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A virus changed the course of 2020

The pandemic wasn’t the only news story of 2020 but it did affect most everything. Entering 2021, the community could only hope that vaccines, preventative measures and the passage of time would quiet the scourge. Locally, COVID-19 was patient. In Dickinson County, data from early ...

2020 Year in Review timeline

JANUARY Jan. 8: Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano tapped as state president of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association for 2020. Jan. 15: The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council announces a $30 million expansion project at the Island Resort and Casino. Jan. 20: Iron Mountain City ...

Niagara Scholarship Fund drive underway

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara Area Scholarship Foundation officials have announced that the 27th annual Alumni Fund Scholarship Drive is underway. According to NASF president Kim Schuster, special solicitation letters are being mailed out by school staff members including high school secretary ...

Trump OKs prison release of Detroit’s disgraced former mayor

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday cleared the way for the release of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for a series of corruption crimes. The announcement came in a flurry of clemency action in the final ...

Radon test kits available

KINGSFORD — Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming approximately 20,000 lives annually. Radon is a radioactive odorless gas produced from the decomposition of uranium. Therefore, it could be lingering in a private home or public building without the ...

Fire doused at Iron Mountain residence

IRON MOUNTAIN — There were no injuries Tuesday after a house fire at 416 Stanton St. in Iron Mountain. “We are all safe,” homeowner Tarra Bjorkman told The Daily News. “Everyone is accounted for, including the animals.” Firefighters were called to the smoking home just after 10 ...

Whitmer proposes $5.6B virus plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday unveiled a $5.6 billion plan to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, proposing the use of billions in federal relief and $575 million in surplus state funds. The request will go to Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature ...

Iron County sees 35th virus death

Local health officials reported another death linked to COVID-19 in Iron County, even as the number of new positives continues to slow in the area. On its Facebook page, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted five new confirmed cases for Dickinson County and 11 recoveries, ...

Attorneys claim Snyder charged in wrong county

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of ...

Norway nixes proposal to fix hydroelectric generator

NORWAY — The Norway City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to refurbish the Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility Unit 4 generator. The generator first failed in late 2019 for a number of reasons, the “root cause” being the misalignment of the unit’s head cover and curb ring, ...

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers call for wolf hunt

Republicans demand DNR resume wolf hunt immediately AP-WI--Wolf Hunt, 1st Ld-Writethru Jan 19, 2021 6:00PM (GMT 00:00) - 492 words MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers want the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a wolf hunt immediately and not wait until fall. The ...

On the ice at Cowboy Lake

Keith Pirlot, 64, of Kingsford fishes for bluegills Monday on Cowboy Lake in Kingsford. “I’ve been coming here all winter,” Pirlot said, adding most of the fish he’s caught this season have been bluegills. (Brian Christensen/Daily News photos)

IM to move forward on ‘green’ burials

IRON MOUNTAIN — Natural or “green” burials may be permitted in a portion of Iron Mountain Cemetery Park later this year, the city council learned Monday. “Hopefully by summer we’ll have something ready to go,” City Manager Jordan Stanchina said during a Zoom meeting. The city ...

Dickinson reports 11 new virus cases; Iron has five

Dickinson County has confirmed 11 new COVID-19 positives and Iron County five new since its last report Friday, local health officials said. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted on Facebook that Dickinson County also had 46 cases now considered recovered and Iron County eight ...

Michigan to distribute $58.5M in grants to businesses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Relief is coming to Michigan businesses after a board last week approved $58.5 million in grants for economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that has strained the state’s economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month signed into law a spending plan to help repair ...

Pandemic interrupts longtime wolf, moose study on UP’s Isle Royale

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the world’s longest-running wildlife field studies has fallen prey to the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1959, a research team has spent most of the winter observing the interplay between wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. But ...

IM teen accused of sexual assault

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain teenager accused of sexual assault pleaded not guilty Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Trevor Malburg, 17, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The Daily News normally does not ...

Lifting spirits: N-V students make ‘comfort’ bags for cancer patients

NORWAY — For two Norway-Vulcan Area School sixth-grade students, the mission of their 20 Percent Time project was clear — lift the spirits of local cancer patients. Kaylee Baldwin and Tessa Castelaz hoped to achieve their goal with 100 bags filled with “comfort” items they recently ...

State projects $2.1B more in tax revenues

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Projected tax revenues in Michigan’s two major accounts will be $2.1 billion higher than previously anticipated over two years, driven by increased federal unemployment benefits and consumers’ online purchases in the coronavirus pandemic. Economists in the ...

Guard at Michigan’s Capitol for increased security

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s ...