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Sheriff: No federal probe of Lake Michigan isle plane crash

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BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island. The crash last weekend on Beaver Island killed Donald Falik, a 72-year-old pilot from Eaton County, near Lansing. Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles ...

US new-vehicle sales in 2018 rise slightly to 17.27 million

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DETROIT (AP) — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. rose slightly in 2018, defying predictions and highlighting a strong economy. Automakers reported an increase of 0.3 percent over a year ago to 17.27 million vehicles. The increase came despite rising interest rates, a volatile stock ...

Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

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Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history. Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln ...

Puppy Pals

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The Florence County Library will host a special event to learn more about Pet Partner Therapy Teams. The introduction to this program is planned at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at the library. The public can also register for a read with me time slot at that time. Puppy Pals read together will begin at 10 ...

Wender returns as Dickinson chairman

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Henry Wender of Breitung Township, who has 30 years of experience on the Dickinson County Board, was elected Wednesday in a 3-2 vote to serve a 12th straight year as chairman. Wender, who voted for himself, was supported by fellow Republicans Joe Stevens of Kingsford and ...

Peretto tapped to lead Iron County Board

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CRYSTAL FALLS — District 1 Commissioner Patti Peretto was chosen Wednesday as the new chairwoman of the Iron County Board. Peretto, board representative for Gaastra and the townships of Iron River and Stambaugh since 2013, won the position on a 3-2 vote during the county’s ...

Fundraising continues for new Beacon House

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MARQUETTE — Although the Beacon House is closer to reaching its goal of raising enough funds to start building a facility adjacent to the new UP Health System-Marquette site, $900,000 is still needed to break ground on the project. Even though $2.1 million has been raised for the new ...

Steelworkers contributions

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United Steelworkers 146 donated $1,000 each to The Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul of Norway, St. Vincent De Paul of Iron Mountain and Karen’s Food Pantry in Niagara, Wis. From left are Jim Vivio, Local 146; Ernie Vivio, Local 146;, Larry and Mary Zipp of Karen’s Food Pantry; Tara ...

Bay offices closed Jan. 10

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ESCANABA — All offices at both Bay College campuses, Escanaba and Iron Mountain, will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 10, for employee training. The Bay College Bookstore will be open for business 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. The winter 2019 semester begins on Monday, Jan. 14. ...

Florence County immunization clinics planned

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Florence, Wis. — Florence County Health Department immunization clinics will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Tipler Town Hall; Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest/NWTC building in Aurora; and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the health department, located in ...

Whitmer: State workers to report health threats

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint’s water crisis and delaying action to clear it ...

Expansion planned at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

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MANISTIQUE — A lot has changed since Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital opened the doors to its new facility in April of 2013, but according to Bob Crumb, who took over as the hospital’s chief executive officer in 2016, there are even more changes on the horizon. “The future is bright. We ...

Eager to be first of 2019

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Everyone in the family guessed Tyler James Gross would arrive early but only his dad predicted his birthday would be Jan. 1. Born to Tina St. John and Joe Gross of Florence, Wis., the first baby of the new year arrived at 6:48 a.m. Tuesday, 11 days early, weighing 6 ...

Whitmer becomes Michigan governor

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. The 47-year-old former lawmaker took the oath of office in a ceremony ...

Casperson reflects on accomplishments

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ESCANABA — After spending years in Michigan’s House and Senate, state Sen. Tom Casperson has reached his term limit as a senator. However, he said his involvement with politics will continue in a different capacity. Casperson has had a connection to the Escanaba area for his entire ...

Niagara schools get creative with grant funds

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NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara school district is making improvements both to safety and curriculum, thanks to several different grants recently obtained by the staff. “As a small district, we are being creative with our grant dollars and making them work in different areas,” said Nate ...

New printers added at DIISD tech center

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KINGSFORD — The Kingsford High School Computer Aided Design classroom recently received new equipment that will allow students to print their design in two or three dimensions. The HP plotter will be used to print drawings such as architectural floor plans or details of mechanical parts in ...