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Jim Pinar remembered for sports broadcasting career

WDBC broadcaster Jim Pinar is remembered for his years of sports broadcasting. Al Gereau, Dan Flynn, Dennis Grall and Tracy Hudson talk with Craig Woerpel about the impact that Jim had on area sports.

 

 

'Don't be a prisoner of your past' Parks tells Drug Court grads

Listen to the Delta County Drug Court gradiuation program and all five stories of drug addiction.

 

 

Five participants in the Delta County Drug Court graduated from the program yesterday. They meet at the Delta County District Court while others watched online.

 

District Court Judge Steve Parks told the five several rules to live by including not being a prisoner of their past.

 

“If people judge you by your past, then they are not really worth worrying about,” he said. “You have your whole future ahead of you and I hope you take advantage of it.”

 

He also urged them to be honest to themselves and others.

 

Graduating were Mike Bizeau, Sarah Doutree, Karl Schmidt, Zach Tryan and Kasey Rudden-Stoerck. Like others in the drug court, Rudden-Stoerck starting using marijuana at a young age.

 

“My drug use started at the young age of 13,” she recalled. “In high school, I drank and started to use drugs. It began with marijuana, then cocaine then opioids. I started to skip school which turned into truancy and eventually I was expelled from two school.”

 

She was in and out of jail and says her life was in shambles before deciding to take the offer of drug court rather than serve her time.

 

“Drug court has dramatically changed my life. I went from being jobless and homeless to having two jobs that I enjoy, an apartment of my own and two years of sobriety.”

 

Judge Parks says it was disappointing to have to hold the graduation program online because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Drug Court graduations are usually held in the larger Circuit Court packed with supporters.

Moyle addresses militia comment in effort to help businesses hurt by COVID-19

 

The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution yesterday to support businesses closed due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state.

 

The current ban on indoor dining ends Friday. The Governor has not said if she will extend it.

 

Commissioner Dave Moyle read the resolution.

 

“The Delta County Board of Commissioners shall support no endeavor, financially or through ordinance, that will in any way single out, harm, discriminate against any business owner that opens their establishment with responsible PPE and social distancing,” he read.

 

The resolution goes on to say that it does not have the power of law and cannot be used to avoid state penalties. 

 

Moyle ended the meeting yesterday saying he is going to advise bar and restaurant owners that if Governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t allow them to reopen with indoor dining that they take steps to protect themselves.

 

“I would actively consider forming a rapid response militia of very well educated armed people stand at my property line,” he said. “I’m not talking about redneck guys spitting tobacco with firearms but it is coming to that point. I hope I’m wrong. I hope she is the bigger person and starts unlocking.”

 

The resolution is being sent to the Governor and other elected officials. The county yesterday extended it own emergency declaration another 28 days.

More than 200 animals seized at Delta County home can now be adopted

 

Listen to the interview with Sue Gartland at the Delta Aimal Shelter.

The dogs and horses seized in August from an alleged puppy mill in Rock can now be adopted.

 

Rebecca Johnson, who is charged with cruelty and abandonment of the animals, yesterday agreed to the forfeiture action and gave up all her rights to the animals.

 

The Delta County Prosecutor’s office says the action makes the animals immediately available for adoption. The Delta Animal Shelter has been caring for nearly 217 dogs and puppies and 23 horses.

 

Because of the large number of animals, the prosecutor’’s office says the shelter will provide information on the availability of the animals and adoption process on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Johnson has a court hearing on January 22. She face up to seven years in prison.

Escanaba dentist talks about getting the COVID-19 vaccination

 

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.

 

It was no different, she said, then getting a flu shot.

 

"It was actually pretty routine," she said. "We got an email from the health deaprtment that said we were eligible because we are health care providers in the area. We have contact, obviously, with patients right up close so we called, made our appointment and went over. It was very simple. Just like getting any other flu vaccine or any other shots that I've taken."

 

Most of the staff has received the vaccination including her husband Eric who is a partner in the practice.

 

Even though they are getting the vaccination, Knudsen said they will continue to take the precautions they have developed since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

"We certainly are taking precautions and we're going to be taking them for quite awhile becasue it is still out in the general public and it's going to take a long time, a couple of months i'm going to suspect, for the general public to receive the vaccines," she said.

 

Knudsen said they are finding that some of their patients, especially their older ones, are deciding to stay home rather than come in for routine care. Otherwise, she says the staff does a good job assuring patients that they are safe.

 

Patients are screened before and during their appointments and they’ve installed new air purifiers in the rooms. Medical staff will also continue to wear extra PPE including masks and face shields.

 

The vaccination requires them to get a second round of shots. Knudsen said it will take a few weeks after that for the vaccine to take effect.

Happy Thanksgiving from WDBC

Craig Woerpel gets us ready for Thanksgiving with music and news. He is joined by Wendy Irving who has already decoradted for Christmas, Wendy Pepin with the Wendy Wednesday Blues For A Cause Pick Of The Week (and cooking pies) and Patty Woerpel who is getting ready to cook for Thanksgiving. Enjoy! And, count your blessings on this Thanksgiving.

 

 

Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio Deer Report - Friday

Join Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio host Craig Woerpel for the annual Deer Report. He is joined today by Bruce Belongie with the Great Lakes Timber Show, Ken Bucholtz, with Wheelin' Sportsmen and Roy Dahlgren with the U.P. Trappers Association.

 

 

Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio Deer Report - Thursday

Join Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio host Craig Woerpel for the annual Deer Report. He is joined today by Al Ettenhofer with U.P. Whitetails Association, Tonya Ettenhofer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area and Bruce Belongie with the Great Lakes Timber Show.

 

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Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio Deer Report - Wednesday

Join Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio host Craig Woerpel for the annual Deer Report. He is joined today by Al Ettenhofer with U.P. Whitetails Association, Tonyia Henderson, owner of Derouin's Auto Body & Collision and Tim Kobasic's daught Lisa Kobasic Gramza.

 

 

Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio Deer Report - Tuesday

Join Trails & Tales Outdoors Radio host Craig Woerpel for the annual Deer Report. He is joined today by Shawn Cannon at Cannon Forestry, Rod Stende at Elmer's County Market and Leroy Destrampe.

 

 

Escanaba students go to alternating day schedule to prevent COVID-19 quarantines

Students at the Escanaba Jr and Sr. High School will begin alternating day schedules starting Monday. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they will divide the student body in half to lower the number of students at the school building during the day.

 

On Friday, all students from the 6th through 12th grades will meet online for an abbreviated schedule to give staff more preparation time.

 

Fletcher says the goal of the new schedule is to lower the number of quarantines that can affect the attendance of students and staff at school.

 

 

Absentee ballots keep clerks busy, Przewrocki says

 

Getting absentee ballots to voters in some cases has been slow in Delta County as city and township clerks deal with a large number of requests for ballots.

 

Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki said local clerks are doing a great job responding but there have been issues of getting absentee ballots out in a timely manner.

 

“It’s kept the city and township clerks very busy. It’s even more difficult for the township clerks who are part-time. It’s created a lot of extra work for them which is ok. They are up for the challenge. It’s just that ballots in some townships are not going out as fast as people would like. We are addressing those issues,” she said.

 

Przewrocki said she has been helping township clerks address the volume of requests. About 3 million absentee ballots have been requested so far in Michigan. About half have been returned. 

 

Przewrokci said there are drop boxes at some city and township halls. Ballots can also be delivered to the clerk’s office. 

 

If you decide to vote in person on Nov. 3 after requesting an absentee ballot, Przewrocki said you must bring the ballot with you to the polls.

 

“You’re going to have to surrender the ballot that you already have, Przewroki said. “So, if you want to vote at the polls on Election Day, bring that absentee ballot with you in the envelope. Bring it to the precinct with you. You will surrender it and get a ballot at the precinct.”

Because of the high number of absentee ballot requests, Przewroki said attempting to vote at the polls in August became an issue for those who did not bring their absentee ballots with them.

 

Absentee ballots will be counted on Election Day. In some cases, the ballots will go through the same tabulator as those voting at the polls.
 

OSF St. Francis Hospital handles a growing number of COVID-19 testing

OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group has been testing between 140 and 170 patients a day for COVID-19 as numbers continue to climb in Delta County.

 

Dr. William Hook, Chief Medical Officer at OSF, says they have been learning to better manage the numbers of people who need to be tested. It includes a drive-in area that can take the pressure off of the walk-in clinic. 

 

You call 1-833-673-5669 to make an appointment or text OSF to 67634. The website is osfhealthcare.org.

 

 

McBroom talks about Whitmer moving U.P. back to Phase 4, State Supreme Court ruling

State Sen. Ed McBroom talks about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moving the Upper Peninsula from Phase 5 back to Phase 4 in the MI Safe Start Plan as COVID-19 number rise, the State Supreme Court ruling that the governor's ongoing state of emergency under a 1945 law is unconstitutional and what it all means for the U.P. as we move forward.

 

 

Fishing group reacts to report of large fish die-off on Escanaba River

State officials are investigating a large die-off of fish that may have been the result of a chemical spill from the Escanaba Paper Mill.

 

Frank Pearson with Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen says the incident sets back the group's fish stocking efforts.

 

 

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