Along with several OPEC members, Russia announced it would keep their production cuts, adding fuel to the sharp rally in place since last May. World oil demand has been recovering as the pandemic has been subsiding.


My first job in northwest Michigan was at a Montessori school. It was 2006, and I saw how 4- and 5-year-olds fell in love with whole foods when they experienced the robust flavors and unique qualities, versus ultra-processed foods, laden with salt, fat and sugar that are causing health issues.

Pride Lawncare, Jessie Buyze, 5181 Narrow Drive, Traverse CityBlue Water Lawn Maintenance and Snowplowing, Emil Ergang III, 2692 Cathedral Ave., InterlochenFor Sons Co,, Ann Wilkins, 610 N. Madison St., Traverse CityAJW Drafting Services, Anita Wiltse and Edward Wiltse, 4334 Carlson Drive, T…

Exactly one year ago this week my wife and I got into our car to head home after spending a spectacular weekend with family and friends celebrating our daughter’s wedding in Chicago. Little did we know that those goodbye hugs we shared would be the last we’d be able to receive once the coron…

TRAVERSE CITY — Nicole Steffen likes to design graphics, but she brings other aspects of communication into her business, too.

Norte added a new member to its staff and three to its board of directors. Wes Sovis joined Norte as donor relations specialist. Jim Witte of Elk Rapids, Sue Paul of Peninsula Township and Eric Mannix of Traverse City are new faces serving three-year terms on its board of directors. Accordin…

TRAVERSE CITY — As one of the toughest financial years in decades rolls into a new year, Bauer Financial released its star ratings of credit unions and banks.

DEARBORN — The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded rose 12 cents from a week ago in Michigan, according to the weekly report from AAA-The Auto Club Group.

LANSING — Networks Northwest was one of nine regional entities to receive more than $6 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

LANSING — The Michigan attorney general is marking National Consumer Protection Week by looking at the most frequent complaints from the previous year.

I remember a blizzardy day nine years ago when area farmers packed the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station in Leelanau County to hear area school food service directors talk about their potential to buy more locally grown food.

TRAVERSE CITY — Naveego, Inc. has been acquired by Aunalytics, a data-platform company based in South Bend, Indiana.

TRAVERSE CITY —Garden Goods in Traverse City has been sold.

Dan the Tile Man, Daniel Marois, 815 Lake George Trail, Traverse CityGarza’s Construction, Nick Garza, 4334 Goldenrod Drive, Traverse CityIrish Woodworks, Derek L’estrange, 2833 E. Long Lake Road, Traverse CityRockhill Studio, Rebecca Kenny and David Kenny, 1322 Sharkey Road, Traverse CitySu…

TRAVERSE CITY — An emergency enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace may have left a lot of area residents with questions.

Self preservation is one of the primary drivers of life, both animal and vegetable. Survival of the fittest is an integral part of nature — for every species from amoeba to oak to zebra. But culture cannot exist without cooperation, which requires more than just self interest.

Northern Michigan was well represented on the Forbes annual list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. The high net worth rankings listed the top 130 in Michigan. Rick Simonton of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Traverse City was 52nd on the list. Branko Gegich of Morgan Stanley Wealth Manage…

Housing supply on the market is historically low. In the 40 years data has been collected, there have never been fewer homes for sale. Building costs are skyrocketing and home prices are rising exponentially faster than household incomes. To meet housing needs, we must offer more homes at lo…

LELAND — Historic Fishtown, one of northwest Lower Michigan’s scenic gems, is highlighted in a new video advertisement for Carhartt and Guinness.

TRAVERSE CITY — The business is being transferred. The trademark 922-2222 phone number is changing hands.

With a touch of sportiness added, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes out of the gate with a much-needed boost in horsepower and some added ruggedness to make the journey, well, more fun.

Virtually every sector of agriculture, energy, and many financial markets were impacted or even demolished by an arctic blast that ran through the southwest. Temperatures throughout the region were as much as 35 degrees below average for several days.

TRAVERSE CITY — David Skibowski right now is hard at work near Chum’s Corner creating vodka and gin that will, starting in early summer, be served at “The Tasting Room by Legacy Distillers” in the Breakwater apartment building.

TRAVERSE CITY — American Airlines will add new summer non-stop flights between Traverse City and Boston. The route will launch on June 5 and will be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Jim Sanford rejoined State Savings Bank. Sanford will serve as senior vice president for commercial loans. He will originate business lending and banking relationships and be a member of the loan committee. Sanford will be based in the Traverse City Loan Center, but also will assist in devel…

Shock and thaw. In a way, that pairing describes what the pandemic has been doing to business for 11 months. COVID-19 delivered a freezing shock to commerce, paychecks and bottom lines. Since then, we’ve been gradually and inconsistently thawing as various categories of business cope with ch…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums for those with housing loans through the USDA.

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