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YMCA buys former Wells school

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board accepted a bid of $150,000 from Northern Lights YMCA to purchase the former Wells Elementary School building Monday at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The YMCA bought the building, taking on a responsibility of clearing a reversion clause that was on ...

Benefit cuts frustrate city retirees

GLADSTONE — Gladstone city retirees voiced their frustrations again during the Gladstone City Commission meeting Monday night. The retirees spoke about cuts made to their post-retirement health benefits and how they are not getting any answers and if and when changes can be made to undo or ...

Gladstone revamps water line policy

GLADSTONE — The city of Gladstone approved changes to the Gladstone Water Department’s service line guidelines Monday. The commission took action because of changes to Michigan’s Lead Copper Rule. Michigan is the first state to mandate all lead service lines between water mains and ...

Three Escanaba parcels named brownfield eligible

ESCANABA — Three parcels on Stephenson Avenue were declared brownfield eligible Monday during a meeting of the City of Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The owner of the properties, Elementary Rentals, LLC., intends to develop the three parcels located at 320, 322, and 324 ...

Graduation day at Bay

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Above, Bay College graduates make their way into the 2019 graduation ceremony at the college in Escanaba Saturday. The graduates were led by the faculty into the YMCA gymnasium for the commencement ceremony at Bay College.

Search and rescue team prepares for emergencies

ESCANABA — The Delta County Search and Rescue (DCSAR) team has been around since the mid 1980s. The volunteer-based organization has gone from conducting ground searches for missing persons to a technical rescue team trained to handle a multitude of different search and rescue ...

Fisher Monuments operated by three generations

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Fisher Monuments in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Memorial Day will be observed later this month. Tom Fisher, co-owner of ...

Students release salmon into river

ESCANABA — Two local schools released Chinook “king” salmon that were raised by the students into the Escanaba River to mark the culmination of both of the schools’ Salmon in the Classroom program Friday. The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FWCTU), headquartered in ...

Experts say vaccines protecting U.P.

ESCANABA — The outbreak of measles throughout the U.S. shows why it is so important to get children vaccinated, according to local health officials. “Public Health has been experiencing an increase in calls from residents with questions about measles vaccines and immunity. We do not give ...

Whitmer vetoes $10M for exonerees

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued her first line-item veto Friday, nixing $10 million that would have shored up a nearly depleted state fund that compensates wrongfully convicted inmates. She said she supports the funding but stripped it to adhere to her intent to reject spending ...

Whitmer forgives four school snow days

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to forgive Michigan schools from rescheduling up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze in which she declared a state of emergency. The law will let schools not count the Jan. 29-Feb. 1 period toward a cap ...

Unique swings installed at parks

ESCANABA — Two expression swings were installed recently in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. The swings were donated by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) of Escanaba. An expression swing allows an adult and child to interact face to face while tandem swinging. One side has a ...

No sidewalk? Esky may enforce rule

ESCANABA — Escanaba homeowners who don’t have sidewalks could be in for a surprise if a long-standing but oft forgotten ordinance forces the construction of sidewalks on their property — and leaves them with the bill. How to enforce sidewalk construction rules was the topic of ...

Whitmer vows veto of auto insurance bill

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday threatened to veto legislation that would cut what are the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums, saying it falls short and urging the Republican-led Legislature not to send it to her desk without negotiated ...

Governor signs bills to limit asset forfeiture in drug cases

LANSING (AP) — Law enforcement in Michigan will be prohibited from permanently taking ownership of cash and other property seized in drug cases unless there is a criminal conviction or the assets are worth more than $50,000, under bipartisan bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gretchen ...

Sheriff patrols out on area ORV trails

ESCANABA — With the weather warming, Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) are taking to the trails in Delta County. Delta County Sheriff’s Office has a deputy dedicated to ORV safety by patrolling in the department’s ORV — equipped with radar, lights and a siren. According to Delta County ...

Work on disc golf course continues

ESCANABA — Efforts to complete a new disc golf course at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone are continuing. “We’re shooting to have the course officially opened in June,” Jon Harris, co-chair of Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club — the club that has been spearheading the ...

Pioneer Trail course still popular

ESCANABA — As work on the North Bluff Disc Golf Course in Gladstone continues, a disc golf course at Pioneer Trail Park has remained popular among local residents. Though the Pioneer Trail Park disc golf course was once free to use, disc golf enthusiasts must now pay a fee to use it. Delta ...

Gladstone students best in state in stock market game

GLADSTONE — Five Gladstone High School economics students placed first and second in the Michigan division of the Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game, a program from the SIFMA Foundation offered to students across the country, teaches students about investing money rather than spending ...

House OKs bill to cut auto insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan House early today approved a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries. The move set the stage for a ...