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DCHS operating in the black but at what cost?

Recently, I was hospitalized for five days at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital with a severe upper respiratory illness. The nurses were wonderful as far as assessing my condition, conferring with the physician, passing medications, etc., but it was very obvious that they were ...

Backyard fires a nuisance

I would like to address the ongoing issue of the backyard fire smoke in the Norway Hill Area. I’m a “windows open” kind of person. I love to sit in my living room with the windows open and smell the cool summer breeze wafting through my curtains. Unfortunately, I’m rarely afforded ...

Questions about DCHS moves, borrowing plans

At a recent meeting, the Dickinson County Healthcare System Board announced the retention of the temporary CEO for another year. It’s inexplicable that a CEO who has done nothing proactively to put the hospital on a sustainable path “earned” a contract for another year. The board points ...

James Clayton “Jim” Leonard

MADISON, Wis. — James Clayton "Jim" Leonard, 81, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. He was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Niagara, Wis., the son of Clayton and Helen Leonard. James was united in marriage to Patricia (Pat) Tigges on Feb. 6, 1960. Jim received an accounting degree from Madison ...

Prefer road repairs to new Norway park

I’m a Norway resident and not too happy when I read Norway is putting another park on Main Street. That plus work on another park will cost $131,053. Don’t you think that money could be used for a more important project, like a new road for 16th Avenue and Main? I have never seen anyone ...

Someone is poisoning chipmunks

I ask whoever is putting out poison to kill chipmunks in Kingsford Heights — what gives you the right to kill wildlife? These are harmless animals and what you’re doing is cruel and inhumane. What if a stray dog or cat gets into your poison? Would you like to see them laying in your ...

Michael Gazler

GOODMAN, Wis. — Michael Adam Gazler, 27, of Whiting, Ind., passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at his residence. He was the beloved son of Stanley and Elizabeth (Engel) Gazler; cherished longtime girlfriend, Vanessa Arnold; and will be missed by many dear aunts, uncles and ...

Roundabouts not the answer

In regards to the Speak Out in the Daily News on Saturday, June 8, on a roundabout on the Breitung Cutoff — what planet are you from? P.S. Turn off cell phones, drivers, and learn how to drive.

Changes needed for safety on Breitung Cutoff

How many more people will be injured or killed at the Breitung Cutoff Road before someone has enough brains to fix that problem? The cars come down from the hill like a speedway. Put a stop light or put a 25 mph speed limit at the top of the hill. It’s a terrible shame that the problem ...

Vehicles collide at junction

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 19-year-old Kingsford woman had minor injuries after a three-vehicle collision Saturday at the U.S. 2/U.S. 141 junction in Breitung Township. The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the collision about 4:15 p.m., after a 67-year-old Niagara man turning east ...

Michael C. Lopez

FLORENCE, Wis. — Michael C. Lopez, 88, of Goodman, Wis., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Florence Health Services in Florence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home & Crematory in Florence.

Highway 581 a disaster

I would like to challenge the Dickinson County Board, the county Road Commission, Felch Township Board and West Branch Township Board to have a road tour on County Highway 581 from Felch to Ralph. This road is a disaster. The road commissioners from 40 years ago would turn over in their graves ...

Canada lynx released in Schoolcraft County

GERMFASK, Mich. (AP) — An animal rarely seen in Michigan has been released in the wild in the Upper Peninsula. A Canada lynx was captured weeks ago in Sanilac County in the Lower Peninsula. After spending time at the Howell Nature Center and the Detroit Zoo, the female was released last ...

Most all of us trace back to immigrants

What is all the fuss over immigration? The first true Americans were named Standing Bear and Red Hawk. Since then, all of us here have descended from immigrants. I wonder how many of our forebearers entered this land as illegals. No matter what number generation, we are Americans. Drive ...

A note about the Car Plunge Contest

Every year the Rotary Club has its Car Plunge Contest. Winters are long, so it’s a fun contest to enter to help pass the days. I went to two major grocery stores in the Iron Mountain area to obtain entrance forms — neither one had any. They said nobody ever brought any in. If the Rotary ...

Higher gas tax not the answer for roads

According to a study by Lv-15 — a team of former Tesla engineers that create HD maps for self-driving cars — Michigan has the worst roads in the United States. If our Michigan legislators managed the funds appropriately, we wouldn’t have this problem. Now Michigan’s ex-lawmakers want ...

Post offices need to clear sidewalks

Why is it that both post offices in Iron Mountain and Kingsford can’t keep their steps and sidewalks clear of ice and snow? They claim that they don’t have a custodian. They just raised the postal rates —hire one. If we don’t keep our sidewalk or steps clear, they can refuse to deliver. ...

If gas tax rises, insurance should go down

So the politicians in Lansing want to raise the gasoline tax by 47 cents over the next few years. If that is what they want, why can’t they then lower the auto insurance rates, which are the highest or near-highest in the nation? All politicians know is tax and spend. Heed the advice of ...

Not a fan of stores’ self-checkout lanes

Three of the highest-volume stores in Iron Mountain seem to think I am to use their self-checkout lanes. I have news for them: — It is not my job and I am not being paid to check myself out at these nor any other store. — It is not my job and I am not being paid to bag my purchases ...

Povolo, Kriegl named Hometowne athletes for December

Kingsford’s Trevor Povolo and Brooke Kriegl were named the Hometowne athletes of the month for December. Povolo, a reckonable force all season for the Flivvers, is the school’s first four-time UP champion wrestler. Kriegl averaged 15 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and four steals for ...