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New Gold Star Families monument

From left, Dennis Lynch, Ray Hamm and Denny Olson unveil the new Gold Star Families monument during the dedication ceremony Saturday at the Dickinson County Courthouse in Iron Mountain. Rock for the memorial came from Olson’s gravel pit. The memorial honors families who lost someone in ...

Double-digit virus gains in Marinette, Forest, Vilas counties

Several Wisconsin counties in the region posted double-digit rises in coronavirus cases over the weekend, according to the state’s data site. Marinette County gained 25 new positives to reach 732, Forest County added 18 cases and Vilas County had another 11 confirmed, according to the ...

Whitmer: Loss of powers may put state back in ‘danger zone’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her use of emergency powers to manage the pandemic is not unique and she worries that efforts to take away her unilateral authority, if successful, could lead coronavirus cases to spike to dangerous levels in Michigan. The Democrat locked ...

Michigan Tech moves ‘Involvement Zone’ to campus

HOUGHTON (AP) — With COVID-19, student organizations face obstacles both in getting the word out, and in conducting their usual activities. They got help with the first of those Sept. 11 with Michigan Technological University’s first K-Day event, branded “The Involvement Zone.” On ...

Marijuana on city agendas

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today via Zoom. The meeting ID is 731-974-4809. More information is available at https://www.cityofironmountain.com/. The agenda includes requests to extend deadlines for the licensing of medical marijuana facilities. Kingsford City Council ...

Kingsford to repair Public Works building

KINGSFORD — Kingsford City Council has accepted a $18,127 bid from MBM Construction of Kingsford to install siding on a the southeast corner of the east wall of the Public Works building. That side is damaged and has been leaking. The city had $20,000 budgeted for the project. In other ...

Antoine boat launch closed

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s boat launch at Lake Antoine Park will be closed beginning Monday. Midwest Asphalt & Gravel of Iron Mountain is the contractor for a replacement project that may extend into November, county officials said.

Library hopes to reopen

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Main and Solomonson branches of the Dickinson County Library are preparing to move to Phase 5 of their reopening plan later this month, provided Dickinson County sees a downward trend in new and active COVID-19 cases. Phase 5 allows patrons to come into the building ...

District budget hearing Sept. 28

KINGSFORD —The Dickinson Conservation District will have a budget hearing at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public and a link to join the meeting can be found on the Dickinson Conservation District website. Copies of the proposed fiscal year budget can ...

Northern Michigan’s budding hops industry on the rise again

WILLIAMSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan’s budding hops industry appears to be doing better after a rocky start at the beginning of the year. During the early months of the global pandemic, Michigan hops sales dipped 30% to 50% as operations across the craft beer industry shut down ...

Biden makes second trip to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to campaign today in northeast Wisconsin for his second visit to the battleground state in two weeks. Biden's campaign announced Sunday that the Democratic presidential nominee would be campaigning in Manitowoc, a city of about ...

Basketball fans

From left, Ian Marttila, Evan Copley, Jacob Powell, and Oskar Kangas cheer on Iron Mountain’s seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball teams at Mountaineer gymnasium in Iron Mountain. The four all are in eighth grade at Iron Mountain Public Schools.

Treasury: Deadline for Michigan Home Heating Credit is on Sept. 30

LANSING, Mich. — Qualified homeowners or renters have only about a week remaining to apply for Michigan’s Home Heating Credit, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. The Home Heating Credit helps cover utility expenses, leaving more money available for other critical needs. It ...

Bay College partners with JCI for infrastructure improvements

ESCANABA — Bay College is partnering with Johnson Controls to advance critical college infrastructure. The plan totals $2.8 million and includes two recently completed roofs, along with boilers, air handlers, parking lot lighting and several efficiency measures. The plan is streamlined to ...

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting could be a crime

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident’s apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.” Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, ...

Humble heroes: VA salutes POWS

IRON MOUNTAIN — After losing a friend to an accident while serving during the Korean War, motor transport operator John Kusmitch volunteered for combat duty. In April 1951, he and others in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division found themselves behind enemy lines as 700,000 Chinese ...

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court ...

Judge: Count Michigan ballots that arrive post-election

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge Friday cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan, saying envelopes postmarked by the eve of the Nov. 3 election are eligible, even if they show up days later. The decision is significant in a state that is anticipating waves of ...

Officials raise flag over spike in virus cases

Local health officials Friday warned about the recent spike in COVID-19 positives in Dickinson and Iron counties. Since the start of September, Dickinson County’s count has risen by 27 confirmed cases and Iron County by 30, according to figures posted over the month on the Dickinson-Iron ...

EEE found in Forest County

CRANDON, Wis. — A horse in Forest County has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne disease that also can infect humans. This follows two human EEE cases reported in Wisconsin this year, in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, according to the Forest County Health ...