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Name released in fatal Marinette County fire

WAGNER, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin have identified an 85-year-old woman who died in a house fire this week. Marinette County sheriff's authorities confirm the victim was June Snyder, who lived alone in the house in the town of Wagner. Fire crews were called early ...

Showing off for the ladies

A pair of tom turkeys try to catch the eye of several hens Thusday morning. The females seemed to pay little attention. The spring turkey hunt began Saturday in Michigan, and already had opened in Wisconsin.

New Mackinac County case, warning for island residents

Only one new case of COVID-19, in Mackinac County, was reported in the Upper Peninsula on Wednesday. The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department has urged Mackinac Island residents to strictly follow the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, stating that COVID-19 cases ...

Progress reported on benefits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, whose inundated unemployment system saw 134,000 new filings last week, reported progress Thursday in processing claims and getting money out the door during the coronavirus pandemic. The state has seen nearly 1.2 million initial applications over five weeks ...

Annual UP Rodeo in Iron River canceled for 2020

IRON RIVER — The 53rd annual Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo, which was to be held in Iron River the weekend of July 17 and 18, has been canceled. This includes the queen and princess pageants and the 2020 raffle, officials said. All money received from sponsorships, vendors, queen and ...

Report of second virus death in Delta County

Delta County has reported its second death attributed to COVID-19, health officials said. No other information was available on the individual from Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties. The Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday afternoon had 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 11 ...

Wisconsin GOP sues governor over stay-at-home order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to block an extension of the Democratic governor’s stay-at-home order, the most partisan divide yet in the fight against the coronavirus. The lawsuit came even as Vice President ...

M-69 project to start May 4

CRYSTAL FALLS — Work is scheduled to start May 4 on a $2.3 million project to resurface 12 miles of M-69 from River Street in Crystal Falls to M-95 in Sagola, the Michigan Department of Transportation said. The work will require a detour to complete concrete pavement repairs at the ...

Beaumont Health announces job cuts

DETROIT (AP) — Beaumont Health, which has treated thousands of coronavirus victims as Michigan's largest health care system, said Tuesday it's cutting 450 jobs and temporarily laying off 2,475 employees due to a drastic drop in revenue from services that can't be offered during the ...

Habitat golf outing changed to July 30

KINGSFORD — Due to Covid-19, Habitat for Humanity Menominee River in Kingsford has rescheduled its 18th annual “Raise the Roof” golf outing to Thursday, July 30. The outing will remain at the TimberStone Golf Course. The $135 per golfer or $500 per foursome entry fee includes 18 holes ...

Partnership celebrates Earth Day with seed giveaway

MARQUETTE — The Superior Watershed Partnership is helping Upper Peninsula residents celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from the comfort and safety of their homes. SWP is mailing free milkweed seed packets to expand critical habitat for pollinator species like the monarch ...

1st District debate planned

ALPENA — The Alpena County Democratic Party will host a debate Tuesday between the candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. representative in the 1st Congressional District. The candidates are Dana Ferguson of Marquette and Linda O’Dell of Petoskey. The debate will be held via Go ...

IM adjusts 2020 paving plans

IRON MOUNTAIN — About a mile of Lehman Avenue will be added to the city’s paving list this year, while work on Prospect Avenue and West Hughitt Street near Iron Mountain High School will have to wait. The switch approved by Iron Mountain City Council on Monday is linked to a Small Urban ...

COVID-19 cases reach 67 in UP, 32,000 in Michigan

The Upper Peninsula as of Monday afternoon had 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 10 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In Marquette, the Norlite Nursing Center reported two more residents and another employee have tested positive for the virus ...

Michigan adds testing for essential workers without symptoms

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday said the state is working with major retailers to open more drive-thru sites to test as many as 1,000 people a day for the coronavirus, especially people who don’t have symptoms but still are required to work outside their ...

Evers releases criteria for reopening in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Monday spelling out the criteria that must be met before schools and businesses can reopen in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan envisions a phased reopening, triggered by a 14-day decline in positive COVID-19 cases, along ...

Seven virus cases linked to Wisconsin vote

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin. Shawn Benjamin, a spokesman for the Milwaukee health department, said in an email to The Associated Press that his agency ...

COVID-19 impacts volunteer efforts at VA, but not the volunteer heart

IRON MOUNTAIN — Something is noticeably missing these days at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center — the smiles, passion and the help volunteers bring every day to patients and employees alike. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent all of the volunteers home to anxiously wait until it’s safe ...

Nominations sought for 12th annual UP Service Awards

MARQUETTE — Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is conducting the 12th annual U.P. Service Awards program to honor outstanding volunteers across the Upper Peninsula. Nominations of volunteers serving anywhere in the U.P. will be accepted through June 12. “It’s National ...

IM School District seeks safety grant

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain School District has applied for a Michigan Competitive School Safety Grant. Under the Michigan State Police program, districts can receive $50,000 per building and up to $250,000 for equipment and technology to improve school safety and security, Iron ...