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Shifting formats are challenge to schools

By CAROLINE CARLSON Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The shifting format of education during the pandemic has challenged both students and teachers. Schools are noticing that some students struggle to keep up when attending school online. A growing number of teachers are also encountering ...

Calumet Village Council adds members

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette CALUMET — Village resident and business owner Pete Hahn was appointed to the Village Planning Commission at the regular January Village Council meeting last Tuesday. Former member Chris Green was also re-appointed, in spite of a bitter ...

Strength restored, snowy owl flies north in the UP

By BETSY BLOOM Iron Mountain Daily News AP Member Exchange IRON MOUNTAIN — In 30-plus years as a wildlife rehabilitator, Phyllis Carlson has had only three snowy owls. One was in such rough shape it died before she got it to her Quinnesec home. Another, a male, was so emaciated ...

Man sentenced on child porn charges

HOUGHTON — A Hancock man was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday. Justin Covert, 32, was arrested in August after an investigation by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The initial ...

Kingsford man accused of holding woman hostage

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man accused of holding a woman hostage was arraigned Wednesday in Dickinson County District Court. Andrew Geronimi, 33, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; ...

Iron Mountain man nabbed after school burglary

GLADSTONE — A man from the Iron Mountain area who broke into the Bark River-Harris School, stole money, and then went directly to the nearby casino earlier this month has been arrested. On Jan. 11, troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post were dispatched to the school on a ...

Mine safety training course offered

ESCANABA — Bay College Training and Development will be hosting the Mine Safety and Health Administration eight-hour annual refresher training of Part 46 and 48 of the Mine Act. The program covers the annual training requirements for owners and operators under 30 CFR parts 46 & 48, ...

Vaccines continue to go out in Dickinson, Iron counties

ESCANABA — The latest round of scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations in Dickinson and Iron counties filled within a matter of minutes Wednesday morning, the district health department reported. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department set the start for signing up at 10 a.m., both online ...

Challenging times: Workers, businesses frustrated by unemployment

ESCANABA — Many who were unemployed at the end of 2020 are still searching for jobs in the new year, but how the pandemic has effected employers and employees has varied greatly — even in Delta County. Waitress Kathy Nelson is weathering her second layoff since March. She said while she ...

Murals made: Grant makes school art project possible in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba Junior and Senior High School art teacher Cathy Uhazie has been leading her students through muraling projects for 18 years. Over the past three years, Uhazie’s students have painted nine murals throughout the school. Mural topics relate to school activities, groups and ...

Famous miner statue near downtown Houghton damaged by speeding car

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — An iconic statue that celebrates the mining heritage of the Upper Peninsula has been badly damaged by a speeding car. The bronze statue of a miner has been near downtown Houghton since 1980. The right foot and left leg were broken off in the crash Sunday night. The ...

Stupak Foundation gives $50,000 to Holy Name

ESCANABA — Students at the soon-to-open Holy Name High School will benefit for years to come because of the generosity of Bart and Laurie Stupak. Holy Name High School is the recipient of a $50,000 donation made by the BJ Stupak Memorial Fund. Established in 2000 by Congressman Bart and ...

Law authorizes sale of closed UP prison

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill for the possible reuse of a state prison that closed in the Upper Peninsula in 2018. The new law authorizes the state to sell the Ojibway prison to a private owner or other units of government. The 125-acre property is in ...

Missing Wisconsin man found alive

MARINETTE, Wis. — A Wisconsin man who had been reported “missing and endangered” in late November has been found, police say. Kevin Daley, 48, was located alive in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, according to a press release issued by the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday. ...

Hancock marks Finnish Independence Day

HANCOCK — About 30 people gathered in downtown Hancock to mark Finnish Independence Day in the Copper Country on Sunday evening. “Well, we didn’t want to break a record,” Jim Kurtti said. “We’ve been doing it every year since 1918.” Kurtti is the director of the Finnish American ...

Iowa man accused of assaulting Iron Mountain hotel clerk

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iowa man is in custody after reportedly spraying a hotel clerk with Mace when she asked him to don a face mask, then leading police on a slow-speed chase north on U.S. 2, public safety officials said. The Iron Mountain Police Department received a report at 4:25 p.m. ...

Ready to shine along M-95

Patti Roell hangs a string of lights on a tree at the end of the driveway on M-95 in southern Sagola Township. She and her husband, Tom, have decorated the tree for about 12 to 15 years, running a power cord a considerable distance from their home to the highway. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo ...

Dickinson County Healthcare System endures through virus, cyberattack

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dealing with a recent cyberattack during a spike in COVID-19 cases, Dickinson County Healthcare System officials on Thursday applauded staff efforts that have kept the hospital on a even keel. “I can’t say enough about the way the team responded,” CEO Chuck Nelson told ...

Aspirus CEO: Care might change to avoid filling beds

WAUSAU, Wis. — With COVID-19 cases expected to rise through the holiday season, Aspirus hospitals may reschedule some non-time-sensitive procedures and move less serious cases to a home care model, Aspirus CEO Matt Heywood said during a press conference Wednesday. Typically, Aspirus staffs ...

Missing woman found dead

MACKINAC COUNTY — The body of a missing woman has been located in Mackinac County. Multiple agencies on Friday conducted another ground and water search for Channelle Dennard in Moran Township. Dennard was reported missing from downstate Southfield on Oct. 27, with her vehicle found ...