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Local dignitaries and ALDI, Inc. representatives cut a ribbon during the grand opening ceremony for the new ALDI grocery store in Escanaba this morning. The Escanaba location of the grocery store chain is the first to open its doors in the Upper Peninsula. Shown in front from left are, ALDI District Manager Bob Best, ALDI employees Nina Kidd, Katie Whitmer, Brittany Judson, Cassie Franti, Escanaba ALDI Store Manager Avery Hendrickson, ALDI employees Stephanie Westerberg, Janice Schimmepenny, and Kim Paquette. Shown in back from left are Bay College representative Jill Martin, Escanaba City Council Member Mike Sattem, Publisher of the Daily Press Corky DeRoeck, Escanaba City Council Member Ralph Blaiser, and ALDI employee Julie Matecki.

ALDI grocery store opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — The first ALDI grocery store in the Upper Peninsula opened its doors this morning in Escanaba. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony was held at the new storefront, located at 2520 3rd Ave. N., to commemorate the occasion. “We look forward to joining the Escanaba ...

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Ron Micheau, of Escanaba, rides his skateboard in downtown Escanaba while passing a bicycle in a bike rack Wednesday ­afternoon.

DDA talks bikes on sidewalks

ESCANABA — Bicycle and skateboard traffic on the sidewalks in downtown Escanaba was the topic of discussion during a work session of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Wednesday morning. DDA members openly discussed the pros and cons of non-motorized means of transportation sharing ...

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Woman gets prison for drug charge

ESCANABA — One of four women who were arrested for working together to make meth at Gladstone’s campground this summer, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Tiffani Lara Conner, 28, of Escanaba, was arrested in June along with ...

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Kennedy Paquin, left, and her sister, Ruby, hang out with adoptable kittens at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba Wednesday. These kittens, along with dogs and rabbits at the shelter, will have adoption fees waived during the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delta Animal Shelter.

“Empty the Shelters” pet adoption event returns

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter is taking part in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Sue Gartland, shelter manager, the adoption event will allow those searching for a pet to adopt one at no cost. “It’s ...

Snyder sticking to story about Legionnaires’

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sticking by his congressional testimony about when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis, despite a senior aide’s new disclosure that he informed the Republican governor weeks earlier. Some ...

Shoreline threatened by Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Lake Superior’s water level is near a record high after an unusually wet summer and early fall in Minnesota, leading to concerns about damage to its shoreline. The Star Tribune reports that the lake was about 603 feet (184 meters) above sea level in September, the ...

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Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Scott Karl demonstrates how to operate a cutter used during a vehicle extraction, while  firefighter Pete DeMay, left, looks on Tuesday at the department’s training session at the John D. Besse Fire Station in Escanaba Township.

Being a firefighter no easy task

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department held firefighter training Tuesday evening at the John D. Besse Fire Station in Escanaba Township. The training session is one of many required to be a volunteer firefighter. According to volunteer firefighters, many hours of ongoing ...

County briefed on mine efforts

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on ongoing efforts to establish a mine in the Stephenson area — as well as the positive effects this project could have on Delta County — during its statutory meeting Tuesday. Chantae Lessard, director of social ...

Buddy Walk offers more than walking

ESCANABA — Residents will have the opportunity to raise money and awareness for people with Down Syndrome Saturday during the Seventh Annual Buddy Walk. The walk is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Down Syndrome Association (UPSDA). Registration is from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Ruth ...

Drug charges result in one-year jail sentence

ESCANABA — A Rock man was recently sentenced to one year in jail for manufacturing a narcotic, a charge stemming from an investigation into a meth lab last spring. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court on Friday. Randy Scott Norden, 41, was arrested when Michigan State ...

Home invasion assault heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — A 57-year-old Escanaba man arrested for assaulting a female in her home this summer was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court where he may make a plea or set a trial date. James Leonard Arrowood, of 1320 Stephenson Ave., Escanaba, was arrested ...

Sexual assault trial scheduled in spring

ESCANABA — A 79-year-old Garden man accused of sexually assaulting a female less than 13 years of age in Garden Township several years ago has been scheduled to be tried by a jury next spring. Morgan Richard Tatrow is charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony, in ...

Legislature OKs update to concussion training

LANSING (AP) — Coaches and others involved in youth sports would have to complete concussion awareness training at least once every three years under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. The bill cleared a final step in the Michigan Senate Tuesday. It would update ...

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Haley Gustafson | Daily Press J.T. Jones Elementary School third graders Emma Trombley, left, and Madison Sundquist hang out on the monkey bars during recess at the school in Gladstone Monday afternoon.

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Murder charge in death of child

ESCANABA — A Gladstone mother has been charged with murder in this weekend’s drowning death of her 15-month-old child, according to Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom who authorized the life felony on Monday. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, of 3100 Thorntree Dr., No. 20, Gladstone, was ...

Esky River Bridge closed next week

WELLS — The U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River will once again be completely closed to traffic next week, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Monday. This closure is expected to last from 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, to 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. According to ...

Escanaba schools face shrinking enrollment

ESCANABA — Escanaba School Board members discussed reasons why enrollment numbers continue to decline within the district during its regular meeting Monday. The topic of declining enrollment within the Escanaba Area Public School District has been on the table over the past couple of ...

Gladstone OKs street project bond

GLADSTONE — The city of Gladstone will move forward with a plan to bond for a major street reconstruction project, following motions by both the Gladstone City Commission and the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA)Monday. The project encompasses the majority of 9th Street, as ...

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Gladstone gets portrait of Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The walls of Gladstone’s city commission chambers received a new adornment Monday when a portrait of William Gladstone was donated to the city. The portrait of the English statesman is one of a few prints given as advertisements for the Gladstone Company. The company, which ...

Paper mill sold to liquidation company

COMBINED LOCKS, Wis. (AP) — An Outagamie County judge has approved the sale of a Fox Valley paper mill that employed hundreds of people to a liquidation company. Judge Gregory Gill approved Industrial Assets’ $21.5 million purchase of Appleton Coated last week. The deal requires ...