CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--    An Iron River man arrested after an accident that injured a Watersmeet woman has been charged. 

Theodore Tschannen, 63, was exiting his driveway Monday afternoon when he struck a vehicle westbound on US-2. The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle using the “jaws of life.”

Tschannen was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury; operating with a high blood alcohol content, 3rd offense; and open intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 4 in Iron County District Court. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   Authorities have discovered another meth lab in Ishpeming.

Wednesday detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team assisted Ishpeming Police when meth-related components were discovered in a residence.

City officers were conducting an investigation at the Pine Street house when they observed the meth-related items. UPSET detectives removed hazardous materials from the home.

One suspect at the residence was questioned at the scene. No arrests have yet been made.

Ishpeming Police continue to investigate the incident. 

State Board of Education in deadlock over gun bills

Nov 15, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The State Board of Education can’t agree on what to do about recent gun legislation. 

There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board, and there must be five “yes” votes in order for any measure to pass. With the partisan gridlock, the board currently can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.

Bills that recently passed in the state Senate would, among other things, require schools to allow people with a special permit to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

The hunt is on

Nov 15, 2017

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Hunters are flocking to Michigan woods and fields for what wildlife biologists say should be a productive firearms deer season.

The season opens Wednesday and runs through November 30. Chad Stewart of the Department of Natural Resources says relatively mild weather over the past year is a good sign for deer fitness and fawn survival. He says hunter success rates should be as good as those of 2016, or even slightly better.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Applications are now available for a vacant seat on the Marquette City Commission.

Under the city charter the vacancy for an unexpired term must be filled within 60 days by a majority vote of the commission.

Applications are available on the City of Marquette website, They’re also at the City Clerk’s office at 300 West Baraga Avenue.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on November 30. 

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   A series of mile markers is being installed along Michigan’s first rail trail in Schoolcraft County. 

Nearly 50 years ago a concept to turn an abandoned railroad grade into the Haywire Grade was created. Now, a new partnership has kicked off plans for a 50th anniversary celebration in 2020. The coalition includes the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Hiawatha National Forest, City of Manistique, Hiawathaland Trail Association, and Schoolcraft County Motorized Trail Association.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Negaunee Police are investigating a crash between a semi and a pickup truck.

Around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday the semi was westbound on US-41, closely followed by a Chevy pickup. As they approached the intersection of Baldwin Avenue, the semi veered left to make a wide, right-hand turn. The pickup drove ahead in the right-hand lane and collided with the semi as it turned onto North Baldwin.

No injuries were reported. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has invited Governor Rick Snyder to give May’s commencement address, and some aren’t happy about it. 

A student petition against the visit is circulating campus, and an opposition group comprising university employees and the public wants the invitation rescinded.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal. 

Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Governor Rick Snyder released a statement following Enbridge’s latest report. He says there’s no imminent threat to the Great Lakes, but he says there are “significant concerns” for the long term. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.