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U.P. State Bank CEO talks about expansion, U.P. potential, operating under COVID-19

The Upper Peninsula State Bank has purchased property to open an office in Marquette. They purchased the former Burger King property on West Washington Street in Marquette and hired Andy Herro to serve as Marquette County Community Bank president.

 

Bank President and CEO David Williams says Marquette is a thriving community. He also talks about working with business owners during th COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Fittante talks about efforts to bring U.P. economy back, urges businesses to apply for PPP

InvestUP CEO Marty Fittante says hospitals in the U.P. are ready to continue non-essential procedures. He says hospitals in the Upper Peninsula are hurting financially and are prepared to handle the Coronavirus crisis and still be able to manage the healthcare needs of the rest of the population. He also urges U.P. businesses not to wait to apply for Payroll Protection Program funds.

 

 

Players de Noc presents a virtual performance of original play 'Bare Cabin'

Players de Noc is having a virtual performance of a local play written by JJ Spaulding. It is called "Bare Cabin." Jamie Peterson says it will be performed from the actor’s homes at a time we are isolated. The premiere will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on the Players de Noc Facebook page. It will also be posted on Youtube that will be linked from PlayersdeNoc.org.

 

 

McBroom worries about U.P. as governor considers stay home extension

State Sen. Ed McBroom says he expects to know within the next two weeks whether the Coronavirus becomes a burden on the healthcare system in the Upper Peninsula or if social distancing works and keeps the disease more manageable. However, as the governor considers extending the stay at home order, McBroom worries that the effect on the U.P. economy will be far greater.

 

 

Escanaba couple return from Honduras, concerned for friends they left

Tim and Julie Bishop were stranded in Honduras when the country closed its borders to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Tim talks about what they went through to get out of the country and the concern he has for those they left. The Escanaba couple was in Honduras on a mission trip.

 

 

Robomos robotics team produces parts to make medical face shields

Robomos advisor Gabe Kluka talks about the teams effort to make face shields for OSF Healthcare with 3-D printers. It is their effort to help during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are teaming up with Kobasic Creations to add the clear plastic. 

 

 

Area schools prepare for remaining school year without classrooms

Local school districts need to develop plans to instruct students for the remainder of the school year without returning to the classroom. Doug Leisenring, superintendent of the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, talks about the school districts are doing to provide online learning.

 

 

Community officials talk about need to practice social distancing

With concerns that residents are not taking social distancing seriously, Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo and Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer talk about the need for better compliance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

 

Gladstone Commission holds virtual meeting to pass budget

The Gladstone City Commission held a virutal meeting in order to approve a city budget before its April 1 deadline. Commissioner Brad Mantella talks about how it went and how the city is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. The commission also approved union contracts.

 

 

Geyer says Delta County taking steps to handle COVID-19 pandemic

Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer says plans are being made to respond to a possible outbreak of Coronavirus. With one confirmed case in Delta County, Geyer says things are likely to get worse before they get better but says the U.P. is pretty resourceful and will get through the crisis.

 

 

Richer talks about campaigning during COVID-19 pandemic

Renee Richer is a biology professor and candidate for state representative in the 108th District. She talks about the COVID-19 pandemic from her perspective and what it might mean for the U.P.

 

 

Players de Noc postpones final play of season during COVID-19 pandemic

Jamie Peterson with Players de Noc talks about the musical Mama Mia that ended before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, changes for Players' final play of the season and how the pandemic might affect upcoming Community Theatre Association of Michigan events in April.

 

 

Elmer's County Market takes step to serve customers during COVID-19 pandemic

Elmer's County Market General Manager Rod Stende talks about efforts the grocery store has taken to meet the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes installing sneeze guards at the check outs, discontinuing bottle and can return service and limiting hours to allow time for deep cleaning.

 

 

State Police respond to Coronavirus pandemic, help distribute food

Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham says there has been an increase in alcohol related incidents since the stay home order was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Troopers are also assisting in food distribution programs in Manistque and Gladstone

 

 

Escanaba couple is stranded in Honduras during Coronavirus pandemic

An Escanaba couple were stranded in Honduras when the country closed its borders March 16 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  After spending several weeks in Honduras working to build a middle school, Tim and Julie Bishop thought it was time to leave the country, but Tim says it was too late. They are now trying to find a way out.

 


 

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