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Neumeier named to 2016 Pinnacle Club

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Holiday Stationstores, a Midwest based convenience store/gas station chain, announces Ashlie Neumeier, store manager of the Gladstone Holiday Stationstore, will be inducted into the organization’s 2016 Pinnacle Club. The induction ceremony and celebratory events ...

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Kevin Pratt, center, was recently named Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year. Also shown are finalists Erin Lakenen, left, and Paul Barna.

U.P. Apprentice of the Year 2016 named

HARRIS — Approximately 180 people met at Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Saturday, Feb. 25, for the sixth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year’s award was Kevin Pratt, an apprentice member of IBEW Local 906. The two ...

Flu takes bite out of small businesses

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done. All but five of the 26 staffers at BusBank, a transportation booking ...

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MEA has new Rapid River office

Courtesy photo The Michigan Education Association (MEA) celebrated the opening of its new office in Rapid River with a ribbon cutting on Feb 22. The new office is located at 10467 S. Main Street, Rapid River — across from the Swallow Inn. MEA is a labor organization that represents ...

Stropich named mBank assistant VP

MANISTIQUE — mBank announces the recent promotion of April Stropich from assistant vice president branch manager to assistant vice president mortgage loan officer, located in Escanaba. In 2008, Stropich began her career with mBank as a teller at the Sault Ste. Marie branch. In the next ...

Parrett named VP branch administrator

MANISTIQUE — mBank announces the recent promotion of Barb Parrett from assistant vice president, district branch supervisor to vice president, branch administrator, located in Stephenson. Parrett has been with mBank for 22 years and has worked in the banking industry for over 34 years. In ...

U.P. economic leaders honored

LANSING — State leaders this week came together to honor Upper Peninsula economic leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop fresh talent in their communities. Lawmakers and statewide talent development officials recognized Stewart Manufacturing, area resident Timothy Taylor, and ...

Trump’s first weeks spawn anxiety, discord at some U.S. companies

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office have spawned anxiety and even arguments at some workplaces, putting owners — especially at smaller companies — in the position of needing to protect peace and ...

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Slagstad promoted to senior VP

ESCANABA — Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union announces the recent promotion of Sarah Slagstad to the position of senior vice president. Slagstad started her career working at MFC/Wells Fargo Bank in 1999. She joined Great Lakes Credit Union as a teller in 2006 and has held numerous ...

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Wozny named mBank assistant VP

MANISTIQUE — mBank announces the recent promotion of Eric Wozny from a management trainee to AVP-commercial banking officer, located in Niagara, Wis., effective immediately. Wozny started with mBank in early 2014 within the company’s Management Trainee Program part-time while ...

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Northern Tails Pet Resort opens

Courtesy photo A “first dollar” was recently presented to Jessica Dibble, left, owner of Northern Tails Pet Resort located in Thompson Township, by Alan Barr, executive director of the Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation. Dibble is a licensed veterinary technician and a ...

Internal auditor training at Bay College

ESCANABA — ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. A new version of the standard, ISO 9001:2015, has just been launched, replacing the previous version ...

Escanaba radio station has new owner

ESCANABA — Anf Escanaba radio station will be purchased by Sovereign Communications, the Upper Peninsula-based radio broadcasting company announced in a press release. The stations in question are WYKX-FM and WDBC-AM, which Sovereign has agreed to buy from KMB Broadcasting. With this ...

Spine Pain Diagnostics marks 20 years

NIAGARA, Wis. Spine Pain Diagnostics Associates and the Niagara Health Center is celebrating 20 years of serving residents of Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Spine Pain Diagnostics Associates and the Niagara Health Center were founded by Vijay Singh, MD, the Medical ...

Tax season is here — with headaches for small businesses

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With the start of tax season, stress levels are rising at many small businesses. Even owners who are organized, keep good books and stay in touch with their accountants can find compiling returns to be a painful process. One ...

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State Bank contributes to trail

Courtesy photo Upper Peninsula State Bank is part of the Little Bay de Noc Trail project and recently made a $500 donation to help make the trail a reality. The 2.5 mile section of the trail will go past the site of the bank’s future branch office in Gladstone. Groundbreaking on the new ...

U.P. Labor-Management Council meeting

HARRIS — The U.P. Labor-Management Council, Inc. has selected the Island Resort & Casino, as the host site for its 2017 Annual Conference. The Annual Conference, entitled “Back to Basics,” has been scheduled for Thursday, March 2. The one-day conference will feature several ...

Mixed results for Mich. holiday shopping

LANSING — Weaker than expected December sales undercut November gains, producing mixed holiday season results for Michigan’s retail industry. That’s according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of ...

Hiring picked up in just 3 states last month, fell in 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers significantly increased hiring in just three U.S. states last month, while five states reported large cuts. The Labor Department said that job totals were little changed in the other 42. Unemployment rates fell noticeably in 10 states and rose in just one. The ...

Culbertson joins Best Equipment Company

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Kathy Culbertson has joined Best Equipment Company as its corporate sales manager reporting directly to Mike Dahlmann, president and owner. Culbertson has an extensive background in sales and service management. She is the daughter of David and Carol Carlson of Wells, a ...