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Doors reopen at Bay College

ESCANABA — After closing its Escanaba campus to the public earlier this year in response to COVID-19, Bay has put plans in place to resume normal business over the coming months. Members of the Bay College Board of Trustees heard about the college’s re-opening plans during the board’s ...

Lane closures on Escanaba River Bridge

ESCANABA — Motorists crossing the US 2/US 41/M-35 Escanaba River Bridge on June 26 should expect single-lane closures Friday for a pavement repair project. Contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will mill and repave small sections of the roadway on the south side ...

Legislature OKs lifting July 1 budget deadline

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill to lift a new July 1 deadline by which it is supposed to send a budget to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation, which she plans to sign, would delay the requirement until 2021 due to uncertainty over a ...

Repair work planned for Cedar River Bridge

CEDAR RIVER — The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to invest about $500,000 to repair the M-35 bridge over Deer Creek near Cedar River in Menominee County. Work on the project is expected to start Wednesday, July 1. The project — which is meant to increase the bridge’s safety ...

Bingo Mania winners

ESCANABA — Bingo Mania Winners for May are Joseph Sarasin of Escanaba, with his single bingo and he received $50. Karen Hiltunen of Escanaba, received $100 for her two or more bingos. The blackout winner was Sally Roman of Escanaba. She will receive $200. Look in today’s Daily Press for ...

Back to business for recycling center

ESCANABA — After putting its recycling services on hold due to COVID-19, the Delta Solid Waste Management Authority (DSWMA) began offering these services again earlier this month. According to DSWMA Manager Don Pyle, Delta Wide Recycling — the DSWMA’s recycling center — closed around ...

City plans park activities for 4th of July

GLADSTONE — After discussing different ways to celebrate the 4th of July, or even whether to allow any events, the Gladstone City Commission approved a watered-down version of Fourth activities to be held in Van Cleve Park — a band by the beach house from 7 to 9 p.m., and four food vendors ...

Daggett man dies in ­single-vehicle crash

DAGGETT TOWNSHIP — A one-vehicle traffic crash claimed the life of a Daggett man Saturday. On Saturday, June 20 at about 11:17 p.m., deputies of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a traffic crash on US 41 north of Belgiumtown Road in Daggett Township. A ...

Missing kayaker found

NAHMA — A kayaker who was separated from her group and was forced to spend the night along the Sturgeon River was found Monday morning. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Delta County Sheriffs Office, Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Nahma ...

Utility scams hit Escanaba residents

ESCANABA — Two scams targeting utility customers have been making the rounds in Delta and Menominee counties. The city of Escanaba has been made aware of a potential phone scam involving the shutting off of utilities. The Escanaba Public Safety Department would like residents to know that ...

State asks judge to shut down Enbridge pipeline

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general on Monday asked a judge to shut down a pipeline in the Great Lakes after an energy company discovered that an anchor support had shifted deep below the surface. Enbridge Inc. insists the Line 5 pipeline itself was not damaged, and the ...

Virus prompts religious services outside

ESCANABA — This summer, some local churches have resumed in-person worship while adhering to social distancing guidelines by moving their services outside. At Wellspring Community Church, outdoor worship services have been taking place for approximately a month. Lead Pastor Paul ...

Arrest made in attempted homicide

INWOOD TOWNSHIP — A suspect in a shooting in Inwood Township has been taken into custody, according to police. Trevor Lee Gault, 33, had an active felony warrant for his arrest for assault with intent to murder from the shooting, which took place in Inwood Township on the evening of ...

Car insurance changes on the horizon

ESCANABA — After July 1, Michigan auto insurance will change and drivers who renew their policy or start a new one will reap the monetary benefits. Michigan drivers will be able to decide the level of medical coverage — Personal Injury Protection (PIP) — on their next policy. PIP pays ...

Gym owners and patrons happy to be back

As states continue the process of reopening after being shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms have become a source of healing for many who were unable to work out while quarantining. “Part of the draw to come to the gym is the social interaction,” Val Holmes, owner of ...

Stylists react to reopening hair salons

ESCANABA — Salon and barber shop owners waited for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift the executive order keeping non-essential personal care services that involve close contact closed. Now that the order has been lifted, stylists and barbers are back in business — but that doesn’t mean ...

Police seek 2 in connection with shooting

INWOOD TOWNSHIP — The Michigan State Police Gladstone Post and Manistique Outpost are actively seeking the whereabouts of Trevor Lee Gault, 33, and his girlfriend Alyssa Jean Arnold, 20, following a shooting in Inwood Township. Gault currently has an active felony warrant for his arrest for ...

Gladstone 4th of July parade will be missed by many

ESCANABA — When people think of the 4th of July, what do they think of — picnics, the stars and stripes, bands, fireworks, parades. In 2020 COVID-19 has changed the vision of a ‘normal’ 4th of July holiday for many. Gladstone Parks and Recreation Director Nicole Sanderson and the ...

Esky artist’s work on billboard

ESCANABA — Escanaba artist Carol Irving is one of four artists chosen to exhibit art on billboards for the US 2 Public Art Exhibition sponsored by SaveArtSpace and the Erickson Center for the Arts. Art will be featured on billboards in the eastern Upper Peninsula along US 2 from June 22 ...

Residents call for Blasier to resign

ESCANABA — Residents opposing comments made by Council Member Ralph Blasier suggesting rioters at the city’s planned Independence Day celebration be shot called for his resignation Thursday during the council’s regular meeting, which was held virtually. At the June 4 meeting, Blasier ...