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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. 

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