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Iron County Medical Care Facility employee tests positive for COVID-19

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Iron County Medical Care Facility has had an employee confirmed positive for COVID-19, the facility said in a press release today. “It is thought that this employee has not worked since being exposed,” said spokesperson Lindsey Anderson. “The facility has ...

Forecast calls for Fourth of July scorcher

IRON MOUNTAIN — High temperatures in the low 90s are expected for the next few days as a sunny and hot Fourth of July weekend approaches. There is a chance of showers this afternoon and tonight, but clear skies are predicted Friday. Partly cloudy evening skies are in store for fireworks on ...

Judge allows Enbridge to restart its oil pipeline in straits channel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel. Enbridge’s Line 5 ...

Whitmer closes indoor bars in parts of Michigan, allows to-go cocktails

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go ...

Fatal motorcycle crash Sunday

FLORENCE, Wis. — A Kingsford man died Sunday after a motorcycle crash that afternoon near Keyes Lake in Florence County. Florence County deputies and Florence Fire and Rescue responded at 12:01 p.m. after Ronald Sparapani Jr. reportedly failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 70/101, ...

Superior Selections tour

Some members of Iron Mountain City Council on Wednesday toured Superior Selections, the city’s first licensed marijuana grow facility. Co-owners Dave Johnson, Dan Kreider, Janis Johnson Cortez, Corey Formolo and Justin Havinga are currently licensed to grow medical marijuana at 106 E. Smith ...

Fireworks contribution

Mouw & Celello, P.C., of Iron Mountain donated $500 to the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 fireworks fund. Mike Laydon, left, fireworks chairman, receives the check from Mike Celello.

Roger W. Moore

FLORENCE, Wis. — Roger W. Moore, 87, of Tipler, Wis., passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital in Iron River. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home & Crematory, Florence, Wis.

Public can own piece of old Pine Mountain tower

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Pine Mountain Ski Jump tower has become a skeleton of its former self. Now, the public can own a piece of that old structure to help raise money for the new tower. Gundlach Champion Inc. has removed all the wood from the scaffold and soon will begin applying the ...

COVID-19 positives up in three UP, Wisconsin counties

New COVID-19 positives Tuesday in the Upper Peninsula included five additional confirmed cases in Chippewa County, two in Delta County and one in Mackinac County. Among Wisconsin counties in the region, both Forest and Iron counties reported a single new case and Marinette County another ...

UP State Fair in Escanaba called off for 2020

ESCANABA — Add the 2020 U.P. State Fair to the list of events canceled due to COVID-19. This year’s program will be postponed until 2021, the U.P. State Fair Authority decided Tuesday. “While the authority and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce are brokenhearted at the decision, we ...

Whitmer details plans to reopen K-12 schools in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s governor unveiled her plans Tuesday to return students to the classroom this fall for the first time since schools were closed in March in favor of remote learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Safe Start plan requires districts to make safety ...

Enbridge denied quick approval of pipeline tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan regulatory panel Tuesday refused to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review. The state Public Service Commission’s decision involved a proposed ...

Metsa campaigns for Michigan House seat in 110th District

HOUGHTON — Janet Metsa, a Houghton County businesswoman, is a Democratic candidate for state representative in Michigan’s 110th District. “The Western U.P. is a unique place, far from Lansing,” Metsa said. “I have deep family roots in the U.P. and understand the values we prize ...

Restrictions on care visits eased

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday eased restrictions on visits to nursing and other residential facilities that were imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Two orders signed by MDHHS Director Robert Gordon that are effective immediately ...

Niagara’s Music in the Park starts July 9

NIAGARA, Wis. — Norton & Chartier will be playing at Music in the Park at Heights Park in Niagara from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. Norton & Chartier, the acoustic duo from Iron Mountain, have been playing together for 15 years. They play classic easy rock music from the ...

Fireworks support

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50. The funds will support the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks in Iron Mountain. Due to the cancellation of the Independence Day parade, the fireworks are in need of community ...

SHF accepting health-centered grant applications

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its fall 2020 funding cycle and will award more than $50,000 in grants. Eligibility information and on-line application forms are available on the SHF’s website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. ...

Menominee man arrested for child sexually abusive material

MENOMINEE — An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a man from Menominee. Nicholas Barstow, 24, was arrested on Monday and arraigned Tuesday in Menominee County Circuit Court. The investigation ...

Board finds it has authority on guns at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A board overseeing Michigan’s Capitol determined Tuesday that it has the legal authority to decide whether guns will continue to be allowed in the building and on its grounds. The Michigan State Capitol Commission reviewed a formal legal opinion by Democratic ...