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Women’s Day prompts worker strike

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Many American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red Wednesday to demonstrate how vital they are to the U.S. economy, as International Women's Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world. The Day Without a Woman protest in the U.S. was ...

Michigan bill OK’d to keep bids secret until winner unveiled

LANSING (AP) — Bids submitted by companies vying for a state government contract would be exempted from public-records requests until the contract winner is announced under legislation that is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The bill, approved unanimously by the House on ...

Industry groups say ‘no’ to health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on a pivotal House committee scored an initial triumph in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, using a pre-dawn vote Thursday to abolish the tax penalty his statute imposes on people who don't purchase insurance and ...

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Escanaba’s Super One Foods store is shown above this morning. The store, which was established in Escanaba in 1989, will close its doors on April 29.

Super One Foods closing April 29

ESCANABA — After 28 years of providing groceries to Escanaba, Super One Foods will be closing on April 29, the Daily Press has confirmed. “I can confirm that we are (closing). Any further statements will be handled through the corporate office,” said Escanaba Store Manager Mike LaVigne ...

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Busy day for firefighters

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press A barn’s roof and window suffered minimal damage from a fire at a residence on K Lane in Escanaba Township during high winds Tuesday afternoon. Escanaba Public Safety and Escanaba Township firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze, which was ...

Esky gets funds for road repave

ESCANABA — Escanaba officials were recently informed the city has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to repave approximately five blocks of roadway on 3rd Avenue North. The $157,457 Category F Grant, along with a $39,364 match in city street funds, ...

Contract for jail project approved

ESCANABA — A contract between Delta County and Kalamazoo-based firm Byce and Associates for architectural and engineering services on the county’s ongoing jail project was substantially approved by the Delta County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting Tuesday. Delta County ...

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Ford River vehicle fire

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press Left photo, firefighters from the Ford River Township Volunteer Fire Department check for hot spots after extinguishing a vehicle fire at a residence on M-35, south of Ford River late Tuesday morning. The owner had started the Dodge pickup and it caught fire. The ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Steven Jacob Marciniak, 46, of Escanaba, at left, sits with his attorney, Timothy Cain, during witness testimony on the first day of his trial in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Fraud trial continues in circuit court

ESCANABA — Two witnesses testified against an Escanaba businessman Tuesday during the first day of Steven Jacob Marciniak’s three-day fraud trial, which continues today in Delta County Circuit Court. Marciniak, 46, is charged with four counts of common law fraud, each a 10-year felony. He ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press
Students in Sandy Hereau’s second grade class at Lemmer Elementary School in Escanaba spend some time reading in their classroom last week. March is recognized as national reading month, and many local elementary schools have planned various games, reading challenges, and other activities throughout the month celebrating reading.

Books and more mark National Reading Month at local schools

ESCANABA — March is recognized as National Reading Month, and many local schools are partaking in the annual event with various activities, themes, games, and an assortment of books for kids to read. According to Sandy Hereau, a second grade teacher at Lemmer Elementary School in Escanaba, ...

Salt plant may locate in Escanaba

ESCANABA — A new salt company formed by the owners of Powers-based company Mighty Deer Lick Inc. could potentially open a salt production and distribution plant in Escanaba. Currently, Chris Salt Inc. is performing feasibility studies to determine its ideal production scope, product line, ...

Five plead guilty in fraud cases

ESCANABA — Five people who were arrested last fall for misusing Social Security funds in Escanaba, have all entered guilty pleas and will be sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court during the next two months. The five individuals were charged in unrelated cases for defrauding more than ...

What do you want in a city manager?

GLADSTONE — Gladstone city staff, commissioners, and residents met with Jerry Richards, an executive recruiter from the Michigan Municipal League, Monday to discuss what the people of Gladstone felt were the most important qualities in the next city manager. During the meeting with the city ...

GOP bill unlikely to settle passionate health care debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation newly revealed by House Republicans. With Republicans now controlling the White House and both chambers of ...

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“Dog Whisperer” TV show host Cesar Millan, right, and local dog trainer Mary Gail Blasier, left, walk dogs as part of a training program Millan hosted in Santa Clarita, Calif., earlier this year. Blasier said attending this program was an extremely positive experience.

Local woman trains with ‘Dog Whisperer’

ESCANABA — Local dog trainer and former assistant manager for the Delta Animal Shelter Mary Gail Blasier had an opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most well-known dog behaviorists earlier this year. From Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, she attended a training program held by “Dog ...

No funds for environmental cleanup

LANSING (AP) — Michigan has spent or obligated almost all of a dedicated source of funding needed to clean up and redevelop 7,000 polluted sites across the state, leaving lawmakers to question the Snyder administration on what, if any, plan there is to ask voters for permission to borrow more ...

Home invasion, assault case in circuit court

ESCANABA — Two victims received minor injuries when a 22-year-old Wilson man allegedly forced his way into an Escanaba residence and assaulted them earlier this year, according to police and court records. Zaine David Teeple, of W593 Cedar Dr., Wilson, is accused of forcing his way into a ...

Man pleads guilty to sexual assault at trial

ESCANABA — A Wisconsin man who opted to be tried by a jury on a criminal sexual conduct charge, made a plea on the first day of his trial in Delta County Circuit Court recently. Allen Michael Foster, 26, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., was arrested last year following investigation into the report ...

Strangulation case sent to circuit court

ESCANABA — A 33-year-old Escanaba man was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court for allegedly assaulting a female victim in Masonville Township in January. John Paul Bichler, of 4333 M Road, Escanaba, was arrested on one count of assault by strangulation, a ...