-term state House representative for District 108 bested Democrat Scott Dianda of Calumet, like McBroom a six-year House veteran, to win the District 38 state Senate seat Tuesday. With ...

Trump forces out Jeff Sessions in midterm election fallout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions told the president ...

Michigan voters legalize recreational marijuana

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters on Tuesday made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug and putting conservative neighboring states on notice. Three other states had ...

LaCost retains seat as 95-B District judge

Julie LaCost appears to have secured three more years as 95-B District Court judge for Dickinson and Iron counties. LaCost drew a total of 8,244 votes between the two counties to top challenger Grant Carlson of Norway, who garnered 7,568 votes. Voters in Dickinson County gave the edge to ...

LaFave wins second state House term

Iron Mountain’s Beau LaFave secured a second two-year term Tuesday in the state House as District 108 representative. The Republican easily bested his Democratic rival, Bob Romps of Escanaba, by a vote of 21,914 to 13,691 with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. The district represents ...