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Wildfire reported near Republic

REPUBLIC, MI-- A wildfire has consumed more than 70 acres in Humboldt Township. Department of Natural Resources firefighters and crews from four township fire departments are battling the blaze, which was spotted Thursday around 1 p.m. about four miles northeast of Republic. As of Thursday night it was reportedly 60 percent contained. No homes or other structures have been threatened and no evacuations were ordered. The DNR says in the past day or two loggers have been working at the site...
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Paddle boarder in distress rescued in Marquette

MARQUETTE, MI-- A paddle boarder had to be rescued from Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks in Marquette Wednesday. The City Fire Department was called out around 6 p.m. in response to a distress call. Two lifeguards on a jet ski were deployed and stayed with the person until the Coast Guard arrived and brought the paddle boarder to shore. The Marquette Fire Department is reminding kayakers and paddle boarders to know their skill level and limitations before going out onto Lake Superior.
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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says up to $13.9 million is being made available in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants. 

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MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a two-vehicle crash in Marquette Township Thursday. 

The accident happened at the intersection of US-41 and Commerce Drive around 9:50 a.m.  Mary Wesler, 61, of Marquette was eastbound in a Chevy Cruz when she drove through a red light and hit a Buick LeSabre driven by Wendy Larson, 40, of Negaunee.

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SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette motorcyclist is injured after he crashed into a deer on County Road 553. 

The Sheriff’s Department says Daniel Hendrickson, 33, was southbound Thursday around 7:50 a.m. just south of County Road NH when a deer jumped into his path.  The motorcycle slid on the road, throwing Hendrickson into the ditch.  He was wearing a helmet at the time.

Hendrickson was taken to UP Health System Marquette and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Two Iron Mountain men have been arrested on multiple drug charges.  

UPSET detectives and the Kingsford, Iron Mountain, Norway, Dickinson Narcotics Unit—or KIND—investigated the sale of heroin and crack cocaine in the county.  That led to the arrest in Kingsford of a 32-year-old man for possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and a probation violation. 

A 38-year-old man was also arrested in Iron Mountain for delivery of heroin, delivery of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine.

REPUBLIC, MI--   A wildfire has consumed more than 70 acres in Humboldt Township. 

Department of Natural Resources firefighters and crews from four township fire departments are battling the blaze, which was spotted Thursday around 1 p.m. about four miles northeast of Republic.  As of Thursday night it was reportedly 60 percent contained. 

No homes or other structures have been threatened and no evacuations were ordered. 

The DNR says in the past day or two loggers have been working at the site where the wildfire started, but it’s unknown what ignited it. 

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