Editorials

DICSA appreciated help with IM center situation

Bouquet From Kristin Sommerfeld, executive director, Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency: The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, or DICSA, is a non-profit Community Action Agency serving primarily Dickinson and Iron Counties through numerous programs designed to help people with ...

More drivers, passengers in state buckling up

Michigan motorists, give yourself a pat on the back — or on the belt across your chest and waist. The seat belt use rate rose this year, from 93.4% in 2018 to 94.4%, according to recently released results from a statewide, grant-funded observation study by Michigan State University. Yes, ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Ways to beat the heat when summer temperatures soar

While it might seem short, summer in the Upper Peninsula usually has the benefit of being pleasantly warm rather than hot. However, in recent days the region has seen temperatures consistently in the 80s and should hit the mid-90s on Friday. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of ...

Soda map flap underscores the region’s UP pride

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

How the free press helped free America

EDITOR’S NOTE: This item originally was published the week of Independence Day. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” This week, as I ...

Thanks to all who helped make parade a success

Bouquet From Jayna Huotari, Iron Mountain, chairwoman of the 2019 Iron Mountain-Kingsford Fourth of July parade: The Promotions Committee of the Menominee Range Historical Foundation extends appreciation to all of those involved in helping make the Iron Mountain–Kingsford Fourth of July ...

Pioneering falcons could find new homes in UP

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

This fair season, take care around pigs

A pig in a pen might not seem a dangerous animal, but there’s still reason for caution when encountering swine during the upcoming fair season. Experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services advise that people be aware of the potential risk at these events for swine to ...

Ways to avoid getting sick while enjoying summer

As Michigan residents enjoy camping, swimming and eating fresh, home-grown food this summer, health officials are reminding everyone to reduce their risk of exposure to bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is kicking off a month-long ...

Be wise when using fire in the outdoors

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

Thanks to those who helped with Memorial Day

Bouquet From Denise Formolo, veteran service officer, Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs, Iron Mountain: The Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs Office would like to give a special “thank you” to everyone who helped to make the Memorial Day program a success. We ...

Take care to guard against spreading invasive species

Independence Day in the Upper Peninsula saw scores of people taking to the region’s waterways. Let’s hope those having fun on boats or other forms of watercraft in the Upper Peninsula region took care to make sure they didn’t have any foreign riders on board with them. This is Aquatic ...

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the ...

AG’s Line 5 move sets state down wrong path

We believe Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s move last week to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, saying they pose an “unacceptable risk” and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house replacement pipes, ...

For Fourth of July, more effort against impaired driving

This Independence Day, law enforcement officers in Michigan wants the public to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday but with caution and a plan to get home safely. Stepped-up drunken driving enforcement will take place starting today through July 14 across the state — in other words, ...

Appreciates rehab at DCHS

Bouquet From Bill Verrette, Iron Mountain: For the past 12 weeks I have been attending cardiac rehab sessions three times a week at Dickinson County Healthcare System. The nurses who operate the cardiac rehab facility did an outstanding job in leading me through the rehab ...

Think before lighting up those fireworks

It’s less than a week until Fourth of July, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday. Some might even intend to shoot them off this weekend. If so, best be aware of what’s allowed in your community. A relatively new law in Michigan reduced from 30 to ...

An important week in the Line 5 drama

As any Michigan student will know from their studies, in 1837, before Michigan was admitted to the union as a state, a dispute with Ohio had to be worked out. When the smoke cleared from that dispute, a contested strip of land that includes the city of Toledo was deeded to Ohio. In exchange, ...