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Statewide average gas prices rise 7 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.49 per gallon. That's about 23 cents more than at the ...

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Under pressure, Trump denounces hate groups by name

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from right and left, President Donald Trump condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday, declaring “racism is evil” after two days of public equivocation and internal White House debate over the deadly race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, ...

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People line the midway during Preview Night at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba Monday evening. Gates opened at 5 p.m. and offered fairgoers  a reduced admission rate for the first day of the week-long event. Along with reduced rates, Preview Night gave fairgoers a glimpse into the food, vendors, rides, games, live animal displays, and other activities that will continue throughout the fair.

At The Fair

Today All day, every day free midway performances 906 Got Talent, featuring local and regional acts, 7 p.m. in the grandstand Wednesday Senior Citizen’s Day, reduced admission for persons age 60 and older Wellness clinic and presentations in the activities tent Wellness ...

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Elin Culbertson holds two rocks she found while exploring in Escanaba as part of the Rock Delta County frenzy.

Spreading joy… one rock at a time

ESCANABA — The founding of a recent Facebook group, Rock Delta County, has spurred a rock hunting frenzy locally. Residents and visitors have been finding and re-hiding decorated rocks that have been painted with positive messages and other designs throughout the summer. According to the ...

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Escanaba’s new city manager, Patrick Jordan, sits alongside council member Michael Sattem, at left, and Mayor Mark Tall, at right, during council’s regular meeting at city hall Aug. 3. Jordan, who has been on the job for five weeks, says he is growing to love the city as he learns more about the people and the places.

City manager getting to know Esky

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s new city manager has been learning a lot about the city’s operations as well as the community since he started working here last month. “I love it here,” said Patrick Jordan when questioned by the Daily Press about how things are going since he took over for Jim ...

At The Fair

Today Preview Night - reduced admission fee, gates open at 5 p.m. Fairgoers will get a glimpse of what’s to come over the course of the fair, which hosts rides, games, food vendors, live animal displays, and more along the midway. Tuesday All day, every day free midway ...

Diverse groups unite against white nationalists

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Clergy in robes. A woman handing out flowers. Black Lives Matter activists. Armed militia members. Students. Angry anti-fascist protesters. The diverse group of people who came to oppose a weekend gathering of white nationalists in this Virginia college town ...

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In center left, Douglas Stockwell, Operating Engineers 324 business manager and vice-president, cuts the ribbon with OE324 JATF training coordinator John Osika during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon at OE324 new training facility in Gladstone. A tour was also given of the new building, which is the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula.

Gladstone welcomes new training facility

GLADSTONE — A state of the art training facility for operating engineers opened in Gladstone Friday, with local dignitaries and representatives from the Operating Engineers 324 (OE324) performing a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the building to commemorate the occasion. The facility, ...

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Hops on the Harbor returns

MANISTIQUE — The Hops on the Harbor craft beer festival, hosted by Manistique Elks Lodge 632, will return to the Manistique Marina from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 for its second year. Manistique Elks Lodge 632 Exalted Ruler Mary Hook, who is the event’s co-chair, said Hops on the ...

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Rotary fundraiser for Camp Harstad underway

ESCANABA — Those involved with the Escanaba Rotary Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs, which funds the continued operation of Camp Harstad and other local Rotary initiatives, are asking for the support of community members through a fundraising campaign. Envelopes for the campaign can ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Food vendors begin to line the midway at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Friday afternoon. The fairgrounds will soon be bustling with people and a wide variety of activities as the U.P. State Fair returns Monday and continuing until Aug. 20.

U.P. State Fair kicks off Monday

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair returns to Escanaba on Monday and will conclude Aug. 20. The theme for this year’s fair is “Michigan’s 906 State Fair: Spreading Smiles Across the Miles.” According to Vickie Micheau, executive director for the Delta County Chamber of ...

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Michael Lavoie and Tammy Fryer sit quietly in the Delta County Probate Courtroom as their parental rights are taken away Thursday. The couple has two daughters, one of whom was discovered naked in a snowy field near a swollen river last spring.

Judge strips couple’s parental rights

ESCANABA — The parental rights of a couple whose three-year-old child was found naked outside in a snowy field in Rapid River last spring were terminated in Delta County Probate Court Thursday afternoon. Delta County Probate Judge Robert Goebel Jr. declared in an opinion read in court that ...

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Beach Buddies

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press From left, Kendra Sadler, Curtis Sadler, and Hannah Schwalbach play in the sand at the Escanaba beach Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday’s weather was ideal for beach play as temperatures reached a high of 84 degrees. Sunny weather forecast for the weekend should ...

Jail project on schedule

ESCANABA — A project that will create a new correctional facility at the Delta County Service Center is still on schedule. Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman said preparatory work for the project has begun, and ground will likely be broken on the project in about three weeks. “Right ...

High water levels mixed bag for boaters

ESCANABA — Water levels on Lake Michigan have been extremely high this summer — a situation which has created both opportunities and risks for boaters in the area, Delta County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) Deputy Jon Smith said. “They’re significantly higher than they have been ...

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Fayette Heritage Day celebrates company town’s 150th birthday

FAYETTE — Blacksmith demonstrations, music, games and sporting activities await visitors at Fayette Historic State Park’s annual Heritage Day celebration, Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the event features a special reunion marking 150 years since the iron-smelting ...

Runway work delayed at airport

ESCANABA — After a recent scheduling change, the Delta County Airport now plans to begin construction work on a major project next spring, according to Airport Manager Kelly Smith. “We are rehabilitating our north-south runway... and we’re rehabilitating Taxiway A,” she said. The ...

Parental rights revoked in “found child” case

ESCANABA — The parental rights of a couple whose three-year-old child was found naked outside in a snowy field in Rapid River last spring were terminated Thursday afternoon. In a lengthy court opinion, Delta County Probate Judge Robert Goebel declared that Michael Lavoie, 31, and Tammy ...

Man charged with attacks, home invasion

MANISTIQUE — A Manistique man was charged with crimes related to a violent home invasion in the city Tuesday, according to Manistique Public Safety Director Kenneth Golat. Officers responded to a reported home invasion and assault on a Manistique resident at 11 a.m. that day on the 600 ...

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Prison term given in assault case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man — arrested earlier this year on several charges after attempting to strangle his then-girlfriend — was sentenced to prison Wednesday. Dustin Matthew Lanaville, 21, was sentenced to two to five years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted assault by ...