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Felch extends deadline to pay winter taxes

FELCH — Felch Township residents again will have until the end of February to pay their winter property tax bills without penalty. The Felch Township Board on Monday moved the deadline from Feb. 14 to Feb. 28, as it has for several years in the past. Summer taxes also can be paid by that ...

Evers urges compromise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly sworn-in Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for a rejection of “the tired politics of the past” in his inauguration speech Monday, urging lawmakers to find bipartisan solutions to the biggest issues facing the state. Evers, the state superintendent of ...

U of Michigan to pay $300K to settle lawsuit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a former employee’s whistleblower and wrongful termination lawsuit. MLive.com reports Tuesday that the school, through its attorney, signed a settlement agreement on Dec. 3 that was later released ...

Conservation Fair

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation has awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Dickinson Conservation District for its upcoming Conservation Fair and annual meeting. The event is free to the public and will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Bay West. Information will be available regarding current ...

Figi’s laying off 276 employees

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A company with deep roots in central Wisconsin is closing most of its operations. Figi’s was founded in Marshfield in 1944 and markets cheese and meat gifts, candy and other goods directly to consumers. The company says 276 people will lose their jobs by ...

Marijuana support group meets Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.P. Medical Marijuana Support Group will have its first meeting of 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Da Joynt in Iron Mountain, about 1/4 mile east of Walmart on U.S. 2. The meeting will have special guests with information on growing your own and the changing times for ...

McBroom opens Lansing office

LANSING — State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, announced that his Capitol office is now open to serve and assist residents of the 38th Senate District. “I am pleased to announce that my Lansing office is open, fully staffed, and ready to get to work on behalf of the people of the 38th Senate ...

Coast Guard ice-breaking operation starts

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie said Operation Taconite commenced Monday in response to expanded ice growth in commercial ports along ...

Storm dumps half-foot of snow

IRON MOUNTAIN — Isolated snow showers are predicted for Tuesday as temperatures will begin to fall in the wake of a winter storm that delivered a half-foot of snow by this morning and closed area schools for the day. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 32, but temperatures are expected ...

Northwoods Manufacturing: Family built metal fabrication business over decades

KINGSFORD — Brian Pipp has a simple answer for how Northwoods Manufacturing in Kingsford found success in the heavy metal fabrication business. “We put out a good quality product on time,” said Pipp, the company’s vice president and general manager, “and we are fortunate to have ...

Corrections, auditors in dispute over decisions to close prisons

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is failing to adequately document how it determines which prisons are selected for closure, according to a recent audit report. Auditors determined in a Dec. 28 report that the department failed to show how collecting information ...

AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 5 cents to $2.09 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Average gas prices statewide are up about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.09 per gallon, AAA Michigan said. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 54 cents less than a year ago. Prices are at their lowest ...

School closings and delays

The following schools are on a two-hour delay: - Bates Head Start - Forest Park - Forest Park CI Program The following schools are closed today: - Bates early childhood special ed - North Central

Movie outing

Students in special education programs from Florence, Niagara, Pembine, and the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District had the opportunity to participate in a community outing trip in December to see the movie “The Grinch” at the Tri City-Cinemas in Quinnesec.This opportunity allowed ...

CBD products gain popularity in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hemp-derived cannabidiol is gaining steam in Wisconsin for its proclaimed wellness benefits, despite varied quality control and limited scientific research on its use and long-term effects. Wisconsin in late 2017 joined 33 other states in legalizing hemp farming, ...

Girl convicted in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing files appeal

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who pleaded guilty to stabbing a classmate 19 times and leaving her for dead to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man is appealing her case. The Journal Sentinel reports that an attorney for Morgan Geyser recently filed a ...

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School closings and delays

IRON MOUNTAIN — The following schools are closed today: - Bay College - Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine - Bishop Baraga Catholic - Breitung Township - Dickinson-Iron Tech - Dickinson and Iron ISD special education and early childhood programs - Florence - Forest Park - Goodman-Armstrong ...

Florence agency encourages testing homes for radon levels

FLORENCE, Wis. — Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas, found naturally in the soil. The gas can seep into homes through the foundation. Exposure over time can be a cause of lung cancer. The only way to be sure of the amount of radon in your home is to conduct a test. Lung and ...

City council, school board, county meetings scheduled

The Board of Education for the School District of Florence County will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in Room 456 of Florence High School. New business includes the 2017-18 audit report. Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron ...

Through the woods: Michigan creates forest maps for ORV enthusiasts

After two years of mapping and reviewing the condition of state forest roads maintained by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources across both peninsulas, an initial inventory has been completed that provides a snapshot of the road network. One significant result of that work is a ...