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Business

Black Friday back but not the same

NEW YORK (AP) — On this year’s Black Friday, things almost seemed normal. Malls and stores reported decent-sized crowds, if not the floods of people that used to fight over the latest toys and electronics — online shopping is much too common for that now, and discounts are both more ...

Hotel investors acquire Four Seasons

PEMBINE, Wis — An affiliate of Chicago-based Brick by Brick Capital has acquired the Four Seasons Island Resort in Marinette County, in partnership with hotel operator Life House. The purchase was announced in a press release earlier this month. The 70-acre property represents both Brick ...

Christmas tree prices expected to rise this year

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Add Christmas trees to the list of items facing shortages and higher prices this year. Several factors are driving the trend, Newsday reported, including over-the-top sales last year during the first Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues this ...

Pure Michigan starts winter ads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pure Michigan is marketing the state's upcoming winter season in an advertising campaign running in key regional and state markets. The Still Pure Michigan campaign is expected to run through the end of February and use broadcast and connected television, online video ...

Prospects for moving natural gas by rail in doubt

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed suspending a Trump administration rule that would have allowed railroads to haul liquefied natural gas while they take a closer look at the potential safety risks. The rule, which was backed by both the natural gas and freight rail ...

Smokler’s BBQ: IM business expanding with restaurant sites

AURORA, Wis. — Brent Okler has added a restaurant to his Smokler’s BBQ businesses. Northern Border Grill & Pub has opened in the former Double D location at 724 County Road N in Aurora. The business for now operates from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but Okler plans to ...