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St. Marys River cleanup begins

SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) - Officials are kicking off a long-awaited environmental restoration project for the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River, which links lakes Huron and Superior.The event is scheduled for today at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie.The project's centerpiece will be ...

Local vets home to have ombudsman to handle complaints

LANSING (AP) - Michigan will have a special ombudsman to investigate complaints filed by or on behalf of residents at the state's two veterans homes in Grand Rapids and Marquette.Legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Snyder creates the Office of the Michigan Veterans Facility ...

U.P. Garden Tractor Pull held

Gerard Church of Homestead, Wis., drives his tractor "Ground Control" down the track during the altered stock class pull at the 60th annual Champion Horse pulling, mud drags and tractor pulls Saturday afternoon. Participants of the U.P. Garden Tractor Pull could compete in the altered stock ...

Project on schedule

Workers dig up the roadbed on the 200 block of Quincy Street in Hancock earlier this week. The reconstruction project is on schedule and has experienced no serious problems, according to Al Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation at the Ishpeming Transportation ...

Pioneer Day fundraiser planned

MANISTIQUE - The Schoolcraft County Historical Society will host its annual Pioneer Day fundraiser at the Manistique Marina on Saturday.In previous years, the event was held at Pioneer Park, located near the city's historic water tower. However, this year it has been moved to an alternate ...

Clean-up continues at Quincy Smelter site

RIPLEY - Several cleanup efforts have taken place at the former site of the Quincy Smelting Works since 2009, including one underway now.Scott See, executive director of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, said the National Park Service is overseeing the latest cleanup, ...

Hatchet-attack suspect reaches plea deal

ESCANABA - A 19-year-old male arrested for attacking a man with a hatchet in Escanaba in April has reached a plea agreement in the case.Timothy Lee Heitz of Escanaba was arrested for assaulting a 31-year-old Wisconsin man with the blunt end of a hatchet during the early morning hours of April ...

High-speed chase ends in rollover

IRON MOUNTAIN - A 32-year-old Kingsford man was arrested after a high-speed chase Tuesday morning from Iron Mountain to Niagara, Wisconsin, that ended in a rollover crash.The Iron Mountain City Police Department received a report about 5:11 a.m. of an intoxicated man armed with a rifle in a red ...

Competency questioned in CSC case

IRON MOUNTAIN - The case against a 27-year-old Iron Mountain man accused of criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl will be put on hold for several months to determine if he is competent to stand trial.Michael Ray Holmes' defense attorney planned to file requests for the examinations ...

Suspect to defend himself

ESCANABA - An Escanaba man said in court Monday he will represent himself this fall when he he goes to trial on three felony drug charges involving methamphetamine.Joshua William Gordon Lockhart, 27, was arrested in April following investigation of a meth dump site in Escanaba by the Upper ...

U.P. fugitive escapes again

HOUGHTON - The escaped Houghton County inmate briefly incarcerated by Costa Rican authorities is back on the loose.John Saatio, 35, escaped from a Costa Rican immigration detention center Sunday, according to the Tico Times of San Jose, Costa Rica.Saatio broke through a fence in the prison yard ...

Seney Township official charged with embezzlement

MANISTIQUE - A Seney Township official has been charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from taxpayer funds, according to police and court officials.Seney Township Treasurer Shawna Leigh Haines, 42, of Seney, was arrested by troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in St. Ignace following ...

House, Senate OK legislation initiated by U.P. family

LANSING - Michigan's House and Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation initiated by the family of an Escanaba couple killed by a drugged driver in 2013.The two bills - approved last week to authorize a pilot program for roadside testing of drugged drivers - now await the Governor's ...

Michigan water strategy released

LANSING (AP) - State officials have released the first part of a 30-year plan to manage, protect and improve Michigan's water resources.The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes developed the strategy. The initial phase focuses on educating citizens about the ...

Board looks at repairing Baraga County Courthouse

L'ANSE - The Baraga County Board discussed needed repairs to the exterior of the county courthouse in L'Anse at its meeting Monday.Treasurer Anne T. Koski toured the site with a representative from Terrazzo Creations & Renewal of Norway, who said repairing crumbling brick and sandstone ...

Facade flub hits Gladstone DDA budget

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority decided to eliminate the city's Fall Fest and scale back other events Tuesday as part of an effort to fund a facade grant that was not included in the authority's budget.Only four facade grants were included in the DDA's initial budget ...

Higher water levels have their ups and downs

ESCANABA - Water levels on Lake Michigan are significantly higher than average this year, which Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald said has had a largely beneficial impact on the region.According to Oswald, it has been decades since water levels in Delta County have been as high as they are now."I ...

Alger-Delta plans annual picnic

ESCANABA - Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association is hosting its 2016 annual meeting Saturday at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba."Just like last year, this year's annual meeting will feature something for everyone," Alger Delta CEO Tom Harrell said in a news release.The cooperative ...

Highway sign honoring U.P. war hero replaced

IRON MOUNTAIN - Unhappy that a pair of signs honoring a World War II hero from Foster City were faded and damaged, a local veteran decided he would do something about it.Ron Champion contacted the Veterans Affairs Office in Dickinson County, and office director Michael Miller personally paid ...

Duluth, tribe reach tentative casino pact

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the city of Duluth have reached a tentative agreement that could end a long-running legal dispute over revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino.The two sides say they've reached a 10-year agreement that calls for the Fond du ...