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Humongous Fungus Fest starts Friday

CRYSTAL FALLS — The world’s largest continuous mushroom in the world will be celebrated this weekend at the 28th annual Humongous Fungus Festival. The Humongous Fungus is spread over more than 37 subterranean acres near Crystal Falls. It is an Armillaria gallica fungus, also known as a ...

Michigan communities get partial win in court fight over tax dollars

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Local governments have won a partial victory in the Michigan appeals court in a dispute over how state government gives tax dollars to communities. The constitution requires that local governments get 48.9 percent of all state spending. But when the state makes that ...

DCHS loan hearing Aug. 14

IRON MOUNTAIN — A public meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to receive comments on Dickinson County Healthcare System’s application for a federal loan of $24.65 million to refinance part of its existing debt and make numerous capital acquisitions. The meeting on the ...

Alzheimer’s walk planned on Sept. 7

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Saturday, Sept. 7. Registration will be at 9 a.m. at Family Ties Adult Center, located in the Dickinson Iron Community Services building at 1238 Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain. There will be a short ceremony at 10 a.m. and ...

Dancers receive first place

Ashley DeMay and Eamonn Weed were awarded first place at the Blueberry Festival Dance Competition on July 25 in Marquette. They performed their Pas de Deux from NMDA’s 2018 Nutcracker performance receiving the highest score of 10. The three judges, who were also instructors at this year’s ...

Conservative lawsuit challenges Wisconsin governor’s vetoes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Wednesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of lawmakers through partial budget vetoes — a move that would reverse more than four decades of precedent. The lawsuit, ...

Ottawa National Forest to celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday

IRONWOOD — The U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest, invites the public to join them on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Ottawa Visitor Center in Watersmeet to help Smokey Bear celebrate his 75th birthday. Arts and crafts, movies, exhibits, trail walks, and games for all ages will be ongoing ...

Florence brick deadline today

FLORENCE, Wis. — Fundraising for the “Leave Your Mark” paving walkway at the Florence Middle and High School is drawing to a close. The deadline for ordering an engraved brick is today. Information about the project or the ordering of a brick is available at ...

Stuff the Bus on Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Join the Dickinson County Salvation Army for its Stuff the Bus event on Saturday at Walmart in Iron Mountain. “We want to ensure that children returning to school have the tools they need to help them achieve the success each child is so deserving of,” said Tara ...

Forest Park participates in Healthy Schools project

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Forest Park School District was part of a pilot grant program, partnering with the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department who received a grant from the University of Michigan. The program is called Project Healthy Schools. Approximately, 12 Upper Peninsula schools ...

Touring the iron mine

Tour guide Milt Krznarich, left, of Norway explains to visitors the history of the Iron Mountain Iron Mine in Vulcan. The mine produced nearly 22 million tons of ore over a span of 68 years, beginning in the 1880s. Walking tours of the mine began in 1958 and a train was added at the popular ...

Niagara to tap reserves for school spending plan

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara School District has approved a preliminary budget for 2019-20 showing a deficit of about $257,000. The district plans to levy $1,254,726, which is down from last year’s levy of $1,493,437, a drop of about 16 percent. The district also had deficit spending ...

Local governments get partial win in Michigan court fight

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Local governments have won a partial victory in the Michigan appeals court in a dispute over how state government gives tax dollars to communities. The constitution requires that local governments get 48.9 percent of all state spending. But when the state makes that ...

Sheriff: Wisconsin gunman may have imitated Closs kidnapping

A Wisconsin man killed three of his family members before blasting his way into the home of a stranger he had been harassing through text messages and killing her, authorities said Tuesday, speculating that he may have been trying to imitate last year’s home invasion and abduction of ...

Marquette eyes development

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The largest city in the Upper Peninsula is taking steps to develop a 32-acre former industrial site along Lake Superior. Marquette years ago acquired the Cliffs-Dow property for a dollar. The Mining Journal reports that city commissioners voted Monday to negotiate a ...

Michigan Republicans file lawsuit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans sued Tuesday to block the creation of Michigan's new, voter-approved redistricting commission, challenging eligibility guidelines that prohibit politicians and others from serving on the panel. The lawsuit, filed in federal court and praised by a ...

Menominee Range Memories — IM’s early business district dates to 1880s

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 45th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “Downtown Iron Mountain Businesses – 301-309 South ...

Whitmer proposes smaller psychiatric hospital

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration recommended Tuesday that a state psychiatric hospital in Michigan's Thumb region be downsized, either by upgrading the facility or building a new one. The proposal was made more than four months after the state Department of ...

North Central names principal

POWERS — North Central Area Schools has hired David Florenski to serve as middle school/high school principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Florenski comes to North Central after serving as the high school principal at the East Jordan Public Schools in East Jordan, Mich. Prior to that ...

Stuff the Bus on Saturday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Salvation Army will host “Stuff the Bus” from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Iron Mountain. The event will aid families by providing needed supplies for the upcoming school year. R & A Transportation will be allowing use of ...