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Pink Pumpkin 5K Walk/Run is Saturday

GLADSTONE — The Seventh Annual Pink Pumpkin 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Gladstone East End Pavilion located at 901 Lake Shore Drive. The breast cancer awareness event, usually held in Ludington Park in Escanaba, raises funds for residents undergoing breast cancer ...

Fourth person dies from mosquito virus

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A fourth Michigan resident has died from a rare mosquito-borne virus that has been recorded across the southern half of the state. WWMT-TV reports that 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek died Wednesday after contracting eastern equine encephalitis. Ronna ...

Poor harvest for area farmers

ESCANABA — Though MSU Extension Field Crop Educator Jim Isleib said 2019’s growing season is “not a disaster,” it has not been easy for local farmers, either. “It has been average at best,” Isleib said. This year has been particularly challenging for area farmers in terms of ...

Guilty plea in armed robbery

ESCANABA — The downstate man charged with armed robbery of the Escanaba Hardee’s restaurant pleaded guilty in Delta County Circuit Court recently. On Sept. 16, Mark James Wilson, 59, of 10098 Woodlawn Drive, Portage, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery, a felony punishable up to ...

Pink Yoopers effort fighting breast cancer

ESCANABA — Eight individuals and one business are raising funds to fight breast cancer during October through the Real Yoopers Wear Pink campaign. The Real Yoopers Wear Pink campaign is part of the national American Cancer Society fundraising campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, but is specific to ...

Ban on flavored vaping products starts today

PETOSKEY (AP) — Michigan’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes starts today after a judge said she’s not ready to decide whether to stop it. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens heard arguments Tuesday about an injunction sought by an Upper Peninsula store owner. The attorney ...

Funeral planned for WWII soldier from U.P.

IRONWOOD (AP) — The remains of a Michigan soldier will be interred this weekend in an Upper Peninsula cemetery, 77 years after he died in a World War II prisoner camp. New technologies helped the Army in July identify the remains of Walter Kellett, who lived in Ironwood when he joined the ...

Drones a new tool for sheriff’s office

ESCANABA — Technology is continuously evolving and law enforcement agencies are evolving with it. In the United States, drones are increasingly used by law enforcement and security agencies. As of this year, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office is equipped with three drones used to improve ...

Enrollment drops at Bay College

ESCANABA — Enrollment numbers at Bay College are down slightly for the fall 2019 semester, President Laura Coleman said. However, these numbers are expected to get a boost later in the school year. As of last Friday, 1,855 students were enrolled at Bay. Coleman said a total of 1,938 ...

Gov. Whitmer signs budget with $1 billion in vetoes

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat enacted the plan amid a standoff with ...

High-water Great Lakes reveal pieces of shipwreck history

DETROIT (AP) — Fragments of long-lost ships are being flung ashore on Michigan beaches. Skeletons of foundered vessels are showing themselves, then vanishing again. With water levels at or approaching record highs on the Great Lakes, history has been visible in unexpected volume on Michigan ...

Free adoption event at animal shelter

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter (DAS) has been chosen again by the Bissell Pet Foundation to host a Bissell Free Adoption on Saturday, Oct. 12. The adoption event will be held at the DAS, located at 6975 County 426 M.5 Rd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We were just picked as a shelter and ...

Tests boost water quality in schools

ESCANABA — Thanks to mandatory testing required by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), students can be sure the quality of their drinking water at school is above normal requirements. According to a report released by EGLE in August, Escanaba, Gladstone, ...

Armor Steel & Equipment still going strong

GLADSTONE — Metal and industrial equipment supplier Armor Steel & Equipment has been offering its products to people in the area for over a decade. Shop Manager Darren Sundman said Jason DeGrave, the business’ owner, bought Armor Steel in April 2016. “It was already started prior ...

Group brings new life to old trails

ESCANABA — Michigan is known for its extensive trail system, and Delta County residents have been working hard to maintain, improve, and expand the roughly 30 trails located within the county’s borders. In recognition of Michigan Trails Week, which started Sept. 22 and comes to a close ...

Schools grapple with state budget woes

ESCANABA — Patience is wearing thin for the majority of superintendents in local school districts that are tired of playing a guessing game with their budgets. All eyes will be on the clock Monday night to see if Governor Gretchen Whitmer passes the proposed state budget as promised before ...

Fall color starts in U.P.

ESCANABA — Fall colors have begun to arrive in the Upper Peninsula, but few trees have reportedly changed color in Delta County at this point in the season. The Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association (UPTRA) provides fall color reports for the U.P. on its website, ...

Judge strikes down ballot drive law

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge on Friday struck down a new requirement that makes it harder to initiate ballot drives by limiting how many voter signatures can be counted from a single congressional district. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said the state constitution does not allow ...

Officials: It’s time to give flu vaccine another shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu forecast is cloudy and it's too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said not to delay vaccination. While the vaccine didn't offer much protection the past two years, specialists have fine-tuned the recipe in ...

Journalism 101

ESCANABA — The desks at the Daily Press were filled with novice journalists Thursday afternoon when participants in the Delta Force Leadership Program got a little taste of reporting during the program’s Media and Communications Day. According to the Delta County Chamber of Commerce ...