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World’s largest swimming lesson at YMCA

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ESCANABA — From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States — that’s about 10 deaths per day. This year, the Northern Lights YMCA is continuing our partnership with The World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL) to join over 40,000 kids ...

Defendants sentenced in court

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ESCANABA — The following individuals were recently sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court in unrelated cases. Christy Marie LaPalme, 36, of 1620 Willow Creek, Apt. No. 26, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in a building. She was sentenced to six months jail, credit for 51 ...

Courts

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DISTRICT COURT DRUG CHARGES Sarah Jane Solis, 27, of 304 S. 11th St., No. 1, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana; 10 days jail suspended; license suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days; $850 fines and costs. LICENSE VIOLATIONS Robert Steven Deno, ...

A little less drama: Kitchen backsplashes get sleeker

Real Estate

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press The kitchen backsplash — that surface behind the stovetop or sink that protects the wall from damage during cooking and dishwashing — has long been used to add color and beauty to an otherwise utilitarian space. But dramatic, ornately patterned ...

Home equity boosts US household wealth

Real Estate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increased home prices boosted U.S. household net worth 1 percent in the January-March quarter to crack $100 trillion for the first time. The Federal Reserve said home values rose $500 billion, offsetting a decline in stock portfolios of $400 billion. Overall household ...

Three pros discuss creating an outdoor room

Real Estate

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Designers often talk about the perfect “outdoor living room” — a deck or patio that combines the comfort and style of indoor decorating with the pleasure of relaxing outside. But what separates these outdoor entertaining spaces from more typically ...

Cat reunited with owner after two years

Local News

ESCANABA — A cat who had been missing for over two years was reunited with its owner at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba Saturday. According to Lindsey Peterson, adoption specialist at the shelter, the stray feline was brought in Saturday after it was found by Chenier’s Greenhouse, ...

New disc golf course taking shape

Local News

GLADSTONE — Work continues on a new disc golf course at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park. The course is expected to open for public use in the near future. “A lot of construction has been done, and a lot has yet to be done,” Jon Harris said. Harris is the co-chair of the Noc Bay ...

State funding secured for veterans museum

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LANSING — Rep. Beau LaFave said Tuesday state assistance for a facility honoring the Upper Peninsula’s veterans in Escanaba has been secured. LaFave said he played a key role in securing $500,000 for a building that will house the Upper Peninsula Veterans Museum, along with exhibits ...

State House approves online gambling bill

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan would legalize online gambling under a bill passed by the state House. Lawmakers voted 68-40 Tuesday night for two main bills to create a Lawful Internet Gaming Act that would regulate online versions of licensed casino games. Thirty-five percent of profits from ...

Michigan Legislature OKs $56.8B budget

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LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature put the finishing touches on a $56.8 billion state budget Tuesday that includes a sizable increase in base aid for lower-funded K-12 districts, more spending on roads and extra funding to better protect schools from shootings. The ...

Local teachers support for Youth In Art

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ESCANABA — The Bonifas Arts Center always seeks to connect the public with art. Last year they initiated a project to present artwork from local student Youth in Art winners at the parks of the mid-Upper Peninsula. Local educators from Delta, Menominee and Iron counties funded this ...

Strings on the Bay performances start June 26

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ESCANABA — Strings on the Bay, the annual summer chamber music series at Bay College, begins at 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Besse Center Theater. This performance is the first of three concerts this summer and features an audience favorite. Stas Venglevski returns by popular demand with his ...

MSU Extension has program for veterans

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EAST LANSING — Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has doubled down on its commitment to military veterans by hiring a new specialist who will work directly with this specialized audience. Adam Ingrao, himself a veteran, will help connect veterans with education and opportunities ...

Firecracker 5 Mile Run planned July 4

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GLADSTONE — The Fran Cannon Firecracker 5 Mile Run/2.5 Mile Walk, hosted by the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis, will be held July 4 at the Gladstone pavilion, located across from the Gladstone State Police Post. Information on registration is available online at: the website ...

Volunteers spruce up Serenity Garden

Local News

ESCANABA — Volunteers from Compassionate Friends, OSF St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, Master Gardeners Association, and OSF St. Francis Women in Philanthropy gathered recently to take part in the Seventh Annual Serenity Garden Spring Planting. “The Serenity Garden is more than just a ...

School board eyes second millage try

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board continued discussion about placing a millage request before voters a second time at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher continued discussion on the possibility of placing the sinking fund millage on the ...

Man gets prison for child abuse

Local News

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was sentenced to prison Monday for severely injuring his infant son in January. Jerry Jay Munger III , 22, was sentenced to six years, eight months, to 10 years in prison for second degree child abuse by Judge John Economopoulos in Delta County Circuit Court ...

Esky may expand free, reduced school lunches

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ESCANABA — More students in the Escanaba School District may be offered free or reduced lunch. The Escanaba School Board heard from Food Service Director Nancy LaFave about the possibility of offering free or reduced lunches to more children at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. ...

Report: Gladstone’s drinking water meets standards

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GLADSTONE — Tap water in the city of Gladstone was found to meet all state and federal health standards in 2017, Gladstone Water Treatment Plant Operator Rob Spreitzer said in a presentation to the Gladstone City Commission. He spoke during the commission’s regular meeting ...