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A trophy buck

James Lucas, left, a Community Living Center patient at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, received a trophy Wednesday for shooting the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program’s biggest buck of the season. Presenting the trophy was program chairman Ken Buchholtz. Lucas, who has ...

Iron County Board cuts funds for 4-H, Economic Chamber Alliance

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Iron County Board will give final consideration Dec. 19 to a budget that would scale back funds for some programs in 2020. The board Tuesday amended the budget for the coming year, giving $10,000 to the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance and $15,000 to the Michigan ...

Senate OKs bill to lift deer-baiting ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s ban on using bait to hunt deer would end for at least two years under legislation that advanced further in the Legislature on Wednesday, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer remains opposed to signing it. The Republican-led Senate voted 21-14, mostly on party lines, ...

Michigan car insurance fee falling to $100

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries will pay $100 per vehicle starting in July, which will be 55% less than the record-high $220 annual fee they currently pay. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created nonprofit ...

Gladstone man awaits pre-trial conference in motorcycle crash

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Gladstone man accused of crashing a motorcycle while driving after drinking — resulting in his passenger breaking several bones in her leg — has pleaded not guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Michael Vanderlinden, 37, is charged with reckless driving ...

Report says Wisconsin taxes have dropped in past two decades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows that taxes paid by Wisconsin residents as a share of personal income have fallen by more than two percentage points over the past 20 years. The Wisconsin Policy Forum report released today shows the drop in Wisconsin is one of the largest in the ...

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation has awarded a $250 mini-grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The funds will be used for match activities in Dickinson County. Tanya Ettenhofer, left, executive director of BBBS, accepts the check from Tamara Juul, director of the Community Foundation. If ...

Parking ban reminder issued in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — An overnight winter parking ban is in effect, said Iron Mountain Director of Police and Fire Services Ed Mattson. It prohibits parking vehicles on streets, alleys and city-owned parking lots between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Motorists who are issued citations must ...

Girls’ Night Out: Annual event to draw crowds to downtown IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Downtown Iron Mountain will be bustling Thursday evening as women hunt for deals during the annual Girls’ Night Out event. The Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority organized the event, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., with many businesses offering specials and ...

Florence County declared a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County on Tuesday become the first in Wisconsin to designate itself as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” taking a strong stance against any potential state gun control legislation. While considered a non-binding measure, the move signals county officials may opt ...

Suit seeks to block state restrictions on helping voters

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group is challenging Michigan’s restrictions on transporting voters to the polls and helping people apply for absentee ballots, asking a federal judge to declare the laws unconstitutional and to block their enforcement. The lawsuit, brought late Tuesday, ...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize Bible week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn’t marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote ...

Michigan budget standoff could last into December

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A budget standoff between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to be resolved until December at the earliest. The Michigan House won’t convene for voting Wednesday. It began a three-week hunting and Thanksgiving break last ...

Former Marquette lawmaker reports rare three-antler deer

MARQUETTE (AP) — A former state lawmaker from Marquette says he took a photo of an unusual deer: a buck with three antlers in the Upper Peninsula. Steve Lindberg posted the photo to his Facebook page, where he regularly shares pictures from the outdoors. A veterinarian, Steve Edwards of ...

IM man pleads not guilty to pair of felony charges

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man accused of taking a truck and killing a dog in August has pleaded not guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Elliot Hess, 28, is charged with the unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; and ...

Marquette woman to serve jail sentence on drug charges

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Marquette woman convicted of drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in July will serve a total of 16 months in jail. Toni Bressette, 33, was sentenced Nov. 5 in Dickinson County Circuit Court to 10 months in jail for the possession of methamphetamine, a felony ...

Kingsford woman arrested

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford woman has been arrested on drug-related charges, a local drug enforcement team said Tuesday. Alissa Cmejla, 38, is charged with two counts of the delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine; maintaining a drug house; and violating the terms of her parole, ...

Veterans Day honors

Fourth-grader Jackson Rittenhouse presents a calendar to his grandfather, Don Rittenhouse, during the Veterans Day program Monday at the North Dickinson County School District. The fourth-graders make calendars for the veterans each year. (Vicki Lindholm photo)

County, hospital to meet on autopsies dispute

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System trustees will be asked Thursday to reconsider a decision to discontinue autopsy services. A joint meeting between the hospital board and county board has been set for 3 p.m. in the correctional center conference room. “Hopefully, it will ...

Verso to sell two mills in Wisconsin, Maine

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. said today it plans to sell mills in Stevens Point, Wis., and Jay, Maine, to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC for $400 million. Verso’s board of directors has approved the sale, which is waiting for stockholder approval. The deal is expected to be completed ...