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Big box stores gird for battle with Wis. cities

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called ...

A-F grades for Mich. schools a tough sell

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LANSING (AP) — The debate over publicizing A-to-F grades for every public school in Michigan is not entirely over, despite a surprise decision by top education officials to back away from the proposed system that proponents say has worked elsewhere. State Superintendent Brian Whiston will ...

Escanaba parking restrictions lifted

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ESCANABA — Parking restrictions have been lifted in Escanaba for the 2017 winter and will not be enforced as of today, according to a news release from Escanaba Public Safety. Gladstone parking restrictions remain in effect.

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Members of the robotics team The Deceivers out of Brimely competes in the FIRST Robotics District Competition Friday afternoon at the Escanaba High School. The competition, which features teams from around the Upper and Lower Peninsula, will continue today until 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

FIRST Robotics competition underway

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ESCANABA —The FIRST Robotics District competition began Friday with over 30 teams from around the Upper Peninsula and nine from the Lower Peninsula coming to Escanaba High School with their robots — ready to compete. Competition will continue throughout the day today. During ...

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Today A.A., open, Garden Congregational Church, 9:30 a.m., M-183, Garden. A.A., open, Delta Drop In, 10 a.m., 1500 North 19th St., Escanaba. A.A., open, Friends and Family Group, Delta Drop-In Center, 7:30 p.m., Escanaba 786-9639. N.A., Hannahville Community Center, 10 ...

Escanaba JCPenney store closing

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ESCANABA — One of Escanaba’s iconic retailers — the JCPenney store in the Delta Plaza Mall — is closing this year to save costs and increase company profits, corporate officials announced Friday morning, releasing a list of 138 stores closing nationwide. Forty local ...

Legislators unify for Great Lakes

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let ...

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Valley Med Flight Flight RN/Paramedic Luke Racine, left, and Pilot Nikita Wilson, right, are pictured in front of the AStar helicopter used by Valley Med Flight in Escanaba Friday.

Valley Med Flight hosts open house at new hangar

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ESCANABA — Since November 2016, Valley Med Flight, provider of air medical transportation services, has operated out of a new hangar on the OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group campus. Members of the public were given an opportunity to tour the hangar during an open house event ...

Digital photography workshop offered

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ESCANABA — Bay College’s Training and Development (M-TEC) division is offering their Basic Digital Photography workshop beginning April 4. This workshop is designed for owners of a DSLR camera or a camera that has the capability of manual, aperture and/or shutter modes. The hands-on ...

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Youth in Art

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More than 700 pieces are included in the Youth in Art exhibit at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba featuring creations by learning center students and K-12 students from the region. During an artists reception Thursday, Mary Hartges, a junior at Stephenson High School, shows her ...

Robotics competition starts today

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ESCANABA — Escanaba High School will be packed today and Saturday when the 2017 FIRST Robotics District competition gets underway. This is the fourth time the annual high school robotics event has been held in Escanaba. High school students and their approximately 120-pound robots have ...

No action on race track

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FLAT ROCK — No action was taken during a special meeting in Escanaba Township on Wednesday when board members met to discuss a family’s proposal to develop a private race track in the township. Members of the Bob Barron family are seeking to operate a year-round race track on land Barron ...

City council gives nod to summer events

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ESCANABA — As the snow fades, bringing hope that spring is on the way, other indications the weather is warming include several outdoor community events requesting the use of public spaces that were approved at Thursday’s Escanaba City Council meeting. A dozen requests to use Ludington ...

Jury finds man guilty of lesser assault charge

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ESCANABA — A jury declared a Manistique man on trial this week for assaulting a woman in Garden last summer not guilty of felonious assault and guilty of aggravated assault, a one-year misdemeanor, in Delta County Circuit Court on Thursday. The trial of Sharron Lee Taylor, 25, began Tuesday ...

Trump budget cuts hit local airport

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ESCANABA — Among other cuts, the $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday would eliminate funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program if approved in its current state. Delta County Airport Manager Kelly Smith said that losing EAS, ...

Escanaba JC Penney store to close

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ESCANABA — JC Penney announced today it will be closing 138 stores — including its locations in Escanaba, Houghton, Kingsford, Sault Ste, Marie and Marinette. The company said at that time that most of its closures would occur in the second quarter. Liquidations will start April 17, it ...

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Bonifas Arts Center gets funding

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Courtesy photo Ken Gartland, Community Foundation For Delta County board member, presents a $30,951.46 check to Pasqua Warstler, director of the Bonifas Fine Arts Center, and Sue Roll, business manager at the Art Center. The funds came from the Bonifas Art Centers Fund in the community ...

Grants available for mental health groups

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SCANABA — The Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula’s Mental Health Advisory Committee is accepting grant requests from eligible non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations and other eligible groups that provide mental health services to youth and adolescents with an emphasis on low income ...

Copper drilling resumes near state park

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MARQUETTE — Highland Copper crews have begun exploratory copper drilling on Gogebic County land within the right-of-way of County Road 519, at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. On Feb. 10, the Gogebic County Road Commission issued a permit to allow nine exploratory test borings ...

Defendants sentenced in court

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ESCANABA — The following individuals were recently sentenced in unrelated cases in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba. Brad Michael Overly, 30, Gwinn, pleaded guilty to two counts of controlled substance. He was sentenced to six months in jail on one count of maintaining a drug vehicle ...