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Needy vets get holiday food baskets

ESCANABA — The Community Foundation for Delta County distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to area veterans Tuesday. Distribution took place at the Escanaba Veterans Center. Another food basket distribution took place in Gladstone. “On behalf of needy Delta County Veterans and myself, I ...

Marquette tops 2,000 virus cases

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 9,759 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,601 probable cases, 170 deaths and 29 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Tuesday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,869 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 239 probable cases, 46 deaths and nine ...

Escanaba outlines school operation plan

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Area School District has laid out plans for how schools will operate over the next three weeks. On Sunday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an order that requires remote instruction for students in grades 9-12 from Wednesday, November 18 ...

Restaurants sue to try to stop new ban on dining

DETROIT (AP) — Just hours before another shutdown, a Michigan restaurant association sued Tuesday to try to stop a ban on indoor dining, attacking the latest restrictions from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in response to a wave of coronavirus cases. The Michigan Restaurant & ...

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise up” against Michigan’s latest restrictions ...

Delta County has 1,848 virus cases, 46 deaths

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 9,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,537 probable cases, 166 deaths and 28 probable deaths linked to the disease, as of Monday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,848 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 227 probable cases, 46 deaths, nine ...

Local governmental offices being closed to public

ESCANABA — Due to new restrictions put into place because of the coronavirus pandemic a number of local government offices are being temporarily closed to the public. The Delta County Courthouse is closed to walk-in traffic from the public and will reopen December 7. County departments are ...

AP survey: Michigan voters sour on state of nation

By The Associated Press Voters in Michigan made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden concluded Tuesday as ...

Good prospects for deer hunt

ESCANABA — The firearm deer season began Sunday and indicators are it will be similar to or better than 2019’s. One indicator leading the DNR to this conclusion is feedback shared by farmers in Delta and Menominee counties. Overall, the Upper Peninsula deer herd seemed to fare well last ...

Trump supporters rally at Capitol

LANSING (AP) — People waving U.S. and Trump flags rallied Saturday at the Michigan Capitol as speakers cast doubt on the results of the Nov. 3 election and encouraged Republican lawmakers to deliver Michigan’s electoral votes to the president. “We all know the president won an ...

Michigan Supreme Court justice retiring

LANSING (AP) — Stephen Markman has heard his last round of cases after 21 years as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Markman, 71, is retiring but can still participate in opinions and orders through December. Judges can’t run for election when they reach 70. Before the court ...

DNR pursuing concessionaires to run park businesses

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s state parks, harbors and recreation areas are seeking entrepreneurs to run camp stores, boat rentals and other businesses as the coronavirus pandemic has spurred an increase in state park visitors. Lori Green, the concession and lease manager for the Michigan ...

Michigan halts classes, indoor dining as coronavirus surges

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb the state's spiking coronavirus ...

Northern Exposure XXVII

Ilsa Minor | Daily Press The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way art is shown at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, but that didn’t stop Upper Peninsula Artists from showing off their work in the 27th annual Northern Exposure regional competition. The artist reception and awards ...

Whitmer seeks shutdown of Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel that links two of the Great Lakes. Whitmer's office notified the Canadian company that it was revoking an easement granted in 1953 to extend a roughly ...

U.P. prisoners push virus cases over 10K

ESCANABA — Nearly 9,000 confirmed cases of the virus responsible for COVID-19 have been recorded for far in the Upper Peninsula, according to state officials, but because the state excludes prisons from the count, the number of COVID-19 positive U.P. residents is already well past ...

Bond reduced for man linked to kidnapping plot

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge greatly reduced bond to $150,000 Friday for a man accused of allowing his property to be used by an anti-government group plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor. Joseph Morrison, described as the commander of the Wolverine Watchmen, has been in custody in ...

Red Kettles go virtual

ESCANABA — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be the familiar sight of Salvation Army bell ringers this holiday season. To keep everyone safe, the Salvation Army will be holding a virtual Red Kettle campaign to raise funds to help the needy. As part of that effort, the Salvation ...

Decking the halls

Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Escanaba city crews were on a mission Thursday to brighten up downtown before the holidays. Above, crews secure garland and Christmas lights to wires running above Ludington Street. The decorations are a holiday tradition in Escanaba.

U.P. reaches 8,675 virus cases, 154 deaths

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 8,675 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,375 probable cases, 154 deaths and 26 probable death linked to the disease, as of Thursday according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 1,704 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 191 probable cases, 44 deaths and ...