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Power outages stem from crossed lines

ESCANABA — The cause of a four-hour power outage on the north side of Escanaba Monday night was due to two wires hitting each other and arcing near the North Shore Substation, explained Electric Superintendent Mike Furmanski this morning. Power went out in the North Town area and at the ...

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City accepts grant for infrastructure

GLADSTONE — A $770,004 state grant that will fund the creation of plans to manage Gladstone’s stormwater and wastewater infrastructure as well as pay for a study to update the city’s wastewater plant were accepted by commissioners during their regular meeting Monday. Commissioners ...

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Board: Fletcher ‘effective’ as superintendent

ESCANABA — The Escanaba school board evaluated Superintendent Coby Fletcher Monday during an executive session that took place following the committee of the whole meeting Monday. According to School Board President,Dan Flynn, Fletcher’s evaluation went very smooth. “We’ve had a good ...

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Escanaba man gets prison for shaking two-month-old son

ESCANABA — A 20-year-old Escanaba man was sentenced to prison Monday after he admitted he intentionally injured his two-month-old baby by shaking the infant to make him stop crying. Delta County Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos ordered Dylan James McMillan to spend a minimum of six ...

80 parcels of Michigan land for sale in sealed-bid auction

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is auctioning off 80 parcels of surplus public land, mostly in the central and northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The sealed-bid auction begins Tuesday and runs through Jan. 10. Properties range in size from less than 1 acre (0.4 ...

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Finnish exchange student Lari Nuutinen, center, sings Finland’s national anthem while holding Finland’s flag with his Escanaba High School classmates Wednesday during a celebration held for Finland’s 100th anniversary of being an independent country. Students participating around the flag, from left, are Escanaba juniors Jenna Pease, Cassandra Kreneck (hidden), Nuutinen, Heather Bergstrom, Brendan Bennett, and Fiona Lindberg.

Finnish student celebrates in America

ESCANABA — A Finnish exchange student at Escanaba High School celebrated a momentous day for his home country of Finland Wednesday with his friends here in Escanaba. Finland celebrated becoming an independent country 100 years ago Wednesday. To commemorate the occasion, junior government ...

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Gladstone resident Rusty Aird gets some exercise on an elliptical trainer at the Northern Lights YMCA Delta Program Center. Health and Wellness Coordinator Amy Fudala said people can be both happy and healthy during the holidays by taking a few simple steps.

Healthy holidays are possible

ESCANABA — With the holiday season in full swing, area residents may not think they have time to focus on their health. However, Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Northern Lights YMCA Delta Program Center Amy Fudala said people can be both happy and healthy this time of year by taking a ...

Clock starts for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress. Republicans are determined to deliver the first revamp of the nation’s tax code in three decades and prove they can govern after their failure to dismantle Barack ...

Part-time Legislature group seeks signatures by mail, ads

LANSING (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive to make Michigan's Legislature meet part-time are pushing for more signatures by mail and through advertising. The Clean Michigan Government ballot committee announced the plan Monday. Spokesman John Yob says the group is two-thirds toward ...

Bill could reduce costs for medical patients

LANSING — Legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave to protect Michiganders receiving transportation for medical reasons was recently approved in the Michigan House of Representatives. LaFave said this bill, which deals with air ambulances for non-emergency patients, is meant to protect ...

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Escanaba Meijer Store Manager, Jeff Kietzman, shows what is arguably one of the hottest toys of the season, “L.O.L. Surprise Tots Dolls” at the store Tuesday. According to Kietzman, the dolls are one of the hardest things to keep on Meijer’s shelves.

Some hot toys in big demand

ESCANABA — With Christmas right around the corner, kids are putting together their wish lists and hoping for some of the hottest toys of the 2017 holiday shopping season that seem to be flying off the shelves at local stores both big and small. One popular toy the Escanaba Meijer store ...

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Representatives from the Community Foundation for Delta County are shown with backpacks that are used for the foundation’s Feed-The-Kids program, which provides area students in need with a backpack of food during weekends. The foundation is seeking the community’s help to support the program. Envelopes for donations towards it can be found in today’s Daily Press. Shown, from left, are First Vice Chair David Williams, Gary LaPlant, CEO and president of the Community Foundation for Delta County, and Charles Becker, board chair.

Community Foundation seeks funds for Feed-The-Kids program

ESCANABA — The Community Foundation for Delta County (CFFDC) is seeking the community’s help to support its Feed-The-Kids program. The foundation is collecting donations for the program through envelopes inserted in today’s edition of the Daily Press. According to Gary LaPlant, CEO and ...

Tribe gets into tobacco business

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tobacco Company (KBICTC) soon will be putting its permit to manufacture tobacco into effect after receiving approval Nov. 27 from the federal Tax and Trade Bureau. According to Jennifer Misegan, vice president of the Tribal Council, KBIC started ...

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Attorney Everette Ayers III consoles his client, Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, of Gladstone, as she rests her head in her hands Thursday while testimony is presented in Delta County District Court regarding the drowning death of her 15-month-old daughter, Melina. Maupin is charged with second-degree murder, a life felony.

Court examines child’s drowning

ESCANABA — A Gladstone mother charged with murder in the drowning death of her 15-month-old daughter cried silently and held her head in her hands during much of her preliminary hearing in Delta County District Court Thursday. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, a single mother of three children, ...

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Daniel Joel Michalik, 48, a pharmacist from Manistique, sits in Scoolcraft County Circuit Court Thursday while his attorney, Sara MacGregor, explains his illegal possession and use of narcotics was due to an addiction to drugs which he was prescribed to treat a medical issue. Michalik was ordered to pay fines and costs while his sentencing is delayed.

Sentence delayed for Manistique pharmacist

MANISTIQUE — A pharmacist from Manistique who stole narcotics for his own drug addiction while working at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital was ordered to pay $946 in fines and costs during his sentencing in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court on Thursday. Daniel Joel Michalik, 48, was also placed ...

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Bay College Visual Structures student Rory Challier speaks about his animated short film “Unnecessary Apologies” during a reception for Bay’s fall 2017 student art show Thursday.

Bay art students take the spotlight

ESCANABA — Bay College’s art students are sharing their work with the world by taking part in Bay’s fall 2017 student art show, currently on display in the Besse Center Gallery. An exhibition reception took place Thursday afternoon. Arts Faculty and Fine Arts Coordinator Kristine ...

Escanaba may join lawsuit against drug companies

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council is considering whether or not to join a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of opioids in an effort to do something about the national drug problem that also has a major presence in the local community. City Attorney Ralph “B. K.” Peterson ...

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‘Winter Wonderettes’ take the stage

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press At left, Macy Neumier, who plays “Missy” in the Players de Noc musical “Winter Wonderettes” sings Hawaiian Christmas song “Mele Kalikimaka” during rehearsal for the musical Tuesday in Escanaba. Shows begins Friday at 8 p.m. and will continue Dec. 9, ...

Effort on to improve Rapid River park

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Business Association (RRBA) is starting a new campaign to help raise funds for a patio area at Masonville Township Park in Rapid River. The campaign is one of the ways the association is trying to improve and attract more visitors to downtown Rapid River. The ...

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 From left, Tonya Gartland, special events coordinator for the Delta Animal Shelter poses for a picture in a wintery back drop with shelter dog “Sophie,” along with Shelter Manager Sue Gartland with adoptable shelter dog “Spark,” at the shelter in Escanaba Wednesday. The Delta Animal Shelter will be hosting a Christmas open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where pets can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus along with other activities.

Open house Saturday at animal shelter

ESCANABA — Pets and their owners will have the opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit during the Delta Animal Shelter’s Christmas open house on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Shelter Manager Susan Gartland, the open house will feature a wide variety of activities ...