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Library campaign

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Reimagine the Dickinson County Library Reading Room: This view shows the central area of the Reading Room with shelves on casters rolled out of the way for a presentation. After the program, the shelves would be rolled back to the center. The ceiling installations will provide a reduction in ...

Frigid roundup

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Brian Hall of Kingsford attempts to stay warm while bringing in carts from the Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold into Thursday, when snow also enters the forecast, according to the National Weather Service office in Marquette.

CoVantage Cares effort nets $240K for donations

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The CoVantage Cares Foundation has awarded nearly $240,000 to local non-profit groups in communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches, the board of directors announced. The money came from donations by CoVantage Credit Union members, staff and the community during the foundation’s ...

Contracts OK’d for Dickinson employees

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County employees will see wage increases of 2 percent in each of the next four years under contracts approved by the county board Tuesday. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for new employees will come under a defined contribution plan, which should produce a ...

Smart retirement saving strategies for each decade

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Whether you can still count the days since you started your first job or you are nearing the end of your career, saving for retirement should be a top priority. You have the potential to spend decades in retirement, so it’s worth committing to saving today. Some fundamental strategies ...

Christmas night fire levels Loretto home

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LORETTO — No one was hurt in a Christmas night fire that destroyed a Loretto family’s home. Firefighters believe an overheated wood stove caused the blaze about 11:15 p.m. Monday at a two-story house on Main Street, Norway Fire Chief Dave Bal said. Two adults and five children — ...

Marquette mayor dies after stroke

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MARQUETTE — Marquette Mayor Thomas Baldini died Tuesday after suffering a stroke on Saturday. Baldini, a longtime area politician and public servant, had become mayor in November after being mayor pro-tem. He was 74. A former teacher at Marquette Senior High School, he joined Gov. James ...

Poison developed to deal with feral hogs in Texas, Alabama

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Feral swine do more than $1.5 billion a year in damage around the country, and scientists are taking what could be a big step toward controlling them. They are field-testing poison baits made from a preservative that’s used to cure bacon and sausage. The tests will ...

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 ...