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Former Marquette Mutineers hockey official accepts plea deal

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MARQUETTE — After being accused of embezzlement and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent, Brice Burge, the former general manager of the nonprofit hockey organization the Marquette Mutineers, recently struck a deal with prosecutors for a lesser charge. Burge ...

Escanaba bridge span to open

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WELLS — Traffic on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River will be switched onto the bridge’s newly-constructed westbound span on Saturday, Dec. 9, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced. The traffic reconfiguration is expected to start at 1 p.m. Eastern time that ...

Superior level expected to remain above average

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HOUGHTON — Lake Superior water levels are predicted to remain above average but decrease slightly in the coming months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its latest six-month Great Lakes water level forecast Monday. “The lake levels of the Great Lakes themselves, especially on ...

DON AND KELLY MARTIN are the new owners of Tom & Jo’s Liquor in Aurora, Wis., but not new to the business, which Kelly Martin’s grandparents started 55 years ago. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Tom & Jo’s stays in family with new owners

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AURORA, Wis. — Don and Kelly Martin are the new owners of Tom & Jo’s Liquor in Aurora, as of Nov. 30. But they are no strangers to the business, which was started in 1962 by Kelly Martin’s grandparents, Tom and Josephine “Jo” Raymond, Kelly Martin said. Her father, the late ...

Paul Bujold, Kiwanis Ski Club treasurer, speaks about the major fundraising needed to continue hosting ski jumping competitions at a town hall meeting Tuesday at Pine Grove Country Club. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Club needs $2M to keep ski jump event

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Pine Mountain has hosted an international competition that celebrates ski jumping since 1939. But if the Kiwanis Ski Club is to continue that tradition, it’ll have to come up with $2 million to finish needed upgrades on the aging venue. The group behind the annual ...

THE DICKINSON AREA Chamber Alliance Ambassadors at the recent ribbon-cutting for C&M Tax and Accounting in Iron Mountain. From left are Denise Lind, Teresa Schettler, Joe Testolin, Patti Schneider, C&M co-owners Valerie Carpenter and Cindy Miller, Chris Hanley, Benjamin Ryan, Elsa Samborski, Tamara Juul and Lynda Zanon. (Chris Tomassucci/Daily News photo)

Chamber welcomes C&M Tax and Accounting in IM

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance Ambassadors recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for C&M Tax and Accounting. The business at 127 S. Stephenson Ave. is a partnership of Valerie Carpenter and Cindy Miller, the C and M behind the name. Both offer 50 years of ...

Joseph Rankin, left, and defense attorney Roy Polich wait for testimony to begin in Rankin’s Iron County jury trial on criminal sexual conduct and practicing massage therapy without a license charges. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

Trial opens for former massage therapist accused of sex crime

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CRYSTAL FALLS — It’s a case of “he said, she said” as testimony unfolded Tuesday in the Iron County jury trial for a former Iron River massage therapist accused of criminal sexual conduct while practicing without a license. Joseph Rankin, 26, reportedly touched a woman ...

Michigan panels OK bills aimed at underfunded retiree plans

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican-led legislative committees quickly approved bills Tuesday that would force local governments to boost their funding of employee retirement plans over time, an effort supporters say is necessary to prevent financial chaos down the road. Opponents, however, ...

Michigan rare in keeping lawmakers’ finances unknown

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan could end up being the only state in the country where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances, a distinction that good government watchdogs say is an embarrassment that must be changed. Forty-seven states now ...

Earlier meeting time for IM

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The start time of the Iron Mountain City Council’s regular meetings will be 6 p.m., effective with the next meeting Monday, Dec. 18. The council agreed Monday to change the start time from 6:30 p.m. because it will be beneficial to some members. Mayor Dale Alessandrini ...

This 20-foot evergreen, cut earlier this week, will be transported to First National Bank & Trust in Iron Mountain on Thursday. The community is invited to attend the tree escort, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and return for the official tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15, beginning at 5 p.m.

Community Christmas tree coming to Iron Mountain

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The public is encouraged to line up on Stephenson Avenue on Thursday to help welcome the 20-foot community Christmas tree to its final destination. The police escort begins at 3:30 p.m. at Edward’s Automotive and ends at the First National Bank & Trust downtown ...

Eagle numbers reach record

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s bald eagle population hit a record high this year. The Department of Natural Resources said air and ground surveys counted nearly 1,600 occupied nests statewide. That’s up nearly 6 percent from last year and is the highest since the survey work began in ...

Vintage Snowmobile Show Saturday

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FAITHORN — Vulcan Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap meet starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Long Branch Saloon in Faithorn. Snowmobile entry fee is $5 per sled. Spectator admission is free. Judging begins at 2 p.m. with trophies awarded at 3:30 p.m. There will also be a ...

Wisconsin crime labs have backlog

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says a backlog has developed again at the state crime labs. Schimel told The Associated Press during a year-end interview that an influx of evidence submissions is to blame. He says submissions have increased 80 percent over the last two years.

Conservation District plans its annual meeting

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District will have its 68th annual meeting and Conservation Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20, in Fornetti Hall at Bay West College in Iron Mountain. The meeting will include an election for two conservation board seats, with ...

Bill expands tax-free accounts for K-12 expenses

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan parents could use tax-free accounts to pay for extracurricular activities and other education-related expenses under partially approved legislation that would expand the state's college savings program. Five bills were approved 23-14 in the Republican-led ...

Dickinson County Healthcare Systems Administrator and CEO John Schon, left,  listens as Bellin Health CEO George Kerwin discusses the planned acquisition of DCHS by the Green Bay, Wis.-based medical provider. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

DCHS to become part of Bellin Health

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Bellin Health expects to acquire financially troubled Dickinson County Healthcare System by the summer of 2018 under an agreement outlined Monday by hospital officials. John Schon, DCHS administrator-chief executive, said he is “very comfortable and very excited” about ...

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Birchwood Mall to be switched to apartments

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KINGSFORD — The former Birchwood Mall will be converted into apartments under a proposal presented at the Kingsford Council meeting Monday. Ken Dillinger, president of UP Engineers & Architects in Iron Mountain, told the council that property owner Bill Neuens plans to start phase one ...

IM in crosshairs of unfunded liability legislation

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IRON MOUNTAIN — City officials are keeping an eye on proposed legislation that may force severely underfunded retiree health plans — such as one in place in Iron Mountain — to undergo changes ordered by state appointees. The city has received a new actuarial report showing an unfunded ...