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Wisconsin to weigh extending gun deer season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state’s traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer ...

Enbridge: Broken pipe in Mackinac Straits likely unretrievable

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 200-foot-long broken boring pipe remains embedded in the Straits of Mackinac and may not be recoverable by a company that operates a fuel pipeline, officials said. Enbridge Inc. retrieved a broken 45-foot rod in December and told state regulators that a pipe of ...

Evers unveils plans for farm crisis, redistricting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extolled lawmakers during his State of the State speech Wednesday to work together to address the state’s farm crisis, calling a special session of the Legislature as part of a three-prong attack to tackle the problem that’s seen a record ...

Florence County looks to raise fee for jail stays

FLORENCE, Wis. — The cost to spend time in the Florence County Jail likely will rise in the near future. The Florence County Board authorized the Florence County Sheriff’s Office to develop a new per-day price for inmates serving jail sentences. Sheriff Dan Miller said a survey showed ...

Florence man faces more serious sex assault charge

FLORENCE, Wis. — A Florence, Wis., man initially accused of attempted second-degree sexual assault pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a more serious charge in Florence County Circuit Court. Nicholas Krause, 29, is charged with completed second degree sexual assault, a felony punishable by up ...

Two Peshtigo men accused of drug trafficking

MARINETTE, Wis. — Two people arrested Wednesday in Peshtigo, Wis., on drug trafficking charges have been transferred to Brown County to appear in federal court. Acting on federal search and arrest warrants, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office took into custody 41-year-old Tracy Sheldon ...

Radon kits available

KINGSFORD — Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. claiming approximately 20,000 lives annually or slightly more than two every hour. Radon is a radioactive odorless gas produced from the decomposition of uranium. Therefore, it could be lingering in a private ...

A day on ice

From left, Leon Mattord of Iron Mountain and Joe Corsi of Quinnesec ice fish on Cowboy Lake in Kingsford on Tuesday afternoon.

Former sheriff’s deputy to plead not guilty

MENOMINEE — A former Menominee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant and school resource officer accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy was expected to plead not guilty today. Brian Helfert, 56, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony ...

South Dakota man guilty of killing, dismembering girlfriend

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota jury convicted a man Tuesday of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Menominee County last year. Jurors in Pierre found 45-year-old Stephen R. Falkenberg guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder in the ...

Former Long Lake clerk admits to theft

FLORENCE, Wis. — A former Long Lake, Wis., town clerk pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing thousands of dollars from that municipality, less than a week before she was to go on trial. Megan Wilder, 39, was convicted in Florence County Circuit Court of theft in a business setting more than ...

Wisconsin lawmakers pass PFAS restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats’ complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to ...

Snow possible in area through the weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sunshine will be sparse the next few days as forecasters predict chances for light snow through the weekend. After light snow and freezing drizzle today, widespread light snow was expected to develop tonight in the central Upper Peninsula, the National Weather Service said. ...

Candlelight snowshoe, ski outing Feb. 1

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association will host its sixth-annual candlelight snowshoe and ski event Feb. 1 on the Niagara Riverside Trails. The event starts at 5:45 p.m. for skiers and 6:15 p.m. for snowshoers and features more than 500 candlelit luminaries along a 1.5-mile ...

ValenTails event to benefit Almost Home Animal Shelter

QUINNESEC — The Almost Home Animal Shelter will have its ValenTails fundraising event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway. The evening will include a raffle, door prizes, plated meal, cash bar and both live and silent auction. Raffle tickets are $5 and cash prizes ...

No community immune to scourge of human trafficking

IRON MOUNTAIN — January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. There are many misconceptions about the topic of human trafficking. Between the definitions, people at risk and general misconceptions about the subject, it can be difficult to find the right answers What is human ...

Michigan to swap out parolee ankle bracelets

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan’s corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to provide more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris Gautz said ...

Wal-Mart tax settlement reached

IRON MOUNTAIN — A settlement reached with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will reduce the taxable value of its supercenter on South Stephenson Avenue by about $730,000, or 14%. In an appeal filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal in June, the retailer had sought a reduction of $1.1 million, or 22%. As ...

Norway pushes off property tax payment deadline to Feb. 28

NORWAY — Norway residents again will have until the end of February to pay their winter property taxes without penalty. The Norway City Council on Monday moved the deadline for the collection of real and personal property taxes from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28. The council has extended the ...

Kingsford man gets prison time on drug charges

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man convicted of selling drugs and imitation substances after a two-day jury trial in December will spend a minimum of seven years in prison. Daniel Yuhasey, 43, was sentenced Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to a maximum of 30 years in prison for the ...