- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) - Public works crews in some Upper Peninsula communities have been trimming trees instead of spreading salt.

The mild winter so far has surprised many people who prepare for mounds of snow in northern Michigan, not mounds of unused salt. Dan Dinnocenzo, Iron Mountain’s public works chief, says it’s a nice change after two “horrific” winters.

Jim Harris, superintendent of operations at the Dickinson County Road Commission, says thousands of dollars have been saved through December. The Daily News (https://bit.ly/1UnaB2o ) reports that the first significant snowfall didn’t occur until after Christmas.

Of course, the pattern may not last. Forecasters predicted up to 5 inches of snow Sunday in Marquette and other areas along Lake Superior.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.ironmountaindailynews.com

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