Local News

Report: Fall colors reaching peak in region

The Upper Peninsula’s annual fall color show is under way. According to the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association website at www.uptravel.com, as of Sept. 26, 10 to 20 percent of the foliage in Dickinson County had changed color, with the peak expected next week. Iron County ...

Not guilty plea in IC meth case

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls man has pleaded not guilty to methamphetamine charges in Iron County Trial Court. Jesse Ray Hamilton, 37, will return to court Oct. 29 for a pre-trial conference on delivery or manufacture of meth, a 20-year felony; possession of meth, a 10-year felony; ...

October is domestic violence awareness month

IRON MOUNTAIN — This month is set aside to give a voice to survivors of domestic violence. However, not all who experience abuse survive. Each year throughout the month of October, Caring House puts up a display of crosses representing the number of deaths each year from domestic violence ...

Guilty plea entered in pornography case

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man has reached a plea agreement with the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office on child pornography charges and will be sentenced Dec. 3. William Frank Dumke, 48, pleaded guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court to child sexually abusive activity and ...

Harvest Festival set for Saturday

AURORA, Wis. — Food, art and craft lovers are invited to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s ninth annual Woodland Kitchen’s Harvest Festival on Saturday. This autumn celebration features local food artisans from the Woodland Kitchen as well as local arts crafts vendors. This ...

Drill at West Iron schools

Iron County police, firefighters, paramedics, hospital staff, health department officials and school personnel participated Monday in an active school shooter training session at West Iron County Schools and Aspirus Iron River Hospital in Iron River. No students were involved in the ...

Council: No one-way on Fourth Avenue in Norway

NORWAY — The Norway City Council won’t pursue making Fourth Avenue by Norway-Vulcan Area Schools a one-way street for student safety, after residents Monday argued parking was the bigger problem in the area. The proposal originally came from a school safety committee made up of city and ...

Public hearings set on IM tax incentives

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tax breaks are in the works for two rehabilitation projects, a coffee shop and a dental office, in Iron Mountain’s commercial district. The city council on Monday set public hearings for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 on applications from Contrast Coffee and Paul Fornetti DDS. Contrast ...

IR couple sent to prison for abusing daughter

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River couple was sent to prison Monday for a child abuse case that left their 44-day-old daughter with about 20 fractures to her arms and legs, a dozen rib fractures, a broken collar bone and bruises. “I have been doing this for 28 years and this is about as ...

Volunteer drivers needed to help veterans get to VA appointments

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is seeking volunteer drivers to transport veterans who live in Dickinson and surrounding counties to and from their appointments at the Iron Mountain facility. Currently, there is a critical shortage of volunteer drivers. “We are ...

Memorial scholarship established at IMHS for Jacob Weslin

IRON MOUNTAIN — A new scholarship has been established by the Iron Mountain High School graduating class of 2015, in memory of their classmate, Jacob Weslin, who passed away in a tragic accident this past spring. Weslin graduated from IMHS in 2015. He attended Northern Michigan University, ...

IMHS senior named commended student

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain senior Mia Rae Fairchild has been named a commended student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, Mark Herman, principal at Iron Mountain announced. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which ...

Aspirus Community Health Fair Wednesday

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics is again gearing up with the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department to hold the annual Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windsor Center in Iron River. The health fair will feature live music, ...

UPPCO to launch Smart Energy metering system

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is announcing the launch of UPPCO Smart Energy, an advanced metering solution that improves reliability and delivers enhanced customer service. UPPCO’s new metering solution utilizes new infrastructure, technology and smart meters to ...

Group: $134M in marijuana taxes if ballot measure passes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a Michigan ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use say it would generate up to $134 million a year in taxes for state and local governments. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Monday released an economic study it ...

Celebrating Oktoberfest

Some of the scenes from Saturday’s 2018 Oktoberfest event in downtown Iron Mountain. From left, Emma Strom, Henry Strom and Makynna Rouse, all of Iron Mountain, participate in the pretzel-eating contest, in which hands could not be used. Jen Strelcheck of Kingsford, the 2017 Miss ...

UP jobless rate falls to lowest level in 20 years for August

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula jobless rate fell to 4.1 percent in August, the lowest August rate for the region in nearly 20 years, said analyst Bruce Weaver of the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. The rate was down by 1.2 percentage points from ...

Romitti: Employees reason for growth of Midwest companies

IRON MOUNTAIN — “The key to running a successful business,” said Kevin Romitti of Iron Mountain, “is finding the right people who really care and then giving them the opportunity to earn a decent living.” He should know. After two decades, his Midwest family of companies employs 40 ...

Wolf dies after capture for Isle Royale park

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died. The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once ...

Voters to get a say in redistricting

DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Michigan will decide in November whether to entrust how their voting districts are drawn to an independent commission rather than the Legislature, which could alter the balance of power in a state that Republicans have controlled since 2010 and where Donald Trump eked ...