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County board approves 2020-21 budget

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s budget for its 2020-21 fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday. The county’s 2020-21 general fund budget was listed as $10,890,281. This marked an increase of $37,153 from the amended 2019-20 general fund budget of ...

COVID-19 cases spike in Menominee, Delta counties

ESCANABA — The counties of Delta and Menominee saw their COVID-19 case numbers spike Monday, and Menominee County recorded its first local death attributed to coronavirus Tuesday. On Monday, Sept. 14, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Health Officer Michael Snyder said ...

Relocated Isle Royale wolves fitting in

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gray wolves that were taken to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park to rebuild its nearly extinct population are forming social groups, staking out territory and apparently mating — promising signs despite heavy losses from natural causes and deadly fights, ...

Officers regain control of UP prison unit

LANSING (AP) — Authorities regained control of a 236-inmate housing unit inside an Upper Peninsula prison early Monday hours after a fight among three inmates resulted in one being Tased by an officer, the state Corrections Department said. The fight began around 10:25 p.m. Sunday at the ...

Board delays decision on gun ban at Capitol

LANSING (AP) — A board that oversees Michigan’s Capitol building on Monday put off making a final decision about whether to ban guns there, more than four months after armed protesters opposed to the governor’s coronavirus shutdowns entered the building. The Michigan State Capitol ...

Esky schools take action on virus plans

ESCANABA — Members of the Escanaba Area Public School District Board of Education took action on a variety of items related to the COVID-19 pandemic during a committee of the whole meeting Monday. Early in the meeting, Superintendent Coby Fletcher gave board members an update on how things ...

Donations steady at area food pantries

ESCANABA — While summer and early fall is typically a slow time for donations to local food pantries, representatives of these pantries said things have been different in 2020. “It’s been kind of an interesting year for us,” Major Alex Norton of the Salvation Army of Escanaba ...

U.P. in critical need of blood donatiions

ESCANABA — The U.P. Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O+, B+ and A- blood types. The U.P. Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 U.P. hospitals. Visit the center’s Facebook ...

Crew locates long-sought Lake Michigan shipwreck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the crew muscled yet another railroad car off the stern of the ship and into the murky depths of Lake Michigan, Capt. Peter Kilty of the Pere Marquette 18 may have breathed a sigh of relief. It had been a tumultuous few hours out in the middle of the lake early on ...

Child porn case sent to circuit court

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on 18 counts related to child pornography. Richard Damien Feathers, Sr., 56, of 215 N. 20th St., Escanaba, was bound over on the following counts: one count of child sexually abusive ...

School board candidates talk issues

ESCANABA — Candidates vying for seats on the Escanaba Area Public School District Board of Education participated in an outdoor question-and-answer forum Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the Michigan Education Support Professional Association (MESPA) and took place at the Karas ...

Daily Press to start mail delivery

ESCANABA — Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, The Daily Press will be delivered to its subscribers by the U.S. Postal Service. This announcement comes after weeks of meetings with high-level postal officials to arrange for same-day delivery of your newspaper. “We are happy to be able to partner ...

Delta County sees 4th death from virus

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 1,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 196 probable cases and 20 deaths linked to the disease as of Friday, according to state officials. These numbers include a newly-reported death in Delta County. “Delta County had an additional death — the only ...

Airport gets $1.08M in CARES Act funding

ESCANABA — The Delta County Airport is planning to use CARES Act funding to mitigate its share of the costs for an upcoming runway project, Airport Manager Andrea Nummilien said. This summer, the Delta County Airport was awarded about $1,080,000 in CARES Act funding in response to the ...

County park cabin project continues

ESCANABA — The Delta Conservation District (DCD) is continuing to make progress on its efforts to install rustic cabins in county parks. While the district is still seeking donations, the cost of 10 cabins included in the project’s first phase will be covered by an anonymous ...

Escanaba hotel plan moves forward

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved a plan for the redevelopment of the former Delta County Jail site Thursday morning. The plan now heads to the city council for final approval. The Illinois-based Proxima Management Group is seeking approval for more than ...

Program provides free college for essential workers

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday released details of a program to provide free college for an estimated 625,000 essential workers who worked in-person when stay-at-home orders were in place. It was first announced in April and will be paid for, at least initially, ...

Top court wants briefs on governor’s powers

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court wants more information after listening to hours of arguments over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s sweeping use of authority during the coronavirus pandemic. The court told the parties to file briefs on key portions of a 1945 law that Whitmer has cited ...

Chamber annual dinner nixed by pandemic

ESCANABA — The Delta County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner — which normally puts a spotlight on what local people and businesses have achieved over the past year — will not be held as planned in 2020. On Aug. 13, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce board voted to cancel the event, ...

Menominee, Marquette, Delta, top U.P. virus cases

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 1,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 189 probable cases and 19 deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 163 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 29 probable cases and three deaths; Menominee County had 232 confirmed cases ...