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Local hospital marks completion of lab

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group celebrated the completion of construction on its new laboratory with a blessing and dedication ceremony Friday morning. The laboratory, which cost about $2.1 million in capital to complete, is expected to become operational ...

Bay, MSU Extension eye ag program

ESCANABA — Bay College has been working with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension to potentially bring a new, agriculture-related program to the area. Bay College President Laura Coleman spoke about this program at the Bay College Board of Trustees’ meeting. “I reported out on a ...

Walk in the Park today in Esky

ESCANABA — The 14th Annual Walk in the Park for Brain Tumor Research will be held today at Ludington Park in Escanaba. The walk raises money for the advancement of brain tumor research, and raises awareness of the prevalence of brain tumors and the need for a cure. It provides an ...

Players performance starts tonight

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Actors from Players de Noc performing a scene from the theater group’s summer production, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” are shown Thursday evening at the William Bonifas Theater in Escanaba. Actors, shown from left playing their respective parts, are Brian ...

Ludington Street bike rules approved

ESCANABA — Despite heated remarks from the victim of a bicycle/pedestrian collision and some changes to the way the city will regulate sidewalk usage, the Escanaba City Council officially approved language that will allow cyclists to use the sidewalks along Ludington Street Thursday. While ...

City clerk hiring issue heats up

ESCANABA — Months later, the hiring of Escanaba’s new city clerk, Lisa Glish, is continuing to make waves. Resident Jim Berthiaume spoke for 10 minutes at Thursday’s Escanaba City Council meeting on the way Glish’s hiring was handled by Mayor Marc Tall, Council Member Peggy Shumann, ...

Man killed by falling tree at Maple Ridge camp

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A man was killed at his Delta County camp Wednesday after he was struck by a falling tree, Michigan State Police at the Gladstone Post said. At approximately 1:10 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to a camp on Summer Meadow G.5 Rd in Maple Ridge Township for a man who ...

Lane closure planned on 3rd Avenue North

ESCANABA — The City of Escanaba will begin replacing water services along 3rd Avenue North between Stephenson Avenue and North 21st Street starting Monday. This work is due to the upcoming resurfacing of the street on 3rd Avenue North later this summer. As a result, the eastbound lane will ...

Lake oil spill in Michigan would cost nearly $2B

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline would be spoiled under a worst-case scenario oil spill in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, scientists reported Thursday. The cost of a doomsday spill could be as high as $1.8 billion, including $500 million in cleanup and $678 ...

Kids build robots at Lego camp

ESCANABA — Bay College and the UPWARD Talent Council brought their long-running Lego Robotics Camp program to Bay’s Escanaba campus once again this summer. Over the course of each four-day-long session of Lego Robotics Camp, participating students work with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits to ...

Fatal house fire victim identified

ESCANABA — The victim of a fatal house fire in Escanaba has been identified. Joseph P. Shea, 38, of Escanaba, died Tuesday evening as a result of a fire in his home, according to an obituary report. The fire occurred at a two-story home located at 301 N. 12th St. Escanaba Public Safety ...

Gladstone outlines 9th Street project

GLADSTONE — Dozens of people were in attendance at a meeting held by the City of Gladstone and the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on the upcoming 9th and 4th Street Project. The meeting took place at Gladstone American Legion Post 71 Wednesday evening. “The goal of the ...

U.P. school district finds elevated lead in water

MARQUETTE (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district says tests found elevated levels of lead in water at some of its buildings. Marquette Area Public Schools recently had samples tested in part because of similar issues reported at Northern Michigan University and concern for the safety of ...

Man killed by falling tree

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A man was killed at his Delta County camp Wednesday after he was struck by a falling tree, Michigan State Police at the Gladstone Post said. At approximately 1:10 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to a camp on Summer Meadow G.5 Rd in Maple Ridge Township for a man who ...

Music Makers

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Escanaba Summer Music Camp Director Lorne Watson, right, helps Sean Malnar — a Rapid River student who will be going into eighth grade this fall — play a piano part in “Louie, Louie” during the camp’s first rehearsal at the First Presbyterian Church Monday. ...

Man killed in Escanaba house fire

ESCANABA — A house fire claimed the life of a man after he became trapped in the structure Tuesday night, according to Escanaba Public Safety officers. The fire occurred at a two-story home located at 301 N. 12th St. Officers were called to the home at 10:21 p.m. after a fire was reported ...

New prosecutor: Be smart on crime

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners had an opportunity to hear from Brett Gardner — the county’s new prosecutor — during its regular meeting Tuesday. Gardner (who comes to the area from downstate Muskegon) was chosen from a pool of seven applicants interviewed by ...

Body found in burning vehicle identified

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Detectives from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post have identified the victim whose remains were discovered when troopers responded to a burning vehicle last week. Using dental records, detectives have determined the victim to be Douglas Kievit, 57, of ...

Fire danger very high in parts of U.P.

MARQUETTE — Recent rainfall has alleviated the hazardous dry conditions in some parts of the Upper Peninsula — however, the eastern U.P. remains quite dry, with fire danger listed as high to very high in much of the area. “We did have some areas that got adequate rainfall to help ...

Escanaba native creates board game

ESCANABA — A former Escanaba man and his wife have created their second board game which will be sold by a major retail store beginning in August. Joe Barron, his wife, and two dogs Ruby and Gipper, reside in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Joe is the mastermind behind the clever games that feature ...