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Norway area Cassidy Creek Truck Trail closed temporarily

NORWAY — Sections of the Norway Off-Road Vehicle Trail and forest road known as the “Cassidy Creek Truck Trail” will be temporarily closed this fall for trail improvements, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. The work will include new culvert, bridge and decking ...

VA to host ‘Combat Paper’

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program will host workshops Tuesday and Wednesday featuring artist Drew Cameron, of Combat Paper, who will help participants convert donated military uniforms into handmade paper. Individual workshops will be held ...

Labor issue stalls Escanaba bridge work, road projects statewide

WELLS — No progress was reported this week in an ongoing labor dispute that has led to a statewide lockout by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association against Operating Engineers 324. The dispute has affected work on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River, ...

A wheel good time

NORWAY — You can’t go wrong with the classics. Automania 2018, the Just Cruizin’ Car Club’s 23rd annual show Saturday at the Dickinson County fairgrounds in Norway, again will feature a full array of makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. Registration is from 9 ...

Arrest made in Ishpeming drive-by shooting

ISHPEMING — An Ishpeming man has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting Aug. 28 in Ishpeming. Brandon Lee Schiefel, 24, was arrested Thursday without incident on a 12-count felony warrant issued by the Marquette County Prosecutors Office, according to a release issued by the ...

Torch Run on Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Iron Mountain Community Run takes place Tuesday at the Iron Mountain Michigan State Police Post. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the run starts at 10. The $25 registration fee includes a dri-fit T-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest grassroots ...

Michigan ballot to have voting expansion initiative

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters this fall will decide if the state should allow same-day registration, no-reason absentee ballots and straight-ticket voting after the certification Thursday of a third and final initiative for the statewide ballot. The bipartisan Board of State ...

Wisconsin flooding damage estimated to be $209 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here’s a look at where things stand: ——— HOW BAD IS IT? Gov. Scott Walker tweeted Thursday that the flooding and ...

Florence County sets immunization clinics

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Health Department immunization clinics will from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Tipler Town Hall; from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Hillcrest/ NWTC building in Aurora; and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the health department, located in the courthouse in ...

New uniforms for IM band

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain High School marching band has new uniforms that will be unveiled tonight at the Mountaineers’ varsity football game. The band will be marching from the school to the stadium beginning around 5:15 p.m.

Gun restrictions challenged

ONTONAGON — (AP) — A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes. William and Jill Johnson of Ontonagon are licensed foster parents. They’re suing the Department of Health and Human Services over ...

Cobo Center fresco unveiling set

DETROIT (AP) — A private reception is scheduled for the unveiling of a permanent fresco inside downtown Detroit’s Cobo convention center. Cobo Art and the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority say artist Hubert Massey will be finishing the last strokes of his fresco during ...

Tesla stock falls as CEO seems to smoke marijuana on video

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. tumbled about 7 percent as the markets opened Friday after the CEO appeared to smoke marijuana during an interview and the company’s accounting chief left after a month on the job. During a podcast that was shown on YouTube, CEO Elon ...

Walker in national anthem flap with foe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a page out of President Donald Trump’s playbook Thursday, calling on all NFL players to stand during the national anthem. Walker’s tweets elicited a quick comeback from the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate, who questioned ...

National Guard retirees to meet

KINGSFORD — The next regular meeting for the Armory National Guard Retirees will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Armory.

A market for Lake Antoine, NIE

IRON MOUNTAIN — The weather looks to be near perfect for the first-ever Crafty Flea Market set for Saturday at Lake Antoine Park, N3393 Quinnesec Lake Antoine Road in Iron Mountain. This new event is a combined effort by The Daily News’ Newspapers in Education program and the Lake ...

Lawmakers OK minimum wage, sick time

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature on Wednesday passed laws to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and require employers to offer paid sick leave — if they are not watered down before taking effect next year. The proposed ballot initiatives ...

Appeals court reinstates Michigan’s straight-party voting ban

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting. The decision means voters in the November election must go line by line if they want to vote for candidates in partisan races. In the past, a single mark could automatically count for ...

Peace Corps volunteer from IM dies in crash in Togo

WASHINGTON — An Iron Mountain man who worked with the Peace Corps was killed Tuesday in an automobile accident in the west African nation of Togo. The death of Jonathan Mitchell, 25, was confirmed Wednesday by Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. He had been an environmental volunteer in Togo ...