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Second bear removed from Escanaba

ESCANABA — Less than a week after Escanaba's last bear-related incident, a bear was removed from a tree on the 200 block of Lake Shore Drive Friday. Scott Johnson, the owner of the home where Friday's incident took place, said he had not noticed a bear in his tree at first. "The DNR came ...

Businesses, offices begin reopening

ESCANABA — As COVID-19-related restrictions in Michigan continue to be lifted, a number of local businesses have recently been able to reopen. Some restaurants in the area are once again serving dine-in customers. Among these restaurants is AppleWood Eatery & Espresso Bar, owned by ...

Taking steps to prevent skin cancer

ESCANABA — May is skin cancer awareness month. There are simple ways to protect yourself from skin cancer, an abnormal growth of skin cells most often found on parts of the body exposed to the sun. Certain things that are associated with skin cancer include, but are not limited to, ...

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck was arrested and charged with murder Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted. Derek ...

Principal says goodbye to Soo Hill

ESCANABA — Soo Hill Elementary School officially closes the end of the 2019-2020 school year in Escanaba. There would have been happy hugs, teary good-byes, with the closure of the school, but on March 13, Governor Gretchen Whitmer closed schools due to the coronavirus pandemic and everyone ...

Second bear in week in Escanaba

ESCANABA - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Escanaba Public Safety responded to reports of a bear in a tree on Lake Shore Drive in Escanaba Friday morning. As of press time, the DNR was waiting for additional personnel to arrive at the scene. They were planning to ...

Upper Peninsula virus cases stand at 112

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths caused by the virus, according to state officials. Delta County had 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Schoolcraft County had four confirmed cases and Menominee County had eight confirmed ...

Escanaba council OKs appropriation ordinance

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council approved an appropriations ordinance, set the city’s millage rate, and passed a tax levy ordinance for Escanaba’s 2020-21 fiscal year on second reading. Motions on these items were approved unanimously during a special meeting held virtually Thursday ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Daily Press readers won cash playing Bingo Mania in April. Winners for April are John Schwartz of Rapid River with his single bingo. He received $50. Jane Bernier, of Escanaba, received $100 for her two or more bingos. The blackout winner was Maria Maniaci, of Escanaba. She will ...

Whitmer: Congress can prevent deep cuts

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that protecting K-12 funding is her priority as Michigan seeks a federal bailout to avoid steep spending cuts during the pandemic, and her budget director signaled the next state budget won’t be complete by a July 1 deadline. The state is ...

Effort to help homeless shooting for quarter million returnable cans

ESCANABA — A successful fundraising program that has been collecting returnable cans and bottles to raise money in support of the area’s homeless population has been taken over by the Salvation Army of Escanaba. Matt Marenger, owner of Mr. Bike, Ski & Fitness, began the program in ...

High water levels cause damage in local cities

ESCANABA — With record-breaking water levels seen on Lake Michigan this spring, local officials spoke about how the situation has affected their communities. According to the Army Corp of Engineers, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron broke their water records in April. The new records for these ...

There’s a right way and a wrong way to wear a mask

ESCANABA — As businesses in the Upper Peninsula re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, it is advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people to protect themselves and others by wearing a face mask properly. “It is recommended by the CDC to wear a cloth face ...

Rollover crash closes highway

GLADSTONE — At approximately 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, emergency responders were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash, just south of Gladstone, which temporarily closed both sides of US-2 and 41. Investigation at the scene found the driver, Robert Dutton, 53, of Gladstone, was traveling ...

Bear takes nap in Escanaba backyard

ESCANABA — A 120-pound male black bear was removed from a tree in Escanaba and released outside city limits Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Escanaba Customer Service Center was notified of the situation at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, when it got a call from Escanaba ...

Delta County has 17 COVID-19 cases

ESCANABA — Delta County has reported that it had 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths related to coronavirus. Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties is aware of 575 specimens from Delta County that had been submitted for coronavirus testing. Seventeen of these specimens tested ...

Whitmer: People can get virus test without doctor’s note

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s note, expediting testing that is seen as critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Several tribal casinos, meanwhile, ...

Michiganders hold $50M in unredeemed bottle, can deposits

DETROIT (AP) — Fifty million dollars is a whole lot of dimes. That’s how much Michigan residents hold in beer, pop, and other bottles and cans with 10-cent deposits accumulated since late March, when an emergency order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped redemption at supermarkets and other ...

Event cancellations a blow to economy

ESCANABA — A number of local events set for the spring and summer months have been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives of area businesses spoke about the role events play in Delta County’s economy and what impact thier absence will have. “When the ...

Weekend crash sends 3 to hospital

CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP — Multiple people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that temporarily closed M-35 in both directions in Cedarville Township Saturday afternoon. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post responded to the crash, which took place on M-35 in front of the Cedar ...