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The Watermill Group, a private investment firm, has received court approval to purchase Manistique Papers. The agreement was finalized following an auction and confidential bidding process. The firm says Manistique Papers enhances their portfolio of environmental paper manufacturers, which also includes FutureMark Paper Company, the leading recycled coated paper producer in North America. With this acquisition, The Watermill Group brings together leaders in 100-percent recycled paper in both the coated and uncoated markets. The firm will run both organizations as sister companies under a unified management structure led by current FutureMark President and CEO Steve Silver. Manistique Papers is the only North American company making uncoated printing and writing paper exclusively from 100-percent recycled fiber; FutureMark Paper is the only North American company making 100-percent recycled coated publication paper. Manistique Papers’ 72-acre manufacturing site in Manistique can produce up to 500 tons of recycled pulp per day and approximately 130,000 tons per year of uncoated, 100-percent recycled paper.
The trial is continuing for an Upper Peninsula man accused of beating a four-year old boy. 23-year-old Allen Brunette of Gladstone is charged with first-degree child abuse and domestic violence, third offense. Brunette allegedly beat his girlfriend’s son when the boy’s mother was at work last October. He’s being held in the Delta County jail in Escanaba on a 50-thousand dollar cash bond.
Bell Hospital EMS has secured new technology turning each of its ambulances into wireless hotspots. This allows Bell EMS to transmit electrocardiogram data directly to the E-R from the ambulance resulting in faster definitive care for cardiac patients. The information is transmitted so the E-R physician can review the EKG and determine if the patient should be transported to Bell Hospital for care or transported directly to MGH to be seen by cardiac specialists. Bell EMS acquired the technology through community support and with the help of the Bell Foundation, Fox Motors-Negaunee and the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program. Bell EMS is the first in the area to make this technology available.
A disagreement between the Department of Natural Resources and a downstate Cheboygan County hunting preserve will move into court later this week. The state recently inspected the Renegade Ranch near Cheboygan regarding the type of hogs located there. The D-N-R believes the swine are an invasive species and illegal. Renegade Ranch owners say they bought the hogs from a producer in the Upper Peninsula. The producer from the Upper Peninsula is currently in litigation with the D-N-R as well. The court hearing for the Cheboygan case will be Friday morning.