The first new trail since 2001

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After spending years in the planning stages, a proposal to create a non-motorized trail around the Little Badwater area of the Menominee River is moving forward.

The Breitung Township Board of Trustees has voted to start negotiations with We Energies to lease the property at a cost of $1 per year.

With a tentative lease agreement in place, the Dickinson County Bike Path Committee will agree to pay up to $1,500 for an archeological survey and a botanical survey of the area, both of which are required by We Energies before the lease is finalized.

Once a final lease is in place, the bike path committee will then develop and maintain the trail, as well as install signage.

A bike/hiking trail at Little Badwater would end up being part of a larger recreation area that includes Vagabond Park across the river in Spread Eagle, Wis. and the historic Upper Twin Falls Bridge.

Kyle Lindstrom of the bike path committee added that it would be the first new trail constructed in Dickinson County since 2001.

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The city of Iron Mountain is working with the Dickinson County code enforcement officer to address the dilapidated buildings in the city.

As a result, a house on East H Street is being torn down.

At council meetings in July, residents living near the home stated that it was in great disrepair. They had asked the council to see what could be done to get it cleaned up.

The code enforcement officer went over to the property and the structure was cited as being inhabitable.

City Council has discussed reopening talks with the County Board on setting up a land bank in Dickinson County. Properties that are in disrepair could come up as a tax sale through the state and be taken over by a land bank. This is one way that the city could get the properties and have them cleaned up.

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The annual Humungus Fungus Fest in Crystal Falls is being be held this weekend.

The festival celebrates the 1,500-year-old, 100-ton Armillaria fungus, located mostly underground, that covers approximately 37 acres in nearby Mastodon Township.

Festivities today include a flea and crafters market at Runkle Lake Park.

Christ United Methodist Church will host a pie social from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be activities at Runkle Lake Park throughout the day today, including the “Humungus Pizza” cook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music from Jan & Gino from noon to 2 p.m., buckboards and horseshoes at 1 p.m., campground site decorating judging at 2 p.m., horse-pulls from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and live music from Crossroads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The New South Rampart Street Paraders will take the stage at the Crystal Theatre beginning at 6 p.m.

The Humungus Fungus Fest comes to a close Sunday, with a pancake breakfast at the VFW from 8 a.m. to noon.

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From Wallace Townsend of Sagola:

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Henry Wender on winning another term as County Commissioner for District 4.

I would also like to thank those who voted for me in the primary election. Having never run for an elected office before, this, for me has been a learning experience. I have met and talked with many wonderful people who shared with me their views, and I thank all of you I spoke to for your time.

The Wender and VanOss campaigns are over, but for me, it is just the beginning. The issues facing Dickinson County are not over, and I will continue to work on the Dickinson County Planning Commission to develop a plan to address those issues.

When the Apostle Paul set out to bring the good news of the Gospel to the people, it did not go well for him either. He got up, dusted himself off, and continued on his mission. My mission over the next two years is to continue to be a voice in District 4, to build name recognition, and to build trust with the voters. Together, we can grow Dickinson County. Thank you.