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County receives grant for Rapid River Falls Park

RAPID RIVER — Delta County will receive $85,000 in grant funding for improvements to Rapid River Falls Park. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended the county’s grant application for this work be approved last month. Now that the county’s proposal is moving forward, ...

Convicted murder to face new sentence

MENOMINEE — The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled a Menominee man convicted of second-degree murder in 2017 will be resentenced because of an error in a court report. Gregory Ihander was sentenced by Menominee County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind to 40-50 years in prison for the September ...

Skandia man dead after being struck by truck

MARQUETTE — A 26-year-old Skandia man has died after being struck by a vehicle on US-41 near Brickyard Road in Marquette Township. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post were dispatched to the scene on a report of an automobile accident at approximately 5:50 a.m. Friday. Upon ...

OSF announces visitor restrictions to limit flu

ESCANABA — To protect patients and the community during flu season, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure. Effective Monday, Jan. 7, the hospital requests that visitors be at least 18 years of age and older. ...

Downtown sees strong holiday sales

ESCANABA — The season of gift giving might be done, but downtown businesses in Escanaba are still filled with joy after a great holiday shopping season. Peggy Schumann, the president of Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business and owner of the downtown businesses Positively and Sign UP, said ...

Esky council tackles property issues

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council took action Thursday on a number of properties where buildings have been redeveloped, will be redeveloped, or are slated to be demolished. One of the properties is the former Richter Brewer building, which now is home to the Lofts on Ludington. At the ...

Semi-finalists in Daily Press Golden Ticket contest named

ESCANABA — Ten semi-finalists for the Daily Press’ 2018 Golden Ticket contest have been chosen in a drawing. The semifinalists will receive a special gift package and will have a chance to win this year’s grand prize. The children selected as this year’s semifinalists are Payton Moya, ...

Whitmer bans use of private email for state business

LANSING (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Thursday to prohibit state employees from using personal email to conduct government business, stopping a practice that occasionally was seen in the offices of the previous governor and attorney general. The Democrat’s ...

No federal probe of fatal Beaver lsland crash

BEAVER ISLAND (AP) — A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island. The crash last weekend on Beaver Island killed Donald Falik, a 72-year-old pilot from Eaton County, near Lansing. Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles Vondra ...

New Year Baby

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Gladstone residents Tim LeBeau, left, and Gabbie Kieffer hold their new baby girl with their son Miles LeBeau at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Escanaba Wednesday. Ophelia Marie LeBeau was the first baby born at the hospital in Escanaba in 2019. The ...

Marijuana petition an option locally

ESCANABA — If municipalities choose to opt-out on allowing marijuana establishments within their boundaries, citizens that do not agree with their local government’s decision can begin a process to undo or change the city or township’s decision. Proposal 1, now known as the “Michigan ...

Delta County Board marks its 50th year

ESCANABA — A new year has arrived, and with it, a milestone for Delta County — 2019 marks the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ 50th anniversary. Before the county’s shift to having a board of commissioners in the late 1960s, it was led by a board of supervisors. By the time this ...

Whitmer directs state employees to report health threats

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint’s water crisis and delaying action to clear it up. The ...

Michigan AG to review pipeline deal at governor’s request

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from ...

Community comes through for local charities during holidays

ESCANABA — The generosity of the community made it possible for charitable organizations to help local families in need over the holidays. According to Barb Van Ermen, food pantry manager at the Escanaba St. Vincent de Paul store, donations were plentiful and she thanks all who donated ...

Delta County Chamber has productive year in 2018

ESCANABA — According to Executive Director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Vickie Micheau, 2018 was a busy year for the chamber in more ways than one. Micheau said the summer of 2018 was strong in terms of tourism in the Delta County area. “We definitely noticed an increase in ...

Whitmer takes oath of office

LANSING (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. The 47-year-old former lawmaker took the oath of office in a ceremony outside ...

Legal windfall or ‘theft’: Court takes foreclosure case

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court in the new year will decide whether counties can continue to hit the jackpot when foreclosing on properties. Counties routinely sell real estate when taxes are long overdue. State law allows them to pocket everything — even if the sales ...

Missing Escanaba man found dead

ESCANABA — The body of a missing Escanaba man has been discovered. Gregory Dennis, 51, of Escanaba, was found dead in Ford River Township on Friday by Escanaba Public Safety officers after being missing since Dec. 21. He was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 21 when he was ...

New jail, old bridge some of 2018’s top stories

ESCANABA — From troubles at the Escanaba River Bridge project to Escanaba’s city clerk controversy, the stories that made headlines in 2018 kept our interest. Here are some of the stories that made the front page of the Daily Press. — — — January 3 - Gwinn residents Paula ...