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Newscast Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

The land with the substation that exploded with a beam of light at the Escanaba Power Plant on Feb 2, 2015, has been sold to Northern Machining and Repair.  The company bought the former power plant in 2016.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Bay College nursing students are being used to administer COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic set up at the college by Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties.

 

Bay President Laura Coleman says at a time when it is difficult to offer students a clinical experience because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is good to have students giving the shots at the public health clinic.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

Testing at the Delta County Airport has reveled high levels of PFAS chemicals. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are man-made chemicals used in firefighting foam that do not break down over time.

 

Delta County Airport Manager Andrea Nummilien told Delta County Commissioners that the study has confirmed water and soil contamination at the airport.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Students at the Escanaba Jr and Sr High Schools will be returning to in-person instruction full time on Monday. The students have been on an alternating day schedule since returning from winter break to keep the number of quarantines down due to contact tracing of COVID-19 cases.

 

Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says Coronavirus numbers in Delta County have since improved. The school board voted to go back to a full schedule.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Takeout is barely keeping Ferdinand’s Mexican Restaurant in business. It’s a problem that many restaurants are facing.

 

Under the current COVID-19 state order, restaurants can only offer takeout. But it is not enough. Ferdinand’s owner Pam Mitchell says it amounts to barely 20 percent of her normal business.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 18, 2020

OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital & Medical Group as been vaccinating first responders and law enforcement for COVID-19 and hope to get to teachers soon as part of Phase 1B in the state’s vaccination priority list.

 

Kelly Jefferson, vice president of operations, says, however, that they did not receive an allocation last week.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Officials warn that ice conditions are deteriorating on Little Bay de Noc due to warm temperatures and winds. Mike Markovich with the Delta County Search and Rescue says the ice conditions are not normal for this time of year.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner says the county board’s resolution against the state ban on indoor dining is a good sign of support for businesses in the area. But, he says, it’s not local enforcement that the businesses are going to have to deal with.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

The Delta Animal Shelter can now begin spay and neutering the 217 puppies and dogs and get the 23 horses ready for adoption that were taken from a home in Rock in August.

 

Rebecca Johnson agreed to give up all rights to her animals. She is being charged with animal cruelty and running an animal shelter without a license.

 

Sue Gartland says there is a lot of interest in adopting the animals.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

A statewide shortage of vaccines has caused Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties to temporarily pause the scheduling of COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those 65 years and older.

 

The agency says it was notified Sunday night that 270,000 requests for vaccine in the state far surpassed the federal allocation of 60,000 doses for the week. Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun warned in a letter to public health that many entities will run out of vaccine in the coming days and may need to cancel or reschedule appointments.

 

Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties says it currently has enough vaccines through Friday. They expect to hear on Friday if more vaccine will arrive next week.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 11, 2021

The city of Escanaba could see a spending freeze in its 2021-22 budget. The Escanaba City Council began the budget process last week. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says he is expecting a tight budget next fiscal year.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

As a healthcare provider, Dr. Beth Knudsen of Knudsen Dentistry in Escanaba was one of the first in the community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. She says it has given her a sense of relief.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

State Sen. Ed McBroom is taking exception to criticism that Legislative leaders abdicated their responsibility to take action against the Secretary of State sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications before the November election.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says a rumor that students are being forced to eat lunch while sitting on a dirty floor are not true. Fletcher says the rumor spread rampantly after an online post showed students eating on the floor at the Escanaba High School.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

USDA Rural Development helped to finance the purchase of 55 homes in Delta County 2020 for first time homeowners or those who need financial help. Jason Allen, state director at USDA Rural Development, says it can help communities looking to attract new workers, especially healthcare workers.

 

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Newscast Monday. Jan. 4, 2021

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on New Year’s Day in Delta County. The Michigan State Police and Delta County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:30 p.m. to a shooting at a residence on St. Nicholas Road in Baldwin Township.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020

A group of local restaurant and bar owners concerned about COVID-19 restrictions expressed their fears and anger at a meeting Tuesday night in Escanaba. They met to see what can be done to reopen their businesses.

 

Delta County Commissioner Dave Moyle says more than 30 people attended.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

High School students in the Gladstone and Rapid River schools returned to the classroom for two days following a four-week state shutdown. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says was important to get students back together before the winter break.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020

U.P. farmers being told to reimburse Dean Foods for milk the company purchased just before declaring bankruptcy in 2018 will have a court hearing in January to see what their obligations are.

 

Gary Rasmusson in Menominee County is one of 10 farmers in the U.P. that direct ship to the processor in Marquette. He is being told to reimburse $15,000 or settle for $5,000.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 21, 2020

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan is concerned that a bill passed by the state legislature last week to protect homeowners from utility shutoffs will only make the problem worse.

 

Lawmakers voted Thursday to prohibit water shutoffs through March. Jordan says some city residents take advantage of the situation.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 18. 2020

Gladstone is applying for a grant to repair a portion of its boardwalk destroyed by high water. Gladstone Downtown Development Authority Director Ron Miaso says the boardwalk is very popular.

 

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Newsmakers Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

Delta County has extended its State of Emergency to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Commissioners approved the resolution at its meeting Tuesday.

 

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says the declaration will help the county get the resources it needs to address the pandemic and allow the county board to meet virtually.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

Coronavirus vaccines are expected to be available soon at OSF St Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Escanaba.

 

Hospital president Dave Lord says they will know this week if they will be part of the first wave of vaccines that will be available in the state. Regardless, they are getting ready to vaccinate those who need to get the vaccination first.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing more families than normal to need assistance. Major Alex Norton with the Salvation Army in Escanaba says they are seeing a major spike in the number of people needing food. Many of them have not needed help before.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Although Career Technical Education at Intermediate School Districts were not shutdown during the 12 day extension that closed high schools in the state due to COVID-19, the Delta Schoolcraft ISD chose to stay with online instruction for now.

 

Delta Schoolcraft ISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring says that’s because many school districts are not running buses making it difficult for students to attend. But, he says, some students are getting in-person help.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing said last night that the F-16 pilot who crashed in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday night has been found dead. No details were given.

 

The plane went down in the Hiawatha National Forest in Delta County at about 8 p.m. Tuesday during a routine training mission.  115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo says they are deeply saddened by the tragic loss.

 

A multi-state, interagency search for the pilot and aircraft immediately followed the crash. Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says the isolated area made it difficult to respond.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

The dogs and horses caught up in the alleged puppy mill case in Delta County may be able to find new homes soon.

 

The Delta County Prosecutor plans to file a forfeiture motion to take the animals from Rebecca Johnson who is charged with cruelty and running an illegal shelter.

 

Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wickman says a forfeiture hearing could be held in January.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard crashed in the Upper Peninsula around 8:00 p.m. last night. Crews are searching for the pilot north of the Garden Peninsula along the Delta Schoolcraft county line in the Hiawatha National Forest.

 

The plane is part of the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wis.

 

Alice Sabuco was at her home last night on Forest Road 442 between Forest Highway 13 and Thunder Lake Road when she heard the jets overhead.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 8. 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration yesterday extended the partial shutdown in the state through Dec. 20 to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

Whitmer hinted at her press conference yesterday that restrictions may take longer than 12 more days. 

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has slowed the pending development of city property and former jail site in Escanaba. Proxima Management Group plans to build an $18.3 million hotel and waterfront facility on the property. 

 

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says he talked with the company’s brownfield redevelopment consultant last week who says the company is still working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on the project.

 

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