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Delta airport manager resigns post

ESCANABA — After working at the Delta County Airport for roughly a year, Airport Manager Jeffery Sierpien officially submitted his resignation Friday. In an email sent to the Daily Press, Sierpien stated he does not know exactly when he will be leaving the airport. “My actual date of ...

UPtoberfest returns this weekend

ESCANABA — People in the area will be able to have fun while supporting good causes when craft beer and wine festival UPtoberfest returns for its 14th year Saturday. Josh Marenger — vice president of Bay de Noc Brewers, the club that organizes the annual event — said tickets to ...

Senator: Whitmer-backed budget bill is ‘olive branch’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed undoing some of her budget vetoes Thursday, a move that a Democratic ally described as an “olive branch” to Republicans who run Michigan’s Legislature. Much of the proposed $476 million in supplemental spending reflects Whitmer priorities ...

Deer season outlook similar to 2018

ESCANABA — Michigan’s 2019 regular firearm deer season is set to begin next month. Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Escanaba Customer Service Center Wildlife Biologist Karen Sexton said the DNR is not expecting the size of the local deer population to be dramatically different ...

Crossing guard transition going well

ESCANABA — After approximately 50 years of being under the employ of the Escanaba School District, current school crossing guards now work for the Escanaba Public Safety Department. Crossing guards were trained before the school year and now stand in front of each school building aiding ...

UPPCO seeks extension of bimonthly meter reading

MARQUETTE — Some Upper Peninsula Power Co. customers could receive estimated bills until September. The company has applied with the Michigan Public Service Commission for a six-month extension of a waiver allows UPPCO to read the “majority” of the company’s residential meters on a ...

Rabid skunk problem reported downstate

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities. Oakland County’s health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight ...

Fire prevention takes center stage

SPALDING TOWNSHIP — This week — Fire Prevention Week — is dedicated to teaching fire safety. Dan Hammerberg, Spalding Township fire chief and Region 1 training division coordinator for the Bureau of Fire Service, spoke on the importance of developing fire escape plans and other safety ...

Candidates selected for Delta County administrator

ESCANABA — Interviews for the position of Delta County administrator are set to take place next week, the county has announced. Additionally, a list of finalists for the position has been released. A committee of the whole meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 at 5:15 p.m. at the ...

Child center gets boost from county

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant amendment that will allow a child advocacy center in Delta County to continue providing its services Tuesday. The board’s decision was made during its statutory meeting that day. In 2018, the ...

Schools combine efforts for Tackle Cancer fundraiser

ESCANABA — The Escanaba High School Key Club, Silver Linings, Gladstone High School Key Club and Bay de Noc Community College Circle K are teaming up to raise money this week for the second annual Tackle Cancer fundraiser/event. Members are raising money by selling baked goods, decals, ...

High water woes continue into fall

ESCANABA — Lake Michigan water levels were at an all time high through the summer months, causing some problems along the coastline and inland. No one knows this more than Gladstone Parks and Recreation Director Nicole Sanderson and her team. They are reviewing areas affected by the high ...

Committee to study solar farm issue

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — The Escanaba Township Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of forming an ad hoc committee that will discuss the future of solar power in the township Monday. In a joint meeting held last month, the Escanaba Township Board once again sent a proposed amendment to ...

Area not immune to domestic violence

GLADSTONE — October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In recognition of the DVAM, Michigan State Police, including the local Gladstone Post, is seeking to educate residents about domestic violence and the resources available to friends and family to help support ...

Michigan 5th state to join age-friendly network

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is the fifth state to partner with the AARP and the World Health Organization to be age-friendly, so people can age in place in their homes and communities. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer helped announce Michigan’s application and certification on Monday at an ...

Manistique Senior Center hopes renovation becomes a reality

MANISTIQUE — A multimillion-dollar grant opportunity from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) could potentially fund a major project at the Manistique Senior Citizens Center. “We want to expand out — we want to renovate our existing senior center,” Senior Center ...

Handle with Care helps students facing crisis

ESCANABA — There are days in life you feel ‘off,’, nothing works the way you want, or think it should. Then there are days you find yourself unable to concentrate on the task at hand. Why? Maybe you’re tired, don’t feel well, or something else is going on in your life and you cannot ...

Spending vetoed by Whitmer may be revived

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not specifying which of the near-$1 billion in vetoed funding she wants to restore if a budget deal can be reached with the Republican-led Legislature. But a look at what the Democrat backed in her initial plan provides an indication of what ...

Gladstone Homecoming

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press The Gladstone Senior class float passes by during the 2019 homecoming parade Friday night before the varsity football game. This year’s Homecoming theme was “Holidays” — freshmen had Easter, sophomores were given the Fourth of July, juniors had ...

Teen gets prison for assault

ESCANABA — A Gladstone teen, who faced criminal sexual assault charges in two cases involving codefendants, was sentenced to a minimum of 40 months in prison in Delta County Circuit Court Friday. Hunter Grizz Gallagher, 18, of Gladstone, pleaded guilty in both criminal sexual conduct cases ...