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Niagara schools deal with deficit in budget

NIAGARA, Wis. — Fewer open enrollment students and other factors have left the Niagara School District with a projected $237,000 deficit going into its proposed 2018-19 budget, school officials said. The budget, which the school board tentatively approved Monday, includes general fund ...

IM mobile home damaged in fire

IRON MOUNTAIN — A mobile home is considered uninhabitable after a fire Tuesday night in Park Ridge Park in Iron Mountain, according to the Iron Mountain Fire Department. Iron Mountain firefighters arrived about 9 p.m. to find smoke coming from the back end of the mobile home at 1300 ...

Manufacturing Day on Friday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Manufacturing Day, part of the Heavy Metal Tours initiative in Dickinson County, will be held Friday at Bay West. The purpose is to proactively educate students and the community about the skilled trades and technical career opportunities that exist ...

Poor market puts recycling industry in the dumps

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the ...

Students honored

From left are 4K through fifth grade students of the month at Niagara Public School District for the month of September. In the front row are Harley Thompson, 4K; Avery Ochs, kindergarten; Natalia Freeman, first. In the back row are Scott Trevillian, principal, Mason Emery, third; Alaina ...

Fall Drug Take Back Day in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department and Sheriff’s Office will provide the free collection from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the north entrance of the courthouse near the health department, 501 Lake Ave. Make a difference in your community by safely disposing ...

Project Gogebic launched to address prison closure

LANSING — State agencies are working hand-in-hand with local leaders in the Gogebic County area to identify solutions to the economic challenges that lie ahead as a result of the forthcoming closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility. Project Gogebic, led by the Talent and Economic ...

Businessman charged with defrauding state to plead guilty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A De Pere businessman charged with defrauding the state’s economic development agency and other investors out of more than $9 million plans to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. The deal is part of a plea agreement Ronald H. Van Den Heuvel entered into with ...

Medical Marijuana support group meets

IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.P. Medical Marijuana Support Group will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The meetings are in a new location as of September. Da Vape Escape has moved to a new location and the owner will continue to allow the use of his business for meetings. ...

VA offering free flu shot clinics

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will continue to offer walk-in flu shot clinics for veterans enrolled in the VA’s health care system today through Monday, excluding the weekend. Veterans may receive their free flu shots from 8:30 a.m. to 4 ...

Power knocked out in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Powerful winds have whipped up big waves along the shores of Lake Superior, flooding a business district and causing power outages. The National Weather Service says winds of 64 mph were reported at the Duluth harbor Wednesday. The gale-force winds are creating waves as ...

County wants to meet with DCHS’s agent

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County wants to schedule its own meeting with the law firm representing Dickinson County Healthcare System in its financial restructuring. “As a board, we need to really question and understand so that we’re not left in the dark,” Commissioner John Degenaer ...

YMCA purchases center from Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — Northern Lights YMCA is assuming ownership of the former Crystal Lake Community Center, eight years after entering into a lease agreement with Dickinson County. Membership at the center is now about 3,000 and some $4 million soon will be invested to renovate the building and ...

Region under flood watch; heavy rains expected

The National Weather Service office in Marquette has placed 11 Upper Peninsula counties, including Dickinson and Iron, under a flood watch through Wednesday evening. The watch also includes Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga, Marquette, Alger, Gogebic, Menominee and Delta counties. The ...

Pot legalization advocates seek Midwest foothold

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously ...

KHS leadership nominees

Four sophomores from Kingsford High School, from left, Josie Scott, Emma Allen, Katherine Erickson and Macy Edwards, have been nominated to attend the Michigan Youth Leadership conference at Michigan State University. Students attending this conference must be a sophomore and have positive ...

Wisconsin offers Rustic Roads booklet

MADISON, Wis. — A new, updated publication is now available for exploring Wisconsin’s 120 Rustic Roads. These lightly-traveled country roads are enjoyed year-round by hikers, bicyclists and motorists. “The Rustic Roads program is unique to Wisconsin and offers visitors and residents a ...

Industrial ed honors

Kingsford High School Industrial Education students of the month for September are, from left, Kalei Rittenhouse, Woods 2, and Jenna Olkkonen, Engineering and Architectural Graphics. Rittenhouse is the daughter of Krysta Bush of Kingsford. Olkkonen is the daughter of Dan and Janelle Olkkonen ...

Lawsuit over ballot selfies not finished

DETROIT (AP) — Eager to snap and post an online photo of your Michigan ballot in the Nov. 6 election? Think again. A legal dispute over photos in polling places still hasn't reached the finish line, more than two years later. A millennial voter from the Kalamazoo area, Joel Crookston, filed ...

A place to gather in Felch

FELCH TOWNSHIP — They come before the sun is up, the logging and pickup trucks pulling in at 5 a.m. when the Nordic Trading Post gets the coffee brewing. By 6 a.m., customers already are settled into the tables and booths or counter seats, perhaps quickly fuel up with a hot breakfast or ...