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Esky city, county meet to discuss hotel plan

ESCANABA — A proposal to develop a hotel at the site of the former Delta County Correctional Facility and other nearby parcels took a step forward Wednesday. In a joint meeting, both the Delta County Board of Commissioners and the Escanaba City Council unanimously approved Proxima Management ...

Commission has concerns about hotel proposal

ESCANABA — Following a lengthy discussion of the redevelopment plan and sale documents for the former jail and Delta County Chamber of Commerce building sites, the Escanaba Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the city council move forward with the sale of the city-owned ...

Delta County Board gets look at proposed budget

ESCANABA — In preparation for Delta County’s 2019-20 fiscal year, outgoing Delta County Administrator Philip Strom delivered a presentation on the county’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year Wednesday. The presentation took place during a meeting of the Delta County Board of ...

Church being rebuilt after fire

WILSON — The Wilson Seventh-day Adventist Church, located on County Road 551 in Wilson, is finally being rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike in 2017. Charlotte Moon, a member of the church building committee, said the Wilson Seventh-day Adventist Church has been ...

Meeting on township solar farm anticipated

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — While a proposed amendment to Escanaba Township’s zoning ordinance dealing with solar power did not go forward at a recent meeting of the Escanaba Township Board, work to set up another meeting on the matter is continuing. “The planning commission is trying to ...

Esky Public Safety offers citizens academy

ESCANABA — Residents interested in learning more about police and fire operations, as well as Delta County Central Dispatch, can register for the Escanaba Public Safety Department’s annual citizens academy. Lt. John Gudwer of EPSD said this year is the third ever citizens academy. “It ...

Gas credits ordered for state’s DTE customers

LANSING (AP) — State regulators have ordered another credit for natural gas customers of DTE Energy, the result of changes in federal tax law. The Public Service Commission says a residential gas customer who uses 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas a month will receive a 58-cent monthly ...

Business leaders want boost in road spending

LANSING (AP) — Michigan business leaders are pressuring the Republican-led Legislature to commit to spending between $2 billion and $2.5 billion more annually to maintain the roads. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan and other groups renewed their push Tuesday, ...

Hannahville school gets renovations

HANNAHVILLE — Since spring break, the Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy and Hannahville Indian School’s building has undergone renovation and upgrade projects. “There’s a lot of pieces — it’s like one building, seven projects,” said Rod Lovell, superintendent of Nah Tah Wahsh ...

Gladstone settles 9th Street finances

GLADSTONE — The financial contributions from the Downtown Development Authority and the city of Gladstone for the 9th Street Project’s engineering costs and bond payments were discussed and finalized Monday during a joint Gladstone City Commission and DDA special meeting. Due to delays ...

Escanaba gets ready for school opener

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board voted Monday night on action items that will get the school district ready to open its doors next month. Superintendent Coby Fletcher gave the board an update on the opening week of school and told the board about training for the school ...

Legislators give update on Line 5, state budget

ESCANABA — Participants in a Delta County joint governmental roundtable discussion Monday heard about work on Michigan’s 2019-20 budget and other state-level issues from State Sen. Ed McBroom and State Rep. Beau LaFave. One of the topics discussed by McBroom at the roundtable was ...

Whooping cough circulating in the U.P.

ESCANABA — Pertussis (whooping cough) is now circulating in several of our U.P. communities and public health is asking that all U.P. adults check their immunization status and that of their children. This is particularly important before kids head back to school where it is even easier for ...

Rain doesn’t dampen fair week

ESCANABA — It looks like a good year for the U.P. State Fair, according to Delta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau. “Attendance this year was very good — we started out strong on Monday through Wednesday,” she said. Some rainfall took place during fair ...

Heat is still a hazard for pets

ESCANABA — The dog days of summer are simmering down, and though the crisp temperatures of fall are approaching, summer temperatures are still hot enough for furry family members to feel uncomfortable. Heat issues pets can experience through the summer months include skin and ear ...

Area businesses say it’s been a busy summer

ESCANABA — It has been a busy summer for area businesses. According to many area business owners, tourism in the area has increased over the past few years. Restaurants such as Ludington Grill, Happy Days, and Jim’s Dari Kreme have all seen increases in business this summer. At Meijer, ...

State Police warn of phone scam

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan State Police is warning U.P. residents about a phone scam that has hit the area. The caller claims to be from Consumers Energy and demands payment within one hour through a third-party payment processor. If the payment is not made, the caller claims the ...

Vendors serve up something good at fair

ESCANABA — At this year’s U.P. State Fair, fairgoers have been able to enjoy a wide variety of food items from both well-established vendors and newcomers to the event. The Fish House, which sells deep-fried whitefish and straight and ribbon fries, is celebrating its 10th anniversary ...

Enbridge responds to AG on pipeline

ESCANABA — Following comments made about Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at the Upper Peninsula State Fair Tuesday, Enbridge reached out to the Daily Press to give their side of the stalemate between the energy provider and the state. During her ...

Governor talks roads, Line 5 at fair

ESCANABA — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was in Escanaba Thursday to discuss issues relating to the Upper Peninsula and Michigan during a luncheon at the fair. She also took time to tour the fair and answer questions from luncheon audience members. During the lunch, she spoke about her ...