Kick in the Teeth: How COVID-19 is hitting the local dental community

(Pictured top l-r: Rathke, Madion, Bergsma. Bottom: Crouch) In March, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order requiring all “non-essential medical and dental procedures” to cease. Prior to that, the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) had issued recommendations for dental professionals throughout the...

Lean thinking helps companies react to COVID-19 needs

Some regional companies are shifting gears during the COVID-19 shutdown. Lean operating skills are helping with that shift. “Lean definitely helps during challenging times like these,” said Richard Wolin, the regional vice president and director of northern lower Michigan operations for the MMTC and the director...

Filling the Gap: NMC doubles down on career readiness

A common complaint about higher education is that students are not adequately prepared for the workforce. Last fall, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) decided it needed to up its game for student job application readiness. That decision led to an alliance with Northwest Michigan Works! (NMW), a...

Green Light: Environmentally friendly building becoming the norm

[caption id="attachment_35071" align="alignleft" width="300"] Livwell Homes earned People's Choice in the top price category last year during the Parade of Homes.[/caption] When it comes to building, it's now easy being green. According to the United States Green Building Council, roughly 40% of the single-family house market is...

Telemedicine takes off in Northern Michigan

Telemedicine isn't new, but its value to northern Michigan's healthcare is growing "by the day," said Laura Glenn, vice president of physician network for Munson Healthcare. In fact, Munson Healthcare's nine hospitals have been ramping up the focus on telemedicine “by the day, by the week,...

Need for Speed: TCLP Fiber coming in March

After years of study, planning, and preparation, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is launching the first phase of its high-speed fiber internet project. Phase one, which will provide the option of fiber internet access to more than 2,000 of TCLP’s customers, is expected to impact...