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Michigan Secretary of State extends license branch hours

LANSING (AP) — Michigan will extend the hours of operation for drivers’ licenses and vehicle registrations in an effort to shorten lines at branch offices, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Wednesday. From July 19 through Sept. 30, weekday service will be extended by an hour. On ...

Have a seat: Patio furniture shortage tells US economic tale

COCKEYSVILLE, Maryland (AP) — People used to go to Valley View Farms to buy five tomato plants and end up with $5,000 in patio furniture. This year is different. After a record burst of sales in March, the showroom floor is almost empty of outdoor chairs, tables and chaises for people to ...

Lightning sparks three fires in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Separate lightning strikes are believed to be the cause of three fires in Escanaba Monday, which kept firefighters from area fire departments busy for hours. Escanaba Public Safety officers were called out the first fire at a two-unit apartment building, located at 514 and 512 ...

Esky schools to add manufacturing lab

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board has approved the purchase of a state of the art manufacturing lab and curriculum. The funding for the project was provided in large part by a $167,000 grant from the Upper Peninsula Manufacturing Talent Consortium. “We are incredibly excited to make ...

State records virus death in Menominee

ESCANABA — State data Tuesday showed three more confirmed COVID-19 positives in Menominee County, along with a new coronavirus-related death. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website, however, did not record another death in Menominee County and had only two new confirmed ...

Whitmer: Allot $150 million for local parks

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called for allotting $150 million in federal coronavirus rescue funds for Michigan’s local parks and trails, the second time she has proposed major recreation spending in less than a month. If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would ...