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Lakeview Assisted Living Owner and Administrator Daryl Miron stands in the great room of his assisted living facility’s new memory care unit Tuesday. This unit is part of a 26,000-square-foot expansion to Lakeview.

Major expansion at Lakeview Assisted Living

GLADSTONE — Local assisted living facility Lakeview Assisted Living recently completed a 26,000-square-foot expansion. To commemorate the addition to the facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house event were held at Lakeview last weekend. “This has been in the works for ...

New span of bridge to open Saturday

WELLS — Traffic on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River will be switched onto the bridge’s newly-constructed westbound span on Saturday, Dec. 9, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced in a press release Wednesday. The traffic reconfiguration is expected to ...

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Rotary Christmas program

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Learning Center intermediate student Nicholas Lauscher receives a gift from Santa Claus Tuesday afternoon at the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District’s Learning Center during a luncheon sponsored by the Escanaba Rotary Club. Rotary members served the ...

Christmas comes early for Delta County

ESCANABA — Delta County has once again received significant tax reimbursements from the state of Michigan this year. County Administrator Ryan Bergman spoke about the funding during the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday. “We received the additional personal ...

Man gets prison for sexual assault

ESCANABA — A 22-year-old Escanaba man who admitted to sexually assaulting two girls was sentenced to a minimum of five years and seven months in prison at the Delta County Courthouse Tuesday. Matthew Rian Mattson was charged earlier this year with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual ...

Good year for veterans program

ESCANABA — Delta County Veterans Service Officer David Dziewior provided an update on what the county’s veterans service office has done this year to the Delta County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting Tuesday. “Things are going very well, still,” Dziewior said. He has ...

High waves cause Line 5 pipeline shutdown

ST. IGNACE (AP) — State officials say the flow of crude oil through twin underwater pipelines has been halted temporarily because of high winds and waves in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. The Michigan Agency for Energy says the temporary shutdown of Enbridge Inc.’s Line ...

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Tree trimming at city hall

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 5253 of Escanaba decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby at Escanaba City Hall with their handmade ornaments Monday evening as part of their government merit badge. Pictured from lower right going clockwise are Cecilla Glish, ...

Hearings held on wind turbine plans

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission held public hearings on several proposed wind turbine site plans during its regular meeting Monday. In mid-October, the Delta County Building and Zoning Department received an application from Heritage Sustainable Energy for an addition to its ...

Construction site assault case in court

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old dry-waller charged with seriously assaulting a mason worker at a home construction site in Ford River Township was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Jacob Nathanial Anderson Jr., 17, of 1420 1st Ave. S., lower apt., ...

‘Shop with a Cop’ spreads holiday joy to kids

ESCANABA — An annual community tradition which teams up needy children to “Shop With a Cop” from Delta County is marking its 20th anniversary helping youth purchase Christmas presents. The purpose of the annual fundraiser is to collect money so less fortunate children can buy gifts for ...

Grouse has West Nile Virus in Delta County

LANSING (AP) — State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus — including one in Delta County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state’s ruffed grouse population. The ...

Upper Peninsula pot ‘kingpin’ gets prison

BRUCE CROSSING (AP) — A man described as the “kingpin” behind a marijuana operation in the Upper Peninsula has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison. The government says Spencer Ward and his associates sold marijuana worth $475,000. More than 40 people assisted him at his ...

Mich. Legislature starts hearing on retiree funds

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature is beginning hearings on legislation that would force local governments to boost funding for employee retirement plans or face the possibility of a state intervention. The bills are being debated today in House and Senate committees controlled by ...

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Christmas in the Village

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Santa Claus visits with a group of Lemmer Elementary School students during Christmas in the Village Friday. The event took place Friday and Saturday at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village located on the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.

Food pantry helps students at Bay

ESCANABA — Early last month, the Bay College Student Food Pantry started assisting current Bay students. TRiO Student Support Services Executive Director Jill Wiese-Martin, who is one of the pantry’s supervisors, said things have been going well for this initiative so far. “We opened ...

Winter blues no laughing matter

ESCANABA — With the hours of daylight growing shorter each day, some people in the area may have started to feel the influence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) —a type of depression triggered by changing seasons. “For many people, it starts in the fall,” Outpatient Services ...

Guilty plea entered in Escanaba meth case

ESCANABA — A man from Washington state recently pleaded guilty to a 10-year meth felony in Delta County Circuit Court. Jeffrey Michael Brinkman, 39, of Spokane, Wash., was arrested as an habitual offender on one count of possessing meth, a 10-year felony with a maximum fine of $15,000, in ...

Task force suggests drone use limits to lawmakers

LANSING (AP) — A new report by a Michigan task force says the state Legislature should limit the operation of drones around areas such as correctional facilities, tourist destinations and prominent bridges. The 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force was created earlier this year to ...