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Comfort Inn of IM wins Gold Award from Choice Hotels

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Comfort Inn of Iron Mountain has been recognized with a 2020 Gold Award from Choice Hotels International Inc. The Gold Award designation goes only to the top 10% of hotels within the brand, representing a tremendous accomplishment. As one of the top-tier properties ...

Ribbon cutting for new DICSA warehouse in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to spotlight the Dickinson-Iron Community Service Agency’s new purchase of a warehouse to help them better serve the region’s needs. DICSA is a non-profit community action agency primarily ...

State leaders encourage supporting local retailers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State leaders are asking Michigan residents to beat lines and avoid crowds by shopping at local small businesses on Black Friday. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is encouraging shopping, eating and traveling locally through a new “Support Local” campaign in ...

Candles to relax by, made in Pembine

Lighting a scented candle is a classic way to wind down — think aromatherapy and the mesmerizing, flickering flame. Turns out making candles can offer much the same benefits, said Vince Czahor of Hearts in Wax in Pembine, Wis. Their modest side business grew from his wife, Rebecca, ...

Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action; GOP touts curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook gave assurances of vigorous action against election disinformation, Republicans at a Senate hearing Tuesday pounded the social media companies over political bias, business practices and market dominance, laying the ground for curbs on ...

Grants available to help small businesses weather the cold

LANSING — The Small Business Association of Michigan is partnering with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to administer at least $3 million in weatherization grants to assist qualified small businesses with expanding outdoor capacity during the cold weather months to ...

Making room for veterans

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain dedicated the newest addition to its Community Living Center facility Oct. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their main campus. The $12.1 million project added 12,300 square feet to the facility, plus renovated nearly ...

Veterans, military can get free DQ Blizzard

KINGSFORD — Veterans and active-duty military can receive a free Blizzard on Wednesday at the Dairy Queen in Kingsford and Norway.Valid proof of service includes a military ID or driver’s license designation.

Dentistry for veterans Nov. 7 at John Fornetti Dental Center in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The John Fornetti Dental Center will present Dentistry For Our Vets on Saturday, Nov. 7. Dentistry For Our Vets provides free dental care to veterans in need. Dr. John Fornetti, Dr. Dan Fornetti and Dr. Nicole Hartwig, along with their team of employees, volunteers and ...

Downtown IM market to end season Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The last 2020 Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located across from the Dickinson County Library. It is managed by Nancy Schaub together with the Farmer’s Market Executive committee under the auspices of ...

No release of business names

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ administration can’t release the names of businesses with COVID-19-positive employees until at least the end of November, a judge ruled Thursday. Three business groups, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, filed a lawsuit on Oct. 1 in ...

DDA awards total of $12,000 in Downtown Assistance grants

IRON MOUNTAIN — The final project to be completed with a Downtown Development Authority’s 2019 Downtown Assistance Program grant is the property at 127 S. Stephenson Ave. owned by Eden Property Collection. The DDA board of directors approved a $3,000 grant for the project, which included ...

Leeds Real Estate in IM adds Brush as an agent

IRON MOUNTAIN — Audra Brush has joined Leeds Real Estate as an agent. Brush is a lifelong resident of the Dickinson County area. She grew up in Norway and graduated from the Norway High School in 2007. Over the past several years, Brush has spent time caring for her family and is now ...

Tousignant returns to Stephens Real Estate

IRON MOUNTAIN — Cindy Tousignant has rejoined the Stephens Real Estate sales team after working out of the area for several years. An Iron Mountain native, Tousignant attended Central Michigan University and Northern Michigan University, earning a business management degree. She obtained ...

Astrea to provide broadband internet for Three Lakes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Astrea, a division of CCI Systems Inc. of Iron Mountain will assume ownership of the broadband system in Three Lakes, Wis., from Karban TV Systems. Astrea took over operations of the high-speed internet services currently provided to Three Lakes-area subscribers on Oct. 1. ...

St. John resigns as Verso’s CEO

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Adam St. John, a former manager at the Quinnesec pulp and paper mill, has stepped down as Verso Corp.’s president and CEO, the company announced Thursday. Randy Nebel, a member of the board of directors, will serve as interim president and CEO. The board will start ...

Slagle’s Family Farm opens commercial kitchen

FELCH TOWNSHIP — While this COVID-19-altered year would seem a difficult time to expand a business, the Slagles know how to carry on through adversity. In 2017, Jennifer and Jason Slagle secured a $84,110 Rural Development Fund Grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural ...

Opposition criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge’s plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups ...

GNB names three VPs, adds business development officer

FLORENCE, Wis. — Great North Bank has promoted three women to vice president and hired a new business development officer. The announcements came at the end of the summer from President and CEO Thomas Wittkopf, and the bank’s board of directors has endorsed the promotions. Sara Ferguson, ...

DAEDA to have investor update webinar Wednesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance will host an investor update webinar from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Central time Wednesday. Registration is required and there is no cost to attend. This webinar replaces the alliance’s in-person event that usually takes place in ...