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Bark River-Harris renovation begins

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $4 million renovation project to update and expand the school property this summer. The ceremony took place at the school Thursday night. Included in the project are the addition of four classrooms, a new ...

Esky wants to collar loose dog problem

ESCANABA — The city of Escanaba is launching a campaign to curb out of control dogs and reduce the number of attacks on other dogs and their owners. Five residents took to the podium during Thursday’s regular city council meeting in an impromptu public hearing to share their stories of ...

Stage set for wastewater rate hikes, upgrades

ESCANABA — A presentation during a special public hearing held at the Escanaba city council meeting Thursday set the stage for upgrades at the Escanaba Water Plant — and for annual wastewater rate increases for the foreseeable future. During the public hearing, which was required for the ...

Escanaba approves water line replacement contracts

ESCANABA — In an effort to keep up with paving projects and comply with new rules handed down by the state, the Escanaba City Council Thursday approved entering into contracts for water line replacements and discussed how to address residents who had already replaced their own lines. In ...

Group looks at state of U.P. roads

HARRIS — Area county commissioners learned about the current status of roads in Michigan and legislative funding proposals — along with a variety of other topics — Thursday. The Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Spring Conference began at the Island Resort and ...

Escanaba ship has ties to D-Day

ESCANABA — Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day — the day when Allied forces landed in Normandy during World War II. The Joseph H. Thompson, a ship which has been docked in “Escanaba’s backyard,” has close ties to this historical event. “She was at D-Day,” VanEnkevort Tug ...

City manager gets evaluation, goals

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission completed its evaluation of City Manager Darcy Long and set goals for him during a special workshop and meeting Wednesday night. “We had some positives and some areas of concern to work on,” said Mayor Joseph Thompson on the city manager’s ...

Make your pet famous for a good cause

ESCANABA — Have a cute pet and want to support local youths in learning how to read and understand current events? Pet Idol 2019 is a contest which benefits the Newspaper in Education (NIE) program at the Daily Press. According to Lois Jandron, Daily Press Newspaper in Education ...

Esky’s city-wide rummage sale set this weekend

ESCANABA — Escanaba will be the place for rummage sale lovers during the 13th annual Trash to Cash/Trash to Treasure event this weekend — June 7 through 9. Property owners will display items for sale Friday and Saturday during the Trash to Cash portion of the weekend event. Starting 8 ...

Kids Fishing Day is Saturday

RAPID RIVER — Kids Fishing Day will return to Camp 7 Lake Campground Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. All activities are free. Together with nearly 100 cooperating businesses, service clubs and fishing manufacturers and 70 volunteers, the Hiawatha National Forest will sponsor Kids Fishing Day, ...

Advocate to join prosecutor’s office

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment that will increase the amount of grant funding given to the county through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during its meeting Tuesday. The funding increase will support the creation of a new position at the ...

U.P. county commissioners meet in Harris

HARRIS — Dozens of Upper Peninsula county commissioners will head to the Island Resort and Casino later this week for the Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Spring Conference. The event is set to take place Thursday and Friday. The Upper Peninsula Commission for ...

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, cites ‘reservations’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reluctantly signed a ban Tuesday to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Michigan minors, expressing reservations because it will separate e-cigarettes from the definition of tobacco products. Whitmer agreed to enact the bills despite ...

Escanaba library gets makeover

ESCANABA — Residents will notice some changes at the Escanaba Public Library — the result of an ongoing project. “I would call it a ‘spruce-up project,’” Library Director Carolyn Stacey said. The goal of the project is to refresh the library’s interior. The library has been in ...

Wet weather delays dog park project

ESCANABA — Rainy spring weather has not cooperated with volunteers wanting to install a dog park in Escanaba. In April, the Escanaba Dog Park installation was pushed into May because the frost line was still too high. Now, at the beginning of June, the ground is saturated from the amount of ...

Escanaba finalizes rate increases

ESCANABA — Despite the Escanaba City Council finalizing a series of utility rate increases that include a 45-percent increase for water and the first of a series of 20-percent increases for wastewater during a special meeting Monday morning, the city’s water department is struggling to keep ...

Ex-governor’s phone seized in Flint water probe

LANSING (AP) — Authorities investigating Flint’s water crisis have used search warrants to seize from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials, The Associated Press has learned. The warrants were sought two weeks ago by the ...

Rodeo comes to Carney

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Hannah Ritter of Wild Together balances on two horses as she takes laps around the arena during her performance at the Carney Roundup Rodeo Sunday. Ritter’s riding act includes daredevil maneuvers with fire and acrobatic feats. The weekend rodeo brings family ...

SUV driver injured in collision with semi

ESCANABA — The driver of an SUV was injured in a crash with a semi near the Delta County Airport Friday, Escanaba Public Safety officers said. The accident occurred on M-35 near the airport entrance at around 4:48 p.m. The driver was initially trapped in the vehicle and the Jaws of Life ...

Danforth Road re-opens after truck-train crash

WELLS TOWNSHIP — Danforth Road re-opened Saturday evening after a portion of the road was closed due to a dump truck and train collision Thursday afternoon. According to Michigan State Police, Danforth Road re-opened for normal traffic use Saturday evening. Danforth Road had been closed to ...