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Column: Plenty of winter activities

ESCANABA — Surrounded by amazing natural rescores, Delta County is abundant with opportunities for outdoor activities. Although I would consider myself more a of a warm weather girl, the winters in the Upper Peninsula are something great to experience as well. I love seeing the amazement of ...

McCoy Construction & Forestry named top-performing John Deere dealership

DUBUQUE, Iowa – John Deere Construction and Forestry Division has named McCoy Construction & Forestry as a 2020 winner of its Onyx Circle award. The award honored John Deere’s top-performing dealers in terms of earning customers’ business, as determined by key performance metrics. ...

Column: Have you made any changes for 2021?

ESCANABA — While I have learned a lot in 2020, I have really put it in the review mirror. The last painful remnant would have the be the Packers losing in the NFC Championship game. I know it was played in 2021, but it was still part of the 2020 season. I have been focusing on things I ...

Formal local resident receives promotion

.Travis Berro, P.E. has been promoted to principal of Eclipse Engineering, P.C. in Whitefish. Berro is currently the branch manager of the Eclipse Whitefish office and has been with the company since 2014. Eclipse Engineering has office in Missoula and Whitefish MO; Spokane, WA; Bend and ...

EXPLAINER: Why GameStop’s stock surge is shaking Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just you. What’s going on with GameStop’s stock doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. The struggling video game retailer’s stock has been making stupefying moves this month, wild enough to raise concerns from professional investors on Wall Street to the ...

Delta County tourism update

ESCANABA — The start of a new year is an exciting time for everyone filled with hope and promise. While 2021 is a year we can all be hopeful for, there is a lot of uncertainty as well. Tourism has been a significant economic driver for our community and the Upper Peninsula as a whole for many ...

Island Resort and Casino wins awards

HARRIS — The Island Resort & Casino has garnered seven Best of Dining & Nightlife Awards from the readers of Casino Player magazine for the Midwest Region in 2020. It’s a recognition that validates the Island’s pronouncement of offering a “Total Resort Experience” to guests ...

Grants available for U.P. businesses

MARQUETTE — A new round of grant funding is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the recently signed Michigan COVID Relief Plan. The bill includes $55 million to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The funds, appropriated by the ...

Column: Fair has clear direction for its continued success

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fair Authority (established in 2010) is the governing body of the U.P. State Fair. It is responsible for coordinating and providing a variety of services related to the U.P. State Fair and the fairgrounds for the citizens of the Upper Peninsula and the ...

U.P Mini Warehouse changes hands

Courtesy photo A bitter sweet day for Tom and Terri Skradski as they hand over their keys from U.P. Mini Warehouse to Brent and Raquel Billings recently. The business will now be known as U.P. Mini Storage, located at 5273 1/2 US 2 and 41, Escanaba directly behind Riverside Chevrolet. The ...

Sacheck promoted to vice president

ESCANABA — Baybank President and CEO Michael Nardi announces the promotion of Julie Sacheck to vice president. Sacheck began her career at Baybank in 2002 as a customer service representative. Over the years she was promoted to office manager, BSA officer, loan officer, and most recently held ...

Delta County Chamber of Commerce marks 100 years

ESCANABA — Delta County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the beginning of its 100th anniversary (1921-2021) Happy New Year from the Board of Directors and staff of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. 2021 is a special year for the Chamber as the organization celebrates 100 years of ...

The gift of supporting local

ESCANABA — Throughout our waterfront community and beyond you will find businesses and individuals who have chosen the path of entrepreneurship which allows them to personally invest in their community. These small businesses are the heartbeat of our towns and are also those who contribute to ...

Column: Here is what I would like for Christmas

ESCANABA — As we are reaching the end of 2020 it would be an understatement to list the negative impacts on our places of work, schools, families and our normal lives in general. I am sure we are all tired of quarantine, social distancing, Zoom meetings, wearing masks and spending a large ...

Upper Hand Brewery continues expansion

ESCANABA — Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery based in Escanaba, will expand distribution to additional Lower Peninsula counties this spring. “Our decision to expand into the Northern Lower this past fall was incredibly well received,” said Sam Reese, director of Upper ...

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

WASHINGTON (AP)  The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak. The report from the Labor ...

Column: Shop safe and local

ESCANABA — The Christmas shopping season is in full force as our waterfront community just experienced the excitement of Black Friday on Tuesday in downtown Escanaba, Black Friday sales yesterday throughout Delta County, and today’s Small Business Saturday promotion. This holiday season ...

LaChance joins Premier Real Estate

ESCANABA — Lifelong Delta County resident, Jennifer LaChance, has joined the team at Premier Real Estate as a licensed real estate agent. She brings decades of successful sales and marketing experience to her new role, along with photography and home staging expertise to get your home listed ...

Column: Sweden by the bite

ESCANABA — Local businesses are such an integral part of the tourism industry and provides visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences. Each business has a story to tell and an exciting history that highlights an area’s uniqueness; just like the small business written in my blog below. Without ...

Escanaba Family Video store closing

ESCANABA — Family Video is closing its 536 N. Lincoln Road location in Escanaba. The store has begun their liquidation. The store will be officially closed before the end of the year. The last standing brick and mortar movie rental store will continue to operate 250 stores across the ...