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Snyder drops plan to give bridge panel tunnel oversight

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday abandoned his proposal to have Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, noting that the proposal did not have enough ...

Wisconsin GOP moves to weaken governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans, just weeks away from losing control of both the governor and attorney general’s offices, planned dramatic lame-duck votes Tuesday on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats, a move that opponents decried as a last-gasp power ...

21 days until Christmas

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Erickson remains Kingsford mayor

KINGSFORD — Anthony Erickson and Dennis Baldinelli were re-elected mayor and mayor pro tem of the Kingsford City Council at the reorganizational meeting Monday. Current committee assignments remained the same. The council agreed to hire an assistant public works superintendent at $25 ...

UP State Fair numbers up

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Attendance at the Upper Peninsula State Fair was up 6 percent last summer over the previous year. The statistic is one of many in a report from Michigan State University about the fair’s economic impact. The report says the fair attracted 92,000 people over seven ...

Machine for clearing Norway sidewalks sidelined

NORWAY — Some parts of Norway may have to be patient on having snow cleared from sidewalks after one of the city’s machines broke down last week. It could take weeks before the machine can be repaired, as the city no longer has a local dealer and must buy parts directly from the ...

Michigan House panel votes to gut wage, paid leave laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills to scale back Michigan’s new minimum wage hike and mandatory paid sick leave law are advancing in the Republican-led Legislature. A House panel backed the legislation on party lines Tuesday. The full House may approve the bills later Tuesday before they move to ...

No mail delivery Wednesday

U.S. post offices will be closed and no mail delivered Wednesday due to the federal government being shut down for a day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

Sick leave advocates plan 2020 ballot drive

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Advocates said Monday they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if the Republican-led Legislature successfully guts a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill family members. MI Time to ...

Scammers send fake letters targeting taxpayers who owe

LANSING — Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of a new scam making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In the scheme, taxpayers are sent what appears to be a government-looking letter about an overdue tax bill, ...

UPPCO customers to see temporary decrease in charges

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company customers will see their monthly bills reduced by an additional $3.50 for the next six months. Under a Michigan Public Service Commission ruling on Nov. 21, UPPCO will return a total of $1,668,691 to its electric customers, according to an MPSC ...

Getting into the game

PEMBINE, Wis. — Now that the gun deer hunt has ended, the busy season will begin for Tim Potterville’s Pembine Food Depot. He had five orders of venison come in the Monday after the final weekend, ready to be made into sausage, brats and other products. Processing deer meat is one ...

22 days until Christmas

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Three injured in crash in Sagola Township

IRON MOUNTAIN — Three people were injured, one critically, in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night on M-95 in Sagola Township, authorities said. A southbound vehicle driven by a 66-year-old Channing man crossed the center line and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by a 21-year-old ...

Michigan set to be first in Midwest to allow use of recreational marijuana

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes 10 years after voters approved ...

GOP moves to limit powers of incoming Democrats

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson ran in part on a pledge to advocate for election transparency, so the public knows more about people and groups spending to influence races and ballot drives. But before she even takes office next month, her duty to ...

Schaefer man killed in crash

HYDE — A Schaefer man is dead after a crash Saturday night on U.S. 2/41 in Hyde. Michael Henry Doneau, 59, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. According to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the Hyde area for a two-vehicle crash at 9:20 p.m. ...

City council meetings tonight

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave. Items on the agenda include a proposed zoning ordinance amendment for accessory buildings and a bid award for the purchase of a pavement roller. Kingsford City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight in ...

Bridge work suspended

ESCANABA — Due to weather conditions, work on the Escanaba River U.S. 2 bridge project has been suspended for the season. The new bridge span has not been completed; one lane will be open in each direction on the finished portion of the new span again this winter. The Michigan Department of ...

Fumee Lake grant

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Fumee Lake Natural Commission. The grant will be used to update maps and clarify routes, as well as state rules regarding usage of the trails to make them safe for everyone who enjoys the area.