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Bay launches new social work program

Community

ESCANABA — In response to the growing need for more social workers in the Upper Peninsula, Bay College is converting the Human Service degree program into an Associate of Arts Concentration in Social Work degree program. Coursework for this degree program will begin in fall 2020. Students in ...

Escanaba closes city parks to limit virus

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ESCANABA — In keeping with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, the city of Escanaba ordered all city parks closed until further notice Friday morning. However, people will still be able to use the parks for some activities. The closure also includes all Escanaba ...

Esky virtual city budget workshops start Monday

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council will hold virtual two city budget work sessions next week, starting Monday. Due to the expected length of the meetings, they will not be streamed on Facebook. However, residents can still log in to the meetings through the city’s website, ...

Residents asked to slow local virus spread

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ESCANABA — Delta County residents of all ages have been asked to assist area healthcare workers and emergency responders as they fight COVID-19. “Right now, our healthcare professionals … and first responders are all looking to the public for their help in slowing the spread of ...

Small Business Program Grant applications available

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MARQUETTE — As announced earlier this month, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) created the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, which includes $10 million of grant funding to be provided to eligible businesses throughout the state. The Upper Peninsula was awarded ...

Whitmer tells people with virus symptoms to stay home

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus — a fever, atypical cough or unusual shortness of breath — should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms resolve. Her order came ...

DIFS’ call center working remotely to assist consumers

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LANSING — The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced that its call center continues regular operations and remains prepared to assist Michigan consumers with their insurance and financial services concerns, especially those individuals impacted by coronavirus disease ...

Hope At The Inn shelter moves Monday

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GLADSTONE — Delta County’s rotating homeless shelter, Hope At The Inn, will be hosted by the Covenant Church, 305 S. 9th St., Gladstone, starting Apr. 6. This will be the last week of Hope at the Inn for the season. To see where evening meals and trained volunteers are needed, check ...

Column: What local businesses need to do

Business News

ESCANABA — With the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Chamber Executives encourage all local ...

Pine Mountain Ski Resort has new manager

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain has announced Sam Bracket has taken over as the manager of ski operations. Bracket has extensive experience within the ski industry including Mont Ripley in Ripley, Mich.; June Mountain, June Lake, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth ...

Church converts to virus resource center

Local News

ESCANABA — A local church has temporarily shifted gears in order to help meet the needs of people in the area during the coronavirus pandemic. Wellspring Community Church, located in the Delta Plaza Mall, started responding to the threats posed by coronavirus in mid-March. “The very ...

Friends find ways to continue weekly coffee

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GLADSTONE — Mary Strom drives from her home on Minneapolis Avenue to visit her friend, Bernardino “Bernie” Harris, at least once a week for coffee and conversation. As a result of practicing social distancing, Strom and Harris continue to meet face-to-face — looking through a ...

Virus death confirmed in Dickinson County

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dickinson County has died, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department confirmed today. The patient was identified as an adult male. The health department did not release additional information about the patient. No other cases ...

Routine Esky meeting not so routine

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ESCANABA — Despite technical difficulties, the Escanaba City Council successfully held its first virtual meeting Thursday, but it was far from business as usual as routine agenda items fell under the shadow of the coronavirus. “This has got to be one of the most unusual meetings we have ...

Airport details response to COVID-19 case

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ESCANABA — After an employee of Delta County Airport was the first person in Delta County to test positive for COVID-19, the airport shared information on steps it has taken to slow the spread of coronavirus. “Any people that the individual came in contact with have been reported to the ...

School officials plan for instruction at home

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ESCANABA — Local school superintendents are putting plans in place after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday Michigan schools would suspended in-person instruction for the remainder of the year. Schools in the state have been closed since mid-March to combat the spread of the ...

Cancellations

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Island Resort & Casino In response to the ever changing COVID-19 crisis, the Island Resort & Casino management announces it will remain closed beyond April 6, and will only reopen when it is safe to do so.

Menominee businesses close after warning

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MENOMINEE — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office — in tandem with Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg - sent cease and desist letters today to three Menominee County businesses for failing to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, which ...

United Way launches COVID-19 relief fund

Community

ESCANABA — The United Way of Delta County has announced the creation of a fund to aid organizations serving those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. “Our community’s nonprofits are working diligently to meet unprecedented needs,” said Julie Mallard, executive director of the United Way ...

Annual Spring Tree Sale planned in May

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ESCANABA — The Delta Conservation District is having its annual Spring Tree Sale. Pickup dates are Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9. Conifers, hardwoods, shrubs, and fruit trees are available. For details and to place an order call 906-553-7700, or visit www.deltacd.org, for a catalog and ...