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Wisconsin struggles to get tough on first DUIs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, but it’s ...

Snowmobiler dies in crash with trees in northern Wisconsin

TOWN OF SCHOEPKE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a snowmobiler was killed in a weekend crash. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about the crash in the Town of Schoepke just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say the snowmobile left a trail and struck trees ...

Township, county, school meetings to be held today

Norway Township will hold a special meeting for a public hearing on the township’s proposed recreation plan at 4:45 p.m. today followed by the regular board meeting at the Norway Township Hall in Vulcan. Items on the regular agenda include adoption of the proposed recreation plan, ...

Michigan seeks public input on transportation plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state. The “Michigan Mobility 2045 “ plan aims to establish priorities for transportation. The development phase of the plan runs through April. As part of ...

Students honored

Niagara School District 4k through 5th grade students of the month for December have been announced. From left, in the front row are Alexandra Kreh, 4K; Liam Miller, first grade; Brenden Fitzpatrick kindergarten; back row: Scott Trevillian, principal; Brooke Newingham, fourth grade; Ingrid ...

Almost Home Animal Shelter plans fundraiser

NORWAY — Almost Home Animal Shelter will host ValenTails, a fundraising event, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway. There will be a raffle, door prizes, plated meal, cash bar, a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auction. Raffle tickets are $5 and cash ...

School of Choice applications due

KINGSFORD — In an effort to provide a quality education for all students, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, in cooperation with its constituent districts, will again offer a Schools of Choice program for the second semester of this school year. This educational option is ...

Woodland achievers

Woodland Elementary School is recognizing its December Academic Achievers. From left, back, are Mikey Steinke, Aubry Dixson, Kyra Clement and Parker Lafave; front, Lily Patterson, Fletcher Hulkonnen and Jameson Miller. These students are being honored for always doing their best work. The ...

Frontier legend: IM native Rahoi shares 100 years of experiences

FAIRBANKS — It’s a rare achievement to live to the age of 100, but long-time Fairbanks resident and living legend Urban Rahoi makes it look easy. Sharp as a tack and loquacious as ever, Rahoi emanates a vitality only slightly dimmed by the stroke he suffered two years ago. Born Jan. 7, ...

Man arrested in teen’s abduction

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for nearly three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, ...

Government shutdown stalls decision on Cooks Run hatchery

CRYSTAL FALLS — The federal shutdown also has halted further planning for what Iron County might do with its historic Cooks Run fish hatchery. While U.S. Forest Service officials confirmed they do have a response ready on whether they are interested in the property, they can’t send it ...

Michigan economy projected to stay stable

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending. That was among the takeaways from Friday's semiannual meeting where the state ...

Songbird blends with the woods

While this is not an uncommon bird, it can be a challenge to find. This is not a good photo, but it does show how unobtrusive the brown creeper can be — it also stuck to interior trees, on a cloudy day, so lighting was less than ideal. This little songbird blends in so well with the ...

Prusi to staff Whitmer’s UP office

MARQUETTE — It was about 15 years ago — when Mike Prusi was a state senator — that he first met Gretchen Whitmer, who then was a state representative from the Lansing area. “I know she has deep affection for the Upper Peninsula,” Prusi said. “She’s been coming up here well ...

Drunk driving case to be heard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a Wisconsin drunk driving law that has parallels in other states. Wisconsin law says law enforcement officials can draw blood from an unconscious driver without a warrant if they suspect the person was driving ...

A proper start to the school day

Fourth-graders Sofia Lara, Veronika Manier and Ava Marttila hoist the American flag before the start of classes this morning at North Elementary School in Iron Mountain.

DCHS holds off on line of credit request

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System is suspending its request for a county-backed line of credit, citing an improved cash position, although staff reductions will likely be needed to balance the 2019 budget. “We’re about $2 million short of a true break-even budget for ...

Missing Wisconsin girl found alive; man arrested

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against ...

Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800K won’t get paycheck

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without ...

Whitmer names ex-Obama official to lead DHHS

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Obama administration official who is an executive with the nonprofit that administers the SAT will lead the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which is the state’s largest agency. Robert Gordon was named director of the 14,400-employee ...