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Kiwanis Pancake Days return

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Escanaba Kiwanis Club member Vicki Gerou cooks pancakes for the club’s Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days Friday. The event will run through Sunday, April 7 at the Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

Esky River Bridge tops summer road work projects

ESCANABA — Road construction crews are preparing for another busy season. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Delta County Road Commission (DCRC) both work off their own five-year plans that roll from year to year. Jody Norman, managing director of the DCRC said the biggest ...

Gladstone schools plan speaker series

GLADSTONE — A monthly speaker series covering prevalent topics ranging from financial aid to mental health will be a new occurrence next school year at the Gladstone High School. The GHS Partnering with Parents speaker series will allow parents of Gladstone High School students ...

Sensoria exhibit opens at Bonifas

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Bonifas Arts Center Gallery Coordinator Kate Oman hangs “The Assembly” by Scott Leipski Wednesday. “The Assembly” is one of many works by local artists on display at the Bonifas as part of “Sensoria Artist Collective: Recent Works,” an exhibition opening ...

Lease signed for Escanaba dog park

ESCANABA — The new Escanaba dog park at the Delta County Airport, which has been in the works for over three years, is making headway. The Escanaba City Council approved a lease agreement with the airport during its regular meeting Thursday. The lease agreement is for 30 years with an annual ...

Wind energy regulations get approval

ESCANABA — An ordinance detailing wind energy guidelines within the city was adopted by the Escanaba City Council Thursday. “As I understand it, the planning commission has spent countless hours working on this proposed ordinance,” Mayor Marc Tall said. The ordinance will set rules ...

Billy Ray Cyrus to perform at U.P. State Fair

ESCANABA — Billy Ray Cyrus – singer, songwriter, and actor – will perform at the U.P. State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17. Cyrus comes from humble roots in Flatwoods, Ky., where family jam sessions were common. Learning to adapt to play with his left hand, he joined the Cyrus household in ...

Winter slumber ending for animals

ESCANABA — Warmer daily temperatures and chilly nights are slowly stirring animals from hibernation during spring. Hungry animals seeking out a food source after a long winter can sometimes lead to conflicts with humans — such as bears raiding bird feeders. Michigan Department of Natural ...

‘Blight’ issue referred to attorney

ESCANABA — What is the legal definition of “blighted?” The question led to an hour and a half long discussion at Wednesday’s Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meeting. In a 3-2 vote, the authority ultimately decided to seek an attorney’s opinion on the matter of ...

Kiwanis Home and Garden Show starts Friday

ESCANABA — For over half a century, the Escanaba Kiwanis Club has served up pancakes to raise funds. The tradition will continue this weekend with the Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days, set to take place at the Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds April 5-7. “It got ...

House Democrats ask IRS to provide Trump’s tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman formally asked the IRS to provide six years of President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses as Democrats try to shed light on his complex financial dealings and potential conflicts of interest. The ...

Escanaba teacher gets STEM award

ESCANABA — A Certificate of Excellence was recently awarded to Matthew Oney, a science, chemistry and physics teacher at Escanaba High School. The award brings Oney the honor of being one of seven teachers acknowledged in Michigan as being innovative in science, technology, engineering and ...

Gladstone teaches financial literacy

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Area Schools has an unique financial literacy initiative that sets itself apart from other schools in Michigan. “Nobody has a financial literacy initiative where they’re really targeting all students K-12,” said Erika Fix, one of the teachers at Gladstone ...

Escanaba switches date of fireworks

ESCANABA — Escanaba‘s annual Fourth of July fireworks display won’t be happening on the Fourth of July this year. Because the city did not receive bids from any fireworks companies to set off a display on the Fourth, the date of the display had to be moved to Saturday, July 6, in ...

Board postpones wind turbine decision

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners took no action on a request from Heritage Sustainable Energy to extend all conditional use permits an additional year. Heritage also requested previously submitted site plans and turbine specifications to be approved, and acknowledgment all ...

Man indicted for murder with U.P. connection

YANKTON, S.D. — A Yankton man has been indicted in South Dakota in the death and dismemberment of a woman whose remains were discovered March 16 in Menominee County in the Upper Peninsula. A Yankton County grand jury indicted Stephen Falkenberg, 45, on second-degree murder and first-degree ...

Lots of science in making maple syrup

BARK RIVER — Making maple syrup is more scientific than one may think. The concept, evaporating water out of sap, sounds simple enough, but Mother Nature tries to throw a few curve balls into the process. Each year around February, producers of maple syrup start tapping trees in hopes of a ...

Officials still wary about flooding

ESCANABA — Although the weather has been ideal for a slow thaw, there is still a concern for flooding as different agencies keep an eye on the water locally. “The weather pattern right now is perfect. However ... your streams and the smaller swampy areas, it’s not warm enough for them ...

Icebreaking operations in local waters

MILWAUKEE — The Coast Guard plans to expand spring ice breaking operations. Icebreaking began in the bay of Green Bay Monday. During the ensuing days, icebreaking operations will involve fracturing ice and track preparations to the port cities of Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee and Green ...

Lanes close Wednesday at Esky River Bridge

ESCANABA — Drivers in the work zone on the Escanaba River Bridge will encounter delays Wednesday. Beginning at 9 a.m., contractors will work to clean the work zone, straighten barrels and adjust lane separators. This work will require intermittent closures of eastbound and westbound lanes ...