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Breathing under the ice

By Mark Mylchreest and Darren Kramer Michigan Department of Natural Resources Deep winter snow and prolonged ice cover on Upper Peninsula inland lakes can create conditions that present unique habitat challenges to fish. Staffers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries ...

Fireplace blamed for house fire

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — Embers from a fireplace are being blamed for a fire that damaged a Masonville Township home Saturday, according to the Masonville Township. Fire Department. At 5:17 p.m., Masonville firefighters was dispatched to 7953 Alger Delta 43rd Road for a structure fire. Upon ...

Budget prep underway in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission held budget work sessions last week. While City Manager Eric Buckman said the commission won’t have solid numbers on upcoming projects until the middle of March, he was able to confirm that the General Fund will be coming in under ...

Whitmer signs propane distribution order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency to ensure adequate propane distribution over the coming days. The order temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to allow the immediate delivery of ...

DNR offers tips for ice fishing safely

ESCANABA — This winter, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers have assisted numerous anglers who’ve fallen through thin ice. DNR Public Information Officer John Pepin advised anyone who plans to go onto Lake Michigan to learn safety precautions before heading out. Though ...

Ohio man arrested for climbing bridge

St. IGNACE, Mich. — Investigators from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post report that Isaac Kendall Wright, a 25-year-old man from Cincinnati, Ohio, was arraigned Thursday in the 89th District Court of Cheboygan County on a charge of Felony Trespass Upon a Key Transportation Facility ...

COVID-19 cases slowing in peninsula

ESCANABA — As of Friday, the U.P. had 16,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 20 cases in 24 hours), 3,989 probable cases, 381 deaths and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of ...

Guns in capitol buildings divide states after armed protests

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite ...

Who is getting COVID-19 vaccinations?

ESCANABA — Vaccines arming residents against the virus responsible for COVID-19 continue to be distributed across the Upper Peninsula, but even with rules in place about who qualifies for vaccination, there are major differences in the demographics of who is actually getting the ...

COVID-19 cases continue to slow in U.P.

ESCANABA — As of Thursday, the U.P. had 16,254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 15 cases in 24 hours), 3,976 probable cases, 380 deaths and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of ...

Downstate board votes down resolution recognizing Bergman’s work

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in northern Michigan have voted down a resolution to recognize the service of a Republican congressman to his district. The seven-member Grand Traverse County Board voted 3-3 Wednesday on the resolution for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, the Traverse ...

Planning commission dominates Esky meeting

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Planning Commission was the major topic of discussion at Thursday night’s regular city council meeting, which was held virtually. In addition to a presentation on the commission’s actions over the past year by Planning Commission Chair James Hellerman, the ...

Lent begins

Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Rev. Rick L. Courier sprinkles ashes on the head of a parishioner during a slightly-modified Ash Wednesday service at St. Anthony the Apostle Church in Escanaba Wednesday. Despite the on-going pandemic, the faithful filled the church Wednesday, with some gathering in ...

No new COVID-19 cases in Delta County for second day

ESCANABA — As of Wednesday, the U.P. had 16,239 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 11 cases in 24 hours), 3,966 probable cases, 379 deaths (unchanged) and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan ...

Restaurants seek to tie limits to virus rate

LANSING (AP) — Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic. Bars and restaurants, which reopened for indoor ...

Wooden Nickel has licenses suspended

LANSING — The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has issued an emergency suspension of the liquor licenses and permits for the Wooden Nickel in Marquette. The agency cites multiple violations of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order on Gatherings ...

90 cases of virus variant found at prison

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Ninety cases of a COVID-19 variant believed to be more contagious have been found in inmates and staff at a western Michigan prison, and dozens of test results are pending, officials said. Daily testing began at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, after a ...

Michigan utility crews to help restore power

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Utility crews from Michigan will help their counterparts in North Carolina restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following a series of severe winter storms that swept across the nation’s midsection and parts of the South. Nearly 50 Consumers Energy ...

Restaurants optimistic about future

ESCANABA — The outlook on returning to 25% restaurant occupancy in the U.P. might be described as cautious optimism with a strong shot of gratitude. Co-owner of Jack’s Restaurant in Rapid River Bobbi Ryan said getting back to 25% capacity is a good start, but it’s a bit of a struggle. ...

Esky schools reconfirms COVID-19 plan

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board has reconfirmed its current Extended COVID-19 Learning (ECOL) plan. The plan determines how the district will provide education to students (in person, streaming or hybrid). Having an ECOL is required in order to receive state aid for the 2020-2021 school ...