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‘The quality is outstanding’: Delayed apple crop worth the wait

NIAGARA, Wis. — Red, yellow, green and gold — as summer yields to autumn, so begins the year’s apple harvest. “It’s a few days behind schedule,” 74-year-old Hal Wentzel said. “Not much. I wouldn’t say more than a week.” Wentzel and his wife, Carol, own Pleasant View ...

UAW: GM offer came too late to avert strike

DETROIT (AP) — A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers against General Motors could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union’s top negotiator said in a letter to the company. In the letter dated Sunday, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told GM’s labor ...

Man arrested after incident at IM church

IRON MOUNTAIN — A man was arrested Sunday after what was reported as an “active shooter” incident at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Police responded about 9:15 a.m., minutes after the caller said the man was acting strangely and being disruptive during ...

More third-graders expected to be held back under law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Third-graders who started school in recent weeks may be forced to repeat the grade next year if they struggle with reading, the result of a 2016 Michigan law whose most controversial provision kicks in beginning next spring. The number of third-graders who are held ...

Hope 2 Help

Hundreds of people participated Sunday in the second annual Hope 2 Help Suicide Prevention Walk in Iron Mountain, hosted by the Dickinson County Communities That Care. Northpointe Behavioral Health donated hot dogs and the Midtown Mall donated granola bars and water. The afternoon began with ...

City council meetings today; Florence board meets Tuesday

By Daily News staff The Florence County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today in Room 211 of Florence High School. The agenda includes a closed session for personnel considerations. There will be a second special meeting at 5:15 p.m. that includes a closed session for ...

Fall UP Honor Flight prepares for takeoff Wednesday

ESCANABA — Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that gives veterans in the region a chance to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., is gearing up for its second mission of 2019 that will take off Wednesday. “This will be Mission XVII,” U.P. Honor Flight President ...

Financial aid events scheduled at Bay West, KHS

IRON MOUNTAIN —Michigan students and families in the Upper Peninsula looking for help paying for college should save the date for a college fair in their area, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Treasury’s MI Student Aid Outreach Team is visiting communities across the ...

Ghost Town tour planned by Amberg Historical Society

AMBERG, Wis. — The Amberg Historical Society will conduct its every other year Ghost Town Tour to Phillipsburg in the town of Athelstane and Taylor Rapids in the town of Silver Cliff. These are small settlements that appeared in the very early 20th century after the big timber companies ...

Bay event Tuesday

ESCANABA — Bay College will host the 32nd Annual Occupational Open House from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Escanaba Campus to provide an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors to visit the campus and explore the career and technical programs offered at Bay College.

Music performance at the Florence library

FLORENCE, Wis. — Valri will be performing a country-western music show at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Florence County Library. Valri has performed, singing and playing piano throughout Michigan, California, Wisconsin and Florida, with an extensive repertoire of classic and current music. She ...

AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 9 cents to $2.57 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan said average gas prices statewide have fallen 9 cents from a week ago to about $2.57 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 37 cents less than a year ago. The state’s highest averages ...

Northern Michigan University hosting information events

IRON MOUNTAIN — Northern Michigan University will host informational events in Escanaba and Iron Mountain, where non-traditional students can learn about career-advancing business programs offered completely or partially online. Programs include a new bachelor of applied science in ...

Breitung school district fills part-time positions

KINGSFORD — The Breitung Township School Board has hired Bruce Tapio as a part-time industrial arts teacher at Kingsford High School and Elisa Hearn as a part-time secretary at Kingsford Middle School. The board also set several advisor positions, including Jennifer Spleen and Kelly ...

Police academy meeting Oct. 1

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s Regional Police Academy will host an information meeting at 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Oct. 1, in room 132 of NMU’s Jacobetti Complex. To sign up, call 906-227-1408. The meeting is specifically for those interested in attending the Regional ...

September summer

Jason Hesseling of Pembine, Wis., spends Friday afternoon fishing off the Lake Antoine pier in Iron Mountain. Summer-like weather is expected to linger. The forecast calls for high temperatures in the 70s most of next week.

Appeals settled in tax tribunal filings

IRON MOUNTAIN — Settlements have been reached in two tax appeals from property owners in Dickinson County, closing out a total of six filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal in 2018. Under the latest settlements, Kingsford Broach & Tool will see the taxable value of its manufacturing ...

Houghton contractor agrees to pay $1 million

GRAND RAPIDS —U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Friday that GS Engineering Inc. a defense contractor in Houghton, along with GSE’s president and GSE’s former bookkeeper, will pay a total of $1 million to resolve allegations that GSE submitted false claims for lease costs under its ...

Florence’s fab lab available to public

FLORENCE, Wis. — The public is invited to explore and create custom projects or prototypes at the fabrication lab at Florence High School. Fab lab participants can learn how to carve or etch their own designs into wood, metal or glass, 3-D print plastic, or create vinyl stickers or ...

Veterans health talk Tuesday at VA in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will host a veterans health care presentation at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the fifth-floor conference center on the main campus in Iron Mountain. Veterans, their families, and the general public are invited to attend. Presentations will focus ...