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Road patrol moves base to new jail

ESCANABA — Efforts to open the new Delta County Correctional Facility have continued with the recent move of Delta County’s road patrol to the facility. According to Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald, road patrol officers primarily operate out of their patrol cars. These officers now spend ...

Memorial Day events in Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — Memorial Day will once again be celebrated in Rapid River Monday. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Honor & Remember ‘The Greatest Generation’ — 75th Anniversary of D-Day.” Many different activities will be featured in the area as part of the ...

Law enforcement offers tips for safe holiday

ESCANABA — Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The long weekend is also a busy time of community events that will have more people on the road. Local law enforcement agencies remind motorists to drive ...

Auto insurance bill heads to governor’s desk

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's Legislature on Friday passed a landmark bill that would cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The voting followed the announcement of an ...

Observing Memorial Day

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, and Escanaba Public Works was busy preparing for the holiday Wednesday afternoon. Above, seasonal worker Alex Trotter is pictured setting up flags on Ludington Street.

Escanaba approves tax ordinances

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council approved two ordinances cementing the amount residents will pay in taxes and how that money will be used by the city. The first ordinance up for discussion was the city’s annual appropriations ordinance, Ordinance No. 1205, which set the millage rate ...

Chorus a ‘family business’ for Becks

ESCANABA — Running the Escanaba Area Public Schools’ choral program has been a “family business” for John Beck. The Escanaba choral program encompasses general chorus classes for elementary, junior high and high school students, and a chorale class for high school students. The ...

Gov., lawmakers reach auto insurance deal

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced Friday morning that they’ve reached an agreement on legislation to cut the state’s high car insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that the “agreement in concept” will “will ...

Lawsuit filed to block new Mich. ballot requirements

LANSING (AP) — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan’s top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came a day after Democratic ...

Honor Flight full of special moments

ESCANABA — Honor flights are jam-packed with special moments and highlights. Mission 16 was no different Wednesday as 77 Upper Peninsula veterans spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting numerous monuments built for their service to this country. A rare Wednesday performance by the U.S. ...

U.P. veterans recall their time of service

ESCANABA — Casey Maki of Wattoon had more than his share of excitement during his stint in Vietnam. He was a machine door gunner on a Huey helicopter, and twice was shot down but was never wounded while serving with the Army in 1967-68. Once, while on auto-rotor following gun shot damage, ...

Plans being made in case of regional power outage

ESCANABA — What happens if multiple counties in the Upper Peninsula are without power for multiple days? An eastern Upper Peninsula power vulnerability workshop exercise is taking place today in Escanaba to create a unified plan between six counties. “I want to stress there is no ...

AG: Lame-duck ballot drive law unconstitutional

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Wednesday that a Republican-enacted law making it harder to put proposals on the statewide ballot is unconstitutional, declaring that lawmakers had no authority to impose a geographic limit a circulating petitions. Democrat Dana Nessel’s ...

Gladstone Senior Walk

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Graduating Gladstone High School seniors high-five third through fifth grade students lined up along the hallway at James T. Jones Elementary School in Gladstone Tuesday morning. This is the fourth year seniors walked the hall lined with students, teachers and ...

Delta County invests in solar panels

ESCANABA — Delta County will buy 500 solar panels from the city of Escanaba. The decision was officially made during a meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. At the meeting, Glendon Brown — the vice chairperson of Escanaba’s electrical advisory committee — spoke ...

Volunteers big part of Honor Flight

ESCANABA — U.P. Honor Flight Mission XVI departed from the Delta County Airport this morning with veterans bound for Washington DC. Among them were people who help make these trips possible — volunteers. Paula Waeghe, a veteran volunteer of numerous Honor Flight missions, missed her first ...

Assault case heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — A 31-year-old Cornell man was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on 11 felonies and one misdemeanor recently, ranging from destruction of police property to domestic violence. John Curtis Ratliff, 31, of 10087 I Road, Cornell, was bound over on the ...

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. A Manhattan federal court lawsuit asked a judge to ...

U.P. Honor Flight departs Wednesday

ESCANABA - Mission XVI will depart Escanaba Wednesday morning, way beyond what local Honor Flight organizers ever expected to accomplish. “Never in our dreams did we think there would be this many flights,” long-time volunteer Paula Waeghe, of Gladstone, told a group of guardians who ...