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No raking allowed

Bella Hood of Iron Mountain plays in a pile of leaves on East C Street. Peak fall colors are expected in the Dickinson County area through the first week of October, according to the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association.

COVID-19 could overload hospitals, Gov. Whitmer warns during UP visit

HANCOCK— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Upper Peninsula health officials and education and community leaders to discuss ways to stem the recent rise in COVID-19 cases during a stop in Hancock Tuesday. During a press briefing following the meeting, Whitmer said she is concerned with the ...

Virus cases up by 31 in Dickinson, Iron counties

Dickinson and Iron counties Tuesday had 31 new COVID-19 positives between them, continuing the upward trend for both counties, according to local health officials. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Tuesday reported 16 new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County for 152 ...

Rep. LaFave tests positive for coronavirus

IRON MOUNTAIN — State Rep. Beau LaFave revealed Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he was feeling better after “the worst of my symptoms came and went this weekend.” He said he tested positive Tuesday after ...

Wisconsin in crisis, health official says

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan ...

Michigan’s state of emergency extended through Oct. 27

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency Tuesday, continuing a declaration that is the basis for various orders designed to fight the coronavirus. While the emergency had been scheduled to expire Thursday, the governor had been expected to continue ...

Dickinson board reviews CARES Act payments

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County has received a grant of $109,000 through the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program, County Controller Brian Bousley said. Like other local governments, the county received 50% of its requested reimbursement, Bousley informed the ...

Flu shots

Ann Price, public health nurse gives Chuck Hoogland his annual flu shot at the Florence County Courthouse through the Florence County Health Department’s new curbside flu clinic by appointment. The health department is offering curbside or clinic flu shots for the flu season at 501 Lake Ave., ...

Bay College offers fall workshop series via Zoom

ESCANABA —Bay College’s Workforce Training Department has teamed up with other community colleges to offer relevant and timely workshops via Zoom. Each workshop runs for two hours and is being offered at a reduced rate of $29 each. Sign up for just one, or register for all six workshops. ...

Court allows 6 extra days to count Wisconsin ballots

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in ...

A little supervision

Annette Richardson, 3, makes sure her dad, Bryan, picks the right pumpkins in the patch at Slagle’s Family Farm in Felch Township. She then helped him tote their selections out of the field. Bryan Richardson, of Iron Mountain, said the pumpkins and gourds would be “for decorating and ...

Three new IC virus deaths as cases soar

Iron County has had three more coronavirus-related deaths, local health officials said Monday as the number of COVID-19 positives in that county continues to surge. As has been the practice, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department released no other information on the deaths, saying only ...

Developer selected for Groveland Mine solar project

LANSING — Circle Power of Royal Oak has been awarded a five-year land lease agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to develop large-scale solar arrays on two former mine sites, including the Groveland Mine in Dickinson County. Groveland, in Norway and Felch townships, ...

Dickinson supports SkyWest bid at Ford Airport

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County continues to support SkyWest Airlines as the Essential Air Service carrier at Ford Airport, endorsing Monday the airline’s proposal to provide subsidized flights for another three years. SkyWest, a Utah-based regional airline, has been Dickinson County’s ...

Marinette County search turns up human remains

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — A search by more than 100 volunteers for a woman last seen in 2017 has turned up bones that appear to be human in Marinette County, according to sheriff’s officials. The search for 83-year-old Jeanette Fullerton on Sunday near Wausaukee also uncovered some clothing ...

Opposition criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge’s plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups ...

Nessel to investigate Unlock Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general opened an investigation Monday into allegations that a ballot group may have committed crimes while gathering signatures to repeal a law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad powers to manage the coronavirus crisis without legislative ...

Field journal

Matthew Walstrom, a student at Bishop Baraga Catholic School in Iron Mountain, enters information in a field journal for his science class.

Trump coming to Green Bay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning a pair of campaign rallies on Saturday in La Crosse and Green Bay, less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 election. The stops announced Monday by Trump’s campaign come just over two weeks after he held a rally in central Wisconsin ...

Parade for turning 100

KINGSFORD — Every centenarian has their own secrets to living a long life. Myrtle Jones, a current resident of Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford, joined that elite group Friday. Jones’ daughter, Judy Jennings says her mother credits her longevity to hard work; ...