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Ex-deputy in court for sexual assault

MENOMINEE — A former Menominee County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who worked directly in all Menominee County schools as a school resource officer, was bound over to Menominee County Circuit Court on two counts of criminal sexual conduct Tuesday. Brian William Helfert, 56, of 1116 17th ...

Hotel plan at Super One site approved

ESCANABA — The construction of a hotel on the site of the former Super One Foods grocery store moved forward Tuesday when the Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved a plan for the project. The plan will now be sent to the city council for final approval. The property was ...

Kindness is the rule at Soo Hill School

ESCANABA — Feb. 16-22 is Random Acts of Kindness Week, but students at Soo Hill Elementary turned the whole month of February into Kindness Month. During February, students are taking part in a variety of activities that promote kindness in many aspects of their lives. “Kindness is ...

County continues to back Child Advocacy Center

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard about recent changes at the Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center Tuesday. The child advocacy center was established by the Northern Michigan Alliance for Children to provide and coordinate services for child victims and their families ...

Minor changes this tax season

ESCANABA — As the 2019 tax season has arrived, residents have begun filing their tax returns. Brandy Olson, CPA of Anderson, Tackman & Company, PLC said changes made to tax laws for 2019 have mostly been minor. “Taxpayers should expect to see some consistency in their tax liability ...

Sale price set for Soo Hill School

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board took one step closer to selling the Soo Hill School building to the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Monday. The board agreed to sell the building for $175,000. The building was appraised at $216,500. After Escanaba Superintendent ...

Gladstone looks at proposed city budget

GLADSTONE — After over a month of gathering information from department heads, the Gladstone City Commission met with city staff to examine the proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. Of the proposed $18 million budget, information on the general fund was presented on during Monday’s ...

Richer seeks election to 108th Michigan House seat

ESCANABA — A Gladstone resident is running for state representative for Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. Renee Richer is a Democratic candidate running to represent Michigan’s 108th State House District. According to Richer, she could do a better job in Lansing representing the ...

Take it slow when removing snow

ESCANABA — A Yoopers’ work is never done, especially during the winter months. Removing snow and ice that cover homes, sidewalks and vehicles is a task the majority of Yoopers face. The extra work can cause serious injuries if snowblowing or shoveling are not done properly. OSF HealthCare ...

Second wave of flu hits US kids

NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu outbreak of 2009-10, ...

Business Profile: Splash of Color specializes in paint, auto body supplies

ESCANABA — Escanaba store Splash of Color has been selling paint and auto body supplies since the early 2010s. However, President Gary Lantagne said he has been working in body shops and painting cars for much longer than the store’s opening date may suggest. “I’ve been in the field ...

Bay to expand healthcare offerings

ESCANABA — Since Bay College’s early days, healthcare programs have been among its biggest draws. Bay’s offerings in the field are set to expand in the future. “(Healthcare) in general has been a major focus of Bay College since its inception, really,” Vice President of Academic ...

911 millage to appear on March ballot

MENOMINEE — Funding emergency dispatch services will be on the ballot in Menominee County during the upcoming primary election March 10. The millage request would continue funding a county-wide enhanced 911 service. The proposed millage would collect 0.625 mills (63 cents per $1,000 of ...

Museum to feature Honor Flight exhibit

ESCANABA — An exhibit being developed at the multi-use complex on the U.P. State Fairgrounds will give visitors an opportunity to learn about the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. The committee behind the project has begun looking for donations in support of the exhibit, which will be known as ...

Schoolcraft now 2nd Amendment sanctuary

MANISTIQUE — Schoolcraft County has joined other Michigan counties — including Delta County — in becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary county. A resolution making Schoolcraft’s sanctuary county status official passed on a split vote of the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners ...

Love has many faces

ESCANABA — Despite the cold weather of February in the Upper Peninsula, today is full of warmth as love is celebrated on Valentine’s Day. Area couples — from those who have celebrated well over 50 years of marriage to the recently engaged — reflected on love, their love stories and ...

Esky pot rules head to city council

ESCANABA — While the city of Escanaba is still far from allowing marijuana establishments within its borders, the possibility of retail sales and even marijuana-themed events is closer to being a reality following the Escanaba Planning Commission’s decision to send a proposed ordinance to ...

Apartment complex plan moves forward in split vote

ESCANABA — Despite reservations from some members of the Escanaba Planning Commission, the commission voted to move forward with a planned apartment complex development on North 26th Street in Escanaba. The Bay de Noc Apartments would be a four-story, 70 unit complex located at 500 N. 26th ...

Sidewalks soon to be required in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba property owners without sidewalks could soon be pulled into a project to bring walkability to all areas of the city. “If a citizen right now wants to know, ‘Am I going to get swept up in this?’ ‘Go to your window,’ I would say, ‘Mr. Citizen, and look outside. ...

Happy Snowcoming

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Students representing each grade in the Escanaba High School student body dress the part for Wild, Wild West Wednesday — part of Snowcoming Week at the school. Theme days were held throughout the week. Snowcoming Week concludes Saturday night with a Snowcoming ...