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Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws gutted

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans’ unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take effect in six ...

State legislation would save judgeship in Menominee County

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LANSING —Legislation recently introduced in the state Senate and House of Representatives would save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination. Senate Bill 87 and House Bill 4161 would reverse the 2012 action to eliminate the position, effective this March 31. ...

Michigan Senate blocks Whitmer in rare move

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to restructure the state environmental department — the first time lawmakers have outright blocked a governor’s move in more than 40 years. The chamber voted 22-16 today, ...

French exchange at KHS

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Exchange students from France are spending three weeks with local host families and observing classes at Kingsford High School, as well as touring businesses and attractions and enjoying day trips. The students are from Carpentras in southeastern France and will stay until Feb. 23.

Niagara launches scholarship drive

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NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Scholarship Foundation is conducting its 24th annual Alumni Fund Scholarship Drive. Special solicitation letters were mailed out last week by school staff members including high school secretary Darcy Brown, said NASF president Jim Dunnick. High school ...

Schedules announced for Great Eight Winter Games

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IRON MOUNTAIN —The 25th Great Eight Winter Games will take place in the local area Saturday, with the opening ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Kingsford Middle School Gym. The games are coordinated by the school districts of Florence, Forest Park, Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Niagara, ...

UP lawmakers react to State of the State address

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LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, weighed in on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address by reiterating the need for crafting a solution to Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance premiums. LaFave was recently appointed to the bipartisan House Select ...

Secretary of State upgrade to take place this weekend

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State offices and online services will go dark during a major weekend computer upgrade. All branches and online sites will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday. A new computer system is replacing decades-old technology. Secretary of ...

Quiet period ahead after rounds of snow, ice

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A small amount of snow could fall Thursday and temperatures may climb into the 30s as cleanup continues from a storm that delivered more than 10 inches of snow Tuesday and early today in the Dickinson County area. Most schools were under a two-hour delay this morning as ...

Red Rose Security & Development

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The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for new member Red Rose Security & Development, an agency that specializes in web design and computer services for businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals. Some examples of the services they provide include custom web ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition-free plan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school ...

Operation Action UP annual meeting Thursday

Business

MARQUETTE — Operation Action U.P. will have its annual meeting starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time Thursday in the Don H. Bottum University Center Great Lakes Rooms on the Northern Michigan University campus, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. in Marquette. The meeting will open with registration and ...

Operation Action UP annual meeting Thursday

Business

MARQUETTE — Operation Action U.P. will have its annual meeting starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time Thursday in the Don H. Bottum University Center Great Lakes Rooms on the Northern Michigan University campus, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. in Marquette. The meeting will open with registration and ...

Dickinson County sees higher interest revenues

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County earned $82,124 in interest on investments in 2018, an increase of $29,761 from 2017. This is due both to a better economy and the investment of library, road and some county general funds with Michigan CLASS, a local government pool that pays a higher rate, ...

Forest County ranch deer tests positive for CWD

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about a Forest County deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the only registered deer farm in Marinette County, where the animal was born, is Koz Deer Farm. Marinette County actually has nine ...

Evers says gas tax increase likely to be recommended

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said a task force he created to come up with funding solutions to pay for Wisconsin roads likely will propose a gas tax increase. Evers wouldn’t tell reporters Tuesday how much he expected the group to recommend increasing the tax. It is currently 32.9 ...

Small fire doused in IM

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain Fire Department was called Tuesday morning to a small fire at 1414 W. A St., where an electric heater caused minor damage. Firefighters left the station about 11 a.m. on a report of smoke coming from a garage. They quickly hosed down the fire, which began ...

Delta’s Micheau named to statewide fair board

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ESCANABA — Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and management agent for the Upper Peninsula State Fair, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions during the organization’s 134th annual ...

Sewage problem remains at senior center

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Talks will continue as officials try to resolve sewage problems that surfaced in early November at the Iron Mountain Senior Center and are linked to a line shared with the neighboring Northern Lights YMCA. Damaged pipes and other problems have been addressed at a cost of ...

DCHS may not need layoffs, board chair says

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IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s possible that needed staff reductions at Dickinson County Healthcare System may come through attrition and not require layoffs, the hospital board chairman said Monday. Cautioning that “everything is fluid,” Margaret Minerick told the Dickinson County Board ...