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Escanaba schools awards bid for security improvements

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board approved a bid from Automated Comfort Controls (ACC) Monday night in the amount of $29,382. The bid is to complete installation of door locks and controls at the Escanaba High School, Upper Elementary and Lemmer schools. Work will be completed by the ...

Fan club helps Esky school finances

ESCANABA — The Eskymo Fan Club is not just another fan club. They are a club that helps install new lights in the high school gym, sidewalks at the track, and feeds visiting football teams from outside the U.P. All these activities and more are reflected in the school budget Escanaba ...

Underage drinking comes with consequences

ESCANABA — With graduations and school concluding for the year, there is an increase in opportunities for teen drinking. Officials want to remind local adults and youths alike that underage drinking has repercussions both in the eyes of the law and for the health of young people. “So the ...

Gram’s Pasties brings new twists to an old favorite

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Gram’s Pasties of Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Thanks in part to its combination of unusual pasty flavors and old favorites, ...

MDOT aims to have bridge fully open in July

WELLS — A reconfiguration of traffic on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River is expected to result in traffic delays starting Monday evening. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is aiming to fully open the bridge to traffic early next month. The reconfiguration will ...

Warm weather still a long ways off

ESCANABA — Warm temperatures have been scarce this spring, and despite the predicted warmer weekend, consistent warmer weather is not expected arrive in the U.P. until late June. According to the National Weather Service in Marquette, this year was one of the top five coldest and wettest ...

Task force to evaluate U.P. energy needs

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer established a panel Friday to assess energy needs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula amid a dispute with the company whose pipeline plays a key role in supplying the region with propane. Among the task force's jobs will be finding ways to get ...

Bark River-Harris renovation begins

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $4 million renovation project to update and expand the school property this summer. The ceremony took place at the school Thursday night. Included in the project are the addition of four classrooms, a new ...

Esky wants to collar loose dog problem

ESCANABA — The city of Escanaba is launching a campaign to curb out of control dogs and reduce the number of attacks on other dogs and their owners. Five residents took to the podium during Thursday’s regular city council meeting in an impromptu public hearing to share their stories of ...

Stage set for wastewater rate hikes, upgrades

ESCANABA — A presentation during a special public hearing held at the Escanaba city council meeting Thursday set the stage for upgrades at the Escanaba Water Plant — and for annual wastewater rate increases for the foreseeable future. During the public hearing, which was required for the ...

Escanaba approves water line replacement contracts

ESCANABA — In an effort to keep up with paving projects and comply with new rules handed down by the state, the Escanaba City Council Thursday approved entering into contracts for water line replacements and discussed how to address residents who had already replaced their own lines. In ...

Group looks at state of U.P. roads

HARRIS — Area county commissioners learned about the current status of roads in Michigan and legislative funding proposals — along with a variety of other topics — Thursday. The Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Spring Conference began at the Island Resort and ...

Escanaba ship has ties to D-Day

ESCANABA — Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day — the day when Allied forces landed in Normandy during World War II. The Joseph H. Thompson, a ship which has been docked in “Escanaba’s backyard,” has close ties to this historical event. “She was at D-Day,” VanEnkevort Tug ...

City manager gets evaluation, goals

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission completed its evaluation of City Manager Darcy Long and set goals for him during a special workshop and meeting Wednesday night. “We had some positives and some areas of concern to work on,” said Mayor Joseph Thompson on the city manager’s ...

Make your pet famous for a good cause

ESCANABA — Have a cute pet and want to support local youths in learning how to read and understand current events? Pet Idol 2019 is a contest which benefits the Newspaper in Education (NIE) program at the Daily Press. According to Lois Jandron, Daily Press Newspaper in Education ...

Esky’s city-wide rummage sale set this weekend

ESCANABA — Escanaba will be the place for rummage sale lovers during the 13th annual Trash to Cash/Trash to Treasure event this weekend — June 7 through 9. Property owners will display items for sale Friday and Saturday during the Trash to Cash portion of the weekend event. Starting 8 ...

Kids Fishing Day is Saturday

RAPID RIVER — Kids Fishing Day will return to Camp 7 Lake Campground Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. All activities are free. Together with nearly 100 cooperating businesses, service clubs and fishing manufacturers and 70 volunteers, the Hiawatha National Forest will sponsor Kids Fishing Day, ...

Advocate to join prosecutor’s office

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment that will increase the amount of grant funding given to the county through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during its meeting Tuesday. The funding increase will support the creation of a new position at the ...

U.P. county commissioners meet in Harris

HARRIS — Dozens of Upper Peninsula county commissioners will head to the Island Resort and Casino later this week for the Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Spring Conference. The event is set to take place Thursday and Friday. The Upper Peninsula Commission for ...

Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, cites ‘reservations’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reluctantly signed a ban Tuesday to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Michigan minors, expressing reservations because it will separate e-cigarettes from the definition of tobacco products. Whitmer agreed to enact the bills despite ...