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Joblessness frustrates workers, business

ESCANABA — Many who were unemployed at the end of 2020 are still searching for jobs in the new year, but how the pandemic has effected employers and employees has varied greatly — even in Delta County. Waitress Kathy Nelson is weathering her second layoff since March. She said while she ...

Esky schools discusses in-person attendance

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board has decided to return all grades to face-to-face learning on January 25. Students will have the option to return in-person, attend in hybrid fashion or completely online. To accommodate those who choose to attend online, all classes will stream their ...

Upper Peninsula virus case total at 15,454

ESCANABA — As of Tuesday, the U.P. had 15,454 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,708 probable cases, 348 deaths and 79 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. According to the state’s county-by-county count issued Tuesday, Delta County had a total of 2,580 ...

Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint

LANSING (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. He was ...

Developers sought for North Shore Project

GLADSTONE — Developers are still being sought for the North Shore Development Project along the Lake Michigan shoreline on Little Bay de Noc. The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Gladstone City Commission and Gladstone Planning Commission are very supportive of the ...

Tug boat sinks near Marquette

MARQUETTE — A tug sank in Lake Superior near the Marquette shore on Friday, but no injuries were reported. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie said it responded to a report of a submerged tug along the breakwater near Marquette on Friday. At 11:40 a.m. that day, the Coast Guard received ...

UK varient of COVID-19 virus found in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — The first Michigan case of the so-called “UK varient” of the virus responsible for COVID-19 was identified Saturday in the Lower Peninsula. The variant, officially known as “B.1.1.7.” was identified in an adult female living in Washtenaw County by the Michigan ...

Woman dead following Michigamme crash

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old woman died from injuries suffered in a crash Saturday in Michigamme Township, according to the Michigan State Police. Michigan State Police reported that at about 6 p.m. Saturday, troopers from the MSP Negaunee Post and deputies from the Marquette County ...

Delta County marks first coronavirus death since December

ESCANABA — Delta County marked its first COVID-19 related death since Dec. 29 Monday. As of Monday, the U.P. had 15,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,673 probable cases, 348 deaths and 348 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. Today’s daily case count ...

Residents asked to avoid ‘wishful recycling’

ESCANABA — Delta Solid Waste Management Authority (DSWMA) Manager Don Pyle said that recycling when you don’t know if an item is accepted can do more harm than good. “Wishful recycling,” as it’s known in the industry, happens when people drop off items they’re not sure are ...

U.P. continues to get vaccine shipments

ESCANABA — As the state continues its campaign for “shots in arms,” Upper Peninsula residents are lining up to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but availability has dampered healthcare providers’ efforts. Not all residents are qualified for vaccination at this stage and even those who ...

Health Dept. has vaccine for appointments

ESCANABA — Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) will have COVID-19 vaccine for the upcoming appointments scheduled next week on: - Monday, January 18 - Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday, January 21 - Friday, January 22 If you have an appointment scheduled for one of the ...

Virus cases stabilize locally

ESCANABA — As of Friday, the U.P. had 15,276 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — up only 67 cases since Thursday. The peninsula has recorded 3,648 probable cases, 345 deaths and 79 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the ...

Guard activated at Michigan Capitol amid increased security

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's ...

Lack of snow saving cities money

ESCANABA — This winter’s lack of snow has helped budgets on both city and county levels. Gladstone Director of Public Works Barry Lund estimated the cost of clearing 4 inches of snow to be approximately $10,000. Last winter the total cost of snow removal in Gladstone was $154,800. Though ...

Road worker hit, killed by pickup truck

BATES TOWNSHIP — An Iron County Road Commission employee was struck and killed Wednesday while he was working in a construction zone. Troopers from the Michigan State Police, Iron Mountain Post, responded to a two-vehicle personal injury crash on January 13, 2021, at approximately 2:14 p.m. ...

Virus death rate stable in Delta County

ESCANABA — As of Thursday, the U.P. had 15,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,642 probable cases, 343 deaths and 80 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of Corrections. According to the ...

Public officials charged in Flint water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Here are the former Michigan and state-appointed officials charged in the Flint water crisis, titles at the time, and charges, allegations and maximum penalties they face if convicted: - Gov. Rick Snyder: Two misdemeanor counts willful neglect of duty; failed to inquire ...

Golden Ticket winners

Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Above, the finalists of the Daily Press Golden Ticket Contest show off their own “Golden Tickets.” During November and December, children between the ages of 7 and 12 were asked locate the names of businesses featured on peppermint-shaped ads throughout the pages ...

Trump impeached second time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by ...