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Enough Already! Area gets dumped by another spring snowstorm

ESCANABA — For the second time in two weeks, a spring snowstorm dropped a considerable amount of snow on the area, prompting school cancellations and making travel difficult. The local area was hit with deep and drifting snow that forced many to stay indoors, but accurate snow totals were ...

Dwelling damaged in Sunday fire

ESCANABA — An Escanaba home was damaged by fire early Sunday morning, according to Escanaba Public Safety officers. The blaze was reported at 5:02 a.m. at 327 N. 14th St. Officers attacked the fire from both the exterior and interior of the building and were able to bring the blaze under ...

Lisa Ann marking its first decade in business

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Lisa Ann in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Local women’s clothing store Lisa Ann is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style ...

Surrendered dogs prepare for adoption

ESCANABA — Forty-four dogs that were surrendered to the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba in March are making progress socially and medically, according to shelter personnel. On Thursday, March 22 shelter employees, volunteers, and Gladstone Public Safety began the process of removing ...

Winter storm to hit area this weekend

ESCANABA — A snowstorm that will likely arrive in the area Sunday could result in more than 10 inches of snow falling locally. Keith White, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS)’s Marquette office, spoke about this storm and the impact it could have on the Upper ...

Senators seek to shut down oil pipelines

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables. With an ...

Scott Dianda talks issues, state senate run

ESCANABA — Michigan state Senate candidate Scott Dianda visited Escanaba Tuesday to discuss his campaign and his goals for the region. In his current position as a state representative, Dianda serves the 110th House District, which is comprised of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and ...

Lund to run for probate court judge

GLADSTONE — Attorney Perry R. Lund, from Gladstone, has declared his candidacy for the position of Delta County Probate Judge, which will become vacant when Judge Robert E. Goebel, Jr. retires from the judgeship at the end of the year after 39 years of service. Lund, 52, is a lifelong ...

Trump vows to back law to protect marijuana industry

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the U.S. attorney general just three months ago. Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of ...

Bay exhibit highlights student art

ESCANABA — Bay College is sharing art made by its students with the community in Bay’s winter 2018 student art show, which is currently on display in the Besse Center Gallery. A reception for the exhibition was held in the gallery Thursday afternoon. “(I’m) extremely excited about ...

Escanaba eyes solar energy garden

ESCANABA — A recommendation to hire a contractor to build a one-megawatt solar energy garden in Escanaba will be considered by Escanaba City Council next week. The Electrical Advisory Committee (EAC) selected a bidder for the project at its meeting Wednesday. EAC members were told the ...

Strangulation case set for November jury trial

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman who was recently arrested on one count of strangulation and one count of domestic violence is scheduled to be tried by a jury. During a pretrial conference hearing in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday, Amelia Ann Emery, 28, opted for a jury trial, which has ...

Man sentenced to jail on cocaine charge

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was originally arrested on a 20-year cocaine felony and later pleaded to a four-year felony was sentenced to four months in jail in Delta County Circuit Court this week. Jameson Aaron Hanford, 39, was arrested in late December on one count of ...

Michigan Senate bill: Leave the pit bulls alone

LANSING (AP) — No bans on pit bulls allowed, Michigan’s Senate said on Thursday. The chamber voted 22-13 to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The bill now heads to the House for consideration. About 30 of Michigan’s local governments have ...

Work progressing on Esky River Bridge

WELLS — Work on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River has been going well, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Communications Representative for the Superior Region Dan Weingarten said. “Things are progressing smoothly,” he said. According to Weingarten, ...

School threat case heading for trial

ESCANABA — An Escanaba student who denied ever talking about buying a gun for a school shooting will be tried in Delta County Probate Court, the court decided after two witnesses to the conversation testified Wednesday. On March 14, Escanaba Public Safety investigated the report of threats ...

Evaluation: Kulbertis is ‘effective’

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Board of Education has completed its evaluation of Superintendent Jay Kulbertis for 2017-18. This evaluation was less positive than those the board has given Kulbertis in the past. The board used the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Superintendent ...

Mother of abused baby gives up her parental rights

ESCANABA — A mother who failed to protect her infant son from being physically abused by the child’s father, had her parental rights taken away during a hearing in Delta County Probate Court on Wednesday. Last month, Melisah Marie Jenkins, 21, of Escanaba, agreed it was in the best ...

Esky adds more road funds

ESCANABA — Taxpayers in Escanaba will see their money put to work in the 2018-2019 fiscal year when a variety of road projects are put into action as a result of finances tentatively approved by city council this week. During two days of work sessions Monday and Tuesday, council members met ...

Student expelled for school threat

ESCANABA — During a special meeting Tuesday, the Escanaba School Board took disciplinary action against a student who threatened to bring a gun to the Escanaba Junior High School last month. Following a closed session, board members decided to expel the 14-year-old teen effective ...