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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 ...

Dickinson jobless rate 3.1 percent; lowest in UP

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate held steady in November at 3.1 percent, but the Upper Peninsula rate jumped from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent. “Upper Peninsula payroll jobs tend to contract in November,” said analyst Bruce Weaver of the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market ...

Bill expands background checks for gun buyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will introduce a bill to expand background checks for ...

For some species, hibernation makes winter easier

Watching a small vole scurry around the collapsed remnants of last summer’s daylilies before popping into a tunnel under the snow raised a question: Why do some animals remain active in winter while so many others cope with this challenging time by sleeping in — for months? It would ...

Wausau woman faces murder charge

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin baby sitter who allegedly killed a 2-month-old boy then pretended he was alive when she gave the boy back to his mother has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. A criminal complaint filed Friday says 28-year-old Marissa Tietsort of Wausau ...

‘Christmas in The Wizarding World’ extended to two nights

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Community Foundation has extended its “Christmas in The Wizarding World” fundraiser to two nights after the event sold out in 2018, said Melissa Wentarmini, DACF director of finance and market. The one-of-a-kind “Harry Potter”-themed event takes ...

Skandia man killed on US 41

MARQUETTE — A 36-year-old Skandia man was killed Friday when he was struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 41 in Marquette Township, said state police from the Negaunee post. The pedestrian was hit at about 5:50 a.m. near Brickyard Road. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup was a 51-year-old ...

Former coach sentenced in domestic violence case

MARQUETTE — Robert Boss, the former head football coach at Finlandia and Northern Michigan universities who was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault-domestic violence in April, was sentenced in the 96th District Court Thursday. Boss, who entered a no contest plea to a reduced ...