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Fire, smoke damages home in Wells Township

WELLS TOWNSHIP — A home in Wells Township was significantly damaged in a structure fire Saturday. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Escanaba Public Safety responded to 4834 16.5 Lane in Wells Township at 5:45 p.m., where smoke in a residence had been reported. No one was inside the house when officers ...

Jim’s South Side has long history, many names

ESCANABA — The store now known as Jim’s South Side has long been a part of the community. However, it has changed owners and names over the years. The building that currently houses Jim’s was constructed in the 1960s. “It was Tryg’s Supermarket before the ‘60s,” cashier Gina ...

Danforth home suffers heavy damage

ESCANABA — An Escanaba home received extensive smoke and water damage from a fire Friday morning. The fire was reported at 9:02 a.m. Friday. When Escanaba Public Safety firefighters arrived at the home, located at 4921 Karen 17.25 St. and owned by John Ratliff, they saw heavy smoke inside ...

Judge weighs charges in murder case

MENOMINEE — A Bark River man, charged with the murder of his adoptive father and home invasion, was bound over to Menominee County Circuit Court Friday. The decision was made in Menominee County District Court Friday morning, after the judge weighed testimony, evidence and arguments provided ...

Two dead ­following head-on crash

WAUCEDAH TOWNSHIP — Two residents of Tipler, Wis. were killed and two Suamico, Wis. residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Waucedah Township Thursday. At about 2:41 p.m. Thursday deputies of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a collision on U.S. 2 near ...

Unlicensed ­dispensary raided in Menominee

MENOMINEE — Detectives from the Eighth District Marihuana and Tobacco Investigation Section executed three search warrants simultaneously at an unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Menominee recently. According to a press release issued Friday, the search warrants were executed from an ...

Murder case heads to circuit court

MENOMINEE — A Bark River man, charged in the murder of his adoptive father, was bound over to Menominee County Circuit Court this morning. District Court Judge Robert Jamo made his decision after weighing testimony, evidence and arguments provided in a preliminary hearing in Menominee County ...

Escanaba DDA looks at project spending

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority took a look at how to best spend funds for projects during its Thursday meeting. One of the key concerns for the authority was the funding of sidewalk repair projects on Ludington Street. In a budget request presented to the board ...

Warm winter puts damper on ice rinks

ESCANABA — Warm weather this winter has caused a delay in opening the Escanaba and Gladstone ice rinks. Both Escanaba and Gladstone build and maintain an outdoor neighborhood ice rink — Escanaba’s rink is located next to the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center and Gladstone’s rink is next to ...

Daily Press readers win Bingo Mania cash

ESCANABA — Daily Press readers won cash playing Bingo Mania in December. Winners are Gayle Paquin, of Gladstone, with her single bingo. She received $50. Pat Bourdeau, of Escanaba, won $100 for her two or more bingos. The blackout winner was Marion Bryant, of Rapid River. She received ...

Wanted: Mentors for area children

ESCANABA — This year marks the 40th anniversary of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area (BBBS). The program has matched adult volunteers (bigs) with children (littles) in Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties, as well as Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin. BBBS matches ...

Compliance good in U.P.’s CWD area

ESCANABA — Compliance with a baiting ban in the U.P.’s Core Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance Area was good, according to a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer. 2019 marked the first whitetail deer hunting season in the Upper Peninsula with the new no baiting ...

Bay board gets look at training mannequin

ESCANABA — Members of the Bay College Board of Trustees met “Ann” — a training mannequin that Bay nursing students will start using this semester — at Wednesday’s board meeting. Simulation Technician and Lab Coordinator Nicole Wagner and Nursing Instructor Mary Schwalbach spoke ...

Broken pipe remains in Straits

MACKINAW CITY (AP) — A 200-foot-long broken boring pipe remains embedded in the Straits of Mackinac and may not be recoverable by a company that operates a fuel pipeline, officials said. Enbridge Inc. retrieved a broken 45-foot rod in December and told state regulators that a pipe of ...

Vintage snowmobile show returns

RAPID RIVER — Rapid River will host the 14th Annual Rapid River Relic Riders’ Vintage Antique Snowmobile Show and Swap Friday and Saturday. David Shope, president of the Relic Riders’ Club, is excited about this year’s event. “Members of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America ...

Residents speak on gun resolution

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners is preparing to vote next month on a proposed resolution that would make the county a “sanctuary county” for the Second Amendment. Local residents had another opportunity to express their opinions Tuesday. Commissioner David Moyle ...

Former deputy waives his sexual assault arraignment

MENOMINEE — A former Menominee County deputy facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct has waived his arraignment in Menominee County District Court. Earlier this month, Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey T. Rogg charged Brian William Helfert, 56, of 1116 17th Ave., Menominee, ...

Rapid River man sentenced for sexual assault

ESCANABA — Motions to withdraw his plea and adjourn sentencing for a Rapid River man, who pleaded guilty to third degree criminal sexual conduct in November, were denied Tuesday. He was subsequently sentenced to prison during a Delta County Circuit Court hearing. James Michael Greenlund, ...

Bay marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ESCANABA — Bay College once again held a forum in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Cafe Bay Monday. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve done the speakers’ forum,” Bay College Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. Amy Reddinger — who emceed the event — said. The ...

Administration changes at high school

ESCANABA — Before the Escanaba School Board accepted the tendered resignations of Jude VanDamme, Escanaba Junior High principal, and Spring Irving, Escanaba Student Success Center director, Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher advised the board of a planned reconfiguration of the high school ...