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Beer Fest called off in Marquette

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Brewers Guild has canceled the U.P. Fall Beer Festival set for Sept. 12 in Marquette due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.P. Fall Beer Festival was the third festival the guild has called off, the others being the Spring Festival in Traverse City and the Summer ...

UP man faces weapons charges

GLADSTONE — A man accused of shooting into a Gladstone home Saturday night has been arraigned on felony charges. About 11:12 p.m. Saturday, officers from Gladstone Public Safety responded to a report of shots fired into an occupied residence on the 800 block of Delta Avenue. After ...

Wisconsin lame-duck laws upheld

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019. The justices rejected arguments that the laws were ...

DACC looks to spur local sales with Chamber Cash

IRON MOUNTAIN — As the region begins to gear up again after the COVID-19 shutdown, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting buying local by selling the public certificates that offer discounts at its membership businesses. “Chamber Cash” can be purchased for $20 but ...

Local health officials warn about recent rise in area virus cases

Dickinson and Iron counties have had 10 new COVID-19 positives since July 1, a “significant” rise that prompted local health officials Wednesday to stress that residents and businesses continue to take precautions against the virus. Of the new cases, six came in people who showed no sign ...

IM sees surge in requests for Aug. 4 absentee ballots

IRON MOUNTAIN — The city has so far received 900 absentee ballot applications for the Aug. 4 primary election, compared with just 200 for the August primary in 2016, Iron Mountain council members were told Monday. Statewide, requests for absentee ballots have increased by 350% compared with ...

Dickinson-Iron schools to have draft reopening plan by end of July

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District expects to draft a plan by the end of July for the reopening of schools, Superintendent Wendy Warmuth said Wednesday. Speaking to the ISD Board of Education during a teleconference meeting, Warmuth said she has been meeting over ...

Trump: Schools risk losing funds if not open

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are ...

Bigs in Badges

Sgt. Brandon Rutter from Kingsford Public Safety Department and Lt. Aaron Rochon from the Dickinson County Sherrif's Department recently surprised students from the Bigs in Badges program with a visit and gifts. The students received fishing poles, basketballs and games. The program is operated ...

Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly” unconstitutional. The ...

Schenk scholarships awarded

CRYSTAL FALLS — Bryce Smithson and Caitlyn Bloomburg are recipients of the Wilbur and Catherine Schenk Memorial Scholarship at Forest Park High School. The Schenk Scholarship awards the recipients $1,000 toward a two-year or four-year degree. Students are chosen not only for their academic ...

Governor extends order for water shutoff protection across Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protections to prevent water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic are being extended to the end of the year under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since March, 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored through a grant to help utilities ...

Milan receives scholarships

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence High School has announced multiple scholarship awards granted to graduating senior Kendralee Milan. Milan will be the recipient of the M & M Area Community Foundation Scholarship: Florence Prescription Services for $500, Donna L. Manko-Lusardi Scholarship in ...

Enbridge safety grants awarded to police, fire agencies

LANSING — State Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, said a round of community safety grants awarded by Enbridge will provide a welcome boost for several public safety agencies. Enbridge recently awarded $7,500 grants to the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Iron County Sheriff’s ...

Road rehab: Dickinson introduces ‘cold in place’ asphalt recycling to UP

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Dickinson County road officials are touting a new repaving method being applied this summer on County Road 581 in Felch Township. The Dickinson County Road Commission recently hosted a demonstration of “cold in place,” or CIP, asphalt recycling. The technique grinds ...

Dickinson reports 15th COVID case

Dickinson County on Tuesday afternoon recorded its 15th COVID-19 positive, local health officials announced. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted the new case on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon but provided no other information. According to the DIDHD, of Dickinson ...

Wisconsin’s Dane County to require masks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All Dane County residents will be required to wear masks when indoors under the first order of its kind issued Tuesday in Wisconsin as deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 800 statewide and confirmed cases again increased, particularly among young adults. Democratic Gov. ...

Michigan COVID-19 deaths pass 6,000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 6,000, the state health department said Tuesday. The state said there have been 6,005 deaths and another 246 that are probable. Michigan reported 30 new deaths Tuesday, although 20 were confirmed through a records ...

Kind of Blues to perform at Out to Lunch program on Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The band Kind of Blues will perform at the second concert for the popular Out to Lunch program Thursday in downtown Iron Mountain. The OTL program takes place on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. through Aug. 13 at the Magee Johnson park, on the corner of Hughitt and ...

Help offered in finding COVID-19 testing sites

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is making it easier for residents to find nearby COVID-19 testing sites and to register to be tested. MDHHS has launched a new online test finder tool at Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest with filters that allow users to find the ...