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Local area entering wildfire season

ESCANABA — Spring is the season for wildfires, with most of Michigan’s wildfires occurring in April, May and June. According to Jay Osterberg, the fire supervisor of the Department of Natural Resources Escanaba Forest Management Unit, spring weather increases the chance of fire because ...

Hope at the Inn seeks funds to help homeless

ESCANABA — Faith-based rotating emergency homeless shelter Hope At The Inn (HATI) recently wrapped up its sixth season. A campaign to support the shelter has been launched, and envelopes for the campaign are included in today’s issue of the Daily Press. According to HATI Executive ...

Many area artists make up East Ludington Gallery

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is East Ludington Gallery in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Located in downtown Escanaba, East Ludington Gallery features art by ...

Master plan draws consultants to county

ESCANABA — As part of the process of updating Delta County’s master plan, the county recently hired OHM Advisors to provide consulting services for the project. Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said the process will continue when representatives of OHM visit the county May ...

Strom wraps up first year as administrator

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Philip Strom officially marked the completion of his first year in his current position Thursday. He took a look back at the county’s accomplishments over the past year and spoke about what he hopes to achieve in the future. Strom said former county ...

Fire destroys home

Fire destroys home BARK RIVER TOWNSHIP — A home in Bark River Township was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. Bark River Township Fire Department was called the fire on 17th Road in Bark River Township at 11:50 p.m. April 24. When the firefighters arrived on scene the roof of the ...

Peacemaker to perform at U.P. State Fair

Peacemaker to perform at U.P. State Fair ESCANABA — Michigan rock and roll band Peacemaker will perform at the U.P. State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 15. Having recently opened for Foghat, this Tri-City band is dedicated to paying tribute to the classics. Peacemaker is made up of four veteran ...

Esky boat launch open

Esky boat launch open ESCANABA — The North Shore and Aronson Island boat launches will officially be open for the season today. Boaters are advised to take care around any dock debris found in the boat launch area. For any questions or concerns, contact the city of Escanaba marina ...

U.P. leak causes nearly $19K water bill

ISHPEMING (AP) — An undetected water leak in Michigan's Upper Peninsula led to a family getting a nearly $19,000 bill. Ashley Cody of Ishpeming tells WLUC-TV the leak apparently occurred during a roughly two-month period between water meter readings. Cody posted a picture of the bill on ...

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ premieres tonight

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Laura Mead (Rosalind) listens to Georgia Peitsch (Ethel) explain how she should marry Paul and come back to the theater life during a rehearsal of the comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. “Moon Over Buffalo” opens tonight ...

Esky defends steep water rate hike

ESCANABA — Escanaba Water and Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi, City Manager Patrick Jordan, and the city council took time to answer any questions residents might have about proposed rate increases during a special work session prior to the regular council meeting Thursday ...

Residents protest DDA appointment

ESCANABA — Residents raised concerns over the way individuals are appointed to boards in the city Thursday after one business owner claimed she had been unfairly barred from joining the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority. Kelly Van Ginhoven, owner of For The Love of Cupcakes on ...

Mich. ordered to redraw electorial maps

LANSING (AP) — Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic voters, federal judges ruled ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Daily Press readers won cash playing Bingo Mania in March. Robert Gardner, of Cornell, won with a single bingo and received $50. Ronald Smith and Judith Ottensman, both of Escanaba, received $100 for their two or more bingos. The blackout winner was Kevin Bricker, of Escanaba. He ...

Program shows drunk driving’s grim result

GLADSTONE — Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an alcohol related traffic collision. A united community effort brought an emotionally impactful program called “Every 15 Minutes” to the Gladstone High School Wednesday. The “Every 15 Minutes” program offers real ...

Authority OKs brownfield request

ESCANABA — After months of discussion over whether or not a property owner could legally blight its own property to receive brownfield designation and related tax benefits, the Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority narrowly approved the designation for the former Super One Foods ...

Mich. Senate votes to try 17-year-olds as juveniles

LANSING (AP) — Michigan would no longer automatically treat 17-year-old criminal defendants as adults under bills that cleared a significant legislative hurdle Wednesday and may soon reach the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Republican-led Senate, for the first time, overwhelmingly ...

Bay program provides insight into autism

ESCANABA — Bay College celebrated Autism Awareness Month with a visit from the stars of the documentary “Wretches & Jabberers.” Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher made an appearance at the college Tuesday. Last week, “Wretches & Jabberers” was screened at Bay. The film ...

Road commission gives work update

ESCANABA — Delta County Road Commission (DCRC) Director Jody Norman shared road information with Delta County township officials during the 2019 Township Spring Meeting Tuesday. Each official was provided additional information on their individual township’s road ratings by Norman. The ...