Local News

Schools of Choice clarified for IM

KINGSFORD — A recent story submitted by the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District for the Schools of Choice program should have included Iron Mountain Elementary and Middle School as offering a Schools of Choice program for the second semester of this school year. Iron Mountain ...

Ice is nice

From left, cousins Justin Larson and Mariah Hull, both of Kingsford, skate Monday at the ice rink on Breen Avenue in Kingsford. Conditions have been mixed recently for making ice, but a cold snap is forecast for the weekend, with highs only in the teens and lows potentially below zero.

County backs LaFave’s ‘dark store’ bill

IRON MOUNTAIN — Legislation to close the “dark store” tax loophole in Michigan is supported by the Dickinson County Board, with Commissioner Joe Stevens calling it a “number one priority.” House Bill 4025 was introduced last week by state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, who says ...

Breitung Township bans retail marijuana

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board passed an ordinance Monday blocking retail sale and production of recreational marijuana within its borders. The vote came after a public hearing in which a few citizens voiced support for allowing commercial marijuana operations in the ...

Lake Antoine camping fees set

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County is revising its camping fees at Lake Antoine to introduce weekly rates, but there will be no increases. Daily fees remain $20 for county residents and $24 for non-residents. Weekly rates are $126 for residents and $154 for non-residents, which is a $2 daily ...

Fire causes extensive damage to Norway home

NORWAY — A Norway home is considered a total loss after an electrical fire Saturday, authorities said. Flames were erupting from both the first and second stories of the home at 313 Iron St. when the Norway Volunteer Fire Department arrived about 4:30 a.m., Fire Chief Dave Bal said. About ...

Man arrested after wife fatally shot in Pembine

MARINETTE, Wis. — A 55-year-old Pembine area man is in jail after calling the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department to report he’d fatally shot his wife Sunday evening. Officers reached the home on Petite Lane in the town of Pembine about 11 p.m. Sunday to find a 63-year-old woman dead ...

Lawsuit seeks to protect Wisconsin wedding barns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin wedding barns owners planned to file a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, seeking to ensure that private parties held at such venues don’t need to obtain liquor licenses. The lawsuit being filed Tuesday in Dunn County Circuit ...

Frosty 5k and Merry Mile

From left, Kathy Arnold, Dana Waara, Melissa Stabbe and Frosty of the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency, or DICSA, are getting ready for the 2019 Frosty 5k and Merry Mile set for Saturday, Feb. 2, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. The Frosty 5k and Merry Mile is a ...

Point-in-Time count planned Jan. 22 in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Salvation Army Bread of Life Assistance Center will conduct the annual Point-in-Time count for Dickinson and Iron counties on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The local count, which is part of a federally mandated national count, provides the homeless assistance community with data ...

Honors band weekend planned in Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — When the 15th annual Menominee River Conference Honors Band weekend kicks off Friday, a major composer of wind band music will be welcomed to the area to guide local student musicians through a world premier performance. An all-conference-caliber band of about 90 musicians ...

Chain replaces name of its ‘Crack Fries’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain says it’s changing the name of its “Crack Fries” to “Cosmik Fries” to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. HopCat’s founder Mark Sellers said the new name is a nod to the song ...

Food drive at Florence

The Florence Elementary Parent Teacher Organization held a Kids for a Cause Food Drive recently. Students brought in a total of 366 items that were donated to the local St. Vincent De Paul food pantry. The first grade students brought the most items brought in, a total of 2.48 items per ...

7 horses dead following fire

PUTNAM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say seven horses died in a weekend barn fire at a farm in southeastern Michigan. The fire Sunday in Livingston County’s Putnam Township also destroyed a truck and equipment for horses. No people were injured. The cause of the fire about 45 miles ...

Retirement sweet — and savory

NIAGARA, Wis. — Debbie Kallenbach of Niagara has always had a passion for baking. “I did baking all my adult life,” she said, “but I did it mostly for family and friends.” Kallenbach, who previously worked at Bellin Health in Iron Mountain, was looking to switch things up last ...

Snowmobile crash injures Ohio man in Chippewa County

SAULT STE. MARIE — An Ohio man suffered life-threatening injuries in a snowmobile accident in Chippewa County, authorities said. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received a report about 3:30 p.m. Friday that a man had lost control of his snowmobile and gone off Trail No. 8, just east ...

Wisconsin struggles to get tough on first DUIs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, but it’s ...

Snowmobiler dies in crash with trees in northern Wisconsin

TOWN OF SCHOEPKE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a snowmobiler was killed in a weekend crash. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about the crash in the Town of Schoepke just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say the snowmobile left a trail and struck trees ...

Township, county, school meetings to be held today

Norway Township will hold a special meeting for a public hearing on the township’s proposed recreation plan at 4:45 p.m. today followed by the regular board meeting at the Norway Township Hall in Vulcan. Items on the regular agenda include adoption of the proposed recreation plan, ...

Michigan seeks public input on transportation plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state. The “Michigan Mobility 2045 “ plan aims to establish priorities for transportation. The development phase of the plan runs through April. As part of ...