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Dickinson tries to fill veterans service officer vacancy

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs has a job opening for a part-time veterans service officer. At this week’s county board meeting, Controller Brian Bousley said former office director Mike Miller, who has been filling in, can work only through the end of ...

Officials say Menominee River cleanup nears completion

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say progress is being made on cleaning up a river section in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that was contaminated during years of industrial use. Pollution from shipbuilding, paper manufacturing, wastewater treatment and other sources led to the designation ...

Second state of disaster declared for Houghton County flooding

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County after July flooding in parts of the Upper Peninsula that were still working to recover from June’s severe flooding. The declaration announced Wednesday will allow the state to make ...

Museum to host events for Caspian centennial

CASPIAN — As Caspian celebrates its 100th birthday, there will be two opportunities to travel back in time to relive the history of the centennial city. First, the Iron County Historical Museum will host a power-point program titled “Caspian, the Caring City” tonight at 7. Starting ...

Trappers convention returns to Escanaba

ESCANABA — The 59th annual National Trappers Association Convention and Sport Show is coming to the U.P. State Fairgrounds today through Saturday. Convention coordinator Roy Dahlgren said this will not be the first time this event will take place in the area. “This is the second time ...

‘Blackbeard’ children’s theater production coming to Braumart

IRON MOUNTAIN — What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the hunt for Blackbeard’s treasure begins. Tales both past and present will take the audience as well on a search for just where the legendary pirate and his crew hid their untold ...

Fireworks contributions

Chris Tomassucci/Daily News Photo Mike Laydon, left, accepts a donation from Tadych’s Econo Foods cashier Kristi Marotz for the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 community fireworks fund. Econo Foods supported the fireworks fund again this year, raising $1,028 through donations given ...

Archaeological digs reveal details about Detroit’s history

DETROIT (AP) — A broken piece of pottery. A discarded milk carton. A shattered medicine bottle. By themselves, they look like junk or something trash pickers left behind. But together, they tell a story of gritty work life in one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods. Taken from tenement ...

Michigan village elects cat — ceremonially — as mayor

OMENA, Mich. (AP) — Politics in a small northern Michigan village have gone to the cats and dogs and goats and even chickens. Omena’s newly elected mayor is a feline named Sweet Tart. Dogs Diablo Shapiro and Punkin Anderson Harder are vice mayor and second vice mayor. An election ...

IM native prepares to launch ‘Elementary Cooking’ web series

MADISON, Wis. —When Jason Farrington’s brother was in kindergarten, his teacher had each student share their own version of the recipe for their favorite meal and compiled the recipes into a cookbook. Now, over two decades later, Farrington is utilizing this project as the basis for a new ...

Wisconsin Republican balks at plan to help Kimberly-Clark

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday he won't support a tax break bill to help keep a pair of Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in Wisconsin open, a blow to hopes that the state Senate would quickly pass the bill to save more than 600 jobs. State Sen. Chris Kapenga's ...

Body found in Ishpeming ID’d

ISHPEMING — The woman found dead Friday in a field near the Ishpeming Football Field has been identified as 26-year-old Kayla Jean Gilstorff of Ishpeming, according to the Ishpeming Police Department with the assistance of UP Health System-Marquette. The cause and manner of death remain ...

The wolf issue in Michigan

NEGAUNEE — Wolves tend to be polarizing: One side wants to protect them, and the other want them dead. “Both sides are equally guilty of using facts and myths incorrectly” when talking about wolves, said Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural ...

Aurora voters say no to new fire hall, back garage buy

The town of Aurora, Wis., plans to acquire a garage to help provide more space for fire and rescue equipment, but voters at a town meeting Tuesday turned down a request for a proposed $594,000 addition. The town board had suggested borrowing $720,000 to be paid off in 10 years. Voters on ...

New judge needed for IR man accused of fleeing police

IRON MOUNTAIN — A new judge will be appointed to preside over the case of an Iron River man accused of attempting to run from police investigating two underage drinking parties in Sagola Township. Both Dickinson County Circuit Court judges, Christopher Ninomiya and Mary Barglind, ...

Trial postponed for IR man accused of terrorism threat

CRYSTAL FALLS — A new trial date has been set for an Iron River man who reportedly threatened to “shoot up” the Ski Brule resort southwest of Iron River. Michael Steven Gordon, 23, agreed to postpone his trial from this week to Aug. 28 and 29 after a new defense attorney, Michael ...

IM man sentenced in felony assault case

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man who assaulted another man last year has been granted a delayed sentence, meaning he won’t have a felony conviction on his record if he successfully completes two years of probation. Joseph Michael Lebencki Pao Pao, 26, previously pleaded no contest ...

October trial date set for IM woman

IRON MOUNTAIN — A trial has been set for an Iron Mountain woman accused of drug and weapon charges in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Nadine Lanell Johnson, 30, will go to trial Oct. 22 and 23 on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a 20-year felony; carrying a ...

UW-Marinette to offer leadership camp for students

Marinette, Wis — The University of Wisconsin-Marinette Continuing Education Department will offer a leadership camp for students who wish to develop their character and improve their leadership skills. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 3 at UW-Marinette. The camp is ...

Polish Heritage Days planned this weekend

ARMSTRONG CREEK, Wis. — Armstrong Creek Wisconsin will be celebrating its 28th annual Polish Heritage Days Friday and Saturday. Starting off the event on Friday, you can enjoy dancing to The Cynor Brothers Polka Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Polish food and beverages will be available for sale. ...