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DNR moving forward on UP land exchange

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A proposed land swap that would put 200 acres of state-owned forest in Norway Township into private hands may soon go to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources panel for a recommendation. The state, which would receive 200 acres in Marquette County’s Well Township ...

Pembine hires interim superintendent

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PEMBINE, Wis. — The Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District has a new interim superintendent. Andy Space was hired a special meeting in January and his contract was extended Wednesday through the end of the school year. Space spent 25 years with the Crandon School District before he ...

Breitung earns STEM education grant

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KINGSFORD — Breitung Township Schools District has earned a $78,021 Michigan Department of Education MiSTEM grant for Project Lead the Way curriculum. Project Lead the Way teaches students in kindergarten through 12th grade using exploration and discovery. Only 21 educational programs in ...

Up on a roof

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Marc McCole, left, Logan Normand and Annie McCole shovel snow Friday off the roof of the McCole home on Michael Street in Kingsford. With nearly 27 inches of snowfall already this month, the next chance of significant snow is Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

UP drug kingpin’s appeal rejected

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MANISTIQUE — A convicted cocaine kingpin and former murder suspect who was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the transport and sale of more than 1,000 grams of cocaine in Schoolcraft County had his request to have his fines reduced heard by the Michigan Court of Appeals recently. ...

Grant awarded

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The Dickinson Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini grant to North Dickinson Student Council. The purpose of the grant is to assist in funding items for their new student lounge. The lounge is open to high school students before and after school, items needed include charging ...

DNR officers rescue stranded snowmobilers

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ONTONAGON — Four snowmobilers were rescued last weekend from the ice of the Big Iron River by a pair of conservation officers who risked their own safety to find the riders and bring them back to waiting emergency crews. The ordeal began at about 6:30 p.m. Eastern tim Saturday, when ...

North Dickinson in need of a bus

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FELCH TOWNSHIP — The North Dickinson County School District needs a new used school bus. Its backup bus has deteriorated to the point it is not worth repairing and must be replaced, said Darrell Oman, director of support services. While the district has enough buses to take care of its ...

North Central Spelling Bee winners

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District Spelling Bee winners from North Central Area Schools are, from left: Soren Dunstone, seventh grade, second place; Anthony Junek, seventh grade, first place; Ella Riley, sixth grade, first place; Bruce Tapio, superintendent; and Jaidyn Lattergrass, sixth grade, second place; Maggie ...

No snow records … yet

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IRON MOUNTAIN — While the Iron Mountain area has seen two weeks of significant precipitation, it still has a way to go to set any records. But the month’s tally so far does have the promise of posting a new high for snowfall in February if it continues on this pace. The latest round ...

IM woman injured in Norway area crash

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A 66-year-old Iron Mountain woman was treated for injuries after a three-vehicle accident at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 2 and Summit Road in Norway Township. The woman, Nancy Raiche, was stopped at Main Street and U.S. 2 when her vehicle was hit by an eastbound vehicle ...

Fire that killed former Norway man investigated

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KALAMAZOO — Authorities in Kalamazoo continue to investigate a Feb. 3 fire that claimed the life of a former Norway man. The body of Zachariah John Hayes, 31, was found by Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responding to an early morning fire on the 400 block of Wallace Avenue, the Kalamazoo ...

Breitung Township to add office software, take bids for pickup

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QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday approved buying software licensing that will allow staff members to remotely access their workstation computers from another location. Breitung Township employees have used the free version of the remote access software TeamViewer for a ...

Benefit planned for Abram Johnson family on March 2

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FELCH — A benefit is slated for the Abram Johnson family of Foster City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Felch Community Center. Abram, 1-year-old son of Heidi and Steve Johnson, is being treated for brain cancer. Donations are being sought for the benefit, including food, ...

Mine transport to delay traffic

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ESCANABA— Motorists traveling between Escanaba and the Tilden Mine area in Marquette County can expect delays beginning Monday, authorities advised. Four large kiln components will be transported to the Tilden Mine, temporarily blocking traffic. Under a permit from the Michigan Department ...

Pink the Rink event Monday

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Kingsford High School hockey team has partnered with the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation to host Pink the Rink at 6 p.m. Monday at Mountain View Ice Arena in Iron Mountain. The Flivvers will host the Jeffers Jets. Proceeds benefit Dickinson County Hospital ...

Female business professors file suit against NMU

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MARQUETTE — A lawsuit filed Friday against Northern Michigan University by four female professors alleges NMU violated federal equal pay and gender discrimination laws. In the lawsuit — filed with the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Northern Division — instructors ...

Valentines for veterans

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From left, fifth-graders Jazzlyne Shaughnessy, Kaylee Juul, Raedyn Walker and McKenzie Lancour work on Valentine’s Day cards in Andy Mendini’s class at the Kingsford Middle School. The valentines were to be delivered to veterans at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain VA wins national award

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The VA’s Veterans Health Administration has recognized the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center for providing its patients with outstanding health care experiences. The Iron Mountain-based VA hospital received the 2018 Best Experience Award for Level 3 — small, low ...

Kingsford man, 72, sent to prison for heroin sales

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man will spend almost three years in prison at minimum for selling heroin to a confidential informant on two occasions. Ronnee Lee Pietrantonio was sentenced Wednesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court to 32 months to up to 30 years in prison for two separate ...