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Blaze destroys home in Escanaba

By CLARISSA KELL Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — A north Escanaba home was destroyed after it caught fire late Monday night. Escanaba Public Safety Department officers were called to a kitchen fire at 1219 1st Ave. N. at 11:04 p.m. According to officers, all the occupants were ...

Man charged in crash that killed Vulcan resident

MENOMINEE — A Menominee man has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs in an Oct. 21 collision in Menominee County that killed a Vulcan resident. Kane Richard, 20, is charged with operating under the influence of drugs causing death and reckless driving causing death, both ...

Houghton to consider marijuana opt-in

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — In March, the Houghton City Council will consider an ordinance to allow recreational marijuana sales in the city. The ordinance introduced Wednesday would allow recreational marijuana retailers in the city. Other types of ...

Ash Wednesday services held across area

Father Darryl J. Pepin places ash on the foreheads of parishioners during mass at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Bark River Wednesday morning. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Many area churches held Ash Wednesday services ...

DNR: Warmer weekend weather may worsen area ice conditions

By Iron Mountain Daily News Staff IRON MOUNTAIN --While this weekend’s anticipated mild temperatures likely will provide a welcome break from this winter, it has the Michigan Department of Natural Resources warning the already dicey ice conditions this season may worsen. The National ...

Esky passes moratorium on hotels, motels

By JORDAN BECK Staff Writer Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council approved a three-year moratorium on the construction of new hotels and motels in the city at its meeting Thursday night. The moratorium was proposed by Proxima Management, which is planning to build a ...

Calumet ordinance update to include marijuana facilities

By Graham Jaehnig Staff Writer Daily Mining Gazette CALUMET — The village council Tuesday assured an audience of approximately 40 that the marijuana ordinances will be back, and soon. They were temporarily repealed in order to update the Village Zoning Ordinance, said Trustee Roxanne ...

Phi Kappa Tau takes snow statue top spot

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — A Bronze Age tribute got Phi Kappa Tau the gold. The Michigan Technological University fraternity won its third Winter Carnival snow statue crown in the past four years. Its “Dongson Fishing Village” statue is located ...

Two guns stolen during break-in at LaFave’s residence in Lansing

By Lansing State Journal and Iron Mountain Daily News Staff LANSING — Just days after state Rep. Beau LaFave openly carried a gun at the state Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “proposed unconstitutional gun laws,” someone broke into his Lansing residence and stole ...

Gun resolution passes in split vote

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — After hearing arguments for and against a proposed resolution to make Delta County a “sanctuary county” for the Second Amendment from county residents, the Delta County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted to adopt the resolution ...

Fishing regulation change

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission on Thursday approved a fishing regulation change to end the experimental 10-fish daily possession limit. An experimental regulation that allowed for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout ...

DNR Advisory Council to meet

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in at the Baraga Lakeside Inn, 900 U.S. 41. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled on Houghton County trails rehabilitation, ...

Learning experience

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — The race season is underway for Michigan Technological University’s mushing club, which competed in its first race of the season last weekend. Student-led teams finished fifth, sixth and eighth in their division in the ...

Little sportsmen’s club plays big role

By CLARISSA KELL Escanaba Daily Press POWERS — A small town sportsmen’s club in Menominee County has big responsibilities. According to its bylaws, the Normenco Sportsman’s Club, based in Powers on Normenco Road, dedicates itself to promote sound conservation legislation and ...

Artists encouraged to apply

ONTONAGON — Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2020 spring, summer and fall and 2021 winter residencies. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by the unique northern ...

LEDs light Luminary Ski for first time in 2019

By JOSHUA VISSERS Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — Thursday night, hundreds of people took to the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock to ski or snowshoe a loop marked out by small lights through the dark forest. “The attraction tonight is the lights,” said event organizer and ...

Program helps recycle the holidays

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The holiday season has come and gone, and some people in the area have begun the process of taking down their Christmas decorations. Local residents will once again be able to take advantage of Christmas tree pick-up services offered by ...

‘Pulling together’

SAULT STE. MARIE — Chippewa County officials have expressed their gratitude over agencies and residents pulling together during the recent storm. According to a news release from the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, county residents had begun to see their power disrupted beginning ...

Fatal accident under investigation

ST. IGNACE — A Lower Peninsula man has died from his injuries after a fatal snowmobile accident occurred on New Year’s Day about a quarter-mile west of Borgstrom Road in Hudson Township. The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office, which is in investigating the incident, were called to the ...

1 dead in Sagola Township fire

IRON MOUNTAIN — One person is dead following a residential fire in Dickinson County which took place Sunday afternoon. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post responded to a report of a residential fire around 4:06 p.m. along M-95 in Sagola Township, a press release ...