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Monday: In Business

Partnership News and Views: Good news to share from LSCP

While 2021 has certainly come in with a BANG! There is so much going on in the community and at the LSCP, I just want to highlight a few things that may be of interest to you. First and foremost, the COVID-19 vaccines are rolling in, giving us a light at the end of the tunnel. A huge shout ...

Fust, Irish promoted at firm

MARQUETTE — The firm of Makela, Toutant, Hill, Nardi & Katona, P.C. recently announced the following promotions: Charles A. Fust, CPA, has been promoted to Senior Auditor. Charles graduated magna cum laude from Northern Michigan University with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and ...

Van Buren promoted at mBANK

MARQUETTE — mBank has announced the promotion of Jamie Van Buren from marketing specialist to assistant vice president, marketing officer. Van Buren, a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, joined the mBank team in April 2015. Over the past 5 ...

Morrison becomes paralegal

MARQUETTE — The law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen, P.C. announced that assistant Katelyn Morrison has successfully completed her paralegal studies and has become a certified paralegal. Morrison has been with the firm since 2016. She obtained her Bachelor of Science ...

Existing home sales rose in 2020 to highest in 14 years

WASHINGTON — Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, pushing the entirety of 2020 to a pace not seen in 14 years and providing one of the few bright spots for a U.S. economy mired in a global pandemic. Rising sales in the final month of the year lifted activity to a seasonally ...

Chamber Chat: Still in this together after a challenging year

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Back when the COVID pandemic took hold of our lives and businesses in March of 2020, I don’t think any of us foresaw how long we would be tested. Without a doubt it’s been one ...

Job losses falling unequally across the US economy

WASHINGTON — Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. In December, the nation shed jobs for the first time since April. Once ...

Partnership News and Views: A look into 2021

Happy 2021! Here at the LSCP we are geared up and ready for a new year with whatever gets thrown our way. Take a look at some of the things we have planned. Our first ever virtual Annual Dinner will be held on March 11. We will be honoring our business and individual Distinguished Award ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: New trails just in time for winter

Winter enthusiasts have even more ground to explore near the Munising area as new snowshoe and fat tire biking trails have recently been developed. This month, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore reported it has a fresh trail for snowshoe users, which the National Park Service has been ...

US bans second Malaysian palm oil giant over forced labor

The U.S. said it will ban all shipments of palm oil from one of the world's biggest producers after finding indicators of forced labor and other abuses on plantations that feed into the supply chains of some of America's most famous food and cosmetic companies. The order against ...

Ticketmaster to pay $10M over hacking charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Ticketmaster agreed on Wednesday to pay a $10 million fine to escape prosecution over criminal charges accusing the company of hacking into the computer system of a startup rival. A judge in federal court in New York City signed off on the deal in what’s been a long-running ...

Consumers still want to get outdoors, even as winter temperatures plunge

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Over the summer, people looking to get out of the house snapped up boats, bicycles and patio furniture, figuring they were safer socializing and being active outdoors than inside. Now that temperatures are dropping, they’re buying snowshoes, skis, boots and winter ...

$700K grant secured to support White Pine Copper Refinery

WHITE PINE — Northern Initiatives has received a $700,000 grant award to support Phase II development of the White Pine Copper Refinery at the former White Pine Mine in Ontonagon County, according to a news release. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: Seasons greetings from Alger County

The Alger County Chamber office was able to reward over 50 people this holiday season through its shop local campaign, Rekindle Grand Giveaway. In previous years, shoppers brought receipts from any Alger County business to the chamber’s office or Grand Marais Outfitters to be counted toward ...

Partnership News and Views: 2020 Year in Review

Well, here we are closing out one of the craziest years of our lifetimes. While we have witnessed and experienced difficult times there is also much to be thankful for. Let’s review. In June the LSCP launched the Love on Local gift card program to support local businesses. We had ...

Demand for deliveries pushes FedEx 2Q profit to $1.2 billion

FedEx Corp. more than doubled its profit in the latest quarter, as holiday packages were being stuffed into delivery trucks alongside everyday goods that people buy online to avoid visiting stores during the pandemic. The delivery giant said Thursday it earned $1.23 billion in its fiscal ...

Chamber Chat: Finding ways to plan it forward in 2021

It’s always disappointing to have plans change or get cancelled due to unforeseen and uncontrollable situations. We’ve gone through a lot of it in 2020. But that shouldn’t keep us from planning for the future. Part of the resolve of businesses and organizations is to work through ...

U. P. Surgery Center awarded Gold Seal by Joint Commission

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Surgery Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards, according to a news release. The Gold Seal is “a symbol of quality that ...

Binkley named associate at MSG

From The Mannik & Smith Group Inc. MARQUETTE — The Mannik & Smith Group Inc., a regional engineering, surveying and environmental services firm, has named Jeffrey S. Binkley as an Associate in the firm. Jeff joined MSG in 2016 and has 33 years of environmental experience. He is a ...