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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.

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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. ...

Students honored

Kingsford High School Industrial Education Students of the Month for March are Jake Munn, left, woods and Matt Swanson, architectural graphics and design. Jake is the son of Brian and Laura Munn of Kingsford. Matt is the son Michael and Teresa Swanson of Breitung Township. Both Students of the ...

N.E.W. band plays Sunday

MARINETTE, Wis. — The Spring Concert presented by the Northeastern Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Concert Band will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the W.J. Jones Auditorium at Marinette High School, 2135 Pierce Ave. This is the concert band's 25th season, and the concert will be under the direction of ...

Arbor Day poster winner

Kingsford Middle School student Addisyn Kriegl was awarded third place in the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance fifth-grade poster contest. The 2018 theme was “Trees For Life.” Kriegl received a $25 gift certificate to the Acorn Naturalist catalog, a $25 gift card for teacher Jenny Holmes to use ...

Bay to offer computer classes in June

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain will offer three classes to the public on basic computer use and skills on June 11, 13 and 18. This series of classes will be taught by Aimee Tatangelo. The first class, “Computer Basics: Computer Skills and Using the Internet,” ...

MIA Calumet soldier could be coming home from war

HOUGHTON — Calumet native Marshall Frederick Kipina, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted for, according to a recent article by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Kipina’s remains were located in the country of Laos. Kipina, who graduated from Calumet High School ...

Work resumes on U.S. 2 bridge

ST. IGNACE — The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $4.8 million to repair the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge in Mackinac County. The work involves structural steel repairs, painting, and expansion joint repairs. Work has resumed on bridge repairs carried ...

Group fights ballot initiative

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group with ties to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is challenging a 2018 ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by empowering an independent commission to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts. Citizens Protecting Michigan's ...

Ford Airport project

Crews prepared this week for a runway rehabilitation scheduled to begin Monday at Dickinson County’s Ford Airport in Kingsford. It’s expected the work will close the airport to SkyWest Airlines commercial flights through May 14. The main runway hasn’t had a major resurfacing since 1999. ...

Three killed in medical helicopter crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed in wooded, rough terrain in northern Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday. Search and rescue crews found the wreckage of the Ascension Health Spirit helicopter early Friday near the small town of Hazelhurst, ...

Meth items investigated in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — Kingsford Public Safety officers discovered a methamphetamine dumpsite Friday morning at Menominee Park, and believe they have evidence that will assist them in determining a suspect, according to a news release. A resident called KPS about 9:30 a.m. after finding items she ...

Arrest made in Nashville shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Police detectives on Friday charged a 23-year-old woman in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting in Nashville of an Appleton, Wis., man while trying to rob him. The victim, James Counter, 57, formerly of Aurora, Wis., was critically wounded and is recovering at a Nasvhille ...