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Minimum wage ballot proposal challenged

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Proposals to raise the Michigan minimum wage and require paid sick time came under fire from pro-business lobbying groups Friday, the deadline to challenge the two ballot initiatives. The first, a movement by the union-endorsed Michigan One Fair Wage committee to pay ...

Mueller accuses Russian officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an ...

Crews work on trails amid new flooding in Houghton County

HOUGHTON — Heavy rain showers fell over parts of Houghton County this week, prompting new flooding concerns and re-assessment of the local state-managed trail system. The latest rains came nearly a month after a Father’s Day storm dumped 7 inches of rain on some parts of Houghton County ...

Three cross Lake Superior by paddleboard

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan men braved cold waters and unpredictable weather along a daunting paddleboard journey across Lake Superior. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy set off Tuesday from Sinclair Cove in Canada and arrived at Whitefish Point in Michigan’s Upper ...

Snyder wants to sue 3M over contamination

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that the state of Michigan intends to sue the Minnesota-based manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water near military bases and industrial sites, citing "significant costs" that will only rise in the future. Snyder, whose ...

Rep. Beau LaFave speaking at ACE meeting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Beau LaFave will be speaking at the ACE meeting Tuesday, July 17, at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. Dinner is at 6 p.m., cost is $7. For reservations call 906-282-9200. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. LaFave will be listening to ...

Senators oppose court nominee

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Friday their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, saying Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record clearly shows that he would limit access to health care and curtail ...

Health department offers free screenings for hearing, vision

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will conduct free hearing and vision screenings for pre-school as well as school age children at upcoming clinics. Those who may have missed previous screenings and home-schooled students are welcome at this free ...

District court activities listed

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County District Court Judge Julie A. LaCost has issued her activity report for the month of June. New criminal cases filed included 16 felonies, two drunk driving felonies, 20 misdemeanors, and 13 operating while intoxicated misdemeanors. New civil cases filed ...

Sheriff issues June report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Rutter has issued his monthly report for June. The road patrol served 56 civil process papers, investigated 149 complaints, handled 29 accidents, issued 61 citations and 130 verbal warnings, made 22 arrests — seven of which were for ...

Goodman safety grant

The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District received a $40,073 school safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The funds will be used to update camera systems, train staff in trauma informed care, install safety screening on all entrance glass and classroom door glass and provide ...

In a pickle(ball tournament)

Aileen Schinderle of Norway returns a shot while her husband, Mark, looks on during Thursday’s Yoopers Pickling Alzheimers at Marion Park in Norway. The fundraiser for the Alzheimers Association drew a full field of 16 teams for the mixed doubles pickleball tournament. Pickleball, the ...

DCHS sees slight turnaround in finances

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System reported a profit in May, an encouraging sign as it seeks to regroup from steep losses over the past two years. DCHS had $9.18 million in total operating revenue in May. With expenses totaling $9.09 million, there was a gain in operating ...

Heavy rains cause more flooding in Keweenaw

HUBBELL, Mich. (AP) — Heavy rains have produced more flooding in parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that were still working to recover from last month’s severe flooding. At least 3 inches of rain fell Thursday in the Keweenaw Peninsula, closing roads in Hubbell and elsewhere, WLUC-TV ...

Delta man drowns at UP Bible Camp

GWINN — A 20-year-old Delta County man has died after being pulled from Little Lake at the Upper Peninsula Bible Camp on Tuesday evening. The man, who was not identified in a Forsyth Township Police Department press release on Wednesday, was located in the water by camp staff at about 7:45 ...

Trial set for Channing man

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Channing man accused of having sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl is headed to trial in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Kenneth Lorne Buck, 33, has a Sept. 21 supplemental pre-trial conference and a jury trial set for Nov. 26 through 30 on two counts of criminal sexual ...

Democratic candidates for governor debate, attack Walker

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The eight Democratic candidates for governor were united Thursday during their first broadcast debate against a pair of common enemies — the Foxconn Technology Group project in southeast Wisconsin and Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The debate, less than five weeks before ...

Northern Michigan OKs 5-year contract for school’s president

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan University has approved a new contract for the school’s president. WLUC-TV reports the Marquette school’s Board of Trustees on Friday granted Fritz Erickson the 5-year contract that places his salary at $385,000. It also includes a ...

Fatal two-vehicle crash in Bessemer

BESSEMER — A Wakefield man has been killed in a traffic accident in Bessemer. The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday afternoon on US-2 near Fairview Drive. Deputies say Rex Smith, 41, of Wakefield was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the ...

Boy shot to death by gun hidden beneath mattress

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old suburban Detroit man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say his 14-year-old cousin was shot in the chest by a handgun that the suspect had stashed under a mattress. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says Damari E. Mahone ...