Delta County Prosecutor Addresses Child Neglect Case

Earlier this week, we told you about a three-year-old girl who was found naked lying in a ditch in Rapid River…and how she was rescued by a citizen and his dog.

In that investigation, Delta County Sheriffs Deputies found unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the girl’s home…so the girl and another were removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Delta County Prosecutor Phil Strom addressed the case on Wednesday.

Strom says that state law prohibits him from talking much about the case,


2017 Agriculture Day Celebrated At Michigan State Capitol

Wednesday was Agriculture Day at the Michigan State Capitol.

Governor Rick Snyder joined Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams and Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski in celebrating Michigan’s food and agricultural successes over the last 100 years while highlighting their vision for future growth of the industry.

This year’s Food and Ag Day event featured 33 commodity organizations representing everything from cherries to nursery plants to potatoes and more.


UP Health System Donates $12,000 To Marquette YMCA

UP Health System- Marquette made a $12,000 donation to the YMCA of Marquette County this week.

UP Health System is a 2017 sponsor of the YMCA of Marquette County.  Victor Harrington, Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development for UP Health System, presented the check at the YMCA of Marquette County to Christina Bennett, Healthy Living Leader, and Jenna Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer, both of the YMCA.

“UP Health System – Marquette is proud to sponsor the YMCA of Marquette County.

Seven U.P. Businesses Make ‘Companies To Watch’ List

Seven Upper Peninsula companies have been named to the Top 50 List of “Michigan Companies to Watch” for 2017 by the group “Michigan Celebrates Small Business”.

Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy.

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Michigan High School Drop-Out Rates Similar To Last Year

Michigan high school students are graduating and dropping out at rates very similar to last year, according to data released by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) today.

The dropout rate fell slightly to 8.91 percent for the 2015-16 school year, down .21 percent from the 2014-15 rate of 9.12 percent. The 2015-16 school year graduation rate decreased slightly to 79.65 percent, down 0.14 percent from 79.79 percent in 2014-15.


Deadline Extended For U.P. Schools To Apply For Grants

The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) has extended the deadline for Great Lakes education grants for K-12 schools in Marquette, Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties through the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Individual grant awards can be up to $2,500. To date the SWP has provided over $24,000 in grants to area schools for a wide range of projects that encourage Great Lakes stewardship through place-based education and professional development for K-12 teachers. Past program awards have supported projects including but not limited to: sustainable schoolyard pollinator and vegetable gardens,


Study Shows ‘Pure Michigan’ Campaign Is Working

The Pure Michigan advertising campaign continues to drive travel and spending to Michigan from out-of-state visitors and to improve the image of Michigan as a regional and national leisure travel destination, according to a report released today during the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The report by Longwoods International found that Pure Michigan’s out-of-state advertising campaign helped drive 5 million trips to Michigan in 2016, with those travelers spending $1.5 billion at local businesses during their time in the state.


Michigan DNR Issues Report On Health Of Forests

Michigan’s approximately 20 million acres of forest land play a key role in the state’s recreation, forest products and other important industries, and the health of those forests is essential to sustaining this vital resource for many generations.

The 2016 Forest Health Highlights report, recently released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, gives an overview of Michigan’s forests, the insects and diseases that have threatened them over the past year, and details about what is being done to improve the state’s urban and rural forests.


North Central Wins 81st Straight; Semifinals Up Next


The North Central High School basketball team kept its dream for a third straight state championship alive Tuesday night with a 74-61 win over the Hillman Tigers in the Class D state quartefinal game at Sault Ste. Marie High School.

The victory extended the Jets’ national record winning streak to 81 games, and sent the boys below the bridge to Michigan State University’s Breslin Center for a third straight season.

The Class D state semifinal game will be against Southfield Christian on Thursday.


Escanaba City Council Interviews Manager Finalists

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The Escanaba City Council heard from the three finalists for the city manager’s position Tuesday night, and will meet in special session Wednesday afternoon to make a decision.

Darcy Long of Amery, Wisconsin; William Yost of L’Anse, and Jeff Thornton of Negaunee all answered questions from the five council members…as well as some that were written down by members of the audience.

The meeting lasted for two and a half hours,