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Shutdown could delay Isle Royale study

HOUGHTON — The partial shutdown of the federal government may imperil the latest iteration of the wolf-moose study on Isle Royale National Park. Researchers are planning to head to the island for several weeks for the study, which tracks the relationship between wolves and moose on the ...

Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine’s Metras out as administrator

PEMBINE, Wis. — The superintendent of the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District has reportedly stepped down due to “health-related issues.” The school board Wednesday accepted Chris Metras’ resignation, effective Jan. 1. Clerk Tina Duenweg read a prepared statement, signed by board ...

Missing snowmobiler found dead in Delta County

ROCK — An Ishpeming man that went missing along with his snowmobile earlier this week was found dead Wednesday in northern Delta County, authorities said. The body of Dennis Frederick Pellinen, 54, was located just before 5 p.m. Wednesday off North Rock Road near the community of Rock, ...

Woman injured in Iron County rollover crash

IRON COUNTY — A 27-year-old Amasa woman was injured Wednesday after being ejected from her vehicle in a crash in Iron County. The accident happened about 3:55 p.m on U.S. 2 near Fire Tower Road in Crystal Falls Township, according to the Michigan State Police, Iron Mountain Post. The ...

House leader, AG get behind bills on asset forfeiture

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield asked Democrats to join him Wednesday as he unveiled the first legislation of the two-year term, bipartisan bills that would limit law enforcement’s ability to take ownership of property in cases that do not result in ...

Can do about taekwondo

IRON MOUNTAIN — In his 68 years, Dale Close of Iron Mountain has gone from leg braces to achieving a blue belt in the martial art of taekwondo. Originally from Muskegon in lower Michigan, Close contracted polio in 1951 when just a year old. He would spend 3 1/2 years in an iron lung, 2 1/2 ...

Walk For Life event on Jan. 20

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Walk For Life, an annual event held in support of the rights of the unborn, will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Participants begin gathering at 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot near the Braumart and Kingsley North. The participants will proceed down South ...

Blood drive set

BEECHER, Wis. — There will be a Red Cross Blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Beecher Town Hall, W7971 County Rd Z. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling ...

McBroom takes oath in Senate

LANSING — State Sen. Ed McBroom was formally sworn in as senator of the 38th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath of office. McBroom was joined in the Senate chamber by his wife Sarah; ...

DNR advisory panel to meet Wednesday in Baraga

MARQUETTE — From a deer hunting season recap to loud exhausts on snowmobiles, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of topics at its meeting Wednesday in Baraga. The session will be from 5:30 ...

LaFave sets legislative priorities

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, on Wednesday introduced multiple plans addressing some of his top priorities for the next two years — including car insurance, “dark store” and concealed carry reforms. House Bill 4024 makes car insurance reform a 2020 ballot ...

Kingsford fire extinguished

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford Public Safety Department was dispatched Wednesday, 3:49 p.m., to a garage fire at 891 Evergreen Court. When arriving on scene, officers saw the homeowner pulling a snowmobile out of the garage, which was on fire. They were able to extinguish the fire with no ...

Getting Pine Mountain ready: Third day of ski jumping added

IRON MOUNTAIN — Spectators can look forward to a “fantastic turnout of jumpers and more countries represented” at the 2019 Pine Mountain Continental Cup ski jumping competition Feb. 8-10. Because of cancelled events in Europe, a third Continental Cup tournament will take place at Pine ...

Search on for missing snowmobiler in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — A search continued today for a missing snowmobiler who was last seen near his McFarland home in southern Marquette County, authorities said. Dennis Frederick Pellinen, 54, of Ishpeming, was reported missing Monday, as he had not been seen since he left his secondary residence in ...

Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko said the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week. McKesson Corp. said it supplied Shopko with $67 million in drugs since Nov. 11 but has not been paid since early December. McKesson this week ...

Whitmer seeks to ensure equal pay for female state employees

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a directive aimed at ensuring that female state employees are paid the same as men doing equivalent work. The order issued Tuesday prohibits state departments and agencies from inquiring about a job applicant’s current or previous ...

Trump makes TV case for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall in a somber televised address that was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered little in the way of concessions or new ideas to break the standoff that has left large ...

Communications training offered

Menominee — The M&M Area Community Foundation will host a public communications training on from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Bellin Health in Marinette, Wis. This class is offered as part of the foundation’s continuing support for non-profit and charitable organizations ...

Donation made to IMHS General Scholarship Fund

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain General Scholarship Fund is the recipient of a $5,000 contribution from an anonymous donor from the graduating Class of 1951. This is the second year this graduate has contributed to this unique scholarship. Donations of $100 or more are recognized on ...

Names released in fatal crash

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State Police have released the names of the people involved in Friday morning’s fatal traffic accident in Marquette Township. The pedestrian killed in the crash was Jeremy Wills, 36, of Skandia and Thomas Kuopus, 51, of Ishpeming was the man driving the truck ...