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Lifting spirits: N-V students make ‘comfort’ bags for cancer patients

NORWAY — For two Norway-Vulcan Area School sixth-grade students, the mission of their 20 Percent Time project was clear — lift the spirits of local cancer patients. Kaylee Baldwin and Tessa Castelaz hoped to achieve their goal with 100 bags filled with “comfort” items they recently ...

State projects $2.1B more in tax revenues

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Projected tax revenues in Michigan’s two major accounts will be $2.1 billion higher than previously anticipated over two years, driven by increased federal unemployment benefits and consumers’ online purchases in the coronavirus pandemic. Economists in the ...

Guard at Michigan’s Capitol for increased security

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s ...

Powerball jackpot grows to $730M; Mega Millions to be $850M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery players have another chance to win big next week since there were no winners of the top prize for both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in their most recent drawings. The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated $730 million after no one matched all five ...

Christmas Bird Count lists 34 species

Unexpected raptors provided several highlights for local participants in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count that took place Dec. 19. A golden eagle, rough-legged hawk and sharp-shinned hawk were among the noteworthy sightings, said Phyllis Carlson, coordinator of ...

No Daily News on Monday

Due to the federal postal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Daily News will not publish a paper Monday. The Daily News office remains closed to the public but will take telephone calls 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The normal publishing schedule will resume Tuesday.

DIDHD posts 22 new COVID cases in Iron County

Local health officials Friday afternoon showed 22 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Iron County since last reporting Tuesday. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also reported six more confirmed coronavirus cases in Dickinson County over the same period, plus 32 new recoveries. ...

City councils to meet

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday via Zoom. The meeting ID is 731-974-4809. Agenda items include a discussion on green burials, using an online bidding site to sell used equipment and the renewal of a property lease for the Michigan State Police post. Breitung Township ...

DNR seeks to fill vacancies on UP advisory panels

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on both the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in ...

New place for old things

IRON MOUNTAIN — Work is underway on Phase 3 improvements for the new Menominee Range Historical Museum in Iron Mountain. In October, the foundation board signed a contract with Carey Construction to frame in the north and south display areas — each measuring 3-by-43 feet — in the ...

Biden details $1.9T virus ‘rescue’ plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout. Called the ...

Iron County road worker killed

BATES TOWNSHIP — An Iron County Road Commission employee died Wednesday after being struck and pinned between vehicles while working as a flagger on Bates-Amasa Road near Shady Lane in Iron County. An investigation determined a 57-year-old Newald, Wis., man driving a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup ...

New COVID deaths in Menominee, Marinette counties

State health officials have reported three new coronavirus-related deaths in Menominee County over the past two days and two more deaths across the Wisconsin border in Marinette County. Across the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 data site ...

Groups ask court to restore protections for gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern ...

No Daily News on Monday

Due to the federal postal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Daily News will not publish a paper Monday. The Daily News office remains closed to the public but will take telephone calls 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The normal publishing schedule will resume Tuesday.

Flint water probe brings charges against 9 people

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and ...

Florence vaccine

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for unaffiliated healthcare workers, Tier 1A, through the Florence County Health Department began this week. Rhonda Lindstrom administers the Pfizer vaccine to Jeff Rickaby, emergency medical responder and coroner. The department will expand the vaccine based on ...

Wisconsin vaccine pace questioned

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans grilled health officials with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration Thursday about the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin, saying the process is a cumbersome mess. The Assembly's health committee held a hearing to learn more about ...

Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal was necessary and how the thinly staffed court could be ...

Trump impeached a second time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by ...