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Fundraising continues for new Beacon House

MARQUETTE — Although the Beacon House is closer to reaching its goal of raising enough funds to start building a facility adjacent to the new UP Health System-Marquette site, $900,000 is still needed to break ground on the project. Even though $2.1 million has been raised for the new ...

Steelworkers contributions

United Steelworkers 146 donated $1,000 each to The Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul of Norway, St. Vincent De Paul of Iron Mountain and Karen’s Food Pantry in Niagara, Wis. From left are Jim Vivio, Local 146; Ernie Vivio, Local 146;, Larry and Mary Zipp of Karen’s Food Pantry; Tara ...

Bay offices closed Jan. 10

ESCANABA — All offices at both Bay College campuses, Escanaba and Iron Mountain, will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 10, for employee training. The Bay College Bookstore will be open for business 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. The winter 2019 semester begins on Monday, Jan. 14. ...

Florence County immunization clinics planned

Florence, Wis. — Florence County Health Department immunization clinics will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Tipler Town Hall; Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest/NWTC building in Aurora; and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the health department, located in ...

Whitmer: State workers to report health threats

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint’s water crisis and delaying action to clear it ...

Expansion planned at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

MANISTIQUE — A lot has changed since Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital opened the doors to its new facility in April of 2013, but according to Bob Crumb, who took over as the hospital’s chief executive officer in 2016, there are even more changes on the horizon. “The future is bright. We ...

Eager to be first of 2019

IRON MOUNTAIN — Everyone in the family guessed Tyler James Gross would arrive early but only his dad predicted his birthday would be Jan. 1. Born to Tina St. John and Joe Gross of Florence, Wis., the first baby of the new year arrived at 6:48 a.m. Tuesday, 11 days early, weighing 6 ...

Whitmer becomes Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. The 47-year-old former lawmaker took the oath of office in a ceremony ...

Casperson reflects on accomplishments

ESCANABA — After spending years in Michigan’s House and Senate, state Sen. Tom Casperson has reached his term limit as a senator. However, he said his involvement with politics will continue in a different capacity. Casperson has had a connection to the Escanaba area for his entire ...

Niagara schools get creative with grant funds

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara school district is making improvements both to safety and curriculum, thanks to several different grants recently obtained by the staff. “As a small district, we are being creative with our grant dollars and making them work in different areas,” said Nate ...

A Happy New Year at Maryhill Manor

The residents at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis., got an early start on New Year’s Eve festivities with a social Monday afternoon.

New printers added at DIISD tech center

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford High School Computer Aided Design classroom recently received new equipment that will allow students to print their design in two or three dimensions. The HP plotter will be used to print drawings such as architectural floor plans or details of mechanical parts in ...

Norway quiz bowl team to be on TV 13 on Jan. 12

MARQUETTE — The Norway High School team will take on Marquette in the second round of Public TV 13’s High School Bowl competition, scheduled to air Jan. 12. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin field teams for the tournament, now celebrating 41 years on the air. ...

Solar energy project divides rural SW Wisconsin county

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Residents in a rural Wisconsin county are split over a Chicago developer’s plan to work with two Wisconsin utilities to build a solar farm that would include more than 1 million solar panels. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm proposed by Invenergy would cover 2,700 acres ...

Lawmakers approve $180K for pheasants for hunting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting. The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office. The pheasants would be released in state game areas to enhance hunting ...

Nordic Grocery: Small-town store in Felch under new ownership

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Much of the Felch area is a good 20 to 30 miles from Iron Mountain. So what to do when a recipe calls for sour cream and none is to be found in the household? Or when those at a hunting camp lack gloves — and perhaps a saw — for dividing up that deer? Nordic Grocery ...

Prices to rise in several states as minimum wage goes up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up ...

List says ban ‘optics,’ ‘thought leader,’ ‘collusion’

DETROIT (AP) — No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.) That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert ...

States trying to stop invasive evergreen-eating bug

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states. Wisconsin inspectors found the critter called elongate hemlock scale on ...

County boards to reorganize

The Iron County Board of Commissioners will have its reorganizational meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the commissioner’s room of the courthouse in Crystal Falls. The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will have its reorganizational meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room of ...