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Black Tuesday, Xmas tree lighting set

ESCANABA — Downtown Escanaba’s Black Tuesday event will be an all-day affair this year. The annual event, which kicks off the holiday shopping season downtown, is organized by the Downtown Partners in Business and the Escanaba Downtown Development Association. The event, scheduled for ...

Christmas tree permits available online

GLADSTONE — Christmas tree permits in the Hiawatha National Forest are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov for the upcoming holiday season. Purchase information and details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at ...

Mich. leader: Trump didn’t ask for election interference

LANSING (AP) — President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday, a day before canvassers plan to meet about whether to certify Joe Biden’s ...

Tribe settles court battle with State of Michigan

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Indian Community has reached an agreement with the State of Michigan to resolve a decade-long court battle over tribal gaming on a parcel of land in Vanderbilt, Michigan. BMIC and the State of Michigan had each sued one another to determine whether the Tribe could ...

Salvation Army adjusts Red Kettle Campaign

ESCANABA — As the virus responsible for COVID-19 wreaks havoc on Americans’ day-to-day lives, the Salvation Army is soldiering on with its goal of providing community support to those in need and is continuing its Red Kettle Campaign — albeit, with a few changes. Much of the annual ...

Infections hit 2K in Delta, 1K in Menominee

ESCANABA — Both Delta and Menominee Counties passed grim milestones Friday, when Delta County passed 2,000 COVID-19 infections and Menominee County passed 1,000. As of Friday, the U.P. had 10,464 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,736 probable cases, 178 deaths and 30 probable deaths linked to ...

Judge won’t stop 3-week ban on indoor dining

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday declined to immediately stop a three-week ban on indoor dining in Michigan, the latest coronavirus restriction imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration. A restraining order wasn't appropriate, especially when the state hasn't had a chance ...

Trump tries to use Michigan lawmakers to subvert Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden's victory as criticism mounted that his futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to ...

A gift of life for the holidays

Daily Press file photo A man donates blood at a blood drive this summer in Escanaba. Even though the holidays are approaching and the country is still in the grips of a pandemic, the need foe blood and blood donors has not decreased. Healthy individuals are urged to give the gift of life by ...

Delta County nears 2,000 virus cases

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula officially passed 10,000 cases of COVID-19. As of Thursday, the U.P. had 10,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,705 probable cases, 175 deaths and 29 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Thursday according to state officials. The figure does not ...

Councilman wants homeless warming center

ESCANABA — How to keep the homeless warm when the pandemic has closed all the city buildings used as warming centers was a hot topic at Thursday’s regular city council meeting. In the past, the community’s homeless have gathered at the Escanaba Public Library and used the facility as a ...

Trump invites Mich. GOP leaders to White House

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump summoned Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state. Two people familiar with the matter told The ...

Hunting licenses soar in virus-weary US

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Hunting was a big part of Zane Goucher’s youth, when he pursued whitetail deer and ruffed grouse in the Maine woods with his father. He eventually drifted away from the sport but has returned after a 22-year absence, inspired by the coronavirus outbreak. Many ...

U.P. COVID-19 cases near 10,000

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 9,993 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,677 probable cases, 169 deaths and 29 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Wednesday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,907 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 243 probable cases and 46 deaths; ...

U.P. health departments get medical director

ESCANABA — Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM), along with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) and the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department (DIDHD) announced the appointment of Robert Lorinser, MD, MPH, MSW as their new medical director. Dr. Lorinser ...

Michigan canvassers drop meeting after counties certify vote

DETROIT (AP) — A state Board of Canvassers’ meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled after canvassers in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The meeting had been scheduled in ...

Needy vets get holiday food baskets

ESCANABA — The Community Foundation for Delta County distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to area veterans Tuesday. Distribution took place at the Escanaba Veterans Center. Another food basket distribution took place in Gladstone. “On behalf of needy Delta County Veterans and myself, I ...

Marquette tops 2,000 virus cases

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 9,759 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,601 probable cases, 170 deaths and 29 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Tuesday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,869 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 239 probable cases, 46 deaths and nine ...

Escanaba outlines school operation plan

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Area School District has laid out plans for how schools will operate over the next three weeks. On Sunday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an order that requires remote instruction for students in grades 9-12 from Wednesday, November 18 ...

Restaurants sue to try to stop new ban on dining

DETROIT (AP) — Just hours before another shutdown, a Michigan restaurant association sued Tuesday to try to stop a ban on indoor dining, attacking the latest restrictions from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in response to a wave of coronavirus cases. The Michigan Restaurant & ...