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Local school districts to start before Labor Day

ESCANABA — Local school districts included in the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) will start the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day this year. DSISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring was asked by other school district superintendents to apply for a Labor Day Waiver ...

Task force urges overhaul of Michigan jail, pretrial system

LANSING (AP) — Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money, consider alternatives to incarceration and take other steps to reduce jail populations that have tripled in under 40 years, a task ...

Island Resort & Casino to expand

HANNAHVILLE — The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council has approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino to include over 100 hotel rooms. The addition will be connected to the south end of the current 11 story Palm Tower complete with three guest elevators and a ...

Volunteers add touch of color to school

ESCANABA — Escanaba Upper Elementary was given a colorful accent over Christmas break. Volunteers, led by Upper Elementary teacher Tara Mosier, painted two staircases. Seven habits from the Leader in Me program were painted on the staircase heading toward the cafeteria, and the staircase by ...

Open seat on Gladstone Commission

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission will need to fill a vacant seat after accepting Commissioner Dave Phalen’s letter of resignation Monday. Phalen, who was recently re-elected, had let the commission and public know before the election of the possibility of having to step down ...

Wickham to take principal post at Lemmer

ESCANABA — Current Soo Hill Elementary School Principal Paulette Wickham will become the principal at Lemmer Elementary School next school year. Superintendent Coby Fletcher asked the Escanaba School Board for its support for the move Monday. “I will be placing Paulette Wickham in the ...

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone while ...

Busy year at Delta Animal Shelter

ESCANABA — In 2019, the Delta Animal Shelter took in many animals, from strays to surrenders, and created safe environments for animals to either be reunited with their forever families or finally be adopted and go to their forever homes. Over the course of last year, the shelter took in ...

Escanaba schools prepare for emergencies

ESCANABA — In December, the Escanaba School Board adopted an Emergency Operations Plan. The plan had to be written before administration applied for a Michigan State Police safety grant, so it was created the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. “The district had to have an emergency ...

Business Profile: Brian’s Auto Glass expands both services and service area

ESCANABA — Brian’s Auto Glass has been working to expand both its service area and the services it provides. Owner Dan Garcia said the building where Brian’s Auto Glass is located is actually home to two different businesses — his business and Brian’s Quick Lube, owned by Erick ...

Residents find ways to beat cabin fever

ESCANABA — January and February are typically some of the coldest and snowiest months of the year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do locally. With this in mind, area residents shared their strategies for beating cabin fever. Escanaba resident Chuck Makosky said he likes ...

Winter road maintenance costs unknown

ESCANABA — When winter storms hit the area, county road crews are out trying to keep conditions reasonable for motorists. The Delta County Road Commission maintains 1,250 miles of state, primary and local roads with 22 plow routes and around 27 spare trucks. “That is what we are here ...

Lake levels slated to reach record highs

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, said water levels on each of the Great Lakes started 2020 higher than they started 2019, a year where many record high water levels were set across the lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges those impacted by the high ...

Log truck loses load north of Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — A semi lost its load of logs on US 2 south of Rapid River after losing control on black ice and hitting the snowy median Friday morning. Delta County Sheriff’s Office was called to the accident on US 2 south of Rapid River at around 5 a.m. The semi was southbound when the ...

Second police dog joins sheriff’s office

ESCANABA — Delta County Sheriff’s Department now has two K-9 units with Deputy Chad Newton and K-9 Officer Sage completing training Friday. Newton and Sage, a female Dutch shepherd, are a certified K-9 unit after weeks of being trained by K-9 Master Trainer Marty Munger of Superior K-9 ...

Esky may see more utility rate hikes

ESCANABA — Residents may not have seen the end of rate increases, according to Escanaba Water and Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi, who expects to hold multiple work sessions with the city council as the city’s budget process moves forward to address shortfalls and unexpected ...

Escanaba boards defend continuing public hearings

ESCANABA — Members of four Escanaba city boards gathered Thursday to weigh the city’s continued status as a certified Redevelopment Ready Community despite a controversial recommendation that could lead to less public participation. Escanaba has been RRC certified since 2017, when the ...

Verso Corporation aims to stave off board takeover

With a showdown just weeks away over a takeover attempt, Verso Corp. has filed a presentation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its upcoming annual meeting in New York. The company is asking shareholders to reject board nominations by a group of three private ...

Little sportsmen’s club plays big role

POWERS — A small town sportsmen’s club in Menominee County has big responsibilities. According to its bylaws, the Normenco Sportsman’s Club, based in Powers on Normenco Road, dedicates itself to promote sound conservation legislation and administrative procedures to save and defend ...

Ex-sheriff’s officer faces charges of sexual assault

MENOMINEE — A former Menominee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct for the alleged sexual assault of a Menominee High School student. On Monday, Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg charged Brian William Helfert, ...