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Wisconsin man killed in Houghton County snowmobile crash

MARQUETTE — A Wisconsin man was killed in a single-snowmobile accident in southern Houghton County on Wednesday. The snowmobile was driven by Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wisconsin, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police. The crash was reported on Trail 8, near M-28 ...

Platteville schools closed after threatening online post

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Schools in Platteville have been closed due to a threatening social media post. Police tell WKOW-TV that the post referenced a possible active shooter, though they didn't immediately find anything credible. Superintendent Connie Valenza tells WKOW and WISC-TV that ...

FCA to invest $1B in Michigan plant, pay out bonuses

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is moving production of heavy-duty trucks from Mexico to Michigan and paying bonuses to U.S. workers in response to the passage of U.S. tax reform late last year. The automaker will invest $1 billion in its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to make the Ram Heavy Duty ...

IM firefighters called to DCH

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 10:14 a.m. Thursday to a fire alarm at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. They were advised en route the alarm was just a drill, so they continued to respond non-emergent before returning to the station at 10:31 a.m. At 1:07 p.m. ...

Ferry on St. Clair River shut down after ice damages dock

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A ferry connecting cities in the U.S. and Canada across the St. Clair River has been shut down indefinitely due to damage by an ice jam to its Canadian dock. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports owners of the Bluewater Ferry announced the closure Thursday and ...

Businessman convicted in scrap metal racketeering scheme

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A businessman has been convicted in a scheme that bilked a Fond du Lac firm out of $14 million. WLUK-TV reports Sterling Kienbaum, of Oshkosh, pleaded no contest to racketeering and theft by false representation Thursday. Four other theft counts were dismissed, ...

A GRAY WOLF in northern Michigan in 2006. To the south, Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a move to cease wolf management in the state and prevent law enforcement from investigating wolf poaching, defying continued federal protections that prevent any control measures on the wolf population in the state. (John Vucetich/Michigan Technological University via AP, File)

Wisconsin debates bill to end wolf management

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists pushed back Wednesday against a bill that would end state wolf management efforts and bar state police from investigating wolf poaching, saying the measure will open the door to indiscriminate wolf hunts and won’t help get the animals off the federal ...

Freezing rain prompts schools in region to cancel classes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Most area school districts cancelled classes today in anticipation of morning rain freezing that was to extend into the afternoon, causing potentially hazardous conditions on the roads. All districts in Dickinson and Iron counties were closed, as well as some northern ...

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Dog found shot, injured in Iron County

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain Michigan State Police troopers are seeking the person or people responsible for shooting and abandoning a pit bull early Thursday in Iron County’s Mansfield Township. The dog, which is about 2 years old and black with a white muzzle, was treated for its ...

Cleaning faulted at Norway-Vulcan schools

NORWAY — Norway-Vulcan Area School Board members discussed building maintenance issues Wednesday after a resident brought up concerns about the cleanliness of the school facility. Suzanne Pollard of Vulcan said it was a “sad state of affairs” when she recently attended a basketball ...

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School closings and delays for Thursday, Jan. 11

IRON MOUNTAIN — The following schools are closed Thursday, Jan. 11: - Beecher Dunbar-Pembine - Bishop Baraga Catholic School - Breitung Township Schools (Woodland Childcare Center is open) - Dickinson and Iron County ISD Programs - Dickinson-Iron Tech - Forest Park - Goodman-Armstrong ...

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Jail time for IM man who had stolen crossbow

IRON MOUNTAIN — A six-month jail sentence was ordered Tuesday for an Iron Mountain man who admitted helping a co-defendant steal from vehicles in Quinnesec. Lucas John Basso, 25, was given credit for nine days already served, allowed work release and ordered to complete two years of ...

Fatal snowmobile crash reported in Houghton County

MARQUETTE — A Wisconsin man was killed Wednesday in a single-snowmobile accident in southern Houghton County. Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wis., was northbound on Trail 8 near M-28 about 2 p.m. Wednesday when he lost control of the snowmobile and it went off the trail, striking a tree, ...

Analysis: US cold snap a freak of nature

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, ...

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Trial scheduled May 7-10 for Kingsford defendant

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man will go to trial May 7 through 10 in Dickinson County Circuit Court on charges he had sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl. David James Streckert, 42, faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree, a 15-year felony. The sexual contact ...

Nikki Mantsch, left, purchases a radon kit at the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department from Louie Johnson, sanitarian. For more information regarding the department’s radon program call the Kingsford office at 906-779-7239 or the Iron River office at 906-265-4172.

Radon test kits offered

KINGSFORD — Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. claiming approximately 20,000 lives annually or slightly more than two every hour. Radon is a radioactive odorless gas produced from the decomposition of uranium. Therefore, it could be lingering in a ...

West Iron lists exam times

IRON RIVER — The first semester exam schedule for West Iron County High School has been released. The schedule is as follows: — Tuesday, Jan. 16 — First hour: 8 to 9:45 a.m. (1A: 8 to 8:50 a.m.; 1B: 8:55 to 9:45 a.m.). Second hour: 10 to 11:45 a.m. (2A: 10 to 10:50 a.m.; 2B: 10:55 ...

REBECCA PETERSON, PART of the maintenance crew at the Midtown Mall in Iron Mountain, salts the sidewalks outside Super One Foods in Iron Mountain this morning in anticipation of possible freezing rain to come. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Ice, rain, snow could make Thursday slippery

The recent warm-up in the region this week will come to a messy, potentially nasty end Thursday, with the National Weather Service forecasting a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow before temperatures plunge back to single-digits overnight. The NWS puts precipitation chances Thursday at 90 ...

A NORWAY WOMAN was among two people killed in a house fire in Marquette on Monday night. (Rachel Oakley/Marquette Mining Journal photo)

Norway woman killed in Marquette fire

MARQUETTE — A fire Monday night in a Marquette home claimed the life of a Norway woman along with a Marquette man, authorities confirmed. Emergency crews found the bodies of Krista Urbanc, 22, of Norway, and Zachary Johnson, 23, of Marquette, inside the home at 1026 Lincoln Ave. after being ...

NICKOLAS GOEBEL, RIGHT, awaits sentencing in Iron County Trial Court in a wheelchair and helmet after he appeared to experience seizures at a previous court hearing. At left is defense attorney Geoffrey Lawrence and in the background is Iron County Undersheriff Tom Courchaine. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

IR man gets prison for sexual assault

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River man who forced a young woman into a vehicle and sexually assaulted her in March was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Iron County Trial Court. Nickolas Anthony-Jonathan Goebel, 31, will spend a minimum of 28 months in prison, with credit for 304 days already ...