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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 ...

Norway man gets prison for knife threat

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Norway man convicted of threatening two people with a knife outside a grocery store in Iron Mountain will serve a minimum of two years in prison. Anthony Mannino, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to as many as eight years for assault with a ...

Beacon ending 911 services, Integrity Care on board

IRON MOUNTAIN — Integrity Care EMS said Thursday it’s prepared to grow to meet the needs of the Dickinson County area following Beacon Ambulance’s decision to discontinue 911 service effective 8 a.m. Friday. Beacon has cited difficulties related to the dual roles of being a primary 911 ...

‘Community Connect’ on Friday at YMCA

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Community Connect Event team is announcing the Community Connect Event on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northern Lights YMCA, 800 Crystal Lake Blvd., Iron Mountain. Community Connect is open to the public and offers 24 information booths that ...

GOP leaders, Whitmer eye potential end to budget impasse

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature may be close to resolving a budget impasse that led her to veto nearly $1 billion in proposed funding. Supplemental spending bills are listed for potential votes in the House today. Whitmer vetoed an ...

Wisconsin Republicans to sidestep governor’s call for gun control bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans who control the state Legislature were expected to dodge the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session Thursday, even as advocates planned to increase the pressure on them by holding a rally and flooding ...

Energy meeting Wednesday

ESCANABA —The next meeting of the U.P. Energy Task Force is scheduled for Wednesday in Escanaba and will include discussions about propane pricing and customer protections. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time in the 952 Conference Room of ...

A brisk walk

Rick Hinkley walks a sweatered Ellie May up Vulcan Street in Iron Mountain on Tuesday afternoon. High temperatures are expected to remain stuck in the 30s and even lower 20s well into next week, with lows in the teens and even single digits come Monday, according to the National Weather Service ...

IM voters approve levy for police liaison officer in schools

Voters Tuesday backed a proposal to fund a full-time police liaison officer in Iron Mountain Public Schools, with 338 yes to 220 no. In Norway, meanwhile, newcomer Jeff Muraro edged incumbent Jeremy Oja to gain a city council seat. The new Iron Mountain tax levy for the liaison officer will ...

House aims to lift deer baiting, feeding ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House voted Tuesday to lift a state ban on baiting and feeding deer that extends throughout the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula, passing legislation that is opposed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. The measure ...

Norway teen charged in threat to school

IRON MOUNTAIN — An 18-year-old former Norway student accused of threatening Norway-Vulcan Area Schools in a video Snapchat message Monday night has been criminally charged. Trentin McWilliams was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Dickinson County District Court on a charge of making a false ...

Crivitz man dies in crash

MARINETTE, Wis. — A Crivitz, Wis., man was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash on Deer Lake Road south of Eagle Road in Stephenson, Wis. Deputies responded about 3:21 p.m. after a nearby hunter heard the crash and reported a car had gone off the road and was on its roof, according to ...

Delta voters deny millage increase for Bay College

ESCANABA — A Bay College operating millage proposal was denied by nearly three-quarters of Delta County voters in Tuesday’s election. A total of 1,874 voters (26.01 percent) supported the proposal. However, 5,332 voters (73.99 percent) were against it. The proposal asked voters whether ...

Bills to expand expungement of crimes advance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House passed legislation Tuesday that would overhaul expungement laws to make it easier for hundreds of thousands of people to clear their criminal record, including those convicted of marijuana offenses before the drug’s legalization for recreational ...