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DeRoeck is Daily Press publisher

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Daily Press welcomes Corky DeRoeck as its new publisher. DeRoeck replaces former publisher Dan McDonald, who took a position within the company as the publisher of the Minot Daily News in Minot, N.D., earlier this month. Despite the change in leadership, Daily Press ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Camp Harstad Director Kim Pepin, far right, leads campers as they sing songs and dance Tuesday afternoon. The camp, which is is owned by the Escanaba Rotary Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs and is co-managed by the trust fund and the Northern Lights YMCA, is a day camp for children with disabilities.

Camp Harstad helps disabled children

FORD RIVER — Camp Harstad, a day camp for children with disabilities, welcomed local Rotarians and other special guests for a meeting and luncheon Tuesday afternoon. The camp is owned by the Escanaba Rotary Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs, and is co-managed by the trust fund and ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
From left, Andrew, Avery, and Mayce Hanson clean poster boards in the Miracle of Life Building located on the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Tuesday. Over the the past few weeks, the fairgrounds has been bustling with activity as volunteers and maintenance crews prepare for the U.P. State Fair, which begins Monday.

Final fair preparations in full swing

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds has been bustling with activity as crews prepare for the return of the U.P. State Fair. The week-long event in Escanaba starts on Monday, Aug. 14 and concludes Aug. 20. According to Executive Director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce ...

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The locker room facility, known as the “Igloo” on the Escanaba High School football field is shown Tuesday. The building was recently shut down to football players due to high levels of mold throughout the structure. Mold abatement procedures are currently underway in the structure and it should be re-opened by Aug. 25.

Mold clean-up progressing at Esky locker room

ESCANABA — Since shutting down last week due to issues with mold, the locker room facility known as the “Igloo” on the Escanaba High School football field has undergone some serious cleaning and repairing, according to school officials. Coby Fletcher, superintendent of Escanaba Area ...

Tillerson urges calm on N. Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm and said Americans should have “no concerns” after North Korea and President Donald Trump traded fiery threats, insisting today he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat.” “Americans should sleep well at ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
A plume of black smoke rises off a pile of cars at Coplan’s Iron & Metal Co. in Escanaba Monday, as Coplan’s staff uses heavy machinery to move the piles of scrap and firefighters battle the blaze. The salvage yard, located at 1610 7th Ave. N., caught fire Monday around 3:34 p.m.

Fire strikes second salvage yard

ESCANABA — Another local salvage yard was impacted by fire Monday as Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to Coplan’s Iron & Metal Co. after an explosion and multi-vehicle fire. The blaze broke out at the salvage yard, located at 1610 7th Ave. N. in Escanaba, around 3:34 ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
U.P. Paper General Manager Greg Anderson, right, shows U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. a headbox used at his company’s mill in Manistique Monday morning. Production began at U.P. Paper in June 2016.

Senator visits Manistique mill, tours U.P. on motorcycle

MANISTIQUE — As part of a motorcycle tour of the Upper Peninsula, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., toured U.P. Paper in Manistique Monday morning. During this visit, U.P. Paper General Manager Greg Anderson showed Peters around the mill, which produces recycled kraft paper. The paper ...

Conspiracy charges filed in meth cases

ESCANABA — Four women have been bound over to circuit court on conspiracy charges to deliver meth, according to Delta County court records. Tiffani Lara Conner, 28, of 4935 Danforth Road, Escanaba, and Sarah Jean Doutree, 24, of 5971 Oak 22.25 Lane, Gladstone, were initially arrested on ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
“The Mechs” — from left, Haylee Gatien, Justin Bergquist, Jack Peterson, and Caden Malone — show off a sign they made as part of a project for modular electronics day camp “Inventing With Gizmos and Gadgets.”

‘Gizmos and Gadgets’ camp returns to Bay College

ESCANABA — A popular Bay College program introduced last summer is being held once again this year. Modular electronics day camp “Inventing With Gizmos and Gadgets” returned to Bay’s Escanaba campus this summer. Bay College Grant Project Manager Beth Ann Belcher said the primary goal ...

Report lists steps to stop Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A federal report released Monday proposes a $275 million array of technological and structural upgrades at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and its vulnerable fish populations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

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Asher Sargent, son of Daily Press Inside Sales Representative Courtney Klein, helps prepare “slime” samples given to attendees of the seventh annual Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair Sunday. These slime samples were just one of several prizes given to people who came to the event.

Record crowd attends Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair

ESCANABA — Hundreds of kids and adults came to the U.P. State Fairgrounds for the seventh annual Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair Sunday, Aug. 6. The free event was held in and around the Ruth Butler Building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily Press Outside Sales ...

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Black smoke rises off a pile of cars at Coplan Iron & Metal Co. The salvage yard lit fire shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Blaze at Coplan Iron & Metal Co.

ESCANABA – Escanaba Public Safety and Escanaba Township firefighters are battling a blaze at Coplan Iron & Metal Co. Early reports indicate multiple vehicles on fire and concerns about propane tanks in the area. Black smoke can be seen rising out of the salvage yard from a ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Escanaba Public Works Department employees work on curb repairs recently on a portion of Ogden Avenue in Escanaba. Throughout the summer, various curb and repaving projects are slated throughout Escanaba on local and major roadways.

Road, curb work underway in Esky

ESCANABA — Curb repairs and repaving projects are in full swing in Escanaba. According to Bill Farrell, director of Public Works and city engineer, curb repairs are the main focus on various local side streets. Farrell explained the process begins by assessing where repairs are needed most ...

Driver in court after passenger seriously injured

NAHMA TOWNSHIP — A Manistique man is scheduled for a pretrial conference hearing in Delta County Circuit Court later this month in connection with allegedly driving drunk and causing a passenger in his truck to be tossed out of the pickup box. Scott David Bellville, 46, was driving a pickup ...

Sexual assault case scheduled for trial

ESCANABA — A 21-year-old Escanaba man accused of sexually assaulting two minor females opted to be tried on two counts of criminal sexual conduct during his pretrial hearing in Delta County Circuit Court. Matthew Rian Mattson is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual ...

Overcrowding still plagues jail

ESCANABA — While work continues on efforts to create a new jail facility at the Delta County Service Center, Sheriff Ed Oswald said the Delta County Sheriff’s Department is still dealing with overcrowding in their current jail space. “We’ve been overcrowded for quite some time,” he ...

Back-to-School and Health Fair Sunday

ESCANABA — School-aged children will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities during the Seventh Annual Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event for children and their families will take place at the Ruth Butler building ...

Boddy to serve as principal, superintendent

MANISTIQUE — Students of Emerald Elementary School will have a new principal when their 2017-18 school year begins on Sept. 5. Manistique Area Schools Superintendent Maryann Boddy started working as the school’s principal earlier this summer. “I assumed the responsibility at Emerald ...

FILE - In this July 28, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government on Saturday, July 29, 2017, shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea after decades of effort has a missile potentially capable of reaching the continental United States, but analysts say Pyongyang has yet to show the ICBM can inflict serious damage once it gets there. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Diplomat: $1 billion in N. Korea exports would be banned by UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed new U.N. sanctions resolution would ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood worth a total of about $1 billion, a major cut to its export earnings, which totaled only $3 billion last year, a Security Council diplomat said Friday. The ...