Business

UPHP taps Bicigo as operating officer

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan has named Melanie Bicigo as its chief operating officer. Long-time UPHP President and CEO Dennis Smith announced his retirement late last year, effective July 1, starting a series of moves at UPHP. Melissa Holmquist was named Smith’s successor as ...

Aspirus to sponsor Iron County farmers markets

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics will partner with the Iron County Farmers Market for the summer season. Aspirus will sponsor the markets in Crystal Falls and in Iron River. As an advocate for health and wellness, Aspirus recognizes the importance of eating healthy, ...

BNI Mining for Business joins Chamber

IRON MOUNTAIN — Operating locally since 2014, BNI Mining for Business is an international network with local businesses in each chapter. Current membership is about 15 for a weekly networking meeting with the purpose of giving and receiving referrals. “Our guests are always impressed ...

New laws establish Michigan Craft Beverage Council

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440, which will change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The bills also will expand the council to include Michigan wine, beer, hard cider and spirits. The ...

McCoy Group acquires John Deere locations from Nortrax

Dubuque, Iowa — McCoy Group, Inc. a family-owned company based in Dubuque, is expanding its business base with the purchase of seven John Deere Construction and Forestry stores serving the Upper Peninsula, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The acquisitions from Nortrax Inc. takes ...

Galaxy Detailing specializes in cleaning

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance Ambassadors recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new member Galaxy Detailing at 212 Woodward Ave. in Iron Mountain. Owned and operated since 2014 by Troy LaFave, Galaxy Detailing specializes in exterior services such as hand ...

Hospital Week honors at DCHS

During National Hospital Week earlier this month, Dickinson County Healthcare System honored its employees with a special annual banquet at Mike’s On Main in Norway.

Dagenais chosen as Bay College Distinguished Alumnus for 2018

ESCANABA — Mike Dagenais has been recognized as the Bay College Distinguished Alumnus for 2018 by the college’s Alumni Association. A Delta County native, Dagenais graduated from Escanaba High School in 1978 and earned an associate in arts degree from Bay College in 1981. Dagenais has ...

VA center honors nurses

During National Nurses Week from May 6 to 12, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center presented four nurses with the 2018 Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Nursing. In the upper photo, Linda Haleen, second from left, works in Quality Management and received the Administrative ...

The freelancer’s guide to financial security

Freelance professionals have unique opportunities and challenges when it comes to creating a viable path to financial security. In exchange for increased flexibility, freelancers must create their own paychecks and financial strategy. The following dos and don’ts can help you build financial ...

Update on UP mining at UPEDA event

ESCANABA — Members of the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance converged Monday at Bay College, where they were updated on developments in mining and logging, as well as met with a Federal Reserve president. Mining-related updates were presented by Joe Maki, the state mining ...

IM company partners in Microsoft’s rural broadband initiative

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. — Packerland Broadband of Iron Mountain has formed a partnership with Microsoft to further a rural broadband initiative. The goal is to eliminate the rural broadband gap within the next five years. Microsoft believes the U.S. can bring broadband coverage to rural areas ...

Photos decorate Iron River clinic

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital is donating to four Iron County charities on behalf of the winners of the Aspirus Iron River Clinic Photo Contest. The new Aspirus Iron River Clinic, which opened in March, features local photography that was part of a community photo contest. Four ...

Prizes awarded for Credit Union Youth Month

KINGSFORD — Every child dreams about their future. Some of those dreams may require money to come true. How do you help your children achieve their dreams? One way is to help them learn how to save their money. April was Credit Union Youth Month at Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community ...

New appointments made to Young’s board of directors

IRON RIVER — Three local community members have been named to the board of directors of Young’s Golf-Recreation-Dining in Iron River. Peg James, Bob Thomann and Christopher Thomson will join trustees Rick Kent, Jane Borton and Ralph Schindler on the board, along with Northern Trust ...

Ford to resume making F-150 trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is resuming production of its F-150 pickup following a fire at a plant where parts for the vehicle are made. The automaker said on Wednesday that work will restart today at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Production of Ford’s Super Duty at its Louisville, ...

The value of working an extra year or two before retirement

To retire or not retire — that is the question many Baby Boomers are pondering as they approach the traditional age of retirement. On one hand, they want to enjoy the retirement they worked so hard for, yet on the other, they may not be ready to leave the workforce and live off their savings. ...

UP Pawn expands on Iron Mountain’s north side

IRON MOUNTAIN — U.P. Pawn is not your “average” pawn shop. It’s not quite like television shows such as “Pawn Stars,” either — although, co-owner Donald Nelson does love to dicker when buying, selling and trading. It also is a family-friendly business that offers something for ...

Chamber honors What’s UP Apparel

IRON MOUNTAIN — What’s UP Apparel celebrated membership in the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance with a ribbon cutting May 1. Owner Lynn Hitt started What’s UP Apparel in October 2016. She offers a number of clothing items printed with designs that play on phrases with “up,” using ...

Blueprint reading refresher workshop at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College West will offer a blueprint reading refresher workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 24, at the campus at 2801 N. U.S. 2. This workshop will be taught by Keith Proctor. Topics include understanding the need for standardization, why blueprints are used, and ...