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Charges filed in puppy mill probe

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ESCANABA — Charges have been file against a Maple Ridge Township woman in the investigation of an alleged “puppy mill,” according to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office. On November 17, Rebecca Sue Johnson, of Maple Ridge Township, was charged with felony abandoning/cruelty to 25 or ...

Whitmer proposes $100 million COVID-19 relief plan

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants state legislators to approve a $100 million COVID-19 relief plan when they return to session during December. The Democratic governor sent a letter to leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature asking for the state-based stimulus ...

Casperson, ‘titan’ of the Upper Peninsula, dies at age 61

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ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Tom Casperson, a former state lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula who cast a key vote to expand Medicaid and built alliances with labor unions, has died at age 61. Casperson, a Republican from Escanaba, died Sunday. He had been stricken with cancer. Fellow Republicans ...

New law to wipe clean minor offenses

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — New legislation under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will allow thousands of Michigan residents to get their misdemeanors removed from public record. The seven-bill package, the “Clean Slate” laws, was passed by both the state House and Senate with ...

Biden’s win hides a dire warning for Dems in rural U.S.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month’s presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That’s not because voters there are suddenly shifting to the right, ...

Safe Harbor gets generous donation

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Courtesy photo Tri-County Safe Harbor has received a $20,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help support operations of the shelter. TCSH Board Members Cindy Aird Carter, Michelle Oxford and Karen Alvord and shelter therapy dog, Charlie, present the check to TCSH Executive Director, Erin ...

Mail early during the holiday season

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GRAND RAPIDS — It is expected that more holiday gifts and greetings will be sent through the mail this year, as families and friends will hold virtual celebrations instead of opening gifts in person. The Postal Service always encourages customers to send their holiday gifts and cards early. ...

Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin

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NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy. In normal ...

Car insurance fee for medical coverage to drop

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited personal injury protection benefits will pay $86 per vehicle starting next summer, down from $100 currently. The fee was mandatory for decades but became optional beginning in July under a change in state law. The Michigan Catastrophic ...

Red Cross assisting family displaced by fire

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RAPID RIVER — Volunteers from the American Red Cross are assisting a family of seven — including five children — that was displaced by a home fire on U.S. 2 in Rapid River Friday. The response to the fire briefly caused the Michigan Department of Transportation to close the westbound ...

State sees 8,500 virus cases a day

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ESCANABA — The State of Michigan reported Friday it is experiencing a surge of cases, pushing the state to rank 5th in highest number of cases and 4th in highest number of deaths over the past seven days. Friday’s daily case count represented new referrals made since Wednesday, Nov. 25 of ...

Column: Shop safe and local

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ESCANABA — The Christmas shopping season is in full force as our waterfront community just experienced the excitement of Black Friday on Tuesday in downtown Escanaba, Black Friday sales yesterday throughout Delta County, and today’s Small Business Saturday promotion. This holiday season ...

Thanksgiving dinner

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Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Volunteers load Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings into to-go boxes for distribution Wednesday afternoon. Forty-nine turkeys were prepared for the meals over the course of a week. The means also also included green bean caserole, mashed potatoes and stuffing. ...

Gladstone, Rapid River go to online learning

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GLADSTONE — K-12 students at all grade levels in the Gladstone Area Schools and Rapid River Schools districts moved to online-only education this week on the advice of the local health department. The move comes following an emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and ...

James concedes US Senate race to Peters

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LANSING (AP) — Republican John James late Tuesday conceded to Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, nearly three weeks after the incumbent was declared the winner by The Associated Press. James, who lost by 92,000 votes — or 1.7 percentage points — congratulated Peters on his ...

Enbridge says Michigan overstepping authority

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its bounds, arguing ...

Lawmakers told Trump they have no role in election

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LANSING (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey sought to downplay his recent meeting with Donald Trump amid the president’s efforts to challenge Joe Biden’s win in Michigan, saying Republicans told Trump that state law does not give legislators a say in awarding electoral ...

Blood drives planned

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ESCANABA — As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply. Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red ...

Iron Mountain VA to host virtual town hall for veterans

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain VA will hold a virtual Veteran Town Hall Thursday, December 3, at 5 p.m. CDT that will stream live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaironmountain. Leaders from the medical center will discuss the following: Iron Mountain VA’s current status and response ...

Virtual tree lighting

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Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Escanaba’s annual Christmas tree lighting was a brief and quiet event Tuesday. The event, which usually draws crowds, was streamed live on Facebook but residents and shoppers taking part in the annual Black Friday on Tuesday promotion were discouraged from gathering ...