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THREE NURSES FROM the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain retired June 30, with a combined 95 years of serving veterans. Recognizing their service were Andrea Collins, left, RN, associate director for nursing and patient care, and Deb Ruohomaki, right, RN, nurse manager for primary care. Shown from left are retirees Susan Gray, RN with 30 years; Carrie Champion, LPN with 32 years; and Carol Hinds, LPN with 33 years of federal service.

Nurses retire with 95 years of combined VA service

IRON MOUNTAIN – Three nurses retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center on June 30, after serving a combined 95 years as VA nurses. The retirees include Susan Gray, RN, 30 years; Carrie Champion, LPN, 32 years; and Carol Hinds, LPN, 33 years. All three nurses worked in various ...

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Support for YMCA

The Thomas Theatre Group displays their banner-level support for the recently completed YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides scholarship opportunities to ensure that all are provided an opportunity for health and wellness. The YMCA once again exceeded its annual campaign goal, which this year ...

Aspirus UP system among ‘most wired’ hospitals in 2017

IRON RIVER — Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, which improves communication, safety and patient-provider relationships, according to officials with the four Aspirus hospitals in the Upper Peninsula. And these hospitals are at the leading edge of this ...

Sturgeon Bay divided over development

TURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sturgeon Bay in Door County remains divided on what to do with a key piece of waterfront land. City officials want to move forward with development of the land, but a dispute over how much of the land and water the city owns has slowed the project, Milwaukee Public ...

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CU official visits IM

Brett Thompson, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League, recently visited with staff of Forward Financial Credit Union in Niagara, Wis., during one of his annual visits to Wisconsin credit unions. Shown here, from left, are Denise Sauld, Tammy Youngs, credit union board chairman ...

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UPPCO looks to lower customer costs

IRON RIVER — Upper Peninsula Power Co. has submitted two filings with the Michigan Public Service Commission, which is expected to lower power costs for residential, commercial and industrial customers. UPPCO announced that while customers will experience only a minor reduction to their ...

USDA grant supports energy audits

IRONWOOD — Businesses looking to lower energy costs can now make more informed investment decisions thanks to a grant awarded to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region. WUPPDR, which received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will help pay up to 75 ...

Right time to take Social Security

Social Security benefits are a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans. Yet, deciding when to start collecting benefits can be a puzzle, and the solution is different for everyone. You can claim Social Security as early as age 62, or delay it until your 70th birthday. The longer you ...

SUNSHINE TRAVEL & TOURS is marking a special milestone this summer — 20 years in business. Shown here, from left, are full-time agents Tracy Schultz, Michelle Valeski and Dawn Griggs. The travel agency is at 831 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.

Sunshine Travel & Tours hits milestone

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sunshine Travel & Tours is a full service travel agency in Iron Mountain owned and operated by Ted and Michelle Valeski, who are celebrating 20 years in business. Sunshine Travel & Tours includes three full-time agents — Michelle Valeski, Dawn Griggs and Tracy ...

Bellin’s Michigan clinics earn medical home designation

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Bellin Health Family Medical Centers in Iron Mountain and Escanaba have been selected as Patient-Centered Medical Home designated practices by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Through Patient-Centered Medical Homes, or PCMHs, primary care physicians lead care teams ...

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Verso makes shutdown of Maine machine permanent

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. today announced plans to permanently shut down the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment at its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, affecting about 120 employees. In November, when a temporary shutdown of the machine was announced, the mill was reported to ...

THREE GENERATIONS OF the Blomquist family have now been involved in Blomquist Architects in Iron Mountain. The firm has relocated its headquarters and studio to a new office in downtown Iron Mountain. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place attended by members of the firm as well as ambassadors with the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance. Shown here, from left, are ambassadors Suzanne Anderson, Joe Testolin, Teresa Schettler, Donna Rahoi and Teddy Izzo; Cheryl Gelazus, Megan and Kyle Blomquist, Mark, Jim and Bernie Blomquist; and ambassadors Robert Whitens, Jean O’Dette, Sandy Petroff, Greta Michaud, Pat and Mike Nicometo, Tamara Juul and Lynda Zanon, chamber director.
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Blomquist Architects enters third generation in new downtown office

IRON MOUNTAIN — Blomquist Architects has announced a new chapter in the firm’s development with the relocation of its headquarters and studio to the historic Stephenson Court building in downtown Iron Mountain. The move was part of a strategic business plan to align the firm’s local ...

Danielson Insurance joins agency network

KINGSFORD — Frankenmuth Insurance has announced the appointment of Danielson Insurance Agency Inc. of Kingsford to its agent network. Danielson Insurance Agency joins an elite group of independent insurance agencies from 15 states that feature Frankenmuth Insurance as one of its personal ...

Wells Fargo tops profit forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $5.81 billion. The San Francisco-based bank said it had earnings of $1.07 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

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THE SEARS HOMETOWN Store in the Birchwood Mall in Kingsford is open for business and not affected by the closures announced by Sears Holding Corp. in February and late last week. The Kingsford store is locally owned and operated by Jackie Bourassa. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily)

Sears Hometown Store in Kingsford adds mattresses to line of products

KINGSFORD — The Sears Hometown Store in Kingsford is alive and well with the recent addition of mattresses to its many products for sale. The business in the Birchwood Mall at 610 Carpenter Ave. is independently owned and operated by Jackie Bourassa and includes a staff of seven. None of ...

China’s auto sales rise in June

BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales rose in June, rebounding from the previous month’s contraction on the strength of demand for SUVs. An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Tuesday sales rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier to 1.8 million ...

River-Valley

Support for YMCA

James Helgren, right, River Valley market manager, and Paul Picucci, River Valley Iron Mountain branch manager, left, present a $750 check to YMCA Dickinson Center Director Jonathan Ringel, center, in support of the Northern Lights YMCA Annual Campaign. The Northern Lights YMCA-Dickinson Center ...

JEFF MASON

Mason named MEDC leader

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday unanimously approved Jeff Mason as its new CEO, effective immediately. “Jeff has a breadth of experience and knowledge about the driving forces and innovation reshaping Michigan's economy,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a written ...

Visa looks to to help small businesses go cashless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visa is looking to push more small businesses into updating their digital payment technology. Visa is offering up to $500,000 to 50 U.S.-based small business owners that commit to going cashless. The program will focus on restaurants and food establishments, with the ...

Farmers Market on Saturday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain Farmers and Artisans Market will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot across from the Dickinson County Library. “The public is asked to refrain from being in market area before 8 a.m. to give vendors a chance to set up their products safely,” ...