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No new COVID-19 cases, deaths in Delta County

ESCANABA — As of Tuesday, the U.P. had 16,228 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 19 cases in 24 hours), 3,956 probable cases, 379 deaths (an increase of two) and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the ...

Paczki tradition takes root in area

ESCANABA — Fat Tuesday, or its French translation, Mardi Gras, is a traditional day of indulgence before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. In some areas of Michigan, Fat Tuesday has affectionately been dubbed Paczki Day. A paczki, pronounced (puhnch-kee) is a deep-fried Polish pastry made of ...

Public Health issues weekly vaccine update

ESCANABA — Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) is provided its weekly COVID-19 vaccine update to the community Monday. The report includes information about the prior week. On Monday, Feb. 8, PHDM received 600 first doses of the Moderna vaccine. Three hundred of these doses ...

Bay offers 24-hour miner, 8-hour refresher training

ESCANABA — Bay College Training and Development will be offering a 24-Hour New Miner and an 8-Hour Training in partnership with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The three-day “New Miner” training covers all aspects of the initial training requirements for owners and ...

COVID-19 still present, but ­infections slowed

ESCANABA — As of Monday, the U.P. had 16,209 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — an increase of only 38 cases since Friday — 3,947 probable cases, 377 deaths and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan ...

Tanker, pickup crash closes highway

BARK RIVER — Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. on a report of a crash between a tanker truck and a pickup truck on U.S. 2 and 41 just west of Bark River near the Menominee/Delta county line. As of 10:30 a.m., accident investigators were en route to the ...

Whitmer proposes funds to ban guns from capitol

LANSING (AP) — It's been one month since open carry was banned from the Michigan Capitol following an attack on the U.S. Capitol and now a fight to ban all firearms from the statehouse is ahead. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposed $67 billion state budget proposes a $5 million allocation for ...

Tanker vs pickup crash closes highway

HARRIS — Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. on a report of a crash between a tanker truck and a pickup truck on U.S. 2 & 41 near the Menominee/Delta county line. As of 10:30 a.m., accident investigators were en route to the scene of the incident and ...

Long-lasting couples share marriage secrets

ESCANABA — As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts turn to giving gifts, nurturing romance, and perhaps wondering what makes love last. This February, three U.P. couples married for over 50 years shared their secrets to a happy marriage. There were many common threads between the ...

Bay College, YMCA entering 50 year pact

ESCANABA — In order to better meet their shared vision of meeting the needs of the community, Bay College and the Northern Lights YMCA are entering into a new 50-year agreement Monday that Bay College says will set a bold new course for decades to come. The updated partnership accommodates ...

Medical marijuana OK’d for probation

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Judges can't prevent people from using medical marijuana while on probation for a crime, the Michigan Court of Appeals said. Anyone holding a state-issued medical marijuana card is immune to possible penalties, the appeals court said, 3-0. The court, however, ...

No paper on Monday

ESCANABA — The Daily Press is now delivered to subscribers by mail. Monday, Feb. 15 is Presidents Day — a federal holiday. Since mail is not delivered on federal holidays, there will not be a newspaper published on Monday. The Daily Press office will be staffed Monday and customers can ...

Local COVID-19 cases continue slow climb, deaths stable

ESCANABA — As of Friday, the U.P. had 16,171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (up 22 from Thursday) and 3,948 probable cases. Deaths and probable deaths did not change from Thursday, with 376 deaths and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials.The figures do not ...

Cross country trek aims to crush cancer

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. — An Arizona woman with Escanaba roots is on a quest to make blood cancers history. Lynn Lancour, even after getting hit with COVID-19, is cycling from California to Florida this spring to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her story began ...

Island hotel expansion on schedule

HARRIS — An expansion project at the Island Resort and Casino is on schedule despite the pandemic. “It’ll be exciting. I mean it’ll be a brand new wing on our facility, it’ll compliment everything we have and it’s going to be a lot of new offerings. So we’re really excited about ...

Minimal increase reported in local COVID-19 cases

ESCANABA — As of Thursday, the U.P. had 16,149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 30 cases in 24 hours), 3,948 probable cases, 376 deaths and 91 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of ...

Whitmer seeks boost in tuition, child care

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $67 billion state budget that she said would aid Michigan’s pandemic recovery by solidifying new programs to expand eligibility for free community college tuition, bolster child care assistance and boosting local bridge ...

Gladstone Ski Hill enjoying good year

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Ski Hill, located within the John & Melissa Besse Sports Park, is having a good season, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jason Davis. The hill, which is blanketed with approximately a 12-inch base of snow, sees the most visitors in the warmer winter ...

Vaccine doses vary by county in U.P.

ESCANABA — Each week, health departments and healthcare providers across the state request vaccine doses from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, but just because a health department has requested a certain amount doesn’t mean those doses are being delivered. Even in ...

Train derailment cause under investigation

ESCANABA — A Chicago and North Western train derailed Tuesday night at Escanaba’s west city limit near 19th Avenue North. At approximately 7:55 p.m., Escanaba Public Safety was dispatched to the derailment. The derailment was not near a residential area and did not obstruct any vehicle ...