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Snyder, lawmakers combat opioid epidemic

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LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and state lawmakers are looking to combat Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic by educating people on the dangers of abuse and finding ways to track prescription drugs more easily. Bipartisan legislators, along with the governor and lieutenant governor, ...

Gardening programs at Kiwanis show

Community

ESCANABA — Smart Soils, Smart for Pollinators, and Smart Plants key are themes at this year’s Michigan State University Extension Smart Gardening booth at the Kiwanis Noon Home & Garden Show/Pancake Feed in Escanaba. The free smart gardening presentations held throughout the Kiwanis ...

Update given on health of forest land

Community

LANSING — Michigan’s approximately 20 million acres of forest land play a key role in the state’s recreation, forest products and other important industries, and the health of those forests is essential to sustaining this vital resource for many generations. The 2016 Forest Health ...

Pet adoptions Saturday at Esky store

Community

ESCANABA — The Tractor Supply Company store in Escanaba, 2501 N. Lincoln Road, will host a pet adoption event on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schoolcrraft County’s Eva Burrell Animal Shelter will be participating. Families looking to add a pet to their home are encouraged to ...

Blood drive in Powers Wednesday

Community

POWERS — The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 29, at Pine Crest Medical Care Facility in Powers from 12 to 4 p.m. CST. For an appointment call Debbie Seely at 906-295-1295.

Firefighters host pancake breakfast

Community

FORD RIVER — Ford River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host a pancake breakfast and bake sale on Sunday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ford River Township Hall. Follow the signs from M-35 or U.S. 2 & 41. They will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, American fries, ...

YMCA hosting cholesterol screen

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ESCANABA — The Northern Lights YMCA – Delta Center will be hosting cholesterol screen in Escanaba on Wednesday, April 12, sponsored by OSF St Francis Hospital. This event will be held at Northern Lights YMCA fitness center office from 4 to 6 p.m. The screening is free. Registration is ...

End the Silence

End the Silence Walk gets donation

Community

Courtesy photo Kelli Van Ginhoven, owner of For the Love of Cupcakes, raised $2,217.76 for End the Silence Walk, A Walk for Suicide Awareness & Prevention. She donated 100 percent of her profits through a fundraiser. Shown are Van Ginhoven and Bruce Bintner, representing End the ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Jeff Thornton, of Negaunee, at left, shakes hands with Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall as Council Member Michael Sattem looks on following council’s decision to hire Thornton as the new city ­manager during a special meeting at city hall Wednesday. Thornton will replace Jim O’Toole, who is ­retiring July 3.

Thornton picked as city manager

Local News

ESCANABA — Following less than 10 minutes of discussion, Escanaba City Council agreed Jeff Thornton was the best choice to serve Escanaba as its new manager during a special meeting at city hall Wednesday. “We have a good man who will take us into our future years. I’m looking forward ...

Thornton looks forward to serving Esky

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ESCANABA — Jeff Thornton, of Negaunee, was chosen Wednesday to replace current Escanaba City Manager Jim O’Toole, who is retiring in July. Council’s unanimous decision took place at a special meeting at city hall. Thornton, 50, said he is looking forward to working with city staff and ...

Bill would help vets, pay cities

Local News

ESCANABA — A property tax exemption for Michigan’s disabled veterans has had unintended, negative financial effects on local units of government, State Sen. Tom Casperson said. With a proposed expansion to the exemption currently in the legislative pipeline, he said it is important for ...

Outdoor show returns to Bark River

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BARK RIVER — American Legion Post 438 will host its annual Gun, Knife, and Outdoor Show at the Bark River Senior Center Friday and Saturday. “This is our third one,” said Dwayne Klein, the post’s service officer. Before the introduction of the Gun, Knife, and Outdoor Show, Post ...

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, left, stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge.  (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP).

London attacker born in Britain, previously investigated

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LONDON (AP) — The man who mowed down pedestrians on a London bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament's grounds was born in Britain and was known to intelligence services, the prime minister said today. Theresa May, who didn't disclose the man's name, said that he was once ...

Six arrested in Schoolcraft County for drugs

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MANISTIQUE — A warrant sweep conducted by detectives on the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET)’s East and South subteams resulted in the arrest of six people on nine felony drug charges in Schoolcraft County Tuesday. The warrants were obtained in connection with ...

Gardening program coming to library

Community

ESCANABA — Area gardeners will be able to learn how to plant a more diverse garden during a program at the Escanaba Public Library. The presentation will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. by gardening enthusiast Sue Robishaw. She will show how to incorporate more diversity into growing ...

Applicants sought for CUPPAD mini grants

Community

ESCANABA — The Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) based in Escanaba, announces that the 2017 “Prosperous Places Mini Grant Program” is accepting applications now until June 1. Place making is a community-based approach to the planning, design ...

Vehicle damaged by vandals

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ESCANABA — A vehicle parked on the 200 block of S 17th St. was damaged by vandals overnight Monday. Escanaba Public Safety officers said three of the vehicle’s tires had been punctured. Additionally, the driver-side window had been broken. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $500.

Embraced by Baby Boomers, recliners get makeover

Real Estate

By Melissa Kossler Dutton Associated Press Including recliners in home decorating projects used to be an interior designer’s nightmare, says Bonnie Lewis, founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Arizona. But the easy chair has gotten a face lift, thanks largely to Baby ...

US housing starts rose in February

Real Estate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in February, a sign that developers expect solid sales growth this year despite higher mortgage rates. Housing starts rose 3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 million, the Commerce ...

Getting creative: Rooms and spaces that inspire

Real Estate

By Katherine Roth Associated Press Spaces where creativity happens are utterly unlike other rooms, artists and designers say. Whether at home or elsewhere, these deeply personal spaces often feel like they’re in flux, with interiors more curated than decorated. They often feature natural ...