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10 things to know today: Friday, Jan. 8, 2015

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHAT PRESIDENT IS CALLING 'IMAGINARY FICTION'Obama mocks conspiracy theorists and tears into the National Rifle Association as he describes his plans to tighten gun ...

No contest: Laplander’s plea drops charge with life term

HOUGHTON - A Calumet man pleaded no contest in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday to breaking into a building to steal money, as well as driving away a car.Isaac Laplander, 36, is charged with unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, a five-year felony, and breaking and entering into a ...

HEET’s latest project: Holding in warmth in cold

HOUGHTON - The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team will kick off its 2016 Winterization Blitz on Saturday, when a team of volunteers from River Valley Bank will arm themselves with caulk guns and spray foam to winterize a Hubbell home.HEET Energy Manager Melissa Davis said HEET will begin its blitz ...

School, contractor strike tentative compromise in football fence flap

L'ANSE - A dispute between the L'Anse Area Schools and a contractor over the quality of fencing installed around the school's new football field appears headed for an amicable resolution."We do have a tentative settlement agreement, which will be presented to the board at our January meeting," ...

Tech innovation fills 3-D printers

HOUGHTON - The process of 3-D printing is becoming so common, there are printers in schools, businesses and possibly even homes, but the plastic filament for the printers is fairly expensive, so Joshua Pearce's students are working on a project to bring the cost of filament down.Pearce, who is ...

State has first Medicaid system in the cloud

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched the Medicaid Management Information System, the nation's first completely automated real-time and cloud-enabled system. The program includes a partnership with the state of Illinois."This is an innovative approach," ...

Margaret Mary ‘Peggy’ Carlton

AGATE HARBOR/ LAKE LINDEN - Margaret Mary "Peggy" Carlton, 93, of Agate Harbor and Lake Linden, passed away in Lake Linden on January 5, 2016.She was born on November 15, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Charles and Mary Alice (O'Dea) Taylor.She graduated from Saint Patrick's Academy ...

Linda J. Kemppainen

COVINGTON - Linda Joyce Kemppainen, 67, of Covington, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 8th at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Rhoades officiating. Visitation will be for one hour ...

Dennis Massoglia

CALUMET - Dennis Massoglia, 62, a resident of Calumet and East Grosse Point Shores, passed away peacefully at his home on January 6, 2016.Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

10 things to know today: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HOW SEOUL IS ANSWERING KIM'S NUCLEAR MOVESouth Korea says it will retaliate for a North Korean nuclear test by resuming cross-border propaganda broadcasts that ...

When it’s cold outdoors, allergies emerge indoors

HANCOCK - Many people who have allergies to pollen may also be sensitive to various irritants found indoors, but for those people there is treatment, according to Dr. Bobby Joseph.Joseph is a medical doctor with a practice treating allergy sufferers in Marquette and at UP Health System-Portage ...

Appliance buyback contractor folds

HOUGHTON - Houghton County residents who traded in old, energy-hogging appliances to an Efficiency United contractor might have experienced a few nasty surprises when buyback checks showed up in December.Several checks from Jaco Environmental bounced, Efficiency United has reported, after the ...

Fatal snowmobile accident

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - A snowmobile accident in Calumet Township resulted in the death of Christopher Scott Houchin, 21, of Salem, Wisconsin, according to a news release issued by the Michigan State Police Post in Calumet.At approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Houchin was traveling south on Trail No. ...

Western UP planning agency hires millennial executive director

HOUGHTON - When he was an eighth-grader, Jerry Wuorenmaa job-shadowed an urban planner after taking an aptitude test.But even before the test, Wuorenmaa's studies were already pointing him in that direction."It encompasses a lot of different things I was interested in, like sociological stuff, ...

Native yooper named federal bank regulator

MINNEAPOLIS - For Lake Linden native Josh Limanen, getting from Lake Linden-Hubbell High School to a position as a person overseeing banks and other financial institutions really wasn't such a big leap.Limanen recently was commissioned as a national bank examiner in the federal Office of the ...

What a federal bank examiner does

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Lake Linden resident Josh Limanen recently got a job as a federal bank examiner working for an agency that's been around more than 150 years.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is the oldest federal regulatory agency. It was established in 1863 during the ...

Sharon Lee Schmaus

ONTONAGON - Sharon Lee Schmaus, 75, of Ontonagon, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the University of Arizona Medical Center.Sherry was born June 15, 1940, in Ontonagon, daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Voss) McCarthy. She graduated from Ontonagon High School in ...

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Carlton

LAKE LINDEN - Margaret "Peggy" Carlton, 93, passed away at her home in Lake Linden on January 5, 2016.The Mass of Christian Burial is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 6 until 8 ...

Walter ‘Mike’ Michelson

DOLLAR BAY - Walter "Mike" Michelson, 101, passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born in Dollar Bay.Walter was the beloved husband of the late Barbara; loving father of Dale (Diane) and Kristen (Chip) Switalski; dear grandfather of Heather, Ian, Christopher and Kara; great-grand father of ...

Alex G. Butkovich

COPPER CITY - Alex G. Butkovich, 97, a former Copper City resident, passed away on December 24, 2015, at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.Alex was born on October 24, 1918 in Copper City, a son of Louis and Gevieve Butkovich.Alex served in the U.S. Army during World War II and ...