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State lawmakers give Lansing update

ESCANABA — A group of about 20 community leaders took a look back at the career of one of the area’s state legislators and discussed the current status and future of Michigan’s government during a legislative update meeting Monday morning at Escanaba City Hall. Delta County ...

No new CWD found in U.P. deer

IRON MOUNTAIN — Testing done on hundreds of deer taken during the 2018 firearm hunting season so far has turned up no new cases of chronic wasting disease in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said. As of last week, 758 deer heads had been submitted and ...

Escanaba schools seek new revenue

ESCANABA — Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher presented possible ways to generate funds for the school district to the Escanaba School Board during its Committee of the Whole Monday night. Fletcher presented challenges the district is facing including declining student population, ...

Esky native appears on Food Network show

ESCANABA — An Escanaba native made an appearance on the Food Network Monday evening. Nycole Mercier was featured on an episode of “Christmas Cookie Challenge,” which aired Monday. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1997. Mercier now owns a bakery in Hawaii, and she was chosen ...

Gladstone approves city recreation plan

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission approved the city’s 2019 recreation plan during its meeting Monday. The plan was created by the Gladstone Recreation Board and the Parks and Recreation Department as an update to a plan created in 2013. Nicole Sanderson, parks and recreation ...

Christmas in the Village

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Jim Yoder and Robert Willis prepare a fire to roast chestnuts at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Museum Friday. The association held its annual Christmas in the Village event Friday and Saturday. The event featured food, Christmas music and a visit from ...

Angel trees provide Christmas wishes

ESCANABA — As red kettles are a recognizable sight during the Christmas season, so are paper angels on a Christmas tree. The Salvation Army in Escanaba has put up three Angel Trees this year. Each angel on the tree represents a child that is in need of a gift for Christmas. Donations can be ...

Swedish Pantry is a local staple

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is the Swedish Pantry in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — The Swedish Pantry, a local restaurant offering Swedish and American ...

Christmas weekend in Escanaba

Santa Claus shares a laugh outside in the at Christmas in the Village with Rose Shiel. Santa was set up in the Old Schoolhouse in the village for children to visit on both days of the event. The village, located at the U.P. State Fairgrounds, is open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost of road salt skyrockets

ESCANABA — The cost of road salt has been on the rise, and local road commissions and public works departments have been impacted by this increase in different ways. According to Delta County Road Commission (DCRC) Managing Director Jody Norman, the cost of road salt this year for the DCRC ...

Hand washing – how not to get sick this flu season

ESCANABA - The placards are in every business’ bathroom, “employees must wash hands before returning to work”. Something as simple as washing hands can help prevent many illnesses, respiratory, diarrheal, food-borne and travel-related. During flu season, washing hands is even more ...

Escanaba Christmas Parade

Friday night was a chilly one in Escanaba, but that didn’t stop local residents from watching and participating in the city’s annual Christmas parade. Above, people riding on a parade float for Gene’s Towing express the theme of this year’s parade (“906 Christmas”) by getting cozy ...

Family Holiday Gathering

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Allisa Sexton, Tina Meek and kindergartener Jared Sexton, stopped to get their picture taken at the Webster Kindergarten Center’s Christmas Family Night, Thursday. The Polar Express theme night included Unlocking the Code (a math program), kids yoga, cookie ...

DeMay picked as Escanaba city clerk

ESCANABA — Phil DeMay, an Escanaba area resident, was appointed Escanaba city clerk and I.T. administrator at Thursday’s Escanaba City Council meeting. “I agree, he struck me as the most qualified for the position we have open,” said Mayor Marc Tall, after the motion made by Council ...

Cost rises for Bay’s YMCA addition

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees approved the use of college reserves to offset a budget increase for ongoing work on an athletic addition to the Northern Lights YMCA building — where Bay’s gymnasium facility is located — in a special meeting Thursday afternoon. “The ask ...

Vote recounts don’t change election outcomes

GLADSTONE — Recounts for two Delta County general election races resulted in a slight change in vote totals for one of the races. The recounts took place Thursday afternoon at Gladstone City Hall. One of the recounts dealt with votes on a Big Bay de Noc School District sinking fund millage ...

Help available locally for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, caregivers

ESCANABA — The definition of Alzheimer’s disease in the dictionary is “a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain” — but it is so much more. Alzheimer’s eventually steals away independence, recognition and ...

Gladstone, O’Connor settle lawsuits

GLADSTONE — After more than two years of legal battles and more than $200,000 in legal fees, the city of Gladstone finally ended a series of lawsuits with former City Commissioner Mike O’Connor by approving a settlement agreement Wednesday night. “In approving this settlement agreement ...

Christmas in the Village starts Friday

ESCANABA — It is starting to look a lot like Christmas in Escanaba, especially with the annual Christmas in the Village event. Christmas in the Village takes place Friday and Saturday at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village on the Upper Peninsula State ...

Pot use becomes legal in Michigan today

LANSING — Marijuana will become legal for adult recreational use in Michigan today when Proposal 1 officially takes effect. The initiative was approved by 56 percent of voters in the November midterm election. Proposal 1 allows adults 21 and older to possess and transport up to 2.5 ounces ...