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MSU offers free online water school webinar

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LANSING — Elected and appointed officials often need to make important decisions regarding the future of shared water resources. The new online version of the Michigan Water School program from Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension provides decision-makers with critical, ...

Chamber annual dinner nixed by pandemic

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ESCANABA — The Delta County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner — which normally puts a spotlight on what local people and businesses have achieved over the past year — will not be held as planned in 2020. On Aug. 13, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce board voted to cancel the event, ...

Menominee, Marquette, Delta, top U.P. virus cases

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ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 1,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 189 probable cases and 19 deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. Delta County had a total of 163 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 29 probable cases and three deaths; Menominee County had 232 confirmed cases ...

Bay shows positive enrollment trend

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ESCANABA — Enrollment at Bay College for the fall 2020 semester has not been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The college announced a 3 percent increase in contact hours and a 1 percent increase in student headcount compared to the fall 2019 semester. “We could not be more ...

Whitmer’s virus-related powers reach top court

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DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bold use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic reached the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard hours of arguments about whether she has illegally made far-reaching decisions without input from the Legislature. Whitmer, ...

Funding OK’d for jobless benefit, carp project

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LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan’s contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The $2.8 billion in spending is almost ...

Retired school personnel cancel meeting

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MENOMINEE — Because of the current public health crisis, the Menominee County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) has canceled the MARSP meeting scheduled for September. The leadership will continue to monitor the situation and inform members about when it ...

Union helps 4-H

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ESCANABA — USW Local 2-21, which represents employees at Verso’s Escanaba mill, helped raise funds for 4-H by purchasing a hog at the U.P. State Fair Livestock Auction. At this year’s Lori Branstrom Memorial Livestock Expo, the company purchased a hog from Blake Branstrom. Local 2-21 ...

Additional food assistance extended through September

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LANSING — Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits during the month of September as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) ...

History center plans ‘Capitol Women’ program

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MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: Capitol Women Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. in an online live presentation. One hundred and fifty one years ago, on March 31, 1869, Harriet Tenney made history when she was appointed the first female state officer (the ...

Courts

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ESCANABA — The following individuals were recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court in unrelated cases. Brenda Lynn Trombley, 45, of 7156 US 2-41 and M35, Gladstone, was bound over to circuit court on a count of controlled substance — possession of ...

Esky native’s video makes waves

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MACKINAC ISLAND — A viral video made by a Mackinac Island resident who has ties to Delta County has received millions of views since it was posted last month. Bailey Manninen shared a video introducing viewers to her life on Mackinac Island, which has less than 500 residents and no cars, ...

Forum to feature Esky School Board candidates

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ESCANABA — A question and answer forum featuring Escanaba School Board nominees will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Escanaba’s Ludington Park at the Karas Memorial Band Shell. The Michigan Education Support Professional Association (MESPA) will host the open question and ...

Virus not stopping End The Silence event

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ESCANABA — End The Silence, a depression awareness and suicide prevention walk, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. As the nation is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee decided to change this year’s event to a virtual run/walk for the safety of all participants. The ...

Senate leader: Absentee ballot processing bill still alive

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LANSING (AP) — A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day is not dead, and the August primary legitimized concerns that some officials will not be able to quickly handle a surge of mailed-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, a ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over fatal shooting

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MARQUETTE (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer and dismissed a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a man who had threatened to kill himself. Marquette County sheriffís deputy Keith Romback said he went to Clifford Tucker’s home in Ishpeming Township in ...

Lions expand search for childhood cancer patients

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MARQUETTE — In September, the Lions clubs of the UP are expanding their outreach efforts to help families affected by childhood cancer. This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. More than 11,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, according to the ...

Crash injures rider

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MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — A man driving an off-road vehicle received serious injuries in a crash Saturday. At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post were dispatched to the Dutch Mill bridge on S.15 Road in Masonville Township for an ORV personal ...

U.P. tourism strong despite virus

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ESCANABA — Labor Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of the Upper Peninsula’s summer tourism season. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional tourism authorities said visitor numbers have been strong this summer — and there are reasons to be optimistic about ...

Rare U.P. locomotive loaded for restoration trip

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NEGAUNEE — Crewmen readied precious cargo recently at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee for a 900-mile trip southeast to Pennsylvania. The historical relic loaded onto a transport truck for the trip was a historic steam locomotive called the Yankee, a vertical boiler model ...