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Local HOSA state qualifiers listed

KINGSFORD — Health occupations and medical terminology students at the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District Tech Center participated in Michigan Regional Health Occupation Students of America on Dec. 21 in a health-related topic of their own interest as an individual or in a group. ...

John E. Force Forestry Education Fund spring grant applications available

CRYSTAL FALLS — Spring 2021 grant applications are now available for the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund and are due Feb. 15. The fund was established in April 2015 in memory of John E. Force, a Crystal Falls-based consulting forester. The fund is devoted to funding forestry and ...

DIDHD: Two priority groups can call now for virus vaccine

KINGSFORD/IRON RIVER — Starting today, residents in two priority groups can call the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department for an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine, local health officials announced. For now, the DIDHD is limiting distribution of the vaccine to the Phase 1B ...

Dickinson renews virus emergency declaration

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County will remain under a state of emergency for COVID-19, the county board decided Monday. Although the rate of new cases is down from when the declaration was reinstated in late October, it should be kept in place, said Pete Schlitt, the county’s emergency ...

Fatal crash in Marinette County

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — A Menominee woman was found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a pickup truck that went off U.S. 141 in Marinette County. The woman, identified as 52-year-old Hope Tyler, was discovered after daylight off U.S. 141 near Kaiko Road in Wausaukee, according to a news release from ...

Michigan bans open carry of guns inside state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state panel Monday banned the open carry of guns in Michigan’s Capitol, a week after an armed mob rioted in the U.S. Capitol and following a plot last year to storm the statehouse. Moves to ban weapons at the statehouse have been pushed since April, when protesters ...

Dickinson reports 10 new virus cases; Iron County, 9

Local health officials Monday reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and nine more cases in Iron County. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Monday also listed 66 people considered recovered from the virus in Dickinson County and 14 new recoveries in Iron ...

Now in charge: Norway has new station for electric vehicles

NORWAY — Electric vehicle owners now can charge their batteries in downtown Norway. The single-vehicle charging station opened Jan. 4 at the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue. A ChargePoint Express 250, the station’s internal power converter, changes alternating current from ...

Attack reignites talk on guns in Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Concerns over security at Michigan’s Capitol have reignited after the U.S. Capitol came under attack by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters last week. In Michigan, concealed and open carry firearms are allowed in the Capitol, but signs have been banned ...

State lists 3 new virus deaths in Menominee County

Michigan health officials Saturday recorded three new deaths in Menominee County attributed to COVID-19. In Wisconsin, Marinette County added almost 50 new confirmed positives over the weekend to reach 3,682 cases, more than any county either in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or other Wisconsin ...

Judge fines cafe in Calumet for serving indoors

CALUMET (AP) — A cafe in Houghton County has been found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners, the latest turn in an effort to get the owner to comply with coronavirus restrictions. “When it comes to court orders, in my opinion, civil disobedience is ...

School, county, township meetings scheduled

The Florence County School Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in the Florence High School/Middle School auditorium. The agenda includes the school calendar and a resolution providing for a referendum to exceed the district’s revenue cap commencing with the 2021-22 school year. Iron Mountain ...

Providing warmth

Warmth for Winter is a project dear to the heart of the Iron Mountain/Kingsford General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The program provides hats, mittens, scarves, even socks to be donated to students at Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford, North Elementary School in Iron Mountain and North ...

FSA, extension offer webinar to assist Wisconsin producers

LENA, Wis. — All producers have the opportunity to sign up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage program by March 15. This voluntary program provides payments to farms when either revenue or crop price are below set guarantees. The decision is made on a ...

Michigan agency offers grant opportunities for county fairs

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently announced this year’s competitive grant cycle for the state’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Additionally, grants are available for ...

Dickinson sheriff issues report for December

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Rutter has issued his monthly report for December. The road patrol served 122 civil process papers; investigated 89 complaints; handled 25 accidents; issued 30 citations and 101 verbal warnings; made 19 arrests, four of which were for ...

Ski jumping canceled: Kiwanis to offer alternatives during pandemic

IRON MOUNTAIN — The annual Pine Mountain Continental Cup competition originally set for Feb. 12 through 14 has been canceled due to limits on social gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiwanis Ski Club announced Friday. It’s the first time since World War II that the event, a ...

Democrats plan Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings flashing, Democrats in Congress laid plans Friday for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure an “unhinged” commander in chief can’t add to the damage they say he's inflicted or even ignite nuclear war in ...

Arctic air on its way; snow, maybe

IRON MOUNTAIN — Winter may turn much colder about a week from now. “Changes are taking place in the atmosphere above the Arctic Circle that suggest the clock is ticking on the mild weather — for January standards — gripping much of the United States,” AccuWeather meteorologist ...

Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in Michigan to offer in-person instruction by March 1 and earlier if possible, but she stopped short of requiring it, saying face-to-face classes should at least be an ...