Category Archives: Economy

Soo Locks economic study receives federal funding

After more than a year of effort, the federal government has approved funding for a study to examine the economic impact of adding a new lock in Sault Ste Marie.

Currently only the Poe Lock can handle the largest vessels, which carry a majority of the iron ore on the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Waters of the United States rule faces copious amounts of scrutiny

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.

WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
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U.S Forest Service passes some logging responsibilities to MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.

The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.
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Traverse City residents to vote on wetland conservation

A few years ago Traverse City damaged wetlands in the process of building a new road.

In order to reconcile this, the State of Michigan has ordered the city to dedicate a certain amount of land to wetland conservation, in perpetuity.
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Destiny or self-will? The story behind a Traverse City entrepreneur’s success

Sue Kellogg holding her product, Nawgum.

Sue Kellogg holding her product, Nawgum.

There are entrepreneurs and then there are “mom-preneurs”.

In Traverse City lives a woman who does it all — she created a teething toy for children, started her own company and now sells her product all over the United States and Canada. Continue reading

Fiat Chrysler strike could hurt local dealerships


Workers and management at a local car dealership are crossing their fingers that the UAW does not strike Fiat Chrysler at midnight Wednesday.

When the current contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler expires. Continue reading

State issues $113 million dollars to seven Michigan universities

A mistake that was repeated annually for 19 years will cost the state over $112 million, as refunds CMURefundare issued to seven different universities.

The refund is tied to payments to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. The system had been over billing the universities for nearly two decades.
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Retailers hit deadline to upgrade credit and debit card machines

Some 10% of Americans were victim to credit card fraud in 2014. That’s according to the Federal Trade Commission.creditcards

Credit card companies are hoping new technology – launched in many areas yesterday – will help curb the problem of fraud. Continue reading

Child and Adult Protective Services workers win more overtime pay

moneyMichigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.
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State Senate approves legislation that would resolve the former Buena Vista’s School District debt

The former Buena Vista School District’s remaining debt is one step closer to being paid off.

The Saginaw County district was dissolved back in 2013, but still has a debt totaling $660,000.
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Largest particleboard press coming to Grayling


A $325-million project has been announced for Crawford County.

A Georgia company, ARAUCA has announced plans to begin manufacturing particleboard in Grayling. Officials say the factory will include the largest press in North America. Continue reading