Business

Gains in US home prices cool slightly during April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a healthy clip in April, though the increase slowed a bit from the previous two months. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 5.7 percent in April, after increases of 5.9 percent in March and February. ...

Tours planned during private college week at St. Norbert

DE PERE, Wis. — St. Norbert College will offer student-guided campus tours and giving students and their families a chance to meet with staff from the office of admissions during Wisconsin Private College Week set for July 10 through 14. Refreshments will be served. Tours, including a ...

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NMU, Iron County bring broadband to the CF area

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University and the Iron County Board have announced the availability of NMU’s Educational Access Network in the Crystal Falls area. EAN provides broadband internet service through the university’s high-speed LTE wireless network to learners of all ...

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Golf sponsor

Sikora Sheet Metal of Iron Mountain was a platinum sponsor for the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance’s golf scramble at Timberstone Golf Course. The golf event is the second-largest fundraiser by DACA to raise money for giving out traditional and non-traditional scholarships to students ...

New home sales on rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West. Sales new single-family homes rose 2.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That followed a 7.9 percent drop in ...

Fed: Biggest US banks strong enough to face recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says all of the 34 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and continue lending. The first round of the central bank’s annual “stress tests” shows that as a group, the 34 big banks have gained ...

Walker to promote Wisconsin cheese in statewide tour

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is hitting the road to promote cheese. Walker announced Friday that economic development officials, members of his cabinet, lawmakers and University of Wisconsin officials will be spreading out across the state to celebrate growing cheese ...

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Riverside donation

The Dagenais Foundation is supporting the YMCA annual campaign that provides programming and membership opportunities for everyone in the community. Last year, more than 450 youth, adults, seniors, veterans and family members were supported through the annual campaign. Shown here is Northern ...

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Micheau leaves Michigan Works for position with marketing organization

ESCANABA — The Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that Robert Micheau will become the executive director for the destination marketing organization. As a marketing and public relations professional, Micheau brings nine years of marketing, event planning, and ...

Take a fresh look at your finances

By MARC MOGAN Remember those financial resolutions you committed to at the beginning of the year? If they seem like a distant memory, the start of summer can be a great time for a reset. Follow the tips below to refocus on your financial goals during the dog days of summer. 1. Start with a ...

Long-term US mortgage rates slip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.90 percent, down from 3.91 percent last week. The rate stood at 3.56 percent a year ago and averaged a record low 3.65 percent ...

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Emergency drill

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, along with many emergency preparedness teams in and around Iron County, had an emergency preparedness drill at the hospital. The hospital was joined in the drill by the Michigan State Police, Iron River Police Department, Iron County Sheriff’s ...

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Niagara students receives award from Nsight Telservices

NIAGARA, Wis. — Nsight Telservices has selected six graduating high school seniors from across its service area to receive $1,000 scholarships, including Ethan Blagec from Niagara High School. “Our scholarship application emphasizes community involvement, which is a core value of our ...

Iron Mountain Farmers Market on Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2017 season of the Iron Mountain Farmers and Artisans Summer Market starts this Saturday. The market will be 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 14 across from the Dickinson County Library. The public is asked to refrain from being in market area before 8 ...

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Great Grill Give-Away

Susan Liebzeit of Iron Mountain accepts a Weber grill valued at $400 from Mike Bruns of Kingsford Ace Hardware. Liebzeit was the winner of the third annual Great Grill Give-Away through Kingsford Ace Hardware and WZNL Radio. Kingsford Ace Hardware is at 555 S. Carpenter Ave. in Kingsford.

MTU to host Midwest Rail Conference

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Technological University Rail Transportation Program, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and a group of organizers will host the Midwest Rail Conference in August. Formerly the Michigan Rail Conference, this newly-expanded program now has a regional focus ...

Higher prices in US squeezing renters, would-be homeowners

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, squeezing out would-be buyers and pushing up rents as more people are forced to remain tenants. The trend is pressuring Americans' ...

BCBS, partners address opioid problem

DETROIT— With a shared mission of ending the opioid epidemic in Michigan, five organizations are jointly allocating $455,000 for the Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses initiative. The partnership provides one-time grants to ...

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Community Care program

Tadych’s Econo Foods has announced that Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford received $5,408.64 for May’s Community Care Program payout. Shown here, from left, are Angela Treiber, program coordinator for Tadych’s; Janet Wunder and Cindy Bradley, both from Woodland Elementary School; ...

Bigfoot to appear at grand opening of new motel in CF

CRYSTAL FALLS — Motel managers Dorris and Tom Cornwell have been working on the finishing touches of the Bigfoot Hideaway Motel that is slated to officially open on June 29. The grand opening celebration will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Community ...