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Enbridge defies state order to shut off pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Midwestern oil pipeline continued operating Wednesday, despite a shutdown demand from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the operator warned could lead to fuel disruptions similar to those resulting from a cyberattack on an East Coast system. Whitmer ordered ...

Biz group floats work grant from federal virus aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s biggest local chamber of commerce floated a plan Monday in which $400 million in federal COVID-19 relief money would be spent on incentivizing people to return to the workforce and to get vaccinated, while officials learned the state’s overall aid package ...

Going outside to play: Wildman resorts get people into the outdoors

NIAGARA, Wis. — At a time when the pandemic took a toll on most businesses, 2020 was Wildman Adventure Resort’s busiest year. “COVID,” Tracy Giordano noted, “drove people into doing outdoor activities.” And the resort in Niagara and Athelstane in Wisconsin offers a variety of ...

Yellen says Biden’s phased-in spending won’t fuel inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s massive proposed spending on infrastructure, families and education will not fuel inflation because the plans would be phased in gradually over 10 years, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday. New economic reports have portrayed a surging ...

Senate OKs McBroom business virus relief bill

MARQUETTE — Michigan businesses with liquor licenses would not have to pay on-premises liquor license fees this year and an on-premises spirits discount would be increased and extended under legislation approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. “Michigan’s bars and restaurants were ...

White farmers sue over loan forgiveness

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Midwestern farmers sued the federal government Thursday alleging they can’t participate in a COVID-19 loan forgiveness program because they’re white. The group of plaintiffs includes farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio. According to ...

Dental assisting scholarship awarded at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN — Emily Elmer of Iron Mountain and Tory Christensen of Marquette have been chosen to receive the Eleanor Fornetti Dental Assisting Scholarship, the John Fornetti Dental Center announced. Valued at $1,250, the scholarships are being applied toward Bay College West Campus’ ...

Jayne new agent at Harris Real Estate in downtown IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Realtor Tom Jayne has joined Harris State Wide Real Estate in downtown Iron Mountain after passing his real estate test Dec. 31. Jayne was born and raised in Iron Mountain. After graduating from Iron Mountain High School in 1981, he went to Northern Michigan University, ...

Korff added at Wild Rivers Realty in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Justin Korff recently joined the Wild Rivers Realty & Associates team of real estate professionals. Korff moved to Florence after retiring from more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. Florence is the hometown of his wife, Devon Doll Korff, who he met while ...

NWTC to host free webinar on how to start a food business

AURORA, Wis. — Have you ever thought about starting a food business but are not sure where to begin? Do you have an idea for a food truck or maybe someone has begging you for your secret recipe? Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is sponsoring a free webinar, “How to Start a Food ...

Green Bay-based Nicolet National Bank to acquire mBank

MANISTIQUE — Nicolet National Bank, headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., will expand its reach into Michigan with the acquisition of Mackinac Financial Corp., parent company of mBank, for a mix of cash and stock valued at $248 million. “The acquisition of mBank is an important step in ...

Chamber selling raffle tickets for necklace, four themed gift baskets

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce has a raffle going on just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. “We are partnering with local businesses to offer a raffle to the community,” said Suzanne Larson, chamber executive director. “Currently we are seeking ...

Regional lab tests COVID-19 in UP wastewater systems

AMASA — White Water Associates, an environmental laboratory based in Amasa, participated in a statewide monitoring program for the COVID-19 virus in wastewater sponsored by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and ...

Pampered Pups: Norway business knows how to treat dogs

NORWAY — Corrie Maule of Vulcan turned her love of dogs into a business. Maule, along with her husband, Jeff, opened Pampered Pups on Main in Norway six years ago this month. After grooming her own dogs at home, as well as working at another local pet salon, she got the itch to go out on ...

Foxconn, Wisconsin reach deal on scaled back facility

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics maker, has reached a new deal with reduced tax breaks for its scaled back manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers and the the company announced on Monday. Details of the new deal were not ...

Union, automakers spar over battery plant wages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is calling on General Motors to pay full union wages at electric vehicle battery factories, thrusting what had been a festering conflict into the spotlight. The union, in a statement reacting to GM's announcement Friday that it would ...

Report: Virus surge in Michigan slows Ram truck plant

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to slow auto production, with a major Ram pickup truck plant reducing its output because of a high number of absent workers. About 10% of the production work force at the Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) ...

Baker Sign adjusts to industry changes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ben Baker started Baker Sign Company in 1999, just three years after graduating from Iron Mountain High School. “I was working out of a small garage shop out by Lake Antoine,” Baker said. At that time, the business specialized in neon signs. Baker had taken classes on ...