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Breitung man accepts deal in meth case

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Breitung Township man accused of making methamphetamine in his apartment in March decided Monday to accept a plea deal recommending he spend a minimum of eight years in prison, with the maximum set at 40 years. If convicted as originally charged, 41-year-old Brian Lee ...

Crews finish sealing cables damaged in Straits of Mackinac

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables ...

M-95 vehicle fire

Sagola Township firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire about 9:45 p.m. Monday on M-95 north of Channing. The Ford Escape was being towed on a dolly north on the highway when the fire started, but firefighters were unable to determine a cause, Sagola Township Assistant Fire Chief Rand Hruska ...

CF man pleads not guilty to sexual contact

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls man pleaded not guilty Monday in Iron County Trial Court to numerous charges he had sexual contact with a boy more than a decade ago. Earl Ralph Otchingwanigan, 81, will next be in court June 4 for a pre-trial conference on six counts of criminal sexual ...

VA to host veterans town hall in Norway

IRON MOUNTAIN – Veterans and their families are invited to a veterans town hall in Norway at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will host the town hall at the American Legion Hall located at 621 Main St. in Norway. It is open to all veterans, their families and ...

Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance lists ‘The Ritz’ scholarship recipients

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance has announced the winners of “The Ritz” Scholarships. The winners of the traditional scholarships from Iron Mountain High School were Lydia Decker, Sally Kay and Brianna Hoffman. The recipients from North Dickinson High School were ...

Dickinson County tax base sees a dip

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s tax base will see a decline in 2018, largely due to Verso Corp.’s settlement last year with Breitung Township that reduced the taxable value of its Quinnesec mill property by more than $17 million. The total equalized value of all property in ...

Body of missing Hancock man recovered

PORTAGE CANAL — The body of a Hancock man reported missing in November was found and recovered Sunday afternoon in the Portage Canal. Duane Kangas, 38, had been missing since Nov. 7, when he was seen leaving a gas station in Houghton in his car. Kangas had been found in the Portage ...

Florence historical society lists events for summer

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Historical Society has been getting ready for the upcoming season to open on June 9. The historical society has announced some of its upcoming scheduled events. On Wednesday, Debbie DeMuri will be presenting a “Footprints of Florence County” Power ...

Pet supply drive planned

IRON MOUNTAIN — Advance America is conducting a “Paws with Cause” pet supply drive to support local pet agencies such as Barn Cats and Babies and Paws to the North Dog Rescue. The drive will be through May 31. Supplies must be new and/or unopened. Items in need include pet food, pet ...

Stabenow: People ‘sick and tired’ of partisan attacks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Monday that Michigan voters are "sick and tired" of partisan attacks and know that she works in a bipartisan way, two days after President Donald Trump criticized her opposition to tax cuts and accused her of standing in the way of ...

Richelle Jochem photo Sophia Wysocki, a 10th-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek Schools, received a $2,000 grant and goodie box from the Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market affiliate based in Austin, Texas. She is ordering a greenhouse and organizing a garden club at the school.

Receives grant

Richelle Jochem photo Sophia Wysocki, a 10th-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek Schools, received a $2,000 grant and goodie box from the Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market affiliate based in Austin, Texas. She is ordering a greenhouse and organizing a garden club at the school.

Spring Wildflower Walk at Harmony Arboretum

MARINETTE, Wis. — The guided Spring Wildflower Walk will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Harmony Hardwoods Memorial Forest. Although they are usually small and subtle, the variety and beauty of wildflowers is worth exploring — participants may see such species as ...

Michigan develops curriculum from archaeological sites

NUNICA, Mich. (AP) — Information from two archaeological sites in western Michigan has been developed into new lesson plans for third-grade and fifth-grade students. The Michigan Department of Transportation excavated the Ottawa County sites in 2011 and 2012, recovering artifacts such as ...

New flavor: Curious Pig in Crystal Falls puts smoky spin on menu

CRYSTAL FALLS — At Curious Pig restaurant, smoking is encouraged, at least when it comes to the cuisine. Smoke weaves its way through almost everything served at the new Crystal Falls restaurant, the menu built around that signature flavor. “Smoking food with a twist,” is how Pam ...

School safety legislation under review

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Early versions of Michigan’s first school safety reforms since the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting steer toward campus security and away from gun laws, but the size and application of the new funds remains uncertain. Lawmakers agree school security funding has been ...

NWS, DNR warn about flooding, fire danger

IRON MOUNTAIN — Water levels will be rising on many rivers and streams due to increasing snow melt, and the potential for wildfires is elevated because of gusty winds and a lack of recent rainfall, the National Weather Service said. A flood advisory was issued for the Menominee River near ...

Use of medical helicopters draws scrutiny after crash

The safety of helicopter ambulances is under scrutiny after three crew members were killed in a crash in a wooded area of northern Wisconsin this week. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and the cause of the crash Thursday is not yet known. However, the conditions — ...

Watersmeet man among victims

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot and two crew members who died when a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin. The crash claimed the lives of the 34-year-old pilot, Rico Caruso, of Hazelhurst, Wis.; 43-year-old Gregory Rosenthal, of Mosinee, Wis.; and ...

Florence school district to use contingency funds for energy system

FLORENCE, Wis. — After several weeks of discussion, the Florence County School Board has decided to replace the energy control system in the elementary school using money from a high school/middle school building project contingency fund. Johnson & Jonet Mechanical Contractors, Inc. ...