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Flags to be collected in Manistique

Community

MANISTIQUE — Members of the community are invited to join the Schoolcraft All Vets in the recovery of America Flags currently marking the final resting place of deceased veterans in Schoolcraft County cemeteries. Those interested and capable, are requested to meet at the VFW Hall on Maple ...

Labor spat leaves bridge work uncertain

Local News

WELLS — An ongoing labor dispute has led to a statewide lockout by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) against Operating Engineers 324 (OE324), according to representatives of organizations linked to the situation. This dispute has affected work on the U.S. ...

FEMA denies appeal for U.P. flooding aid

Local News

LANSING (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Rick Snyder’s appeal to reconsider a decision denying individual assistance in three Upper Peninsula counties that sustained damage from flooding and heavy rainfall in June. Snyder said Wednesday FEMA determined the ...

U.P. couple challenging foster home gun rules

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ONTONAGON (AP) — A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes. William and Jill Johnson of Ontonagon are licensed foster parents. They’re suing the Department of Health and Human Services over a ...

Man dies from injuries suffered in auto crash

Local News

ST. IGNACE — A man involved in a one-car accident Sept. 1 in the St. Ignace area has died due to his injuries Monday. Michigan State Police troopers from the St. Ignace Post responded to a one-vehicle traffic crash on Sept. 1 at 3:29 a.m. in Mackinac County’s Clark Township. The crash ...

Legislature OKs minimum wage, sick time

Local News

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature on Wednesday passed laws to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and require employers to offer paid sick leave — if they are not watered down before taking effect next year. The proposed ballot initiatives could ...

Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting is reinstated

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DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting. The decision means voters in the November election must go line by line if they want to vote for candidates in partisan races. In the past, a single mark could automatically count for ...

Details of fatal Rapid River accident released

Local News

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — The person killed in a recent traffic accident on U.S. 41 north of Rapid River has been identified as 21-year-old Sean Lake of L’Anse, according to a press release issued by the Michigan State Police. Shortly after 4:10 a.m. on Sept. 1, Delta County Dispatch received ...

City will maintain 3rd Ave. patches

Community

ESCANABA — The City of Escanaba Water Department has replaced several water services on 3rd Avenue North. In preparation of new asphalt to be installed later this month, several gravel patches have been left in these areas. “Issues beyond the means of the city have delayed the asphalt ...

Creating a perfectly cozy place to read

Real Estate

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press We decorate our homes in order to enjoy them. For book lovers, adding a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be the perfect finishing touch. Most homes, of course, don’t have a spare room for use as a library. But interior designers often ...

US construction spending rose 0.1 percent

Real Estate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up 0.1 percent in July, led by an increase in homebuilding and the publicly funded building of schools and highways. The Commerce Department said the slight July increase brought total construction spending to a ...

Strong summer tourism seen in U.P.

Local News

ESCANABA — As Labor Day — which unofficially marks the end of summer — has come and gone, regional tourism authorities shared information on the Upper Peninsula’s 2018 summer tourism season and expectations for the months ahead. According to these authorities, early signs suggest the ...

Recall vote Nov. 6 in Garden, Fairbanks

Local News

GARDEN — Voters in the townships of Garden and Fairbanks will decide whether or not to recall township officials during the Nov. 6 general election. A declaration of sufficiency of recall petitions was issued by Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich Tuesday. The petitions in question concern ...

Pioneer Trail Park to see improvements

Local News

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of funds — not to exceed $33,500 — to the Delta Conservation District (DCD) for the installation of a sewer system at Pioneer Trail Park. The decision was made during the board’s regular meeting ...

Minimum wage group vows suit if lawmakers stymie measure

Local News

LANSING (AP) — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour said Tuesday they would sue if the Republican-led Legislature approves the proposal as a way to prevent a statewide vote this fall and then weaken it later in the year. Mark Brewer, ...

Portion of 3rd Avenue North to close

Community

ESCANABA — The City of Escanaba will be replacing a water service line on 1100 Block of 3rd Avenue North on Thursday. As a result, the road will be closed to all through traffic until the work is completed, which is expected to be by the end of the day. This work is due to faulty water ...

Historical society closes for season

Community

ESCANABA — The summer season has come to an end for the Sand Point Lighthouse and the Delta County Historical Museum. After Labor Day, these facilities are closed until next year’s Memorial Day — except for two days at Christmastime when we are open on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27. The Delta ...

Gun owners group planning picnic

Community

ESCANABA — Delta County Gun Owners Association and Michigan Open Carry invites the public to its first ever joint picnic. The event will be held rain or shine at Escanaba’s Ludington Park by the gazebo on Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free food, nonalcoholic ...

Bay to host voter registration drive

Community

ESCANABA — Bay College will conduct a Voter Registration Drive and Political Campaign Fair as part of its annual Constitution Day activities. Constitution Day is recognized nationally each year to signify the release of the draft of the U.S. Constitution from the Constitutional Convention in ...

State Police part of commercial vehicle program

Community

LANSING — Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers will be conducting inspections at weigh station facilities and rest area locations throughout the state with a focus on braking components. This enforcement operation is part of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) ...