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Local student Allie Livingston, who will be entering sixth grade at the Gladstone Junior High School this fall, steers a robot built out of Lego bricks around an obstacle course Thursday. Bay College and Michigan Works’ Lego Robotics Camp, which Livingston participated in, will give local students an opportunity to boost their technical knowledge and social skills this summer.

Kids learn robotics through Lego camp

ESCANABA — Local students aged 7-12 will have an opportunity to boost their technical knowledge and social skills this summer by taking part in Bay College and Michigan Works’ Lego Robotics Camp. The first sessions of this camp for the summer of 2017 were held at Bay College’s M-TEC ...

City says no threat from released water

ESCANABA — Escanaba residents are being assured there are no health concerns regarding the temporary discharge of partially-treated wastewater into Little Bay de Noc due to high water levels city-wide. Because of large amounts of rain in the past two weeks causing high ground water levels, ...

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Woman gets jail for forging checks from elderly woman

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman was sentenced to 10 months in jail this week for forging checks belonging to an elderly woman who, along with her brother, lost more than a half million dollars due to forgery and embezzlement crimes committed by five people. Kayla Ann Meek, 28, a second-offense ...

In a June 22, 2017 photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway below T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan. This is the first time a silver carp has been found above the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' electric dispersal barriers. The silver carp was 28 inches in length and weighed approximately 8 pounds. The fish has been sent to Southern Illinois University for additional analysis. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said ...

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Northern Lights YMCA lifeguard Kayla Wiltzius instructs swimmers on how to tread water during the World’s Largest Swiming Lesson (WLSL) event held at the YMCA in Escanaba Thursday.

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at YMCA

ESCANABA — About 100 kids were in the Northern Lights YMCA pool in Escanaba Thursday taking part in the annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). The global event took place over the course of 24 hours Thursday at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries. The event aims ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Members of the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority tour the new marketplace under construction while crews work on landscaping and other finishing touches Thursday. The project is expected to be completed next week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for July 14.

Esky marketplace nears completion

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s new marketplace being constructed downtown is expected to be 100 percent complete by next week, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was informed during its monthly meeting held Thursday at the site. Dan Occhietti, of Industrial Maintenance Services Inc. (IMS) of ...

Officer offers summer ­safety tips

ESCANABA — Now that summer has officially begun, many residents of and visitors to Delta County are planning to take part in outdoor activities. Delta County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Daniel LaCarte said it is important for people who will be involved in these activities to keep some ...

US-Canada bridge to close Saturday for walk

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the bridge linking Michigan's Upper Peninsula with Canada will be closed for an hour Saturday morning for the 31st Annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade. The bridge crosses the St. Marys River between Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and the identically ...

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Man arrested for break-in, assault gets prison

ESCANABA — A Wilson man — arrested in connection with the assault of two victims at an Escanaba home earlier this year — was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court Monday. Lexie Jason Keshick Jr., 23, pleaded guilty last month to one count of ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Escanaba Public Safety receives special recognition for educating the public on the safe use of child car seats and providing low-cost car seats to families. Pictured at Wednesday’s award presentation in Escanaba are, from left, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning representatives Diane Curry and Jamie Dolan and Escanaba Public Safety representatives Lt. John Gudwer, Administrative Assistant Jennifer Spriks, and Director Rob LaMarche.

Public Safety awarded for car seat program

ESCANABA — Escanaba Public Safety has received national recognition for its commitment to traffic safety, including a local program that educates and provides the public with children’s car seats. The National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders awarded the local police department ...

Tuition increases approved at Bay

ESCANABA — Bay College’s budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year was officially approved by the Bay College Board of Trustees during a special meeting Wednesday. The fiscal year will begin on July 1, 2017. The college’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $8,878,629 in operating ...

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Micheau named new director of visitors bureau

ESCANABA — The Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau announced earlier this week that Robert Micheau will be serving as its executive director. According to a press release issued by the bureau, Micheau has nine years of experience in marketing, event planning, and public relations. A ...

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Pictured at right, folk musicians Steve Schmeck and Sue Robishaw perform during the 2016 Pioneer Day in Manistique. The annual event features artisans, performers, food, and a look into the area’s history.

Pioneer Day returns this weekend

MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Historical Society’s annual Pioneer Day will return to Manistique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manistique Marina Saturday. According to Schoolcraft County Historical Society Vice President Paul Walker, Pioneer Day has been a local tradition for 13 ...

Legalized pot linked to more car crash claims

DENVER (AP) — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading ­insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, ­Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Escanaba City Manager Jim O’Toole, at right, discusses development of a marketing plan for the Superior Trade Zone (STZ) Tuesday at Maple Ridge Township Hall in Rock. Also pictured is STZ Chair Scott Erbisch, Marquette County administrator.

Plan to market region in works

ROCK — The Superior Trade Zone (STZ) — a state-sanctioned economic development zone in Delta and Marquette counties — is seeking consultants to create a marketing strategy that will attract businesses to the region. During a meeting at the Maple Ridge Township Hall in Rock on ...

County parks, ABATE hold fundraiser

GLADSTONE — Delta County Parks and American Bikers ­Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of Michigan Region 17 will host a joint fundraiser at Pioneer Trail Park this starting Friday night and running through the weekend. According to Delta Conservation District Executive Director Rory Mattson, ...

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Fletcher settles in as Esky superintendent

ESCANABA — As of July 1, the Escanaba Area Public Schools district will have a new acting superintendent. According to Coby Fletcher, he and his family couldn’t be more excited to begin their journey in Escanaba. “We’re ready to make the transition,” said Fletcher in a phone ...

Delta County board talks unfunded liability

ESCANABA — Members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the county’s Michigan Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) pension funding during their regular meeting Tuesday. Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman said that, while rising pension costs over ...

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Rock woman sentenced on methamphetamine charges

ESCANABA — A woman from Rock — arrested this spring on felony meth charges — was sentenced to five months in jail Monday in Delta County Circuit Court. Angela Loraine Gutzman-Guerrero, 22, pleaded guilty to purchasing or possessing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to make meth, a five-year ...

Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Laura Cox, R-Livonia, speaks with reporters after the House approved a $56.7 billion state budget on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Lansing, Mich. The Senate is expected to take a final vote Thursday. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan House OKs budget with more for at-risk students

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan House approved a $56.7 billion budget Tuesday that includes significantly more funding for at-risk students and a modest boost in traditional state aid for K-12 districts. The spending plan was passed on 64-43 and 72-35 votes with many ...