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Michigan DNR issues notice on snowmobile trail closures

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MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is alerting snowmobilers to several trail closures in effect. ”We wanted to make sure riders were aware of these trail closures, so they can plan their trips accordingly,” said Rob Katona, DNR central Upper Peninsula trails ...

College tour mini grant

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The Dickinson Area Community Foundation along with affiliate Norway Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini grant to the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools. The purpose of the grant is assist in funding their annual college tour where the students will visit five colleges throughout ...

IMFD investigate natural gas odor

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a possible natural gas odor at a business on the 1400 block of South Stephenson Avenue. They determined the odor was sewer gas coming from a floor drain and there was no problem, so they returned to ...

Escanaba man found guilty of lesser charge in assault trial

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ESCANABA — A 33-year-old Escanaba man recently found guilty of assaulting a woman known to be pregnant will be sentenced on the charge in Delta County Circuit Court in February. A nine-woman, three-man jury found John Paul Bichler guilty of the 93-day misdemeanor last week following ...

Man who drowned in Lake Superior rescue gets medal

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MARQUETTE — Justin William Schroepfer, who died in June 2016 while attempting to rescue two women from drowning in Lake Superior, was recently awarded the Carnegie Medal for outstanding civilian heroism. The 24-year-old Rhinelander, Wis., native was among 20 men and women who received the ...

Tax incentives, retirement among top 2017 new laws

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New economic development tax incentives and the cost of retirement benefits for public-sector workers dominated Michigan’s list of new laws in 2017. Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers also approved measures designed to fix a troubled unemployment benefits system and to ...

Wisconsin Legislature not expected to do much in 2018

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There appears to be little appetite among Wisconsin Republican leaders to take up some of the most divisive proposals pending when the Legislature returns next month for a brief, final push before the session ends in the spring and the focus shifts to the fall ...

Recreation passport price to rise if bought at state parks

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan outdoor enthusiasts are getting a new financial incentive to buy a “recreation passport” when renewing their vehicle registration each year. The passports grant access to Michigan’s state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and other ...

VA brings holiday cheer to area families

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IRON MOUNTAIN – Employees from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, delivered holiday cheer in the form of gifts and turkeys to 13 area families, including 43 children. For 21 years employees and volunteers at the VA Medical Center have come together to ...

Students honored

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The December Academic Achievers at Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford were, from left, front row: Dylan Fortier, Austin Ruggles, Aubrey Coe, Aubree Sleeter; back row: Chloe Blazer, Mara Tripp, Wyatt Harris. These students are being honored this month for always doing their best work. This ...

Help offered for addicts

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DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan State Police has expanded a drug addiction program to all of its posts statewide. The Angel Program , started two years ago in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and replicated by hundreds of police departments nationwide, operates at 30 posts. The program allows people ...

Frozen road law takes effect in northern Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s frozen road law is in effect for the region designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zone 1 which includes U.S. 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of U.S. 8. The frozen road determination for other portions of the ...

Junior high quiz teams

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The Junior High Quiz Teams from Iron Mountain competed at the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association finals at the Bark River-Harris School. Iron Mountain Team 1 placed second out of 24 teams.

Dairy farmers consider how to turn market around

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy experts say Wisconsin farmers need to tip the scales of supply and demand back into their favor in order to get better prices but producers are unsure of what methods to take. Producers don’t agree which side of the equation they should focus on, Wisconsin ...

Vehicles rammed at Lambeau

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police say a fired food service worker rammed a former co-worker’s car at Lambeau Field, bringing numerous law enforcement agencies to the Green Bay Packers’ stadium. Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith told reporters that the suspect was fired after an altercation ...

Dickinson County budget up 1.9 percent

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 2018 general fund budget that totals nearly $9.32 million, representing an increase of 1.9 percent. The county’s operating levy remains at 6.1403 mills, or $6.14 per $1,000 of taxable value. For a house ...

Tax appeals stress local government

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Settlements reached in property tax appeals will have a lasting impact on local governments, with Verso Corp.’s recent 61 percent tax reduction leading the way. Dickinson County’s budget will take a $107,180 hit from Verso’s 2017 settlement with Breitung Township — ...

Perceived danger of poinsettias amplified by longstanding myth

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CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them: FLOWER POWER Poinsettias, those ...