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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. 12 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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FLINT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. House has approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water.  

The bill is the first approved by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Flint stopped using treated water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply, contributing to a spike in child lead exposure.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state agency has revised Michigan's quarantine for the emerald ash borer to include four more counties in the Upper Peninsula.  

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Wednesday that the quarantine for the bug now includes Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties. The agency said the bug has been detected in traps in Dickinson and Marquette counties.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials with Upper Peninsula Power Company say the utility gave more than $100,000 to U.P. charitable causes last year. 

Spokesman Dave Forsberg says UPPCO provided direct grants and volunteer support to ten counties within its service territory.  Contributions were made in five primary categories: Arts and Culture; Community and Neighborhood Development; Education; Environment; and Human Services and Health.

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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. 

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. 12 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. 

After enduring winds that topped 120 mph and waves that tossed their ship around, passengers of the Anthem of the Seas are on dry land Thursday, having cut short a planned cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean says the storm that damaged the ship and forced its return to New Jersey "far exceeded forecasts."

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