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NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas, move from NY

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation's most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York, where a state lawsuit is trying to put the organization out of ...

Clothing store chain to close

IRON MOUNTAIN — Women’s clothing chain Christopher & Banks Corp. plans to close more than 400 stores by the end of February, including the Midtown Mall location in Iron Mountain. The company announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a result of financial distress from the ...

New pediatric physician at Dickinson Healthcare

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare has added Dr. Maria Duroseau to its pediatric team. Duroseau joins Dr. Alexis Whaley; Dr. Michael Carpenter; Christine Borgstrom, FNP; and Vanessa Mitchell, PA-C; to form one of the Upper Peninsula’s largest pediatric specialty teams. “Our ...

First National Bank & Trust promotes VPs Kassin, Lutz

IRON MOUNTAIN — First National Bank & Trust has promoted Russell Kassin and Matthew Lutz. Kassin has been named executive vice president, chief lending officer. He will oversee all lending functions as well as develop new commercial and residential loan business.  Kassin graduated ...

Application period open for Cellcom scholarships

DE PERE, Wis. — Cellcom is taking applications for 16 scholarships of $750 each to graduating high school seniors across its service area. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, ...

Commercial vehicle company plans to hire

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The Shyft Group, a manufacturer of commercial fleet and specialty vehicles, plans to hire hundreds of full-time employees over the next three years at its Charlotte plant in mid-Michigan. The expansion comes as demand for parcel delivery vehicles continues to rise ...

Ohio-based company buys Lake Michigan car ferry SS Badger

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A coal-fired ferry that carries people and cars across Lake Michigan between Michigan and Wisconsin has been sold. Interlake Holding Co. announced recently that it bought the SS Badger, The Ludington Daily News reported. The Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based company ...

Health-centered grant applications sought for SHF spring funding cycle

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its spring 2021 funding cycle. SHF will award more than $106,000 in grants during the spring cycle. Eligibility information and online application forms are available on the SHF’s website at ...

US loses 140,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the ...

Some taxpayers find new relief payments sent to wrong account

A number of taxpayers who use tax preparation services, such as H&R Block and TurboTax, say their second relief payments were sent to the incorrect bank account, forcing them to wait longer for their money. The IRS and the Treasury Department began issuing the Economic Impact Payments ...

Like everything else 2020, taxes will be like no other year

It’s the time of year to start thinking about taxes — but the upcoming filing season is going to be a bit trickier for many Americans due to rampant unemployment, working from home and general upheaval due to COVID-19. Here are a few pandemic specific conditions — good and bad — to ...

Take early steps to prepare for a smoother 2021 tax season

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. FILE YOUR TAX RETURN ASAP Filing your tax return early typically means ...

Ribbon-cutting for new business Rize UP in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome new business Rize U.P. into the community and to the chamber. Rize U.P. A Growing Company, now open in Iron Mountain and soon to be open in Marquette, is a vertically integrated ...

Alexa named to FNBT board

IRON MOUNTAIN — Stephen Alexa Jr. has been appointed to the First National Bank & Trust Board of Directors. Alexa is president and chief operations officer at Champion, Inc. and chairman of Gundlach Champion’s Board of Directors. He previously was president of Champion’s National ...

Credit union seeks candidates for board of directors

KINGSFORD — The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union will have its 73rd annual membership meeting in 2021 on a date to be determined. Members attending the meeting will be presented with reports by officers and committees of the credit union, and there will be business ...

Michigan allows food aid through restaurants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents who receive food assistance from the state can use their benefits at restaurants, officials said Tuesday. The program could give a boost to restaurants that are prohibited from offering indoor dining because of coronavirus restrictions imposed by ...

DCH earns third ‘A’ grade for patient safety

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has received its third consecutive “A grade” in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade survey. The letter grades are awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization, and assigned to all hospitals ...

Despite restrictions, FNB comes through with Project Teddy Bear

IRON MOUNTAIN —Since 2017, First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear program has donated new stuffed toys to local emergency responders, crisis centers, children’s organizations and medical facilities. From its inception, the donations were collected from the annual Kingsford ...

Hamidi joins DCH cancer team

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dr. Maryam Hamidi, a radiation oncologist, has become the fourth provider on the cancer care team at Dickinson County Healthcare. Hamidi previously served at University Radiologists in Springfield, Ill., and Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford, Ill. She is board ...

Longtime representative for Avon closes business

KINGSFORD — Maria Anderson has retired as an Avon representative in the area after 51 years in the business. “I want to thank all my customers for helping me make my goal,” Anderson said, referring to reaching a half-century as a local vendor for the cosmetics and other Avon ...