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Organizers give sneak peek of upcoming Gladstone log rolling competition

GLADSTONE — One week before the sport of log rolling returns to Gladstone for the first time since 1999 this Independence Day, a media day in preparation for the third annual U.S. Log Rolling Open was held in Van Cleve Park Wednesday. Dan McDonough, co-director in charge of tournament ...

Gladstone schools adjust budget

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School Board voted to adopt the third and final amendment to the district’s budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and a preliminary budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year during a special meeting Wednesday evening. The first budget-related item approved by the board was ...

Rock man charged in police chase

ESCANABA — A man whose alleged theft of a vehicle prompted a police chase earlier this week was arraigned in Delta County District Court Tuesday. Jack Robert Lopresto, 37, PO Box 162, Rock, was arrested by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department and lodged at the Delta County Correctional ...

Michigan State: New president will be chosen by June 2019

LANSING (AP) — The tumultuous era of Michigan State University interim president John Engler is expected to come to an end next summer. The university’s governing board revealed the timeline Wednesday for selecting its next president. By June 2019, the choice will be revealed, trustees ...

Rotary’s Camp Harstad continues to help children with disabilities

FORD RIVER — Local Rotarians visited Camp Harstad, a day camp for children with disabilities, for a luncheon and get-together Tuesday. The camp is owned and funded by the Escanaba Rotary Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs, and it is co-managed by the trust fund and the Northern Lights ...

Man dies due to motorcycle crash injuries

GARDEN CORNERS — A downstate man has died from injuries he suffered in an motorcycle-car accident earlier this month in Garden Corners. Robert William Sjoholm, 68, of Charlevoix, died Monday from injuries he received in the June 17 crash. Sjoholm was a patient in the Intensive Care Unit at ...

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A ...

Federal help sought to repair damaged roads

HOUGHTON (AP) — Michigan is asking the federal government for help paying for repairs to flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula and says road damage is expected to exceed $28.7 million. The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it’s submitted a notice of intent ...

Snyder signs plan to revitalize workforce

LANSING (AP) — The state is funneling $100 million this fall into Michigan’s public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed his workforce development Marshall Plan for Talent into law. The fund will bolster ...

ArtPrize competition to be held every other year after 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of the international ArtPrize competition in western Michigan are planning to hold the event every other year instead of annually. The change was announced Thursday in Grand Rapids, meaning that after this year’s 10th ArtPrize it will take place next ...

Music Mondays

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press Steve Braun, right, and Beau Miller of the band Sit Down Francis perform at Music Monday in Ludington Park. The annual summer concerts are held Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Karas Bandshell. The next Music Monday, which will take place on July 9, will feature the Phil ...

Gladstone commission sets utility rates

GLADSTONE — Utility rates were officially set for the 2018-19 fiscal year by the Gladstone City Commission during its regular meeting Monday. According to City Manager Darcy Long, the changes made to rates will take effect in August. Long said the rates approved were first proposed during ...

Stolen car prompts police chase

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — After being chased by police, a man who allegedly stole a vehicle was arrested and jailed Monday evening. At about 6:10 p.m., the Delta County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Escanaba Township for a stolen vehicle complaint. The owner of the vehicle advised her ...

Casperson proposes park fund amendment

DIMONDALE, Mich. (AP) — An Escanaba lawmaker is looking to amend the rules governing trust fund money intended to grow public land for resource protection and recreational opportunities. Republican Sen. Tom Casperson is proposing a funding solution for the Michigan Natural Resource Trust ...

Log rolling competition to return to Gladstone July 4

GLADSTONE — The U.S. Log Rolling Open will return to Van Cleve Park in Gladstone on Wednesday, July 4, for the first time since 1999, when the world championships were hosted there. This will mark the third annual U.S. Log Rolling Open and the first time this event will be held at ...

Making a better beach in Gladstone

Courtesy Photo Boy Scouts from Troop 408 in Escanaba help place wheelchair accessible mats at the Gladstone beach recently. The mats were part of of Joey Gavlek’s Eagle Scout project, where he had to complete a community service project. As part of the project, Gavlek invited his fellow ...

Dog park, market get funding

ESCANABA — Delta County communities will be able to complete two new placemaking projects thanks to the Prosperous Places Placemaking Mini-grant Program from the Regional Prosperity Council. This program is administered by Central U.P. Planning and Development (CUPPAD). The Gladstone ...

Business Profile: Bobaloon’s Cafe has a dedicated following

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Bobaloon’s Cafe in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Local restaurant Bobaloon’s Cafe offers a distinctive menu featuring a wide ...

Plans for U.P. copper mine project moving forward

BESSEMER (AP) — The recent results of a feasibility study have provided a comprehensive overview of a mining project in the Upper Peninsula. Highland Copper Company Inc. has announced the results of their 8 month feasibility study for its copper mine project in Gogebic County. The study ...

Experts predict good tourism season

ESCANABA — Summer officially arrived this week, and the local summer tourism season has gotten started, as well. Representatives of local tourism organizations said this year’s summer tourism season is likely to be more successful in the Upper Peninsula than last year’s was. “It will ...