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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 ...

Sault Tribe, cannabis firm announce partnership

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Co. (Lume), Michigan’s largest vertically integrated cannabis operator, announced they have been awarded an adult-use marijuana retail license on Sault Ste. Marie Tribal lands. The historic ...

McBroom honored by business group

LANSING - The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), announced state Senator Ed McBroom earned the organization’s “Guardian of Small Business” award for his record of small-business support this session. In addition to other criteria set by the NFIB Michigan Leadership ...

Store gives 50% of profit to U.P. charities

MARQUETTE — Bill Leisenring has created the company U.P. Authentic to provide a selection of curated products from U.P. artisans and businesses and will give 50% of the profits back to U.P. charities. U.P. Authentic is collaborating with Sayklly’s Candies from Marquette, Shabby Chic Rustic ...

Bank supports St. Vincent de Paul

Courtesy photo Kathy Johnson, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul of Republic, accepts a check from Michael Kolasa, vice president and trust officer of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust. The funds will be used to stock the shelves of their food bank. For more information, or to support ...

Column: Remember local businesses

ESCANABA — With so much going on, let’s remember our local businesses and organizations. We just passed one of our major summer milestones, the 4th of July weekend. It was nice to see all of the activity take place in our communities. Events may have been a little smaller than in the past ...

Rising coronavirus infections threaten US economic recovery

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rising coronavirus infections across dozens of states are threatening the U.S. economic recovery, forcing businesses and consumers to freeze spending and keeping the unemployment rate stubbornly high. The government reported retail sales rose a sharp 7.5% in June, but the ...

Samet joins Garceau Insurance office

ESCANABA — Garceau Insurance has welcomed Jeff Samet to their office as a commercial lines specialist.  His responsibilities will include servicing existing clients, developing new commercial opportunities and creating customized coverage solutions for Upper Peninsula businesses. He ...

Upper Hand Brewery expands distribution

ESCANABA — A taste of the Upper Peninsula is headed to the Mitten. Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery, will end its drought of availability below the Mackinac Bridge. Beginning this fall, Upper Hand will begin distribution of its beer to the Lower Peninsula. “When we ...