|-||Michigan Legislature sends $1.3 billion budget bill to Gov. Snyder's desk - LANSING, Mich. (AP & WLUC) Michigan's Legislature has approved a $1.3 billion budget plan that would spend more on roads, environmental cleanup and mental health counselors in schools.
The budget plan allocates $10 million for a northern Michigan tourism and sports fund, for projects such as the Pine Mountain Ski Jump and Copper Peak
|-||'Our Place' begins work on children's museum - IRON MOUNTAIN - Our Place Community Center-Imagination Factory Kiwanis Children's Museum is a non-profit organization committed to providing a place in the community where everyone belongs.
One of it's goals is to open a five-room children's museum that will enhance early childhood development, youth empowerment, interactive play and self discovery
|-||New Blind Pig bar worth hunting for in IM - IRON MOUNTAIN - The Blind Pig has an eyesight problem. As in, it can be difficult to see the new downtown Iron Mountain business.
"You have to know somebody, who knows somebody, to get there," laughed Brittany Linsmeyer, owner of the Blind Pig 906 that opened May 5.
Or recognize the blindfolded pig logo to find the entrance at 407 S Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.
"It's a back alley and there is no name on the outside of the bar; it's just our pig head," Linsmeyer said.
"It's part of the gimick" the speakeasy-themed underground establishment wants to portray.
|-||Out To Lunch serves up music for 16th year - IRON MOUNTAIN - Out To Lunch will launch its 16th year Thursday of providing weekly free entertainment in downtown Iron Mountain. The popular music program will take place every Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. through August 16 at the Magee Johnson park, at the corner of Hughitt and Iron Mountain streets across from the main Dickinson County Library.
Some benches are provided, but most people bring a lawn chair. While those attending can bring lunch as well, area vendors such as Crispigna's and Back Room Bakery of Channing again will have food for sale on site, along with new vendors being added
|-||Ready To Inspire - "Inspire", the first of three wall murals the Power of Words Project plans to accomplish in Iron Mountain this summer, has been completed on the west facade of the Sikora Sheet Metal building at 216 E. Hughitt St. Work now begins on the "Hope" mural on the north-facing wall of Greenway Books at 527 S. Stephenson Ave. Artist and mural designer Mia Tavonatti said they expect to complete that and the "Welcome" mural, slated for the south wall of the 535 S. Stephenson Ave building, by early July.|
|-||Brewing Up A Business - When Jeff and Victoria Brickey decided to elevate their brewing hobby from the basement to a business, the couple took time to search for the ideal location. The 51st State Brewing Co. officially opened Jan. 28, 2018 and has been "packed all the time," Jeff Brickey said.
The small brewing system is capable of producing 124 gallons at a time, or two 62-gallon meniscal batches of different beer simultaneously. They are continuously brewing every other day, with each batch on average selling out within about two weeks.
New brews are introduced on a regular basis.
Hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas, salads and appetizers are also served at the brewery
As the days get warmer and the patio opens, the Brickeys are hiring at all positions
|-||Norway Speedway: Former driver to sponsor "fast time" award for Stateline Challenge - Coca Cola late model drivers who attend the 35th annual Stateline Challenge at Norway Speedway on July 6 will have 300 more reasons to bring their 'A game' during qualifying at the third-mile oval. That's because Base Companies LLC is awarding a $300 cash bonus to the fastest qualifier that night in the track's top division. The business is owned by former late model driver Paul Belschner.
Wisconsin Rapids legend Dick Trickle won the very first Stateline Challenge in 1981
|-||Norway considers mountain bike trail - A mountain bike trail system from Marion Park to Piers Gorge is one step closer to reality after the Norway City Council on Monday allowed local residents working with the Dickinson County Bike Path Committee to start phase one of the project.|