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Online learning a challenge in kindergarten

ESCANABA — Online education is difficult for many families, but there are unique challenges when the students are kindergartners. Currently, there are 211 students enrolled at the Webster Kindergarden Center in kindergarten and begindergarten. Of those students, 30 have been learning from ...

Delta virus cases at 1,120, 24 deaths

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 5,450 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 900 probable cases, 101 deaths and 16 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Wednesday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,120 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 143 probable cases and 24 deaths, ...

Missing juvenile found by Escanaba police

ESCANABA — A youth that was reported missing Wednesday has been found and is with his family. Jiri Solka, 14, was spotted by an Escanaba Public Safety officer on patrol later that day. He appeared in good health and was turned over to his father.

Judge stops Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day, agreeing with critics who said a Democratic secretary of state failed to follow state law with her sudden order. Gun-rights groups accused Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Virtual gingerbread

Courtesy photo Local artist Carol Irving and her granddaughter, Adeline Irving, pose with their gingerbread house project last fall. For the first time ever, the Bonifas Arts Center is offering its popular Gingerbread House Workshop online. This holiday tradition has been a staple at the ...

Parking changes on Delta Avenue

GLADSTONE — Visitors and residents in Gladstone will soon see changes to parking on Delta Avenue following a traffic order approved by the city commission Monday. The order extends the two-hour parking already in place from 8th Street to 11th Street to include Delta Avenue from 7th Street ...

U.P. hits 100 virus deaths

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula marked it’s 100th death from COVID-19 Tuesday, as the south-central Upper Peninsula solidifies itself as the hardest hit region in the state based on cases per million residents. While the counties in the U.P. have a significantly lower population than that ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Daily Press readers won cash playing Bingo Mania in September Kaye Gross, of Gladstone, won with her single bingo and received $50. Robert Gardner, of Cornell, received $100 for his two or more bingos. There was no blackout winner. Look in today’s Daily Press for new Bingo ...

Dickinson declares COVID-19 emergency

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus Monday, citing an explosive rise in infections that has made the county a pandemic hotspot nearly seven months after its first COVID-19 case was confirmed. According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health ...

Virus forces school building closures

ESCANABA — The Escanaba High School/Junior High and Lemmer Elementary School buildings have been closed until Nov. 2 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. Escanaba School Superintendent Dr. Coby Fletcher made the announcement in a message to parents Monday. Fletcher said the ...

Delta County COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

ESCANABA — Delta County has now surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 cases — far exceeding the number of cases in any other county in the Upper Peninsula, according to data collected by the state of Michigan. The Upper Peninsula as a whole is also closing in on 100 deaths — about one-fifth of those ...

Some sheriffs won’t enforce open carry ban

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Some sheriffs have said they won’t enforce Michigan’s top election official’s ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day. Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel called Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s guidance “illegal,” according to the ...

U.P. universities have flu shot competition

MARQUETTE (AP) — College students in thes Upper Peninsula are rolling up their sleeves for a trophy — and hopefully better health. Four schools are competing to see which one has the highest percentage of students and staff getting a flu shot. The ongoing results are updated ...

Michigan unique in electing university boards

LANSING (AP) — As Michigan voters look at their ballot in November they will have the unique option to elect three university governance boards. As the only state to put public university leadership roles on a statewide ballot, controversial leadership has been in the spotlight in recent ...

University board candidates

A look at candidates for Michigan university boards Two seats on three Michigan university boards are on the Nov. 3 ballot. Michigan voters will choose who steers the state’s three flagship universities: Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State ...

Trust fund makes mark on the U.P.

By Jolene Priest Schultz Michigan Department of Natural Resources LANSING — It was something that had never been done before, visionary in its day. It was a groundbreaking compromise that has resulted in a $1.2 billion (and counting) investment in the conservation of Michigan’s natural ...

Another worry for deer hunters: Contaminated game

LANSING — To keep healthy this fall, deer hunters have more to worry about than just COVID-19 and the flu. On the beware list: a group of chemicals known as PFAS and lead from ammunition. Michigan’s archery season for deer opened Oct. 1 and runs until Nov. 14 and then again for the ...

All talk, no action defense likely in Mich. kidnap case

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — When members of a Michigan paramilitary group were accused a decade ago of scheming to overthrow the U.S. government, their defense was based largely on one claim: We were all talk, no action. It worked so well that a federal judge took the rare step of ...

Good season for U.P. farmers

ESCANABA — While 2020 has been a rough year for many industries, Upper Peninsula farmers have been blessed with good weather and a strong season for crops and livestock. “By and large, it was a pretty good season,” said Jim Isleib, crop production educator for Michigan State University ...

Virus cases continue to climb locally

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 4,768 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 796 probable cases, 86 deaths and seven probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Friday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 974 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 137 probable cases and 20 deaths, two ...