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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 ...

Millage fails at Mid Pen by one vote

ESCANABA — Area voters supported one millage proposal — but denied another by just one vote — during a special election Tuesday. In the Mid Peninsula School District, which includes the townships of Baldwin and Maple Ridge in Delta County and Ewing and Turin in Marquette County, voters ...

Sen. Peters visits Esky, talks issues

ESCANABA — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., visited Engineered Machined Products (EMP) in Escanaba during his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan Tuesday. While visiting EMP, Peters took a brief tour of the business’ advanced products building. There, he had an opportunity to see ...

Esky’s Planet Walk to get an upgrade

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s Planet Walk on Ludington Street will be getting an upgrade. Years of outside elements have taken a toll on the posts and attached placards stationed along the 11 block walking tour. The beginning of the planet walk was installed in front of the Escanaba Public ...

Bay moves forward with millage

ESCANABA — Bay College will be moving forward with a new operating millage proposal that includes a millage increase. The Bay College Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to approve language for the millage proposal during a special meeting Monday. In Delta County’s Nov. 5 election, area ...

SUV used as weapon in attempted murder case

MENOMINEE TOWNSHIP — An argument over $140 has left one man in intensive care and another charged with assault with intent to murder and attempted murder in Menominee Township. The chain of events began on Friday and continued into this week. According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s ...

Storm topples numerous trees in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Numerous trees and power lines were down in the city of Gladstone after the storm Monday evening. According to Gladstone Public Safety Department, city emergency crews were out last night cleaning up trees from the roadways and restoring power. City of Gladstone released a ...

August marks effort to promote immunization

ESCANABA — August is National Immunization Awareness Month and school is just around the corner. The Immunization Coordinator for Public Health, Delta and Menominee counties (PHDM) stressed the importance of immunizations and educating the public on immunizations. Jennie Miller, the ...

Daily Press health fair draws crowd

ESCANABA — Hundreds of people attended the ninth annual Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair Sunday. The event, which is held at the Ruth Butler Building on the U.P. State Fairgrounds each year, gives families an opportunity to have fun while learning about health and ...

Rising Great Lakes erode shorelines

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Rapidly rising water levels in the Great Lakes are damaging shorelines and creating uncertainty for lakeshore residents. Duluth has dealt with three major storms on Lake Superior in less than two years, with the latest hitting last October. The city’s construction ...

Pride event and march held in Escanaba

ESCANABA — A safe space for acceptance and love was created in downtown Escanaba Saturday. The Escanaba Market Place filled with LGBT community members and allies alike to show they are here and they are proud of who they are during the first ever pride picnic and march in Escanaba. ...