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Bay, MSU Extension eye agriculture program

ESCANABA — Bay College has been working with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension to potentially bring a new, agriculture-related program to the area. Bay College President Laura Coleman spoke about this program at the Bay College Board of Trustees’ meeting. “I reported out on a ...

PropBusters to meet on Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain area PropBusters remote control airplane club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, 400 S. Carpenter Ave., Kingsford. Members are urged to attend this meeting to finalize plans to have a limited Fun ...

Group rescued after becoming stranded on Little Presque Isle in Marquette

MARQUETTE — A group of 37 people was rescued Tuesday evening after being stranded on Little Presque Isle on Lake Superior in Marquette Township, Marquette County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a news release. The group, described in the release as out-of-town travelers, had walked ...

Farmers prefer trade deals over cash payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 ...

Easy riders

Sugar and Wyatt McIntyre cruise up West Hughitt Street in Iron Mountain on Monday afternoon.

County admits closed sessions improper

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Board concedes that it should not have met in closed session recently to discuss the possible sale of Dickinson County Healthcare System and will seek legal advice on a request to provide minutes of the talks. Iron Mountain Mayor Dale Alessandrini ...

Deal in Iron River joyride case falls apart

CRYSTAL FALLS — A proposed plea deal was derailed Monday for a former Iron County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of taking a Michigan State Police squad car for a joyride with two others, after a judge indicated he may not go along with the deal’s sentencing recommendation. The ...

IR couple set for sentencing on child abuse

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River couple accused of breaking a 1.5-month-old girl’s arm and legs and then failing to get her immediate medical attention will be sentenced Sept. 4 after each accepted a plea deal Monday on child abuse charges. Jesse James Winkler, 23, and Jennifer Ann Marie ...

Senate approves Wilkie for VA secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie won approval on a ...

Caspian residents charged in UPSET meth bust

CRYSTAL FALLS — Two Caspian residents were arraigned Monday in Iron County Trial Court on multiple felony charges stemming from a Friday methamphetamine bust at their West Third Street home. Dana Leigh Horton, 44, and Stephen Scott Horton, 52, each face conspiracy to commit delivery or ...

Cause of death remains unknown for body found in Ishpeming

MARQUETTE — Police said nothing suspicious was found during an autopsy Monday by UP Health System-Marquette on the body of the female discovered in a field northwest of the Ishpeming High School football field. The cause and manner of death have still not been determined, according to a ...

Dickinson provides $1,000 to Escanaba

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County will contribute $1,000 to help the city of Escanaba in its legal battle with Menards over property taxes. Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. said he hoped the county could find a way to give more, given the potential impact of the case on municipal tax revenues ...

Breitung contributes to KIND drug team

QUINNESEC — Breitung Township will continue to financially support the KIND Drug Team by contributing $4,389 this year. The amount is based on the township’s population, and is covered in the township’s budget under membership and dues, Township Superintendent John Gaudette said in ...

Tiny crime scene models used to train at NMU

MARQUETTE — Three people dead, one person injured — and an array of physical evidence spread throughout the home where the gruesome incident took place. The crime occurred decades ago, but the evidence lives on — and prepares future generations of investigators for real-world scenarios ...

Almost 80 years in appliances

NORWAY — Peterson Electric in Norway has been selling and servicing appliances for nearly 79 years, and the owners attribute that longevity to dedicated staff and loyal customers. The second-generation family business is led by Jim Peterson and his wife, Debbie. They are Maytag, ...

Marinette County has fifth traffic fatal of 2018

MARINETTE, Wis. — A man died early Saturday in Marinette County after his vehicle went off County Trunk P and struck a tree in the Town of Beaver, according to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office. After a passerby reported the crash about 2:42 a.m., a deputy found the body of a man near ...

Primary to decide GOP, Dem for governor

Trump may be key factor in who takes Republican race LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The pivotal moment in Michigan’s Republican fight for governor may have occurred long before any of the main contenders had even entered the race. In the fall of 2016, after the release of old footage in which ...

Sketches generate new tips in 1976 double homicide

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department says DNA samples from four people have been collected as new tips pour in on a 1976 double homicide case. Authorities say there have been more than 40 new tips in the case since they released new sketches of a suspect about ...

LaSalle lawsuits against Cambensy, Dianda dismissed

MARQUETTE — A local company’s lawsuits alleging two Upper Peninsula state representatives failed to pay for campaign services have been dismissed. LaSalle Enterprises LLC in December in 96th District Court filed suit against state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, and state Rep. Scott ...

‘Caspian, the Caring City’ to be presented Thursday

CASPIAN — Caspian turns 100 this year and the Iron County Museum will share in the celebration activities with a special program on Thursday. “Caspian, the Caring City” will be presented at 7 p.m. at the museum. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. After much research and writing, a ...