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Community garden returns

Daily Press file photo Gardeners harvest beets at the Escanaba Community Garden in this file photo. The garden was not open in 2020 due to the pandemic, but is returning this year. The Escanaba Community Garden is currently accepting memberships for 2021. Due to continued COVID restrictions, ...

Senate votes to exempt graduations from virus order

LANSING (AP) — A split Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans who control the chamber supported the bill that was sent to the GOP-led House, while all but one ...

U.P. church destroyed by fire Wednesday

BAY MILLS, Mich. (AP) — Fire in the early hours Wednesday destroyed a Roman Catholic church in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church was built in 1967 in Bay Mills Township in Chippewa County. It was declared a total loss, according to the police at Bay Mills Indian ...

Michigan eases outdoor mask requirements

LANSING (AP) — Michigan has lifted an outdoor mask requirement except in gatherings of at least 100 people and in organized contact sports, and said teen athletes no longer must undergo regular COVID-19 testing if they are fully vaccinated. Under a revised pandemic order that takes effect ...

Whitmer to receive Profile in Courage award

BOSTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and six other people who risked their own health and safety to help and protect others during the coronavirus pandemic will receive Profile in Courage awards next month, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Tuesday. The recipients, ...

U.P. veteran carves his way to arts competition

CRYSTAL FALLS — “Do you have time for a short story?” Sally Westfahl asked. I agreed that I did, and she told me how she knew her husband, Russel, had fallen for his craft. “We were at a trailer park in Florida and he took a class on carving,” she said. “The next time we went to ...

Demand for virus vaccine drops locally

ESCANABA — Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) has provided an update of local COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The agency reports a decrease in demand for vaccinations locally. On Monday, April 26, PHDM received 1,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Six hundred of these doses ...

3 new virus cases in Delta County

ESCANABA — Delta County recorded only three more confirmed COVID-19 positives Tuesday and Menominee County one new case, data from local health officials showed. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website update Tuesday also listed eight new probable cases in Delta County, ...

Copper Country men charged with storming U.S. Capitol appear in court

WASHINGTON — One of the Copper Country men charged with participation in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol appeared in court virtually for a hearing on whether he should be released while he awaits trial. Karl Dresch, 40, of Calumet has been in custody since his initial court ...

More sexual assault charges for ex-deputy

MENOMINEE — A former Memominee County Sheriff’s Department deputy is facing additional sexual assault charges. Brian William Helfert, 57, of Menominee, was arraigned before Judge Robert J. Jamo in the 95-A District Court, Menominee, on April 30 following his recent arrest on an 11-count ...

Underwater cables damaged by ship anchor being replaced

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — The company whose underwater power cables were damaged by an anchor strike in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac three years ago said Monday it was beginning to install replacements. A ship anchor in April 2018 struck three of American Transmission Co.’s six cables, ...

U.P. COVID-19 cases up by 66

ESCANABA — Delta County has recorded another 21 more confirmed COVID-19 positives since Friday and Menominee County 12 new cases, data from local health officials showed. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website update Monday also listed seven new probable cases in Delta ...

Poll: Government should help Americans age at home

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans agree that government should help people fulfill a widely held aspiration to age in their own homes, not institutional settings, a new poll finds. There’s a surprising level of bipartisan agreement on some proposals that could help make that ...

Sheriff: Wisconsin casino shooter was fired employee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who shot and killed two people and wounded a third at a northeastern Wisconsin tribal casino restaurant before police killed him had been fired from the eatery and banned from the property, authorities said Monday. Bruce Pofahl, 62, walked into the Duck Creek ...

Senior Companions honored

Courtesy photos During National Volunteer Week Senior Companion volunteers were honored with gifts from Connie Maule Senior Companion director and Volunteer Coordinator Linda Paulin at the Escanaba Senior Center. Each Senior Companion received a gift bag containing an IPad and case, a $50 ...

Delta tops U.P. in new virus cases

ESCANABA — State health data Saturday showed 13 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Delta County, again the highest rise among the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties, while Menominee and Schoolcraft counties each had only one new case. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health ...

New stop signs planned at busy intersection

ESCANABA — There will be new stop signs placed on all three directions of travel at 3rd Avenue North and North 30th Street in Escanaba beginning around May 17, weather permitting. These new stop signs are needed to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce accidents in the immediate vicinity of ...

2 killed in shooting at Green Bay area casino

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A gunman killed two people at a Wisconsin casino restaurant and seriously wounded a third before he was killed by police late Saturday, in what authorities said appeared to be a targeted attack. Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak said investigators believe the ...

An Arbor Day Tradition

Jessica Koth | Daily Press Local Scouts place dirt around an autumn blaze maple tree that was planted in Ludington Park in Escanaba Friday morning. The tree was placed in recognition of Arbor Day. Scouts, shown from left are Howie Landenberger from Troop 408 and Frankin Landenberger from Pack 411.

Garage destroyed by fire

MANISTIQUE TOWNSHIP — At approximately 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of a structure fire at 6011W River Road in Manistique Township. Initial information was received that there were flames coming out of the garage, which ...