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MDOT’s EMILY gains honor

From the Michigan Department of Transportation LANSING — It’s a big recognition for a little boat. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently named the Michigan Department of Transportation’s use of unmanned remote-controlled boats for bridge inspection to the group’s list of ...

M-48 work begins April 26

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing about $1.4 million to resurface about 16 miles of M-48 from Sand Ridge Road to M-134 in Chippewa County. Work, scheduled to start April 26, includes a double-chip seal, crack filling, gravel shoulders, and pavement ...

Murtha to be graduation speaker

ESCANABA— Rhyan Murtha is the 2021 Student Commencement Speech Contest winner at Bay College. Murtha will graduate with an Associate in Arts degree from Bay College. During her time at Bay, she was a member of the first women’s cross country track team, served as an SI leader, and was a ...

Haeusler scholarship established

MARQUETTE — The Richard Haeusler Memorial Science Scholarship was recently established at Bay College to assist a full-time freshman student pursuing a degree in science. Haeusler was a biology and math professor at Bay College for over 30 years. He was also the chairman of the ...

M-129 bridge work to start

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Work on the M-129 bridge over the Munuscong River on the border of Chippewa and Mackinac counties will begin Monday with an estimated completion date of Oct. 29. One alternating lane of traffic will be maintained via temporary traffic signals. An 11-foot width restriction ...

VA listening session scheduled

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center announced that it will hold a virtual listening session with stakeholders at 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET on Monday to hear from veterans and the communities the VA serves. This is one of 50 public virtual listening sessions across the country ...

U.S. 2 resurfacing to begin

IRON MOUNTAIN — A U.S. 2 resurfacing project in Dickinson County will start April 26, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. MDOT is investing about $2.8 million to resurface about 8 miles of U.S. 2 from Michigan Avenue in the city of Iron Mountain to west of Fifth Avenue ...

Houghton County approves purchase of potential jail site

HOUGHTON — Houghton County has a new site for a potential jail. Tuesday, the board approved purchasing the First Apostolic Lutheran Church property on Sharon Avenue for $1.1 million. The board discussed the purchase in closed session prior to the vote. The terms of when Houghton County ...

Fire doesn’t slow paper mill operation in Manistique

MANISTIQUE — A fire didn’t hamper production at Manistique’s UP Paper. Although the fire started in a paper machine, the plant was fully operational less than a day later. At 10:23 a.m. Saturday, Manistique Public Safety and volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the report of a ...

Cooler weather arriving after early warm stretch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Cooler weather is taking hold following an early spring heat wave that’s pushed soil temperatures about 7 degrees above average in the region. Snow could fall today, with temperatures hovering below 40. Highs should reach into the 50s by the weekend but may not get to 60 ...

Hunter resigns from Gladstone City Commission

GLADSTONE — The city of Gladstone is looking for a new commissioner following the resignation of Commissioner Darin Hunter. “I leave my post early due to a new position I have accepted that will ultimately establish a conflict of interest allowing me to serve. I hope the best for the ...

Delta virus cases up by 116 in less than week

For The Daily Press ESCANABA — Delta County has seen its number of confirmed COVID-19 positives rise by 116 in less than a week, data from local health officials showed Tuesday. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website Tuesday also listed 23 more confirmed positives in ...

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers sought

LANSING — Volunteers will fan out out across the Upper Peniinula to give state highway roadsides their annual spring-cleaning. Groups in the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will begin pickups in the Upper Peninsula from May 1 to May 9. Pickups start this weekend ...

County gives up IM senior center title

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County on Monday gave ownership of the senior center at Crystal Lake to the Senior Citizens Council of Dickinson County, nearly 10 months after starting the process. The council, which had previously leased the center, will pay a token $1 for the building and ...

MSC Farmers Market looking to introduce new vendors for 2021

CALUMET — The Main Street Calumet Farmers Market is holding a special vendor outreach event on Saturday, April 17. The event is focused on introducing new vendors to selling at a market, providing continuing education for returning vendors and bringing all vendors up-to-date on changes for ...

Work begins on U.S. 2

MACKINAC COUNTY — U.S. 2 will be reduced to one alternating lane of traffic at the bridge over the Millecoquins River in Mackinac County while the Michigan Department of Transportation begins emergency bridge railing repairs. The work started Wednesday. The repairs are necessary for the ...

MDOT to host virtual meeting

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Transportation and the city of Houghton will hold a hybrid virtual public meeting from 5-5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the 2021-22 U.S. 41 — Townsend Drive and College Avenue — rebuilding project in Houghton. This meeting immediately precedes a ...

Bay showcases student work

ESCANABA — Bay College will hold a virtual “Celebration of Serendipity” where it will showcase the varied talents of Bay College students in the areas of poetry, essay writing, photography, sculpture, drawing, digital design and painting. It will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday via ...

Cannabis Center of Excellence upgrades some instrumentation

By Journal Staff SAULT STE. MARIE — The Cannabis Center of Excellence at Lake Superior State University recently upgraded its cannabis analysis instrumentation in “ways that benefit not only the burgeoning industry but also environmental science,” according to an LSSU news release. ...

Kiwanis Home and Garden Show returns

By Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The Kiwanis Home and Garden Show kicked off Friday and continued throughout the weekend. Many of the vendors from years past made a return to the show, and a few new vendors were added to the show’s lineup. However, in the interest of public safety, ...