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Lone star tick poses new threat

RAPID RIVER — A part-time Rapid River resident has reportedly been bitten by a lone star tick — a type of tick that can cause the people it bites to develop an allergy to red meat. Ray Surges, owner of “Ray’s Resort” in Rapid River, said he began exhibiting lone star tick-related ...

Benson aims for Secretary of State seat

ESCANABA — While becoming Michigan’s next secretary of state may not be the goal of everyone aspiring for public office, for Jocelyn Benson serving in the position is a dream she’s held for years. “I love this office. I’ve written a book on the office. I believe this office can do ...

Road work underway in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Road work on 3rd Avenue North between Lincoln Road and Stephenson Avenue in Escanaba is expected to be completed by mid-September, according to Escanaba city officials. It is one of several road repair projects the city is undertaking this year. Robert Becotte, city engineer and ...

City ponders request for 2016 ballots

ESCANABA — While the special meeting held by Escanaba’s City Council Thursday afternoon was initially set to address the replacement of exiting City Clerk Lisa Glish, the council had a significant amount of other business to address — including a substantial Freedom of Information Act ...

Escanaba city clerk will stay on job until Sept. 28

ESCANABA — While no official decisions were made by the Escanaba City Council on how to fill the city clerk position during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, the city will have more time to find a replacement for exiting City Clerk Lisa Glish than initially planned. Glish, who ...

Groups challenge Coast Guard’s oil spill plan

DETROIT (AP) — Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of ...

Preparing for school year no easy feat

ESCANABA — The 2018-19 school year is just about to start. But Amy Cseter, Escanaba schools director of operations, started her school year a lot earlier. While children are on summer break, Cseter leads others in a top to bottom cleaning of each room, of each building in the ...

Bridge work delays concern county

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners will send a letter to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other parties involved with construction on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River. The decision to send this letter, which will focus on the negative ...

U.P. doctor charged with sexual assault of patients

MARQUETTE (AP) — A northern Michigan physician was arraigned Wednesday on eight counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting two female patients. Jonathan Robertson, 43, appeared in Marquette District Court and was ordered held on a $2 million cash surety bond, Michigan ...

Court orders $12 minimum wage initiative on ballot

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered that an initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 be placed on the November ballot, rejecting the restaurant industry’s challenges to petition signatures and how the measure is written. In a brief 2-1 order, ...

New use sought for old jail building

ESCANABA — Efforts to develop a plan for the property currently occupied by the Delta County Correctional Facility continue — including a recent joint meeting between local government officials and representatives of various development groups. The meeting was held in council chambers at ...

Esky schools expand meal program

ESCANABA — A new meal program at Escanaba Area Public Schools will allow all students in kindergarten through eighth grade to have a free breakfast and lunch during the school year. The program — called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) — is for kindergartners through ...

Man who swallowed grill bristle loses lawsuit

QUINNESEC (AP) — A Quinnesec man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit. Robert Kaminski had surgery in 2014 to remove the metal bristle. He sued the maker of the grill brush, accusing ...

Boil alert lifted for Quinnesec water

QUINNESEC — A boil alert for the Quinnesec water system has been lifted, Breitung Township officials announced. “Water testing has shown the water is safe to drink,” said Guy Forstrom, Breitung Township Department of Public Works superintendent. “We will continue to add a small amount ...

His former associates in court, Trump focuses on winning

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confronted one of the most perilous moments of his presidency after two onetime members of his inner circle simultaneously were labeled “guilty” of criminal charges. Although Trump largely ignored the jarring back-to-back blows at a campaign rally ...

Green thumbs thrive at Community Garden

ESCANABA — Container gardening has become popular in recent years and very useful when property is scarce. When a bigger garden is needed, the residents of Escanaba have the Community Gardens. The Community Garden is made up of plots of land 30 feet by 30 feet, offered for a rental fee by ...

Escanaba River Bridge to close Aug. 27

WELLS — A closure of the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, according to a press release issued by the Michigan Department of Transportation today. The press release also noted work on the project is expected to be substantially completed in ...

Manafort guilty of 8 counts; mistrial on 10

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty of eight financial crime charges in the first trial victory for special counsel Robert Mueller's team. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts after jurors failed to reach a unanimous ...

Bid awarded to fix damaged school roof

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board approved a bid to repair a portion of the Escanaba Upper Elementary (EUE) auditorium roof during its regular meeting Monday. The board accepted a bid from Lake State Roofing, Inc. of Iron Mountain for $111,800 to repair the roof, which suffered severe ...

Gladstone School Board fills positions

GLADSTONE — With the 2018-19 school year set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 locally, the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education approved hiring of several different people to fill positions in the district during its regular meeting Monday. The board approved hiring Stacey Reath and ...