Utility Crews Making Progress In Restoring Power Across U.P.

Utility crews have been working for a second day today to restore power to people who lost it yesterday because of the high winds. And with conditions still windy today, new outages have been popping up across the U-P.

Alger-Delta Co-op says its crews have restored power to almost everybody, with scattered outages remaining. Call them at 1-800-562-09-50 if your power is out.

UPPCO said this afternoon that all customers in the Cooper Country have had power restored.

 

High Winds Causing Escorts Across Mackinac Bridge For 2nd Day

High winds are making it difficult to get across the Mackinac Bridge for as second straight day. Personnel are stationed at each end of the “Mighty Mac” to provide instructions to drivers on how and when to cross.  Only passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickup trucks are being allowed access due to safety concerns.  All drivers are being instructed to reduce their speed to 20-miles-per-hour.  The bridge was in partial closure mode for ten hours on Tuesday.

 

Escanaba Public Safety Battles Barn Fire; No Injuries

On 3/07/17 at 2:36pm Escanaba Public Safety responded to 7227 K Lane for a barn on fire.

Upon officers arrival there was visible smoke and a small amount of visible flame coming from the peek inside of the barn that was near the house. The boards at the peek of  the roof  under the metal roofing had caught on fire.

The barn sustained some damage but none of the property inside the barn was damaged.

 

Super One Foods Closing Escanaba Store; 75 Layoffs

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Super One Foods is closing its Escanaba store.

In an interview with the Radio Results Network Tuesday afternoon, General Counsel Bruce Anderson from the corporate headquarters in Hermantown, Minn., said that the Escanaba location is a leased facility, and the lease will soon be up.

“It was a business decision that made sense,” Anderson said.

When asked if the fact that Meijer will be opening a store in Escanaba in May was a factor in the decision,

 

Schoolcraft County Chamber Emergency Meeting Wednesday

The Schoolcraft County Chamber Board of Directors has called an emergency meeting for 5 pm Wednesday, Mar 8th, at the Chamber building.

The longstanding financial issues with the Chamber prompted a vote of the membership this past December to combine with the Schoolcraft County EDC into one stronger organization. A committee of local businesses was designated with representation from each organization. This group has been working diligently to create a plan that will allow us to retain the functions of a chamber,

 

Cloverland, Alger-Delta Report Power Outages Due To Winds

Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association is currently experiencing wide spread outages within their service territory.  Alger Delta Crews are working hard to restore the power. They appreciate your understanding and patience while their lineman are attending to these areas. For the safety of all their members they request that you stay away from all down power lines.  If you are experiencing outages please call their toll free number at (800) 562-0950.

Cloverland Electric Cooperative reports strong wind gusts are knocking down trees into power lines across the five-county service area.

 

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bill To Allow Canadian Drug Imports

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined her colleagues to introduce legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to buy safe, low-cost medicine from Canada.  The bill, S.469 the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, was introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Robert Casey (D-PA), along with 16 others.  The bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services in two years to allow importation from other advanced countries.

 

Roof Problems Cause Early School Dismissals In Marquette

Due to a roofing issue at Bothwell Middle School, there will be an early bus release for Marquette Senior High School and Bothwell Middle School.

High School bus students will be released at 2:05 p.m.  Bothwell bus students will be released at 2:30 p.m.

Because of debris the buses are unable to utilize the bus loop.  We ask that all commuters wait until 2:50 p.m. to pick up students.

 

Former Michigan State Trooper Sentenced On Embezzlement Conviction

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that former Michigan State Police Trooper Seth Swanson, 31, of Royal Oak, was sentenced on two felony charges relating to pocketing over $170,000 in salvage vehicle inspection fees.

Swanson was sentenced on March 7, 2017 before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts. He was sentenced to one year in county jail as part of 5 years probation, for the felony charge of Embezzlement by a Public Official.

 

No Injuries In Semi/Minivan Accident In Manistique Township

The Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post was dispatched just before 5:00 PM Monday to investigate a two vehicle crash on US-2 near W. Duck Inn Rd in Manistique Township.

Police say the crash involved an eastbound semi-truck and a minivan which was on the shoulder of the road eastbound and attempted to make a U turn in the roadway. The semi-truck sustained heavy damage on the passenger side due to the crash and started leaking diesel fuel onto the roadway.