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COVID-19 health care jobs portal launched

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LANSING — The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) teamed up to launch a new portal on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, the state's labor exchange system, that makes it easier for health care professionals to apply for jobs that ...

Restaurants push for May 29 reopening

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars on Friday pushed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let them reopen in three weeks, saying they need a lifeline to survive financially and a chance to show the public it is safe to return. The businesses have been closed to dine-in customers since March ...

Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan campaign kicks off

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LANSING — Pure Michigan is sharing a new effort around "Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan" to spread a message of strength and unity as residents throughout the state stay home and stay safe to combat the continued spread of COVID-19. The #ONEPureMichigan initiative is intended to serve as a ...

Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casinos extend closure

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — To assure the health and safety of its tribal members, team members and community, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' government and the Kewadin Casinos have extended the temporary closure of the tribal government and all five casinos until June 1. The ...

Farmers facing uncertain season

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ESCANABA — Farmers are facing the approaching growing season with uncertainty., What to plant? Will there be a market? What will markets look like? At Immerfrost Farm in Stephenson, both garden plants and produce are raised. Normally this time of year, Immerfrost sells garden plants to ...

Apartment plan nixed in split vote

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ESCANABA — A controversial low- to moderate-income apartment complex planned for the area north of Aldi and adjacent to Walmart’s southeast retaining pond was narrowly defeated by the Escanaba City Council Thursday. The Bay de Noc Apartments would have been a four-story, 70 unit complex ...

Folk Fest canceled this summer

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MANISTIQUE — Due to the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Manistique Recreation Department’s Folk Fest Committee has made the decision to cancel Folk Fest 2020. The festival had originally been scheduled to take place July 10 and 11 in downtown Manistique. Following Monday’s ...

Manufacturing restarts, stay-home order extended to May 28

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that auto and other manufacturing workers can return to the job next week, further easing her stay-at-home order while extending it through May 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Manufacturers — which account for 19% of the ...

Kids Fishing Day at Camp 7 canceled

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Courtesy photo The Kids’ Fishing Day Team has announced that Kids’ Fishing Day at Camp 7 Lake Campground has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic. Over 7400 youngsters have participated in Kids’ Fishing Day during it’s 28 year history and the team is looking forward to ...

Esky library offers video streaming resources

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba Public Library has added four new video streaming services available to library cardholders. The new services are part of the RB Digital (Recorded Books) database and include new options for music, movies, TV and online learning courses. Included in the new ...

U.P. Energy Task Force online meeting May 12

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MARQUETTE — The U.P. Energy Task Force will begin its broad analysis of the Upper Peninsula’s current and future energy needs during the panel’s online public meeting on Tuesday, May 12. The Task Force will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon using Microsoft Teams with time allotted for public ...

Two charged in UPSET drug bust

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) detectives have been investigating the distribution of methamphetamine in Iron Mountain, Dickinson County over the last several months by two connected drug sources supplying the Dickinson County area. The investigation ...

Mackinac Bridge repainting to resume

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ST. IGNACE — The final season of a four-year process to repaint the two towers of the Mackinac Bridge is expected to begin next week. Contractor Seaway Painting of Livonia, which completed the 2017-18 project to strip the north tower down to bare metal and repaint it, also was awarded the ...

Pandemic snags filling Esky DDA post

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ESCANABA — As many businesses along Ludington Street remain shuttered, the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority has taken a break from meeting, but who will lead as the executive director of the authority when the economy reopens is still unknown. Former DDA Executive Director Ed Legault ...

Jim’s Dari-Kreme reopens — with restrictions

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ESCANABA — Local ice cream shop Jim’s Dari-Kreme was able to reopen for business — with some restrictions — last week. According to Manager Trevor Sebeck, the shop opened for the season in February. However, on March 16, a post made to its Facebook page announced it would be making ...

Legislature sues to block Whitmer’s virus orders

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LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of ...

Bonding proposals fail in Menominee

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MENOMINEE— A pair of bonding proposals made by local school districts were defeated by voters in Menominee County Tuesday. A total of 1,460 votes, or 44.49 percent, were cast in support of a bonding proposal for Menominee Area Public Schools. 1,822 votes, or 55.51 percent, were cast against ...

Bay names Love outstanding educator

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ESCANABA — Bay College has selected Nanci Love, full-time literature instructor, as one of its recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by the Don Johnson Agency/MEEMIC Insurance. To receive consideration for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student, or someone ...

Construction industry reopens today

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LANSING — As the construction industry reopens today, the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity highlighted requirements for employers and provided further guidance on best practices to help protect Michigan workers and reduce the spread of COVID-19. “We must take aggressive action to ...

Save on energy costs while staying at home

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LANSING — With Michigan families staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and a colder-than-average spring, households may find their heating bills higher than usual and the air quality inside their home decreasing. Michigan’s Weatherization Assistance Program at the Michigan Department ...