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Dickinson’s jobless rate fourth-lowest in state

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate of 16.6% in April ranked as the fourth-lowest in the state, according to data released Friday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. The April data reflected the first month of the initial impact of COVID-19 on ...

Habitat ReStore to reopen Monday; donations accepted

KINGSFORD — Habitat for Humanity Menominee River is pleased to announce that, starting Monday, the Kingsford ReStore will be open to the public. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For the vulnerable population, the store will be open ...

Mackinac Island softly opens this weekend

TRAVERSE CITY — Mackinac Island ferries started to bring tourists to the island Friday to begin the summer travel season. Island businesses joined northern Michigan regions a week after the region was allowed to open to limited commercial activity. Ferries will now run seven days a week, but ...

Donahue tapped as new financial officer for DCHS

IRON MOUNTAIN — Brian Donahue has been named chief financial officer for Dickinson County Healthcare System. The DCHS board announced the selection Thursday. Donahue will succeed Jerry Worden, who has been the interim CFO since April 2019. Donahue has been chief financial officer for ...

Harrington joins Family Chiropractic in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — Doctors James and Barbara Hicks of Family Chiropractic Clinic in Kingsford have added their nephew, Dr. Caleb Harrington, to their practice. His mother, Dr. Cynthia Harrington, opened the Family Chiropractic Clinic in 1985 . Caleb Harrington is a Kingsford High School ...

Doepker named an Outstanding Educator at Bay College

ESCANABA — Bay College has chosen Terri Doepker, a part-time sociology and human services instructor, to receive one of its Outstanding Educator Awards. To be considered for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student or someone from the community. The primary focus of this ...

IM Farmers Market to start June 6 for summer

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2020 Iron Mountain Farmers and Artisans Summer Market will start Saturday, June 6, in the area across from the Dickinson County Library in downtown Iron Mountain. The market will be 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Oct. 17. The public is asked to stay away from the ...

VA honors two nurses in system

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center honored two nurses within its VA health care system with the 2020 Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Nursing during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Lee Saippa, who works at the Ironwood VA Outpatient Clinic, received this ...

Clinics open for care, patients asked to call

IRON MOUNTAIN – Dickinson County Healthcare System is now ready to provide health care that requires direct interaction with providers. “Please call us because your well-being is important to us,” said Dr. Elizabeth Mackey, DCHS emergency and primary care physician. “It’s time to ...

Whitmer to reopen some businesses in the north

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Restaurants, bars and other retail businesses can reopen in much of northern Michigan starting Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday — a key step for the tourism-dependent region before the Memorial Day weekend and summer season. Social gatherings of up ...

Bay recognizes Paulsen as Outstanding Educator

ESCANABA — Bay College has honored part-time welding instructor Andrew Paulsen with an Outstanding Educator Award. To receive consideration for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student or community member. The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s ...

CoVantage donates $100K to COVID-19 relief efforts

ANTIGO, Wis. — The CoVantage Credit Union Board of Directors has authorized donations totaling $100,000 in support of area non-profit organizations that are located throughout several communities served by the financial cooperative. Funds were specifically targeted to support local ...

BOSS Snowplow, Toro Foundation gives $10K to United Way

IRON MOUNTAIN — BOSS Snowplow, a division of The Toro Company announced the Toro Foundation has given $10,000 to the United Way of Dickinson County to assist with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way of Dickinson County will be stewards of the money and will focus on health and ...

Airlines ripped for withholding refunds

When her Las Vegas hotel shut down and returned her money, and both Nevada and her home state of Ohio issued stay-home orders, Helen Moon canceled the flight that she and her husband had booked on Frontier Airlines and asked for a cash refund. No dice. Frontier offered only a travel credit ...

Borden to provide milk in Michigan

DALLAS — The dairy company Borden has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract through the new Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The contract will enable Borden to supply 700 million servings of fresh fluid milk for free ...

Getting a good start: DCHS earns award for maternity care

NOVI, Michigan — Dickinson County Healthcare System was recognized Sunday for excellence in maternity care and delivery outcomes by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions. DCHS was the only Upper Peninsula hospital to ...

Push to produce ventilators may result in unexpected glut

WASHINGTON (AP) — As requests for ventilators from the national stockpile reached a crescendo in late March, President Donald Trump made what seemed like a bold claim: His administration would have 100,000 within 100 days. At the time, the Department of Health and Human Services had not ...

United Way launches COVID-19 relief fund

IRON MOUNTAIN — The United Way of Dickinson County has announced the creation of a fund to aid non-profit organizations serving those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. “Services in our community are needed to help those whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 virus restrictions ...

US jobless rate spikes to Depression-era level of 14.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, a level last seen during the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record — stark evidence of how the coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees. The breathtaking losses, reported ...

Casino to remain closed until May 16

HARRIS — The Island Resort and Casino, which was supposed to reopen at 8 a.m. today, has announced the opening will be delayed an additional 10 days. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Island Resort & Casino reopening has been postponed until Saturday, May 16th. We apologize for ...