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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, ...

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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 ...

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 ...