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Patricia Staller, left, receives her retirement certificate from Andrea Collins, associate medical center director for Nursing and Patient Care Service at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Staller served in the VA as a social worker for 24 years.

Staller retires from VA Medical Center

IRON MOUNTAIN — After 24 years of federal service, Patricia Staller of Iron Mountain has retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. Staller was born and raised in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and is the daughter of Donald and Marie Peterson.  She graduated from the University of ...

Survey highlights real estate firms’ top challenges, expectations

MARQUETTE —The National Association of Realtors in August released the 2017 Profile of Real Estate Firms, which provides insight into the business characteristics and activity of real estate firms, the benefits and education provided to agents and an outlook for the future. Based on a ...

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Ribbon cutting at Oak Crest

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently took place at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway, attended by members of the club as well as ambassadors with the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance. Oak Crest is a new chamber member. From left are ambassadors Ray King, Joe Testolin, Benji Ryan, Teresa Schletter ...

UP Health System named a screening center of excellence

MARQUETTE— U.P. Health System in Marquette has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of ...

Carlos Cantina hosting fundraiser for schools

IRON MOUNTAIN — North Elementary School of the Arts and East Elementary School are partnering with Carlos Cantina in Iron Mountain on a fundraiser for new playground equipment. This is the first community fundraiser for the restaurant. Carlos Cantina will donate 15 percent of all sales, ...

Open house Oct. 12 for electrical line technician program

MARQUETTE — The Midwest Skills Development Center will host an open house for the Electrical Line Technician Program on Oct. 12. The event is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Midwest Skills Development Center, 411 Avenue A in Gwinn. Anyone interested is invited to tour the facility, watch ...

Financial planning for parents who have adult children with special needs

By Marc Mogan If you’re a parent of a child with special needs, you’ve likely dedicated much of your life to researching, providing and advocating for the best care for your child. So naturally, you may worry about what will happen when you are no longer able to supervise your child’s ...

Michigan retail sales get late summer boost

LANSING — Michigan retailers reported a slight uptick in sales activity for August over a month ago, and they're optimistic that the next three months will be better, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank ...

THOMAS NIEBRZYDOWSKI HAS opened up the Major 10th Music Studio in the Midtown Mall in Iron Mountain in the kiosk across from the Christopher and Banks store. A grand opening at the studio will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

New music studio in Midtown Mall

IRON MOUNTAIN — The new Major 10th Music Studio will offer private music instruction in its Midtown Mall location in Iron Mountain. The studio is owned and operated by Thomas Niebrzydowski, who has been teaching music for 18 years. The Major 10th Music Studio offer private instruction for ...

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McCormick new mBank senior VP

MANISTIQUE — Erin McCormick has been hired as a senior vice president of mBank in branch administration as well as sales officer. His primary office will be in Eagle River, Wis. McCormick will oversee the sales growth and administration of all 23 mBank Branch locations to foster ...

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Reddinger honored by UW Colleges

MARINETTE, Wis. —Amy Reddinger, associate professor of English and the adviser of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, is the recipient of the 2017 Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award from the University of Wisconsin Colleges and ...

Michigan approves incentive for third Amazon warehouse

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is giving online retailer Amazon $4.5 million to ensure it opens another facility in the state. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the incentive Tuesday for the e-commerce powerhouse to open a fulfillment center in Macomb County's Shelby Township. ...

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IR man takes plea deal in drug, weapons charges case

CRYSTAL FALLS — An Iron River man took a plea deal this week on drug and weapon charges in Iron County Trial Court. Damian Darren Donati, 39, pleaded to possession with intent to deliver cocaine, felonious assault and possession with intent to deliver marijuana — all four-year felonies, ...

Michigan State Police head under fire over NFL post

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and civil rights groups on Wednesday called for the resignation or firing of the head of the State Police for sharing a Facebook post calling NFL players who protest during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates.” The ...

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Updated look at Niagara bank

Interior renovations took place this summer at mBank’s Niagara Branch to give it an updated look. New carpet and paint were a part of the work, along with a new customer seating area. And mBank took it a step further and worked with the Niagara Historical Society on historic photo reprints ...

UP Health System in Marquette named screening center of excellence

MARQUETTE — U.P. Health System — Marquette has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of ...

Don’t wait to start on a college savings plan

By MARC MOGAN Outside of retirement and purchasing a home, there may be no more important financial goal that requires preparation than your children’s higher education tuition. While saving for college may seem daunting, planning early and saving thoughtfully can make the goal more ...

LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCY, Sunshine Travel & Tours has been named to the 500 Club for its work in supporting the brands of The Mark Travel Corp.  From left, are Dawn Griggs, travel consultant; Michelle Valeski, owner/manager of Sunshine Travel; Michelle Payette, business development manager for The Mark Travel Corp; and Tracy Schultz, travel consultant.

Sunshine Travel & Tours named to the 500 Club for second year

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sunshine Travel & Tours of Iron Mountain has been inducted into the 500 Club, according to an announcement from The Mark Travel Corp. This is the second year in a row that the local agency has been honored, company officials said. This program was established more than ...

State retailers, grocers join forces

LANSING — Michigan Grocers Association and Michigan Retailers Association have announced that they are combining operations, effective Jan.1. Michigan Grocers will become a division of Michigan Retailers Association. Both organizations are considered advocacy leaders at the Capitol. By ...

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Orrin Bailey honored by Michigan Works group

LANSING — Orrin Bailey was honored at a statewide Michigan Works conference for his commitment to developing a pipeline of skilled and competent talent in the Upper Peninsula. Bailey, a longtime workforce advocate, was recognized with the Ralph Loeschner Outstanding Service Award from ...