Fox Marquette Wins Subaru Award

Fox Marquette Subaru Ford Upper Peninsula

Fox Marquette Subaru Ford Upper Peninsula

Marquette  -  Friday March 14, 2014  -  Fox Marquette would like to thank each and every one of our wonderful customers for helping us earn the prestigious Subaru Stellar Care Award for 2014!

Only an elite group of Subaru dealers achieve this recognition each year as a result of achieving and maintaining Stellar Care performance standards and objectives in their facilities, sales department, finance department, service and training. Here’s to another year of stellar performance in every aspect of the business!    A Great Big Thank You!

Don’t Miss The Dome!   We are proud to be part of the Annual Dome Sale for another year! Visit us on March 14-16, 2014, at the largest wooden dome structure in the world, right here in Northern Michigan at the NMU Superior Dome.

The Annual Dome Sale is a car show and car lot all in one. It’s 100,000 square feet of cars and a place where you can find your next car and then drive it home from the dome.

dome sale march 14-16

Dome Sale March 14-16

Annual Dome Sale Hours: Friday: 3 pm – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Admission and parking is free.  We look forward to seeing you at the Dome this year.

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Congressman Benishek Met with MTBA This Week

Congressman Benishek Meets with MTBA

Pictured (left to right): Jenn Wallner of Grandchamp, McBride & Prophet; Anna Reynolds, MTBA Secretary; Peggy Loy of Century 21 Prime Realty; Congressman Dan Benishek; Marla Vancheck of the Mad-SIGN-tist Sign Shop; Scott Patrick of Flooring Outlet Center; and Rick Ovebey of Superior Oasis.

Marquette Township  -  February 20, 2014  -  The Marquette Township Business Association met with First District Congressman Dan Benishek on Tuesday, February 18th at Hudson’s. The meeting was a round table discussion of MTBA concerns as small business owners in Marquette Township.

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Range Bank Moves Its Headquarters to Downtown Marquette

range bank headquarters corner of front and washington streets in marquette michigan

Headquarters of Range Bank, at the corner of Front and Washington streets in Marquette.

Marquette, Michigan  -  February 12, 2014  -  Range Bank is pleased to announce the move of their headquarters to the corner of Front and Washington streets in downtown Marquette.

The new location, formerly known as the iEconomy Building, is currently home to Range Bank’s Executive Management and Trust and Wealth Management team as well as the Operations Department, Teller Operations, and Mortgage Department. Range Bank expects to occupy the entire building and add their Commercial Lending Department by the end of 2014.

“We are very pleased,” said Kenneth Palmer, Range Bank President and CEO. “We recently celebrated 126 years of serving Upper Michigan communities and we are proud to say we are the only bank in Marquette with its headquarters in the city of Marquette. Our new headquarters will provide the space we need to continue growing our company into the future.”

About Range Bank  -  Range Bank, established in 1887, has on-balance sheet assets exceeding $275 million in addition to managing approximately $255 in off-balance sheet business sweep accounts along with sold commercial and mortgage loans plus trust and wealth management assets bringing the total assets under management to $530 million.

Range Bank serves its customers through a network of 12 offices located in Marquette, Dickinson, and Houghton Counties, including an office within Marquette Township, located at 3195 Wright Street. More information about Range Bank can be found on their website,


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Travel Needs Survey

UP North Airlines Sawyer International Airport Lake Superior Community Partnership

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Congratulations to Jenn and Andy Wallner – New Partners at Grandchamp, McBride & Prophet

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Frost Line 72 Inches Below the Road in Marquette Township!

Marquette Township Road Maintenance

The grader is working hard to remove the ice pack and make Township roads safer to drive on.

Marquette Township  February 5, 2014  -  Marquette Township Grounds and Maintenance crews were out yesterday maintaining the roads today in a rather special way.

They had the giant grader out scraping the ice pack, three to four inches of packed snow and ice, off our local roads making it safer for all travelers.

Maintenance officials have a concern that by removing the ice pack, which acts like a layer of insulation, the frost will continue down. Township workers drilled down and found frost levels as deep as 72 inches!

Marquette Township Michigan ice pack on side of road

Scraping up the ice pack means extra clean-up for maintenance crews, but much safer roads.

The concern is that the frost will continue down to 96 inches, where the water pipes are and cause freezing issues for the Township. The silver lining is that it is February, traditionally a sunnier month. When the sun hits bare roads, there is a heat exchange which can help reduce frost penetration.

On another note, as of last Friday, the City of Marquette has had to thaw out 75 residents’ incoming water pipes due to freezing cold temperatures. Marquette Township just had their first one and noted that city maintenance workers are doing a good job keeping up with the demand, even going out on Superbowl Sunday to thaw out residents’ pipes.

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Update on the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

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James A Surrell, MD talking about the SOS Diet

Marquette Township  -  January 28, 2014  -  The Marquette Township Business Association held their Annual Meeting & Holiday Party on January 21st at Hudson’s Bar & Grill in Marquette.

Business was conducted and membership is up to 42 members with 7 pending for payment of dues. Gordon Food Services, SIR Federal Credit Union, Whistler’s Garage & Towing, and Wells Fargo were welcomed to the Association. The Membership Drive officially ends on January 31, but the Association will continue to take new members throughout the year.

The Co-Chair and Secretary positions are open. The group thanked Lyn Durant for her service and reluctantly accepted her resignation since she has been such an integral member of the group.

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Doctor Surrell’s SOS Diet Rules: 1- Low Sugar, 2- High Fiber, 3- No More Rules!

James A. Surrell, M.D. was really, really good.  Members present were glued to his words.  His basic concept is to SOS- Stop Only Sugar.  He said too much refined sugar does bad things such as produce excess insulin and cholesterol. Our body then stores the excess as fat.

He presented details from some 700 scientific journal studies outlined in his book on the 5 non-sugar sweeteners and debunked the myth that these are unsafe and that they cause cancer.  Surrell showed there is not a single scientific study that they are anything but completely safe. If you don’t like a certain sweetener, just try one of the four others. Your body passes these sweeteners straight through without activating insulin and cholesterol.

Numerous folks at Marquette General have gone on the SOS Diet and had dramatic losses — 100-190 pounds.  These are outlined in the book. Dr. Surrell also talked about cholesterol.

He said HDL is Happy cholesterol (the good kind) LDL is Lousy.  The real measure is your total cholesterol divided by the HDL. If it’s less than 4, you’re just fine.

Basically we consume too much sugar, pack on too much weight, and have too much cholesterol.  If we become label detectives, and keep our refined sugar down to 20 grams, we will lose 5+ pounds a month.  Once you hits 30 grams, most people maintain weight.  SOS- Stop Only Sugar. Here are the rules: 1) Low Sugar, 2) High Fiber, 3) No more rules.

Dr. Surrell’s site is and can be reached at


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V.I.P. Grand Opening Party / Business After Hours – Household Appliance and Art Van Furniture

household appliance art van furniture grand opening marquette michigan

Pictured: Teri Suchodolski, Sales Mgr., Chris Penney, Appliance Mgr., Steve Anderson, Franchise Owner, and Marla Vancheck, MTBA Membership Director.

Marquette Township January 7, 2014  -  The Marquette Township Business Association (MTBA) is proud to announce the Household Appliance and Art Van Furniture V.I.P. Grand Opening Party / Business After Hours. All Marquette Township businesses are invited! It will be this Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. at 2873 U.S. 41. The band Bongo Fury and photo booth will both begin at 5, presentation / ribbon cutting will begin at 6 with prize drawings to follow. Prizes include a La-Z-Boy Recliner, KitchenAid Mixer, Mini-Fridge and more! Guests will receive a gift bag on the way out and will also be registered for the Grand Opening grand prize of a $3,000 trip voucher to be given out the following week.

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Have a Joyous Holiday season

Christmas tree ornament happy holidays reflectionDon’t forget your 2014 membership. There will be a lot of great information coming this year as Marquette Township continues to grow. We don’t want you to miss out on any news that affects our businesses. Stay informed and join the business association today. Contact our Membership Director, Marla Vancheck <> or call Marla at 906-225-5588.  

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Members Are Satisifed With Local Marquette Township Business Association

Marquette Township   -  November 5, 20133  – Now is the best time to join the local business association for 2014.  It helps to have you as a member. There are numerous reasons to join and the following are short testimonials of local business people on why they like being a part of this local business association.


  • As a business owner, I don’t have time to keep up with what’s going on in my township and county. I need to know where my tax dollars are going and what my township representatives are doing for my company. Belonging to the Marquette Township Business Association is the way to stay connected to what affects my hotel and knowing that the board is there for me is invaluable. It was easy to make the decision to join this organization and I’m glad I did.

 Lyn J. Durant, Innkeeper, Cedar Motor Inn


  • I am happy to write a note in support of the Marquette Township Business Association because I feel the concept of “All for One, and One for All” plays out in an active local business association. Marquette Township has earned the reputation of being the fastest growing township in the State of Michigan and I own one of those local township businesses that is doing very well. For me, it only makes sense to support an active business association. I go on the MTBA website and see that Township officials attend all of the MTBA monthly meetings. They hear of our local business concerns and MTBA provides an invaluable conduit back to the Township board and staff on what’s important to us. I also attend the monthly MTBA luncheon meetings to stay connected to what’s happening and hear new local business concerns.

 Todd Noordyk, Owner, Great Lakes Radio


  • We moved our business into Marquette Township in October of 2011. Since then, we have found the Marquette Township Business Association to be a dynamic and positive part of the business community. One of our staff members, Jenn Wallner, is on the Board and brings constant feedback that demonstrates to us the MTBA’s support of local businesses and business issues as well as enthusiastic support for growth and development in this area. We feel lucky to have an organization such as this working for us and the community.

 Grandchamp, McBride & Prophet, CPA’s, P.C.


  • As the Planner & Zoning Administrator for Marquette Township, I believe that serving as a liaison between the Marquette Township Business Association and the Township Board is very beneficial. The businesses in the Township help drive our local economy. By providing technical assistance and conveying issues, opportunities and suggestions, I can better serve the needs of the Township business community, while continuing to make Marquette Township a desirable place to live, work, play and visit.

                       Jason McCarthy, Planner/Zoning Administrator, Marquette Township


  • I have enjoyed being involved with the friendly community of people who make up the Marquette Township Business Association. The MTBA provides a great place to gather with fellow businesspeople for lively, open discussions regarding ideas for change and growth in the township.

 Bethany J. Cody, Director of Real Estate Services, The Veridea Group

 Invest $100 in the association.  Please join us.  Contact Marla our membership coordinator;   Marla Vancheck <>,  or phone Marla at (906) 225-5588

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