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      Council members challenge recall signatures

      The effort to oust three Ishpeming City Council members is moving forward. Wednesday was the deadline for council members Elaine Racine, Michael Tall and Claudia Demarest to turn in challenges to the recall petition signatures.

      The Ishpeming Citizens for Bjorne Justice Committee is behind the recall effort. Jim Bjorne was fired as Ishpeming's police chief for insubordination last year. County Clerk Pete Dishnow says over 100 challenges were turned in by the three council members. The clerk has until Monday to dismiss or verify the challenges to the signatures. If the recall effort moves forward, it could be on the ballot in May.