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Public to get peek at marketplace

ESCANABA — In conjunction with Sidewalk Sales in downtown Escanaba this Saturday, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be hosting an open house for the public to visit the new marketplace, have a snack, and sit back and enjoy some music, said DDA Director Ed Legault at Thursday’s ...

GOP dealt stiff blow in bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early today rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Daily Press Bingo Mania winners for June are Roy Sebeck, of Gladstone, with his single bingo. He received $50. Kathi Hoehn, of Escanaba, received $100 for her two or more bingos. Vern Wadeen, of Gladstone, received $200 for his blackout bingo. Look in today’s Daily Press for ...

A sea of silver

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds has been a sea of silver-colored campers this week during the 60th Annual Wally Byam Caravan Club International Airstream Rally in Escanaba. The rally, which brings together Airstream owners from across North America, runs ...

Sidewalk Sales switch to Saturday

ESCANABA — A big change is in store for Escanaba’s Sidewalk Sales. The annual event will be held this Saturday instead of the traditional Friday. “This year, I went to the city council and (I) asked to change the street closure to Saturday,” Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business ...

Shooting sports program still going strong

ESCANABA — For over a decade, the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club (GLSARC)’s Summer Youth Shooting Program has given local students an opportunity to learn about various shooting sports. The final session of this summer’s program will take place Saturday at the GLSARC’s clubhouse ...

Event to show support for law enforcement

ESCANABA — The Back Our Blue event will gather to show law enforcement appreciation, respect and support on Wednesday, Aug 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Municipal Dock in Escanaba. A picnic supper will be provided including a brat/hotdog, chips, soda and Schwans ice cream. Cost for the meal ...

Sexual assault suspect to appear in court

ESCANABA — A 21-year-old Escanaba man accused of sexually assaulting two minor females is scheduled to appear in Delta County Circuit Court next week. Matthew Rian Mattson, of 511 S. 11th St., Escanaba, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, each a 15-year ...

Luminary fundraiser to help Cancer Alliance

ESCANABA — The Delta County Cancer Alliance will be hosting a luminary fundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Ludington Park. Luminary bags are available now at the alliance office, located at 3430 Ludington Street in Escanaba, or the night of the event at the bandshell. Bags ...

GOP eyes narrow bill on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — They couldn’t pass a repeal of “Obamacare,” or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called “skinny repeal” that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular ...

Airstream rally gets a taste of Upper Peninsula cuisine, history

ESCANABA — Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) members learned about the history of Escanaba and some of the region’s cultural food during an event held Tuesday afternoon at the Ruth Butler Building at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds. The WBCCI, an international Airstream ...

Five vie for Esky council

ESCANABA — Five Escanaba residents — including three incumbents and two newcomers — are seeking to be elected to three seats on city council in the upcoming Nov. 7 general election. Seats held by Marc D. Tall, Patricia A. Baribeau and Ralph B. Blasier are expiring this year, opening up ...

Trump bars transgender individuals from US armed forces

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption." Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the ...

Eight seeking Gladstone commission seats

GLADSTONE — Eight Gladstone residents have thrown their hats into the ring for four open seats on the Gladstone City Commission. The election will take place on Nov. 7. The names of seated commissioners Joe Thompson, Bradley Mantela, and Steven Viau will appear alongside challengers Joshua ...

Lightning strike, fire damages Wilson church

WILSON — A church in Wilson was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday night, according to fire officials who suspect a lightning bolt struck the building, causing the blaze. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at N13902 County Road 551, shortly ...

Marina Fest in Escanaba Saturday

ESCANABA — The Escanaba marina will be rocking Saturday as the fifth annual Marina Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the event is free. According to Escanaba Harbormaster Larry Gravatt, music will begin at 10 a.m. with an open mic session. Gravatt noted this gives ...

Cabela’s bass tourney returns to local waters

ESCANABA — The Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit (Cabela’s NABC) will return to the Escanaba area with a regular season qualifier Saturday. According to Tournament Director Jack Baker, the Cabela’s NABC’s schedule for each of its seasons is determined, in part, by feedback from ...

Village chapel nears completion

ESCANABA — Progress on the nondenominational chapel being constructed at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village is nearing completion. The chapel, located in the village on the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, is expected to be complete just in time for ...

Gladstone weighs cable TV fee

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission opted Monday to wait before making a decision that could affect the cable bills of city residents, but the decision about the future of a cable franchise fee must be made soon. By federal and state law, video service providers are required to enter ...

Road to close for Cedar Street Slam

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique City Council approved a request to close the 200 block of South Cedar Street to traffic for 2017’s Cedar Street Slam basketball tournament during its regular meeting Monday. The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 5. As per the request approved by council, the ...