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Column: Make your voice heard

ESCANABA — 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for all of us individually and for our business community. Who could have ever predicted the many obstacles for our schools, students and teachers. Our municipalities, county and state will be financially hurt like never before. ...

UP Paper LLC receives Snyder award

LANSING, — The Small Business Association of Michigan recently honored Michael Biehl, representing the ownership group of UP Paper LLC, as the recipient of the 2nd annual Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award. The Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award is named in honor of ...

Anderson joins State Wide Real Estate

ESCANABA — Sara Anderson of Rapid River has joined the realtors at State Wide Real Estate of Escanaba. Anderson is a former real estate agent and a former retail store owner. Her experience in sales is focused on commitment to her clients. “She lives in the Rapid River area and knows the ...

North Bluff Grocery has new owners

GLADSTONE — The current and former owners of North Bluff Grocery in Gladstone, along with members of Ambassadors of Delta County and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, came together to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business on Friday, Oct. 16. Brothers Chris and Craig Carter, who ...

Mich. retailers optimistic for holiday season

LANSING — Michigan retailers reported a large upswing in September sales over August. The September Retail Index survey came in at 63.7, an increase from August’s 48.1. The seasonally adjusted performance index is conducted by Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) in cooperation with the ...

Column: Tourism update, Delta County

ESCANABA — It is cliché at this point to say 2020 has been an unusual year. However, as in almost every industry the year was surprising when it comes to tourism in the Upper Peninsula as well. Visit Escanaba is the Destination Marketing Organization for Delta County. As such we promote the ...

Pandemic hammers small businesses vital to economic recovery

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — In a normal year, hundreds of book lovers would have descended on Winchester this summer for Shenandoah University’s annual children’s literature conference. Some would have made their way to Christine Patrick’s bookshop downtown. Winchester Brew Works would ...

Haas Hearing opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Haas Hearing has recently opened its doors in Escanaba Haas Hearing Audiology and Hearing Aid Services is located at 423 Ludington St. and can be reached at (906) 553-4090. Owner/Manager Dr. Megan Haas opened Haas Hearing on Sept. 8. “We offer pediatric through geriatric ...

Delta County Credit Union members vote to merge with Embers Credit Union

ESCANABA — Last month, members of Delta County Credit Union overwhelmingly voted to merge with Embers Credit Union, creating one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in the Upper Peninsula. The new Embers Credit Union will have eight branches with locations in Marquette, ...

Walleye celebration helps stock local fishery

ESCANABA — Thousands of large walleye fingerlings were planted in Little Bay de Noc recently thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. The Walleye Celebration, an event organized by Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fishermen, Inc., took place on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Kipling Pond in ...

EMP honored by Caterpillar Inc

ESCANABA — Caterpillar Inc. announced Engineered Machined Products (EMP) has been awarded and recertified for the distinguished ‘Caterpillar Platinum Level Certification’ for supplier excellence. In making the announcement, Irfan Mahofooz, supplier quality at Caterpillar, Inc. stated ...

Delta County Century Ride well-attended

ESCANABA — For almost two decades, the Delta County Century Ride has allowed participants to enjoy the great outdoors in Delta County as summer turns to fall. The annual event, organized by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, is made possible thanks to the involvement of many different ...

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 ...