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‘Dark store’ loophole gains foothold

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Some big-box retailers in Wisconsin have successfully challenged their tax assessments by claiming they should pay the same rate as a store that’s closed and remains vacant. Critics say that “dark store” legal loophole could cause municipalities to raise ...

A WINTER WONDERLAND

Although temperatures aren’t expected to be extremely cold the rest of this week, much of Houghton and Keweenaw counties could get 5 to 8 inches of lake effect snow today into Friday.

Escanaba man pleads guilty

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old Escanaba man recently pleaded guilty to accosting children for immoral purposes and is scheduled to be sentenced on the four-year felony next month in Delta County Circuit Court. Cory Michael Gibbs, of 1505 N. 20th St., Escanaba, was arrested earlier this year and ...

Blueberry Ridge open house set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday to invite the public to learn more about trail grooming at the Blueberry Ridge Pathway. The open house will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Blueberry Ridge south parking lot, located off M-553, a mile ...

Snowmobile trail set to reopen

MARQUETTE — Thanks to the efforts of several local trail partners and cooperation of a key landowner, a segment of Snowmobile Trail No. 14 in Marquette Township soon will reopen to public use. The trail segment had been closed in recent months due to loss of land permissions. The reopening ...

Section of snowmobile trail closed

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work continues to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain. “A recent engineering analysis of the Menominee ...

Melissa Holmquist named UPHP Chief Operating Officer

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan President and CEO Dennis Smith announces Melissa Holmquist as Chief Operating Officer. Holmquist, a Crystal Falls native, is in her 14th year with the company being promoted from her current position, Director of Government Programs. UPHP, a managed ...

Fatal accident in Chippewa County

GOETZVILLE — The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-vehicle fatal accident that occurred Monday on M-48 near Townline Road near Raber Township. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at about 11:30 p.m. and located a pickup truck in the west ditch off M-48. ...

Hancock woman killed in crash

ONTONAGON — A Hancock woman died Sunday as the result of a car accident in which police said speed and alcohol were contributing factors. The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office reported Mandy Kela was traveling north on U.S. 45, 1 mile north of M-26 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. when she lost ...

Menominee nativity scene removed

MENOMINEE (AP) — A nativity scene that’s been displayed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of a longtime Christmas tradition has been taken down following years of complaints. Menominee City Manager Tony Graff tells WLUK-TV  that the display was taken down shortly after being put up ...

Judge backs farmer in lawsuit

L’ANSE (AP) — State officials say they’re reviewing their options after a local judge sided with an Upper Peninsula farmer in a lawsuit over whether he is raising exotic pigs that are illegal in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boar and related ...

Schoolcraft Township seeks federal help for stamp sands

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP — Schoolcraft Township is looking for federal help with stamp sands that are threatening to choke off access to its marina. The township has had a problem for years with the sands, which wash up from the shores of Gay, where the smokestack of the former Mohawk Mill is ...

Warrants issued for KBIC members selling tobacco

HOUGHTON — Warrants were issued for two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members for transporting tobacco to the reservation as part of their jobs last year, according to a press release the tribe issued Tuesday. KBIC declined to name the individuals involved in the matter. “KBIC takes its ...

Thanksgiving in the 1880s

For  “Harlow’s Wooden Man,” 1966 With the approaching observance of Thanksgiving, it is interesting to note how this national holiday was celebrated three-quarters of a century ago (now more than a century and a quarter). House and Home, A Complete Housewife’s Guide by ...

One male airlifted to hospital after head-on collision

IRONWOOD — One person was airlifted to a hospital in Wausau after suffering what police are saying appeared to be life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon. According to the Ironwood Department of Public Safety, officers responded to the accident just before 1 ...

Search continues for missing hunter

HOUGHTON —  The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to locate a hunter missing since Thursday. Rodney Granroth, 71, of Hancock, was staying alone at his Portage Township camp when he presumably left sometime Thursday to hunt for deer. When he didn’t return home Friday, ...

10 years in prison for man in Upper Peninsula fatal crash

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — A drunken driver was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Monday in the death of an Upper Peninsula teenager who played in his school’s football game and was killed while returning home from the homecoming dance. It was an emotional scene in court as ...

It’s time to talk turkeys: Design contest underway

MARQUETTE — With Thanksgiving right around the corner, November is a great time to talk about wild turkeys. The comeback of the wild turkey is one of the greatest wildlife conservation stories. At one time in Michigan’s history, turkeys were very plentiful, although over time they ...

Winter looms for marketplace work

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority marketplace is starting to prepare for winter, with construction still in full swing before colder temperatures arrive. However, the contractor continues to seek extra compensation for delays that occurred early in the project, the DDA ...

Collision leaves 2 injured

NADEAU TOWNSHIP — Two Kingsford residents continued to be treated today for injuries received when the motorcycle they were on was rear-ended by a truck in Nadeau Township Thursday afternoon, according to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department. A pickup truck driven by a 26-year-old ...