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Prosecutor marks 1st year on job

ESCANABA — It has been a little over a year since Brett Gardner officially started as the new Delta County prosecutor. Gardner has made it his priority to have a team in the prosecutor’s office dedicated to meeting the needs of the community, to work closely with the law enforcement ...

State school funding still uncertain

GLADSTONE — Gladstone School District adopted its preliminary 2019-2020 fiscal year budget during a special meeting in June. Superintendent Jay Kulbertis explained to the school board members how although they had to adopt a budget before July 1, the state’s contribution to local school’s ...

Marquette explains hopes for spaceport

ESCANABA — Participants in a Delta County joint governmental roundtable discussion heard about efforts to potentially bring a spaceport to the Upper Peninsula from Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch Monday morning. During the roundtable, Erbisch spoke about his county’s ...

Escanaba continues as School of Choice district

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board voted to continue accepting applications for enrollment of students from outside the Escanaba School District for the 2019-2020 school year at its meeting Monday night. The board will continue to operate a schools of choice program in compliance with the ...

Testing keeps local beaches safe

ESCANABA — Are local beaches free from E. coli bacteria? Testing by local health officials makes sure they are. Escanaba and Gladstone beaches are monitored and tested once a week by the Public Health-Delta and Menominee Counties. Included in the testing are Henes Park and Memorial Beach in ...

Watch out for this week’s heat wave

ESCANABA — With temperatures expected to be in the 80s this week, local authorities provided safety tips for people to keep in mind during the heat of the summer months. The area experienced a sudden shift from cool to hot weather this summer. Because of this, dealing with the heat may be ...

Business profile: D&D Take ’em Kennels caters to canine clientele

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is D&D Take ‘em Kennels of Gladstone. — — — GLADSTONE — Since it was established a few years ago, D&D Take ’em Kennels has focused on the health, ...

Park gets new playground thanks to community support

SPALDING TOWNSHIP — After almost two years of planning and fundraising, the Veterans Memorial Park in Powers-Spalding Township has a new state of the art play structure for local and visiting children alike to enjoy. The playground was community-funded and community-assembled. The ...

U.P. reacts to deer baiting ban

ESCANABA — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission decided to ban deer baiting and feeding in part of the central Upper Peninsula earlier this week. State Rep. Beau LaFave and representatives of local wildlife groups expressed concerns related to this decision. The decision was made in ...

Judge denies motion to adjourn trial

ESCANABA — A motion to adjourn an upcoming criminal sexual conduct trial due to a scheduling conflict with the defendant’s expert witness was denied in Delta County Circuit Court Friday. Dylan Michael-Patrick McDonough, 19, of Gladstone, is charged with one count of criminal sexual ...

Sexual assault trials to share evidence

ESCANABA — Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind decided evidence from one criminal sexual conduct case will be allowed to be used in the defendant’s other upcoming criminal sexual conduct trial in Delta County Circuit Court Friday. After hearing the arguments, Barglind ...

Weather impacts strawberry crop

ESCANABA — Strawberry-picking season has begun in Delta County, but local strawberry farmers said low temperatures this winter and spring have had an impact on their farms. Pellegrini Farm, located west of Escanaba, opened for the strawberry season Thursday. Customers at the farm are able ...

Baiting ban set in U.P.’s CWD area

LANSING — A series of deer hunting regulations aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease were approved Thursday by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular monthly meeting in Lansing. The regulations include a ban on baiting in part of the central U.P. that is ...

Walk aids brain tumor research

ESCANABA — For the past 14 years, residents have come together to raise money and awareness for brain tumor research by taking a walk through Ludington Park. The 15th annual Walk in the Park for Brain Tumor Research will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at Ludington Park in ...

Michigan’s top court lets local court cost system stand

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics call it an illegal tax on ...

Webster pool

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press From left to right, Rhett Pellegrini, 4, Chandler Lange, 4, Jace Pellegrini, 6, and Bronson Menard, 6, link up to float together in the Webster Wading Pool in Escanaba Wednesday. The wading pool, located at the 1300 block of North 19th Street, officially opened for ...

Delta County looks toward budget

ESCANABA — Delta County’s budget for its 2019-20 fiscal year is currently in the works, Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said. Strom is aiming to present an early draft of the county’s 2019-20 budget to the Delta County Board of Commissioners next month. “I would like to have ...

Robbery was man’s 2nd in Escanaba

ESCANABA — A Kalamazoo man was arraigned on an armed robbery charge in Delta County District Court Wednesday. The alleged incident was his second robbery attempt in Escanaba in the last 10 years. Mark James Wilson, 59, of Kalamazoo, was officially charged with armed robbery, a felony ...

Music festival in Gladstone this weekend

GLADSTONE — The rhythmic sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll will resonate over Little Bay de Noc Friday and Saturday. The Gladstone Yacht Club is hosting the 12th annual Rockin’ the Bay music festival Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. Musicians from near and far ...

Democratic presidential hopeful opposes Line 5 pipeline plan

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the lakes. In a statement released to The ...