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Meijer leadership and team members, along with Escanaba’s mayor take part in a ribbon cutting during the soft opening of the new Meijer store in Escanaba Thursday morning. The Escanaba location of the 24-hour superstore was one of two stores to open Thursday in the U.P. Shown, from left, cutting the ribbon are Meijer team member and meat cutter Dion Kuczewski, CEO and President of Meijer, Inc. Rick Keyes, Meijer team member Ed Schaefer, Escanaba Meijer Store Director Jeff Kietzman, Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall, and Meijer team members Harley Wunder, Lisa Waters and Jessica Hongisto.

Meijer opens its doors

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ESCANABA — Hundreds of community members attended the soft opening of the new Meijer supercenter. To commemorate the occasion, Meijer senior leadership, Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall and other local dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-off the supercenter’s arrival. “I ...

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Kenneth Brunke, right, whispers to his attorney Derek Swajanen during his sentencing Thursday.

Major drug dealer gets 30 years

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MANISTIQUE — A former murder suspect and confessed drug dealer was back in court Thursday to be sentenced for operating a large-scale cocaine distribution system responsible for pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine into the Manistique area. Kenneth Daniel Brunke, 47, ...

Interim city manager for Escanaba?

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council will be considering whether or not to appoint an interim city manager in the event a new administrator is not hired prior to the retirement of current City Manager Jim O’Toole. During council’s regular meeting Thursday, O’Toole suggested ...

Council OKs city budget, utility hikes

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council unanimously voted in favor of the city’s $31 million operating budget for 2017-2018 — including hikes in electric, water, and wastewater rates — during its regular meeting Thursday. The approved budget includes revenue generated from the following ...

Pleas made in restaurant robbery case

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ESCANABA — A 22-year-old male from New Mexico — accused of attempting to rob a Mexican restaurant in Escanaba while armed last year — entered pleas in Delta County Circuit Court this morning. Alejandro Castillo, homeless, was arrested after he attempted to rob the El Patron Mexican ...

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Top Delta-Schoolcraft ISD students get awards

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ESCANABA — Cainan Robinson earned career and technical education’s highest award, the Joseph Hampton Achievement Award, at the Intermediate School District’s (ISD) spring awards program. The Hampton award is presented annually to a student who has shown outstanding achievements in their ...

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Members of The Esky Pops are working on song selections for the new group’s first rehearsal on May 21 under the direction of Travis Dubord (seated at piano). Choir members (back row from left to right), Elise Low-Edwardson, Jamie Peterson, Jeff Woerpel, Jim Powell, Kris Pfotenhauer, Brennan Richardson, (front row from left to right), Amy Dier, Samantha White, Karen Beveridge, Beth Peterson, Mollie Breitzman, Erica Mead, Cindy Belanger, Macy Neumeier, Bri Belanger, Autumn Fournier.

New vocal group seeks members

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ESCANABA — The Esky Pops Community Choir will be hold rehearsals on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Singers and instrumentalists are being recruited for the choir’s first season, which starts Sunday. Two-hour practices are held each Sunday afternoon at Central United Methodist Church, located ...

Community Foundation accepting grant requests

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ESCANABA — The Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula is accepting Michigan Health Endowment Fund grant applications for its June 28 grants round for mental health related programs. Eligible non-profit organizations and sub-divisions of government are eligible to submit applications to ...

Courts

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DISTRICT COURT IMPAIRED DRIVING Jared K. Bates, 20, of 1609 Sheridan Road, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while impaired; four days jail, credit for three days served; six months probation; $625 fines and costs. Rebecca-Ashley Nichols-Zimmer, 28, of 1309 1st Ave. ...

ATV/ORV Safety Certification Class slated June 3 in Esky

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ESCANABA — There will be an ATV/ORV Safety Certification Class at the DNR Pocket Park at the U.P. State Fairgrounds June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Certification is required for any youth less than 16 years of age and any adult wanting to learn the fundamentals of safe riding and related ...

US industrial production posts big gain

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American industry expanded production last month at the fastest pace in more than three years as manufacturers and mines recovered from a March downturn. The Federal Reserve said that industrial production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities shot up 1 percent in April ...

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched lower this week. It was the fifth straight week that the benchmark 30-year rate hovered around the key threshold of 4 percent. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans slipped to 4.02 percent ...

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A welcome for heroes

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Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Above, residents welcome back U.P. veterans who took part in Mission XII of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight Wednesday evening at the Delta County Airport. On Wednesday, 74 veterans and their guardians went on a trip to Washington, D.C. to see the war monuments ...

Student loan defaults down at Bay

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ESCANABA — Bay College’s student loan default rates have been declining over the past few years, according to Assistant Director of Financial Aid Ruth Germain. Germain gave a presentation on default prevention to the Bay College Board of Trustees during its regular meeting ...

Disaster drill set at airport Saturday

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ESCANABA — The Delta County Airport, local emergency service providers, and other organizations will prepare for the worst during a pair of emergency preparedness events next week. A live drill will be held at the Delta County Airport on Saturday, May 20. The drill will begin at 7:55 a.m. ...

MSU farm ready to help U.P. gardeners

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CHATHAM — The Michigan State Extension’s (MSU) North Farm in Chatham will be starting short garden courses on Sunday, May 21, to help ambitious gardeners and local farmers learn about soil health, insects, organic small grains, and perennial fruit crops. According to Education ...

Special prosecutor named to probe Trump-Russia ties

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. Mueller will have ...

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Edward Jones supports YMCA

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Courtesy photo Thanks to a recent gift of support by Edward Jones, the YMCA is $750 closer to its Annual Campaign goal for 2017. YMCA officials said that 100 percent of the Annual Campaign donations are used locally. In Delta County, more than $100K is being raised, all of which will benefit ...

St. Francis Hospital gets Excellence Award

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ESCANABA — OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement. This year, more than 100 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing ...

Schoolcraft foundation awards grants

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MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved five grant awards totaling $4,091 in its spring grant round on May 1. Approved were three Youth Advisory Council recommendations to be paid from the Kellogg Fund: $1,000 to the Schoolcraft County 4-H Fire ...