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IM ballplayer chosen as bat ‘ambassador’

IRON MOUNTAIN — Connor Pickett of Iron Mountain and his mother, Stacy, just thought they were making a pitch for a bat. Instead, 9-year-old Connor will be the face of Pinnacle Sports Equipment Inc.’s BamBooBat and will participate in the Baseball Youth All-American Games in Orlando in ...

Crafty Flea Market

From left, Linda Lahti and Jean Larson of Kingsford look over the display of knitted towels in Kathy Girard’s booth at the first-ever Crafty Flea Market on Saturday at Lake Antoine. From left, Pat Ray and Midge Dziuk of Minnesota take in pottery items at another site. An estimated 1,300 ...

TRICO set to mark 50 years aiding disabled in finding work

KINGSFORD — For almost 50 years, the non-profit TRICO Opportunities Inc. has assisted disabled people in the community to prepare for, find and maintain meaningful work. The start came on Sept. 16, 1968, when a group of local parents and concerned citizens came together to establish TRICO ...

Loans offered after flooding

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Businesses and residents in parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula affected severe flooding in June may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration . Officials announced Monday that the Small Business Administration approved Gov. ...

County Road 581 re-opens

IRON MOUNTAIN — County Road 581 in West Branch Township is now open, the Dickinson County Road Commission said today. The road was closed last week due to flooding of the West Branch of the Escanaba River.

School, county township meetings set

By Daily News staff Norway Township will hold its regular board meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Norway Township Hall in Vulcan. Agenda items include the timber harvest at the cemetery, playground updates and Michigan Townships Association On the Road meeting. The Board of Education for Iron ...

Medical marijuana support group meets Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.P. Medical Marijuana Support Group will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The meetings will be in a new location beginning this month. Da Vape Escape has moved to a new location and the owner will continue to allow the use of his business for ...

DNR’s Western UP Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Ontonagon County

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to meet at a special time Wednesday at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County. The council meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m at the park’s Ski ...

Amateur Radio Club meets Wednesday

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Mich-A-Con Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Dickinson County Library, 401 Iron Mountain Street in Iron Mountain. Visitors and new members are welcome. Call 906-774-5463 for more information or visit the club’s web site - ...

Aspirus schedules annual Community Health Fair

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics is again gearing up with the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department to hold the annual Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Windsor Center in Iron River. The health fair will feature ...

Prosecutor issues report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa M. Richards has released her office’s activity report for the month of August. The office received 87 police reports from the five area law enforcement agencies and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. From the reports received, ...

Contract to dredge polluted Lake Superior harbor awarded

DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials have awarded a contract to remove copper mine waste from a Lake Superior harbor, where it threatens to damage crucial fish spawning habitat more than a century after companies dumped it into the water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Petersen Companies ...

School security

IRON RIVER — Violence in schools across the country has prompted a number of districts to improve security, including adding a police presence on site. West Iron County Schools in Iron River is the latest to follow that trend, after the school board decided to contract with the Iron County ...

Crystal Falls man accepts plea deal in Niagara stabbing, murder plot

MARINETTE, Wis. — A Crystal Falls man accused of stabbing a Niagara, Wis., man in the arm last year as part of a reported murder plot will be sentenced Nov. 12 after accepting a plea agreement Friday in Marinette County Court. Online court records show 32-year-old Scott Lee Reed pleaded no ...

Crafty Flea Market today at Antoine

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Crafty Flea Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Lake Antoine Park, N3393 Quinnesec Lake Antoine Road in Iron Mountain. This first-ever event will have vendors at more than 49 camping sites at the park, with items for sale that include soap and bath bombs, ...

State to provide $3.7 million for UP flood relief — Snyder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan plans to help share the cost of providing matching funds for federal disaster relief to communities in the Upper Peninsula affected by severe flooding in June. Gov. Rick Snyder’s office announced Friday that he’s authorized the state to match ...

Fall is prime season for mushroom hunting

Prime mushroom spots apparently are like favorite fishing sites or White House insider stories — you don’t reveal your source. When asked where he got such a monster puffball earlier this week, Joe Arcand replied with a laugh, “In the woods.” While spring morels tended to get the ...

Norway area Cassidy Creek Truck Trail closed temporarily

NORWAY — Sections of the Norway Off-Road Vehicle Trail and forest road known as the “Cassidy Creek Truck Trail” will be temporarily closed this fall for trail improvements, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. The work will include new culvert, bridge and decking ...

VA to host ‘Combat Paper’

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program will host workshops Tuesday and Wednesday featuring artist Drew Cameron, of Combat Paper, who will help participants convert donated military uniforms into handmade paper. Individual workshops will be held ...

Labor issue stalls Escanaba bridge work, road projects statewide

WELLS — No progress was reported this week in an ongoing labor dispute that has led to a statewide lockout by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association against Operating Engineers 324. The dispute has affected work on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River, ...