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Out to Lunch kicks off concert series Thursday in downtown IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Pushing through the barriers thrown its way this year, Out to Lunch on Thursday will launch its program of providing free concerts to downtown Iron Mountain for its 18th year in a row. While some additional changes will be needed due to COVID-19, the popular music program ...

Breitung to start new Woodland entrance road despite objections

KINGSFORD — Breitung Township Schools will build an additional entrance road to Woodland Elementary School off of North Pyle Drive, despite protests from neighboring homeowners. The school district acquired a parcel north of the school five years ago but hadn’t followed through on a ...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Marinette County

The number of COVID-19 cases in Marinette County continues to climb, with county health officials reporting four new positives Monday. The four brings Marinette County's total to 57, with three deaths and 39 recovered, according to Marinette County Health and Human Services. According to its ...

Michigan leaders reach agreement on 2020 budget shortfall

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An agreement to address a $3.2 billion shortfall in Michigan’s 2020 budget was announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to respond to deep budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic crisis. The agreement includes reductions in funding and ...

Appeals court upholds Wisconsin voting restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win in a pair of lawsuits just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president. The ...

Hold the celebration: Virus pushes back Venue 906 opening

KINGSFORD — Venue 906 had been slated to open this month, a setting to celebrate weddings and other special events. Then COVID-19 emerged and the governor shut down most activities in Michigan, including construction, as part of a stay-at-home order to try to contain spread of the ...

Dickinson’s jobless rate is the lowest in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s unemployment rate of 12.3% in May was the lowest in the state, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology Management & Budget. Regionally, May jobless rates ranged from 13.7% in the Ann Arbor metro area to 24.8% in the ...

Iron County has first COVID-19 death

Iron County has had its first COVID-19 death, local health officials announced. In a news release Saturday, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department stated it had been notified of the death but would not disclose additional information about the case. “The Dickinson-Iron District ...

Michigan drivers face insurance choice starting Thursday

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who renew or buy car insurance face a choice starting Thursday: stick with unlimited medical coverage, go with less or — for seniors with Medicare — opt out entirely. The decision, a signature feature of a new law that will lower the cost of ...

School board meetings set

The Florence County Board of Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in Room 259 of Florence High School. The agenda includes 2019-20 budget adjustments and consideration of a policy for reopening school grounds and buildings. The Board of Education for Iron Mountain Public Schools will meet ...

No Daily News on Fourth of July

The Daily News will not publish a newspaper Saturday due to the Fourth of July holiday. Items that normally appear in the Weekend edition, such as the color comics, will be included in the Friday newspaper. No Daily News staff will be in the office Saturday. Monday will have a newspaper ...

Grant for Family Ties Adult Center

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to Family Ties Adult Center. The funds will be used to purchase items to connect with their participants, items such as arts and crafts, movies, games and puzzles for adult interaction. Tammy Tomassucci, Family Ties ...

Ishpeming sets up memorial

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula town is honoring three notable residents, including a Michigan Supreme Court justice from the 1950s who wrote a book that was turned into a popular movie, "Anatomy of a Murder." The foundation was recently poured for the Three Sons of Ishpeming ...

WNMU-TV to switch frequency Wednesday

MARQUETTE —Viewers who rely on an indoor or outdoor antenna to watch WNMU-TV will need to rescan their televisions to continue receiving the signal. The station will switch frequencies at 11 a.m. Wednesday, as required by the Federal Communications Commission, so that its original channel ...

CR 581 work begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — County Road 581 near Felch will be under construction starting today, from M-69 north about two miles, the Dickinson County Road Commission said. The project is expected to run through July, said Lance Malburg, road commission engineer.

Graduation flotilla

The Norway High School Class of 2020 continued to mark an unusual graduation season by having a boat parade and flotilla Thursday evening on Lake Louise near Loretto. The students did a lap around the lake and gathered for photos by family members and friends on shore.

Hillcrest commerce: NWTC explores options for Aurora center

AURORA, Wis. — The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Woodland Regional Learning Center in Aurora continues to look at options to best use its space in the former Hillcrest Elementary School. Sally Miller, regional manager for the center, indicated they are in the process of ...

First COVID-19 death reported in Iron County

Iron County has its first COVID-19 death, local health officials announced Saturday. In a news release, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department stated it had been notified of the death but would not disclose additional information about the case. “The Dickinson-Iron District Health ...

Whitmer lifts eviction freeze; $50M in rent aid coming

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that a monthslong moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic will end in mid-July, when landlords can start applying for $50 million in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes. The initiative will be ...

New COVID cases reported in Marinette, Marquette counties

Counties on both sides of the border in the region continue to show new COVID-19 cases, according to health officials. In Wisconsin, Marinette County on Friday reported another two positives, as did Iron County in that state, according to health officials in both counties. The Marinette ...