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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 ...

County road closed by flooding in West Branch Township

IRON MOUNTAIN — A portion of County Road 581 in West Branch Township is closed due to flooding of the West Branch of the Escanaba River, the Dickinson County Road Commission announced today. The road is closed at the intersection of County Road 426 north to the Marquette County line and ...

Kingsford takes bids on new plow and dump truck

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council will weigh four bids of roughly $150,000 for a new plow and dump truck to replace a 1981 model. The city budgeted about $170,000 for the purchase. City Manager Anthony Edlebeck told the council Tuesday he will review the bids and recommend one at the ...

Initiative to expand voting access OK’d for Michigan ballot

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 ...

Community HOPE event Saturday at City Park

IRON MOUNTAIN —The10th anniversary/annual event and walk hosted by Community HOPE for Suicide Prevention will be Saturday at City Park in Iron Mountain. Registration is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, with the walk taking place rain or shine. The full event will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Cost is ...

Labor issue stalls road construction across Michigan

HOUGHTON — A state-level labor dispute has put many local flood recovery projects on hold for an unclear length of time, along with numerous road projects across Michigan. The dispute revolves around the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, a contractor’s ...

Halls, resorts were popular on Menominee Range

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 36th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “The Roaring Twenties — Other Dance Halls, Pavilions and ...

Police: Starved teen’s brother wrote letter begging for help

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The younger brother of a 15-year-old boy who starved to death while their family prayed and fasted for weeks wrote a letter that investigators found inside the locked southern Wisconsin apartment pleading with lawyers to save him. The emaciated 11-year-old boy was ...

In the swing of things

From left, Londyn and Kaz Mauro of Norway enjoy some time on the swings Tuesday at City Park in Iron Mountain.

IM eyes tax break for Systems Control

IRON MOUNTAIN — City officials set parameters Tuesday for a tax break for Systems Control as it builds a $9.9 million addition at its Iron Mountain manufacturing facility. The company is applying for an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption that would provide a 50 percent tax reduction for up ...