Marinette County Sheriff’s Department Looking For Suspect

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a suspect who fled police after crashing a stolen pick-up truck Friday night. Deputies tried to pull over the truck after getting a report that it was stolen in Adams County, Wisconsin, and had left a gas station in Pembine without paying.

The suspect wouldn’t stop, taking off at a high rate of speed, The chase ended on a dirt road…June Berry Road…near County Road “C” in the Town of Silver Cliff,

Sault International Bridge Delaying Some Improvements

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Capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are being rescheduled in an effort take advantage of new technology and to save money. The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority board, the bi-national body supervising operations of the International Bridge, had its quarterly meeting Thursday.

The board received updates on bridge maintenance projects,


Escanaba Sleep Center Accredited By National Academy

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OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group Adult and Child Sleep Diagnostic Center in Escanaba recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group Adult and Child Sleep Diagnostic Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr.


Escanaba Crews Dodging Raindrops To Get Paving Done


Road crews in Escanaba have been dodging the raindrops Friday, trying to get the paving projects done on Ludington Street in the downtown area…and on South 14th Street on the city’s south side.

Escanaba Assistant Engineer Terry Flower says they ran into problems Friday morning when they started to pave South 14th Street.

“We knew there was rain coming, but we were trying to get it done,” Flower said.


Governor Announces Help For Western Marquette County

A response team of state agencies will assist communities in western Marquette County as they address economic and social challenges brought by the closing of the Empire Mine, Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday in Negaunee. ” Project Empire” will bring technical assistance and help local leaders take advantage of state and federal programs to address challenges that lie ahead in the near future while planning long-term economic strength and social well-being.

“The mining industry has been key to these communities for generations,


Houghton County State Park Remains Closed For Clean-up

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the Emily Lake State Forest Campground in Houghton County will remain closed for the next few weeks as clean-up from a devastating complex of July thunderstorms continues.

“The campground will remain closed until site work is done, and some sites will remain closed until next spring,” said Rich Pirhonen, DNR ranger at Twin Lakes State Park. “We hope to have some sites reopened in the next few weeks.


UPDATE: Escanaba Speeds Up Paving Project To Beat Rain

streetThe City of Escanaba is speeding up its paving projects as heavy rain is in the forecast for the weekend. Crews began putting down blacktop on a major stretch of Ludington Street between Third and Ninth Streets Thursday evening.

An update from the city Thursday afternoon said that a “scratch coat” was being put on the street so that the road could be sealed, which avoids having a saturated surface that would have delayed final paving.


Governor Visits Bay College, U.P. State Fair, Railroad

GUVRAILROADGovernor Rick Snyder was in Escanaba Thursday, taking in the sights and sounds of the Upper Peninsula State Fair. Before giving his speech at the annual Governor’s Luncheon at the Fair, Snyder toured the new mechatronics labs at Bay College.

He says that these programs are going to lead to high-paying, high-demand jobs, for Bay graduates.

“What I’m happy to say is that, at the state, we helped to provide resources to help get cutting-edge equipment here,” Snyder said.


Copper Country Man Becomes State’s 400th New Homeowner

Dollar Bay resident Tom Rossi is the 400th person to achieve the dream of homeownership through Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Key to Own program.
“This most definitely is a milestone worth celebrating for the Key to Own program,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “Not only is it the 400th closing, it’s a first in the Upper Peninsula. It was a pleasure to visit Mr. Rossi in his home and hear about how he went from voucher-holder to homeowner.”

Key to Own helps families and individuals in the MSHDA housing choice voucher (HCV) program transfer their rental voucher to a homeownership voucher.


Ludington Street Torn Up As Repaving project Continues

ludingtonA major section of Ludington Street was torn up in downtown Escanaba on Thursday.
The city is repaving the stretch of road between Third and Ninth Streets, where all of the state, local, and federal government buildings are located.

Earlier this week, the retail district of Ludington Street was repaved.

Traffic was crawling along as the crews did what the Public Works Department called a “scratch-coat” of the roadway…that is,