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Buckman named interim city manager

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission unanimously voted to appoint Eric Buckman as the new interim city manager Monday night — relieving Gladstone Public Safety Director Ron Robinson from the task. The appointment comes after Darcy Long was terminated from the position of city manager ...

Solar farm issue sent back to commission

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP - The Escanaba Township Board voted Monday to send a proposed change to the township’s zoning ordinance, which would allow for a large-scale solar generation facility to be constructed in the township, back to the planning commission and to hold a joint meeting between the ...

Esky schools get cyber security funds

ESCANABA — Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher updated the Escanaba School Board on the Marshall Plan for Talent program Monday night. The program was created last summer by former Gov. Rick Snyder. “He wanted to provide money to groups across the state that would come together and do ...

Fire destroys Esky dwelling

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press Escanaba Public Safety used an excavator Monday morning to reach flames in the upper story of a two-family home located at 426 1st Ave. S. Firefighters were already at the scene by 4:30 a.m. In addition to destroying the home itself, a neighboring home located at ...

Charlie’s Foods part of fair for 50 years

ESCANABA — For the past 50 years Charlie’s Foods have been a staple at the Upper Peninsula State Fair. The tradition began for Charlie Miller and his wife Mary long before this, though. Charlie’s father, and grandfather worked in the carnival foods business before him, while Mary’s ...

Butch honored for 45 years on Bay board

ESCANABA — Bay College Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Butch was honored for his four and a half decades of service on the board during the Michigan Community College Association’s Summer Conference in Acme, Mich., last month. Butch said he received his award during an honors banquet at ...

Dobber’s Pasties a staple for three generations

ESCANABA — Brad Mantela, who co-owns Dobber’s Pasties with his wife Josie Mantela, said this business has been in his family for three generations. The history of Dobber’s began with the Red Onion Restaurant, which was owned by Mantela’s grandfather in Negaunee in the 1960s. Pasties ...

UP. State Fair starts Monday

ESCANABA — A late-summer tradition will return to the area next week. The Upper Peninsula State Fair will begin Monday, Aug. 12 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 18. According to Executive Director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Vickie Micheau, 2019 is a milestone year for the ...

Strom sets final goals as administrator

ESCANABA — Outgoing Delta County Administrator Philip Strom is aiming to get several things done before he leaves his current position at the end of the month. Among Strom’s priorities for the transition process is the acceptance of a development agreement for the former Delta County ...

North Central Area Schools gets new leadership

POWERS — The North Central Area Schools District has a new administrative team gearing up for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent and Elementary Principal Jennifer Eichmeier and High School Principal David Florenski are focused on the future for the school district and the ...

Antique village ready for busy fair week

ESCANABA — With the U.P. State Fair starting Monday, work is underway to prepare the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village for the crowds it will receive during this event. “I’d say at least (200) or 300 a day, minimum,” U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association ...

UPPCO to buy solar farm power

ESCANABA — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) has entered into an agreement with Chandler Solar Project LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC and MAP Energy, LLC, for the purchase of renewable energy that will be generated by a new 125-megawatt utility ...

Fire prevention icon Smokey Bear marks 75th birthday

ESCANABA — Today is Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday. For 75 years, Smokey Bear has warned about fire danger, saying “Only you can prevent forest fires.” In honor of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, there will be a party at the Straits State Park in St. Ignace today and he will attend a ...

Agency readies decision on underwater pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s preparing to decide whether to let Canadian oil transport company Enbridge install supports for its underwater oil pipeline in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge disclosed Wednesday that erosion had opened a gap ...

Mid Pen tries flexible seating for kids

ROCK — Flexible seating has been shown to help students concentrate on learning. Mid Peninsula School’s (MPS) second and third grade teacher, Kristen Occhietti, has seen this first hand. Occhietti has always been interested in finding ways to get kids more invested in their education. She ...

Program plans zoo outing for area youth

ESCANABA — The local program, Engaging Youth in the Community, is having its second outing this summer at the De Young Zoo in Wallace, Tuesday, Aug. 13. This free activity is for children from ages eight to 18. Kids who have submitted their permission form will be picked up and dropped off at ...

Micheau takes assistant principal role at Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba High School Assistant Principal Jason Micheau is looking forward to the upcoming school year. Micheau was named assistant principal in June. Before that, he was a teacher for 20 years in Escanaba and assisted in coaching football. “This just feels like a natural ...

Enbridge reports gap in pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Erosion has created a gap beneath an oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes channel that’s wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, oil transport company Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday. The Canadian company said the opening between the pipe and the ...

Escanaba dog park opens

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Dogs run and play Tuesday afternoon at the Escanaba Dog Park, located near the Delta County Airport. The park officially opened Tuesday. The park has areas for both large and small dogs. No toys are allowed at the park and owners are responsible for their ...

County master plan makes progress

ESCANABA — Efforts to update Delta County’s master plan are continuing, outgoing Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said during a meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Strom gave board members information on the county’s master plan project at the ...