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Kids Fishing Day is Saturday

RAPID RIVER — Kids Fishing Day will return to Camp 7 Lake Campground Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. All activities are free. Together with nearly 100 cooperating businesses, service clubs and fishing manufacturers and 70 volunteers, the Hiawatha National Forest will sponsor Kids Fishing Day, ...

Advocate to join prosecutor’s office

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment that will increase the amount of grant funding given to the county through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during its meeting Tuesday. The funding increase will support the creation of a new position at the ...

U.P. county commissioners meet in Harris

HARRIS — Dozens of Upper Peninsula county commissioners will head to the Island Resort and Casino later this week for the Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Spring Conference. The event is set to take place Thursday and Friday. The Upper Peninsula Commission for ...

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, cites ‘reservations’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reluctantly signed a ban Tuesday to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Michigan minors, expressing reservations because it will separate e-cigarettes from the definition of tobacco products. Whitmer agreed to enact the bills despite ...

Escanaba library gets makeover

ESCANABA — Residents will notice some changes at the Escanaba Public Library — the result of an ongoing project. “I would call it a ‘spruce-up project,’” Library Director Carolyn Stacey said. The goal of the project is to refresh the library’s interior. The library has been in ...

Wet weather delays dog park project

ESCANABA — Rainy spring weather has not cooperated with volunteers wanting to install a dog park in Escanaba. In April, the Escanaba Dog Park installation was pushed into May because the frost line was still too high. Now, at the beginning of June, the ground is saturated from the amount of ...

Escanaba finalizes rate increases

ESCANABA — Despite the Escanaba City Council finalizing a series of utility rate increases that include a 45-percent increase for water and the first of a series of 20-percent increases for wastewater during a special meeting Monday morning, the city’s water department is struggling to keep ...

Ex-governor’s phone seized in Flint water probe

LANSING (AP) — Authorities investigating Flint’s water crisis have used search warrants to seize from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials, The Associated Press has learned. The warrants were sought two weeks ago by the ...

Rodeo comes to Carney

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Hannah Ritter of Wild Together balances on two horses as she takes laps around the arena during her performance at the Carney Roundup Rodeo Sunday. Ritter’s riding act includes daredevil maneuvers with fire and acrobatic feats. The weekend rodeo brings family ...

SUV driver injured in collision with semi

ESCANABA — The driver of an SUV was injured in a crash with a semi near the Delta County Airport Friday, Escanaba Public Safety officers said. The accident occurred on M-35 near the airport entrance at around 4:48 p.m. The driver was initially trapped in the vehicle and the Jaws of Life ...

Danforth Road re-opens after truck-train crash

WELLS TOWNSHIP — Danforth Road re-opened Saturday evening after a portion of the road was closed due to a dump truck and train collision Thursday afternoon. According to Michigan State Police, Danforth Road re-opened for normal traffic use Saturday evening. Danforth Road had been closed to ...

Bay View Bait & Tackle at home in current location

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Bay View Bait & Tackle. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net GLADSTONE — Though it has changed names and locations over the years, Bay View Bait & ...

Airport looks at mechanical services

ESCANABA — Efforts are underway to find a new provider of mechanical services at Delta County Airport. M&M Aviation, which currently provides these services at the airport, is set to leave the airport at the end of June. Airport Manager Jeffery Sierpien said multiple businesses operate ...

Fun Run returns

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press An orange, third-generation Oldsmobile Cutlass leads the pack Friday during the annual Krusin’ Klassics Fun Run Parade. The celebration of classic and special interest automobiles will continued Saturday with the annual car show and swap meet at the Upper ...

Will weather put chill on tourism?

ESCANABA — Now that Memorial Day has taken place and June has arrived, the Upper Peninsula’s summer tourism season has begun. Executive Director of the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association Tom Nemacheck said local weather conditions will play a major role in determining how ...

Crash wreckage keeps road closed for weekend

WELLS TOWNSHIP — A portion of Danforth Road from North 30th Street to the top of the hill will remain closed for up to two to three days after a dump truck collided with a moving train Thursday. The crash resulted in minor injuries for the dump truck driver. Michigan State Police at the ...

Insurance talks to start ‘in earnest’

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said talks with Michigan's Republican-led Legislature on her proposed fuel tax increase can "start in earnest" following the enactment of a bipartisan auto insurance overhaul, and there is no reason why a road-funding deal cannot be struck within a ...

Train-truck crash closes Danforth

WELLS TOWNSHIP — Danforth Road remains closed today after a dump truck carrying heavy equipment collided with a train Thursday. The crash resulted in minor injuries for the dump truck driver, but officials say it may take several days to clear wreckage from the scene. Michigan State Police ...

Students get taste of history

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Soo Hill Elementary first-graders from Sue Hughson’s class learn about the history of Delta County from Delta County Historical Society President Charles Lindquist at the Delta County Historical Society Thursday. Three first grade classes from Soo Hill ...

LaPine named Daily Press Student of Year

ESCANABA — Mid Peninsula School senior Skylar LaPine has been selected as the Daily Press 2019 Student of the Year. LaPine has been dual enrolled at Bay College since her sophomore year and graduated with 29 college credits. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field. As Student of ...