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DCHS reports 2020 financial performance

IRON MOUNTAIN — Through September, Dickinson County Healthcare System’s year-to-date bottom line is a positive $3.92 million, according to a recent financial report. DCHS had $8.91 million in operating revenues in September and expenses totaling $9.41 million that resulted in an operating ...

MSU to skip spring break

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is planning to increase in-person classes and reopen dorms starting in January, but it will skip spring break. MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. said in a letter Thursday to students, faculty and staff that the school will offer 400 in-person ...

Want to build a snowman?

Kalli Proudfit, age 6, took advantage of the wet, heavy snow that fell overnight to construct a very autumn-tinged snowman at her home in Iron Mountain. The region could get another round tonight — Dickinson and Iron counties, along with Marquette and Alger counties, are under a winter ...

Whitmer: Virus spike a ‘dangerous moment’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Wednesday that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. The number of COVID-19 cases had been ...

Florence County has two more virus deaths

Florence County has seen two more deaths due to complications from COVID-19, according to health officials. The county’s health department posted Wednesday on Facebook it had reached six deaths but provided no other details, stating, “We respect the confidentiality of the family during ...

Michigan launches free COVID-19 test sites

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is launching new partnerships with Walgreens and the Michigan Primary Care Association to offer 77 new, free COVID-19 test sites statewide, bringing the total number of state-supported, free test sites to nearly ...

Bills OKd to extend jobless benefits in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed bills that will lengthen state unemployment benefits to 26 weeks, from 20 weeks, through the end of the year. The laws enacted Tuesday largely codify changes the Democratic governor had ordered early in the coronavirus pandemic under ...

Clergy investigation hits 2-year mark

LANSING — Millions of documents have been reviewed and 11 men have been or are being prosecuted by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office since authorities executed search warrants two years ago on all seven of Michigan’s Catholic dioceses as part of the state’s investigation into clergy ...

Marquette County sheriff has truck stolen

MARQUETTE (AP) — When the Marquette County sheriff couldn’t find his marked pickup truck, he figured his deputies were playing a joke. It was no joke: The Chevy Silverado really went missing Wednesday. Minutes later, a Marquette County dispatcher reported the vehicle was in a ditch ...

Donald Trump Jr. to hold UP event

HOUGHTON — Donald Trump Jr. was scheduled to hold a “Make America Great Again!” rally at Houghton County Memorial Airport in Calumet at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today. The event was to be open to the public with tickets available through a Trump campaign website.

Norway’s public electric utility celebrates 75 years

NORWAY — The City of Norway Department of Power and Light, the community’s locally owned, not-for-profit electric utility, is celebrating 75 years this year. City of Norway Department of Power and Light is a member-owner of WPPI Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale energy provider and ...

Cyberattack at DCHS; operations continue

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System is assessing the impact of an apparent ransomware attack discovered Saturday morning that forced the provider to shut down its computer systems to contain the virus. The hospital and clinics continue to operate under established ...

Three more virus deaths in Dickinson

The grim COVID-19 statistics continue in the area, with local health officials Tuesday reporting three new deaths along with 26 new positives in Dickinson County. As has been its practice to protect families’ privacy, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department did not provide further ...

No retail marijuana expansion at this time, IM council says

IRON MOUNTAIN — There are no immediate plans to expand the number of marijuana dispensaries allowed in Iron Mountain, but the city council will revisit the issue in April when progress is gauged on the two projects that qualified. Due to the pandemic slowing construction, the council in ...

Benson: Drop off, don’t mail, ballots

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top elections official said Tuesday that the presidential battleground state's 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in-hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than risk sending them by mail with two weeks ...

Be careful at Thanksgiving, Wisconsin official advises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top health official warned Tuesday that people should scrap any plans for Thanksgiving gatherings because of the rampant spread of the coronavirus in the state. Andrea Palm, who heads the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said during a ...

U-Michigan students told to hunker down for two weeks

DETROIT (AP) — Students at the University of Michigan were ordered Tuesday to stay in place for two weeks after a surge of coronavirus cases driven by social gatherings on and off campus. The surge is “overwhelming the ability” of local health officials to confront the pandemic, ...

Recent stocking aims to replenish walleye in Menominee River

IRON MOUNTAIN — Work continues on a joint effort to restore the walleye fisheries in two area flowages in the Menominee River Basin. Members of Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County recently met with Greg Matzke, Wisconsin DNR fisheries biologist from the Florence office, as well as Mike ...

Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limits back in effect

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Monday reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor venues to 25% of capacity. The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 by Andrea Palm, secretary of ...

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Iron County

Iron County has seen two more deaths due to COVID-19 complications, raising its toll to 19, according to local health officials. As has been its practice, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department did not provide any details on the new deaths in deference to the families. But ...