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Virginia man rescued after failed try to reach Isle Royale by jet ski

ISLE ROYALE — An Alexandria, Virginia, man was rescued in Lake Superior by a Canadian freighter last week after attempting to jet ski to Isle Royale National Park. The 42-year-old man was riding a Kawasaki jet ski to the island from Grand Portage, Minnesota, according to a call log provided ...

Cowboy UP

IRON RIVER — The 52nd annual U.P. Championship Rodeo brings a family-friendly set of western activities to Iron River this weekend. The event schedule is similar to last year, but “each year’s rodeo is a little different, with different vendors, different entertainment and different ...

Man arrested in Wisconsin may be linked to Pembine bank robbery

ESCANABA — A Milwaukee, Wis., man arrested in Wisconsin’s Chippewa County after an armed robbery at a bank in Lake Hallie may be linked to the bank robbery in Pembine, Wis., and an attempted robbery in Escanaba, authorities said. Escanaba Public Safety was notified Monday of another ...

Disappearance of Florence woman marks three years

IRON MOUNTAIN — Law enforcement remains confident the investigation of a Florence, Wis., woman who has been missing for three years today will be resolved. Nancy Renkas, 47, disappeared July 18, 2016. She was last seen getting into a white SUV in the Super One Foods parking lot in Iron ...

Heat wave will send area into 90s, but no records

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s at Iron Mountain-Kingsford on Friday, but below record levels as a dangerous heat wave covers much of the nation. Today’s forecast calls for a high of 84 with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Friday should be ...

Visiting the VA hospital

From left, Jerry Parrot of Iron Mountain, Caleb Erickson of Kingsford and Ken Kaphingst of Pembine, Wis., participate in the tractor parade from Aurora, Wis., to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain on Wednesday morning. The Northwoods Antique Tractor Club has led an annual ...

‘Music Under the Stars’ on Sunday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Community Chorus Summer Concert, “Music Under the Stars,” will be held at Lake Antoine on Sunday. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. The theme for this year’s concert is “Sing! Sing a Song!” The addition of a 22-member children’s chorus ...

Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans’ maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was “outright unconstitutional,” a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a “last line of defense” ...

Farmer’s market on Saturday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN—The next Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Summer Market will be held Saturday. The market will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Oct. 12. The market, located across from the Dickinson County Library, is managed by Nancy Schaub together with the Farmer’s ...

Peshtigo shooting range closed

MARINETTE, Wis. — A shooting range in the town of Peshtigo has been closed indefinitely for safety reasons, said Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve. The decision was made Tuesday by the town board in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “We are investigating ...

A great Knight for ice cream

From left, Felisha Bagley of Kingsford waits for an ice cream sundae served by Knights of Columbus members Jason DeGroot and Sam Trebilcock during the ice cream social Tuesday evening at the KC Hall in Kingsford.

Kingsford to seek bids on phone system for City Hall

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council on Monday authorized City Manager Anthony Edlebeck to seek bids on a new phone system for City Hall, the public works building and the public safety building. The city has budgeted $20,000 for the project. Edlebeck also reported he sent out bid ...

Menominee River drowning victim was Green Bay man

FAITHORN TOWNSHIP — Authorities have released the name of the Green Bay, Wis., man who drowned Sunday while trying to retrieve a fishing boat from the Menominee River. Bryan Bidwell, 41, was at the Sturgeon Bend Campground in Faithorn Township when the boat he was loading broke loose from ...

Wisconsin Dems promote redistricting plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday worked to generate momentum for a bill calling for civil servants to draw legislative district boundaries, insisting it’s the right time to pass the measure after the U.S. Supreme Court killed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s ...

Verso awards craftsman scholarships

QUINNESEC —The Verso paper mill in Quinnesec has awarded three Verso Skilled Craftsman Scholarships valued at $12,000 each to local high school seniors who will attend the Industrial Automation and Controls Engineering Technology program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, ...

VA to host concerts

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain welcomes the community to free concerts Tuesday and on July 30, followed by a dessert social. “Our veteran residents don't always get the opportunity to go out to local concerts, so inviting the musicians and community here is a great ...

Sault Ste. Marie tribe gets $2M grant for manufacturing, warehouse center

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based Native American tribe is receiving $2 million in federal funds to help build a manufacturing and warehouse facility. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the grant Tuesday for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It will be ...

Dickinson Trail Network helps fund bike route

IRON MOUNTAIN — An additional foot of paved shoulder was added to a 2-mile County Road 607 repaving project in Breitung Township, providing a two-foot paved shoulder for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. The Dickinson Trail Network, formerly the Dickinson County Bike Path, secured a ...

MDOT invites public comment on draft plan

LANSING —The Michigan Department of Transportation is making the latest draft of the State Transportation Improvement Program available for public review and comment. The STIP is a federally required planning document listing the road, bridge and transit projects located in rural areas ...

UP health group invites transportation applications

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation has launched its 2019 Proactive Grant Focus process with the release of a request for proposals for projects that can improve medical transportation issues throughout the entire Upper Peninsula. “As many of us know, the Upper Peninsula is a ...