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Michigan’s confirmed cases soar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus — a fever, atypical cough or unusual shortness of breath —î should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms resolve. Her ...

Dickinson County man positive for COVID-19 dies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s first resident COVID-19 case has become the Upper Peninsula’s second death connected with the virus. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department confirmed the man’s death Thursday evening but have provided no other details about the case out of ...

Judge says no Wisconsin election returns until April 13

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered that Wisconsin officials withhold reporting any results from Tuesday's election until extended absentee balloting is complete April 13. U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a request from the Wisconsin Elections Commission ...

What’s on the ballot for Wisconsin counties in the region

Judicial races for courts in Florence, Forest and Marinette counties will highlight local elections Tuesday. In Marinette County, two candidates will vie to replace Circuit Court Branch 1 Judge David Miron, who is stepping down. They are attorney Mike Perry of Peshtigo and Jane M. Sequin of ...

Vote Tuesday includes presidential primary, SC justice

Wisconsin’s election Tuesday features the state’s presidential primary, a state Supreme Court race and a referendum on a state constitutional amendment that would establish additional rights for crime victims. The election is taking place despite the fact that Gov. Tony Evers has issued a ...

State orders Menominee businesses to cease, desist

Three Menominee County businesses have received cease-and-desist letters for staying open through Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “stay home” order. Michigan State Police troopers delivered the letters from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg to ...

Michigan virus cases clear 10K; peak still weeks away

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. “No one is immune from this virus,” Whitmer said during a news conference at ...

Early morning fire in Loretto

An unoccupied house at W-3922 Johnson Road in Loretto was leveled by fire early today, Norway Fire Chief Dave Bal said. Firefighters found the structure “totally involved” when they arrived at 5:48 a.m. and they remained on site four hours later to put out hot spots. According to Waucedah ...

Governor closes Michigan schools for academic year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 1.5 million Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday. All public and private schools are more than halfway ...

Dickinson County has first resident coronavirus case

KINGSFORD — Dickinson County has its first presumptive COVID-19 case in a person who lives in the county, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. THE DIDHD was notified Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that an adult male had tested ...

Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary over the health threat from the new coronavirus, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ...

Record 6.6M file for US jobless aid as layoffs continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report today from the Labor Department showed that job ...

Democrats delay nominating convention until week of Aug. 17

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn't think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Convention CEO Joe Solmonese confirmed the ...

Evers releases new virus proposals for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he’s taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the ...

IM’s Occhietti Building constructed in mid-1950s

IRON MOUNTAIN —The 49th installment of Menominee Range Memories, a series of articles by William J. Cummings, Menominee Range Historical Foundation historian, now available on the Dickinson County Library’s website, is titled “Downtown Iron Mountain — 300-332 South Stephenson ...

Astrea extends date to apply for free high-speed internet access

IRON MOUNTAIN — Astrea has extended the application date for the Astrea Connection Assistance program to April 10, due to an overwhelming response and identified need. The Astrea Connection Assistance program offers free high-speed cable internet broadband access for new kindergarten ...

Storm Spotter Training webinar offered April 30

Marinette, Wis. — Marinette County Emergency Management has arranged for the National Weather Service – Green Bay to conduct Storm Spotter/SKYWARN training via webinar on April 30. Normally these trainings are scheduled in a classroom setting. With the safety precautions for COVID-19 in ...

Niagara native graduates from FBI Academy

QUANTICO, Va. — Cpt. Ben Allen of the Green Bay Police Department, is one of 255 law enforcement officers who graduated March 13 from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. The graduates consisted of men and women from 49 states, 32 countries, five military organizations, and eight ...

Michigan implements unemployment aid

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, under the federal CARES Act, has signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment ...

Broadband dearth hinders rural Wisconsin amid virus outbreak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Newcomer household near Monroe is fairly typical for rural Wisconsin. It is surrounded by cornfields. The nearest neighbor is a quarter mile down the road. And the internet is terrible. Now the coronavirus shutdown has put serious stress on the family. The teenagers ...