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Busy times for area food pantries

ESCANABA — By providing food to those in need, food pantries continue to help many in local communities through the coronavirus pandemic. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Escanaba District Council President Barbara Cavadeas says they continue to help the community, by being blessed by the ...

Protecting the U.P’s historic treasures from fire

By Suzanne Fischer Michigan Department of Natural Resources To lose your own belongings in a house fire is devastating. Imagine losing Michigan’s belongings. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources stewards the state’s treasure trove of natural and cultural resources for the ...

Michigan virus cases top 100,000

LANSING (AP) — Michigan has crossed the threshold of 100,000 cases of the coronavirus confirmed since March. Deaths related to COVID-19 reached 6,446 after six more were recorded, the state health department said. Most people usually recover from the virus. It can cause mild or moderate ...

Local school districts prep for students

ESCANABA — The 2020-21 school year will begin at local K-12 schools next week. Representatives of area school districts said they have been hard at work getting ready for the start of this year — a process which has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Escanaba Area Public ...

Legislators say budget better than expected

ESCANABA — Michigan’s budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year — once expected to include a multibillion-dollar deficit — may end up being much healthier than was previously anticipated. Local officials heard from state legislators about the budget during a joint governmental work session ...

Michigan virus cases top 100K

ESCANABA — Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases soared to 100,699 Friday, and 6,446 Michiganders have died of the disease. However, U.P. cases make up only a small fraction of those numbers. The Upper Peninsula had 962 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths linked to the disease as ...

Pregnancy Services’ annual Walk for Life goes virtual

ESCANABA — Pregnancy Services of Delta County, a local non-profit organization, is raising funds in support of its existing services and plans for the future through its sixth annual Walk for Life campaign. Envelopes for the campaign are included in today’s issue of the Daily ...

Big turnout for food distribution

ESCANABA — Vehicles were lined up across the U.P. State Fairgrounds Thursday morning to receive food from a Feeding America truck. The event was hosted by the Community Foundation for Delta County. “Today, we’ll be distributing about 21,300 pounds of food,” Community Foundation for ...

Esky hotel plan moves forward

ESCANABA — A planned hotel project for the former site of the Delta County Jail moved forward Thursday after two separate Escanaba boards approved documents related to the project and its funding. Bringing the three-phase project — which includes a $13 million hotel, a $5 million ...

Probe of Delta County puppy mill continues

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP — The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office has been involved with an ongoing police investigation into a Maple Ridge Township puppy mill, officials said Thursday. Criminal charges may be filed at a later date. On Monday, Aug. 24, the prosecutor’s office assisted in ...

Roof collapses at nearly century-old theater

NEGAUNEE (AP) — The roof collapsed Wednesday at a 94-year-old theater in Negaunee. No one was injured at the Vista Theater in Negaunee, which has canceled events since March because of coronavirus restrictions. The theater said on Facebook that it “suffered a catastrophe.” “We are ...

Judge blocks rule that moves relief funds to private schools

LANSING (AP) — A federal judge in California has blocked a rule that Michigan, seven other states and four big-city school districts said would unlawfully allow too much pandemic relief aid to be diverted from K-12 public schools to private ones. Judge James Donato ruled late Wednesday that ...

Bay opening going smoothly

ESCANABA — Bay College’s fall 2020 semester got started Aug. 17. So far, Bay College President Laura Coleman and other people on campus said the college’s return to in-person education has gone well. “It has absolutely been going fantastic — faculty, staff and students are all ...

Horses seized at puppy mill

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP — As a police investigation into a Maple Ridge Township puppy mill continues, 18 horses were seized Tuesday. The puppy mill was busted by police on Monday, Aug. 24. Initially, troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post had been sent to check on a horse in an ...

Lightning strike, fire damages Wells barn

WELLS TOWNSHIP — Escanaba Public Safety officers spent about two hours fighting a fire after a barn in Wells Township was struck by lightning early Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the barn, located at 3296 18th Lane. When they arrived, they ...

Menominee County has most COVID-19 cases

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 924 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 140 probable cases, and 18 deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 26 probable cases and three deaths; Menominee County had 204 confirmed cases ...

Judge boots challenge to mass mailing of ballot applications

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits challenging the secretary of state’s mailing of absentee ballot applications to millions of voters who did not request one, ruling that Jocelyn Benson had “clear and broad” authority to do so. State Court of Claims Judge ...

134 dogs rescued from puppy mill

ESCANABA — Volunteers at the Delta Animal Shelter were hard at work caring for 134 dogs rescued from a nearby puppy mill Tuesday. The mill, located in Maple Ridge Township, was busted by police on Monday, Aug. 24. “All the dogs are safe at the shelter and being processed and medically ...

Fish kill blamed on ‘black liquor’ release

ESCANABA — Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said a recent fish kill along the southern reaches of the Escanaba River at Gladstone was the result of a pipe failure at Verso Corporation’s Escanaba Paper Mill. “We have been sampling and ...

DDA planning future projects in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Infrastructure projects and the future of city improvements have been a hot topic in the city of Gladstone, as construction continues on the 9th Street and 4th Street projects. However, the city and the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority are already planning the next big ...