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IRS says tax filing starts Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.Taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20.Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50 tax breaks that had expired at ...

DCH System recognizes long-time employees

IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County Healthcare System recently recognized their long-term employees and retirees at the annual Retirement and Service Awards Tea.Held onsite in the cafeteria of Dickinson Memorial Hospital, the event recognizes both staff who have retired in the preceding year and ...

U.S. consumer confidence up in December

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer confidence rose in December, a private survey shows.The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index climbed to 92.6 from a revised 91 in November.Consumers registered a more favorable view of current economic conditions. .Economic output grew from July ...

YMCA launches campaign Jan. 15

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center is launching its annual campaign on Thursday, Jan. 15, to ensure that everyone in the Dickinson County region has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, ...

Bay Foundation awards scholarships

ESCANABA - Bay College, in conjunction with the Bay de Noc Community College Foundation, awarded scholarships to 295 students for the 2014-15 academic year.According to Kim Carne, vice president of college advancement and the foundation, this totaled $323,232 to support student and community ...

Job center funds training so people can go to college

NIAGARA, Wis. - The staff of the Wisconsin Job Center are hoping with the start of the New Year that they will be able to help even more area residents reach their goal of going to college."Staff are eager to assist those that are looking to go on to post-secondary education but may not have a ...

Michael Nardi appointed new president of Northern Michigan Bank & Trust

ESCANABA - Northern Michigan Bank & Trust has announced Michael N. Nardi as its president, chief executive officer and member of the board.Nardi will be based at the Escanaba location and assumed his new position on Oct. 20.Nardi brings more than 35 years of banking experience to his ...

Grede launches IPO through holding company

KINGSFORD - Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., the holding company of Grede Holdings LLC, announced on Dec. 11 pricing of an initial public offering (IPO) of 10 million shares of common stock, at a price to the public of $15.00 per share."The IPO will further strengthen MPG and Grede's position ...

DAP event slated Jan. 13

IRON MOUNTAIN - The next Business Expo/Open House event is on. Hosted by the Dickinson Area Partnership/Chamber of Commerce, this event will be held on Tuesday, Jan.13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Norway Mountain in Norway."This event is a fun event for the public to come and meet and greet our ...

Five questions to answer before think about retiring

By Marc MoganWhile many retirees have to stop working earlier than they'd planned due to health or employer issues, an early retirement continues to be a longstanding dream for many people. The upside of early retirement is easy to understand more time to pursue your interests, and to do so ...

Lakes Radio to sell Escanaba stations to Armada Media

ESCANABA - Lakes Radio Inc. has announced the sale of its Escanaba-based radio stations, along with its affiliated web sites to Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis.Lakes has owned radio stations WGLQ-FM, WCMM-FM, WGKL-FM, WCHT-AM and WTIQ-AM (Manistique) since 1994."We are very ...

Local teen delivers letters to Santa for Make-A-Wish event

IRON MOUNTAIN - A teen from Iron Mountain recently delivered 1,000 letters written to Santa to the Macy's store in the Fox River Mall in Appleton, Wis.To help celebrate the season of giving, Macy's held the sixth annual National Believe Day in support of Make-A-Wish Foundation.Gavin Londo, 14, ...

Jacobs Funeral Homes support Honor Flight

IRON MOUNTAIN - Jacobs Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc., the local Pekin Insurance pre-need agency in Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, Niagara and Florence, is honoring those who served in the military by supporting the Honor Flight Network.Jacobs Funeral Homes participated in the ...

Body mechanics for the holidays

By Colleen SleikPT, DPT, OCSFocus on FunctionThe holidays are in full swing. To many, this means hours of shopping, baking and preparing meals, and lifting and transporting packages. These are all activities that we enjoy, but can require the muscles to work harder than usual, which may cause ...

Local truck technician receives national award

Leesburg, Va. - Fred Short, an ASE certified master medium/heavy yruck technician from Hermansville, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Navistar/ASE Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician of the Year.Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 19, at ...

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.The office supply retailer announced in October that it was looking into a potential credit card breach, adding to a long list of retailers recently ...

Judge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc.Family Dollar shareholders are to vote on the acquisition Tuesday. But some Family Dollar shareholders want the vote ...

Constantly changing online prices have shoppers stumped

NEW YORK (AP) - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices based on ...