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Markkanen urges end of federal protection for Michigan’s wolves

LANSING — State Rep. Greg Markkanen testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his resolution urging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list in Michigan. Markkanen,R-Hancock, said ...

Federal government plans to ban e-cigarette flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House ...

Veterans with PTSD, anxiety use beekeeping for relief

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Gently lifting a wooden frame containing dozens of Italian honeybees, Vince Ylitalo seemed transfixed as he and several other veterans inspected the buzzing insects. “This is really cool,” he said, pointing to a bee with blobs of orange pollen on its hind ...

Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run took place Tuesday in Iron Mountain, with law enforcement officers walking and running down Stephenson Avenue from the Michigan State Police post to the Iron Mountain Police Department to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

Norway eyes changes in cable TV offerings due to rates

NORWAY — The Norway City Council will have a public hearing Monday, Sept. 23, on whether the city should sign a five-year agreement with Viacom Inc. and the National Cable Television Cooperative that raises prices. The city was notified in August the two companies set higher membership ...

Mackinac Island’s iconic Grand Hotel to be sold

DETROIT (AP) — The owners of the iconic Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island said Tuesday that they’ve reached a tentative deal to sell the hotel to a private equity firm. The Musser family and KSL Capital Partners are expected to close the deal within 30 days. Terms were not ...

Whitmer, GOP work through budget goals

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The tabling of talks on a multibillion-dollar plan to improve Michigan’s roads clears the way for passage of the next state budget. But first, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature have three weeks to resolve several differences on ...

Woman sent to prison for selling methamphetamine

IRON MOUNTAIN — A woman will spend two to 20 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine. Defense attorney Dan Jaspen noted before sentencing Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court that 32-year-old Kaz Mauro had only one misdemeanor on her record before being charged with delivery or ...

IM man arrested on drug charge

OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. — A 43-year-old Iron Mountain man with two warrants for his arrest was taken into custody Monday near Abrams, Wis., according to a joint release from Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards and the KIND Drug Enforcement Team. The man, whose name is being ...

Wild horse, burro sale in Mequon

MILWAUKEE — The Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States Northeastern States District will hold a wild horse and burro event providing wild horses and possibly a few yearling and burros, Sept. 20-21 at the BLM Off-Range Corral Facility, 6814 Highland Road, Mequon, Wis. Yearling and ...

Michigan House wants warning label on marijuana

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Marijuana sold in stores would have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and children under legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House. The bills cleared the chamber on 105-4 votes and were sent ...

Administration grows while UW faculty numbers are declining

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System’s administration is growing while faculty numbers are declining. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the number of system employees categorized as “administration and academic leaders” grew by 53 positions, or 3.5%, between 2014 ...

Legislator in Wisconsin wants more money for CWD fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic legislator wants to spend millions of dollars to fight chronic wasting disease. Rep. Katrina Shankland has introduced a package of bills that would allocate $2.2 million to expand cost-sharing for carcass-disposal dumpsters and kiosks where hunters can drop ...

Fire victim identified in Delta County

WELLS TOWNSHIP — The person killed in a house fire in Wells Township Thursday night has been identified as David J. LaMarche, 62, of Escanaba. At about 11:35 p.m. on Thursday, Delta County Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire at 6927 I.5 Lane in Wells Township. When Delta ...

Vulcan road work planned

VULCAN — Beginning Monday, South Spruce Street and Ball Road in Norway Township will be closed at the CN Railroad crossing for repairs, the Dickinson County Road Commission said. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route as the roads will be closed from Monday until repairs are ...

Generosity restores a stolen dream

QUINNESEC — A hard-working teen was surprised Monday with a new chainsaw from two local families after one he’d purchased was stolen off his front porch. Levi Fiorucci, 16, had saved for the chainsaw intending to sell firewood to make money, only to have it go missing only two weeks ...

Record year for Dickinson County Fair

IRON MOUNTAIN — Pleasant, dry weather contributed to a record Dickinson County Fair in Norway, with attendance estimated at 50,000 to 60,000, Fair Board President John Degenaer Jr. said. Skerbeck Family Carnival generated $61,000 in fair revenues, representing 30% of carnival receipts, he ...

Breitung reaches new agreement on residential trash pickup

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday approved a three-year contract extension with Great American Disposal of Kingsford that will see its costs for residential trash collection rise, though officials have not decided if that increase will be passed to residents. The agreement ...

Tiffany launches run for Congress in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany launched his bid for Congress in a conservative, rural northern Wisconsin district on Tuesday, promising to be “the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward.” Trump easily won the district in 2016 by 20 points, ...

Enrollment up at North Dickinson

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Enrollment rose slightly this fall in the North Dickinson County School District — welcome news when school officials had anticipated a drop. The district counted 256 students attending classes this fall, up from 252 at the same time in 2018, Superintendent/Principal ...