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Meth lab, theft lead to Esky arrest

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman — reported to have stolen several items from a hospital emergency room — was quickly pulled over by police who found a meth lab in a work truck she was driving in Escanaba, according to police and court officials. Ariel C. Williamson, 23, of 314 N. 11th St., ...

Vehicular attack case moves forward

ESCANABA — A 28-year-old Escanaba woman accused of striking two people with a vehicle following an argument on New Year’s Eve was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Anntoinette Marie Cerisano, of 1713 7th Ave. N., Escanaba, is charged with two counts of ...

This July 6, 2011, file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Kids in remote schools in grizzly bear territory might need protection from the animals, so Donald Trump's choice to run the education department, Betsy DeVos, thinks it could be appropriate for teachers and administrators there to carry guns.(AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

In Wyoming, DeVos gun remark is about safety

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren't a punch line. Betsy DeVos' remark Tuesday to a Senate committee that state and local officials ...

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Volunteers who have been working to replace gravestones for Civil War veterans pause for a photo at Lakeview Cemetary in Escanaba. The graves of some Civil War veterans at the cemetary were unmarked or were marked with stones that were too weathered to be readable. Stones for three more unmarked graves are planned and the cemetary intends to have a dedication ceremony in the spring.

Civil War veterans get new gravestones

ESCANABA — A group of volunteers at Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba has replaced the gravestones at three Civil War graves where the stones had either deteriorated beyond recognition or the graves had never been marked at all. Plans are underway to place gravestones at three additional unmarked ...

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder greets guest before delivering his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. In the background are, from left, Clerk of the House Gary Randall, House Speaker Tom Leonard, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhoff. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Snyder defends Medicaid expansion

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's Medicaid expansion and called for addressing aging infrastructure over the next several decades, citing the Flint water crisis that has roiled his administration and a football field-sized sinkhole that formed recently in suburban ...

County looks at architects for new jail

ESCANABA — The list of companies seeking to design a new Delta County jail is being narrowed. The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved a group of finalists from a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the jail project and released another RFQ during its meeting Tuesday. Under an ...

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Man gets jail for cocaine

ESCANABA — A Rapid River man arrested earlier this year for possessing cocaine was ordered to spend 11 months in jail during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Bradley Jay Dubord, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of controlled substance - possession of less than 25 ...

DeVos pledges not to undo public education

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and ...

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and is serving 35 years. (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Obama shortens Manning’s ­sentence, more clemency coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations ...

AG: No Great Lakes net-pen fish farming

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says state law doesn't allow for net-like commercial fishing enclosures in the Great Lakes. In an opinion released Tuesday, Schuette said net-pen aquaculture operators would have to register with the state, and laws related to ...

Firm sought for superintendent search

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed the superintendent search and approved the creation of a building and grounds committee during its regular meeting Monday. Interim Superintendent Steve Martin updated the board on the search to fill the full-time superintendent position. He ...

Gladstone school board elects officers

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School Board reorganized Monday, electing board member Steve O’Driscoll to be its president for the coming year, and discussed the future of education funding from the state of Michigan. “Having served as president last year, it’s time to bow down and let ...

Changes ­proposed to county zoning

ESCANABA — After a public hearing Monday, the Delta County Planning Commission voted to send a set of proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance to the Delta County Board of Commissioners. Delta County Building and Zoning Administrator Dan Menacher said he developed the ...

DNR officer rescues 3 in Schoolcraft County

MANISTIQUE (AP) — A state conservation officer in Schoolcraft County is getting the reputation of a hero. The Department of Natural Resources says Mike Evink saved a propane delivery man who was overcome by carbon monoxide Wednesday at a home in Schoolcraft County. He got the garage door ...

Big-box parking lots under fire

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could have sweeping consequences for big-box stores in the state. The case was filed by the family of Virginia Rawluszki, who eventually died of her injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in the marked ...

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Snow falls as cars travel with caution down Ludington Street in Escanaba during a winter storm last week. According to local automotive experts, keeping vehicles maintained during the winter months is important to keeping them running — especially through snow and cold temperatures.

Is your vehicle up for this?

ESCANABA — During the cold, ice, and snow that is an Upper Peninsula winter, maintaining a healthy vehicle is crucial to being able to do the day-to-day activities. In order to do so, local auto shops around the area have provided some tips on how to keep vehicles protected and running ...

Show puts spotlight on vintage snowmobiles

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Relic Riders Snowmobile Club will once again host its Rapid River Snowmobile Show and Swap on Jan. 28. David Shope, president of the Relic Riders, said the club has been putting on the event, which features vintage snowmobles, each year for more than a ...

Tax cut eyed as budget tightens

LANSING (AP) — After commanding the legislative agenda for six years, Republicans say now is the time to finally enact a major tax cut for Michigan residents. The problem is it may be too late. GOP lawmakers pushing to gradually repeal the 4.25 percent personal income tax will confront ...

Report: Soo Locks upgrade a top project

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A federal report lists upgrading the Soo Locks shipping complex among 40 proposed infrastructure projects nationwide that would give the economy a significant boost. The locks network at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., enables vessels to move between Lake Superior ...