Archives for November 2019

Ironwood Hires Water Consultant

LEAD: Ironwood lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to improve the city’s pump station and water filtration systems.

[VERBATIM: The Daily Globe reports the City Commission approved a contract with a Minneapolis consultant firm who will first bring in a portable laboratory to assess the most appropriate water purification method for the city. Once that’s determined the consultant will help the city apply for grants that will pay for the project. The pump station is close to 100 years old. From Mix 106.9 and Oldies 102.9 News, I’m RP.]

MLC Recycling Christmas Lights

LEAD: Don’t throw out those no longer working or unwanted Christmas lights.

[VERBATIM: The Mercer Lioness Club is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Wausau to recycle those Christmas lights. Collection bins are set up in four different locations and will be in place until after the new year. The lights will then go to a processing company who will recover the metal and pay by the pound based on how much is reclaimed. Club representatives say it’s a better alternative then dumping them in a landfill. From Mix 106.9 and Oldies 102.9 News, I’m RP.

Thanksgiving Dinner Costs A Little More This Year

Thanksgiving Dinner will cost a little more this year…

If you’re in charge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family this week, it’s not setting you back much more than last year. Michigan Farm Bureau says the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for ten people is 48-dollars-91-cents, up one-cent from 2018. Helping to keep the cost nearly steady with last year is the retail price of turkey is down by four-percent, and at the lowest it’s been since 2010.

Yoopers Stay Home

The National Weather Service is telling Yoopers to stay home today.

Travel will be “near impossible” on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northern tip of the Upper Peninsula, with a blizzard warning in effect until 7 p.m. and up to 16-inches of snow possible. Most of the rest of the U.P. is under a winter storm warning, with eight to 16-inches of snow in the forecast west of Norway, and up to five-inches to the east. Travel could be “very difficult” according to NWS meteorologists.

Possible Extension To Michigan’s Firearm Season

A possible extention to Michigan’s firearm season…

Last week, a new House Bill was introduced in the Michigan legislature to extend the firearm deer season by 10 days. House Bill 5244 would push the season opener from November 15 to November 5 and the season would still end on December 1. This comes in response after a statewide decline in the number of hunting licenses sold this year. The DNR is in the process of reviewing HB 5244.



Forecasters put the warning into effect for Ontonagon, Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson and Southern
Houghton Counties early Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service is predicting between 8 to 16 inches of snow tomorrow and Thursday morning, which could hamper holiday travel. Winds gusts could reach as high as 40 mph along Lake Superior.

Hush Lounge Served

Detectives from the Michigan State Police and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, served warrants at an area dispensary…

The Michigan State Police Marijuana and Tobacco Investigation section executed two search warrants at Hush Lounge and related businesses in Menominee. Cash, records, narcotics and guns were seized during the execution of the search warrants. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

Blood Drive Tuesday

There is a shortage of blood across the U.P. and those who are able to, are encouraged to donate.

With help from the U.P. Regional Blood Center, Lake Superior Christian Church held a blood drive Sunday.
The U.P. is currently in most need of O-Negative and A-Positive blood. Locally there will be a blood drive Tuesday from 11am to 3pm at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. For more information call 932-1500 Ext. 27543.

Cellphone Ban Challenged

Courtroom ban on cellphones being challenged…

County clerks are opposed along with some judges to a proposal to lift the ban on cellphones in courtrooms around the state. The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides of the issue yesterday. The proposal would let people have their phones in a courtroom to take notes, text, use the internet, and photograph documents, but not for recording, making calls, or taking pictures or video of the proceedings.

Term Limit Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit from eight former state lawmakers is challenging Michigan’s 1992 term limits law.

Three Republicans and five Democrats are seeking to have the voter-approved law tossed off the books. In their lawsuit, they argue that limiting people to three terms in the House and two in the Senate has shifted power to lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats. There is a new effort underway by current state lawmakers and the group Voters Not Politicians to lengthen the time someone is allowed to serve in the Legislature, but not completely get rid of term limits.