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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021

The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority is recommending that the city’s mayor no longer be a voting member of the DDA board. DDA Board Chair Dan Bender says the change would bring the city more in line with state guidelines. Currently, Escanaba has had both the city manager and mayor as voting members of the board.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 22, 2021

Tri-County Safe Harbor is one of four groups collecting food for the next three days at area grocery stores for the TV6 Can-a-thon in partnership with WDBC and WYKX. Erin Viau says the food they collect will be distributed to those needing help from the domestic violence shelter.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

The Trails and Tales Outdoors Radio Deer Poll will be held tonight in Rapid River. This is the first year for the event at Rapid River Knifeworks. Al Ettenhofer with U.P. Whitetails was part of the first Deer Pole held 23 years ago at the Island Resort and Casino.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Delta County is looking at that it needs to do to follow the federal vaccine mandate for county workers. County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says commissioners are determining what the county’s vaccine policy might be.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

The Gladstone School Board has extended its COVID-19 quarantine wavier program until the end of the semester in January. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says the Test to Stay program is not a perfect solution but has allowed more students to stay in the classroom.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021

Deer vehicle accidents are on the rise in the U.P. Triple-A Michigan says 43 percent of the deer-vehicle accidents occur in October, November and December. Tonya Henderson at Derouins Auto Body and Collision in Escanaba says they have been seeing a growing number of crashes involving deer.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 15, 2021

Today is the opening of the firearm deer season in Michigan. Many hunters spent the weekend getting ready at deer camp this year. Joe Hellberg of Escanaba says he is usually the first one out on opening morning at their camp in Cornell.

 

Deer hunters can register their successful hunt at escanabaradiogroup.com for prizes and call in each day this week to tell their story on the Deer Report from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 906-786-3800.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Law enforcement say they are becoming frustrated with the consequences of criminal justice reforms that have recently been enacted that allow more people charged with crimes to be out on bond as they await trial.

 

Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt Gregg Cunningham says it can often fell like they are spinning their wheels when it comes to arresting people they have dealt with before.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

Jury trials in Delta County Circuit Court are still scheduled more than year out and there is about an eight months wait in District Court. The wait for jury trials became longer during the COVID-19 pandemic when courtrooms were closed across the state. Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner says he wants to again shorten the time defendants have to wait for trial.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

Gladstone is developing an ordnance to determine how homeowners with solar panels might be reimbursed for excess energy. Gladstone City Manager Eric Buckman says the city has been reimbursing four homeowners based on retail costs and now wants to base it on how much the city pays for electricity as interest in solar grows.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

The Escanaba City Council elected Mark Ammel as Mayor. Newly elected to the council, Ammel beat Ron Beauchamp on a 3-2 vote. Beauchamp said before the vote that his previous eight years on the council gave him more experience. Ammel says he is ready to serve.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

It could take longer than January for area schools with more than 100 employees to implement a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff.

 

The vaccine requirement announced last Thursday by the Biden administration orders employers of 100 or more workers to institute mandatory vaccinations for their staff or weekly testing by Jan. 4.

 

But Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says they expect it will take longer than that to get guidance from the state.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

The Escanaba City Council expressed reservations about the county’s offer to give the city the former jail property. Delta County is hoping that consolidating the city and county properties will make it easier to work with a new developer. Council member Ralph Blasier says the move would give the city more liabilities than assets.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

Despite an uptick this past week of COVID-19 numbers in the Upper Peninsula, Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says cases have been trending downward during the past month. Despite the improvement, she told the county board this week that the county’s positivity rate is still above 13 percent.

 

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Newscasts Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021

The Escanaba City Council will have three new council members. Mark Ammel received the most votes in yesterday’s election with 1,491. Todd Flath received 1,026 votes. Former city council member Ron Beauchamp is returning to the council with 946 votes.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

Today is Election Day in Michigan. On the ballot in Escanaba, six people are seeking three sets on the Escanaba City Council. They include incumbents Marc Tall and Ralph Blasier, former councilmen Ron Beauchamp and Mike Sattem and newcomers Mark Ammel and Todd Flath. Peggy O’Connell is not seeking re-election.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

Capt. Doug Winters with the Salvation Army in Escanaba says many people in the community need just a little push to make ends meet. To help with their food pantry, the Salvation Army is one four participating in the can-a-thon this month with St Vincent de Paul, Tri-County Safe Harbor and Faith Lutheran Church in Rock. The virtual can-a-thon begins this week at tv6canathon.com. Go to donate and choose Salvation Army. The WDBC/WYKX Can-A-Thon this month is Nov. 22, 23 and 24.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

About 100 people toured the new Northern Lights YMCA facility at Bay College last night. It was part of the Delta Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours event. It was the first time Bay College Board of Trustee Chair Stephen Davis had been in the former M-TEC building since the 50 year contract with the Y was signed in February. He told the Y staff during comments to the group that he loves what they did with the place.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

Engineered Machined Products, EMP in Escanaba and Greenfield, Indiana, is being sold this week to a Swedish company based in the United Kingdom. EMP President and Chief Operating Officer Brandon Larche says the EMP identity, culture and focus will remain the same after the sale to Concentric AB. EMP has been a family-owned business in Escanaba for 30 years.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

Bay College enrollment is up 5 percent this year. This is after a year when Bay was the only community college in the state with an increase in enrollment. Bay College President Laura Coleman it shows that the college is meeting the needs of the students and employers looking for workers.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall says rumors about the investigation of money connected to the development of the former Delta County Jail site makes it seem that the city did something wrong. Although he says he will not talk about the investigation, he did say that the city did nothing wrong.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier provided more information last night on what happened to money connected to the development project of the former county jail property after the chair of the Escanaba Planning Commission asked for the resignation of Blasier and Mayor Marc Tall for not being transparent on an investigation into where the money went.

 

James Hellerman said during pubic comment at the end of the city council meeting that there is a feeling of a coverup.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

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.

 

 


Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

The Gladstone School Board extended a quarantine waiver program for another month for those students in contact with someone with COVID-19 but do not test positive for the virus. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says about 70 percent of students quarantined attended classes under the waiver program who would have otherwise stayed home.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

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 Straits.

 

 


Newscast Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

As COVID-19 cases increased at area schools this fall, Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says each school district in the ISD handled cases and quarantines differently. No matter how the have been handling the situation, Leisenring says the process has been frustrating and exhausting.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

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 the overflow. That means procedures normally conducted there are being postponed.

 

Although COVID-19 patients are the reason the hospital reached the tipping point this week, OSF President and CEO Dave Lord says they are seeing a lot of patients who put off treatment during the pandemic on other health issues who now need care.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Cocaine use appears to be on the rise in Delta County. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wickman says meth continues to be a problem in the area but cocaine is becoming more prevalent.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Delta County Commissioners did not take any action on a resolution that said the county would not restrict any business with mask or vaccine mandates. Instead, the county will develop a policy that says COVID-19 vaccines will not be required to work for the county.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

A bloody handprint on a wall may make news as a domestic violence case did last week in Escanaba but Erin Viau with Tri-County Safe Harbor says it is only one of many that are not reported in the news.  October is Domestic Violence Aware Month. Viau wants the community to know that domestic violence continues to be a problem.

 

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