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Summer football

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Fans gather Friday at Ropele Field in Niagara, Wis., where the Northern Elite Predators hosted Brillion to open the Wisconsin high school football season. In Florence, the Bobcats opened their eight-player season against Gibraltar. Michigan teams will be in action starting Thursday.

Dickinson jobless rate jumps

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate climbed to 6.2% in July, placing it above the Upper Peninsula rate of 5.9% and the state rate of 4.1%. Although no specific layoffs were mentioned by the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, there was a ...

Aurora snowmobile bridge shy on funds

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FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County will need further state funding before it can replace the snowmobile trail bridge over the Little Popple River. Even the low bid of $265,000 from F.A. Industrial Services of Iron River, Mich., was significantly more than the $204,000 grant the county ...

UP deer herd in fair shape

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Fears that the snowy, prolonged end to the winter this year would take a heavy toll on the region’s deer herd for now appear to have not come to pass. An early survey of this spring’s fawn crop, along with the ongoing deer movement study in the Upper Peninsula, indicates while fawn ...

IM man pleads guilty to fleeing and eluding

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IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man arrested Feb. 18 after a high-speed chase that began in Kingsford and ended in Wisconsin pleaded guilty Thursday in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Julian Lara, 21, was convicted of fleeing and eluding, third degree, a felony punishable by up to five ...

Motorcyclist hits deer  

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A 62-year-old motorcyclist escaped serious injury Friday night when he hit a deer on U.S. near Moon Lake, said state police at the Iron Mountain post. The driver, who had been westbound, was transported to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that ...

Highway 180 work planned

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MARINETTE, Wis.— Highway 180 in Marinette County will be closed Monday and Tuesday for planned state highway maintenance operations. Maintenance crews will replace a culvert pipe between County RR and Rademaker Road. Work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. both Monday ...

UP man sentenced in infant’s death

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MARQUETTE — The Forsyth Township man who pleaded no contest to a second-degree homicide charge related to the death of his infant son was sentenced in 25th Circuit Court this week. Randy James Tuominen was sentenced by Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi to serve 25 to 50 years in prison, with credit ...

DCHS reports continued progress

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System boosted its bottom line in July and is exploring new services as it awaits approval of a $25.65 million federal loan. At a hospital board meeting Thursday, CEO Jeanne Goche said the immediate goal is strengthening the hospital’s primary ...

Republicans file second suit over panel for redistricting

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel’s political ...

IM man pleads guilty to viewing child pornography

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A former Iron Mountain area man serving a five-year prison sentence for home invasion pleaded guilty Thursday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to unrelated charges for viewing child pornography on a hotel computer. Marc Gauthier, 53, was convicted of five counts of using ...

Niagara man sent to prison for break-in

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A Niagara, Wis., man sentenced Thursday in Dickinson County Circuit Court will spend a minimum of 34 months in prison for breaking into a local business and stealing a cash box. Ryan Grismer, 36, could serve as many as 20 years for breaking and entering a building with intent ...

UP Open bocce on Saturday

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The UP Open bocce tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at City Park’s Ray Mariucci Bocce Complex.

Battling erosion in the Porkies

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ONTONAGON — An emergency shoreline project is underway to protect the main entry road on the east end of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park from erosion aggravated by high Lake Superior water levels and storm damage. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Ontonagon County Road ...

Marquette cold case remains unsolved after 19 years

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MARQUETTE — A rosary draped around the base of a white cross can be seen along Marquette County Road 492 in Negaunee Township, but another cross lies in the wooded area just beyond the roadway — this one marking where a sheriff’s deputy discovered the badly decomposed body of 24-year-old ...

Bus routes listed for Norway-Vulcan

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NORWAY — Some bus routes for the Norway-Vulcan Schools have minor changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Adults should check the bus schedule to determine the estimated time students will be picked up in the morning and arrive home. Generally, in the first few days of school buses will ...

Mini-grant awarded

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The Dickinson Area Community Foundation, along with affiliates Crystal Falls Area Community Foundation and Norway Area Community Foundation, recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to The Parkinson’s Society of Dickinson County Area. The funds will be used to host the fourth annual U.P. ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Sept. 7 at Family Ties

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Michigan Chapter will host its annual Iron Mountain “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Saturday, Sept. 7 at Family Ties Adult Center/Dickinson Iron Community Service Agency. Registration for the 1- mile or 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m., ...

Health partnership

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Florence County Health Department and the Aging and Disability Resource Center partnered to provide adult immunization and first aid information. The participants were provided with personal health “to-go” backpacks to be better prepared for emergencies. The agencies collaborated at meal ...

Bay board accepting applications

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ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees is accepting applications through Sept. 4 for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2020. The term will become vacant with the resignation of Philip L. Strom effective Aug. 30. Strom will leave the board after eight years of service to accept a ...