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Man arrested for base jumping

GOULD CITY — Deputies from the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon arrested a downstate man after being dispatched to microwave relay towers near Moran and Rexton after receiving reports of an individual “base jumping” there. Deputies surmised the individual was ...

Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel ...

Crews respond to salvage yard fire

ESCANABA — Another local salvage yard was impacted by fire Monday as Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to Coplan Iron & Metal Co. after an explosion and multi-vehicle fire. The blaze broke out at the salvage yard, located at 1610 7th Ave. N. in Escanaba, around 3:34 p.m. ...

2 killed in Mackinac County crash

ST. IGNACE — Two people are dead after a multiple vehicle accident on U.S. 2 near H-33 in Mackinac County Monday afternoon. According to a press release from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post, an empty semi-truck tanker driven by 70-year-old Raymond Pross, of Pinconning, collided ...

A SEA OF SILVER

The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds has been a sea of silver-colored campers this week during the 60th Annual Wally Byam Caravan Club International Airstream Rally in Escanaba. The rally, which brings together Airstream owners from across North America, runs through today. (Photo by Ilsa ...

Reimagined, revamped festival slated for Aug. 4-6

CRYSTAL FALLS — After a year lapse, the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance has stepped up to organize the 26th annual Humongous Fungus Festival on Aug4-6. The weekend will feature a parade, street dance concert, softball tournament, city-wide rummage sales, Mr. Fungi “Beard”y ...

Court: Munising officer has immunity

MUNISING (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after a car chase that reached 100 mph. Timothy Mitchell’s family sued Munising Officer Justin Schlabach, saying he used excessive force at the end of a chase in ...

Trial testimony continues

ESCANABA — During a trial on the parental rights of the child’s mother and father Monday in Delta County, a Rapid River woman testified about her son finding a frail, 3-year-old girl naked outside during below-freezing temperatures on St. Patrick’s Day. “It was cold, about 30 degrees ...

Parks senior pass cost to increase

WASHINGTON — In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80, according to a release from the National Park Service. The ...

Civil trial resumes in Delta County

ESCANABA — A civil trial resumed Monday in Delta County to decide the rights of parents of two girls whose Rapid River home was found to be unsafe and unsanitary the day one child was found lying naked outside in the snow last spring. Delta County Probate Court Judge Robert Goebel Jr. ...

Winds cause issues in Mackinac race

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — Strong winds and waves have caused roughly two dozen boats to bow out of the annual 333-mile sailboat race from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Race organizers say 29 boats have exited as of Sunday afternoon. That included Windquest, a decorated vessel owned by Amway ...

Escanaba marketplace officially open

By JENNY LANCOUR Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Escanaba has a new landmark in town — the new marketplace, which was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the public and several dignitaries under sunny skies Friday afternoon. About 40 people attended the Downtown ...

Youth mentors needed at DNR Pocket park

ESCANABA — This year’s Upper Peninsula State Fair is just around the corner, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for some youth mentors for outdoor recreation activities taking place at the DNR Pocket Park. The DNR needs community volunteers interested in helping ...

Weather brings challenges for farmers

ESCANABA — Though rainy, cool weather has created some problems for local strawberry farmers in 2017, business has been booming at farms this summer. At Pellegrini’s Strawberry Farm, located west of Escanaba, this spring’s weather resulted in a smaller strawberry crop than ...

Go as deep as you dare at Adventure Mine

GREENLAND — A Keweenaw Heritage site, the Adventure Mining Company offers a variety of mine tours, some more challenging than others. Tour guide Josie Ledgerwood said the copper and silver mine operated from 1850 to 1920, but tours have been offered for decades. The current owners, ...

Escanaba lighthouse marks 150 years

ESCANABA — The 150th anniversary of the Sand Point Lighthouse was celebrated with an event at the lighthouse Monday afternoon. About 125 people were present at this event. The celebration was organized by the Delta County Historical Society’s lighthouse committee. Delta County Historical ...

Heavy rainfall leaves soggy campgrounds

ESCANABA — Standing water, high water levels, and campground closures are just some of the ways the U.P.’s recent abundant rainfall is impacting the area. According to John Pepin, deputy public information officer for the Michigan Department of Resources (DNR), there have been campground ...

Wildlife habitat grant applications available

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications now through July 21. Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given priority. The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, which began in 2013, is funded with a ...

Calumet hosts annual Pasty Fest

CALUMET — Main Street Calumet’s Pasty Fest began 14 years ago to honor one of the area’s most prominent cultures, according to Leah Polzien. Polzien, Main Street Calumet executive director, said miners and their families who came from Cornwall, England, had a significant impact on ...