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Mich. Senate OKs bill to enable pipeline deal

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new ...

Moyle part of international karate tourney

ESCANABA — Dave Moyle, a lifetime resident of Escanaba, has been appointed the assistant coach to the United States Specialty Sports Association-Karate (USSSA-K). Moyle will assist Al Doorlag, current coach of the Karate division of the USSSA. Together they will train martial arts athletes ...

Price tag for new jail increases

ESCANABA — Delta County will be responsible for some additional costs for work on a new Delta County Correctional Facility at the Delta County Service Center, County Administrator Philip Strom said. Strom gave members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners an update Tuesday. “We’re ...

Supervisor, millage votes to be recounted

GLADSTONE — Recounts for Delta County’s general election votes on a Big Bay de Noc School District sinking fund millage proposal and the Fairbanks Township supervisor race will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall. Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich said recounts are not unusual ...

Michigan Legislature OKs gutting wage, paid sick time laws

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday passed bills that would delay a minimum wage hike and scale back paid sick leave requirements, an unprecedented lame-duck strategy that was endorsed legally by the state’s conservative attorney general despite criticism that ...

Escanaba youth collects used shoes for charity

ESCANABA — Escanaba eighth-grader Megan Fritz is collecting gently used shoes for a Soles4Souls campaign she is hosting until Dec. 14. Bins are in place at Escanaba High School to collect the shoes, which are given to needy people around the world. Fritz chose the non-profit when she ...

Escanaba Christmas Parade Friday

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s 60th annual Christmas parade will bring Christmas cheer to the area Friday. The theme of this year’s parade, which will be held in downtown Escanaba, is “906 Christmas.” Tanya Ettenhofer, a parade organizer and executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of ...

Shop with a Cop brings joy to local children

ESCANABA — The Delta County Sheriff’s Department’s Shop with a Cop program has been around for over 20 years and continues to evolve. The Shop with a Cop program pairs local police officers with disadvantaged Delta County children chosen by the children’s school. Together, they go on ...

Sick leave advocates plan ballot drive

LANSING (AP) — Advocates said Monday they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if the Republican-led Legislature successfully guts a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill family members. MI Time to Care ...

Planning commission changes its operations

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission approved multiple changes to its bylaws and county ordinance language Monday. The changes are part of the planning commission’s work towards updating the county’s master plan. In a special meeting held last week, members of the planning ...

Goebel reflects on 40 years as judge

ESCANABA — Delta County Probate Judge Robert Goebel will be retiring at the end of 2018. Noon, Jan. 1 of 2019,” is when Goebel said he officially retires as probate judge. He said he is looking forward to enjoying retirement with his wife Regine Goebel. By the time he retires, Goebel ...

Study: Fairgoers spent $5.35 million

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair proved to be an economic boon to the Upper Peninsula in 2018, according to a study conducted by Michigan State University. The Aug. 13-19 U.P. State Fair in Escanaba drew a record-high 92,000 fairgoers. This was nearly a 6 percent increase over ...

Esky River Bridge work is suspended for winter

ESCANABA — Due to weather conditions, work on the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) US-2 Escanaba River Bridge project has been suspended for the season. The new bridge span has not been completed; one lane will be open in each direction on the finished portion of the new span ...

Schaefer man killed in Hyde auto accident

HYDE — A Schaefer man is dead after a crash Saturday night on US-2 & 41 in Hyde. Michael Henry Doneau, 59, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. According to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the Hyde area for a two-vehicle crash at 9:20 ...

Lakestate seeks endowment fund campaign support

ESCANABA — Lakestate Industries is once again seeking the support of people in the community for its annual endowment fund campaign. Envelopes for this year’s campaign can be found in today’s issue of the Daily Press. According to Executive Director Cheryl Ohman, this campaign has been ...

Deer hunt numbers may be up

ESCANABA — Michigan’s firearm deer season for 2018 officially ended Friday. Karen Sexton, a wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Escanaba Customer Service Center, said this season seems to have been successful. “The numbers look to be increased ...

City clerk candidate list narrowed

ESCANABA — While no decisions have been made on who will fill the open Escanaba city clerk and I.T administrator position, the names of the final candidates being considered for the job have officially been released. Tammy Weissert, Phil DeMay and Steven Krupski, all of the greater Escanaba ...

Drivers urged to play it safe on winter roads

GLADSTONE — The clouds grow heavy and the cold air blows — giving the Upper Peninsula the wintery welcome of snow and with it the inevitable slippery roads and white-knuckling of the steering wheel. Community Service Trooper Dale Hongisto, of the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post, ...

Busy time for Christmas tree growers

CARNEY — Now that the holiday season has begun, many people in the area have been buying Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations. Eric Treichel, who co-owns Treichel’s Trees with his wife, Kitty Treichel, said business at the Carney tree farm has been strong so far this ...

Winter parking restrictions are here

ESCANABA — Snow is here and with it the winter parking regulations for the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone. Winter parking restrictions start Saturday in Escanaba. They are already being enforced in Gladstone. During the months of December, January, February and March in Escanaba, parking ...