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Dickinson declares COVID emergency

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus Monday, citing an explosive rise in infections that has made the county a pandemic hotspot nearly seven months after its first COVID-19 case was confirmed. According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health ...

Viking and veterans: Norway unveils new downtown parks

NORWAY — The city of Norway’s “pocket park” has a new look, as well as a new name. The focal point, on the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue, now will be referred to as “Viking Square.” Community officials and residents gathered Saturday for a special dedication ceremony ...

Former Menominee sheriff’s officer takes plea baragin

MENOMINEE — A former Menominee County Sheriff’s Department officer accused of criminal sexual conduct has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. In a plea bargain agreement, Brian Helfert, 57, of Menominee, pleaded guilty to attempted accosting for immoral purposes — a high court ...

Requests for COVID-19 tests increase

ESCANABA — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employees of local health care providers spoke about the availability and accuracy of coronavirus testing in the area. Kim Mahoney, manager of laboratory services at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, said the state of ...

County park cabin project continues

ESCANABA — The Delta Conservation District is continuing to make progress on its efforts to install rustic cabins in county parks. While the district is still seeking donations, the cost of 10 cabins included in the project’s first phase will be covered by an anonymous donor. Currently, ...

Livestock auction, fair food bring people to Houghton fairgrounds

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair may have been canceled for 2020, but some sparks of the fair experience remained. The annual junior market livestock auction went on as usual Saturday afternoon, while Skerbeck Entertainment set up a drive-through sale for fair foods on what would normally ...

Bay College opening going smoothly

ESCANABA — Bay College’s fall 2020 semester got started Aug. 17. So far, Bay College President Laura Coleman and other people on campus said the college’s return to in-person education has gone well. “It has absolutely been going fantastic — faculty, staff and students are all ...

BBQ legacy continues with founder’s son, grandsons

HOUGHTON — A tradition that began over 60 years ago is continuing. Since Lions Club member Matt Manderfield started the annual Lions Club Chicken Barbecue fundraiser around 64 years ago, it has become a legacy that continues with his son, Pete Manderfield, and two of Pete’s nephews, who ...

Search remains ongoing for long-lost stone airplane

By JOSHUA VISSERS Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — A search operation is underway for an airplane in Copper Country, but not one that ever left the ground. You may be familiar with the stone boats, like the one in Kearsarge, but photographs of an airplane with similar stone ...

Adoption teaches parents to grow

By DEBORAH PRESCOTT Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Raising children is something many people experience in their lives. When adopting across racial lines, the experience also teaches parents to grow. Patty and John Thomas had four children under the age 5 when they first met, then two ...

Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid coronavirus surge

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders and some conservatives who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill ...

Feeding America mobile event set

MARQUETTE — Silver Creek Church and Silver Creek Thrift are teaming with Feeding America West Michigan to host a mobile food distribution event from 3-6 p.m. July 16. This will be a drive-thru event so participants are asked to follow the directions given by the parking lot attendants. ...

Alzheimer virtual groups offered

MARQUETTE — The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has announced its free virtual support groups, education programs and social engagement programs for July. “Persons with dementia, their caregivers and all those impacted by dementia need our help and support now more than ...

Marquette City Band to perform

MARQUETTE —The Marquette City Band, directed by Stephen Grugin, will present “A Fourth of July Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the band shell in Presque Isle Park. The benches in the park have been spaced six feet apart and the audience members are requested to maintain proper social ...

Walk With Ease program to be held

MARQUETTE — Whether one needs relief from arthritis pain or just wants to be more active to improve overall health, Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress is offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program. Anyone who can be on his/her feet for 10 minutes without ...