Numbers Game: NMC reduces budget, watches enrollment

With enrollment figures potentially down for the fall semester thanks to COVID-19, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is leaning on its flagship programs – and its safety-driven reopening plan – to remain an attractive option to prospective students. Nationwide, lagging enrollment figures plague virtually all higher education...

In Deep Water: Protecting shoreline property a double-edged sword

Rising waters are prompting property owners to invest in costly shoreline protection projects. But the flood of permit applications has alarmed some, who say that these projects can have a lasting impact on the environment. The uptick of shoreline protection applications tracked by the Michigan Department of...

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...