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Marquette, Delta counties lead 87 new cases in UP

State COVID-19 data Thursday showed 87 more confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula, with Marquette and Delta counties accounting for more than 50 of those cases. Locally, the state listed nine new confirmed positives in Dickinson County and one in Iron County. For the U.P., the Michigan ...

Man pleads not guilty in Norway home incident

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Norway man involved in a standoff with police after being accused of going into a woman’s home has pleaded not guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Shawn Balfanz, 43, is charged with second-degree home invasion, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; and ...

UP Energy Task Force sends report to Whitmer

MARQUETTE — The U.P. Energy Task Force has submitted 16 recommendations to promote energy security for Upper Peninsula residents to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The report cited exceptional geography that has hindered infrastructure development and contributed to market dynamics that expose U.P. ...

Detroit to go door-to-door to push need to get vaccine

Officials in Detroit are putting together plans to knock on doors across the 139-square-mile city to convince residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Detroit expects by the end of April to have crews start visiting homes to speak with residents about the importance of protecting themselves ...

New push in US to vaccinate older Americans

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Linda Busby, 74, hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine. “I was scared, I’m not afraid to say that,” she said Wednesday after getting her shot of the ...

Michigan city seeks expert to discuss Custer statue’s future

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A city in southeastern Michigan wants to hire an expert to try to reach a community consensus over the future of a monument dedicated to Gen. George Custer. Custer, who lived in Monroe, has long been recognized as a heroic Army officer, first during the Civil War. But ...

Overdressed for the dinner party?

A male wood duck unsuccessfully tries to blend in while feeding on seeds with a flock of red-winged blackbirds and common grackles at Six Mile Lake in northern Dickinson County. The recent stretch of warmer weather has seen a number of birds return to the region. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

More shots, not restrictions, amid surge

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases and crowded hospitals, Michigan’s health director said Wednesday. Elizabeth Hertel noted that indoor high ...

Morrin new Florence school administrator

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County School District has selected Karl Morrin as its new administrator, effective July 1. Morrin has been a principal and pupil services director for more than 12 years, working for the Suring School District, the Manawa School District and the Menominee Indian ...

Incumbents win in Niagara vote

Three Niagara City Council incumbents were re-elected in Tuesday’s spring election in Wisconsin. With four candidates vying for three seats, Michael Darne drew the most votes with 104, followed by Don Shampo and Lynn Schabo Burke, 94 apiece. Challenger Lisa A. Mattia drew 80 ...

Kingsford to seek AARP grant for pickleball courts

KINGSFORD — The city of Kingsford plans to apply for an AARP Community Challenge Grant of $20,000 to construct pickleball courts in Lodal Park. The idea came from city resident Andy Wiltzius, who approached the citizen’s advisory committee. The city will provide up to $5,000 in ...

Explosives detonated in Marinette County

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown-Outagamie Bomb Squad detonated explosive devices in Niagara and the town of Stephenson in Wisconsin this week. There is no current threat to the public as the potentially dangerous materials were disposed of by ...

State lists 53 more virus cases in UP; Marquette leads with 21

State COVID-19 data Wednesday showed 53 more confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula, with Marquette County leading with 21 new cases. For the U.P., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Wednesday also listed eight new positives in both Delta and ...

A cool drink

Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph is unidentified, other than it’s believed to be from the summer of 1989. Each week The Daily News is reprinting photos from its files, as well as featuring older pictures on its Facebook page.

Michigan denied federal waiver on school standardized testing this year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday denied Michigan’s request to waive standardized testing for this school year, meaning students who have had a “brutally difficult” year learning amid the COIVD-19 pandemic must take tests this spring, according the ...

Dickinson prosecutor issues report for March

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa M. Richards has released her department’s activity report for March. The office received 109 police reports from the five area law enforcement agencies and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. From those reports, the office ...

Online energy discussion planned for Friday

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition will host a discussion with Jenn Hill of Citizens Utility Board of Michigan titled “Propane and Electricity: Keeping the Heat on and Powering Up Our Grid” at 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday via livestream on Facebook and Zoom. For Facebook ...

Wisconsin court ruling means food aid cuts will begin in May

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One day will likely cost some Wisconsin residents one month’s worth of food aid. Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling striking down Gov. Tony Evers’ COVID-19 emergency order means that next month the state will begin losing more than $50 million per month in ...

Dickinson GOP meets tonight

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Republican Committee will gather at 7 tonight at the Dickinson County Correctional Center Conference Room, 300 East D St. in Iron Mountain. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. CDC guidelines for masks and social distancing must be ...

Mountaineers head to quarterfinals

Iron Mountain Early Kindergarten through Fourth-Grade Principal and Athletic Director Donny Bianco fist-bumps boys basketball coach Bucky Johnson to wish the team luck in the quarterfinals Tuesday. From left are Bryce Pietrantonio, Dante Basanese, Eli Lofholm, Joey Dumais, Jurgen Kleiman, ...