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High water takes toll on beaches

ESCANABA — Lake Michigan’s record high water levels are having an impact on local beaches and parks. Vegetation protecting beach areas are eroding. This is easy to see after two storms that brought heavy rain passed through the Upper Peninsula last week. “The park doesn’t look good ...

Agency swiches gears to aid unemployed

ESCANABA — Like the rest of the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has made the local area’s jobless rate skyrocket from April 2019 to April 2020, That has caused agencies like Michigan Works to change its focus to meet community needs. Delta County’s unemployment rate went from 5.2% to ...

Beaches across nation begin to open as restrictions ease

To some, the beginning of summer means trips to the beach. Yet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been questions as to whether those beaches would be open for people to enjoy after nearly three months of stay-at-home orders. As mid-June approaches, the answer as to whether ...

County seeks to add cabins to parks

ESCANABA — As part of ongoing efforts to expand its options for people camping in the area, the Delta Conservation District (DCD) is looking to install 10 rustic cabins in county parks later this year. The addition of these cabins will be supported by a fundraising campaign. Current plans ...

Local COVID-19 testing continues

ESCANABA — Restrictions related to COVID-19 are gradually being lifted in Michigan, but the disease continues to pose a threat to the health of local residents. Fortunately, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Health Officer Michael Snyder said the availability of testing has ...

Ban lifted on school-related sports, camps

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that overnight camps and school-related sports activities can resume on Monday, in the latest coronavirus restrictions to be lifted as the state economy reopens. The governor's order says the residential camps can open subject to ...

Local libraries opening gradually

ESCANABA — Libraries are opening at their own speeds after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced they could open June 8, in Executive Order 2020-110. Manistique School and Public Library is open to the public with temporary hours, while Escanaba Public Library and Gladstone School and Public ...

Council may have violated meeting law

ESCANABA — Four members of the Escanaba City Council issued a statement Thursday in response to controversial comments from Council Member Ralph Blasier, but the creation of the statement may have violated Michigan law. The statement — which includes the names of Mayor Marc Tall, Mayor ...

Blasier responds to recall effort

ESCANABA — Escanaba Council Member Ralph Blasier responded Thursday to a petition seeking his recall over comments he made at a recent city council meeting about shooting rioters at the city’s upcoming Independence Day fireworks display. During the June 4 city council meeting, Blasier ...

Court: Michigan Great Lakes tunnel deal constitutional

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that legislators did not violate the state constitution by allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, clearing the way for the project to proceed unless another ...

Community generous to food pantries

ESCANABA — Across the nation there have been reports of food pantries being stretched beyond their means due to the increased number of people in need. That’s not necessarily the case in the local area. Managers of food pantries say people in the area have been very generous. “The food ...

Blasier target of recall effort

ESCANABA — After Escanaba City Council Member Ralph Blasier made joking comments about shooting violent protesters in a recent council meeting, recall petition language focusing on Blasier has been submitted to Delta County. A clarity hearing of the Delta County Election Commission will take ...

Upper Peninsula COVID-19 cases stand at 126

ESCANABA – The Upper Peninsula had 126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths caused by the virus, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases, three probable cases and two deaths. Schoolcraft County had four confirmed cases and Menominee County ...

Police probe cause of fatal fire in Bessemer

BESSEMER — The Michigan State Police are still investigating the cause of a house fire in Bessemer following the discovery of a body in the residence. At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, troopers from the Wakefield State Police Post were dispatched to a structure fire at 213 Sellar St. in the ...

Senate OKs cocktails to go, cut in liquor prices

LANSING (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under fast-tracked legislation that supporters hope will help the industry survive the coronavirus pandemic. The bill cleared the Senate ...

Summer weather difficult to forecast

ESCANABA — While summer will not technically begin until June 20, Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of the season in the Upper Peninsula. Ryan Connelly, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Marquette Office, said weather conditions for the next few months have been ...

Task force looks at U.P. power system

ESCANABA — U.P. Energy Task Force members learned about electric transmission systems in the Upper Peninsula. The group met virtually Tuesday. The task force was created by an executive order signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It is required to submit a report on overall U.P. energy ...

Escanaba City Hall opens doors to pubic after closure

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Hall reopened to the public Monday morning. According to City Manager Patrick Jordan, things have been going well at the facility so far. Fewer people have visited city hall since it reopened than city officials were expecting. “We really thought we would get ...

Outdoor rec open in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s parks, baseball fields, marina and outdoor recreation areas are open. “The barricades are removed and the yellow caution tape is removed in Ludington Park,” said Kim Peterson, Escanaba’s recreation director. Many of the recreation venues were closed, Harbor ...

Gladstone making plan for July 4th

GLADSTONE — Gladstone’s traditional Independence Day parade will not take place this year. However, some other events may be held in Van Cleve Park to celebrate the holiday. The city’s plans for Independence Day were discussed during a virtual meeting of the Gladstone City Commission ...