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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.



McIntyre focuses on economic development in run for Delta County Board

Rebbeca McIntyre is running for Delta County Commissioner to bring different ideas forward on economic development. She says Delta County has a lot of potential based on its position in the U.P.



This is the first time that McIntyre has run for office. However, it is not the first time she has had contact with county operations. 


She was involved in a community corrections program through UPCAP that was an alternative sentencing program. Funding for the program ran out a couple of years ago. 


McIntyre is running as a Democrat in District 4. When she filed, she believed she would be running against the incumbent, Dave Moyle in the Democratic Party, however, Moyle filed for re-election as a Republican. 


McIntyre says the party change will not affect what she plans to do to run for office. 

Groleau Memorial Race focuses on suicide prevention

Aly Sullivan talks about the Groleau Memorial Race that will be hed Saturday, July 25 at the U.P. International Raceway in Escanaba. The goal is to raise awareness of suicide the resources available to help. Christian Groleau was a racer at the fairgrounds. He took his life in January. Sullivan talks about the effort to save others.



Moyle changes party in Delta County Board re-election over second amendment rights

Democrats will not find Dave Moyle on their side of the ballot in the August Primary. The Democratic Commissioner on the Delta County Board has switched parties in this year’s election. 


Moyle says he was a Democrat based on family tradition but says his support of the second amendment made him rethink his party affiliation. He says he is not switching parties because of a possible challenge on the Democratic ticket.



Moyle says he realizes he may be a controversial commissioner at times but says his push to make Delta County a second amendment sanctuary county and other stances are important to him.


Moyle says the most important programs he has supported as a county commissioner include expanding the Delta County Veterans Services position and establishing the Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center. He says he enjoys being a commissioner because of the ability to help other people.


Moyle is running in District 4. He is being challenged in November by Rebecca McIntyre who is running as a Democrat.

Delta County Nonmotorized Trails announces single tract trail

Delta County Nonmotorized Trails Secretary Rick Elrod says the development of a 22 mile single tract mountain biking trail at the Days River Pathway will draw bikers to the area. He says the U.P. is already getting attention as a mountain biking destination.


The group has announced that it is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to build the trail. Elrod says they will be looking for funding to construct the trail over the next several years.



U.P. State Fair Authority approves continuation of livestock shows at fairgournds

The U.P. State Fair Authority approved plans to go ahead with livestock exhibitions at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in August despite no state fair this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.


State Sen. Ed McBroom who represents Dickinson County on the authority says the event will be called the Lori Branstrom Memorial Livestock Expo.



Held from August 17th through the 22nd, the various animal shows will be staggered throughout the week to limit attendance. 


The Junior Market Livestock Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 22. 


McBroom says details of the auction still need to be worked out including where it would be held. One possibility is the grandstands to allow more social distancing.  

McBroom says COVID-19 restrictions postpones U.P. State Fair

U.P. State Fair Authority memeber, State Sen. Ed McBroom, talks about the authority's decision Monday to postpone the fair until 2021 due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions. 


The Upper Peninsula State Fair has been postponed until 2021. The U.P. State Fair Authority made the decision after determining that they would not be able to meet the current crowd restrictions. 


Skerbick Entertainment Group was also denied permission to operate its fair rides.


The Fair Authority and Delta County Chamber worked since the beginning fo the pandemic to make the fair happen. They developed health and safety plans with local and state authorities based on the state expanding crowd size restrictions. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said yesterday that she was not going to be reopening the state further by the Fourth of July.


Chamber Director Vickie Micheau says they now look forward to making the 2021 fair the “best fair yet” during a safer, healthier time.


The Fair Authority is asking that livestock departments put together a plan to hold livestock exhibitions for youth raising animals this year. 

Delta Force P.I. awarded Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

Involved in security at today’s presidential visit at Marinette Marine is Delta Force P.I., a private security company in Gladstone.

The company is been responsible for security at Marinette Marine. Molly Barron will be there with her K-9 Delta trained in detecting explosives and more staff will be hand for President Trump’s visit.



The company has just signed a five contract with Marinette Marine to provide security. Delta Force started by Barron and Jim McNeil in 2014 and has grown to 60 employees today. It was just announced that they will receive the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.


The company is now hoping to be able to provide security at the Soo Locks.

Blasier apologizes for shooting violent protestor 'joke' during council meeting

Several people are calling for the resignation of Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blaiser for comments made at Thursday’s city council meeting. A sign at the Black Lives Matter protest in Escanaba Saturday also read “Recall Blasier.”


During a discussion on the city continuing with fireworks for the Fourth of July, Blasier suggested shooting demonstrators in the legs who commit violence during the fireworks.


Saying it was a joke that fell flat, Blaiser Friday apologized.



U.P. State Bank CEO talks about expansion, U.P. potential, operating under COVID-19

The Upper Peninsula State Bank has purchased property to open an office in Marquette. They purchased the former Burger King property on West Washington Street in Marquette and hired Andy Herro to serve as Marquette County Community Bank president.


Bank President and CEO David Williams says Marquette is a thriving community. He also talks about working with business owners during th COVID-19 pandemic.



Fittante talks about efforts to bring U.P. economy back, urges businesses to apply for PPP

InvestUP CEO Marty Fittante says hospitals in the U.P. are ready to continue non-essential procedures. He says hospitals in the Upper Peninsula are hurting financially and are prepared to handle the Coronavirus crisis and still be able to manage the healthcare needs of the rest of the population. He also urges U.P. businesses not to wait to apply for Payroll Protection Program funds.



Players de Noc presents a virtual performance of original play 'Bare Cabin'

Players de Noc is having a virtual performance of a local play written by JJ Spaulding. It is called "Bare Cabin." Jamie Peterson says it will be performed from the actor’s homes at a time we are isolated. The premiere will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on the Players de Noc Facebook page. It will also be posted on Youtube that will be linked from PlayersdeNoc.org.



McBroom worries about U.P. as governor considers stay home extension

State Sen. Ed McBroom says he expects to know within the next two weeks whether the Coronavirus becomes a burden on the healthcare system in the Upper Peninsula or if social distancing works and keeps the disease more manageable. However, as the governor considers extending the stay at home order, McBroom worries that the effect on the U.P. economy will be far greater.



Escanaba couple return from Honduras, concerned for friends they left

Tim and Julie Bishop were stranded in Honduras when the country closed its borders to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Tim talks about what they went through to get out of the country and the concern he has for those they left. The Escanaba couple was in Honduras on a mission trip.



Robomos robotics team produces parts to make medical face shields

Robomos advisor Gabe Kluka talks about the teams effort to make face shields for OSF Healthcare with 3-D printers. It is their effort to help during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are teaming up with Kobasic Creations to add the clear plastic. 



Area schools prepare for remaining school year without classrooms

Local school districts need to develop plans to instruct students for the remainder of the school year without returning to the classroom. Doug Leisenring, superintendent of the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, talks about the school districts are doing to provide online learning.



Community officials talk about need to practice social distancing

With concerns that residents are not taking social distancing seriously, Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo and Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer talk about the need for better compliance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.



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