Dickinson County

ONTONAGON, MI--   An Ontonagon County judge handed down the harshest prison sentence yet in the Michigan Attorney General’s clergy abuse investigation. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Work to resurface US-2 in Dickinson County starts April 26.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will resurface about 8 miles of the highway from Michigan Avenue in Iron Mountain to west of Fifth Avenue in the city of Norway. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction using lane closures and traffic shifts.

The project will also incorporate an ongoing work zone safety review process between M-DOT and the contractor. The pilot program will identify new safety procedures to keep workers and motorists safer during the project.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   A portion of U.P. roadway that uses pieces of old rubber tires has performed well over the past two years.

The project focused on a stretch of County Road 607 in Dickinson County. In 2019 three 3,300-foot sections were paved: one section with conventional asphalt, one with half engineered crumb rubber and another with rubber in the base and top layers.

HARDWOOD, MI--   Police have released the names of two people killed in an explosion and house fire in Dickinson County.

It happened Thursday at a residence on Fordville Road in Hardwood.

Officials say Roy Kline, 78, and Maryann Kline, 66, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two fire marshals from the Michigan State Police were flown in from Lansing to assist in determining the cause of the explosion.

The case remains under investigation.

HARDWOOD, MI--   Two bodies were found in a Dickinson County home following an explosion Thursday.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post responded around 9:50 a.m. to a home on Fordville Road in Hardwood. First responders found two victims at the scene. Their names are not being released at this time.

The cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation.

The Breen Township and Felch Township fire departments assisted at the scene.

Dickinson County

Nov 3, 2020


Yes: 6,273  No: 5,742



Kevin Pirlot-Democratic--1,116

Ann Martin-Republican--2,458



Dale Alessandrini-Democratic--931

Barbara J. Kramer-Republican--1,201



Kevin E. Cary-Democratic--85

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   A renewable power company is eyeing land in Dickinson County for a solar array. 

Circle Power was awarded a five-year land lease agreement with the Department of Natural Resources to develop the project on the former Groveland Mine site. Scott Whitcomb is the DNR’s Senior Advisor for Wildlife and Public Lands. He says the site contains leftover material from the mining process, which makes it a good area for the panels.

FELCH TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gaastra man has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Dickinson County.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened Wednesday just before 9:30 a.m. on Leeman Road near Pirlot Road in Felch Township. Alfred Drago, 41, was eastbound on his bike when he tried to pass a logging truck in a no-passing zone. He drove off the north side of the road, lost control of the bike and was ejected.

Dickinson County

Aug 4, 2020



Yes: 400   No: 211


Breen Township Treasurer (vote for not more than 1)

Katie Dixon (R): 120

Claude Siders (R): 66


Breen Township Constable (vote for not more than 1)

Brenda Cary (R): 59

Brian Farwell (R): 112


Sagola Township Fire Millage

Yes: 221   No: 66

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has arrested two Iron Mountain men for distributing meth in Dickinson County.

This week detectives took Michael Benvenuto, 64, and Charles Kline, 40, into custody. Benvenuto is charged with three counts of delivery of meth, three counts of maintaining a drug house, and being a habitual offender—4th offense. Kline is charged with three counts of delivery of meth and one count of maintaining a drug house.

Both men remain lodged in the Dickinson County Jail.