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City sets price for DDA building

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission voted Monday to set a sale price on the Gladstone Square building, but commissioners expressed disappointment in the amount of money the sale would bring to the city. The property, which has served as the base of operations for the Gladstone ...

Escanaba is approved for grant program

ESCANABA — Escanaba was recently notified by the state that the city has been approved to become certified in a grant program that funds local historic preservation projects. The city was actually approved to participate in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program two years ago but ...

Man bound over for OWI that cut power

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was arrested for drunken driving after he crashed his pickup into a utility pole, causing a localized power outage in Escanaba last month, was recently bound over on three charges. Dennis John Reese, 23, was bound over from Delta County District Court to ...

Schools canceled, more snow expected today

ESCANABA — Many schools in the Upper Peninsula were closed today due to a winter storm, and the National Weather Service expects more snow to hit the area as the day goes on. Schools that were closed today include Bark River-Harris, Big Bay, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, Gladstone, Nah ...

Reports on municipal benefits now required

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that requires reporting by municipal retirement systems on their unfunded pension and health care costs. Local governments will report the information annually to the state Department of Treasury under the law enacted Monday. Any ...

State bars adjudicating fraud not OK’d by human

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will be unable to rule that someone committed unemployment benefits fraud unless a state worker verifies it under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The law OK'd Monday prohibits what's known as "auto-adjudication." It codifies a change the state Unemployment ...

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Bay College Vice President of Operations Christine Williams stands in the college’s courtyard Tuesday. Over the next few months, improvements will be made to the courtyard as part of the college’s ongoing construction project.

Bay College at last phase of project

ESCANABA — With construction on the Bay College Library, the Hub, and the Math-Science Center completed, Bay College’s Escanaba campus is moving on to the last phase of its ongoing construction project — making improvements to the school’s courtyard. “It’s the final piece to the ...

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Delta Solid Waste Management Authority Manager Don Pyle inspects a bale of recycled paper. Pyle said he hopes to eventually use funding from a new millage supporting the authority’s recycling services to upgrade recycling equipment and create recycling education programs.

No immediate plans for recycling millage

ESCANABA — For the Delta Solid Waste Management Authority (DSWMA), 2017 will be marked by its recently-approved recycling millage. However, DSWMA Manager Don Pyle said the effects of the millage will not be felt immediately. The millage, which will increase taxes for Delta County residents ...

Carbon monoxide cause of ice angler’s death

RABER TOWNSHIP — Police say the woman found slumped over in an ice shanty last Tuesday night on Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County’s Raber Township died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The woman was identified as Jenise Lynn Corbiere, 54, of Sault Ste. Marie. According to ...

Poll: High on Obama, but divided on legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that more than half of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably as he leaves office. But Americans remain deeply divided over his legacy. Less than half of Americans say they’re better off or that Obama brought the country together. Fifty-seven ...

Leonard ready to take helm of Michigan House

LANSING (AP) — As he takes the helm of the 110-seat Michigan House, Tom Leonard said nothing has better prepared him than the best job he ever had — being a prosecutor in the Flint area. He said making arguments in court and building cases in trials are skills that have helped him in ...

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Robert Pontius, executive director of professional and workforce development for Bay College’s MTEC building, demonstrates mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a baby mannequin Friday afternoon at M-TEC. A new law recently signed by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brain Calley mandates that students in grades seventh through 12th will have to learn CPR in a health course in order to graduate. The M-TEC center also provides CPR, AED, and First Aid courses through the American Heart Association every month starting in February.

CPR now mandatory in Michigan schools

ESCANABA — Michigan students in grades seventh through 12th will now be required to learn CPR instruction in school after legislation was approved to add the training to curriculum by Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley recently. Locally, some area schools have taken action to meet ...

Bay College hosts Casperson, LaFave

ESCANABA — State Rep. Beau LaFave and State Sen. Tom Casperson spoke with members of the Bay College Board of Trustees about community college funding, ongoing efforts to fight the “dark store” tax theory, and other issues facing the college Friday afternoon. This discussion took place ...

Legislators talk issues

ESCANABA — After speaking with the Bay College Board of Trustees during a luncheon and special board meeting at the college’s Escanaba campus Friday, State Rep. Beau LaFave and State Sen. Tom Casperson spoke about issues facing the Upper Peninsula, the State of Michigan, and the United ...

Fatal house fire Friday still under ­investigation

NADEAU — An investigation is ongoing into the cause of a house fire that left one dead in Holmes Township Friday morning, according to the Menominee County Sheriff Department. At 1:32 a.m. Friday, Nadeau Township Fire Department and Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a ...

Garage destroyed in Wells Township blaze

ESCANABA — No one was injured in a fire in Wells Township Friday that destroyed a garage and damaged a residence. According to Escanaba Public Safety, officers were dispatched at approximately 12:30 p.m. to 4414 17th Road in Wells Township on a report of a house fire. Upon arriving at the ...

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Bravery vs Bullying

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Miss Michigan Teen USA 2014 and Gladstone Area High School graduate Iris Robare reads “A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying” to a group of third graders at James T. Jones Elementary School in Gladstone Wednesday. Robare ...

O’Toole outlines goals for 2017

ESCANABA — Looking ahead to 2017, Escanaba City Manager Jim O’Toole’s goals for the city include completing several on-going plans, as well as setting in motion a few new things before he retires in six months. Among the city’s priorities are to hire and transition a new city manager ...

Council extends city manager deadline

ESCANABA — The deadline for candidates to apply for the Escanaba city manager position was extended by four weeks during council’s regular meeting Thursday. City Manager Jim O’Toole recommended to council to extend today’s application deadline because he had recently agreed to ...

Escanaba armed robbery case sent to circuit court

ESCANABA — A suspect charged in an armed robbery reported at an Escanaba hotel last summer was bound over this week from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Jordan Randall Steinhausen, 22, of Escanaba, was bound over to the higher court where he may make a plea or schedule a ...