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National small business relief program launches, hits snags

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as hundreds of thousands tried to apply for desperately needed loans. Many small business owners ran into bureaucratic or technological road blocks. Some even ...

Baith retires from Great North Bank after more than 40 years

FLORENCE, Wis. — Celeste Baith, who worked on the bookkeeping/data processing staff at Great North Bank, retired Tuesday after 42 1/2 years. “Bank management, employees and our customers will all miss Celeste and all she offers to our operation,” said Tom Wittkopf, president and CEO of ...

ATC gives money to food pantries, including in IM

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — American Transmission Company is making donations to the American Red Cross and several food pantries in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including in Iron Mountain. ATC will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross-Wisconsin Region to support its mission to ...

Walmart to limit customers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walmart is announcing changes to its stores’ policies with the hope to encourage social distancing amongst its customers by limiting the number of people who can be in a store at one time. The new policy goes into effect today and will not allow any more than five ...

Funeral home has options for services during virus restrictions

IRON MOUNTAIN — During the coronavirus pandemic, Jacobs Funeral Homes will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them whenever safely possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at this time there is no known risk associated with ...

Padgett retires after 36 years at VA center

IRON MOUNTAIN – Rebecca Padgett of Faithorn retired March 27 from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Padgett was born and raised in Florence, Wis., and graduated from Bay College with an associate degree in nursing. She started her VA career at Oscar G. Johnson VA ...

Business briefs

New ski manager at Pine Mountain IRON MOUNTAIN — Sam Bracket has taken over as manager of ski operations at Pine Mountain Ski Resort, effective Wednesday. Bracket has extensive experience within the ski industry, including Mont Ripley in Ripley, Mich.; June Mountain, June Lake, ...

Astrea extends date to apply for free high-speed internet access

IRON MOUNTAIN — Astrea has extended the application date for the Astrea Connection Assistance program to April 10, due to an overwhelming response and identified need. The Astrea Connection Assistance program offers free high-speed cable internet broadband access for new kindergarten ...

Information provided on Michigan’s small business relief program

MARQUETTE — As announced earlier this month, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has created the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, which includes $10 million of grant funding to be provided to eligible businesses throughout the state. The Upper Peninsula was awarded $500,000 ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Daily News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Area grocers make changes to adjust to coronavirus concerns

Several area grocery stores have put new hours and services in place amid the COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan and Wisconsin. These include opening early for seniors and customers considered at high risk, along with closing earlier to refill shelves and bins and sanitize shopping areas. In ...

Verso CEO St. John adds president title

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. announced Friday its board of directors has elected CEO Adam St. John to serve also as the company’s president, effective immediately, replacing Michael A. Weinhold, who resigned. Weinhold had been president since November, reporting to St. John. In ...

IM’s Erickson named to retail jewelers board

SOUTHPORT, Conn. — Sherri Erickson of Erickson Jewelers in Iron Mountain recently was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Independent Jewelers Organization. “Sherri was chosen from among more than 750 retail jeweler member candidates which really says a lot ...

Walmart to limits hours, airlines cut flights amid virus shutdowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will slash 50% of its flying capacity in April and May and warns the cuts could extend into the peak summer travel season as the impact of the new coronavirus on airlines grows more dire. Bookings are plummeting and cancellations soaring as the virus ...

Aspirus offers call center

WAUSAU, Wis. - To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and provide the most appropriate care to the communities we serve, Aspirus has established a call center for people concerned they might be infected. The dedicated line will be operational and staffed by live operators from 7 a.m. to ...

New name, date for chamber event

IRON MOUNTAIN — The annual fundraiser for the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce has a new date, venue, theme and name. Registration is open now for A Night with the Chamber, formerly known as Casino Royale at the Ritz, set this year for May 16 rather than in March, said Suzanne Larson, ...

New pediatric physician Carpenter joins DCHS

IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County Healthcare System has added Dr. Michael Carpenter in pediatrics. Carpenter is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatricians and brings experience including serving Air Force families around the world, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado ...

New surgeon joins DCHS, specializes in orthopedics

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has added Dr. Melissa Koenig, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle care. Koenig graduated from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn., and has been serving patients at the ...

Hannahville expands aquaponics program

HANNAHVILLE — After three years of upgrades, the expansion of Hannahville’s aquaponics program, which was first started by Hannahville’s Youth Services Department in 2013, is now operational. Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic ...

DAEDA, county offer brownfield, land bank development tools training

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance and Dickinson County will host a Brownfield and Land Bank Development Tools Training event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Bay College West, 2801 U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain. With the recent reactivation of the ...