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U.P. State Fair postponed until 2021

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ESCANABA — Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the U.P. State Fair — one of the area’s largest annual events — has officially been canceled for 2020. A press release on the cancellation was shared on the Facebook page “UP State Fairgrounds” Tuesday evening. The fair had ...

Escanaba City Band performs tonight

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Band’s first concert of the season will be tonight at 7:30 p.m.. In case of rain, the concert will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Bruce Cassell will be conducting the band, which will play a a variety of patriotic and other tunes such as Simple Gifts, a ...

YMCA fitness programs underway

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ESCANABA — Group exercise programming is currently running for the Northern Lights YMCA Delta program center. The private fitness studio is located on Bay College campus at the MTEC center, room 2017. Available classes include: YDance, YWeights, Senior Strong, Dry Land Training, Yoga and ...

Virus cases increase in Delta County

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ESCANABA — Two more positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Delta County. In a press release issued by the county, it was stated that Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties was aware of 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in Delta County. Previously, 18 positive cases had been ...

Summer Reading

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Deborah Prescott | Daily Press The character Miss Piggy of the Muppets sits in the shade under a tree on Bay Street in Escanaba. Escanaba Children’s Librarian Pat Fittante normally takes Miss Piggy to work, but let her stay home and sit outside recently — with her mask on of course. ...

Blasier recall language approved

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ESCANABA — Language for a petition to recall Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier for comments about shooting rioters made at a meeting earlier this month was approved Monday by the Delta County Election Commission. During a discussion at the June 4 city council meeting about whether or ...

Gladstone schools set budget

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GLADSTONE — Despite continued uncertainty regarding school funding in Michigan for the upcoming school year, an initial budget for Gladstone Area Schools’ 2020-21 fiscal year was approved Monday. A special meeting of the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education was held virtually that ...

Despite uncertainty, Esky schools pass budget

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ESCANABA — Escanaba Area Public Schools’ Director of Business Services Kevin Pascoe presented budgets for general, food service, and student/school activity funds to the board of education for the 2020-2021 school year Monday. The General Fund total revenue budget, $22,852,341, includes ...

Agreement reached on state budget shortfall

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LANSING (AP) — An agreement to address a $3.2 billion shortfall in Michigan’s 2020 budget was announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to respond to deep budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic crisis. The agreement includes reductions in funding and also ...

High water makes safety top priority

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ESCANABA — Local law enforcement is reminding residents of and visitors to Delta County of the importance of keeping safety in mind while out on the water. Delta County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John Smith — who is part of the office’s maritime patrol — said incidents on the water ...

Bay gradually reopening to public

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ESCANABA — As Bay College continues its efforts to resume normal business, Bay representatives spoke about how the college’s reopening plan has been going so far. Vice President of Student Services Travis Blume said Bay re-opened on a limited basis on Wednesday, June 24. “Right now, ...

Clerks ready for upcoming elections

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ESCANABA — Townships across counties are preparing for the August primary and November general elections. In addition to regular election training, absentee ballots and COVID-19 have added to the concerns of some township clerks. Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki doesn’t foresee any ...

The Reopening: Recreational activities open in most states

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With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Blaiser recall language approved

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ESCANABA — Language for a petition to recall Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier for comments about shooting rioters made at a meeting earlier this month was approved Monday by the Delta County Election Commission. During a discussion at the June 4 city council meeting about whether or ...

Blood drive planned Wednesday

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ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center will hold a blood drive Wednesday, July 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Guardian Flight Helicopter Hangar at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Donors should bring photo identification and a face mask. Everyone will undergo a simple health ...

Spruce budworm part of U.P. forests

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ESCANABA — It’s native. It does what it’s supposed to do. It can be an agent of forest regeneration. But we don’t have to like it. Spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) is a cyclical native needle-eater of mostly balsam fir and white spruce. Most of the damage is done in June. ...

Volunteers needed for waterfront cleanup

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ESCANABA — The Escanaba Recreation Department will be cleaning up the waterfront on Thursday, July 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteers are being sought to help. Garbage bags will be provided and gloves if needed. Work will begin at the Municipal Dock and continue along the shoreline to end behind ...

Upgrade impacts Esky utility payments

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ESCANABA — The City of Escanaba is in the process of upgrading multiple software programs at city hall, one of which includes utility billing. As part of this process, the City will not be able to accept any payments for utilities starting on July 1. This includes on-line or in-person. The ...

Firecracker Fun Run is postponed

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GLADSTONE — Due to the COVID-19 virus, Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis has decided to postpone the July 4th Fran Cannon Firecracker 5 Mile Run/2.5 Mile Walk/Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. “We just don’t feel right in doing this Run during these times. We hope to have it when things settle down ...

Online tourism directory available

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LANSING — In response to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State University Extension’s Tourism Team has created an online directory of resources for the tourism and hospitality industry. It includes best practices for safe operation and sanitation recommendations ...