US budget deficit hits $2.77 trillion in 2021, 2nd highest

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the second highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion reached in 2020. The deficits in both years reflect trillions of dollars in government spending to counteract the devastating ...

Mackinac Island man arrested on child porn charge


MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force announced Friday the arrest of Matthew Bartkowiak, 27, a full-time resident of Mackinac Island, for aggravated child sexually abusive material. The ...

Ring the Bells for Hospice event Nov. 1

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ESCANABA — In recognition of National Hospice Month 2021, UP Health System Home Care and Hospice and OSF Home Care and Hospice will join together, along with staff, volunteers and community members who wish to ring bells in memory of those in our community who have passed away while receiving ...

Probe causes sparks to fly at council meeting

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ESCANABA — An investigation into funds that went missing during a failed attempt to redevelop the site of the former Delta County Jail and a call for the resignation of two council members darkened the tone of the Escanaba City Council meeting Thursday. The issue of the funds, which were ...

300 new COVID-19 cases reported in U.P.

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Local data Wednesday showed 33 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Delta County in the past two days, while Menominee County had 26 more cases and another coronavirus-related death. Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties also added 16 probable coronavirus cases in Menominee County and ...

Firefighters battle Ensign Twp. house blaze

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RAPID RIVER — Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in Ensign Township Thursday afternoon on Y.5 Road. The blaze was described as a large fire with more than half the structure fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. In all firefighters from Ensign, Nahma, ...