October 22, 2021

Highline Internet celebrates first rural customer on U.P.-wide system

Highline Internet held an open house to highlight the progress of providing broadband to rural residents in the Upper Peninsula.  Midwest CEO Bruce Moore says they started installing lines in Delta County this summer and plan to expand to 14 of the 15 counties in the U.P. during the next few years. Linda Butkis of […]
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October 22, 2021

Lambert carries on tradition of making wine at Leigh‘s Garden Winery

Leigh’s Garden Winery in downtown Escanaba is passing from Leigh Schmidt to Julie and Tony Lambert. Schmidt started the winery in 2008 with five wines. Today, there are more than 20 varieties. Julie had been working at the business as the taste room manager when Schmidt decided to retire.
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October 22, 2021

Bay College enrollment is up as area employers look for workers

Bay President Laura Coleman says enrollment is up at Bay College at time when area employers are in need of educated employees. She says demand includes nursing, EMT, corrections, megatronics and water tech. Plus, Bay is continuing its co-advising program to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressures that can affect their […]
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October 20, 2021

Election: Blasier talks about investigation involving former jail development

Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier says a crime may be at the heart of an investigation involving money in the city’s dealing with Proxima Management Group but, he says, he is not ready to make an accusation.  The city admits that an investigation is being held in conjunction with the project but provided no details. […]
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October 20, 2021

Election: Ammel wants developers with invested interest in Escanaba

As a business owner in Escanaba, Mark Ammel says he wants to do everything he can to improve the community. He says leadership is needed to get the type of development that the city would to see. Ammel is running for Escanaba City Council on Nov. 2. He currently serving on the Escanaba Downtown Development […]
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October 20, 2021

Election: Beauchamp says Escanaba Dark Store fight is right thing to do

Ron Beauchamp says the city of Escanaba needs to continue to fight the Dark Store issue in court. The city has taken the lead in the state on the issue. The Dark Store tax loophole bases the property value of big box stores on other closed or dark stores. Beauchamp lost re-election in 2019. He […]
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October 18, 2021

Malnar talks about the importance of Line 5, tunnel to Delta County

Delta County Commissioner John Malnar says he believes a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac will be built to house Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline and other utilities. Malnar attended the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority meeting last week in St. Ignace. He says he is impressed with the plans to build a tunnel beneath the […]
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October 18, 2021

Cancelled in first year of COVID-19, Belanger again took timber show on road

With shows cancelled in the first year of COVID-19, Bruce Belanger wasn’t sure how this year would go or even if he wanted to perform again. But when he did his first show in the Spring, he realized why he loves taking his lumberjack and logrolling show on the road. With the season now at […]
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October 15, 2021

OSF Healthcare exceeds capacity for first time in COVID-19 pandemic

OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group exceeded capacity this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, causing it to execute its emergency plan to make more room available at the hospital. Dr. Bill Hook, director of medical services, says OSF has converted its ambulatory care unit to in-patient beds to handle […]
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October 15, 2021

Schools continue to mitigate COVID-19 issues, Leisenring says

Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says the school districts within the ISD are moving quickly to respond to continuing cases of COVID-19. Leisenring also received the Educational Excellence award from the Delta Chamber.
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