×

Local News

County parks plan to open in May

ESCANABA — While the Delta Conservation District (DCD) plans to reopen Delta County’s parks next month, the impact that COVID-19 will have on county parks in 2020 is not yet clear. According to the “COVID-19 Information” section of the official Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Lawmakers spar over length of emergency

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled ...

For T&T Hardware, it’s not business as usual

EDITOR NOTE: The coronavirus pandemic has impacted area businesses in numerous ways. Over the coming weeks, the Daily Press will take a look at how some area businesses are coping with the changes and challenges we are all facing. The series will run on a regular basis in the Daily ...

Home destroyed by fire in Wells Township

WELLS TOWNSHIP — A Wells Township home was destroyed by fire Saturday. At 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, Escanaba Public Safety responded to 6995 J Rd. in Wells Township for a structure fire. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when officers arrived. All occupants of the home had ...

Escanaba closes city parks to limit virus

ESCANABA — In keeping with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, the city of Escanaba ordered all city parks closed until further notice Friday morning. However, people will still be able to use the parks for some activities. The closure also includes all Escanaba ...

Residents asked to slow local virus spread

ESCANABA — Delta County residents of all ages have been asked to assist area healthcare workers and emergency responders as they fight COVID-19. “Right now, our healthcare professionals … and first responders are all looking to the public for their help in slowing the spread of ...

Whitmer tells people with virus symptoms to stay home

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus — a fever, atypical cough or unusual shortness of breath — should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms resolve. Her order came ...

Church converts to virus resource center

ESCANABA — A local church has temporarily shifted gears in order to help meet the needs of people in the area during the coronavirus pandemic. Wellspring Community Church, located in the Delta Plaza Mall, started responding to the threats posed by coronavirus in mid-March. “The very ...

Friends find ways to continue weekly coffee

GLADSTONE — Mary Strom drives from her home on Minneapolis Avenue to visit her friend, Bernardino “Bernie” Harris, at least once a week for coffee and conversation. As a result of practicing social distancing, Strom and Harris continue to meet face-to-face — looking through a ...

Virus death confirmed in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dickinson County has died, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department confirmed today. The patient was identified as an adult male. The health department did not release additional information about the patient. No other cases ...

Routine Esky meeting not so routine

ESCANABA — Despite technical difficulties, the Escanaba City Council successfully held its first virtual meeting Thursday, but it was far from business as usual as routine agenda items fell under the shadow of the coronavirus. “This has got to be one of the most unusual meetings we have ...

Airport details response to COVID-19 case

ESCANABA — After an employee of Delta County Airport was the first person in Delta County to test positive for COVID-19, the airport shared information on steps it has taken to slow the spread of coronavirus. “Any people that the individual came in contact with have been reported to the ...

School officials plan for instruction at home

ESCANABA — Local school superintendents are putting plans in place after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday Michigan schools would suspended in-person instruction for the remainder of the year. Schools in the state have been closed since mid-March to combat the spread of the ...

Cancellations

Island Resort & Casino In response to the ever changing COVID-19 crisis, the Island Resort & Casino management announces it will remain closed beyond April 6, and will only reopen when it is safe to do so.

Stay Home, Stay Safe — stay active

ESCANABA — Although the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of people’s lives, Northern Lights YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator Amy Fudala said there are a number of ways to stay active at this time. On Monday, March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay ...

Four confirmed virus cases in Delta County

ESCANABA — Delta County had four confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of this morning, according to Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Health Officer Mike Snyder. On Wednesday, the state reported that two new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Delta County. These were in ...

Esky council having virtual city meeting

ESCANABA — Following guidance issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, tonight’s regularly-scheduled Escanaba City Council meeting will take place virtually on Facebook. The live stream be available for viewing on the city’s Facebook page — which can be found by at ...

Troopers continue food delivery in Schoolcraft

MANISTIQUE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) in Manistique have partnered with Jack’s Fresh Market to help the most vulnerable citizens by delivering groceries to ease the burden of leaving their home. MSP Sergeant Mark Giannunzio contacted Kara Ziminski, organizer of ...

Dickinson County has first COVID-19 case

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department reported a presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Dickinson County. The person is i an adult man. The health department is working to contact those who have had close ...

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan schools closed for academic year

LANSING (AP) — Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic but will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a four-week shutdown ...