Farmers worry about fate of fruit processor

TRAVERSE CITY - The trouble with fruit processor/finisher Williamsburg Receiving and Storage (WRS) doesn't stop with the State's pending odor and groundwater pollution lawsuit.Sweet cherry farmers worry that if an area environmental group and WRS neighbors successfully intervene in the State's suit and sue, WRS...

Immigration changes could hurt local economy

TRAVERSE CITY Without migrant labor to help work the fields, area farmers say agriculture in its present form would suffer, as well as other economic benefits derived from northern Michigans migrant laborers.Though there is no official count, estimates number the amount of migrant workers...

TC-launched mutual fund off to a robust start

TRAVERSE CITY While most mutual funds are designed and established in the financial capitals of the world, such as New York or Tokyo, a financial and investment firm in Traverse City recently launched its own family of mutual funds. The fund has already grown...

Film festival brings dollars, but how many?

TRAVERSE CITY - When Academy Award-winning filmmaker and northern Michigan resident Michael Moore announced that Traverse City would be hosting its own film festival and that he would be heading it, he was confronted with his fair share of skeptics. Doubts were put to rest...

Broneah makes TC top Midwest kiteboarding destination

TRAVERSE CITY - They're young, tanned, and pony-tailed-a couple of go-getting brothers from Old Mission Peninsula who've single-handedly put Traverse City on the shortlist of top kiteboarding destinations in the world.If you've never heard of kiteboarding, you're not alone. Twenty years ago nobody heard...

Grant will help renovate Elberta waterfront

BENZIE CO. - The Village of Elberta is poised for a new era, thanks to a Brownfield redevelopment project on its waterfront. Nearly $1 million from a state grant and loan, given in May, will be used to address environmental concerns and allow development of...

Fundraising continues for nature center

TRAVERSE CITY - The new Oleson Pavilion, an outdoor classroom at the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve, is ready for visitors. Thanks to hours of donated time and in-kind services from the business community, the pavilion is complete and marks the first major step toward...

TC Economic Club nets full membership

TRAVERSE CITY - Begin with a good lunch in a nice atmosphere with old friends and new acquaintances. Add in a great guest speaker, and you've got the monthly meeting of the Economic Club of Traverse City.While the exact story of how and when the...

KAL-TEC enrollments increasing weekly

KALKASKA - It's no secret that something had to give to boost the economy in Kalkaska, where the unemployment rate is the highest in northwest Michigan and the workforce ranks among the lowest statewide with respect to employees having advanced educations."There's an incredible need here,"...

Roaster will hold “cuppings” at new grounds

TRAVERSE CITY - Great Northern Roasting Co. will roll out a 'cupping room' when they reopen next door to their current home-based operation near Chum's Corners. Jack and Sarah Davis have been operating their wholesale coffee roasting business for five years out of their...