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School board eyes second millage try

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board continued discussion about placing a millage request before voters a second time at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher continued discussion on the possibility of placing the sinking fund millage on the ...

Man gets prison for child abuse

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was sentenced to prison Monday for severely injuring his infant son in January. Jerry Jay Munger III , 22, was sentenced to six years, eight months, to 10 years in prison for second degree child abuse by Judge John Economopoulos in Delta County Circuit Court ...

Esky may expand free, reduced school lunches

ESCANABA — More students in the Escanaba School District may be offered free or reduced lunch. The Escanaba School Board heard from Food Service Director Nancy LaFave about the possibility of offering free or reduced lunches to more children at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. ...

Report: Gladstone’s drinking water meets standards

GLADSTONE — Tap water in the city of Gladstone was found to meet all state and federal health standards in 2017, Gladstone Water Treatment Plant Operator Rob Spreitzer said in a presentation to the Gladstone City Commission. He spoke during the commission’s regular meeting ...

Building birdhouses

Courtesy photo Lucas Mehaffey, a member of Cub Scout Troop 471, focuses on assembling his bluebird box as Den Leader Matt Paulson helps steady the power drill at the Gladstone Armory. A total of 65 local Girl and Boy Scouts recently teamed up with Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County to ...

Work progressing on Esky River Bridge

WELLS — Recent conditions on the Escanaba River have impacted work on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the river. However, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Communications Representative for the Superior Region Dan Weingarten stated that work on the project continues. “Despite a ...

Business Profile: The Reel Pizza Co. is dream come true for Delaney

RAPID RIVER — Business has been increasing for recently-established Rapid River pizza restaurant The Reel Pizza Co. — and its owner, Cameron Delaney, has been looking at expansion opportunities. Delaney said he came to the Upper Peninsula after getting out of the Navy in 1990. At this ...

Lawmakers poised to pass $57B state budget

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are on the cusp of finalizing a $57 billion state budget, in what may be their last major move before a three-month summer recess. Work on the spending plan has been overshadowed lately by legislative fights over repealing a construction wage law, ...

Almost all of 44 rescued dogs find homes

ESCANABA — The 44 dogs that were surrendered to the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba have almost all found their forever homes. According to Shelter Manager Sue Gartland, the dogs who have been adopted are thriving in their new homes. Families who adopted some of the dogs have kept the ...

Rainy summer may be ahead for U.P.

ESCANABA — Summer will officially begin on June 21, but warm, sunny weather has already been seen in the area over the past few weeks. Jim Salzwedel, a hydrometeorological technician for the National Weather Service’s Marquette office, said this summer may end up being wetter than average ...

Option gives seniors break on insurance

LANSING (AP) — Michigan drivers age 65 and older could avoid paying most of a mandatory insurance fee that covers unlimited medical benefits and instead choose $50,000 in coverage under legislation the state Senate approved. Supporters called the two bills a first step in finally curtailing ...

ISD students build ’bomb box’ for company

ESCANABA — Welding students at the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) recently constructed an ammo box that will be used by Escanaba-based company Delta Force P.I., LLC. According to Calvin Jenerou, ISD welding instructor, the box had to be carefully constructed, ...

Escanaba to replace lead water lines

ESCANABA — Daycares could be among the first places in Escanaba to benefit from a state grant for the replacement of lead water service lines following action taken by the Escanaba City Council Monday. Council members approved a request submitted by Water and Wastewater Superintendent Jeff ...

Man rams vehicles during wild M-35 ride

CEDAR RIVER — A 22-year-old Nebraska man was arrested Wednesday after ramming vehicles and causing accidents on M-35, according to a news release from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 12:48 p.m., Menominee Central Dispatch sent all available law enforcement to M-35 ...

Public hearing set on downtown bike concerns

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council revisited concerns about the use of bicycles on Ludington Street’s sidewalks at its meeting Thursday night. Currently, the use of bicycles and skateboards is prohibited on the sidewalk by a city ordinance, but the ordinance is not enforced because the ...

Escanaba beach opens for summer Sunday

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Municipal Beach will be opening for the season on Sunday, June 10. Hours will be noon to 7 p.m. seven days a week with certified lifeguards on duty. The Webster Wading Pool will be opening soon.

New bike signage on 5th Avenue in Escanaba

ESCANABA — The city of Escanaba was recently awarded $2,500 from a Prosperous Places Mini-Grant. Funds were used to provide safety to bicyclists and to bring awareness that other users are sharing the roadway. Signage was installed for the non-motorized pathway system on 5th Avenue South ...

Racer overcomes life of addiction

ESCANABA — A professional racer, who participates in the annual Bark River Off-Road Races, shared his troubled past and how he overcame it with Escanaba Junior and Senior High School students recently. He and his team will be featured at the Bark River Off-Roads on Aug. 10-12. Brad Seavers ...

County names Cornell forest property

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners officially chose a name for 1,400 acres of county-owned land in Cornell Township at its recent meeting. The land — which the county finalized its purchase of from forest products company Weyerhaeuser for use as a community forest last year ...

Esky’s city-wide rummage sale starts Friday

ESCANABA — The annual city-wide rummage sale — Trash to Cash — will be held Friday and Saturday in Escanaba from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city’s Trash to Treasure event will be held Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents were encouraged to sign-up to participate in the sales by the end ...