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LANSING — The Unemployment Insurance Agency began offering telephone appointments for customers seeking one-on-one support, according to a release from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity.

DETROIT — The DTE Energy Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to all 45 domestic violence shelters funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Rachael Sherman joined Idea Stream. She will oversee the office management, administrative and bookkeeping duties at the Traverse City marketing company. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Sherman has more than 10 years of experience in sales, administration and management. She…

This November, it’s critically important for our business community to use our collective voice and elect leaders who care about issues important to us — especially as we address our COVID-19 recovery.

In a bygone era, risk and reward were inexorably linked. Managing an investment portfolio was like turning a series of dials on a dashboard. Today, not so much.

SUTTONS BAY — A loss for Leelanau County’s business community is a gain for a charitable outreach in the region.

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TRAVERSE CITY — This has been a troubling year, what with a pandemic, unrest in American streets and a juiced-up election season. But 2020, at least, is on track to deliver a solid local grape crop.

TRAVERSE CITY — Home tours are normally an in-person experience.

As auto manufacturers wrestle with how much pure electric technology consumers want several cars have emerged beyond Tesla that will move you along several hundred miles before needing a charge.

TRAVERSE CITY — An annual look at businesses and services in the region won’t be up close and personal this year. And one of the first big local events on the 2021 calendar has been delayed three weeks but, at least for now, remains planned as an in-person expo.

In the fall of the year cooling temperatures cause a very obvious decrease in the activity of outdoor insects and their relatives, such as spiders, centipedes, millipedes and sow bugs.

Kolarik Family Partnership-Paesano’s Pizza, Morris Kolarik Asset Trust, Dorothy Kolarik Asset Trust, Kathryn Weber, Robert Kolarik, Thomas Kolarik, Mary Zelinski and Susan Parks, 447 E. Front St., Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — The hustling entrepreneur behind one of Traverse City’s iconic restaurants died on Saturday.

TRAVERSE CITY — Friday morning’s off-again, on-again scheduled meeting of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority was canceled Thursday afternoon.

Spring cleaning is all about eliminating clutter. Fall cleaning may start out that way, but — at least for me — typically becomes a mental journey through the past rather than a path to the future.

Q: I’m on the board of directors of my condominium building, and we are considering adoption of a rule requiring masks to be worn in the indoor common elements of the development, for example, the lobby, hallways and elevators.

TRAVERSE CITY — A cloud-based digital billboard management software company scooped up the top prize at the TCNewTech virtual Pitch Night contest on Oct. 6.

Max Wealth Management at Lake Michigan Credit Union hired Amy Datema as LPL Financial Advisor for the lakeshore area. The lakeshore territory includes Traverse City, Allendale, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Hudsonville and Jenison. According to a release, Datema has 18 years of speci…

GRAND RAPIDS — The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more people ordering from Amazon.

In its fourth year, the remarkable Alfa Romeo Giulia has established itself as a legitimate sports car, but will modest U.S. sales continue to satisfy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the eighth largest auto maker?

SUTTONS BAY — Less than 1 degree of latitude and one big body of water separate Shady Lane Cellars and WaterFire Vineyards.

On Jan. 1, 1968, under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Safety Standard, the first national seat belt law took effect requiring all vehicles (except buses) to be fitted with seat belts in all designated seating positions.

Sugar prices have been climbing for the past six months and hit new highs mid-week. A virus in sugar beets in Europe and a drought in Thailand — a major cane sugar producer — have threatened supply.

Amy Jo’s Folk Art Studio, Amy Dayton, 6995 Center Road, Traverse CityGray’s Custom Renovations, William LaParr, 888 Glenview Lane, Traverse CityFaith & Co. Hair Studio, Faith McGinley, 1142 E. Eighth St., Suite 10, Traverse CityQuarried Creations, Brandon Nico, 6943 Elk Lake Road, Willia…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A grant in the 2018 Farm Bill will provide more than $210,000 to expand five farmers markets in northwest Michigan.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Housing Summit is going virtual for the first time.

GRAND RAPIDS — Twenty-one northern Michigan medical facilities were awarded 2020 Priority Health Quality Awards.

This niche vehicle from Jeep appeals to the mild off-road enthusiast that has a need for more space than sub-compact Renegade offers and for less coin than step up Cherokee models. But there are some drawbacks to the Compass that may have you looking elsewhere.

TRAVERSE CITY — The dogs had their day earlier this year.

TRAVERSE CITY — What stage is the start-up? How much of an investment is being sought? What would the investment be used for?

As is my habit, I wake in the very early hours on Friday morning to write this column. I routinely start with a blank screen, but rarely a blank mind. The “kernel” of the column is almost always decided and I begin to write. On this crisp morning, however, my screen started out blank and my …

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