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Remembering Veterans

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Members of the Amvets Post 123 Honor Guard honor veterans with a 21-gun salute during a Veterans Day military memorial service at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery Monday.

Esky city manager decides to stay

ESCANABA — Members of the public and even some council members were surprised Monday when City Manager Patrick Jordan was presented with a new contract to stay on as the city’s manager. “If feels good to be coming back, and it was an absolutely grueling decision. I’m happy to be ...

Gladstone DDA legal after all, study finds

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) capture of assessed value of the properties within the DDA district have been determined to be legal. After thousands of dollars were spent on lawsuits and a settlement agreement with former City Commissioner Mike ...

Residents speak out against Soo Hill closure

ESCANABA — Residents spoke against closing the Soo Hill Elementary School at Monday night’s Escanaba School Board Committee of the Whole meeting. Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher listened to their comments during the citizens and delegations portion of the meeting. Sage Dubord, a ...

New council members in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba officially has a new city council following a reorganizational meeting Monday. Joining the council were Tyler Dubord and Karen Moore, who were elected on Nov. 5 to fill the two seats formerly held by Ron Beauchamp and Mike Sattem. Following their oath of office, the new ...

Bay College ponders next steps after failed millage

ESCANABA — Bay College employees heard an update on the college’s next steps after its operating millage proposal was denied by voters last week. President Laura Coleman spoke about the next step in the Besse Center Theater Monday afternoon. “We got dealt quite a blow last week, ...

Bay College audit brings good, bad news

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees received both good and bad news about the college’s finances during a special meeting Monday. The meeting began with a review of Bay’s audit report for its 2018-19 fiscal year, prepared by auditing firm Rehmann. Representatives of Rehmann ...

Soo Hill students honor veterans

ESCANABA - Sixty Soo Hill Elementary students invited 73 veterans to a breakfast in their honor at the school Friday. Soo Hill Special Education teacher Kaisa Ives asked each student to hand-write an invitation to a veteran they knew, requesting their presence to join them at the Veteran ...

It takes many hands to make Thanksgiving dinner possible

ESCANABA — Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Board, lead by “Head Turkey” Denny LaMarch, has already created the dinner menu. This year marks the 40th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. “Absolutely everyone in the community is ...

Much of US braces for record low cold

CHICAGO (AP) — Air from Siberia — yes, Siberia — is heading toward a huge chunk of the United States and it could set record-low temperatures from Texas to New England. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said the weather service’s National Digital Forecast Database ...

Part of the community since 1971, Mr. Tire offers new services

ESCANABA — Mr. Tire was established in 1971 in Escanaba, according to owner Toby Kuivinen. The business has locations in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Marquette and Baraga. Although the business has been around for quite a few years, it continues to offer new services to its customers. People ...

Baiting ban shrouded in confusion, debate

ESCANABA — This hunting season is the first with the no-bait rule within the Core Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula. An official from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provided information to help clear up some of the confusion pertaining to the ...

Commissioners reflect, look to future

GLADSTONE — Newly reelected Gladstone City Commissioners Brad Mantela and Dave Phalen spoke recently about their previous accomplishments with the commission and what they hope to accomplish in their four-year terms. On Nov. 5, incumbents Mantela and Phalen beat out challengers Mike ...

Pantries prepare for holidays

ESCANABA — With the holiday season approaching, representatives from local food pantries spoke recently about the food items they are likely to need over the next few months. At the Salvation Army of Escanaba, Major Alex Norton said demand at his food pantry generally increases a bit during ...

Accident sends one to hospital, another to jail

FORD RIVER — An Escanaba man is in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident Friday in Ford River. At 9:46 a.m., troopers from the Gladstone Post were dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles on M-69 near 14th Road in Ford River Township. Investigation at the scene revealed the ...

DeSalvo picked for Delta County administrator post

ESCANABA — After the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ first choice for the position of county administrator declined a salary offer, Emily DeSalvo — the other finalist for the position — has been chosen for the position. The board made the decision during a special meeting ...

Study calls for Gladstone utility hikes

GLADSTONE — Gladstone utility customers may face increases in coming years after a study showed the city’s utility rates weren’t providing financial stability for city departments. After months of Utility Financial Solution, LLC. of Holland, Mich., collecting data from the electric, ...

Escanaba Public Safety head is interim city manager

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council took action Thursday to avoid leaving the city without leadership after current City Manager Patrick Jordan leaves the city on Dec. 1 by appointing Escanaba Public Safety Directory Robert LaMarche as the city’s interim manager. “Because we know the ...

Future of Esky DDA building in doubt

ESCANABA — The future of the Center Court, the building used by the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority on the corner of 11th Street and Ludington, was called into question Thursday as Mayor Marc Tall and DDA Director Ed Legault debated whether or not the current lease agreement for the ...

Budget impasse remains due to dispute over shifting funds

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers said Thursday they were very close to agreeing to restore some funding she vetoed during a budget impasse, but a deal remained elusive due to their clash over limiting the governor’s power to shift funds within individual ...