Book Review: The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War - By A.J. Baime 364 pages, published by Mariner Press September 2015; softcover $14.95; E-read edition $9.95 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The background story of the U.S. auto industry’s role...

Complacency is Our Fork in the Road

There’s a consistent – and important – message emanating these days from business and political leaders across the state: Keep Michigan’s economic comeback moving forward. Michigan’s economy has gotten to a much better place in the past decade. It’s evident in traditional barometers like economic growth,...

From Motel to Hotel: Downstate developer reveals $5M reno of iconic Charlevoix spot

Renovating an iconic 1950s-style motel in Charlevoix and staying true to the original architect’s vision isn’t easy.  And it doesn’t come cheap. [caption id="attachment_15891" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rendering by Shoreline Architecture and Design[/caption] Paul Silva, downstate businessman (and summer resident of Charlevoix), plans to invest around $5 million to...

Munson Clinic Wages War with Ongoing HIV Epidemic

The opioid crisis ravaging northern Michigan – and much of the country – could result in an outbreak of HIV. According to Victoria Cammarata, a licensed master social worker and medical case manager with Munson’s Thomas Judd Care Center, the growing trend of intravenous drug...

Boyne Goes Big: Revised debt structure enables reacquisitions, upgrades

[caption id="attachment_15883" align="alignleft" width="300"] Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana[/caption] It started with a one dollar bill and a young man's dream to own a ski hill. Boyne Resorts, North America's third-largest mountain resort company, was founded when 30-year-old Everett Kircher bought 40 acres of barren property...