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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 ...

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

TOIVOLA — Not only is 2017 the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland, it is also the 125th anniversary of the founding of Toivola by Finnish immigrants. Becky Hoekstra, chairwoman of the Toivola 125th Year Reunion Committee, said in 1892 seven families settled in what became the ...

Esky man gets prison for robbery

ESCANABA — An 18-year-old Escanaba male was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for robbing $268 from a local motel clerk held at knifepoint last summer. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Jacob Allen Christopher Jones pleaded guilty to larceny from a ...

Fireworks one of many highlights of Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — Food, fun and fireworks were some of the facets of the weekend festival celebrating the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Bridgefest has been celebrated since 1987 in tribute to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which links the cities of Houghton and Hancock and the upper and lower Keweenaw ...

Search continues for inmate

BESSEMER — Police continue to search for a white male inmate missing from the Gogebic County Jail in Bessemer, who was last seen at about 8:50 p.m. Monday, according to a release from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Gerald Ferguson, 26, is 6-feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. ...

Norway mourns death of teen who drown

IRON MOUNTAIN — The community of Norway is mourning the death of a teen who drown earlier this week in the Menominee River. Bryan Christopher Stanchina, 17, of Norway, drowned Tuesday afternoon in the Twin Falls area of the Menominee River after he was swept away in the swift current ...

Jenzen is artist-in-residency at Porkies

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ONTONAGON — The Friends of the Porkies has announced that Mark Jenzen, creator of the world’s first-ever high-resolution LED Virtual Sky, will arrive in mid-month for a two-week artist’s residency at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State ...

Baraga Trout Fest kicks off Saturday

L’ANSE — The 12th Annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will take place all day Saturday, which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend — no fishing license necessary. Baraga County has been named the Lake Trout Capital of the Great Lakes and the free festival will combine ...

Honor Flight visits vets at nursing home

ESCANABA — Veterans at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba were honored Tuesday when volunteers from the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight simulated an Honor Flight mission with the nursing home residents. President of the U.P. Honor Flight, Scott Knauf, called the “flight” Mission XII.V because ...

1 dead, 1 critical after crash

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A 32-year-old Gould City woman died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night in Mackinac County’s Portage Township. The woman, identified as Stephanie Maynard, was a passenger on the motorcycle, driven by Andrew Loer, 26, also of Gould City. ...

Shots fired, woman surrenders

MARINETTE — A 52-year-old female was taken into custody Wednesday following a successful crisis negotiation situation — a response initiated after reports were received of shots fired from a residence in Beecher. According to a release from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 ...

Vulcan woman sentenced for 2016 fatal crash

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Vulcan woman who caused a fatal traffic accident last year in Breitung Township was given the opportunity Tuesday to avoid jail time, but her two misdemeanor convictions will remain on her record. Allowing 23-year-old Nicole Ann-Marie Vanderlin to erase the convictions ...

DNR open house set for next week

CEDARVILLE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an open house for next week to gather public comment on an off-road vehicle route connector proposal in Mackinac County. The proposed ORV route would connect Moran and Detour, and neighboring communities. The open ...

Gov. Snyder signs changes to copper mining regulations

LANSING (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law changes to the regulation of Michigan copper mines. Legislation enacted Tuesday establishes separate regulations for small native copper mines that developers are eyeing in the western Upper Peninsula. The law also does not ...

Honor Flight en route to DC

ESCANABA — Veterans from throughout the Upper Peninsula departed from the Delta County Airport this morning for Mission XII of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. Since 2011, the U.P. Honor Flight has been taking World War II and Korean War veterans on an all expense paid trip to see the ...

Plea deal reached in Iron River chase

By NIKKI YOUNK Iron Mountain Daily News CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River man likely will serve at least a year behind bars after accepting a plea deal Friday on a reduced charge stemming from a 2016 high-speed chase that left a passenger critically injured. Tyler Roy Polich, 21, pleaded ...

DNR conservation officer hones skills in rigorous program

MARQUETTE — A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer recently graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Capt. Wade Hamilton, Region 1 field operations coordinator who supervises DNR law enforcement in the Upper Peninsula and northern ...

Holocaust survivor speaks in Gladstone

By HALEY GUSTAFSON Escanaba Daily Press GLADSTONE — Students and area residents had the chance to hear a first-hand account of Germany under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi reign from Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg Tuesday at Gladstone High School. Lowenberg has traveled to schools all ...

Cochran sentenced to life for 2014 murder

CRYSTAL FALLS — A former Caspian woman received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in Iron County Trial Court this morning for the 2014 killing of Christopher Regan, of Iron River. While Kelly Marie Cochran will be booked into the Michigan prison system, Indiana ...