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Bay shows positive enrollment trend

ESCANABA — Enrollment at Bay College for the fall 2020 semester has not been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The college announced a 3 percent increase in contact hours and a 1 percent increase in student headcount compared to the fall 2019 semester. “We could not be more ...

Whitmer’s virus-related powers reach top court

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bold use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic reached the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard hours of arguments about whether she has illegally made far-reaching decisions without input from the Legislature. Whitmer, ...

Funding OK’d for jobless benefit, carp project

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan’s contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The $2.8 billion in spending is almost ...

Esky native’s video makes waves

MACKINAC ISLAND — A viral video made by a Mackinac Island resident who has ties to Delta County has received millions of views since it was posted last month. Bailey Manninen shared a video introducing viewers to her life on Mackinac Island, which has less than 500 residents and no cars, ...

Forum to feature Esky School Board candidates

ESCANABA — A question and answer forum featuring Escanaba School Board nominees will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Escanaba’s Ludington Park at the Karas Memorial Band Shell. The Michigan Education Support Professional Association (MESPA) will host the open question and ...

Virus not stopping End The Silence event

ESCANABA — End The Silence, a depression awareness and suicide prevention walk, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. As the nation is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee decided to change this year’s event to a virtual run/walk for the safety of all participants. The ...

Senate leader: Absentee ballot processing bill still alive

LANSING (AP) — A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day is not dead, and the August primary legitimized concerns that some officials will not be able to quickly handle a surge of mailed-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, a ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over fatal shooting

MARQUETTE (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer and dismissed a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a man who had threatened to kill himself. Marquette County sheriffís deputy Keith Romback said he went to Clifford Tucker’s home in Ishpeming Township in ...

U.P. tourism strong despite virus

ESCANABA — Labor Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of the Upper Peninsula’s summer tourism season. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional tourism authorities said visitor numbers have been strong this summer — and there are reasons to be optimistic about ...

Rare U.P. locomotive loaded for restoration trip

NEGAUNEE — Crewmen readied precious cargo recently at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee for a 900-mile trip southeast to Pennsylvania. The historical relic loaded onto a transport truck for the trip was a historic steam locomotive called the Yankee, a vertical boiler model ...

Bill could make driver lines shorter, save money

LANSING (AP) — Michigan drivers would no longer need a hard copy of a vehicle’s registration or an annual sticker on license plates under pending legislation. The bill’s sponsor testified in a state House Transportation Committee this past week that the change would shorten lines at ...

Videos ask kids to ‘BeLEAF It or Not!’

ESCANABA — This year, COVID-19 has had a major impact on traditional education. Fortunately, families interested in ways to learn at home can enjoy a free series of educational forestry videos titled “BeLEAF It or Not!” The series was co-created by a pair of MSU Extension foresters and ...

Delta County Century Ride still on

ESCANABA — COVID-19 has had an impact on many events in 2020, but one local tradition will keep going strong later this month. In August, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce board met and voted to hold the annual Delta County Century Ride on Sunday, Sept. 20. This outdoor event will give ...

20 dead in U.P. from COVID-19

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 1,091 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 161 probable cases and 20 deaths linked to the disease as of Thursday, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 26 probable cases and three deaths; Menominee County had 229 ...

Labor Day events planned for Escanaba, Cedar River

ESCANABA — While masks and social distancing will make this Labor Day look very different than the holiday has looked in past years, that doesn’t mean Yoopers won’t be celebrating. Here are some of the community celebrations that are still planned for this weekend. Celebrate 906 Day and ...

Local schools adjust to new normal

ESCANABA — Local K-12 students returned to school for the 2020-21 school year earlier this week. Representatives of high schools in the area said things have been going relatively well over the past few days. “They’re actually going smoother than we expected,” Escanaba Area High ...

Motorcycle crashes cause severe injuries

ESCANABA — The Michigan State Police Gladstone Post responded to two separate motorcycle crashes that resulted in serious injuries Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Sept. 2 at about 5:37 p.m., the Gladstone Post was dispatched to a car- motorcycle personal injury crash at the intersection ...

U.S. House candidate confirms domestic violence arrest

ALPENA - The Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District seat was arrested and charged with domestic violence against his ex-wife in May 2011 in Negaunee, The Alpena Daily News has confirmed. Police records obtained by the site Conservative Intel show Democrat Dana Ferguson was ...

Site plan public hearings may end

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council took steps Thursday to remove a controversial site plan approval requirement, which could open the door for the city to recertify as a Redevelopment Ready Community. Thursday marked the first reading of an ordinance to remove the requirement for public ...

Pumphouse mural complete

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press The No. 3 Well pumphouse at Stephenson Park in Escanaba has a new look following the addition of murals painted by area children that depict each of the four seasons and cover the entire exterior of the building. The 77-year-old pumphouse was painted by homeschool ...