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Iron County virus cases up

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The West Iron County School District in Iron River on Friday joined neighboring Forest Park Schools in deciding to suspend in-person classes due to Iron County’s rapidly climbing number of COVID-19 positives. The district will shift Tuesday to remote learning, even though officials ...

Whitmer OKs theaters, allows bigger crowds

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that movie theaters and other venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and she lifted a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor ...

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort. Republican senators ...

UP ‘supercentenarian’ marks 111th birthday

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HANCOCK — A Hancock native recently marked a milestone few people accomplish: 111 years. Julia Dennis toasted her birthday Sept. 10 with a glass of wine with family and friends at Portage Pointe Nursing Home in Hancock. She enjoyed seeing all her family, as well as having cake at a ...

Wisconsin hits record for new coronavirus cases reported

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MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Wisconsin on Saturday hit a record for coronavirus cases reported in a single day as health officials reported 2,817 people have tested positive for the virus. The state has seen some of the nation's fastest coronavirus spread over the last two weeks. The rolling ...

GOP sues over ballot count

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DETROIT (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be ...

Winter bird prospects sound better for UP

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An annual report that tries to predict where certain songbirds might spend the winter months sounds promising that several feeder favorites could turn up in the region. Last winter was a poor one for seeing many of the “winter finches,” as Canada and other regions in fall 2019 had abundant ...

Playground fun

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Khloe Jayne is all smiles on the playground at North Elementary. Khloe is a fourth grader in Dale Powell’s class at North Elementary School of the Arts in Iron Mountain.

Water safety kiosks installed in Florence County

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Florence, Wis. — The Florence County community is committed to preventing child injury by supporting and initiating measures that will save lives. Due to the number of natural bodies of water in the area, drowning has the potential to occur at an increased rate. According to The World ...

Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn’t outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say there isn’t much the teen can do to stop ...

Last of their class: Trio mark 80 years as Niagara High grads

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NIAGARA, Wis. — Frederick Rhodes and Annabelle (Birr) Banks first met in kindergarten. Almost a century later, they still share school memories at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara. The 98-year-old Rhodes and the 99-year-old Banks — along with Drucilla “Dru” (Eckelaert) ...

Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to made it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state’s presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer ...

Schools to close in Escanaba, Houghton County

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A rise in COVID-19 positives means Houghton County schools will switch Monday to online classes only for the next two weeks, while Escanaba’s middle and high schools will be closed starting today, also until Oct. 12. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announced the move in ...

Early voting starts in Michigan under new rules

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LANSING, Mich (AP) — Early voting for the 2020 general election started in Michigan on Thursday under expanded voting rights that allow for any resident to request an absentee ballot. Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 2.4 million residents already had requested absentee ...

Expungement bills get final state approval

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would automatically expunge criminal records and ease the application process for those convicted of marijuana offenses under sweeping "clean slate" bills that received final legislative approval Thursday. Advocates said the overhaul would help hundreds of ...

Drive-thru flu clinics offered

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Kingsford — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department announces plans to conduct drive-thru community influenza immunization clinics. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the parking lot of Forest Park School in Crystal Falls. The second will be from 9 ...

Prosecutor releases activity report

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa M. Richards has released her office’s activity report for the month of August. The office received 79 police reports from the five area law enforcement agencies and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. From the reports received, ...

New boat launch at Lake Antoine

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Midwest Asphalt & Gravel of Iron Mountain is replacing Dickinson County’s deteriorated boat launch at Lake Antoine Park. From left, foreman Steve Seid discusses the project with Aaron Kukura. The $90,254 project is aided by a $43,865 Michigan Waterways Grant. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)