Iron County

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   Officials rushed to clean up diesel from US-2 in Iron County after a tractor leaked fuel on the highway Thursday. 

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post responded around 1:10 p.m. near Larson Park in Bates Township. They say a tractor/truck with a full 81-gallon tank of diesel started to leak on the eastbound lane and shoulder of the highway.

The truck is owned by Hebert Construction out of Iron River. It was driven by a 58-year-old Iron River man.

Crews responded to the scene to contain the fuel and clean up the roadway.

IRON COUNTY, MI--   A Crystal Falls man has been killed in a boating accident on the Michigamme Reservoir.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Saturday around 10:50 p.m. Two watercraft collided, injuring a 22-year-old man. He was taken to shore following the collision and died of his injuries at the scene.

Deputies say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

CASPIAN, MI--   An Iron County man was arrested Monday following a meth investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team executed a search warrant at a house on Lennox Street in Caspian. Officers found numerous components used to manufacture meth, as well as the finished product.  

The homeowner, a 22-year-old Caspian man, was arrested at the residence and lodged at the Iron County Jail on several felony charges for manufacturing meth.    

MADISON, WI (AP)--   State Department of Natural Resources officials plan to ask their board next week for permission to spend nearly $5 million to purchase an easement on 14,350 acres in Iron County.

The deal calls for the DNR to spend $4.8 million on the easement from Keweenaw Land Association Ltd., with $400,000 going into an endowment for road maintenance. The money would come from the DNR's land stewardship program.

Iron County

Oct 24, 2018


Non-incumbent position, 6-year term

Roy Polich-- 2,183

Donald S. Powell-- 2,962



Incumbent position, partial term ending 1/12021

Grant Carlson-- 7,568

Julie A. LaCost, Judge of District Court-- 8,244



No Party Affiliation

Darla Bonno-- 204

Mark Polley-- 161

Roger Louis Zanon-- 228

Mike Stafford-- 376

Iron County

Aug 4, 2018


  • Chris Crain  26
  • Brandon Denis  24
  • Mari K. McNamar  60
  • Keith Rockwood  21
  • Ashley Ingram Schober  38

IRON COUNTY, MI--   An Iron County hunter shot himself in the foot Tuesday.

State Police from the Iron Mountain Post received a call from the emergency department at Aspirus Hospital in Iron River. Doctors said an 18-year-old man had been out hunting in the early morning hours with his dad. The teen saw a deer, took his hunting rifle off safety, then slipped. The rifle discharged, sending a bullet through his right foot.

The man underwent surgery Tuesday.

State Police continue to investigate the incident. 

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A Crystal Falls woman is accused of embezzling from her employer.

WLUC-TV says Laura Sartori, 53, was an employee of Lakeshore/Oldenburg, Incorporated. She’s charged with embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000. Sartori allegedly took the money between October 2013 and October 2016. 

She faces up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine or three times the amount embezzled—whichever is greater.

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

Iron County

Nov 1, 2017


911 Telephone Surcharge Renewal

Renewal of $2.70 a month against all telecommunications devices to finance, equip and operate the enhanced 911 emergency telephone and dispatch system for the period beginning October 1, 2018 and continuing through December 31, 2022.

Yes--  1,117   No--  241



Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal

Iron County

Aug 7, 2017

0.27 mills over 4 years for operation of county senior centers

Yes:  770     No:  142


  • Renewal of 2 mills over 4 years for road repair and maintenance   Yes:  108    No:  30


  • Renewal of 5 mills over 5 years for general operations    Yes:  39    No:  5