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Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Airstream enthusiasts Carry Ensign and Bob Petersen of Clear Lake, Minn., pack up to leave Escanaba Monday. Ensign and Petersen were in the area for the 60th Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally.

Airstream rally has big economic impact on area

ESCANABA — The 60th Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) Rally had a significant financial impact on Delta County, representatives of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses said. The event was held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds July 22-29. “Historically, the ...

Wells home heavily damaged in fire

WELLS TOWNSHIP — A Wells Township home suffered major damage when a fire broke out early this morning, according to Escanaba Public Safety, which responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:10 this morning for a structure fire at 6382 N. 3rd St. in ...

U.S. 2 and 41 closed due to fire

ESCANABA — Firefighters are currently battling a fire at Pete’s Auto Wrecking located on U.S. 2 and 41. Until further notice, U.S. 2 and 41 from Ludington Street / North 30th Street, Escanaba to I Road, also known as the Hyde cut across. The highway is expected to be closed until at least ...

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Elegeert remembered for service to county

ESCANABA — After the death of former Delta County Board of Commissioners Chair Thomas Elegeert last week, past and present members of county government shared their memories of working with him. Elegeert was a member of the Delta County Board of Commissioners for over three ...

Strangulation cases head to circuit court

ESCANABA — Three men from Delta County and one man from Menominee County were recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on unrelated charges of strangulation. Joseph Edward Parkkila, 21, of 307 N. 15th St., Escanaba, was bound over on one count of assault with ...

Two people killed in multi-vehicle accident

ST. IGNACE — Investigation continues into a multi-vehicle accident which claimed the life of two people Monday afternoon in western Mackinac County, according to Michigan State Police at the St. Ignace Post. A male and female were reported to have died from injuries received in the accident ...

After life without parole: Two savor freedom

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — It’s just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover. Skirting Franklin Street’s neatly trimmed lawns in long strides, and praising the glories ...

Patricia VanEnkevort | Daily Press 
Decked out school buses rip around a figure-eight track during the bus race portion of last year’s Armageddon on Wheels at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds. The demolition derby returns this year on Friday at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds and will feature bus races, gauntlet races, dueling tough trucks, and many others. Tickets are on sale now for $20 and can be purchased at Edward’s Collision Center, Midwest Truck Driving School, at the Island Resort and Casino, and online at www. armageddononwheels.com.

Armageddon on Wheels returns

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds will feature demolition derby action on Friday when Armageddon on Wheels returns. The derby, which begins at 7 p.m., will showcase a figure eight bus race, gauntlet race, bump n’ run, dueling tough trucks, and many more contests. Gates ...

Wisconsin duo win Cabela’s bass tourney

ESCANABA — A pair of Wisconsin anglers left Delta County $3,600 richer Saturday as they captured the title in the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit tournament on the Bays de Noc. Josh Keeney, of Winneconne and John Berrens Jr., of Weyauwega, filled their limit of five with a half-hour ...

Child welfare system still under judge’s eye

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s child-welfare system remains under court oversight, 11 years and millions of dollars after a sweeping lawsuit challenged the way the state cares for vulnerable kids who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. There is no dispute that Michigan ...

AP report: A patchwork of justice for juvenile lifers

DETROIT (AP) — Courtroom 801 is nearly empty when guards bring in Bobby Hines, hands cuffed in front of navy prison scrubs. It’s been more than 27 years since Hines stood before a judge in this building. He was 15 then, just out of eighth grade, answering for his role in the murder of a ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Delta County District Court Judge Steve Parks, at podium, recognizes some members of the county’s drug court team during a one-year anniversary celebration of the program at Escanaba City Hall on Friday. From left are, Emily DeSalvo, district court administrator; Jeana LaCarte, district court magistrate; Parks, and Ben Booker, Marie Kwarciany, and John Harris of the Delta County Probation Office.

Local drug court marks first year

ESCANABA — Delta County Drug Court is changing lives and making a difference in the community. That was the message Friday from organizers of the specialized court that helps addicts kick their drug habits rather than sentencing them to time behind bars. Stakeholders in Delta County’s ...

Ex-addicts praise program

ESCANABA — Testimony from participants in Delta County’s drug court program revealed successes of the specialized court, which celebrated its one-year anniversary at Escanaba City Hall on Friday. Drug court participant Zachary Hamilton gave an emotional testimony of how drug court has ...

Trail taking shape at Hannahville

HANNAHVILLE — A grant-funded project to create a new four-mile-long paved trail in Hannahville has been progressing smoothly since construction began on the project this summer. “We’ve had no hang-ups,” Betty Draze of Hannahville Public Works said. Draze is the coordinator for the ...

Educators aim to boost financial IQs

ESCANABA — Financial literacy was the topic of discussion at the Stonehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Escanaba Thursday during a “Lunch and Learn” session. CEO of Pershing Advisor Solutions, Mark Tibergien, Financial Literacy student Caitlyn Gimler, and Erika Fix, American government, ...

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Cargo barge in port

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press The Menominee, a cargo barge, integrated with the Olive Moore tug from Cleveland, Ohio, undergoes repairs at the Basic Marine Dock in Escanaba on Thursday. The vessel, which is 728 feet long and can carry up to 24,450 tons of cargo, arrived Monday and is expected ...

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Missing man may be in Delta County

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 47-year-old Iron Mountain man who left his home Friday, July 21, to go to Green Bay and hasn’t been heard from since. Imran Kiani has issues with depression, which may be the reason he hasn’t contacted ...

Schoolcraft County Fair starts today

MANISTIQUE — Those living in and visiting the Manistique area will be able to attend the Schoolcraft County Fair this weekend. The annual event will take place at the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds today and Saturday. The fair will open at 4 p.m. today. From 4 to 8 p.m., “Royalty ...

Public to get peek at marketplace

ESCANABA — In conjunction with Sidewalk Sales in downtown Escanaba this Saturday, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be hosting an open house for the public to visit the new marketplace, have a snack, and sit back and enjoy some music, said DDA Director Ed Legault at Thursday’s ...

GOP dealt stiff blow in bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early today rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny ...