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Norway quiz bowl team to be on TV 13 on Jan. 12

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MARQUETTE — The Norway High School team will take on Marquette in the second round of Public TV 13’s High School Bowl competition, scheduled to air Jan. 12. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin field teams for the tournament, now celebrating 41 years on the air. ...

Solar energy project divides rural SW Wisconsin county

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DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Residents in a rural Wisconsin county are split over a Chicago developer’s plan to work with two Wisconsin utilities to build a solar farm that would include more than 1 million solar panels. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm proposed by Invenergy would cover 2,700 acres ...

Lawmakers approve $180K for pheasants for hunting

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting. The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office. The pheasants would be released in state game areas to enhance hunting ...

Nordic Grocery: Small-town store in Felch under new ownership

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FELCH TOWNSHIP — Much of the Felch area is a good 20 to 30 miles from Iron Mountain. So what to do when a recipe calls for sour cream and none is to be found in the household? Or when those at a hunting camp lack gloves — and perhaps a saw — for dividing up that deer? Nordic Grocery ...

Prices to rise in several states as minimum wage goes up

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up ...

List says ban ‘optics,’ ‘thought leader,’ ‘collusion’

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DETROIT (AP) — No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.) That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert ...

States trying to stop invasive evergreen-eating bug

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states. Wisconsin inspectors found the critter called elongate hemlock scale on ...

County boards to reorganize

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The Iron County Board of Commissioners will have its reorganizational meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the commissioner’s room of the courthouse in Crystal Falls. The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will have its reorganizational meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room of ...

Anglers rescued

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Crews have rescued two fishermen stranded on an ice chunk in northeastern Wisconsin. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office was called early Sunday to Volk’s Landing. The fishermen were on a chunk of ice about 300 yards from the landing in the Bay of Green Bay. The ...

UP man killed in plow collision

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ONTONAGON — A White Pine man is dead after his vehicle reportedly ran into the back of a snow plow Saturday night in Ontonagon County. According to authorities, an Ontonagon Road Commission plow truck driven by Alan Laingren of Ontonagon was westbound on M-64 near Stroud Road about 8 p.m. ...

Fatal house fire in Langlade County

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TOWN OF ELCHO, Wis. (AP) — Human remains were found inside a Langlade County house where a fire was reported Sunday morning, authorities said. The cause of the fire in the town of Elcho is under investigation, according to the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department. Foul play is not ...

Snyder plans waterfalls tour

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rick Snyder says he and wife Sue plan to take an Upper Peninsula “whirlwind waterfall” tour at some point in 2019. The Michigan governor leaves office Tuesday.

Snow fort

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Sisters Ashley and Savannah Branam build a snow fort outside their home on West C Street in Iron Mountain. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow or freezing rain on Monday night, which is New Year’s Eve, and a chance of snow New Year’s morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Ski club gains support for Giant Pine

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Henry Foundation has contributed $50,000 to the Kiwanis Ski Club for its Capital Campaign. The goal of the Capital Campaign is to raise funds for improvements to the Pine Mountain Ski Jump and facilities as required by the International Ski Federation to continue ...

Snyder OKs spending bill, vetoes online gambling

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that is tied to a contentious plan to shift tax revenue for schools to other priorities such as roads, environmental cleanup and recycling. The new laws were the term-limited Republican's final chance to ...

Michigan ballot drives to become more difficult

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, imposing a geographical-based requirement that may prevent them from gathering signatures for petitions mainly from the most populated areas. The ...

Breitung keeps tax rate flat, but dips into cash reserves

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QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board this week approved a $1.9 million budget for fiscal year 2019 that holds the tax rate at what it’s been for the past decade. The rate of 4.2 mills, or $4.20 per $1,000 of taxable property value, has remained the same since 2010. Property and ...

CWD response pushes forward

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MARQUETTE — When a 4-year-old doe was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease in Dickinson County in October, it was the first time this deadly disease affecting portions of Michigan's white-tailed deer herd had been found in the Upper Peninsula. For many, including hunting groups ...

Snowmobiler dies in crash

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ONTONAGON — A Nebraska woman was killed early Thursday in a snowmobile accident on Lake Gogebic in Ontonagon County, according to the sheriff’s department. Jill Swarts, 46, of Gretna, Neb., was following a group of other snowmobilers south on the lake’s west side near Ontonagon County ...

A soggy, slippery mess

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Mark Turner shovels wet, heavy slush outside his home on West B Street in Iron Mountain. Thursday brought snow, rain and freezing rain, making for a slippery mix on roads and walkways. More of the same was expected today before the weather turns colder, according to the National Weather ...