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School parade

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Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Fifth-grade teachers greet their students as the students come by the Upper Elementary School in a parade Friday morning outside in Escanaba. Escanaba Area Public Schools’ administrators, teachers, health care aides, foster grandparents, lunch-playground-bus ...

LaFave bill for 24-hour gas pumps advances

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LANSING — Rep. Beau LaFave's plan allowing gas stations to leave their pumps on and accessible to customers when an attendant is not on duty is advancing in the Michigan House. House Bill 4792 was approved by the Ways and Means Committee. The legislation next advances to the House floor for ...

Blasier apologizes for comment

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ESCANABA — An Escanaba City Council member who suggested shooting violent protesters during the city’s Independence Day celebration issued an apology Friday for the statement, which was intended as humor. During a discussion held during Thursday’s regular city council meeting about ...

Children’s Fishing Day and other June ­programs canceled

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SENEY — At Seney National Wildlife Refuge, the following services and operations are suspended until further notice in order to comply with federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): - Visitor center operations remain closed - All public ...

U.P. to enter next phase of reopening

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LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that barbershops and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places like gyms and movie theaters that were shut down for months to curb the coronavirus can restart in northern Michigan ...

Gladstone City Hall to open Monday

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GLADSTONE — City Hall will be open to the public beginning Monday, June 8. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required upon entry into building along with adhering to six-foot social distancing. Deliveries and mail will be accepted in front lobby. The ...

Clerks weigh in on local absentee voting impact

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ESCANABA — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications to vote by mail were sent to registered voters across Michigan recently. Government clerks in the area spoke about the impact an increase in absentee voting could have on their workload and budget. Delta County Clerk Nancy ...

Bay College sets commencement plans

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ESCANABA — Bay ­College will launch a virtual celebration on the College’s website www.baycollege.edu on June 27 to celebrate the success, hard work, sacrifice and achievements accomplished by graduating students. Graduates are encouraged to celebrate with family and friends and tag the ...

Column: Slowly getting back to life before pandemic

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ESCANABA — Will we ever get back to life as it was prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic? Slowly but surely we are moving towards more businesses reopening. Governor Whitmer stated she was looking to move the U.P. to phase 5 of the “Michigan Safe Start” process. We should see more businesses ...

Local abuse shelter still a safe haven for victims during pandemic

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ESCANABA — COVID-19 has caused many people to stay in their houses to “stay home, stay safe,” but not all houses are homes that are safe if there is an abuser inside. Tri-County Safe Harbor, Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee Counties (Safe Harbor) wants everyone to know they continue to ...

Councilman jokes of shooting rioters

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ESCANABA — Despite uncertainties over the legality of large gatherings due to the pandemic, the Escanaba City Council voted to move forward with fireworks at the city’s planned Independence Day celebration after one council member proposed rules that included shooting violent protesters at ...

Harbor master protests Esky boat fee ‘deal’

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ESCANABA — Boaters who previously parked their boats in the Escanaba Marina’s L-dock and were displaced by high water levels were given a break on slip fees for the current year by the Escanaba City Council Thursday despite the objections of Harbor Master Larry Gravatt. The L-dock, which ...

Escanaba approves water line replacement plan

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ESCANABA — Following a public hearing, the Escanaba City Council approved a plan for water line replacements in the city. The public hearing was a requirement for the city to qualify for money from the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund to help pay for line replacements required by the ...

Upper Peninsula virus cases reported at 117

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ESCANABA - The Upper Peninsula had 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths caused by the virus, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Schoolcraft County had four confirmed cases and Menominee County had eight confirmed ...

Whitmer: Salons open June 10 in Upper Peninsula

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places like gyms and movie theaters that were shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus can restart in the U.P. ...

Simplified process for Lifeline program

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LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert to ensure Michiganders who are now unemployed due to COVID-19 and qualify for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program are aware of a simplified application process. The FCC Lifeline program ...

Learning Lean Office training being offered

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ESCANABA — Northern Initiatives, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), and Bay College are partnering to offer Distance Learning Lean Office Practitioner professional development training. This 16-hour, eight-session training requires a fee to participate. The topics covered ...

U.P. deer herd fared well over winter

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ESCANABA — Thanks to relatively mild winter weather in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Technician Colter Lubben said the department is optimistic about the area’s deer population this year. According to Lubben, the region actually had ...