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Clerks ready for upcoming elections

ESCANABA — Townships across counties are preparing for the August primary and November general elections. In addition to regular election training, absentee ballots and COVID-19 have added to the concerns of some township clerks. Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki doesn’t foresee any ...

The Reopening: Recreational activities open in most states

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Blaiser recall language approved

ESCANABA — Language for a petition to recall Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier for comments about shooting rioters made at a meeting earlier this month was approved Monday by the Delta County Election Commission. During a discussion at the June 4 city council meeting about whether or ...

Bonifas reopens after pandemic closure

ESCANABA — The William Bonifas Fine Art Center re-opened June 9 with the Bonifas Membership Show in the Powers Gallery and the continued exhibit, “Lines - an Element of Art,” in the Studio Gallery, where permanent art collection pieces aid in educating visitors about art. The Bonifas, ...

Home improvement projects surge amid virus

ESCANABA — As a result of Michigan’s recent lockdown, business has been strong for a number of local stores providing supplies for home improvement projects. Kelly O’Connell, owner of T&T True Value Hardware in Escanaba, said it took a while for people in the area to adjust to the ...

3rd COVID-19 death reported in Delta County

ESCANABA — A third death related to COVID-19 was reported in Delta County Friday, according to state officials. The Upper Peninsula had 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths caused by the virus. Dayna Kapp, emergency preparedness coordinator for Public Health, Delta and Menominee ...

Man arrested following courthouse lockdown

HAYWARD, WIS. — A man who allegedly did donuts on the Schoolcraft County Courthouse’s lawn earlier this week and prompted the courthouse to lockdown was arrested in Wisconsin Thursday. At 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, a driver went onto the front lawn of the courthouse and spun their ...

William ‘Bill’ G. Hermes

ESCANABA — William “Bill” G. Hermes, 53, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. He was born on Nov. 12, 1966, son of Gordon J. and Dolores A. (Marmalick) Hermes. Bill was born in Ironwood, and in 1969 relocated to Escanaba with his family. He graduated from Escanaba High School, class ...

Road commission light on projects

ESCANABA — Summer is officially here — a season which is heavily associated with road work in Michigan. However, Delta County Road Commission Managing Director Jody Norman said the road commission has a relatively small number of projects planned for the coming months. “We don’t have ...

Trump showcases job record in Marinette

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Despite enormous economic headwinds and sky-high unemployment numbers, President Donald Trump sought to showcase his record as a job creator on Thursday during a visit to a shipyard in the battleground state of Wisconsin. Trump boasted of his “aptitude for ...

Judge orders pipeline shut down

DETROIT (AP) — A judge shut down an energy pipeline in Michigan’s Great Lakes on Thursday, granting a request from the state after the owner reported problems with a support piece far below the surface. Enbridge Inc. has not provided enough information to Michigan officials to show that ...

Are the days of the handshake numbered?

ESCANABA — National Handshake Day is the last Thursday of June each year. The handshake is one of the oldest forms of greeting someone, but where does it stand during this time and age of the coronavirus pandemic? Besides greeting someone, the handshake is known to be a good way to spread ...

9th Street project on schedule

GLADSTONE — With no obstacles in the way, the 9th Street project continues to progress as planned, according to Gladstone City Manager Eric Buckman. “The project is on schedule,” said Buckman. “The way it’s going right now the contractors are going to have no problems meeting the ...

Two are arraigned in shooting incident

INWOOD TOWNSHIP — Two residents of the Manistique area were recently arraigned on charges related to a shooting in Inwood Township. Trevor Lee Gault, 33, was arraigned at the 93rd District Court Monday on charges of assault with intent to murder and felony firearms. Bond for Gault was set ...

Angry motorist puts courthouse in lockdown

MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Courthouse was closed Wednesday after a driver — who apparently had a grievance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services — did donuts around its front mailbox early that morning. At 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, officers from ...

Trump visits Marinette, tours shipyard

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The last time President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin he staged a massive, raucous rally at an arena in downtown Milwaukee. When he returns today to the critical battleground state, he’ll be reminded how much has changed since. The Republican president will head to ...

Judge shuts down Great Lakes pipeline

DETROIT (AP) — A judge shut down an energy pipeline in Michigan’s Great Lakes on Thursday, granting a request from the state after the owner reported problems with a support piece far below the surface. Enbridge Inc. has not provided enough information to Michigan officials to show that ...

Farmers’ markets begin to open for season

ESCANABA — As summer continues, one local farmers’ market has opened for business and another is slated to re-open early next month. Gladstone’s farmers’ market re-opened on Monday, May 18. So far, the market’s 2020 season has been successful. “It’s been going great,” ...

Bay cuts nearly $1.8M from budget

ESCANABA — In response to an expected decline in state funding, Bay College has cut approximately $1.8 million from its budget for its 2020-21 fiscal year. Bay’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved in a special meeting of the Bay College Board of Trustees Monday. The ...

Schoolcraft County Courthouse closed, put in lockdown

MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Courthouse was closed and put into lockdown Wednesday due to an ongoing investigation and situation, according to Facebook posts made by pages representing the county. In a post from the Facebook page “Schoolcraft County,” County Board Chair Craig ...