Business

Shining a light on agricultural solar energy development

Since the first part of the year, solar companies have been actively contacting farm owners in an effort to secure land for solar energy projects. This is in response to the Michigan Public Service Commission raising the avoided cost of electricity to 9.5 cents per kWh. At this rate, ...

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New printer at Builders Exchange

The Iron Mountain Kingsford Builders Exchange, 600 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain, recently upgraded its printing equipment. The new Canon TX-3000 wide-format printing machine is able to print blueprints, posters, banners or advertisements, all in full color. The printing machine is ...

ASPIRUS IRON RIVER HOSPITAL recently was named one of the Top 100 Critical-Access Hospitals in the U.S.

Aspirus IR among top critical-access hospitals

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital recently was named one of the Top 100 Critical-Access Hospitals in the United States for 2018 by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the second straight year Aspirus Iron River Hospital has made the list as ...

Gundlach Champion honored for Build Michigan Award

LANSING — Gundlach Champion Inc. of Iron Mountain has won a 2017 Build Michigan Award for construction of the Marquette Municipal Service Center. The award is given every year by the Professional Service Member Provider Council of the Association of General Contractors. State Reps. Sara ...

Is your portfolio telling you to make a change?

The past nine years have been extraordinary for the stock market. From March 2009 to the end of 2017, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose close to 300 percent. In 2017 alone, the index gained more than 21 percent. If you are an investor who has benefited from the extended bull market, ...

From left, Molly Fulks, Brent Fulks, Kati Owen, Alan Fulks, Barb Trask and Mary Hansen of Fulks Orthodontics show their support for the YMCA Capital Campaign, pledging $5,000 toward the project. The YMCA has raised more than $200,000 toward a $650,000 goal in the campaign’s first two weeks.

Fulks Orthodontics supports YMCA

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fulks Orthodontics is the latest local business to offer support for the Northern Lights YMCA Capital Campaign, pledging $5,000 toward the project. “We thank Fulks Orthodontics for this contribution,” Dickinson Center Director Jonathan Ringel said. “Support from ...

MEMBERS OF THE Intensive Care Unit/IMC Department at Dickinson County Healthcare Systems with the Journey to Excellence Traveling Trophy, earned by scoring high on a customer satisfaction survey. From left are Trenton Rankin, ICU/IMC pool nurse manager; Dr. Ken Friar, ICU director; Pam Faccio, RN charge nurse; Heidi Olson, RN; and Annette Danielson, RN.

ICU staff at DCHS recognized for rating high in customer satisfaction

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Intensive Care Unit Department at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital has received the Journey to Excellence Traveling Trophy at Dickinson County Healthcare System for posting uniform high scores in the customer satisfaction survey.  The ICU also posted the top box ...

Open house Sunday for new online boutique

Tessa Avenue, a local online boutique that opened in August, will have an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Midtown Mall, 1062 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. Shannon Barnes, the owner of Tessa Avenue and a Michigan State University graduate, offers women and juniors fashion ...

Aspirus IR Clinic grand opening to be March 15

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics has set the grand opening of the new Aspirus Iron River Clinic for March 15. The 24,000-square-foot, two-story medical clinic is on the hospital campus overlooking Ice Lake. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m. and a public ...

DR. JEFF HUTCHINSON, right, audiologist with the Dickinson Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, meets with Marshall Kesler, the 2017 Gift of Hearing recipient.

Kesler recognized with 2017 Gift of Hearing award

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Dickinson Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, in partnership with hearing aid manufacturer ReSound, recently awarded a free pair of hearing aids to Marshall Kesler of Iron Mountain through its third annual Gift of Hearing initiative. The donation aims to reward an individual who ...

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Stephens Real Estate again leads in local property sales for 2017

IRON MOUNTAIN — Stephens Real Estate of Iron Mountain was the top individual real estate office across the board for 2017, according to the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors’ rankings of 16 local real estate offices. Stephens topped the list for volume with nearly $30 million in ...

When life events affect your benefits

Getting married or divorced, having or adopting a baby and retiring are significant milestones in life. These “qualified life events,” as they are commonly referred to in the insurance industry, may permit you to make adjustments to the benefits you receive through your employer or other ...

TWO GRANTS HELPED Crystal Fresh Market replace its refrigeration cases with more energy-efficient equipment. From left are Ross Tresedder, Crystal Fresh Market owner; Jeff Forbes, WPPI Energy Services representative; Dave Graff, Crystal Falls Electric Department manager; Lindsay Wagner, Efficiency United Energy advisor; and Zack Stuck, Crystal Fresh Market store manager.

Crystal Fresh Market upgrades to energy-efficient refrigeration

CRYSTAL FALLS — A grocer is achieving “cool” new savings with help from Crystal Falls’ locally owned, not-for-profit electric utility. Crystal Fresh Market, a family-owned grocery business with 37 employees, recently replaced all of its 1960s-era refrigeration cases as a part of a ...

IMKCFCU honors employee volunteers

KINGSFORD — Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union recently recognized its employee Volunteer of the Year for 2017 plus two runner-ups. Lydia Krivanek, 2017 Volunteer of the Year, logged 205 hours, many of them making catnip eggs for the Almost Home Animal Shelter. Other ...

Fornetti Dental to offer free care Feb. 17

IRON MOUNTAIN — The John Fornetti Dental Center will host the 12th annual Dentistry From The Heart event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the center, 100 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. Dentistry From The Heart provides free dental care to those in need. Each year since 2001, ...

Tractor Supply donates pet food

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Tractor Supply Co. store in Iron Mountain has donated 60 bags of pet food to the Almost Home Animal Shelter. “More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said Bret Dalton, ...

Five ways the new tax law may affect you

The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year. As you plan your 2018 tax strategy, here are five key changes to know about the tax reform law: — Tax rates and brackets ...

FIVE DICKINSON COUNTY area entities, including Lake Antoine Park, were awarded equipment from BOSS Snowplow through the annual Toro Product Donation Program. From left are Justina Blazier, giving ambassador, BOSS Snowplow; Joe Jaeger, controller, BOSS Snowplow; Joe Stevens, Dickinson County commissioner; Brian Bousley, Dickinson County controller;  Eric Robinson, Lake Antoine park manager; and Jody Christy, president, BOSS Snowplow.

Dickinson area groups benefit from BOSS/Toro donations

IRON MOUNTAIN — BOSS Snowplow, in partnership with The Toro Company, has contributed more than $18,000 to Dickinson County groups through the annual Toro Product Donation Program. Five Dickinson County organizations were awarded products, including the Dickinson County Bike Path ...

Walker open to paper company tax credits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that proposed job-retention tax credits for consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. could be extended to other paper companies if there are "significant opportunities" to retain and add jobs. Walker wants the Legislature to approve ...

NORTHERN INTERSTATE BANK President Tim Mattson presents a School Spirit Checks program donation to Bret Kraemer, president of the Norway Knights Athletic Booster Club.

Northern Interstate Bank’s School Spirit Checks a boost for boosters

NORWAY — Northern Interstate Bank recently presented the Norway-Vulcan Schools Athletic and Music Booster Clubs with another donation from its School Spirit Checks promotion. The program offers checks that bear the mascots of participating schools. Northern Interstate Bank then ...