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U.P. fall colors nearing season peak

ESCANABA — As the Upper Peninsula’s fall color season continues, peak colors are expected to arrive in Delta County in the near future. The Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association (UPTRA) provides fall color reports for the U.P. on its website, www.uptravel.com, each Wednesday ...

Charges modified in criminal sexual conduct case

ESCANABA — An upcoming criminal sexual conduct trial for a Rapid River teen is still set to begin Oct. 22, but following motions made in Delta County Circuit Court Friday, the teen will only face one charge instead of two. Other motions, including trial adjournment and dismissal of evidence, ...

Foul play suspected in disappearance of airman

GWINN (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators say the remains of an airman who disappeared 40 years ago have been found near a former base in Marquette County. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a release Thursday the remains found in November 2017 were matched this past ...

Players production starts tonight

Courtesy photo Players de Noc performers rehearse a scene from the comedy “Jake’s Women,” which premieres tonight at the Bonifas Arts Center. The Neil Simon play takes a look into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, ...

Escanaba city manager to resign

ESCANABA — After two years managing Escanaba’s day-to-day operations, City Manager Patrick Jordan announced Thursday he is resigning from his position with the city. “It’s with a bit of hesitation that I submit my resignation as your city manager,” Jordan read at Thursday’s city ...

Prison term in domestic violence case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man facing multiple charges related to domestic violence and resisting arrest was sentenced to prison in Delta County Circuit Court. John Curtis Ratliff, 31, of 4921 Karen 17.25, Escanaba, pleaded no contest to one count of malicious destruction of fire or police ...

Court schedules trial in home invasion case

ESCANABA — A jury trial has been scheduled in Delta County Circuit Court for a Gladstone man facing charges relating to home invasion and resisting arrest. On Sept. 23, Benjamin Thomas Adams, 27, of 819 Montana Ave., Gladstone, was arraigned in circuit court on one count of home invasion - ...

Budget-weary lawmakers shift focus to non-budget issues

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s top leaders met for the first time in a month Thursday but focused very little of their discussion on the messy state budget process, instead talking about criminal justice legislation. The meeting was held in the wake of the ...

Gladstone Homecoming Week

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Members of the Gladstone junior and senior classes, with two faculty members John Leonoff and Nicky Wangrud, gather during Music Genre Day to display their attire at the Gladstone High School Wednesday. This is Homecoming Week at Gladstone High School, which has a ...

Payments for Delta Plaza approved

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved two reimbursement payments Wednesday to Dial Companies, owners of the Delta Plaza Mall, for costs related to the mall’s redevelopment, but the total payment to Dial is only a fraction of what the real estate company had ...

Patrick Jordan to resign as Escanaba city manager

ESCANABA — After two years with the city of Escanaba, Patrick Jordan announced he will be resigning from the position of city manager during Thursday's regular city council meeting. His last day will be Dec. 1, 2019. For more on Jordan's resignation, see Friday's Daily Press.

Police save man from burning home

MANISTIQUE — A Manistique man escaped injury after he was rescued from a burning home Wednesday. Manistique Public Safety and volunteer firefighters were called to 217 New Elm St., Manistique, after a report of a house on fire with a person inside at 1:23 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival on ...

Pink Pumpkin 5K Walk/Run is Saturday

GLADSTONE — The Seventh Annual Pink Pumpkin 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Gladstone East End Pavilion located at 901 Lake Shore Drive. The breast cancer awareness event, usually held in Ludington Park in Escanaba, raises funds for residents undergoing breast cancer ...

Fourth person dies from mosquito virus

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A fourth Michigan resident has died from a rare mosquito-borne virus that has been recorded across the southern half of the state. WWMT-TV reports that 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek died Wednesday after contracting eastern equine encephalitis. Ronna ...

Poor harvest for area farmers

ESCANABA — Though MSU Extension Field Crop Educator Jim Isleib said 2019’s growing season is “not a disaster,” it has not been easy for local farmers, either. “It has been average at best,” Isleib said. This year has been particularly challenging for area farmers in terms of ...

Guilty plea in armed robbery

ESCANABA — The downstate man charged with armed robbery of the Escanaba Hardee’s restaurant pleaded guilty in Delta County Circuit Court recently. On Sept. 16, Mark James Wilson, 59, of 10098 Woodlawn Drive, Portage, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery, a felony punishable up to ...

Pink Yoopers effort fighting breast cancer

ESCANABA — Eight individuals and one business are raising funds to fight breast cancer during October through the Real Yoopers Wear Pink campaign. The Real Yoopers Wear Pink campaign is part of the national American Cancer Society fundraising campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, but is specific to ...

Ban on flavored vaping products starts today

PETOSKEY (AP) — Michigan’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes starts today after a judge said she’s not ready to decide whether to stop it. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens heard arguments Tuesday about an injunction sought by an Upper Peninsula store owner. The attorney ...

Funeral planned for WWII soldier from U.P.

IRONWOOD (AP) — The remains of a Michigan soldier will be interred this weekend in an Upper Peninsula cemetery, 77 years after he died in a World War II prisoner camp. New technologies helped the Army in July identify the remains of Walter Kellett, who lived in Ironwood when he joined the ...

Drones a new tool for sheriff’s office

ESCANABA — Technology is continuously evolving and law enforcement agencies are evolving with it. In the United States, drones are increasingly used by law enforcement and security agencies. As of this year, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office is equipped with three drones used to improve ...