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Man killed in collision with semi

FORD RIVER — An Escanaba man died after a traffic accident that shut down a portion of M-35 for several hours Thursday. Dustin Weigal, 35, of Escanaba was killed in the crash. According to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a car and ...

Governor halts pipeline project

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A law that Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state’s Democratic attorney ...

Rotary Trust Fund makes Camp Harstad a reality

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Rotary Trust Fund for Children with Special Needs, which funds the continued operation of Camp Harstad and other local Rotary initiatives, is once again asking for the support of community members in the form of donations to a fundraising campaign. Envelopes for the ...

Gladstone looks at peer-to-peer program

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone High School is making moves to establish a peer-to-peer mentoring elective course credit program for its students by next school year. Andrew Jacques, the assistant principal and athletic director at the high school, said this began after a group of parents, ...

Company ‘blights’ its own building

ESCANABA — Despite not receiving the blessing of the Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to blight its own property, Dial Companies permanently disconnected the sewer at the former Super One building in hopes of having the site named a brownfield. Hesitant to approve the designation, ...

Car v. semi accident prompts M-35 closure

FORD RIVER — According to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, officers are currently on scene at a car versus semi accident on M-35 south between the Breezy Point restaurant and Ford River. Due to the accident, traffic on M-35 south of Escanaba to L.85 Lane will be closed until further ...

M-35 reopened after accident

FORD RIVER — After being closed because of a traffic accident, M-35 is now re-open for traffic. According to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to a car versus semi accident on M-35 south between the Breezy Point restaurant and Ford River this morning. Due to the ...

Man charged in police standoff in Escanaba

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was arrested after pointing a handgun at police and barricading himself within his apartment Wednesday morning was arraigned on multiple felony charges in Delta County District Court Wednesday. David Christopher Tebear, 54, of 1531 Sheridan Road, Escanaba, was ...

Michigan’s unique auto fee rising to $220 a vehicle in July

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s mandatory fee to cover unlimited medical benefits for catastrophically injured drivers is rising to a record $220 per vehicle, which is more than double what it was a decade ago. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created entity that reimburses ...

Sheriff K-9 unit gets health grant

ESCANABA — Delta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jet was recently awarded a Healthcare for K-9 Heroes grant. Sheriff Ed Oswald said the company, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. based out of Massachusetts, approached the department with the opportunity. This is the same company that provided a ...

Barricaded gunman arrested in Escanaba

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was arrested after pointing a handgun at police and barricading himself within his apartment this morning. At around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Escanaba Public Safety Department officers were investigating a report of damage to property at 1531 Sheridan Road when a ...

More meth busts made in Manistique

MANISTIQUE — An investigation into narcotics led to the arrest of two Schoolcraft County residents and one Gladstone man on various charges relating to meth in Manistique Thursday. Manistique Public Safety officers and the Public Safety K-9 Unit conducted a narcotics investigation at 250 N. ...

Hearing set in criminal sexual conduct case

GLADSTONE — A hearing has been scheduled for motions to consolidate trials and modify bond for a Gladstone teen facing criminal sexual conduct charges in two cases in Delta County Circuit Court Tuesday. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind, who is now presiding over the two ...

21 measles cases reported downstate

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to 21 since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel and had stayed in New York, ...

Hobby Lobby opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Hobby Lobby held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of its Escanaba store Monday — the only Hobby Lobby store in the Upper Peninsula. Local dignitaries joined the festivities along with customers, eager to see what the store offered. In attendance at the ribbon ...

Great Lakes shipping season begins

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened Monday, marking the beginning of the 2019 Great Lakes shipping season. “The up-bound Motor Vessel Stewart J. Cort, a U.S. flagged 1,000 foot freighter, is the first ship to enter the Poe ...

9th Street tops list of budget projects in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The city of Gladstone’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget and Community Investment Plan (CIP) was approved after a public hearing during the city commission’s regular meeting Monday. City Manager Darcy Long provided a snapshot presentation on the $18 million budget and the major ...

Task force seeks to stop abuse of elderly

LANSING (AP) — A new task force has been formed to help stop physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse and neglect of elderly people in Michigan. The state’s Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with Michigan Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh and ...

Wolf project at Isle Royale has strong start

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — The rebuilding of Isle Royale National Park’s gray wolf population is off to a strong start. The Michigan park in Lake Superior now has 15 wolves following the transfer of seven from Canada over the weekend. Six came from Michipicoten Island and one from the Ontario ...

AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 12 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. The statewide average rose to a new 2019 high of $2.74 per gallon ...