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Man killed in deer and motorcycle collision

SPALDING TOWNSHIP — An Ontonagon man was killed in Menominee County when a deer ran into his motorcycle Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department. Keith Andrew Guzek, 53, was traveling east on U.S. 2, near Pine Street in Spalding ...

Man opts for jury trial in methamphetamine case

ESCANABA — A Rock man arrested this spring on felony meth charges has opted to be tried by a jury in the fall in Delta County Circuit Court. Randy Scott Norden, 40, is scheduled for a four-day trial Sept. 5-8. He is charged with one count of operating/maintaining a meth lab, a 20-year ...

Lake levels predicted to be highest in decades

DETROIT (AP) — A wet spring season has experts predicting that summer water levels for the Great Lakes could be higher than normal and above last year's mark through early fall. The Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District announced ...

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, House Speaker Tom Leonard, center, and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, left, speak to reporters after announcing a budget and pension deal on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The Republicans had been at odds over trying to close the pension system to new hires, and the impasse had prolonged budget work. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Teacher pension deal reached

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders reached a budget deal Tuesday that would automatically enroll newly hired school employees in a 401(k)-only retirement plan unless they opt into a costlier pension benefit within 75 days. The change would apply to teachers ...

Health chief charged in Flint water probe

FLINT (AP) — The head of the Michigan health department was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, the ­highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water. Nick Lyon is accused of failing to ...

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The new Manistique Campground can be seen from above. After years of planning and development, the campground is scheduled to open on June 28.

Manistique Campground to open soon

MANISTIQUE — A campground project that has been in the works for several years has entered its final stages, according to officials involved with the project. The grand opening of the Manistique Lakeshore Campground is scheduled for June 28 at 3 p.m. The Manistique Lakeshore Campground, ...

Future bank branch closer to reality

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission took steps Monday to help bring a Gladstone branch of Upper Peninsula State Bank closer to reality. The agenda for Monday’s city commission meeting initially included a recommendation from staff for the city to transfer a portion of city-owned ...

Board looks at upcoming budget plans

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed upcoming budget sessions and approved the use of Accent Speciality Services for custodial services for next school year during its committee of the whole meeting Monday. According to Interim Superintendent Steve Martin, the 2017-18 budget ...

No injuries in early morning apartment fire

ESCANABA — Tenants and pets were evacuated from an apartment building in Escanaba where they were trapped by a fire reported early this morning, according to a news release from Escanaba Public Safety. Firefighters responded to the 3:46 a.m. emergency call regarding thick smoke in an ...

City settles with mBank over building sale

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique City Council voted to accept a proposed out-of-court settlement offered by mBank for a lawsuit filed by the bank against the city during its regular meeting Monday. This matter was discussed in closed session with city attorney Matt Wojda before the council’s ...

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Handyman gets prison for theft from Esky home

ESCANABA — A local handyman who stole items from a home he was working on in Escanaba last year was ordered to prison for two to 10 years during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. John Paul Larson, 36, of Escanaba, was hired to install flooring in an Escanaba home last ...

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Tim Gorenchan, owner of Escanaba business North Country Legends Taxidermy, stands next to a sockeye salmon he mounted. Gorenchan won Best in World, Coldwater Fish at the 2017 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships for this mount.

Escanaba taxidermist wins international competition

ESCANABA — The owner of an Escanaba taxidermy business received a major honor last month. Tim Gorenchan, owner of North Country Legends Taxidermy, won Best in World, Coldwater Fish at the 2017 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships for a sockeye salmon he mounted. Gorenchan entered ...

Car and cycle shows downtown

ESCANABA — Fans of classic cars and motorcycles — and anyone who wants to have fun while helping a good cause — will be able to take part in “Muscle on Main” over the coming months. Events included in this new series of classic car and bike shows will take place on Ludington Street ...

Driver pronounced dead after crash identified

ESCANABA — Police have identified the name of the driver who was pronounced dead following a single-vehicle car crash near Bay College Friday afternoon. Gladys Marie Cousineau, 88, of Escanaba, was driving on Danforth Road when her car left the roadway, struck a tree and caught on fire, ...

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig, right, receives the department’s Lifesaving Award and medal. Presenting the award is DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler.

Conservation officer gets lifesaving award

GLADSTONE — A Mchigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer was honored for rescuing a boy who earlier this year was lost on dangerous Lake Michigan ice in the Gladstone area. Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig received the DNR’s Lifesaving Award during the regular ...

Pensions, budget top list before recess

LANSING (AP) — A tentative deal to steer more newly hired teachers into 401(k)-only retirement plans has stopped a surprising budget showdown between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder. But key details remain to be finalized in a matter of weeks before the Legislature’s ...

Pipeline beneath Straits passes pressure tests

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — Pipeline company Enbridge says an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan has passed federally required pressure tests. The test took place Saturday on one pipeline that’s part of Line 5. Enbridge pumped the line’s west segment with water ...

AAA: Statewide average gas prices fall 9 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 9 cents per gallon in the past week. The average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 35 cents less than at the same point last year. AAA says the lowest ...

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 Customers at the Rapid River Dairy Flo wait for their ice cream treats and check out the Short’s Service Station mileage sign Tuesday afternoon in Rapid River. The mileage sign, which this year turns 60 years old, has been providing customers, locals, and visitors with distances to cities and towns around Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada, and even Tokyo, Japan.

Iconic sign gets fresh paint, new life at Dairy Flo

RAPID RIVER — For 60 years, a mileage sign in Rapid River has been helping residents and tourists alike learn the distances from Rapid River to towns and cities in Canada, Wisconsin, Michigan, and even Tokyo, Japan. The Short’s Service Station hand-painted mileage sign originated in 1957 ...

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Attorneys participating in a parental rights case in Delta County Probate Court on Friday review a physician’s report on a 3-year-old girl who was evaluated at OSF St. Francis Hospital after she was found lying naked outside in Rapid River where she had wandered from her home on March 17. The girl, now 4, and her 5-year-old sister remain in foster care.

Parental rights ruling expected in July

ESCANABA — Testimony continued Friday and will resume next month in a case that will decide the parental rights of a Delta County couple. They are the parents of two girls whose Rapid River residence was found to be unsafe and unsanitary the day one of the girls, a 3-year-old, wandered away ...