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Bear’s Den: Mini-golf and go-kart business has new owners

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. — New owners have taken over the Bear’s Den Mini-Golf and Go-Karts in Spread Eagle, Wis. The business in November transferred to Michael and Linda Carpenter, who plan a grand reopening celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1. The Carpenters bought the property ...

Ribbon-cutting at BOSS Snowplow expansion

BOSS Snowplow recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of a 44,140-square-feet expansion to its manufacturing facility in Iron Mountain. From left, representing BOSS and the companies that worked on the project are: Paul Hudson and Brian Netzel of Performa architecture, ...

Five elected to 2021 Chamber of Commerce board

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce membership have chosen five directors for its 15-member board. All are elected for a three-year term. They are: — Teresa Schettler, public relations/marketing specialist, Dickinson County Healthcare System. Schettler is the ...

Wild Rivers Realty adds Torres as associate

IRON RIVER —Desirae Torres has joined Wild Rivers Realty & Associates Inc. as a new real estate associate. “I’ve always dreamed of buying my own home and want to build a career helping others find their dream homes,” said Torres, who started at Wild Rivers Realty & Associates ...

Warming climate creating crop storage issues

MECOSTA, Mich. (AP) — For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S. About 25% of the nation’s potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during September harvest and late ...

Evers applauds sale of some CN rail lines to Watco

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson on Tuesday praised the announcement that the Canadian National Railroad has reached an agreement to sell key rail lines, including 650 miles of track in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, to ...

Blends: Serving up products made with fresh fruit, vegetables

IRON MOUNTAIN — The idea behind the new Iron Mountain downtown business Blends — The Green Spot was simple: To give the community a healthy alternative. Marilyn Fisher, along with her son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Yvonne Slattery, opened the business Feb. 1 in Suite 3 at 415 S. ...

Wisconsin bars, restaurants can sell cocktails to go

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bars and restaurants in Wisconsin as of Sunday have the ability to sell cocktails to go. Gov. Tony Evers signed the bill into law Friday, but it didn’t take effect until it was published Sunday. The bill won bipartisan approval in the Legislature. It allows for ...

IRS extends tax deadline to May 17

Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it's delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17. The IRS announced the decision Wednesday and said it would provide further guidance in the coming days. The move ...

MDARD grant will help Iron River sawmill modernize, expand operations

LANSING — The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a $50,000 Food and Agriculture Investment Program grant for Shamco Lumber Inc. of Iron River. The performance-based grant will help advance a $1.96 million project to modernize and expand the sawmill’s ...

Fire Station Cannabis Company to open store in Hannahville this summer

HANNAHVILLE — The Fire Station Cannabis Company will open its fifth Michigan location in Hannahville in Menominee County, next to the Island Oasis convenience store. “We’re incredibly excited to be serving The Hannahville Indian Community, Escanaba, Menominee County, and the visitors to ...

FNBT honors Aspirus IR Hospital for Spread Goodness Day today

IRON RIVER— Spread Goodness Day, an event started by Anna Dravland of Marquette that takes place annually in March, is intended to inspire a global day of goodness by encouraging individuals, businesses and organizations to make an act of goodness on that day. First National Bank & ...

Gunville admitted to State Bar, practicing at Finch Law

NORWAY — Emily Gunville of Norway has been admitted as an attorney to the State Bar of Michigan. Gunville passed Michigan’s July bar examination and received her certification of qualification for admission. She took the oath of office on Nov. 13, administered by Chief Judge Mary ...

Schmutzler joins Stephens Real Estate

IRON MOUNTAIN —Stephens Real Estate had added Realtor Nikki Schmutzler. “It’s obvious to see why Nikki’s clients have consistently trusted her judgment and guidance,” broker/owner Ryan Gordon said. A graduate of Iron Mountain High School, Schmutzler has a lengthy background in the ...

Bay offers new miner virtual training

ESCANABA — Bay College Training and Development will offer a 24-Hour New Miner Training program in partnership with the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Michigan Technological University. The three-day training program will cover all aspects of the initial training requirements for ...

USDA extends deadline for ag quality loss program

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers from March 5 to April 9 to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program because of recent winter storms and some clarifications to program rules. This program assists producers who ...

Spring road restrictions announced in Dickinson, Florence counties

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies are enacting additional annual spring weight restrictions to protect roads. The Dickinson County Road Commission will impose and enforce seasonal and speed restrictions on county roads south of M-69 in Randville ...

Dickinson County announces upcoming road restrictions

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Road Commission will impose and enforce seasonal and speed restrictions on county roads south of M-69 in Randville beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, restrictions will be enforced on all county roads beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, until further ...

UP lawmakers highlight planned MEDC projects

LANSING —Several projects aided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will strengthen communities in the Upper Peninsula, state lawmakers said. The Michigan Strategic Fund recently approved revitalization projects in Iron Mountain, Houghton and Munising. In Iron Mountain, ...

DOE reviving loan program

WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its clean-energy agenda, the Biden administration is reviving an Energy Department program that disbursed billions of dollars in loan guarantees to companies such as electric car maker Tesla and the failed solar company Solyndra, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm ...