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Chamber Chat: New normal is proving a challenge

Woohoo, we’re getting back to work! Well, some of us are. Some of us are still at home trying to figure out the next move or how to run a business with all of the new regulations. It’s crazy to think that I haven’t written one of these articles since April. You could say 2020 has been ...

US retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as virus hit

BALTIMORE — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on ...

Exploring the area virtually

Many destinations around the world have resorted to virtual tourism opportunities as physical distancing restrictions are in place and the greater Munising area is no different. The Munising Visitors Bureau recently launched an interactive web and mobile map that provides users with area ...

LSCP graduation season 2020

Normally, this time of year we would be busy with the hustle and bustle of the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) graduation season. This would be for the Lake Superior Leadership Academy (LSLA) and the Electrical Line Technician program. However, in the world we live in today, there ...

Keep toy safety in mind for children

MARQUETTE — With the holiday that so many children love the most just two days away, Dr. Joshua Dykla, a pediatrician at UP Health System, has some advice to give parents who are out getting the last few gifts for Christmas. “The most important thing I would tell parents is to read the ...

Holidays bring phishing scam surge aimed at small business

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — The email looked legitimate, so Danielle Radin clicked on the link it contained, expecting to have her products included in a holiday gift guide. “I instantly regretted it,” says Radin, owner of Mantra Magnets, a website that sells ...

UPHS-Marquette receives ACC chest pain center accreditation

MARQUETTE — The American College of Cardiology has recognized UP Health System-Marquette for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. UPHS-M was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in October based on onsite evaluation of the ...

Snow is here, soon winter tourism will be too

The phone rang on Monday morning. The person calling asks, “Hello, how much snow did you get? Are the trails open?” My first thoughts were, they must be from a long way away since they were asking how much snow we got, and second, which trails are they asking about … snowmobiling, ...

Breast cancer program covers all aspects of care

MARQUETTE — The words “you have breast cancer” are among the most frightening a woman can hear. But the staff at UP Health-System - Marquette strives to make sure that a woman handed that life-changing diagnosis never feels as though she is alone. “We offer a comprehensive cancer ...

Fundraising for economic development in Marquette County

Fundraising. Often times the very activity that is needed to sustain and grow a non-profit organization or event. As someone who is responsible for it in my organization, I can tell you first-hand how difficult it can be at times. For you as a business or community supporter, I am sure it can ...

Ishpeming native named CFO

DE PERE, Wis. — As an accomplished accountant and administrative office leader, O’Connor Connective has announced the promotion of Ishpeming native Aimee Massie to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Massie started her new role this past week after more than 3¢ years as the Office Manager at ...

Business owners recruit nonstop — even in the drive-thru line

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — As Deborah Sweeney placed her order in the drive-thru of a Starbucks near her home, she was impressed by the barista’s attitude and attention to detail. At Sweeney’s next visit, the staffer remembered her name. Sweeney, CEO of ...

Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Danica Lause manufactured knitted hats in China for four years and struggled the whole time. “I was unable to achieve the level of quality control our brand requires in any of the factories we worked with in China,” says Lause, whose ...

Cut-rate prices online:

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — A bride-to-be looking for a gown online can find dresses with trains and lace for well under $300. Go into a local bridal shop, and the average price will stretch into four figures, taking some shoppers by surprise. That kind of price ...

Hannah Rae Behrens joins Trailhead Holistic Health Collective

MARQUETTE — Hannah Rae Behrens, a Marquette native, recently joined Trailhead Holistic Health Collective as its newest practitioner, offering herbal consultations and tailored apothecary services. Behrens of Cloverland Botanicals is the only practitioner trained exclusively in clinical ...

The economic impact of summer tourism

As you know, the Lake Superior Community Partnership works in economic development. But what folks often don’t realize is that tourism is an important component of economic development and contributes to the success of our region. In the summer months in particular, do you think about the ...

Bell Financial opens new office

MARQUETTE — Bell Financial, and its team of five employees, has moved to a new location. The new office, which opened in May, is located at 1070 Commerce Drive in Marquette Township. “At Bell Financial, we’re committed to improving the lives of our clients through financial advice,” ...

Northern Sun Winery wins gold

BARK RIVER — Northern Sun Winery has won a gold medal in international competition for its popular white wine, Brianna, at the Indy International Wine Competition in May. Winery owners Dave and Susie Anthony say they compete in the big competitions to prove a point. Many in the wine ...

Time to gear up for Fourth of July festivities

It’s almost the end of June, which means a couple of things. First, it’s now officially summer! Second, the Fourth of July is coming up next week. Third, mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. The Fourth of July is always a fan favorite in the U.P. As usual, we have a lot to look forward to in ...

How can one break the cycle of addiction?

Dear Annie: I’m a mother to five beautiful children. I do not have custody of any of them. I’m an addict, and I refuse to raise my kids the way my parents raised me. I want them to have and see a better life than I did. Growing up wasn’t great for me. We were homeless. Sleeping in ...