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Who should employ crossing guards?

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed who should employ the school district’s crossing guards Monday night. Attending the Committee of the Whole meeting were Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan and Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche. Both the city of Escanaba and the ...

Gladstone OKs utility rate study

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission approved the proposal created by the Utility Financial Solutions, LLC. of Holland, Mich. for rate studies on the city’s electric, water, wastewater and solid waste funds during its regular meeting Monday. Entering a contract with this consulting ...

Plea deal reached in theft case

ESCANABA — The Rapid River woman facing four different charges of embezzlement in Delta County Circuit Court accepted a plea deal from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office during a hearing Monday. Carrie Selma Flath, 40, of 8269 School 16 Rd., Rapid River, pleaded guilty to one count of ...

High water levels expected in Great Lakes

DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes. The Detroit News reports that Lake Superior ...

Whitmer to focus on magnitude of road problem in speech

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan’s problem with poor roads and bridges in her first State of the State address, appealing to the public to give feedback on the costs of pothole-ridden infrastructure. The Democrat, who made fixing ...

Weather delays big load’s trip to mine

ESCANABA — ESCANABA — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced the moving of oversize loads from Escanaba to the Tilden Mine, which was set to begin tonight, has been delayed due to weather. This work will be rescheduled at a later date.. According to a press release ...

Program gives students a head start

ESCANABA — High school students from Escanaba, Bark River-Harris, Big Bay de Noc, and Mid Peninsula, have a chance to get a head start on their careers, thanks to an agreement each school district made with Bay de Noc Community College. The 13-year program is called Early Middle College ...

Let the games begin

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press Spectators, athletes and coaches cheered as John Bunn lit the torch and kicked off the 2019 Special Olympics Michigan Regional Basketball Tournament during its opening ceremony Friday night. The tournament, which has been sponsored by the Escanaba Kiwanis Club for 42 ...

Deadly adenovirus no longer in area

ESCANABA — A cluster of adenovirus cases which led to the deaths of three people in the area last fall is no longer active, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Medical Director Dr. Teresa Frankovich said. Usually, adenovirus causes a relatively mild respiratory illness with ...

Man in police case case gets jail sentence

ESCANABA — One of the two downstate men involved in a shoplifting incident at Shopko that led to a high speed chase in November was sentenced recently in Delta County Circuit Court. Charles Perkins IV, 27, of 1068 Revere Ln., Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty to retail fraud - first degree. He was ...

Efforts to raise funds for Gladstone K-9 unit continue

GLADSTONE — The movement to implement a K-9 program at Gladstone Public Safety is making huge strides since the idea was first introduced a year ago. Gladstone Public Safety officer Ryan Peterson, who is spearheading the efforts, presented the possible implementation of a K-9 unit and was ...

Local scouts mark group’s 109th birthday

ESCANABA — The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 109th anniversary today across the nation. Scouts in the area are celebrating Scout Week with a wide variety of events. Every year at this time Mark Rose, Hiawatha District commissioner, encourages scouts to attend church wearing their ...

Esky takes steps to block pot sales

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council took steps Thursday to block the sale of marijuana within the city limits — for now. The “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act” (“marihuana” being the legal spelling of the plant in Michigan) was approved statewide by voters last ...

DNR has stake in old jail site

ESCANABA — Delta County and the city of Escanaba are not the only ones with an interest in what happens to the site of the current Delta County Jail — part of that property belongs to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The discovery was made by newly hired Assistant City ...

Teen arraigned on criminal sexual conduct

ESCANABA — A Rapid River teen was arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges Thursday in Delta County Circuit Court. James Michael Greenlund, 18, of 9504 Co. 413 T Rd., was arraigned on the following two counts: one count of criminal sexual conduct - first degree (during felony) and ...

Deadline for plea extended in criminal sexual conduct case

ESCANABA — A Gladstone teen who is facing criminal sexual conduct charges was given an extension on his plea cut-off deadline in Delta County Circuit Court Thursday. Dylan Michael-Patrick McDonough, 18, of 703 Dakota Ave., is facing the following two counts: one count of criminal sexual ...

Don’t put away the shovel

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Escanaba resident Joe Pascoe shovels snow outside his house on the 200 block of Lake Shore Drive Wednesday. It may not be time to put away the shovels just yet. The area is under a winter storm warning today and the area could receive 5 to 8 inches of new snow, ...

Bill to end bottle deposit law dies

ESCANABA — The bill State Rep. Beau LaFave introduced proposing to end Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law died earlier this year. “The bottle deposit bill that was introduced last session died with the beginning of 2019,” he said. “I have no intention of bringing up or ...

Esky Shopko store, others in UP to close

ESCANABA — Hundreds of Shopko stores — including the retail chain’s Escanaba store — are set to close in the coming months. According to a list of Shopko store closings announced Wednesday, the Escanaba store’s estimated last day of operation will be May 12. A Shopko store in ...

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament starts Friday

ESCANABA — The 2019 Special Olympics Michigan Regional Basketball Tournament will begin Friday, Feb. 8, and continue through Saturday, Feb. 9, at Escanaba High School, according to organizers of the event. According to Dorothy Kollmann, Special Olympics Committee co-chairperson for the ...