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Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Individuals shake hands with U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman following a townhall meeting Wednesday at Bay College in Escanaba where security was high. On stage with Bergman are members of his staff and Escanaba Public Safety (EPS) Officer Lt. Marc Zawacki, far left, EPS Director Rob LaMarche, second from left, and EPS Det. Lt. Darin Hunter, far right.

High security, hecklers for Bergman

ESCANABA — Attendance was high at U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman’s townhall meeting held Wednesday at Bay College in Escanaba where security was prevalent and a lot of heckling was also taking place. More than 350 people from the region attended the freshman Congressman’s first townhall ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Securitecture President Joseph Mrak, right, discusses plans for the new Delta County Correctional Facility as County Administrator Ryan Bergman looks on.

Jail plans get revamped

ESCANABA — Delta County officials met with representatives of Kalamazoo-based architectural firm Byce and Associates, Neenah, Wis.-based company Miron Construction, and Noblesville, Ind.-based security consulting firm Securitecture to tweak plans for the new Delta County Correctional Facility ...

Meijer gas station opens today in Esky

ESCANABA — Openings of the first Meijer stores in the Upper Peninsula are officially just weeks away. The Grand Rapids-based retailer is confirming May 18 as the opening date for its new supercenters in Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie. The gas stations at each store officially open ...

Man jailed in kidnapping, assault case

MENOMINEE — A Wallace man remains lodged in Menominee County Jail without bond after being arrested for failing to appear in court regarding pending charges of kidnapping and rape. Kevin Michael Ihander, 43, of N6278 U.S. 41, Wallace, was charged last year with one count of kidnapping and ...

Morgan announces candidacy for U.S. House seat

TRAVERSE CITY — Retired Marine Corps officer Matt Morgan has announced his candidacy for Congress on the Democratic ticket representing Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. “I’ve spent my life putting service before self. Now I’m seeking that same opportunity, but this time at ...

Bill to help ID people with special needs

LANSING (AP) — Legislation designed to help identify lost or injured people with special needs will soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder. Michigan allows for the fingerprinting of children under age 17 if parents or guardians request it. The Legislature voted Wednesday to let parents and guardians ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Gladstone Junior High School sixth-graders Miranda Barteld, left, and Alex Eilola clean the fish tank their class is using to raise salmon as part of a program called “Salmon in the Classroom” Tuesday. The salmon raised as part of the program will be released into the Escanaba River on May 5.

Salmon go to school

GLADSTONE — Over the past several months, sixth-graders at the Gladstone Junior High School have been taking part in a program called “Salmon In the Classroom” (SIC). Students have been raising salmon, which they will release in the Escanaba River in early May. Andrew Doutree, a ...

Moose numbers boom on Isle Royale

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — With only two wolves left to feast on them, the moose of Isle Royale National Park are undergoing a population explosion that could endanger the wilderness area’s fir trees and eventually cause many of the moose to starve, scientists said Tuesday. The unchecked growth ...

Guilty plea in New Year’s Eve assault

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman accused of striking two people with a vehicle following an argument on New Year’s Eve pleaded guilty to attempted assault and impaired driving in Delta County District Court Monday. Anntoinette Marie Cerisano, 28, allegedly hit two males with her vehicle on ...

Delta County has clean bill of fiscal health in latest audit

ESCANABA — Delta County received a clean audit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Kathleen Ciantar, a CPA and audit manager with Anderson Tackman, delivered a presentation on the audit during the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday. “You received an unmodified ...

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Escanaba River Bridge work begins

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Work on a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project that will replace the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River and the E&LS Railroad bridge in Wells Township began Monday. Above, MDOT Transportation Technicians Dean Aberly, left, and Jeremy ...

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Governor honors Esky Angel Program

ESCANABA — Escanaba received a special tribute from the Governor’s office and Upper Peninsula legislators congratulating the city on the one-year anniversary of its Angel Program during a ceremony at city hall Monday. Escanaba Public Safety’s Angel Program — a support program for ...

Esky schools optimistic about budget

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed the probability of a positive upcoming budget season at its regular meeting Monday. Interim Superintendent Steve Martin updated the board on the district’s current budget situation, explaining using the current blended enrollment count of ...

School boards using new evaluation tool

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School Board discussed recent changes to its performance evaluation process for Superintendent Jay Kulbertis in closed session Monday. The Gladstone and Rapid River School Boards officially adopted the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Superintendent ...

Man gets prison term for sexual assault

ESCANABA — A Wisconsin man who opted to be tried by a jury on a criminal sexual conduct charge then made a plea on the first day of his trial, was recently sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court. Allen Michael Foster, 26, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., was sentenced to a minimum of two years in ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Adoptable Delta Animal Shelter cat, “Honey,” enjoys some play time with animal foster parent Rebecca Worth Tuesday at the shelter. Worth has been an animal foster parent for three years. Anyone interested in becoming an animal foster parent can visit the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba.

Shelter seeks volunteers to foster pets

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter is approaching one of its busiest times of the year — kitten season — and is looking for more applicants for animal foster parents. “We’re going to be hitting kitten season soon,” said Tonya Gartland, special events coordinator for the Delta ...

Michigan targets opioid rise

LANSING (AP) — Mike Hirst is someone who knows the heartbreak of losing a loved one to a drug overdose. The Jackson man's son, Andy Hirst, died of a heroin overdose in 2010. During the time his son battled addiction with prescription drugs and heroin, Hirst got numerous calls about his son ...

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A baby rabbit hides in the grass. The only time a baby animal may be removed from the wild is when you know the parent is dead or the animal is injured.

DNR: This spring leave young wildlife in the wild

LANSING — Spring is here, bringing warmer temperatures and the next generation of wildlife. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds those who are outside, enjoying the experience of seeing wildlife raise its young, to view animals from a distance so they are not disturbed. ...

State launches online child support calculator

LANSING (AP) — Michigan parents now have a free online way to calculate child support payments. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' child support office released an online calculator for parents previously used by staff. Parents, attorneys, judges and others can find out ...

Taxpayers warned to watch out for scams

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Treasury is warning taxpayers about increased scamming via phone and email near the end of tax season. The department warns that criminals posing as government agencies might ask for personal information to file income tax returns and claim refunds ...