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Relief funds available to some in Michigan after flooding

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says emergency relief assistance may be available to low-income residents affected by flooding that began last month in parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says in a statement that the State Emergency Relief program is open to provide ...

‘Miss Donna’: Celebrated dance teacher plans community variety show

KINGSFORD — What’s an anniversary without a party? For Donna’s School of Dance, the party is a community variety show in June and everyone’s invited. “Variety Show Blast Off” is set for Saturday, June 9, at the Kingsford High School Auditorium. Singers, dancers and musicians ...

Plea talks continue in knife assault case

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Loretto man accused of injuring another man with a knife in November has again waived his district court preliminary examination and will continue to discuss a plea offer with prosecutors. Timothy John LaPine, 46, agreed Wednesday to be bound over to Dickinson County ...

Woman cuts herself at Dickinson courthouse

IRON MOUNTAIN — A woman is in protective custody after cutting herself with a box cutter in the Dickinson County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office officials said. The woman had been in the circuit courtroom and stepped outside into a hallway to talk ...

Breitung sends letter on school safety matter

KINGSFORD — Breitung Township School District administrators would like to assure parents of school safety after rumors of a threat to the school recently circled on social media websites. District Superintendent Craig Allen said Thursday the incident stemmed from comments made by a ...

IM man sentenced for break-in attempt

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will spend seven months in jail and two years on probation for attempting to break into a shed containing marijuana outside a friend’s home in Breitung Township in January. Frederick Paul Descamps II, 30, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County ...

White House prepares rollout of tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of hints and uncertainty, President Donald Trump is preparing to announce tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that would offer temporary exemptions to Canada and Mexico, a shift that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners. ...

Kill list results in arrest of two 13-year-olds

REEDSBURG, Wis. (AP) — Reedsburg police arrested two 13-year-old students after officials discovered a list of names titled “kill list.” The students were removed from Webb Middle School Wednesday, interviewed by police, arrested and later released to their parents. Police say the list ...

IMFD out on two calls

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday to a traffic accident at U.S. 2 and Fleshiem Street. They cleaned up spilled fluids and then returned to the station at 3:20 p.m. At 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters investigated a gas odor at a residence on ...

More than $350,000 available in scholarships at Bay College

ESCANABA — Bay College awards more than 275 scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors, current students, and returning learners. A scholarship application must be submitted by March 15 to be considered for scholarships for fall 2018 semester. The application can be found ...

Stand Out Students

Students from Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School were nominated by their teachers as Stand Out Students for February. February's theme was kindness. Pictured are, from left, in the front row, Timmy Strietzel, April Palmer, Hunter Lischka and Daniel Gardner; in the middle row, Cloey Schiefelbein and ...

Norway kindergarten, early kindergarten registration planned

NORWAY — Registration for kindergarten and early kindergarten in the Norway-Vulcan School District will be held during the week of March 12-16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the elementary office. There will be an evening registration on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Classes for kindergarten and ...

Traverse City to build Coast Guard memorial

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Traverse City is building a memorial to the U.S. Coast Guard. The northwestern Michigan city will begin work on the monument in Mini Park in April. The helicopter-shaped sculpture will sit in the center of a circular brick paver pad and honor the military ...

Bellin-DCHS deal advances

IRON MOUNTAIN — A public hearing will be scheduled soon on Bellin Health’s planned acquisition of Dickinson County Healthcare System after DCHS’s approval Tuesday of an asset purchase agreement. “While a substantial amount of work remains to be completed before the deal is closed, ...

911 fees to rise statewide

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law an increase in phone fees to upgrade outdated 911 systems across Michigan, a move supporters said will help first responders to better locate callers who may be disoriented, fearful or unable to speak. The measure will boost ...

IM man sentenced to time served after misdemeanor assault conviction

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man convicted by jury of misdemeanor assault for beating a woman last year was sentenced Tuesday to 93 days already served in the Dickinson County Jail. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind imposed the maximum sentence allowed for 41-year-old ...

Channing defendant gets new attorney

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Channing man accused of assaulting a woman was given a new court-appointed defense attorney Monday after claiming his former attorney wasn’t defending him to his liking. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya appointed Abbey Anderson as the new ...

Lions conduct vision screening

Photo by Karen Klenke The Niagara Lions Club conducted vision screening on Feb. 27 at Niagara schools as part of the school’s pre-school screening. Lions participating included, from left, standing, Kerry Grippen and Glenn Lantagne and seated, Kathy Walters, Terry Youren and Dan Decker with ...

Menominee Range Memories: Prohibition enforcement waned in Roaring Twenties

The 30th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “The Roaring Twenties — Local Prohibition Enforcement Lax in the Early ...