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Pictured from left, front row: Tom’s Pantry representatives Mary Dixon, president and William Dixon; back row: Trident Maritime Systems employees: Dan Formolo, Lisa Wender, Melanie Roath, Jane Qualley, Michelle Hanson, Mary Pat Madigan, Chris Beauchamp and Chuck Dittbenner.

Tom’s Pantry receives donation

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trident Maritime Systems Iron Mountain office employees recently hosted a “Harvest Hunt” to collect non-perishable food items, cleaning products and paper products to donate to a local food pantry this holiday season. Some of the employees that donated items were ...

Family tries to stop killer’s release

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The family of a young girl killed on Halloween night in Fond du Lac more than four decades ago is trying to block the release of her killer. Lisa Ann French was just 9 years old when she kissed her parents goodbye and ran out of the house to trick-or-treat in the ...

County, school meetings scheduled for tonight

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. today in the circuit courtroom of the courthouse. The agenda includes appointments to the library board, planning commission, and veterans affairs board. The Iron Mountain Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today in the ...

Walker to sign bill lifting Wisconsin’s mining moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill lifting Wisconsin's moratorium on gold and silver mining. The Republican governor is scheduled to sign the "Mining for America" bill Monday in Rhinelander. Walker voted to impose the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly ...

Jesse Shuping

Man shot by officers was from Virginia

MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities say the man fatally shot by officers early Thursday near Peshtigo was a convicted felon from Virginia wanted for grand larceny in that state. Jesse Cole Shuping, 35, of Portsmouth, Virginia, was killed after he got out of his vehicle on a road in the town of ...

Heidi Van Slooten, left, and Jodie Barrette are pictured at the Friend of the Court office in Iron County. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photo)

Friend of the Court amnesty event next week

IRON MOUNTAIN — Friend of the Court offices in Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee counties will hold their second amnesty event in which individuals can come in to discuss their child support cases without fear of being arrested.  The event will run from Monday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. ...

Lake Antoine playground recommended for state grant

IRON MOUNTAIN — A $30,000 state grant for new playground equipment at Lake Antoine Park has been recommended by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund board. The board this week recommended $40.3 million in grants for outdoor recreation development and land acquisition ...

Back Forty mine permit goes forward

STEPHENSON — Aquila Resources announced Friday that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has deemed Aquila’s wetland/steam/floodplain permit application for the Back Forty Mine administratively complete. This is the fourth and final permit required to build and operate the ...

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Maupin

Preliminary hearing held in drowning death of 15-month-old Gladstone girl

ESCANABA — A Gladstone mother charged with murder in the drowning death of her 15-month-old daughter cried silently and held her head in her hands during much of her preliminary hearing Thursday in Delta County District Court. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, a single mother of three ...

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16 days until Christmas

Santa has his team ready at the home of Jack and Kathy Kallenbach, N22780 Timothy Road, Niagara, Wis. There are 16 days until Christmas.

Restrictions at UP hospitals

MARQUETTE — Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza, UP Health System — Marquette and Bell have implemented visitor restrictions. Visitors who are ill with cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and or diarrhea are not permitted until further notice, ...

Dickinson, Iron named Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 counties in Michigan, including Dickinson and Iron, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred April 1 and in later months. Delta and Menominee were also ...

Conservation District annual meeting, fair on Jan. 20 in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District will have its 68th annual meeting and Conservation Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20, in Fornetti Hall at Bay West College. The meeting will include an election for two conservation board seats, with candidates Pat Peterson of ...

Escanaba man sentenced to prison for sexual assault involving teens

ESCANABA — A 22-year-old Escanaba man who admitted to sexually assaulting two girls was sentenced to a minimum of five years and seven months in prison at the Delta County Courthouse this week. Matthew Rian Mattson was charged earlier this year with two counts of third-degree criminal ...

Dassey’s confession stands

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case "a profound miscarriage of justice." The full 7th U.S. Circuit ...

A ruffed grouse forages in northern Dickinson County. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

West Nile virus found in ruffed grouse for first time in Michigan

LANSING — West Nile virus has been confirmed for the first time in the state’s ruffed grouse population, including two birds from Iron County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported. Five birds collected from August through October — two found dead and three that were ...

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More charges filed against Loretto man in stabbing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Prosecutors have filed additional charges against a Loretto man who reportedly cut another man with a knife during a Nov. 18 disturbance. Timothy John LaPine, 45, now faces unlawful driving away of an automobile, a five-year felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a ...

LAVON CHRISTIAN

Man who hid in drug store sent to circuit court

IRON MOUNTAIN — The case against a Columbus, Ohio man accused of hiding in an Iron Mountain drug store in an attempt to steal medications will move on to the circuit court level. Lavon Dela Jehyms Christian, 30, waived his preliminary examination in Dickinson County District Court this week ...

ZIAK VANG

Concurrent prison term for Vang in chase

IRON MOUNTAIN — A man serving a three-year prison sentence in Wisconsin for leading police on a high-speed chase across state lines and tossing drugs from the moving vehicle has received a concurrent one-year sentence on his Dickinson County charges. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge ...