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Newscast Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

The Escanaba Paper Mill will receive $200 million in grant funding under a spending bill approved by the state legislature last night. The funds are needed to support an expected announcement by Billerud of a $1 billion expansion at the mill. That announcement is expected yet this month.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined an agenda Wednesday that will prioritize enacting stricter gun laws, repealing laws that restrict abortion and who one can marry and providing pre-K education for all 4-year-olds in the state.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The Escanaba City Council yesterday gave its planning commission direction on possible revisions to the city’s marijuana ordinance. The planning commission has asked for a moratorium for time to process the change. Assistant City Assessor Tyler Anthony says the city has been overwhelmed with applications.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

The Escanaba City Council and Escanaba Planning Commission are meeting jointly today to discuss the proposed moratorium on any new marijuana business applications in the city.

 

The city council approved the moratorium Thursday at the request of the planning commission. It is an ordinance change for three months so needs a second reading and approval in February.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The Escanaba City Council voted for a three month moratorium on new marijuana businesses on a 4-1 vote. It changes the current marijuana ordinance so needs a final vote in February, however, the final date to accept new applications was yesterday.

 

The moratorium was requested by the city planning commission who has reviewed four site plans so far and has at least two more pending with others expected. The commission wants the city to re-examine its marijuana ordinance before other applications are submitted.

 

Councilmember Tyler Dubord says the city marijuana ordinance has already been thoroughly discussed.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The Escanaba City Council is expected to offer interim city manager Jim McNeil the manager’s job at tonight’s city council meeting. The council spent an hour last night interviewing McNeil. McNeil said looking at a city employee to fill the position is a good move.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The Delta Conservation District notified Delta County last night that it is terminating its contract with Delta County to operate the county’s parks. Delta Conservation District Manager Rory Mattson told the county commission that they will terminate the current contract on May 15.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Gladstone is looking to update the equipment inside the wastewater plant undergoing renovations. The Gladstone City Commission approved a change order to accommodate the updated equipment. Commissioner Brad Mantella says it adds more than $120,000 to the cost of the project.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

An Escanaba man died Sunday in a crash between Escanaba and Gladstone. The Delta County Sheriff’s office says 55-year-old Michael England of Escanaba was killed when his pickup truck was struck by another pickup truck driven by 81-year-old Kenneth Arnold of Cornell.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

The Escanaba City Commission approved the site plan and special use permit for a marijuana business in downtown Escanaba. There was concern about the current appearance of the building at 936 Ludington Street being compliant. Nilsson Davis, owner of the marijuana retail store Upper Shelf Farms, became somewhat frustrated during the discussion on the appearance of the outside of the building but says he is willing to upgrade the building which he is leasing.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The Escanaba Planning Commission has two marijuana issues on its agenda tonight. The commission will consider a special land use permit of a downtown building for a proposed retail marijuana business.

 

A company called Upper Shelf Farms is asking to use the property at 923 Ludington Street as a retail business to sell marijuana. It is owned by a Class B marijuana grower from Republic called Elevated Exotics.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

The Gladstone City Commission has approved an authority to be responsible for the development and maintenance of the steam engine on display in Gladstone. Commissioner Brad Mantella says it allows the group that has been working to restore the Soo Line engine to be directly responsible for its upkeep.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

The Escanaba City Council is meeting today to discuss the city’s 2023-24 budget. Faced with a deficit that the council had to deal with last year, Interim City Manager Jim McNeil says this year he is looking for department heads to decide how they want to spend the money so that the council is presented a balanced budget.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Families with someone struggling with addictions often don’t know where to turn for help. The newly formed group Families Against Narcotics or FAN is hosting a presentation Tuesday to start a discussion on ways to deal with the problem. Steve Parks say Dr. Francis Myrick will be the first presenter. She will talk about the science of addiction.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

The Escanaba City Council has decided to post the city manager position for any city employee who would like to apply for the job. City Assessor Jim McNeil has been serving as interim city manager since Patrick Jordan left in November and is interested in the position. But Councilmember Todd Flath says it is important to see if other city employees may be interested in the job.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

Travel in Delta County was made difficult through the holidays as flights were cancelled at the Delta County Airport due first to weather and then equipment failure. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo called it the perfect storm.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

A large plume of toxic chemicals produced by a plant in Marinette, Wis., that manufactures firefighting foam has seeped through groundwater into the bay of Green Bay. Groundwater and streams near the Tyco Fire Products in Marinette are contaminated with foam containing PFAS.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

The head of the Escanaba Planning Commission says they had no choice but to approve the site plans for three marijuana businesses looking to convert empty buildings on North Lincoln Road into retail dispensaries. James Hellermann says they can not choose when it comes to businesses looking to establish in Escanaba.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

Hours are expanding at the walk-in clinic at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 2, Joanna Wilbee Amis at OSF says the new hours at the walk-in clinic will be 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

Liferides will be available New Years Eve to help revelers celebrate safely. Joanna Wilbee Amis at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group says rides will be available for free from 7 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022

Restrictions have been reimposed at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group as the area is seeing an increase in upper respiratory illnesses. Communication Coordinator Joanna Wilbee Amis says it is being called the “triple-demic.”

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says the county needs to do what it can to support the development of local housing in the area. It’s an issue that local officials have identified as a need but will now become more of a priority with a proposed expansion at the Escanaba Paper Mill.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

Weather is affecting travel and deliveries heading into the Christmas weekend. Among closures today because of the snow include the buildings at Bay College and St. Vincent de Paul store and service center in Escanaba.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says the proposed expansion at the Escanaba Paper Mill is good news for the county, local businesses and workers at the mill. The county board, as well as Escanaba and Wells Townships, approved a tax break for the company by asking the state to approve a Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zone. It will amount to $29.4 million over 15 years which DeSalvo says the county will gain in other ways with the development.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

Union officials say they are excited about the possibility of a major expansion at the Escanaba Paper Mill. Billerud is planning a $1 billion upgrade and conversion of the mill to produce paperboard. Michelle Labadie, chief steward for Teamesters Local 406, told the Escanaba Township board yesterday that the community needs to hear how important this is for the Upper Peninsula.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022

The Wells Township board has approved a resolution in support of a Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zone at the Escanaba Paper Mill. The move creates a property tax break for Billerud on a proposed $1 billion investment at the mill. Wells Township Supervisor Bob Stasewich says the conversion of the mill to paperboard is going to change the area.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 19, 2022

The Escanaba City Council says it is appreciating the communication set by interim city manager Jim McNeil. McNeil says he is providing a weekly update on what is happening in the city to council members to keep them informed.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

The Escanaba City Council talked about the possibility of hiring city assessor and interim city manager Jim McNeil as the new city manager. Councilmember Tyler Dubord says he is reluctant to spend money on a manager search when McNeil is a good candidate.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022

Delta County Prosecutor Lauren Wickman is predicting traffic problems on North Lincoln Road if three marijuana businesses open within a short distance of each other in Escanaba. Along with the potential of drivers in the area being intoxicated, Wickman says the dispensaries have the potential of backing up traffic.

 

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