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Coloring contest winners

The winners of the Daily News Halloween Coloring Contest have been selected.

Clerk releases activity report for October

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Clerk/Register of Deeds Dolly L. Cook has issued her activity report for the month of October. Clerk records issued included 165 birth certificates, 219 death certificates, thirteen marriage certificates, eight notary public commissions, 39 concealed ...

District judge report presented for October

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County District Judge Julie A. LaCost has issued her activity report for the month of October. New criminal cases for the month included 13 felonies, 14 misdemeanors, 16 OWIL/OUI misdemeanors and one felony drunk driving. New civil cases for the month included ...

Jazz concert Tuesday

Members of the Kingsford and Iron Mountain jazz bands rehearse for the 17th annual Ron Caviani Memorial Jazz Concert to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Iron Mountain High School auditorium. The concert is hosted by Craig Recla, Iron Mountain Schools director of bands, with Ben Sherk, ...

Winter kicks up its heels early

IRON MOUNTAIN — The National Weather Service has a neutral outlook on Upper Peninsula trends for late fall and early winter, even as Canadian air ushers in November snow. The long-range forecast for the three-month period from November through January calls for equal chances of ...

VA center forum helps detail benefits available

IRON MOUNTAIN — The common message stressed at Thursday’s presentation on veterans benefits: Apply, don’t assume. “We always tell veterans, ‘File the claim,’” said John Drumsta, a rating coach with the Veterans Administration’s regional office in Detroit. Even if turned ...

Breakfasts, dinners planned in area to mark Veterans Day

A number of area veterans organizations plan to provide meals either Sunday morning or Monday evening with special offers for veterans. They include: Breakfast set for Sunday at IM Post 50 IRON MOUNTAIN — The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain will have an ...

West Iron graduate earns scholarship for distracted driving awareness video

FARMINGTON HILLS — Michigan Auto Law has announced the winners of its annual Kelsey Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship competition. The competition calls for the best video, tweet or graphic to convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving. The winners this ...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for ...

Schools in the region set Veterans Day plans

Many area schools and community groups have combined efforts to mark Veterans Day on Monday, with some also inviting veterans to come share breakfast or lunch. Some of the area observances are: BREITUNG TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS KINGSFORD — A Veterans Day program honoring military veterans and ...

LaFave explains expungement votes

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he voted against an expungement reform plan in the Michigan House this week because the proposal excludes several types of people who deserve a second chance. LaFave said he believes people with old criminal convictions deserve an ...

Medicare ‘Part B’ premium up 7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by nearly 7% to $144.60 a month next year, officials said Friday. They blamed rising spending on medications. The $9.10 monthly increase follows a smaller $1.50 rise this year. It comes after Social ...

Beacon ending 911 service; Integrity Care says it will step up

By Daily News staff IRON MOUNTAIN — Integrity Care EMS said Thursday it’s prepared to grow to meet the needs of the Dickinson County area after Beacon Ambulance announced it would end 911 service effective 8 a.m. today. Beacon has cited difficulties related to the dual roles of being a ...

Norway man pleads not guilty in seven-vehicle crash

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 64-year-old Norway man arrested after a seven-car collision in September pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Harvey Bennett Jr. is charged with the delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony punishable by up 20 years in prison; ...

Struggle continues to restore some Michigan budget cuts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers said Thursday that they were very close to agreeing to restore some funding she vetoed during a budget impasse, but a deal remained elusive due to their clash over limiting the governor’s power to shift funds within ...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor’s gun control bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor’s call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates’ demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state ...

First Wisconsin veto override attempts in nine years fail

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s first veto override attempt s in nearly a decade failed Thursday, with no Democrats jumping ranks to provide Republicans with the votes they needed to succeed. Despite not having the votes, Assembly Republicans forced votes on three budget ...

Michigan high court takes foreclosure windfalls case

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer on Thursday warned the Michigan Supreme Court that local governments could face a financial calamity if forced to repay surplus cash from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties. There is no dispute that state law allows county treasurers to keep money left over after ...

Kingsford moves to make Lake Shore property a brownfield site

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council has approved designating the former Lake Shore Systems Inc. property at 900 W. Breitung Ave. as a brownfield area, opening the way for the site to be converted to housing and other uses. Property owner Brad Staedt of RR Downtown LLC of Iron Mountain ...

DCHS earns ‘A’ grade for patient safety

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has earned an “A” in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. It marks a return to the top level for ...