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Esky superintendent search narrows

ESCANABA — The search for the next Escanaba Area Public Schools superintendent narrowed Monday as school board members discussed and chose six possible candidates for the position during a special meeting. Interviews for the position will begin Saturday, May 6, for the candidates who ...

Man who hit pole, caused outage gets jail

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who crashed his pickup into a utility pole in Escanaba, causing a localized power outage last December, was sentenced to two months in jail and three years probation in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Earlier this year, Dennis John Reese, 23, pleaded guilty ...

Prison term for pot operation

MARQUETTE — A federal judge sentenced a Manistique man to 46 months in prison last week in connection with his arrest for manufacturing a large quantity of marijuana in Schoolcraft County more than a year ago. Jason Jerome Gregurash, 38, was arrested at his home on Jan. 25, 2016, by the ...

Local robotics teams compete at world competition

ST. LOUIS — Local FIRST Robotics teams were represented at the FIRST Robotics World Championship last week. The event was held in St. Louis, Mo. from April 26 to 29. The championship winners at the event were Stryke Force from Kalamazoo County 4-H in Kalamazoo, Mich., the Cheesy Poofs from ...

GOP targets law enacted after 2008 financial crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who eagerly awaited a GOP president so they could take a heavy knife to many of the regulatory requirements for banks, insurers and other financial institutions finally get their chance. The House Financial Services Committee, led by Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, ...

Hollywood writers, producers avert strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers ...

Experts give tips for U.P. gardening

ESCANABA — Gardening season is almost here and knowing when, how and what to plant are important to having a successful garden. Karen Moore, president of the Delta County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA), said the best way to achieve a thriving vegetable garden is to reduce the amount ...

Lots of April showers last month

ESCANABA — Higher-than-average levels of precipitation were recorded in areas of the Upper Peninsula in April, according to the National Weather Service. In Marquette, 5.4 inches of precipitation were recorded by the National Weather Service for April 2017 as of April 28. The 30-year ...

Ihander gets prison for murder

MENOMINEE — Gregory Scott Ihander, 49, of Menominee Township, was ordered to spend 40 to 50 years in prison during his sentencing in Menominee County Circuit Court this afternoon. Ihander was convicted by a jury in February of second-degree murder in the 2015 slaying of Jolene Eichhorn, 43, ...

State to revamp vet nursing homes

LANSING (AP) — Michigan is starting a major revamp of how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to ultimately transition from two homes in the western and far-northern regions to seven new, smaller ones spread across the state. The initiative — billed as the most substantial ...

Prescribed burns ready in Hiawatha

GLADSTONE (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to intentionally set fire to nearly 1,200 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula this year as a way of helping the environment. The 10 fires are scheduled from this spring and summer to early fall depending on the weather. They will be set ...

Michigan Tech student dies during hiking trip

ISHPEMING (AP) — Police say a Michigan Technological University student died from apparent hypothermia during a weekend hiking trip with classmates in the Upper Peninsula. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says Marcus Antilla, 19, of Republic, was pronounced dead Saturday morning in a ...

U.P. speed limits jump to 65 mph

ESCANABA — Several well-traveled highways across the Upper Peninsula including Delta and Schoolcraft counties will have their speed limits raised to 65 miles per hour according to the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police. A law signed in January tasked the two ...

U.P. rivers treated for lampreys

ESCANABA — Staff members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marquette Biological Station will be applying lampricides to several local rivers and creeks in the near future, Supervisory Fish Biologist for the Marquette Biological Station Lori Criger said. “Actually, we’ll be working in ...

Local choir director receives award

ESCANABA — A local choral and choir director has recently received a prestigious award within the choir community. Escanaba resident Ann Wood, who has been teaching or directing music in the local area for 38 years, was awarded the Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Award during a ...

Seoul: N. Korea fails in ­missile test-fire near its capital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby ...

Anti-abortion leader named to high post at HHS

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant ...

Players production premieres tonight

Jordan Beck | Daily Press During a dress rehearsal for the Players de Noc production of “Miracle on South Division Street” Thursday, Ed Lantagne, left, Nicole Rossell, center, and Kelly Smith play the roles of “Jimmy,” “Ruth,” and “Clara,” respectively. Performances of the ...

Evidence presented in neglect case

ESCANABA — The court-appointed guardian of a 3-year-old found lying naked in a ditch in Rapid River on St. Patrick’s Day, presented more evidence in court Thursday on the former living conditions and health of the girl and her sister, who remain under foster care. Local attorney Jayne ...