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HERE COMES THE SUN

The sun rises Tuesday morning on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in this photo taken from Hancock’s Porvoo Park. (Photo by Carrie Erickson)

Supreme Court considers ‘dark store’ case

LANSING — Escanaba officials who attended a Michigan Supreme Court hearing in Lansing on Thursday are hopeful justices will decide not to hear a “dark store” appeal by Menards to reverse a lower court’s ruling that favors the city. For more than three years, Escanaba has been in a ...

U.S. 2 on the map as a Pure Michigan Byway

MARQUETTE — A 92-mile section of U.S. 2 along the north shore of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula officially became the latest Pure Michigan Byway in a recent ceremony in Naubinway attended by local and state officials, Michigan Department of Transportation staff, and residents. The new ...

Opening of new non-motorized trail celebrated in Keweenaw County

COPPER HARBOR — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Copper Harbor Trails Club celebrated the opening of a new 6-mile section of the Keweenaw Point Trail Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held southeast of Copper Harbor at High Rock Bay. Work on this second phase of a more ...

Crystal Theatre presents final event of the year

CRYSTAL FALLS — Anglin’ Wayne & The Trollers present an evening of wit and fun that pays tribute to the Northwoods lifestyle with accomplish musicians, humor and cleverness at 7 p.m. CT Saturday at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls. Anglin’ Wayne and The Trollers is a fishing ...

UPtoberfest returns to Escanaba

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Preparations are underway for the 12th Annual UPtoberfest, which will take place Oct. 14 at Escanaba’s Municipal Dock from 2 to 7 p.m. The event, hosted by local homebrewing group Bay de Noc Brewers, gives people in the area a chance to ...

Walk honors Tara Grant

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An annual 5K walk in eastern Michigan is honoring a woman who was killed by her husband 10 years ago. The 10th Tara Walk, in memory of murder victim Tara Grant, will be Saturday in Sterling Heights, north of Detroit. Organizers said the event raises awareness ...

UP school district rejects land sale

BRIMLEY (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district has rejected a land sale mostly because the buyer wanted to sell tobacco and alcohol. Dollar General offered $127,000 to buy land next to the Brimley school. But Superintendent Brian Reattoir says the retailer wouldn’t agree to not stock ...

Forest Service seeks public input

AuTRAIN — The U.S. Forest Service is requesting public input for the AuTrain Public Access, Parking and Rehabilitation Project online and through comment cards until Friday. “We have heard from many people, but we would like to hear from more recreationists who use the area,” said Becky ...

UP lodge up for sale

COPPER HARBOR (AP) — An Upper Peninsula lodge built with federal aid during the Great Depression is up for sale. The Keweenaw County Board has received a $1.5 million offer for Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, which includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course and a string of cabins. James ...

MTU alum reveals secrets of nerdy talk

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Preparing for Thursday’s talk to Michigan Technological University students, alumna Libby Titus talked with a fellow engineering student who said the hardest part of the work wasn’t dynamics or analysis, but people and ...

Bark River man arraigned in case of domestic violence

ESCANABA — A 30-year-old Bark River man was arraigned on several charges Tuesday in connection with a domestic violence incident involving a handgun in Escanaba this past weekend, according to Delta County District Court officials. Following a high-speed chase early Sunday morning, Escanaba ...

Ishpeming City Council to consider firetruck purchase

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will consider a resolution to authorize the sale of bonds to purchase a ladder firetruck for the city. The council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall. During the Aug. 8 election, residents voted to approve a 12-year millage to pay ...

UPPCO: Unseasonably wet weather expected to reduce energy costs

MARQUETTE — Significant rainfall and cooler temperatures may have dampened the spirits of outdoor recreationists this summer, but the weather has provided for an increase in the production of clean, renewable energy from Upper Peninsula Power Company’s hydroelectric generation fleet, ...

Regional briefing

1st-degree homicide charge for inmate MUNISING — A 23-year-old inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility is being charged with first-degree homicide and being a habitual offender in the July 20 death of his cellmate. The victim was Rodriguez Montez Burks, 23, who had been serving sentences ...

Latest Houghton Brewfest is biggest ever

HOUGHTON — An estimated 1,500 people filled the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton Saturday for the ninth annual Keweenaw Brewfest. The event is a fundraiser for the Keweenaw Community Foundation, which has more than 100 funds dedicated to community programs. The event has continued ...

Trial set: Sawaski trial scheduled to start Oct. 30

HOUGHTON — A former Houghton High School athletic director is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly possessing child pornography in October. Don Sawaski, 72, faces two counts of possessing sexually abusive material involving a child, a four-year felony, and using a computer to commit a ...

Beartown driver enters guilty plea

ANOKA, Minn. — A Baraga man pleaded guilty this month to charges related to the deaths and injuries of fellow firefighters last year in Minnesota. Michael Allen Johnson, 29, entered the plea Aug. 8 on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation ...

Charges filed in Escanaba knife attack

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man — accused of assaulting a man with a knife in Escanaba earlier this week — was officially charged with a 10-year felony in Delta County District Court on Tuesday. Joshua John Myers, 33, of 1812 S. 16th St., Escanaba, was arrested Monday afternoon after he ...

8-year-old dies in ATV crash

MARINETTE, Wis. — An 8-year-old died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in the town of Niagara, Wisconsin, Sunday evening. Rebekah Chapman, the passenger on the four-wheeler, sustained injuries after being thrown from the machine and later died at Dickinson County Memorial ...