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Schoolcraft County Board picks leaders

MANISTIQUE —The Schoolcraft County Board chose Larry Mersnick as the new board chair and Dan Hoholik as vice chair at its annual organizational meeting Thursday morning. No others were nominated for the post. “We’re going to face a lot of challenges,” Mersnick said, “and we need to ...

Candidate for 1st District Congressional seat visits Escanaba

ESCANABA — Democratic congressional hopeful Matt Morgan was in Escanaba Thursday to talk issues and prove to voters why he should be the next person to hold the 1st District seat currently held by Republican John Bergman. While in the city, Morgan stopped by the Daily Press to discuss what ...

Pedestrian killed in auto accident

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP — A Palmer man died after being struck by a car as he exited another vehicle on M-95 in Marquette County during poor weather conditions Thursday night, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department. Cory DeRocha, 33, of Palmer, was a passenger in a friend’s ...

First baby of 2018

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Gwinn residents Paula Hanskett-Nolan, left, and Austen DeBacker hold their new baby girl at OSF St Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba Wednesday. Aria Alena DeBacker was the first baby born at the hospital in Escanaba for 2018. The child, whose due ...

Groups unite to fight child abuse

ESCANABA — Local police and state agencies officially partnered as a team to investigate child abuse and neglect in Delta County during a ceremony at the Department of Health and Human Services in Escanaba Wednesday. In addition to signing a multi-agency investigation protocol for child ...

Davis gets seat on Bay College Board

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees appointed former Delta County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis to fill a vacancy on the board during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. Last month, Stephen O’Driscoll and James Hermans resigned from this board due to incompatibility of ...

Casperson: Meeting with bribery suspect a chance encounter

LANSING — Several former and current elected public officials in Michigan, including state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, have been linked to an investigation by the FBI following bribery allegations in connection to Gasper Fiore, a popular Detroit-area towing mogul, and a multimillion ...

Kids group teaches animal care, kindness

ESCANABA — For a second year, the Delta Animal Shelter will be hosting a monthly educational program for kids, called Kids P.A.C.K. “P.A.C.K.” is an acronym for “positive, active, compassionate and kind.” According to Tonya Gartland, special events coordinator at the Delta Animal ...

Jail completion a priority in 2018

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman spoke about what he hopes to accomplish in the county this year during the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ reorganizational meeting Tuesday. Bergman began his presentation with a look back at a similar presentation he gave at the ...

Cold brings danger of frozen pipes

ESCANABA — With frigid temperatures being experienced lately, Escanaba residents are being advised of precautionary steps they can take now to help prevent their water and sewer pipes from freezing up this winter. Only about a half dozen frozen pipes have been reported in Escanaba so far ...

Local 2-21 donates to Christmas Kids

Courtesy photo USW Local 2-21 donated to the local Community Action Head Start Program, Christmas Kids. Stephen Benoit, USW Local 2-21 president presented a check for $250 to Maria Maniaci, Christmas Kids team member. “Our members are proud to support programs that help others in the ...

Familiar partisan clashes face lawmakers as Congress returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be some familiar but stubborn clashes facing lawmakers today as Congress begins its 2018 session staring at the year’s first potential calamity — an election-year government shutdown unless there’s a bipartisan spending pact by Jan. 19. Looking to prevent ...

Frigid Fun at Ludington Park

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Frigid temperatures didn’t stop some residents from having a little outdoor fun. Nolan Penegor, left, and Drake Dubord, both of Escanaba, get ready to go sledding in

Lawmakers look at goals for 2018

ESCANABA — The new year has arrived, and state legislators for Delta County are looking at their goals for 2018. Rep. Beau LaFave, who was elected to his position in 2016, said his highest priority for the year is pushing for lower rates for car insurance in Michigan. “I definitely ...

Law leads to more local strangulation charges

ESCANABA — During the past few years, the Daily Press has been reporting on several strangulations which appear to be on the rise in Delta County, including two arrests reported in 2013, four in 2015, nine in 2016, and 14 in 2017. Is it because more strangulations are occurring or are more ...

No contest plea in child abuse case

ESCANABA — A Rapid River man recently pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree child abuse, canceling a three-day jury trial that was scheduled for next week in Delta County Circuit Court. Joseph Paul Thomas, 48, pleaded no contest to the two-year felony on Wednesday as part of a ...

Dickinson County crash claims lives of two

SAGOLA TOWNSHIP — Two Kingsford teens were killed in a two-vehicle accident in Dickinson County this weekend, according to Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post. Speed and weather conditions were factors in the crash. Troopers responded to the 10:49 a.m. accident on Saturday on ...

‘Fake news’ tops LSSU list of banned words

DETROIT (AP) — Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news? Northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the ...

Robinette wins Golden Ticket contest

ESCANABA — The winner of this year’s Daily Press Golden Ticket contest is Emily Robinette, 12, of Escanaba. She was declared the winner of this contest during an event held for the contest’s semifinalists at the Family Inn in Escanaba Friday afternoon. Daily Press Advertising ...

Officials set goals for the new year

ESCANABA — A new year will start on Monday, and public officials in the area have begun making “resolutions” for 2018. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan said his primary goal for the city in 2018 is to pass a budget that is fair to Escanaba’s citizens. “That’s really the ...