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After school program thriving at ski hill

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Ski Hill’s After School Program is in full swing, providing kids a safe and fun after school atmosphere. The program, which officially started on Jan. 6, encourages students from Holy Name, Gladstone and Escanaba to be active and have fun during the winter ...

Developer wants ban on new hotels

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council tabled a resolution Thursday that would have prohibited new hotels from being built within the city. “I don’t have enough information to even begin discussing this at a public meeting,” Mayor Marc Tall told the council. The proposed moratorium, ...

Protection available for victims of stalking

ESCANABA — Stalking can happen to anyone from anyone — a former partner, an acquaintance or a complete stranger. January is Stalking Awareness Month and those involved in the process to help those in a stalking situation provided an insight in how prevalent stalking and harassment are in ...

Police give data on stalking, harassment

ESCANABA — Local law enforcement agencies have provided data showing just how often officers are called to stalking and harassment complaints. According to Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald, his department receives harassment complaints on a regular basis. “However, any type of harassment ...

Prepare for weather to prevent frostbite

ESCANABA — Many people in the Upper Peninsula enjoy winter outdoor activities, but along with the fun, there is the danger of frostbite. For example, if outside temperatures are at zero degrees Fahrenheit and the wind speed is 15 miles per hour, the wind chill temperature of -19 degrees ...

Soo Locks closed for repairs and maintenance

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, said the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are closed to navigation until March 25. The Corps will use this time to perform maintenance on the lock structures. “The Soo Locks are vital as a single point of ...

Island Resort & Casino to expand

HANNAHVILLE — The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council has approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino to include over 100 hotel rooms. The addition will be connected to the south end of the current 11 story Palm Tower complete with three guest elevators and a ...

Robot is school link for homebound student

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School District acquired a robot last spring that allows homebound students to attend classes in real-time. The robot came just in time for one student. Junior Carson Norton suffers from a condition called Scheuermann’s disease, a developmental disorder of the ...

2nd Amendment issue draws crowd

ESCANABA — Officials and residents shared their thoughts on a proposed resolution related to Second Amendment rights during a Delta County Board committee of the whole meeting Tuesday. Over 100 people attended the meeting, which focused on a proposal to make Delta County a “sanctuary ...

Local school districts to start before Labor Day

ESCANABA — Local school districts included in the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) will start the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day this year. DSISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring was asked by other school district superintendents to apply for a Labor Day Waiver ...

Task force urges overhaul of Michigan jail, pretrial system

LANSING (AP) — Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money, consider alternatives to incarceration and take other steps to reduce jail populations that have tripled in under 40 years, a task ...

Island Resort & Casino to expand

HANNAHVILLE — The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council has approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino to include over 100 hotel rooms. The addition will be connected to the south end of the current 11 story Palm Tower complete with three guest elevators and a ...

Volunteers add touch of color to school

ESCANABA — Escanaba Upper Elementary was given a colorful accent over Christmas break. Volunteers, led by Upper Elementary teacher Tara Mosier, painted two staircases. Seven habits from the Leader in Me program were painted on the staircase heading toward the cafeteria, and the staircase by ...

Open seat on Gladstone Commission

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission will need to fill a vacant seat after accepting Commissioner Dave Phalen’s letter of resignation Monday. Phalen, who was recently re-elected, had let the commission and public know before the election of the possibility of having to step down ...

Wickham to take principal post at Lemmer

ESCANABA — Current Soo Hill Elementary School Principal Paulette Wickham will become the principal at Lemmer Elementary School next school year. Superintendent Coby Fletcher asked the Escanaba School Board for its support for the move Monday. “I will be placing Paulette Wickham in the ...

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone while ...

Busy year at Delta Animal Shelter

ESCANABA — In 2019, the Delta Animal Shelter took in many animals, from strays to surrenders, and created safe environments for animals to either be reunited with their forever families or finally be adopted and go to their forever homes. Over the course of last year, the shelter took in ...

Escanaba schools prepare for emergencies

ESCANABA — In December, the Escanaba School Board adopted an Emergency Operations Plan. The plan had to be written before administration applied for a Michigan State Police safety grant, so it was created the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. “The district had to have an emergency ...

Business Profile: Brian’s Auto Glass expands both services and service area

ESCANABA — Brian’s Auto Glass has been working to expand both its service area and the services it provides. Owner Dan Garcia said the building where Brian’s Auto Glass is located is actually home to two different businesses — his business and Brian’s Quick Lube, owned by Erick ...

Residents find ways to beat cabin fever

ESCANABA — January and February are typically some of the coldest and snowiest months of the year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do locally. With this in mind, area residents shared their strategies for beating cabin fever. Escanaba resident Chuck Makosky said he likes ...