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Northern Michigan builders are seeing a shortage of construction workers

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Builders in Grand Traverse County are seeing a shortage of skilled laborers. Experts say it’s affecting the economy of the area as well.

The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area says after the great recession many builders left the area. Continue reading

Traverse City farmer says cherry dumping gives market to imports

IMG_5515A small cherry farmer in Northern Michigan is at odds with market regulations because he says they force him to dump as much as 40-thousand pounds of tart cherries and allow for international cherry producers to slowly take over the market.

But regulators say the rules are an important part of keeping cherry prices stable – and allowing growers to earn a livable income.

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For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year

An increase in buyer awareness, and concerns of water contamination – most notably in Flint – are said to have contributed to an uptick in bottled water sales.

For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year. Continue reading

Seniors with Blue Cross Blue Shield Medigap insurance can expect a rate increase next year

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A five-year freeze on Blue Cross Blue Shield Legacy Medigap rates will expire at the end of the year.

Starting in January, Medigap insurance holders could see increases ranging from 48 dollars to 177 dollars per month – depending on individual circumstances. Continue reading

State plans trade mission; hopes to boost exports to China

Arnhem Market Sep 20 2013 (23)Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.


Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.

Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.

“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”

Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf

Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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Largest particleboard press coming to Grayling

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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

Chase Bank reaches settlement over unlawful debt collection

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Chase Bank has reached an agreement with Michigan and 47 other states to settle claims related to unlawful debt collection practices.

The total of the state-federal settlement is $136 million dollars, Michigan will receive $3 million of that money. Continue reading

New K-12 budget includes early literacy funding

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The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.

The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading