Area News

Florence High School recognized as one of the best in national rankings

U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of education news and information, announced the 2018 Best High Schools. The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings offer the most comprehensive information available on public high schools in the U.S. The 2018 rankings are based on the profiles of more than 20,500 high schools and…

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Waliczek embarks on Honor Flight

Bobbie Samme’ A trip to our nation’s capital can certainly be memorable, and for Bob Waliczek and his daughter Chris Secrist, both of Florence, it was an unforgettable experience. On May 23, Waliczek and Secrist traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely…

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Forest County Building Committee puts the brakes on courthouse renovation

Dorothy Kegley Forest County Building Committee Chairman Steve Bunda told the architectural and engineering firm, Wendel, to put the Forest County Courthouse renovation project “in park”. The company was instructed to finish the jail portion of the programming phase, as that is mandated by the Marshall Report. Wendel will be paid for services rendered. Wendel…

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Grabski overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams

Bobbie Samme’ Dr. Anthony (Tony) Grabski, director of research and development for Semba Biosciences, Inc. out of Madison, Wis., is a Florence native who pursued and accomplished a lifelong dream. Grabski, 55, graduated from Florence High School in 1981, and after obtaining his Ph.D. in 1995 from UW-Madison, began working for Semba Biosciences in Madison,…

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Pine River drawdown creates new opportunities

Sarah Giddings We Energies began lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence on May 21. This is creating unique opportunities for recreation, as well as some hazards that anyone taking to the river should be aware  of. The temporary drawdown is required for necessary maintenance at Pine Dam. According to…

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Life Jacket Loaner Stations at local lakes for second consecutive year

Three Life Jacket Loaner Stations have again been put up at local lakes in Forest County. These are stations where people can borrow life jackets free of charge to use while boating or swimming and return when finished. Life jackets are available in all sizes from infant through adult. The locations of the stations are:…

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Warrant issued for Kirker

Dorothy Kegley Patti Kirker was a no show at her sentencing hearing on May 31 in Forest County Circuit court, resulting in the issuance a nationwide body only bench warrant. Kirker was found guilty of five felony charges, including four for manufacturing and delivery of Schedule I, II narcotics, and one count of delivery of…

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One dead in US2 crash in Florence County

      A 23-year-old man from Crystal Falls was killed on Thursday morning, May 24 when his pickup collided with a semi truck on US Highway 2 near First Crossing Road. Witnesses say the westbound pickup crossed the centerline and collided with the semi, driven by 61-year-old Phelps man. The pickup then burst into flames. U.S.…

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Niagara school board considers referendum to cover major repairs

Bobbie Samme’ Building needs for a projected 2019 referendum were discussed at the Niagara School Board meeting on Monday, May 21. According to Nathaniel Burklund, superintendent, a planning project for the building grounds will begin sometime in mid-2019. “We are getting some quotes on what we need internally, such as our heating unit, boilers and…

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