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Rules set to stop unruly meetings

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission made a few changes to the way it does business during its meeting Monday night, including changing the times of meetings and setting forth procedures for unruly speakers during public comment periods. Commissioners hope the newly-adopted city ...

Man pleads guilty in knife attack case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who assaulted a man with a knife this past summer pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday, canceling a three-day trial set for next spring. Joshua John Myers, 34, was arrested on Aug. 21 after he ...

Man sentenced in three-county police chase

ESCANABA — An 18-year-old Escanaba male who stole a car in Escanaba and eluded police in Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties last summer was sentenced to six months in jail in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Cory John LaBonte pleaded guilty in October to one count of unlawful use ...

Skeptics question accuracy of roadside drug tests

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police officers are conducting roadside saliva tests on suspected drug-impaired motorists as part of a program spurring questions about the tests’ accuracy. The test program is being conducted in Delta County and several other Michigan counties. State ...

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Lakeville, Minn., resident John Messier secures a Christmas tree to the roof of his vehicle Friday. Messier bought this tree from Teal’s Tree Farms in Bark River.

Rush is on for Christmas tree growers

BARK RIVER — With the holiday season now in full swing, many people in the area have begun looking for seasonal decorations — including Christmas trees. “So far, it’s been pretty busy,” Teal’s Tree Farms owner Joe Teal said of business at his farm. Teal has owned the Bark River ...

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Lakestate Industries employee Marlin Moniowczak sorts confidential documents for shredding. Lakestate is asking for the community’s support through its annual endowment fund. Envelopes for this year’s campaign can be found in today’s Daily Press.

Lakestate endowment fund campaign underway

ESCANABA — Once again, Lakestate Industries is asking for the community’s support of its annual endowment fund campaign. Yellow envelopes for this year’s campaign can be found in today’s issue of the Daily Press. Executive Director Cheryl Ohman said Lakestate’s focus is on helping ...

Escanaba River Bridge to be closed Tuesday

WELLS — Closure of the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River to traffic has been set for Tuesday, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The closure is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and should last until about 9 p.m. the same day. The closure will be ...

Christmas parade, village Friday

ESCANABA — Escanaba will once again kick off the holiday season with the 59th annual Christmas parade Friday. According to Tonya Ettenhofer, parade coordinator, this year’s parade theme is “Christmas Around the World.” The theme was chosen, in part, because of the difficulties and ...

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Fire destroys auto repair business

MANISTIQUE — At 4:02 a.m. Friday, Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Firefighters were called to a report of a structure fire at Bill’s Automotive, 507 Chippewa Ave. in Manistique. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the building was fully involved in a fire and waste oil ...

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Vaccine waiver rates are up across state

LANSING (AP) — Vaccine waiver rates for school-age children have increased slightly in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1 percent the year before, ...

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Brenda Norden, head cook at the senior center in Rock, demonstrates the difficulties in opening the drawers in the kitchen at the Maple Ridge Township Hall earlier this week. The township is raising funds to pay for renovations in the out-dated kitchen including replacing the cabinets, sinks and ceiling

Senior center, fire department seek funds for upgrades

ROCK — The Tri-Township Fire Department and the Rock Senior Center — both serving residents in Ewing, Maple Ridge and Turin townships — are seeking grant money and other funds to better meet the needs of the three communities. The fire department needs to buy a new pumper truck to ...

Body of woman found in Gogebic County

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — A Woodruff, Wis., woman was found dead in the Rainbow Falls area in Ironwood Township Wednesday, according to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office. On Nov. 22, the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to attempt to locate Candace Zahn Cain, 65, at about 7:26 ...

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Bark River resident Mary French thinks about buying a large teddy bear at the Menards store in Escanaba earlier this morning.

Local stores see Black Friday impact

ESCANABA — Today is Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is underway. Local retailers said this day has a sizable impact on business each year, and 2017 is no exception. One of Escanaba’s biggest stores is having their first-ever Black Friday today. Meijer Store Director Jeff ...

Stores hope deals, excitement draw shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are hoping deals and excitement bring shoppers to stores and to their sites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. But Black Friday has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole season of deals, so ...

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Preparing the Community Thanksgiving feast

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Volunteers prepare turkey for the Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Escanaba High School kitchen Wednesday morning. The dinner, which was served to hundreds of community members Thursday at the high school, featured turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, ...

Man pleads guilty to being an accessory

ESCANABA — One defendant who admitted to helping a co-defendant — who pleaded guilty to home invasion last month — will be sentenced for being an accessory after the fact to a felony. Brandon Joseph Townsend, 24, of Escanaba, pleaded guilty to the five-year accessory charge earlier ...

Assault case heads to circuit court a second time

ESCANABA — A 25-year-old Wilson man was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court for the second time in connection with a 2016 incident in Escanaba involving the assault of a male victim. A year ago, Marco Antonio Arteaga III was bound over on one count of ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Bingo Mania winners for October are Alvin and Donna Colson of Wells with their single bingo. They received $50. Carol Sobieski, of Cooks, won $100 for her two or more bingos. Mark Mineau, of Gladstone, received $200 for his blackout bingo. Look in today’s Daily Press for ...