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Reports on Michigan child welfare called ‘depressing’ by judge

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s new governor has inherited a troubled child-welfare system that has failed to protect foster kids from abuse and operates with a faulty computer network that might need to be scrapped after just five years, experts reported Wednesday. A judge got an update on a ...

Beekeeping workshop set

EWEN — Michigan State University Extension once again is teaming up with Les McBean of White Birch Apiary of Bruce Crossing LLC to offer a Backyard Beekeeping Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 30, at the Ewen-Trout Creek High School in Ewen. For more ...

Meltdown begins

Stockbridge Avenue near West F Street in Iron Mountain had puddles approximately 2 feet deep Wednesday as temperatures reached 41, with about a quarter-inch of rain. The meltdown led the National Weather Service office in Marquette to issue a flood watch through Friday morning for parts of the ...

US moves to lift gray wolf protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

Boy safe after Amber Alert in Chippewa County

MARQUETTE — Authorities say a 5-year-old boy who prompted an Amber Alert after reportedly being abducted from a Chippewa County home Wednesday night has been found safe, with the two men accused of kidnapping him in custody. Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the North ...

IR hospital restricting visitors due to flu

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics is restricting visitors at the hospital in response to an increase in flu illness in the area. The restriction are: — No more than two visitors for any patient; — No visitors younger than age 12; — No visitors who have any ...

Three-vehicle accident in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — At least one person was taken for medical treatment after a three-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 2 near the Home Depot store. Iron Mountain Police had few details on the accident that was reported about 3:28 p.m., but one person was believed transported to ...

Wisconsin rule on deer farm fencing to contain CWD allowed to expire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin rule aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease between captive and wild deer has expired before it even took effect. The Department of Natural Resources had written an emergency deer farm fencing rule. But Wisconsin Public Radio reports the ...

Woodland achievers

Woodland Elementary Schools Academic Achievers for the month of January. From left, in the front row are Kameron Broecker, Chrarlotte Zeuske, Taytum Pultz and in the back row are Tylar Mierzejewski, Myla Linsmeyer, Brooklyn Mann and Allison Deuter. These students were honored this month for ...

GARS seeks volunteers

Goodman-Armstrong Rescue Squad is under new leadership as of Feb 25. From left are Secretary Becky Oleson, Vice President Dawn Stec, President Tom Kessel and Treasurer Diane Smith. The squad is currently looking for new members to join the team and is in need of first responders, EMTs, EMRs, ...

M & M foundation awards grants

MENOMINEE — The M&M Area Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 13 organizations across Marinette and Menominee Counties. The grant funds were made available through contributions from community members to the Philanthropy Fund. In addition, the MMACF formed a partnership with ...

Prosecutor releases February activity report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa M. Richards has released her department’s activity report for February. The office received 51 police reports from the five area law enforcement agencies and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. From those reports, the office ...

UW-Green Bay programs allow high school students to earn transferable credits

Green Bay, Wis. —  The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has launched the Global Learning Program and Summer Scholars Program, which will help Northeast Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors prepare for college. These programs will give high school students the opportunity to take ...

Mountaineers headed to Lansing

The Iron Mountain High School boys basketball team celebrates after defeating Sanford Meridian Early College 61-56 in a Division 3 state quarterfinal Tuesday in Petoskey, Mich. The win earned the Mountaineers a trip to the Breslin Center at Michigan State University in Lansing for the state ...

Kingsford set to host robotics competition

KINGSFORD — In only its second year of robotics, Kingsford this weekend will host a district competition with more than 1,200 people. “Escanaba hosted the event for several years in a row. This year, for whatever reason, they decided not to host, and that is when we made an offer to ...

DCHS to restrict visitors due to illness in area

IRON MOUNTAIN — Due to high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza, Dickinson County Healthcare System has announced visitor restrictions at the hospital until further notice. Visitors must be feeling well and in good health to visit patients, officials said. Anyone with a fever, ...

Trump proposes cuts for Great Lakes cleanup

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, according to budget documents released ...

Budget calls for $75.3M for Soo Locks

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s newly released budget calls for spending $75.3 million toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Soo Locks on the St. Marys River raise and lower vessels between Lakes Superior and ...

School closings and delays for Wednesday

The following schools are operating under a two-hour delay Wednesday, March 13: — Bishop Baraga — Breitung Township — Dickinson Iron-Tech — Dickinson County early childhood and special education programs — Iron Mountain — Niagara — Woodland CI — Willis Center CI The ...

Three to retire from Iron Mountain Schools

IRON MOUNTAIN — Three longtime Iron Mountain School District staff members will step away from teaching at the end of the school year. The Iron Mountain School Board on Monday accepted retirements by Donna Ward, an elementary school teacher for 30 years; plus middle school English teacher ...