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Rodeo in Iron River

Taylor Phillips of Three Hills Rodeo out of Iowa competes in the bareback riding event Friday night during the 52nd annual U.P. Championship Rodeo in Iron River. Today’s rodeo performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Mild year for ticks, but Lyme disease still prevalent

KINGSFORD — Some good news for getting into the outdoors in the region: It appears to be a milder year for ticks. While the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department has had more ticks submitted for testing this year than in 2018, Health Officer Daren Deyaert said he believes the number of ...

Power lost during storm

IRON MOUNTAIN — A handful of We Energies customers in Dickinson and Florence counties remained without power early today after an outage that reportedly affected more than 10,000 customers late Friday night. The downtown Iron Mountain area was without service from about 10 p.m. to midnight ...

Astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of first moon landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. They gathered in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, who got a rundown on his administration's plans to get ...

Groups combating the spread of knotweed

KINGSFORD — Hailing from Japan, where its roots cut through volcanic rock like butter, Japanese knotweed — and a few other species including giant and Bohemian — can thrive in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. The plant invades a wide variety of habitats unimpeded. ...

Black-billed cuckoo survives M-69 collision

Journalists are told not to become part of the story. But it’s tough to avoid getting involved when a bird bounces off your vehicle. Tuesday is pizza night. So I’m winding down M-69 on the drive home, radio playing, take-and-bake pizza in the back seat. And out of nowhere, something ...

Fires knock out power in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fires at two transmission substations in Wisconsin's capital on Friday knocked out power to thousands of customers on the hottest day of the year to-date, sending dual plumes of thick, black smoke into the air and shutting down government buildings, courtrooms and ...

Animals to visit Tuesday at Niagara Public Library

NIAGARA, Wis. — Dino Tlachac from Nature’s Niche will give a presentation with live animals at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Niagara Public Library, 1029 Roosevelt Road in Niagara. He will talk about each of the animals, their native habitats and importance in the environment. Children, teens ...

Niagara museum donation

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Niagara Historical Society to purchase a dehumidifier for the museum at 1364 River St. in Niagara, Wis. The dehumidifier will help control the moisture level in air to better preserve the historical items on ...

Saturday in the Park: Two days of music starts today in City Park

IRON MOUNTAIN — While the name says Saturday in the Park, the music will begin tonight. This year’s annual fundraising event for City Park improvements kicks off at 5 p.m. today in the park, when gates open and Tease featuring Gracie Fries begins playing. Also on the slate for the ...

NMU raises tuition by 4.9% for 2019-2020

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Board on Thursday approved an almost 5 percent tuition increase for the 2019-20 academic year that will cost students an additional $270 per semester. The combined average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $5,796 per semester, an ...

Benson seeks input on redistricting forms, eligibility

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts instead of lawmakers. Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Wisconsin GOP calls for override of road funds veto

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate on Thursday called for a veto override after Gov. Tony Evers' administration announced a new $75 million transportation grant program that would make funding available for public transit projects like Milwaukee's ...

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn’t see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn’t hesitate. The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 raffled off free cameras in a partnership with ...

‘Youth Fit’ fills Iron County summer

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and training studio Yooper Fit have teamed up to create Youth Fit, a summer fitness program for Iron County youth. Participants were recognized earlier this month for their consistent tracking of activities; they also received a gift from Aspirus ...

Power station fires knock out service in Madison, state offices and courts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fires at two transmission substations in Wisconsin's capital knocked out power to more than 11,000 customers on a sweltering day, shutting down government buildings, courtrooms and businesses and prompting police to call in additional staff. An explosion and fire at the ...

Student Service Awards presented to local graduates

LANSING — The Michigan Student Service Award program is offered through the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency and the Volunteer Centers of Michigan. This award was earned by 14 local graduates from Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Forest Park high schools. “This award highlights ...

Bingo winners drawn for June

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Daily News Bingo Mania winners for June are: Roxanne Hudson of Iron Mountain, $150 blackout; Rebecca Nimmer of Florence, Wis., $100 for letter N bingo; Ethel Tavonatti of Iron Mountain, $75 for two or more bingo; and Lola R. Johnson of Kingsford, $25 for a single bingo.

Michigan health insurers submit open enrollment plans

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has received filings from nine health insurance companies to be included in the federally-facilitated Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace. All the companies that offered plans last year have filed to offer ...

‘You Inspire Us’

Jacob Lobner of Kingsford was one of two recipients of the annual "You Inspire Us" Award at a Tractors for Autism and Disabilities’ Fourth of July ceremony in Loyal, Wis. He was given the award for serving as an inspiration to others. At the same ceremony, Jacob presented his stepdad, Tom ...