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Farmer had abandoned tree picked for White House

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NEWLAND, N.C. (AP) — The farmer who raised the Christmas tree destined for the White House this year says the Fraser fir “got the last laugh” after he “basically abandoned it.” Larry Smith told The Charlotte Observer this week that the 19 1/2-foot-tall tree didn’t seem to be ...

Richards issues October report

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa M. Richards has released her office’s activity report for the month of October. The office received 91 police reports from the five area law enforcement agencies and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. From the reports received, ...

Industrial education honors

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Pictured are Kingsford High School Industrial Education Students of the Month for October, from left: Carter Kreski, woods; and Kevin Schillerstrom, engineering and architectural graphics. Carter is the son of Jason and Michaelene Kreski of Quinnesec. Kevin is the son of Robert and Michelle ...

Thanksgiving meals: Area sites set to serve for the holiday

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Various organizations and churches throughout the area will continue the annual Thanksgiving tradition of providing a free Thanksgiving meal in their communities. Grace United Methodist Church in Norway once again will host its Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at ...

Schon resigns as CEO at DCHS

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IRON MOUNTAIN — John Schon has tendered his resignation as Dickinson County Healthcare System CEO and administrator and will transition to a consulting role as the hospital embarks on its organizational restructuring, DCHS announced Tuesday night. A feasibility study for a planned ...

Great Lakes Recovery Center expands services in Iron County

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IRON RIVER — Great Lakes Recovery Centers has added Ben Ryan as a prevention specialist and Communities That Care coordinator in its Iron County office, 305 W. Genesee St. in Iron River. Ryan will be working on developing a coalition to address key risk factors, along with providing ...

As hunt begins, DNR looks for help in CWD surveillance efforts

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NORWAY — With the Michigan firearm deer season opening Thursday, hunters are reminded that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has stepped up its surveillance efforts in the wake of the Upper Peninsula’s first case of chronic wasting disease being confirmed Oct. 18 in Dickinson ...

Considerations before buying a second home

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Many people dream of having a place to call home in their favorite ski, beach or tropical destination. While owning a second home may make sense for a variety of reasons, it’s a major decision that can impact one’s financial situation for years to come. If you’re contemplating a second ...

IR man gets prison after repeated offenses

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IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron River man will spend 23 months to five years in prison on charges stemming from two incidents last summer in which he reportedly ran from police investigating underage drinking parties. Tyler Roy Polich, 22, will receive credit for 452 days served in jail and may ...

mPower Innovations becomes Esri partner

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IRON MOUNTAIN — mPower Innovations, a national geographic information system software and services company based in Iron Mountain, has joined the worldwide companies in the Esri Partner Network as a Silver Tier Partner. “It is an honor to become a member of the Esri Partner Network,” ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall found dead

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A gray wolf relocated this fall from mainland Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park has died of unknown causes, officials said Tuesday, a minor setback in a multiyear plan to rebuild the predator species on the Lake Superior archipelago. The 5-year-old male was ...

Lawsuit seeks to block Back Forty mine

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MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — A group is suing two federal agencies as part of an effort to block a proposed mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River names the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

DNR announces bridge closure in Alger County

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TRENARY — A Michigan Department of Transportation inspection has deemed a bridge over Werner’s Creek, southwest of Trenary, unsafe for vehicle traffic of any kind. The bridge is located about a mile north of the Alger-Delta county line, along Deadhorse Creek Road, roughly four miles west ...

GivingTuesday campaign sign up date Friday

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development has convened local nonprofits that participate in #GivingTuesday to develop an Upper Peninsula campaign - #give906. The campaign will focus on giving locally to U.P. based nonprofit on #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27. U.P. based ...

Bay College lists holiday hours

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ESCANABA — Bay College will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will not meet on Wednesday, Nov. 21, but the campuses will be open. Bay College will resume normal operational hours on Monday, Nov. 26.

Library ribbon cutting held

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The Dickinson County Library recently hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate its newly reopened space. The Dickinson County Library-Main Branch opened in the current location in 1967. The Reading Room was redesigned in 1997 and, after 20 years, redesigned again in 2018. The recent updates have ...

Girls’ Night Out: Annual event highlights downtown businesses

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Thursday will offer the chance to hunt for deals in Iron Mountain during the annual Girls’ Night Out. The Downtown Development Authority event from 5 to 7 p.m. encourages women to enjoy an evening of shopping, pampering, dining and socializing with friends. “Girls’ ...

Funding cut for Norway Senior Center

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Norway Senior Center will see a funding cut of nearly $10,000 next year while four other centers will get a slight increase under a Dickinson County millage distribution plan the county board approved Monday by a 3-2 vote. Commissioner John Degenaer Jr., who voted no, ...

Dickinson approves new health insurance proposal

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County will opt for a one-year agreement with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for employee health insurance in lieu of a two-year plan accepted in September. County Controller Brian Bousley said the change will save 10.53 percent, reducing the county’s employee and ...