MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials across the Upper Peninsula are asking residents to help keep fire hydrants clear of snow. 

Manistique Public Safety says heavy snowfall is keeping Department of Public Works personnel busy with clearing the streets for travel. Police say the digging out of fire hydrants may not begin until early next week.

Public Safety asks residents to locate their nearest fire hydrant and dig it out so it’s visible to firefighters.

NORWAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash in Dickinson County.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post responded Thursday around 12:40 p.m. to US-2 at Summit Road in Norway Township.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The trails for this year’s UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 sled dog races certainly won’t lack snow.

Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association President Darlene Walsch says the routes look really good and officials don’t have to worry about gravel coming up off them.

Walsch says the races will be run pretty much like last year except in the Jack Pine 30, where the entire trail has been re-routed.

IRONWOOD, MI--   Police have released the name of an Ironwood man arrested this week during a meth investigation. 

The Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team made controlled buys from Donald Jett, 52, then executed a search warrant at his Pine Street residence. Detectives seized numerous items, including drugs and money.

Jett was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver meth, possession of Vicodin, possession of Suboxone, possession of meth and Vicodin within 1,000 feet of a park, and maintaining a drug house.

IRONWOOD, MI--   A customer accidentally discharged a firearm in the Ironwood Walmart store Thursday.

Gogebic County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 2:35 p.m. after someone reported a gunshot in the store. Officers determined it was an accidental discharge by a customer in a restroom.

The 58-year-old man left the building, but immediately returned to report the incident to police on scene. There were no injuries and no threat to others.

Officers say the man is legally licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

ESCANABA, MI--   Quick thinking by an Escanaba woman kept fire from spreading through a residence.

Public Safety officers were called Wednesday around 4:35 p.m. to a house on the 600 block of 8th Street Road. The fire was in an upstairs apartment occupied by an Escanaba couple and their three infant children.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four Northern Michigan University College of Business professors are suing the school for gender discrimination. 

The following schools are closed Friday, February 15, 2019:

Burt Township

Ewen-Trout Creek


Munising Baptist



Arvon Township

BHK Baraga County Headstart

KBOCC and Little Eagles


Sacred Heart

The following schools are on a two-hour delay:


Three Lakes Academy

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan should forgive the school districts who have needed to take multiple snow days, according to at least one state senator.

Districts are allowed to take six snow days over the course of the school year - with an additional three days if the state approves a waiver.

But some school districts are already at or above those limits - with a good portion of the school year still to go.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State grants are available for Michigan communities and organizations that would like to keep an eye on inland beach water quality. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it will distribute $200,000 for water quality projects in the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.

Local governments and nonprofits can apply individually or as part of a group.

Those chosen for funding are required to share the data they produce with the DEQ.