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New life for an old drive-in

MANISTIQUE — Manistique is keeping its drive-in theater alive. Although the drive-in closed long ago, it is periodically opened for special events for the community. Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce (STC) recently hosted a drive-in movie event there. The STC has hosted six movie events ...

Manistique to get lamprey barrier

MANISTIQUE — Efforts are underway to establish a new sea lamprey barrier in Manistique, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unit Supervisor, Sea Lamprey Control Jessica Barber. Barber spoke about this project during an informational meeting held before a recent meeting of the ...

Flood relief effort’s next phase needs people power

Kali Katerberg Houghton Mining Gazette HOUGHTON COUNTY — With the initial June 17 flood disaster work completed, the Copper Country has a new challenge to overcome — a shortage of volunteers. The new volunteer and donation center in the Copper Country Mall’s former JCPenney store ...

Officials seeing more Mich. bats with rabies

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials say they’re seeing higher numbers of bats with rabies. The Department of Health and Human Services says its labs had diagnosed 22 bats with the fatal illness as of June 28. A year ago, the total was nine. Two rabid skunks also have turned up. Rabies ...

Detroit sports fans can get Mich. license plates

LANSING (AP) — Detroit sports fans can now represent their professional teams while on the go. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law on Monday allowing license plates that bear the logos of the Detroit Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Lions. Revenue from the plates will go toward charity ...

Michigan debuts new infrastructure group

LANSING (AP) — A new statewide commission is crafting a decades-long plan to revamp transportation, drinking water and other infrastructure concerns in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Monday creating a 27-member commission to provide recommendations on those issues. The ...

Area ready to celebrate 4th of July

ESCANABA — Wednesday is Independence Day, and local communities have scheduled events to celebrate the holiday. They include: BARK RIVER An Independence Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. on July 4. The parade will go from Ray’s Feed Mill to the township park, and prizes will be awarded to ...

Plea bargain in toddler drowning case

ESCANABA — A Gladstone woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the drowning death of her toddler in a bathtub last year. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, a single mother of three children, was arrested for murder following investigation into the Oct. 7 death of her 15-month-old daughter, ...

Zoning change approved in Garden Township

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the zoning of a Garden Township parcel be changed from agricultural production to rural residential during its regular meeting Monday. John Gavre, one of the owners of the property, said he felt the rural ...

Labor dispute postpones July 5 bridge closure

WELLS — A closure of the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River that had been scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Monday. “There is a labor dispute at the job — at the project — between the contractor ... and the ...

Deputies identify Esky motorist who died

ESCANABA — A motorist who died after an auto accident early Monday morning has been identified as 53-year-old Brian Lavigne of Escanaba. Delta County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the single vehicle accident near the intersection of U.S. 2 and 41 and County Road 426 just ...

Army Corps seeks funds for Soo Locks upgrade

AULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says construction of a second Great Lakes navigation lock for large freighters will be included in its 2020 budget request to the Trump administration. Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue of the agency’s Detroit district said Monday the ...

Man dies after being found at accident site

ESCANABA — A motorist died after an auto accident early this morning, Delta County Sheriff’s Department deputies said. It is believed the driver suffered from a medical condition, which in turn caused the accident. Deputies responded to the single vehicle accident near the intersection of ...

Owners usher in some changes at Cat-man-do’s

ESCANABA — Married couple Curt and Kelly Spaulding, co-owners of local bar and eatery Cat-man-do’s, have made several changes to this business since they bought it almost three years ago. The Spauldings’ journey towards owning Cat-man-do’s started when they visited the area in the ...

Johnson to retire from Powers Printing after 40 years

POWERS — After 40 years of helping to bring news to readers, Sally Johnson is retiring from her post at Powers Printing. While both the Escanaba Daily Press and the Iron Mountain Daily News are written in their respective cities, the printing of both papers takes place at the Powers ...

Trump responds to deadly attack on Maryland newspaper

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denounced the press as "the enemy of the American people," said Friday journalists "should be free from the fear of being violently attacked," as he addressed the deadly shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. Trump said ...

Pipeline crosses hundreds of Michigan waters

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs through the area where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet also crosses other Michigan waterways at nearly 400 locations, dozens of which are considered particularly sensitive, a report disclosed Friday. Enbridge Inc., the Canadian company that owns ...

MSU gets heat over appointment

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has hired an attorney who defended the school against sexual assault lawsuits to head the office handling sexual assault complaints, sparking pushback from victim advocates. The university's interim president, John Engler, appointed ...

Michigan DEQ to create private industry panel

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's environmental oversight agency will now have its own private industry panel. On Friday, outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law creating a rules committee within the state Department of Environmental Quality. He also approved a permit appeal panel ...

Jail construction on schedule

ESCANABA — Employees of the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center (NMMCAC), which is establishing a new center behind the Delta County Service Center, were given a tour of the new Delta County Correctional Facility Thursday. Work on the facility, which will be located at the service ...