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UP lawmakers react to State of the State address

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, weighed in on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address by reiterating the need for crafting a solution to Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance premiums. LaFave was recently appointed to the bipartisan House Select ...

Secretary of State upgrade to take place this weekend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State offices and online services will go dark during a major weekend computer upgrade. All branches and online sites will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday. A new computer system is replacing decades-old technology. Secretary of ...

Quiet period ahead after rounds of snow, ice

IRON MOUNTAIN — A small amount of snow could fall Thursday and temperatures may climb into the 30s as cleanup continues from a storm that delivered more than 10 inches of snow Tuesday and early today in the Dickinson County area. Most schools were under a two-hour delay this morning as ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition-free plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school ...

Dickinson County sees higher interest revenues

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County earned $82,124 in interest on investments in 2018, an increase of $29,761 from 2017. This is due both to a better economy and the investment of library, road and some county general funds with Michigan CLASS, a local government pool that pays a higher rate, ...

Forest County ranch deer tests positive for CWD

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about a Forest County deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the only registered deer farm in Marinette County, where the animal was born, is Koz Deer Farm. Marinette County actually has nine ...

Evers says gas tax increase likely to be recommended

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said a task force he created to come up with funding solutions to pay for Wisconsin roads likely will propose a gas tax increase. Evers wouldn’t tell reporters Tuesday how much he expected the group to recommend increasing the tax. It is currently 32.9 ...

Small fire doused in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain Fire Department was called Tuesday morning to a small fire at 1414 W. A St., where an electric heater caused minor damage. Firefighters left the station about 11 a.m. on a report of smoke coming from a garage. They quickly hosed down the fire, which began ...

Delta’s Micheau named to statewide fair board

ESCANABA — Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and management agent for the Upper Peninsula State Fair, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions during the organization’s 134th annual ...

Sewage problem remains at senior center

IRON MOUNTAIN — Talks will continue as officials try to resolve sewage problems that surfaced in early November at the Iron Mountain Senior Center and are linked to a line shared with the neighboring Northern Lights YMCA. Damaged pipes and other problems have been addressed at a cost of ...

DCHS may not need layoffs, board chair says

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s possible that needed staff reductions at Dickinson County Healthcare System may come through attrition and not require layoffs, the hospital board chairman said Monday. Cautioning that “everything is fluid,” Margaret Minerick told the Dickinson County Board ...

School closings and delays for Wednesday, Feb. 13

The following schools are operating under a two-hour delay Wednesday: — Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine — Dickinson County ISD CI programs — Dickinson Iron-Tech — Florence — Goodman-Armstrong Creek Schools — Holy Spirit — North Dickinson — Norway — Norway Head Start The ...

Latest storm could dump up to a foot of snow in region

IRON MOUNTAIN — Eight to 12 inches of snow was expected today in Dickinson and Iron counties, with a winter storm warning in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snow of more than an inch an hour was possible from late morning into the afternoon before gradually diminishing tonight, ...

Local closings and cancellations for Tuesday, Feb. 12:

Following is a list of local closings and cancellations for Tuesday: — Bingo at American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain has been canceled. — Breen Senior Center is closed. — Dickinson County Community Chorus rehearsal scheduled for 7 p.m. has been canceled. Next week’s rehearsal ...

High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer

DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes. Lake Superior is unusually high and by May ...

Friends of the Library meeting on Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Friends of the Dickinson County Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain.  The agenda will include planning for the upcoming volunteer opportunities including the staff luncheon, the prom dress swap and the April book ...

A full weekend of ski jumping

Some scenes from the 2019 Bellin Health Continental Cup ski jumping tournament Saturday and Sunday on Giant Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain. Klemens Muranka of Poland jumps Saturday above the usual large crowd that attends the annual competition. Fans came to the hill early Saturday to enjoy ...

Environment leads to first GOP clash with Whitmer

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The first tussle between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature isn’t over how to fix roads, overhaul school funding or tackle high car insurance premiums. Instead, they’re clashing over the environment — specifically how Michigan ...

School closings and delays for Tuesday, Feb. 12

The following schools are closed Tuesday: — Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine — Bishop Baraga Catholic School — Breitung Township — Dickinson and Iron County early childhood and special education programs — Dickinson-Iron Tech Center — Florence — Forest Park — Goodman-Armstrong ...