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Carl Behrend of Old Country Decorating and Painting of Munising, hangs from the top of the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse in a bosun chair while painting the structure.

Lighthouse gets makeover

GULLIVER — For the second time in four years, the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse is being painted. The interior and exterior of the fully operational Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse, located in Gulliver in Schoolcraft County, was first painted by Carl Behrend of Old Country Decorating and ...

Lawmakers finalize budget deal

LANSING (AP) — Michigan would spend more to address debt in the teacher retirement system and to fix aging infrastructure under a budget deal that was finalized Monday, after Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers reached a compromise to steer more newly hired school employees into a ...

Board OKs financial ‘Plan B’

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board approved a budget plan for the 2017/18 school year during their regular meeting Monday. Over the past few months, board members have been presented with two budget plans — “Plan A” and “Plan B” — with the only difference between the two ...

District looks at state plans

GLADSTONE — As work continues on the process of developing Michigan’s state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Gladstone Superintendent Jay Kulbertis once again gave an update on the process to members of the Gladstone School Board during the board’s regular meeting Monday. Last month, ...

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Esky man gets prison for armed robbery

ESCANABA — An 18-year-old Escanaba male was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for robbing $268 from a local motel clerk held at knifepoint last summer. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Jacob Allen Christopher Jones pleaded guilty to larceny from a ...

Water plant releases wastewater into lake

ESCANABA — Due to several large rain events in the last week, the Escanaba Wastewater Department was forced to by-pass approximately 300,000 gallons of primary effluent, partially treated wastewater, to the outfall on Sunday, June 18, according to a press release. The by-passing event was ...

Ryan promises tax overhaul this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year despite political divisions among Republicans and a crowded legislative agenda for Congress. Ryan is due to give a speech on tax reform Tuesday afternoon to the National Association of ...

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In this Daily Press file photo, members of the Gladstone youth football group walk alongside their float during a past Fourth of July celebration in Gladstone. The Fourth of July is just around the corner, but festivities and events in the Upper Peninsula won’t end with Independence Day.

Event-filled summer planned for U.P.

ESCANABA — Summer officially begins Wednesday, and the Upper Peninsula has wasted no time planning a full calendar of events and festivities to keep residents and visitors busy throughout the season. According to Executive Director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Vickie Micheau, ...

Snyder backs officials amid charges

LANSING — An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint’s man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some “bureaucrats” had failed residents and that he was focused on the city’s ...

Brewing class looks for students

ESCANABA — Residents wanting to learn how to brew beer will soon have the chance to take a course at Bay College in Escanaba that will teach the ins-and-outs of becoming a brew master. Brew 101-Brewing Science will be offered during the fall semester at Bay and will allow participants in ...

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Delta County Veterans Service Officer David Dziewior is pictured in his office at the Delta County Airport recently.

Veteran service officer settles into new role

ESCANABA — Since January 2016, David Dziewior has served as a full-time veterans service officer (VSO) for Delta County. Dziewior said things have been going well in the position so far. “The response from the community and the support from the county has been nothing short of ...

Experts to create Great Lakes tsunami warning

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Experts are meeting in Ann Arbor this week to discuss a tsunami warning system for the Great Lakes. Scientists say tsunamis happen on the lakes, although many are too small to notice. In fact, the lakes average 106 such events a year. In the oceans, tsunamis are caused by ...

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In this June 5 photo, Greg Busch sits on his Busch Oceanographic PC1201 submersible sitting in the parking lot of Busch Machine Tool Supply in Freeland, Mich. The submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to look for prehistoric civilization under Lake Huron.

Explorers to search for prehistoric life under Great Lakes

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to look for prehistoric civilization under Lake Huron. The decades-old yellow submersible, PC1201, will take explorers to the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, where researchers believe there is a ...

Peregrine falcon population on the rise in Michigan

Michigan's peregrine falcon population has risen remarkably in the last 30 years, state officials announced. Since 1987 the population of peregrine falcons, which are considered endangered in Michigan, has grown from five young birds to 15 nesting pairs, according to a report released last ...

Trail project on track after setback

GLADSTONE — A few setbacks have delayed the start of construction on a new non-motorized trail extending from Gladstone into Escanaba Township along the shore of Little Bay de Noc, but the project is still underway. The city of Gladstone was anticipating construction to begin on the Little ...

First harvest begins, growing season continues

ESCANABA — Farmers around the Upper Peninsula have been busy harvesting the first round of crops for the year, with more harvests to come as the season ­continues. According to Monica Jean, crop educator for Michigan State University (MSU) Extension for Delta County, the first hay crop is ...

Guilty plea entered in strangulation case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man arrested earlier this year on several charges following a domestic violence incident recently pleaded guilty to attempted assault by strangulation. Dustin Matthew Lanaville, 21, will be sentenced on Aug. 9 on the above five-year felony, as well as domestic ...

Snyder heads to Europe to boost trade, business

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is using a trade trip to Europe to boost trade relationships and lure businesses to Michigan. Snyder will travel to several countries to meet with government, automotive and other business leaders to show what types of opportunities Michigan can offer. His ...