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Hardhat Readers

Courtesy photo Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Construction Trades students Bob Bichler, left, and Cole Ray read books to Webster Elementary School students recently. They taught the Webster students what construction workers build, why they wear hardhats, and that reading is fun.

Gladstone sets budget, utility rates

GLADSTONE — Following a presentation by City Manager Darcy Long and public comment, the Gladstone city commission approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget and Community Investment Plan, which outlines projects and equipment purchases for the next five years. The $15 million budget hinges ...

Counterfeit bills discovered in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Escanaba Public Safety is warning the public that counterfeit bills have been discovered circulating in Escanaba and surrounding areas. The bills are believed to have been issued by Chinese banks as a training tool. Bills used for that purpose can be purchased online in $20, $50, ...

Teen pleads guilty in school threat

ESCANABA — A 14-year-old Escanaba student who threatened to bring a gun to the Escanaba Junior/Senior High School last week entered a plea during his preliminary hearing in Delta County Probate Court on Monday. The eighth-grader made the threat to another male student while in class ...

Manistique land eligible for tax breaks

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique City Council designated four different parcels as eligible for tax abatement at its meeting Monday night. They included the Cedar Street Cafe, three lots occupied by Brazda Heating on River Street, four lots attached to the old bowling alley on U.S. 2, and the ...

Michigan bills would change DEQ’s rulemaking power

LANSING (AP) — Legislation to weaken the state Department of Environmental Quality has ensnared Lansing in a spat over the agency’s usefulness, with one side insisting it tramples over ordinary citizens and the other saying it’s too lax. The first of the trio of bills would generate a ...

Puppy Love

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Rapid River Elementary third grader, Trenton Warner, gets a kiss from Delta Animal Shelter beagle “Tucker” during a visit from the shelter at the school last week. The elementary school students had the chance to talk to shelter personnel, learn about the ...

U.P. spring may be warmer, wetter

ESCANABA — Spring 2018 may be warmer and wetter than normal in the UUpper Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service long range forecast. Spring officially arrived March 20 and runs through the first day of summer on June 21. According to Greg Michels, a meteorologist with the ...

Quality Sew and Vac keeps up with the times

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Quality Sew and Vac in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Residents can turn to Quality Sew and Vac if they’re looking for a new ...

Marquette man killed in single vehicle crash

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Investigation continues into a one-car accident which claimed the life of a 21-year-old Marquette man in Marquette Township early Sunday morning, according to Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post. Jacob Weslin was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Austin ...

St. Francis Hospital lifts visitor restrictions

ESCANABA — The number of regional influenza cases has shown a significant decline over the past weeks. As a result, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is discontinuing its visitor restrictions.  The restrictions put in place in December did not allow persons under 18 ...

Man gets prison term for probation violation

ESCANABA — An 18-year-old Gladstone man was sentenced to prison after being convicted of two probation violations in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba recently. Jared Scott Grenier, of 708 Delta Ave., Apt. 1A, Gladstone, was sentenced to 30 months to up to five years in prison for ...

Readers invited to share their photos of spring

ESCANABA — Spring has arrived and the Daily Press wants to share the sights of the season with our readers. Readers are invited to send their photos of robins, other birds, or any image of spring in the U.P to the paper. The photos will be published in future editions. Photos can be sent ...

Local maple syrup production has begun

BARK RIVER — The air smelled sweet at Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in Bark River Wednesday as the family-run business was boiling its second batch of sap that will be turned into maple syrup. According to Jeff Olson, one of the owners of Olson Bros. Sugar Bush, the 11,000 tap lines are ...

County administrator resigns from position

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman’s resignation was officially accepted during a committee of the whole meeting Friday morning. Bergman has served in the position of county administrator since May 2015. According to Bergman, his decision to leave this position was ...

Esky woman charged with ­strangulation

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman arrested on one count of strangulation and one count of domestic violence remains lodged in Delta County Jail as she awaits her pretrial hearing in circuit court scheduled for next month. Amelia Ann Emery, 28, of 416 1st Ave. S., No. 1, Escanaba, was arrested ...

Soo Locks open, the 2018 shipping season begins

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. will open Sunday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season. “Although, we have yet to know which ship will be the first through the locks this ...

Escanaba DDA to update its website

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be updating its website, members decided at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday. The DDA unanimously agreed to hire RKCom Web Design Services for no more than $600 to work on the website which was created by the company ...

Women take forefront in photo exhibit

ESCANABA — Bay College is celebrating Women’s History Month with the art exhibition “Photography; Through a Woman’s Lens.” A panel lecture featuring the six women whose photographs are being displayed in the exhibition took place at the college Thursday afternoon. Bay College Arts ...

Another youth nabbed for school threat

ESCANABA — A second threat of violence within a week by a second student at Escanaba junior/high school is being investigated by school and local law enforcement, according to Superintendent Coby Fletcher. A verbal threat of a school shooting was allegedly made to students at the ...