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State jail task force a mixed bag for Delta County

ESCANABA — The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration’s recommendations on the state’s jail and pretrial system is a mixed bag of both positives and concerns for Delta County. The task force was created to take steps to reduce jail populations that have tripled in ...

Schools create cybersecurity leaders

ESCANABA — Escanaba Area Public Schools is one of five anchor districts involved in creating future employees in the cybersecurity industry. The goal is to develop 2,000 cybersecurity leaders with 10 percent of the students training in advanced cybersecurity skills. Businesses, colleges, ...

Health officials prepared for new virus

ESCANABA — An ongoing coronavirus outbreak has made headlines around the world. Local health officials addressed the situation and shared tips on how to limit the spread of respiratory illness recently. “While there have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in Michigan as ...

Project shows how 100 days can make a difference

ESCANABA — In the loft of Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center you will find the works of 18 people who engaged in hands-on activities for 100 days to bring out their creative sides. Each entry shows the progression of an artist’s work, starting from Day One to the final 100th day. The ...

Whitmer to take national stage to rebut Trump

LANSING (AP) — Democrats are putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan on the national stage tonight to rebut President Donald Trump, elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on a swing state in the Midwest as the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly ...

Students get jump start in trades, careers

ESCANABA — The Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offers high school students instructional programs to advance the students’ career choice while in high school. Most CTE programs offer early college credit opportunities to ...

Cardboard Classics returns to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — After an absence of several years, Cardboard Classics is back as a two-day event at the Gladstone Ski Hill at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone this weekend. “It’s been over six years since the last one,” said Nicole Sanderson, Gladstone parks and ...

Woman saved from house fire in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — A Gladstone woman was rescued from her house after it caught fire Sunday. The cause of the fire remains under ­investigation. According to Gladstone Public Safety Department, officers and Gladstone Fire Department volunteers were called to the home, located at 112 Cliffs Drive, ...

Dewdrop Family Restaurant has new owner, long history

GLADSTONE — Though the Dewdrop Family Restaurant has not been run by its current owner for long, it has been an established part of life in Gladstone for decades. Owner Amanda Phillips has ties to another well-known Gladstone eatery, as well. Phillips took over the Dewdrop Family Restaurant ...

Move over, groundhog: Winter isn’t over yet

ESCANABA — Sunday is Groundhog Day, and — based on information from the National Weather Service (NWS) — the winter of 2019-20 has already been significantly snowier than average in Delta County. Despite what the groundhog may predict, winter is far from over, weather forecasters ...

Fire departments brace for new rules

ESCANABA — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Fire Fighters Training Council is working on a new set of certification standards and continuing training standards aimed to ensure all Michigan firefighters are well prepared. Concerns have been raised by fire ...

911 service restored after statewide outage

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — An upgrade to Michigan’s 911 emergency system caused a technical issue which resulted in early morning outages across the state. In the Upper Peninsula, the outage affected Delta, Schoolcraft, Menominee, Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonogon counties. A fiber optic ...

No jobless benefits for ousted state prosecutor

LANSING (AP) — A state prosecutor who lost his job after having a relationship with a woman in an assault case isn't entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge said. Brian Kolodziej "embarked upon a months-long series of acts that even he realized might not be appropriate, and he kept it ...

Students get peek at working world

GLADSTONE — Jan. 27 through 31 was designated Career Exploration Week at Jones Elementary School. As a part of Career Exploration Week, the school held a career fair for fifth graders Thursday afternoon. According to Principal Kristina Hansen, Michigan passed legislation in 2018 requiring ...

Lemmer support plan designed to help kids

ESCANABA — Lemmer Elementary School has used a multi-tier support system for over 10 years to help students in first through third grades do academically and socially well. Teachers use the proactive Multi-Tiered System of Supports, also known as Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, ...

Panel OKs $3.5B in borrowing to rebuild state roads

LANSING (AP) — A state panel on Thursday authorized borrowing $3.5 billion to roughly double spending on Michigan road and bridge construction over five years, a step Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said is crucial to start quickly addressing crumbling infrastructure but not a long-term fix. The ...

Winners, losers in school of choice

ESCANABA — The week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 is National School Choice Week. While school of choice provisions in Michigan have been a boon for some local school districts, others have been negatively impacted. Jay Kulbertis, superintendent of the Gladstone and Rapid River school districts, said ...

Program a win-win for animals, seniors

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter’s Senior Snuggle program has benefited both local assisted living facility residents and shelter animals since its inception a year and a half ago. Through the program, shelter animals are brought to senior facilities throughout the area to interact ...

Cause of fatal house fire being investigated

L’ANSE — Investigation is continuing into the cause of a fatal house fire in L’Anse Wednesday. According to the L’Anse Police Department, the blaze on North Fourth Street was reported at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday. A 57-year-old man was found unresponsive inside the home and later ...

Michigan to borrow $3.5B for road work

LANSING— (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax ...