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Negaunee man killed in weekend ATV accident

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — A 56-year-old Negaunee man was killed when the ATV he was operating overturned and landed on top of him in Marquette Township Friday night, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies said it appeared Gregory James LaBonte was attempting to ...

Civil rights board may declare LGBT discrimination unlawful

LANSING (AP) — A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful ...

Abused youth has bright future

DETROIT — Daily Press readers may recall articles published in 2013 about the boy who was tortured for several years by his mother and her boyfriend in their Escanaba home. In this unique followup article more than four years later, the horrific story of the child’s past is recalled ...

County gets loan for jail project

ESCANABA — Delta County has secured a $17.9 million guaranteed loan for its Delta County Correctional Facility project through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development’s Community Facilities Loan Program, the county announced Friday afternoon. Delta ...

Canines compete at agility trials

ESCANABA — Canine competitors of all breeds and sizes will be showcasing their agility skills at the Bay de Noc Kennel Club’s agility trials today and Sunday. The trials will take place at the club’s location at 6685 N. 75 Drive, Escanaba, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. Admission ...

Kids’ Kingdom marks 25 years of play

GLADSTONE — Children and adults came to Kids’ Kingdom Thursday evening to take part in a birthday party for the playground. Among other activities, a time capsule that had been buried when the playground was established 25 years ago was unearthed and opened during this event. The party ...

Commission nixes recovery center

ESCANABA — A request to turn an Escanaba home into a recovery center for addicts was denied by the city’s planning commission Thursday following comments from business owners who supported the program, but not the downtown location. Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the U.P. had proposed ...

Historical marker placed at Esky home

ESCANABA — An Escanaba home was recognized Thursday by the state of Michigan with a historical marker. The house, located on 606 Ogden Ave., was built in 1873 and was originally owned by Charles Brotherton. Brotherton came to the Upper Peninsula in 1852 and was a pioneer surveyor whose work ...

Split Michigan Senate OKs super PAC legislation

LANSING (AP) — Political candidates could solicit unlimited contributions for independent committees supporting them under bills the Michigan Senate approved Thursday. Majority Republicans said the legislation would lock federal court rulings into state law, but Democrats countered it would ...

New clinic dedicated in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The new Gladstone OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group facility was blessed Wednesday during a special ceremony with hospital staff, officials, and others in attendance. Hospital Chaplain Father Emmett Norden blessed the facility with holy water and recited a ...

Two plead guilty to drug charges

ESCANABA — Two Delta County women pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday in connection with a traffic stop in Gladstone that led police to a meth lab this summer. Chelsea Michelle Heimerl, 25, and Sarah Jean Doutree, 24, of Gladstone, were arrested in June along with Tiffani Lara Conner, 28, ...

Delta County gets new vote tabulating equipment

ESCANABA — The next time voters in Delta County head to the polls, they will be able to use new voting equipment. The county began receiving the equipment Tuesday. According to Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich, Delta County is far from the only county in the area that will be getting new ...

Pot shops: Close by Dec. 15 or risk licensure

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan on Tuesday gave medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk not obtaining a license under a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the industry. The decision means registered ...

Medicare card remade to protect seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them. "Criminals are increasingly targeting ...

Chili Challenge draws hungry crowd

ESCANABA — Hundreds of people in the Escanaba area “said yah to da U.P.” — and the United Way of Delta County (UWDC) — by attending the Yooper-themed 23rd Annual Soup’r Chili Challenge. The event was held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds’ Ruth Butler Building Tuesday evening. All ...

Local hospital has new name, sign

ESCANABA — The signs at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba along Ludington Street have recently been updated. According to Lindsey Stearns, communication relations specialist for OSF, the updates were due in part to a name change within the OSF Healthcare System. “We have installed ...

More bridge closures planned

WELLS — The first of three planned closures of the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River in 2017 by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) went well — despite some lengthy delays for motorists, MDOT Communications Representative for the Superior Region Dan Weingarten said. ...

Michigan attorney general Schuette launches run for governor

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette launched a bid for governor Tuesday, entering as the Republican front-runner by promising to be a "jobs governor" who would cut income taxes and high auto insurance premiums and not accept that the state's best economic days are in ...