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Armed robber wanted to go back to prison

ESCANABA — The downstate man charged with armed robbery of the Escanaba Hardee’s restaurant was sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court Monday. Mark James Wilson, 59, of 10098 Woodlawn Drive, Portage, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery - habitual ...

Gladstone signs contract for 9th Street project

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission authorized City Manager Eric Buckman to sign a construction contract agreement with Oberstar for the 9th Street project Monday night. The project, which is slated to begin next spring, faced many changes and challenges including how big the project ...

Christmas in the Village

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Santa Claus walks down a pathway along the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds Friday. Santa was visiting the village for the annual Christmas in the Village event.

Gladstone’s welcome sign gets facelift

GLADSTONE — When driving north towards the city of Gladstone along the Lake Michigan shoreline, motorists can check out the upgraded Welcome to Gladstone letters positioned on the hillside to the right. Life Scout Alex Williams, 17, approached the Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department ...

Bay student art goes on display

ESCANABA — Art created by Bay College students over the past few months will be on display in the Besse Center Gallery through Dec. 16 in the college’s fall 2019 student art exhibition. A reception for the exhibition took place at the college recently. Arts Faculty and Fine Arts ...

Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

LANSING (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling options already. Those include three ...

Holiday happenings

A crowd turned out for the annual Christmas Parade in Escanaba Friday night. The theme this year was a “Disney Christmas” and the parade entrants did it justice.

Christmas in the Village

Santa Claus stops and chats with Jim Jankowski during the annual Christmas in the Village event at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s village in the U.P. State Fairgrounds Friday. The Christmas celebration continues today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Santa will be back today to speak with ...

Extended firearm deer season proposed

ESCANABA — Opening day of Michigan’s firearm deer season, Nov. 15, is a Michigan holiday, especially in the Upper Peninsula. However, the season and its opening day may change. A bill introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives in early November looks to extend firearm deer ...

Rough start to winter for road crews

ESCANABA — The Delta County Road Commission (DCRC) was tested in winter preparedness by the recent snow storm on Dec. 1. DCRC Managing Director Jody Norman and his crew prepare to reduce hazardous road conditions for motorists during the winter season long before one snowflake hits the ...

Christmas in Rapid River is today

RAPID RIVER — Residents will be able to get ready for the holidays and support local businesses at the 46th annual Christmas in Rapid River event today. The theme of this year’s event is “Candy Cane Christmas.” Local merchants will celebrate Christmas in Rapid River from 9 a.m. to 4 ...

Snow takes toll on Christmas tree farms

BARK RIVER — While it is common for people to wish for a white Christmas, a snowstorm that hit the area last weekend has created problems for local Christmas tree farms. Among these farms is Teal’s Tree Farms, located in Bark River. “It’s been pretty rough — all this snow has made ...

Gladstone eyes wastewater project

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission unanimously approved starting the application process for a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan to improve the Gladstone Wastewater Treatment Plant’s efficiency and capacity. The motions came after recommendations were made by C2AE, of Escanaba, ...

Escanaba approves retirement changes

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council members approved changes to the city’s participation agreement with the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan Thursday. The changes, which are being made as a result of City Manager Patrick Jordan’s new contract, were previously ...

Enbridge leaves debris in Lake Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company’s preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Lake Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, ...

After the storm

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Escanaba Public Works workers remove snow piled high in the center-lane along Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba Wednesday morning. Efforts continue to clean up the vast amount of snow that hit the region Sunday. The Escanaba area received about 23 inches of snow.

Anatomy of a meth ring

ESCANABA — Since the investigation began in July 2018, individuals involved in a drug distribution ring in the Escanaba area were convicted or are awaiting sentencing on drug-related crimes in Delta County Circuit Court. Local law enforcement agencies worked together in the investigation ...

Holiday home contest in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Christmas lights will twinkle on homes for holiday cheer and a good cause in Gladstone this year. Homes within the Gladstone city limits can participate in a house decorating contest. Ron Miaso, Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA) coordinator, said the contest is ...

Legislature OKs undoing budget vetoes; both sides optimistic

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature passed bills Wednesday that would restore more than half of the proposed spending vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer two months ago, a signal that a budget impasse that began over how to fix Michigan’s badly dilapidated roads and turned ...

Choral Christmas concert rescheduled

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Members of the Bay de Noc Choral Society rehearse for their upcoming Christmas concert at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba recently. The society’s Christmas concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba at 1:30 p.m. The ...