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New developments moving forward in the area

ESCANABA — I am very pleased that I am getting more potential business and project questions recently, as prospective and current business owners are looking into expansion projects in the area. Many of these have been in the works, but were delayed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The Escanaba ...

Brian’s Auto Glass expands in U.P.

ESCANABA — Brian’s Auto Glass announces its expansion to the Iron Mountain area. The business is providing mobile service throughout Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Crystal Falls, Crivitz, Iron River, and the surrounding areas. They are temporarily providing in shop service as well while working ...

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor ...

Island Resort and Casino wins awards

HARRIS — The Island Resort & Casino once again ranks among the best in the Native Midwest by Casino Player magazine, this time in a remarkable 24 categories that encompass the areas of gaming, hotel and resort amenities. The first, second and third place finishes honor the Island for ...

GCI expands Boss Snowplow facility

IRON MOUNTAIN — Gundlach Champion, Inc. (GCI) was awarded the contract for the expansion of the Iron Mountain, Michigan manufacturing plant of Boss Snowplow. Both Boss Snowplow and GCI are headquartered in Iron Mountain. The project is an expansion of the plant’s storage space to allow for ...

Christina Kramer, MD joins St. Francis

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes Dr. Christina Kramer to its medical staff. Dr. Christina Kramer, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, will join Drs. Michael Czerkes, Michael DeGroot, David Hamacher, and Casey Sager along with Nurse ...

Valley Med Flight changes name to Guardian Flight

SOUTH JORDAN — Valley Med Flight, a provider of air medical services in the upper Midwest, announced it will now operate under a new name: Guardian Flight. The title matches that of Valley Med Flight’s parent company, Guardian Flight, and is a more substantial reflection of the ...

Business owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her with thousands of dollars in deposits to refund. Moore’s company, Juneau Food Tours, didn’t ...

Column: Fairground storage is available

ESCANABA — The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has forced most events that where scheduled to take place on the U.P. State Fairgrounds to cancel or postpone. One annual event that will not be disrupted by the pandemic is the fairgrounds winter storage event. The fairgrounds has ability to store ...

Mr. Bike and Ski has new owners

ESCANABA — After 35 years, Matt and Holly Marenger are passing the Mr. Bike and Ski torch to a former coworker and Bark River native Adam Haeusler and his wife Heidi. “We are thrilled that Adam and Heidi are returning to Escanaba. There is no better duo to take over the shop. We know that ...

Column: Creative thinking helps youth livestock exhibitors

ESCANABA — Upon the cancelation of the U.P. State Fair in June, event organizers worked aggressively with State Fair livestock departments to plan a livestock exhibition for their youth exhibitors. Developing a plan that promoted public safety, while maintaining the lofty experience ...

Cody gets promotion at mBank

MANISTIQUE — mBank announces the promotion of Assistant Vice President Marketing Officer Bethany Cody to vice president marketing manager. Cody joined the mBank team in 2014 as the bank’s marketing officer. Prior to mBank, she spent 15 years in real estate development where she gained ...

Column: Businesses join Chamber of Commerce

ESCANABA — The Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce provides an avenue for our business people to play a leadership role in building a healthy, vibrant community. We are a partner to every community, every business, and every citizen. When a business joins the Delta County Area Chamber ...

Column: New school year is starting soon

ESCANABA — Like so many of you, my daughter is starting a new year of classes. The big difference from the past will be, what is classroom education going to look like in 2020/2021. The anxiety for both our students and teachers has to be at an all-time high. Our teachers need to have their ...

St. Francis welcomes Dr. Walter Baldauf

ESCANABA — OSF Healthcare st. francis hospital & medical group welcomes dr. Walter Baldauf to its medical staff. Dr. Walter Baldauf, specializing in internal medicine and pediatric medicine, will join drs. william hook, ronald sherman, Stephen Smith and Physician Assistant Tiffany ...

Column: Livestock expo unites community

ESCANABA — The U.P. State Fair Authority made the decision in July to postpone the annual fair due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19. This is the third time in its history that the fair will not take place, once during World War II and again during a polio epidemic. Fair week in ...

Community relations coordinator named

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group has named Joanna Wilbee-Amis as community relations coordinator. Wilbee-Amis is accountable for implementing Ministry marketing and communications strategies in the Escanaba region. In this role, she is also responsible for ...

Retailers report better sales over May

LANSING — June 2019 had a Retail Index rating of 42.1. Retailers were dealing with a very rainy spring that dampened tourism and sales overall. The 100-point index provides a snapshot of the state’s overall retail industry. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity; the ...

Column: History of an iron smelting town

ESCANABA — Few places in the world do I feel as though I can be within a town and simultaneously be  in nature. One of those places is Fayette Historic State Park. I was lucky enough to spend time researching and getting to know what life might have looked like back in the 1800s and I have ...