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Modest rise for Social Security checks

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection. The increase amounts to $24 a month for the ...

McBroom attends signing at White House

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WASHINGTON — Michigan State Sen. Ed McBroom was among a group of state and local elected officials who were invited to join President Donald Trump for the signing of two executive orders at the White House on Wednesday. The executive orders are part of the president’s commitment to ...

Counselors cheer passage of bill protecting their work

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s 10,000 counselors could continue to diagnose mental disorders and practice psychotherapy under a bill they say is needed to stop regulators from destroying their profession. The measure won unanimous House approval on Tuesday and will be considered by a ...

U.P. Labor Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

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MARQUETTE — Three dedicated local union leaders will join the likes of Dominic Jacobetti, Mike Prusi and Geraldine Defant during a ceremony in the Northern Center Ballroom on Northern Michigan University’s campus at 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday. Stu Skauge, a longtime member of the ...

Water wonders

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From left, Kingsford Middle School students Rachael Hackstock, Ana Mulder, and Eva Antilla push off from a canoe drop on the Sturgeon River in Vulcan as part of a water resources trip provided by the Renewable World Foundation. The RWF is a non-profit organization that partners with schools in ...

Republicans propose undoing some Whitmer vetoes

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Majority Republican lawmakers on Tuesday released an initial list of funding they want to restore following Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes, including scholarships for college students and a boost in aid for charter schools. About two dozen ...

Kingsford man sentenced to prison

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man convicted on drug charges Aug. 22 will spend a minimum of four years and nine months in prison. Tyler Campbell, 26, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to as many as 30 years for the delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony ...

Sixty pounds of meth seized

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GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a drug raid at a hotel near Appleton could be the largest methamphetamine bust ever in northeastern Wisconsin. Brown County District Attorney David Lasee said Tuesday night the seizure of about 60 pounds of meth has put a “serious dent” in the ...

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

IM approves tax break for Sandstone project

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A developer’s plan for new apartments on the second floor of the Sandstone building on East Ludington Street is eligible for a nine-year tax break under a certificate authorized by Iron Mountain City Council. The taxable value of the building will be frozen for the ...

Duffy’s daughter born with Down’s syndrome

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Former Congressman Sean Duffy’s ninth child was born with Down’s syndrome and will require open heart surgery in three to four months. Duffy’s wife Rachel Campos-Duffy posted Monday on Facebook that their daughter, Valentina StellaMaris Duffy, was born with two ...

Students of the month

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Niagara Elementary has named its Students of the Month for September. From left, in front are Abigail Paquette, kindergarten; Reece Whaley, four-year-old kindergarten; and Weston Weber, first grade. In back are Scott Trevillian, principal; Kingston Weber, fourth grade; Alaina Cadiente, third ...

IM woman sentenced on drug charge

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IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain woman convicted of selling drugs near a school in January will serve a minimum of two years in prison. Andrea Cox, 31, was sentenced Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to as many as 60 years for the delivery or manufacture of heroin, a felony ...

Changes eyed for Medicare

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and ...

Park and ride

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Jocelyn McDonald of Kingsford rides the duck at City Park in Iron Mountain. Though the region saw frost overnight, today and Wednesday otherwise are supposed to be sunny and warm, with highs in the mid-60s. Temperatures should continue to reach into the 60s through Friday but will drop for the ...

Council gives green light to Leif Erickson festival

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NORWAY — The Norway City Council on Monday approved a special event application for the Leif Erickson festival this weekend. Though the festival is an annual event, city policy requires organizers to submit plans for events that use city-owned property or facilities. The fall festival ...

IM to allow recreational marijuana businesses

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain City Council on Monday approved an ordinance to allow and regulate recreational marijuana facilities in the city. With the ordinance taking effect in 30 days, the council may decide to later allow more marijuana businesses or take a wait-and-see approach on ...

IM council turns down business request to vacate street

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A business owner’s request to have the city vacate part of an undeveloped street was denied Monday after neighbors raised objections. UP Auto Sales asked the city to vacate the west half of the 500 block of Chapin Street for 90 feet from the Fifth Street right-of-way. The ...

Man arrested after stabbing in Iron River

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IRON RIVER — A man was arrested Monday after authorities said another man was stabbed multiple times at an Iron River gas station. Iron River Police officers about 7:45 a.m. Monday found the victim had a puncture wound and laceration to the face and several superficial wounds in the ...

State Department bars envoy from impeachment hearing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from appearing today before a House panel conducting the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. “Ambassador Sondland is profoundly disappointed that he will not be able to ...