First Financial: What a Difference a Year Makes

TRAVERSE CITY - On Friday, September 18, 2009, the international financial crisis hit home on Grandview Parkway: Along with 26 other Irwin Union Banks that were part of the Indiana-based Irwin Financial Corporation, federal and state regulators shut down the TC branch of Irwin Union...

The Ultimate Estate Planning Driver? Your Perfect World

What is it about estate planning that makes you want to grind your teeth? Estate planning doesn't have to be arduous and stressful, yet it's avoided like the treadmill in your basement and easily put off for years, even decades. What is true is that...

Home Field Advantage

TRAVERSE CITY - It brings thousands to the downtown area in Traverse City and can fill every seat in the State Theatre. The Traverse City Film Festival? Yeah, that too, but the same can be said of Traverse City high schools' Big 3 football teams:...

Q&A with Mario Batali

Mario Batali is one of - if not the - most famous chefs in America today. He also has a close tie to northern Michigan: a cottage in Northport, which he and his family return to each summer. His time Up North isn't all play,...

The Four-Year Fight

TRAVERSE CITY - Northwestern Michigan College could be offering four-year degrees in nursing and maritime technology under legislation now awaiting a vote by the Michigan legislature.The state's 28 community colleges are challenging four-year universities for the right to offer bachelor's degrees in four areas -...

Drink & Eat

Calling all "foodpreneurs" Do you have a homemade edible product you want to sell, but a commercial kitchen is out of reach? For once, Lansing has made it easier to get your creations to consumers. Fresh on the books is the new "Cottage Food" Law, which allows...

Education News from Around the North

BATA, Suttons Bay readying for schoolThe Bay Area Transportation Authority has purchased eight of the 11 Suttons Bay school buses (the district is keeping three for special events), and new paint jobs are underway to change them from school bus yellow to "BATA colors."With the...

The Almighty College Degree: What’s it worth these days?

REGION - Framed diplomas are staples of the office walls of doctors and lawyers. They reassure patients and clients that the recipients have dedicated years of their lives studying at prestigious institutions and are trained by top scholars to skillfully handle the most delicate and...