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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 ...

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 ...