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What’s ahead for the U.P. this winter?

ESCANABA — Today is Groundhog Day, and — based on information from the National Weather Service (NWS) — weather for the winter of 2018-19 has proven to be difficult to predict in the Upper Peninsula. According to data from the Escanaba Water Treatment Plant, snowfall and temperatures ...

Efforts to repair water main praised

ESCANABA — The water main break on North 25th Street and 1st Avenue North that caused road closures and water restrictions in the Escanaba area was fixed in 12 hours Thursday. By 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, all that was left was a small dip in the road where the hole was dug up to fix the ...

United Way campaign falls short of its goal

ESCANABA — The United Way of Delta County (UWDC) had a tough year meeting its workplace campaign goal that was set for 2018. At this time, the campaign has brought in $162,350, short by just over $30,000, compared to 2017. There are still a few workplace campaigns that have yet to be turned ...

Gladstone school program focuses on behavioral problems

GLADSTONE — Two Gladstone elementary schools have a one-of-a-kind behavioral interventionist program in the area. Jones Elementary and Cameron Elementary kicked off the new program at the beginning of the school year. Gladstone Schools Superintendent Jay Kulbertis explained the program is a ...

Repairs on water main break complete

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Escanaba Public Works employees begin the effort of fixing a major water main break in the area of 1st Avenue North and Ludington Street Thursday. The water main broke on Thursday morning, creating road closures and water restrictions in the Escanaba area. By ...

Firm looks at Gladstone DDA revenue

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission approved a contract recently with one of the consulting agencies the city was required to work with under the terms of an eight-page settlement with former City Commissioner Mike O’Connor. The city ended a series of lawsuits, which began in 2017, ...

Mackinac Island against oil pipeline anchors

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — Mackinac Island is challenging a state agency’s decision to let the pipeline company Enbridge install anchor supports for its Line 5 oil pipes in the Straits of Mackinac, which links Lakes Michigan and Huron. The state Department of Environmental Quality last year ...

Sculpture of American Indian at event removed

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An ice sculpture of an American Indian in a headdress has been removed from the front of a hotel in the Upper Peninsula. The sculpture was created as part of Sault Ste. Marie’s Ice Festival. Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, ...

Natural gas prices slump despite freeze

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the polar vortex is driving up demand for natural gas, it isn’t doing the same for the price. The massive weather system is blanketing much of the Midwest and Northeast in a deep freeze, and demand for natural gas is spiking as homeowners crank up the heat to stay ...

Hundreds of communities ban pot businesses

DETROIT (AP) — More than 250 Michigan communities have banned marijuana businesses just two months after the state became the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational use. Some cities and townships have enacted temporary bans until the state creates regulations to govern ...

Ex-legislative leaders: Hike fuel taxes 47 cents for roads

LANSING (AP) — Four former legislative leaders said Thursday that Michigan’s per-gallon gasoline and diesel taxes should be increased by 47 cents over nine years to fix deteriorating roads with an additional $2.5 billion in annual spending. The bipartisan proposal will face resistance in ...

City working to fix water main break

ESCANABA — A severe water main break in Escanaba could leave residents without water today as city crews attempt to isolate the source of the break. “We don’t even know long it’s going to take to isolate and we don’t know how big of an area of town is going to be shut off,” said ...

Gladstone drafts marijuana ordinance

GLADSTONE — The city of Gladstone’s Recreational Marihuana Ordinance (“marihuana” being the legal spelling of the plant in Michigan law) was drafted and discussed by the city’s commissioners Monday. This ordinance, modeled after the ordinance crafted by the city of Clare, prohibits ...

Water main break contained

ESCANABA — According to the city of Escanaba, a major water main break on 1st Avenue North and Lincoln Road that left some without water Thursday has been found and contained. Residents and businesses have been cleared to begin using water again. The water is safe to drink but may still be ...

Abuse cases move to circuit court

ESCANABA — The Escanaba man facing charges of animal torture/killing and child abuse - second degree in two separate cases was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court in both cases. A preliminary examination was waived. Michael Anthony Madril, 27, of 505 S. ...

Woman faces four embezzlement charges

ESCANABA — A Rapid River woman was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on four different charges of embezzlement. Carrie Selma Flath, 40, of 8269 School 16 Rd., Rapid River, was bound over on one count of embezzlement - $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 ...

Report blasts Michigan State’s handling of sex cases

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University’s failure to detect and stop sexual assaults by now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar indicates a lack of institutional control, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. The nearly 50-page program review report is dated Dec. 14, ...

AG warns against propane price gouging

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning against propane price gouging during the winter deep freeze. Propane is the primary heating fuel for about 320,000 Michigan households. Prices are not regulated. But the Michigan Consumer Protection Act prohibits retailers ...

Holy Name plans to add high school

ESCANABA — Holy Name Catholic School is planning to re-open its high school, school officials stated during a press conference Tuesday morning. The launch of a capital campaign to raise funds for this project was announced during the press conference. At the press conference, High School ...

Water rules hit Esky city finances

ESCANABA — Communities across Michigan are feeling the long-term effects of the Flint water crisis as they grapple with the latest Department of Environmental Quality regulations. For Escanaba, the new rules raise questions about private property, the validity of local ordinances, hiring ...