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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital and Medical Group has reopened its COVID-19 Triage Line in response to a growing number of Coronavirus cases in the area. Joanna Wilbee-Amis, community relations coordinator, says the triage line is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 906-233-4225. They can answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing or an exposure.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 30, 2021

Dumping fees at the Delta County Landfill are rising Wednesday to help pay for a new cell that is expected to cost more than anticipated. Administration Manager Teri Rabitoy says the cost of the new eight-acre cell has more than doubled to $4 million.

 

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Newscast Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

The Sweetgrass and Sage Run Golf Courses at the Island Resort and Casino are seeing tremendous growth as the casino is building a new hotel wing. Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla says they had 24,000 rounds of golf last year. This year, they are anticipating 29,000 to 30,000 rounds of golf at the two golf courses.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

With the rise of COVID-19 cases in Delta County, Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties is recommending that masks be worn in all public buildings by those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. Health Officer Mike Snyder says the new recommendation may not be widely known.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021

The Northern Lights YMCA has moved to its new facility at the former M-TEC Center at Bay College. It is located on North 30th Street in Escanaba. Executive Director Gary Nash says the reaction of the new facility from members has been amazing.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties says COVID-19 numbers in Delta County are more than double than they were a year ago and Delta County leads the Upper Peninsula with 167 confirmed cases during the past two weeks. Health Officer Mike Snyder says he does not have a good answer as to why Delta County often leads the U.P. Covid-19 cases.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 24, 2021

The Upper Peninsula State Fair ended last night with fireworks in front of the grandstands. The week-long event was blessed with great weather, big crowds and lots of different activities.

 

Ann Harrington, Schoolcraft County’s representative on the U.P. State Fair Authority, says they have come a long way since they took the fair over from the state 12 years ago.

 

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Newscast Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was often reminded of the Finnish term SISU as she traveled the U.P. this week as part of her jobs tour. At the U.P. State Fair yesterday, she said the fair is another example of the people in the Upper Peninsula overcoming adversity to succeed.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Hospitals in Green Bay and Marquette are currently not taking patients from other hospitals like OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital & Medical Group because of a growing number of COVID-19 patients. Delta Country Administrator Emily DeSalvo says it is a big concern.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Both Upper Peninsula Honor Flights have now been cancelled for September. Organizer Scott Knauf says the board decided to postpone the later honor flight in September until next May. The earlier flight in September had already been cancelled.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Fairgoers flocked to the opening night of the U.P. State Fair when it opened at 5 p.m. last night. Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce and fair manager, says record attendance for an opening night was reached by 8 p.m.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

The U.P. State Fair in Escanaba opens tonight and runs through next Sunday. Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties says it has been working with the organizers of the fair on COVID-19 precautions.

 

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Newscast Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

The drive thru COVID-19 testing center at OSF HealthCare St Francis Hospital & Medical Group is reopening to handle an increase in COVID-19 cases in Delta County.

 

The hospital says COVID-19 tests are available at the drive thru for those who are asymptomatic, not experiencing any symptoms, and want to be tested. No appointment is needed. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021

A major highlight at the U.P. State Fair next week is the grandstand acts. Although free with admission to the fair, Bailey McDade says there is seating closer to the stage during all of the grandstand events for just $10.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021

High water levels during the past two years caused major problems with Gladstone’s wastewater system. Now that water levels on the Great Lakes are down, Gladstone City Manager Eric Buckman says wastewater discharge in Gladstone dropped 40 percent. That means ground water is no longer seeping into the city wastewater system in large amounts.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021

Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki says she was aware that Delta County’s 2020 Presidential election results were being used as evidence in a lawsuit challenging the outcome in Michigan but was not sure of the actual allegations until a CNN producer called to talk with her about it.

 

Przewrocki says it started with a phone call and ended with CNN reporter Drew Griffin in Escanaba for an interview.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

Escanaba is starting the process of changing utility meters throughout the city. The Escanaba City Council last week authorized the purchase advanced metering infrastructure for electric and water meters. Mayor Marc Tall says it is a major undertaking.

 

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Newscast Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

The delta variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Delta County. Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties says a case of the more contagious virus has been confirmed.

 

Health Officer Mike Snyder says the delta variant of COVID-19 is highly contagious and increases the risk of illness and outbreaks.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021

Get a COVID-19 vaccine shot and enter the U.P. State Fair for free. That is what Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties is offering for fairgoers this year.

 

The agency will be giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday and Wednesday during the fair to anyone 18 years and older. Recipients will be reimbursed the $10 daily admission fee.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021

The delta variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Marquette County but not yet in Delta County, but Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo told the county board last night that COVID-19 numbers are on the rise the county.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said she does not intend to reinstate a mask mandate despite Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for those who are vaccinated to wear masks indoors in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. State Rep. Beau LaFave says that is because Whimter wants to run for re-election and mask mandates aren’t popular.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 2, 2021

The National Trappers Convention is returning to Escanaba in 2023. Roy Dahlgren with the Upper Peninsula Trappers Association made the pitch at the national event in Iowa.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 30, 2021

Brian Swift talked about the death of his parents yesterday as he helped to launch the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving or NASID. Tom and Barbara Swift were killed in 2013 when a logging truck driver, high on marijuana, ran a red light in Gladstone and crashed into their vehicle.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dickinson County is one of two counties in Michigan with “high” COVID-19 transmission rates according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of the counties that the CDC now recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 28, 2021

There are no plans for a mask mandate in Michigan despite federal guidance yesterday on masks wearing for students and those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the mask is still a very good tool against COVID-19. She has resumed wearing a mask indoors even though she is fully vaccinated.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The development of a new Northern Lights YMCA in Escanaba is delayed slightly as they wait for dehumidifier and air handler equipment. Gary Nash at the Y says the projected Aug. 23 opening of the new facility at Bay College is now expected to be in early September.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 26, 2021

At 5.4 percent unemployment in June in the Upper Peninsula, Ed Legault, executive director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance, says things are moving in the right direction in the U.P. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but he says there are still not enough people to fill positions.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 23, 2021

The announcement that OSF Healthcare employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 does not include members of the Michigan Nurses Association at OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Escanaba. The information was clarified yesterday.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 22, 2021

Employees at OSF Healthcare will be required to be vaccinated by the end of September. It includes those at the Escanaba hospital. Chief Operating Officer Mike Cruz says they did not make the decision lightly. But, he says, they have an ethical obligation to be vigilant about the safety of their patients.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The question of whether masks will be required at the start of the new school year especially if students are too young to be vaccinated is one that Jay Kulbertis, superintendent of the Gladstone and Rapid River schools is being asked. He says they are still waiting for guidance from the state.

 

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