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One last splash

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Kyliana Albanez, left, creates sand sculptures with sisters, Allison and Ella Young at the Escanaba Municipal Beach Thursday afternoon. All three have enjoyed the beach all summer long. Today the Escanaba Municipal Beach is closing for the season. Lifeguards ...

City looks to delay marijuana decision

ESCANABA — As the debate about whether or not to allow marijuana establishments in the city rages on, the Escanaba City Council recently decided the fate of the dispensaries and other marijuana-oriented businesses is a decision for another day. During Thursday’s city council meeting, the ...

Schoolcraft court is live streaming proceedings

MANISTIQUE — The 93rd District Court, which serves Schoolcraft County, has made its court proceedings available online to increase court accessibility. The decision to live stream, which was made by District Court Judge Mark Louma, was designed to be as “user-friendly” as possible. “I ...

Woman dies after near drowning at U.P. beach

MARQUETTE TWP. — A Kentucky woman who nearly drowned Thursday while snorkeling in Marquette Township has died. At approximately 2:50 p.m. Thursday, troopers from the Negaunee Post of the Michigan State Police were dispatched to a report of a missing swimmer at Little Presque Isle Beach. ...

One person killed in multi-vehicle crash

MARQUETTE — One person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday in Marquette Township, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash on County Road 550 near Compeau Creek Road in Marquette Township. A 57-year-old Marquette man was ...

US adds 1.8 million jobs, hiring weakens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound. At any other time, hiring at that level would be seen as a blowout gain. But after ...

Summer harvest

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Patrons purchase locally grown produce Wednesday afternoon from a vendor at the Escanaba Farmers Market. The market is located at 1501 Ludington St., and is open 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Face coverings and social distancing ...

Esky takes over some housing duties

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council moved to take over some of the duties of the Escanaba Housing Commission Thursday, but the move was met with resistance from some on the council who felt it was unfairly stepping on the toes of the appointed board. By state law, the city has the ...

Cities face new water regulations

ESCANABA — Municipal workers who supply residents with drinking water are learning a revised set of rules approved by Michigan Legislature regarding the PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) allowable limits in Michigan private wells and public water supplies. The new rules were initiated ...

Record 2.5 million voted in primary

LANSING (AP) — A record 2.5 million votes were cast in Michigan’s primary, as people took advantage of no-excuse absentee voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday. The count surpassed the previous record of 2.2 million from 2018, when — ...

Great Lakes water levels reaching peaks

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District reports each of the Great Lakes, except Lake Superior, have likely reached their peak water levels for the year and are predicted to decline. Lakes Michigan-Huron set another new monthly mean record high water level in July, ...

Esky students have attendance options

ESCANABA — Families of students in Escanaba Area Public Schools surprised Superintendent Coby Fletcher by their responses to a survey sent out in July. Just over 50% expressed their desire to have their children in some sort of distance learning. “When we asked parents to pick through the ...

Evidence signals many jobs aren’t coming back

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring. As the coronavirus continues to transform ...

Slow at the polls on election day

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press An election worker waits for residents to come to the polls during Tuesday’s Primary Election while a single resident fills out their ballot at Escanaba City Hall. According to workers, the precinct was slow, with only about ten residents casting ballots per hour. ...

Health officials: COVID-19 testing was a success

ESCANABA — A recent COVID-19 testing event at the U.P. State Fairgrounds was largely successful, but some participants will have to be tested once again. Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Health Officer Michael Snyder spoke about the event and other coronavirus-related topics ...

Delta County voters decide ballot issues

ESCANABA — Delta County voters weighed in on a number of millage proposals and a handful of races for political seats during Tuesday’s primary election. The results of these races and millage requestsd are as follows: DELTA COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 In the race to represent the ...

Voters say yes to DATA millage

ESCANABA — A five-year millage renewal request in support of Delta Area Transit Authority (DATA) was approved by voters in multiple Delta County communities during Tuesday’s primary election. The renewal request was included on ballots in the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone and the ...

Schoolcraft County voters decide issues

MANISTIQUE — Many Schoolcraft County seats were uncontested in the primary election Tuesday. Just over 30% of Schoolcraft County registered voters chose to vote on two county millage renewals — A Tax Renewal for Operating the Schoolcraft County Veterans Service Office and The Veterans ...

Menominee County voters vote on sheriff, millage issues

MENOMINEE — Menominee County voters weighed in Tuesday on a series of millage requests and a hotly contested race to be the Republican candidate for sheriff on the November ballot. Joe Grinsteiner and Patrick James Armbrust faced off to represent the GOP in the sheriff’s race. Ultimately, ...

Adoption teaches parents to grow

ESCANABA — Raising children is something many people experience in their lives. When adopting across racial lines, the experience also teaches parents to grow. Patty and John Thomas had four children under the age five when they first met, then two more children together. After having six ...