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Monday: In Business

California wine tasting rooms, hotels welcome back tourists

SAN DIEGO — California wineries started uncorking their bottles and welcoming people back to their tasting rooms Friday as the state’s $145 billion tourism industry gears up with hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums also allowed to reopen. With COVID-19 cases in the state still growing, ...

NMSFA names U.P.’s Grossman top forester in co-op management for 2020

The Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance has named Jerry Grossman of Newberry as the Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year. Jerry received the award in recognition of his dedication and contributions to sustainable forest management, the forestry profession, and his ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: New mural depicts different era

Although beer now flows at local breweries and other establishments in the area, a large mural depicting a real-life still bust in Prohibition-era Munising was recently installed on the east side of the former Corktown Bar building at 109 Elm Ave. The mural shows two Michigan state troopers, ...

Partnership News and Views: Entering a new phase in the U.P.

We have made it to Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan! It has certainly been a long three months for everyone, learning to adjust to what comes next. The virus certainly left no one immune to the effects. Whether you or someone you know has had the virus; you have been on the frontlines in ...

Airline shutdown creates challenges for rural Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In April, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atqasuk’s tribal coordinator Millie Frankson received word that the grocery order she was counting on wouldn’t be delivered to her remote arctic village. To get her $535 worth of food, she would have to drive two hours ...

Chamber Chat: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

As part of the reopening all businesses are required to have a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in place and readily shared with employees along with being available to the public when requested. The plans are broken down into levels of risk of exposure to COVID-19 if present in the ...

Citgo sues Miami firm over millions lost in Venezuela fraud

MIAMI — When the U.S. recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation’s rightful leader last year it did more than just trigger a bitter feud with socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. Increasingly, it’s also unleashing a torrent of lawsuits. The latest came Tuesday, when ...

Partnership News and Views: Reopening the Upper Peninsula

What an unusual year it has been so far. Basically, most of us have ripped up our 2020 Strategic plans and started over! From an economic development standpoint, our time has been spent connecting with our businesses, providing appropriate services and resources, supporting local purchasing and ...

Takeaways from the worst jobs report in US history

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brutal. Horrific. Tragic. Choose your description. The April jobs report showed, in harrowing detail, just how terribly the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled the U.S. economy. Most obviously, there’s the 14.7% unemployment rate, the highest since the Great Depression. And ...

Downtown Seattle brought to ‘screeching halt’ by virus outbreak

SEATTLE — With the U.S. unemployment rate spiking to levels last seen during the Great Depression, people in Seattle have felt some of the deepest impacts as the first city to grapple with a major COVID-19 outbreak. Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, said ...

Chamber Chat: COVID-19 and the impact on community events

Community events are going to be a lot different this summer as we continue to mitigate and navigate the coronavirus pandemic. While there have been several cancelations already announced many organizations are evaluating how to proceed with modified traditional events or moving the event to ...

Getting back to work: Business owners making changes so staff feels safe

NEW YORK — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the second follows in a car. And when Sunnyland’s workers reach a customer’s home, “we’ll deliver ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: Warmer days on the horizon

Waterfalls are now flowing thunderously into streams and rivers and the ice has mostly thawed around Munising Bay. Higher temperatures are projected throughout the week, and the welcome signs on the eastern and western ends of Munising were switched from images of ice caves and snowmobiling to ...

Partnership News and Views: Economic Development Week: It’s here!

Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development ...

Farmers face impacts of Smithfield plant closure

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Ver Steeg grew up on the family farm where his dad raised pigs and sold them to the John Morrell & Co. plant in Sioux Falls. Ver Steeg, 47, now runs Prestige Pork in Inwood, Iowa, with the help of his own son. Like his dad did, Ver Steeg sells his hogs to ...

Hairdressers put finishing touches on salon business

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Kathy Eckroth and Elaine Berger will miss their clients. They’ve seen generations of them. The two Mandan hairdressers closed their salon, Hair 2000, on March 19. They’re retiring after 48 years working together -- the last 20 as business partners -- feeling the ...

What to know about applying for gig work during the COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK — A leap in U.S. unemployment has thrown a spotlight on one type of work in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic: Gig work delivering groceries, meals and packages. Some app-based delivery companies have announced hiring sprees to cope with a surge in online shopping. That ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: Showing support in pandemic

While there is presently an array of uncertainties and challenges faced around the world, Alger County residents and businesses have put forth various initiatives to help their neighbors and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following groups of people highlighted are some of many ...