Local News

Wet season dampens local harvest

ESCANABA — Delta County’s harvest season is wrapping up, and local farmers have reportedly had some difficulties growing crops this year. “It was a much better season last year,” Michigan State University Extension Crop Production Educator Monica Jean said. According to Jean, ...

Students get look at local manufacturing

GLADSTONE — Students and their parents were at VanAire, Inc. in Gladstone Wednesday evening during the first Industry After Hours. During the event, about 225 K-12 students from across the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) visited VanAire, Inc., which manufactures ...

Ground broke for disc golf course

GLADSTONE — People involved with efforts to develop a new disc golf course in Gladstone took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the course at the Gladstone Sports Park Wednesday afternoon. According to Jon Harris, co-chair of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club, the project has been in the ...

Bay adds two sports

ESCANABA — The Bay College Norse will welcome a pair of new sports teams in the spring of 2019. At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Bay College Board of Trustees voted to add baseball and softball teams to the college’s athletic program. During the meeting, the board approved a proposal ...

Foul play not a factor in Esky shooting death

ESCANABA — Foul play is not suspected to be a factor in the death of a male who died from a gunshot wound and whose body was found in an Escanaba apartment last month, according to Escanaba Public Safety. Officers were dispatched to a residence on the 400 block of South 14th St. at 1:12 a.m. ...

Decking the halls

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Escanaba city employee Mike Dombrowski strings Christmas garland on Ludington Street Tuesday morning. City workers took advantage of sunny fall weather to decorate downtown Escanaba. The decorations are put up every year for the upcoming Christmas season.

Gladstone picks city commissioners

GLADSTONE — The residents of Gladstone have spoken, selecting a few familiar faces to lead the city during the election Tuesday. Voters chose Joe Thompson, Darin Hunter, Dave Nemacheck and Bradley Mantela to serve on the Gladstone City Commission. Residents may have been familiar with the ...

Incumbents, challenger take Esky council seats

ESCANABA — Two incumbents and one newcomer earned the voters’ approval in Tuesday’s election for three seats on the Escanaba City Council. Current Mayor Marc Tall and council member Ralph Blasier were re-elected to four-year terms, while challenger Peggy O’Connell-Schumann will fill ...

Schoolcraft voters split on millages

MANISTIQUE — Schoolcraft County voters nixed a request from the Schoolcraft County Conservation District, but gave thumbs up to a millage increase from the Schoolcraft Senior Center during Tuesday’s General Election. The Manistique City Council will also look significantly different come ...

Menominee voters support millages

MENOMINEE — Menominee County voters chose to continue supporting the operation of the sheriff department’s emergency response and 24-hour road patrol services in the county by renewing a millage Tuesday. The proposal, which was supported by 74 percent of votes cast (2,118 votes), will ...

Bergman gets three-year contract with county

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a three-year contract with Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman during its regular meeting Tuesday. Bergman has served as Delta County’s administrator since mid-2015. His new contract, which will be effective ...

Decision Day

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Escanaba resident Lorne Watson signs in to vote this morning at Escanaba City Hall. Today is Election Day and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Issues and races are on the ballot in Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties.

Public hearings set on wind turbines

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission set dates and times for a pair of public hearings on proposed wind turbine site plans during its regular meeting Monday. In mid-October, the Delta County Building and Zoning Department received an application from Heritage Sustainable Energy ...

Residents elect next Gladstone commission

GLADSTONE — The residents of Gladstone have spoken, selecting a few familiar faces to lead the city during the election Tuesday. Residents may have been familiar with the six candidates vying for the three available four-year terms on the commission, which were previously held by ...

Escanaba elects Tall, Blaiser, O’Connell Schumann

ESCANABA — Two incumbents and one newcomer earned the voters’ approval in Tuesday’s election for three seats on the Escanaba City Council. Current Mayor Marc Tall and council member Ralph Blasier were re-elected to four-year terms while challenger Peggy O’Connell-Schumann will fill ...

Woman dies of accident injuries

GLADSTONE — A Gladstone woman has died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident last week. Sierra Allen, 23, of Gladstone, formerly of Escanaba, sustained the injuries after colliding with a Case loader on Nov. 1. According to a Gladstone Public Safety news release, police ...

Plea entered in church fire case

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man accused of vandalizing and setting a church on fire in Escanaba this summer admitted he broke into the building to steal food during a plea hearing in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Thomas Andrew Harris, 20, was arrested on Aug. 14 after using an ...

Lawsuit threatened in mine dispute

MENOMINEE (AP) — Opponents of a planned zinc and gold mine in Menominee County say they’ll sue the federal government unless it takes charge of determining whether the company will get a permit to fill wetlands. Aquila Resources Inc. has received three of four permits it needs from the ...

Millage renewals on Menominee County ballots

MENOMINEE — Voters throughout Menominee County are deciding on a ballot proposal today whether or not to renew millage which supports the county sheriff departments’ emergency response/24-hour road patrol services. The ballot question asks voters if the millage should be continued and ...

Bill lets teachers carry concealed guns in class

LANSING (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday would allow concealed pistol license holders with ...