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Man arrested for drive-by shooting

ISHPEMING — An Ishpeming man has been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred on Aug. 28 at 635 Iron St. in Ishpeming. Brandon Lee Schiefel, 24, was arrested Thursday without incident on a 12-count felony warrant issued by the Marquette County Prosecutors Office, ...

Rock man pleads guilty to police chase with stolen vehicle

ESCANABA — A Rock man who was arrested and lodged at the Delta County Correctional Facility after his theft of a vehicle prompted a police chase this summer pleaded guilty to three counts as part of a plea bargain in Delta County Circuit Court earlier this week. Jack Robert Lopresto pleaded ...

State to share cost of U.P. flood recovery

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan plans to help share the cost of providing matching funds for federal disaster relief to communities in the Upper Peninsula affected by severe flooding in June. Gov. Rick Snyder's office announced Friday that he's authorized the state to match about $3.7 ...

Does bigfoot roam the U.P.?

ESCANABA — Does bigfoot exist in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula? Rich Meyer, founder and lead investigator of the Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization (UPBSRO), believes it is a question worth investigating. Meyer presented a program on the topic Thursday at a meeting of ...

Esky underfunded in retirement plan

ESCANABA — Like many communities across the state, the city of Escanaba is burdened with payments to the Michigan Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, commonly known as MERS, for unfunded pension liability. Escanaba, however, may soon be faced with an even greater cost after the state ...

Treasurer of Delta County plans to retire

ESCANABA — Delta County Treasurer Tom Sabor will retire early next year. During a recent meeting of Delta County’s personnel committee, the committee decided to recommend that the Delta County Board of Commissioners accept Sabor’s resignation, effective Jan. 4, 2019. Sabor was ...

Masonville Township crash victim identified as L’Anse man

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — The person killed in a recent traffic accident on U.S. 41 north of Rapid River has been identified as 21-year-old Sean Lake of L’Anse, according to a press release issued by the Michigan State Police. Shortly after 4:10 a.m. on Sept. 1, Delta County Dispatch received ...

Labor spat leaves bridge work uncertain

WELLS — An ongoing labor dispute has led to a statewide lockout by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) against Operating Engineers 324 (OE324), according to representatives of organizations linked to the situation. This dispute has affected work on the U.S. ...

FEMA denies appeal for U.P. flooding aid

LANSING (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Rick Snyder’s appeal to reconsider a decision denying individual assistance in three Upper Peninsula counties that sustained damage from flooding and heavy rainfall in June. Snyder said Wednesday FEMA determined the ...

U.P. couple challenging foster home gun rules

ONTONAGON (AP) — A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes. William and Jill Johnson of Ontonagon are licensed foster parents. They’re suing the Department of Health and Human Services over a ...

Man dies from injuries suffered in auto crash

ST. IGNACE — A man involved in a one-car accident Sept. 1 in the St. Ignace area has died due to his injuries Monday. Michigan State Police troopers from the St. Ignace Post responded to a one-vehicle traffic crash on Sept. 1 at 3:29 a.m. in Mackinac County’s Clark Township. The crash ...

Legislature OKs minimum wage, sick time

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature on Wednesday passed laws to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and require employers to offer paid sick leave — if they are not watered down before taking effect next year. The proposed ballot initiatives could ...

Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting is reinstated

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting. The decision means voters in the November election must go line by line if they want to vote for candidates in partisan races. In the past, a single mark could automatically count for ...

Details of fatal Rapid River accident released

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — The person killed in a recent traffic accident on U.S. 41 north of Rapid River has been identified as 21-year-old Sean Lake of L’Anse, according to a press release issued by the Michigan State Police. Shortly after 4:10 a.m. on Sept. 1, Delta County Dispatch received ...

Strong summer tourism seen in U.P.

ESCANABA — As Labor Day — which unofficially marks the end of summer — has come and gone, regional tourism authorities shared information on the Upper Peninsula’s 2018 summer tourism season and expectations for the months ahead. According to these authorities, early signs suggest the ...

Recall vote Nov. 6 in Garden, Fairbanks

GARDEN — Voters in the townships of Garden and Fairbanks will decide whether or not to recall township officials during the Nov. 6 general election. A declaration of sufficiency of recall petitions was issued by Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich Tuesday. The petitions in question concern ...

Pioneer Trail Park to see improvements

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of funds — not to exceed $33,500 — to the Delta Conservation District (DCD) for the installation of a sewer system at Pioneer Trail Park. The decision was made during the board’s regular meeting ...

Minimum wage group vows suit if lawmakers stymie measure

LANSING (AP) — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour said Tuesday they would sue if the Republican-led Legislature approves the proposal as a way to prevent a statewide vote this fall and then weaken it later in the year. Mark Brewer, ...

School year begins

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Students get ready for their first day of school this morning at the Escanaba Upper Elementary School. In the Escanaba School District, the day starts with breakfast. Escanaba is starting a new breakfast and lunch program that will run throughout the school ...

End The Silence Walk/Run is Saturday

ESCANABA — End The Silence, a depression awareness and suicide prevention walk, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will be held at the Ludington Park Pavilion in Escanaba at the end of National Suicide Prevention Week. Money raised from the walk provides funding for The Delta ...