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Ontonagon County snowmobile crash kills Iowa man

ROCKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI-- An Iowa man has been killed in an Ontonagon County snowmobile accident. Undersheriff Gerald Balcomb says the incident happened Wednesday around 10:35 p.m. about a quarter-mile south of Old Victoria Road in Rockland Township. He says Brady Allan Kuennen, 36, of Waucoma, Iowa was riding on Trail No. 13 when he lost control of the snowmobile, fell off, and struck a tree. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s O...
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High schoolers to compete in History Smackdown

CALUMET, MI-- Students in the Copper Country are getting teams together for this year’s High School Local History Smackdown. The Smackdown—now in its 14th year—tests teams’ knowledge of local history, geography and geology related to Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties. This year’s competition will pay special attention to Keweenaw National Historical Park, Isle Royale National Park, and the National Park Service, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The registration ...
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SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn woman was taken to the hospital after she was involved in a crash on M-553 Thursday morning. 

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened around 9:10 a.m. just north of County Road 480 in Sands Township.  Amanda Buck, 25, of Gwinn was northbound when her pickup started sliding sideways across the southbound lane.  The truck’s passenger side was struck by a vehicle driven by Su Hausmann, 68, of Gwinn. 

The defiant leader of the anti-federal lands movement, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, is now facing multiple felony charges — including conspiracy and assault on a federal officer — in the 2014 standoff at his Nevada ranch.

Bundy, who inspired the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was arrested at the airport in Portland, Ore., last night, apparently on his way to Malheur.

In a 32-page criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Bundy and his co-conspirators led a massive, armed assault against federal officers in April 2014 near the town of Bunkerville, Nev.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people are injured following a traffic crash in Marquette Township.

State Police say Thursday around 10:35 in the morning Mary Parkkonen, 82, of Negaunee was eastbound on US-41 when she ran the red light at Brickyard Road.  She struck a vehicle driven by Jennifer Tavernier, 52, of Marquette, which was crossing the highway.

Both drivers were taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment. 

Parkkonen was cited for disregarding a traffic control device.

A string of attacks on cities, schools and workplaces has prompted many employers to turn to a new area of security for their employees: active-shooter training.

Until about a decade ago, workplace security focused mostly on preventing theft. Now, businesses are trying to give their employees guidelines on how to escape or handle armed intruders.

If you've ever seen what a Neanderthal is supposed to have looked like, it might be hard to imagine mating with one. But modern humans did. We know because, a few years ago, scientists found stretches of Neanderthal DNA in living humans.

And now there's evidence, from a study published Thursday in Science, that some of that DNA might help shape our health.

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ESCANABA, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is in the U.P. to do some work and watch some dogs run. 

Friday morning Peters will tour Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad and talk about his efforts to support short line railroads.  He’s cosponsored the Short Line Railroad and Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015, which seeks to refurbish old railroad cars and promote reinvestment in the lines.

Ready for a quick game of true or false?

In 1987 Donald Trump wrote a business advice book called The Art of the Deal. [TRUE]

That book was a best-seller. [TRUE]

Trump made a TV movie based on the book that was supposed to air but didn't because a football game went into overtime. Years later, director Ron Howard found the movie at a yard sale in Phoenix. [FALSE]

A 20-year-old Eagan, Minn., man could become the second person to enter the country's only jihadi rehab program.

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State, and while he awaits sentencing, three sources familiar with the case tell NPR that he is likely to join a defendant named Abdullahi Yusuf in the emerging de-radicalization program in the Twin Cities.

Marvel's new superhero movie Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds, a fact that, up to now, would likely not have been considered much of a selling point. This is not, after all, Reynolds' first stint as a superhero. There was that catastrophic Green Lantern movie, his animated supersnail in Turbo, and he played this character very briefly in what's arguably the least of the X-Men movies.

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