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Free File offers federal and state software

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and its private-sector partners have announced the 2017 opening of Free File, the free tax software preparation program that gives eligible taxpayers a dozen options for brand-name products. Today, the filing season officially begins. Taxpayers also ...

IRS: Tax filing season starts today

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and partners from the states and tax industry today reminded taxpayers that the nation’s 2017 individual income tax filing season opens today. The IRS expects more than 153 million tax returns to be filed this year and taxpayers have until  April ...

SALLY BLOM

Sally Blom top-producing agent for UPAR for two years

RON MOUNTAIN — Sally Blom of Stephens Real Estate in Iron Mountain was named the area's top-producing Realtor for 2016, with more than $8.2 million in sales, according to the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors' rankings of 72 area real estate agents. A broker and co-owner of Stephens, ...

STACI MANDE

Mande earns CIC designation

IRON MOUNTAIN — Staci L. Mande, of Mande Insurance & Investment Solutions, has attained the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). “By earning and maintaining the CIC designation, she has demonstrated professional competence through a series of rigorous written ...

CoVantage giving

IC Cancer Unit donation

Pictured from left are Kevin Isaacson and Jolene Spoke from the Iron County Cancer Unit accepting a check from the Giving Tuesday Campaign from Rogene Hemeleski and Julie LaMay from CoVantage Credit Union. Checks totaling $76,000 were presented to local non-profit groups that serve communities ...

NAR says forecast shows now is a good time to buy a home

MARQUETTE —Existing-home sales are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home, according to new consumer survey findings and a 2017 housing forecast from the National Association of ...

Grain workshop Friday in Lena

LENA, Wis. — Oconto and Marinette County UW-Extension are sponsoring a grain marketing workshop Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee of $10 includes materials, lunch, and snacks.  Pre-registration is requested. It will be held at the Lena Town Hall, which is located at 6087 ...

SCOTT BEAULIER

Beaulier named dean of business school at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. — A Kingsford  High School graduate has earned the distinction of being the youngest dean of a business school in the country. Scott A. Beaulier took a position in June 2016 as the dean of the business school at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. He is a 1995 ...

CU-Significant

175 years of service

Eight employees and one board member at Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union in Kingsford were recognized in 2016 for their years of service. In the top photo from left in front are Carrie Valine, 20 years; Diane Stanchina, five years; and Kimberly Trombley, 20 years. In back ...

Faster internet speed comes to Crystal Falls

CRYSTAL FALLS — CCI Systems’ Packerland Broadband has launched its gigabit-speed broadband internet in the city of Crystal Falls. This new service, UltraConnect, is the first of its kind to be offered by a rural cable provider.  The installation started on Monday. “UltraConnect makes ...

DOUG LEGG

Legg is top-producing realtor at Wild Rivers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Doug Legg is the top producing agent at Wild Rivers Realty & Associates Inc. The firm has four offices and serves both Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and surrounding Wisconsin area. “Doug’s hard work and total dedication to his clients has earned him ...

Wild Rivers Realty named top-selling firm for 11 years

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wild Rivers Realty & Associates Inc. is celebrating the 11th consecutive year as a top -selling firm among local real estate firms in their Multiple Listing Service (MLS). According to the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors statistics, Wild Rivers Realty ...

TANYA DALSANTO, RIGHT, and Jean O’Dette, co-chairwomen of the First National Bank & Trust Cookbook Committee, are shown filling boxes of cookbooks to be sent to their offices

FNB employees publish new cookbook with favorite recipes

IRON MOUNTAIN — In celebration of their 130th anniversary, the employees of First National Bank & Trust once again gathered together a collection of their favorite recipes. The slogan for this milestone is “Rooted in Your Community Since 1887.” Cookbook committee co-chairs ...

DOTTY LAJOYE

CUPPAD reflects on 2016; welcomes LaJoye as director

ESCANABA —With a staff of six professional planners, GIS technicians, and economic developers, the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission has often operated “behind the scenes,” serving the region by helping build the capacity of 87 units of local government, ...

Holiday sales report shows boost in 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger economy helped boost holiday sales both in stores and online this season, but department stores continued to struggle as habits shift. Sales rose 4 percent to about $658.3 billion, according to The National Retail Federation. That beat a forecast for a 3.6 percent ...

Tin signs are among the items for sale at Superior Hobby U.P., formerly Superior Carpet & Hobby in Iron Mountain. The business is closing the flooring warehouse and focusing on the hobby store.

Local hobby shop open; flooring warehouse closing

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s been 24 years that Superior Carpet and Hobby has sold outlet flooring in the Iron Mountain area. And it has been recently announced that the flooring warehouse will soon be closing. But that doesn’t mean that they are going out of business. The name will change to ...

MELLON-GRADUATES

Nelson graduates

Dr. Kristin A. Nelson, center, daughter of Tom and Lisa (Mellon) Nelson graduated on Dec. 16, from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill. By attaining her chiropractic degree, Kristin is now the fourth generation to practice chiropractic medicine in the Mellon family. She ...

Operation Action U.P. to hold meeting Jan. 25

MARQUETTE — Operation Action U.P. will be holding their annual meeting on Jan. 25. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time for registration and networking on the campus of Northern Michigan University in the Great Lakes Rooms. The OAUP Annual Meeting is open to anyone who has ...

Credit union meeting set

KINGSFORD — The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union will hold its 69th annual membership meeting on March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Kingsford High School auditorium. Members attending the meeting will be presented with reports by officers and committees of the credit union, ...

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months. The online retailer said Thursday that the jobs are full time and come with benefits. Many of the new jobs will be at fulfillment centers currently being built in a number of states, including ...