Biederman, Oleson and Schmuckal: More than just names on a building

Long before their names were on plaques and buildings, Jerry Oleson, Les Biederman and Art Schmuckal and their families started businesses, raised children and volunteered often. Today, their descendants lead philanthropic efforts and family foundations that continue to support the causes and community they loved. “My most...

Local Utilities Shun Coal, Promote Renewable Energy

Coal has become a dirty word to the four electric utilities that serve the pristine Grand Traverse region. Traverse City Light & Power, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy Cooperative and Consumers Energy all are touting plans to reduce or eliminate their dependence on fossil fuel...

New Hazardous Drug Regs: ‘Sweeping changes’ coming in 2019

Before the advent of mass drug manufacturing, prescriptions were mixed – or compounded – by the hometown pharmacist. While this old school service still exists for special cases – like medicinal allergies, or cheaper versions of hormonal creams – new regulations could price local pharmacies out...

A Whole New Ballgame

The story of John and Leslye Wuerfel was like was the unforgettable line from the cult classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams: "If you build it, [they] will come." The entertainment scene in the Grand Traverse region was dramatically altered – for the better – more...