Business

Paper council honors Tiffany as 2019 Legislator of the Year

MADISON — Calling him a “tireless advocate for the papermaking industry,” the Wisconsin Paper Council has named state Sen. Tom Tiffany as the organization’s 2019 Legislator of the Year. The Minocqua Republican was presented the award at the trade association’s 69th annual meeting at ...

New ophthalmologist at Garrett Eye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen McConnell has joined Garrett Eye and will see patients in the Iron Mountain and Escanaba offices. McConnell joins Dr. John M. Garrett in providing general ophthalmology care and cataract surgery. He is a comprehensive ophthalmic surgeon who ...

Ford to cut 12K jobs in Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said it is shedding 12,000 jobs in Europe as it streamlines its operations in the region to increase profitability. Ford of Europe said in a news release today that the positions would be eliminated mostly by voluntary separation programs through the ...

New owner takes the helm at Thirsty Whale in Norway

NORWAY — After 41 years, a new captain has taken charge of the Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill in Norway. On June 6, Paula Pieropon handed over her hat to its new owner, Regina “Gina” Freudinger. The “tale” of how Pieropon landed the Thirsty Whale is highlighted for patrons to ...

Loker named senior VP, senior branch manager at First National Bank & Trust

IRON MOUNTAIN — First National Bank & Trust has promoted Tammie Loker to senior vice president/senior branch manager. Loker began her career at First National Bank & Trust in 1984 as a part-time accounting assistant before becoming a full-time accounting clerk in 1986. She moved to ...

Caring House donation

The Hair Lounge, 615 W. Adams St. in Iron River, had a bake sale in late April to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raising $350 that was donated to The Caring House domestic violence and sexual assault center in Iron Mountain. From left are Stacy Leonarduzzi, co-owner and operator of The ...

Wisconsin hemp farmers hang hopes on fiber, CBD

VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) — Farmers are questioning whether growing hemp for grain will ever be profitable in Wisconsin, but they see the potential in the future of hemp fiber and CBD products. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has issued more than 1,300 ...

Monthly Digital Transformation Series set at St. Norbert College

DE PERE, Wis. — Advancing AI Wisconsin and the Schneider School of Business and Economics at St. Norbert College will offer a new monthly seminar series designed for industries being challenged by the rapid pace of technological advancements. The Digital Transformation Series will begin ...

House plan helps farmers

LANSING — The Michigan House this week approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “This spring ...

Chamber has ribbon-cutting for Lydia’s

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon- cutting ceremony for Lydia’s by Crock and Rocker to welcome the business to the Chamber and community. Crock and Rocker has a sister store in Michigamme that opened in 1993 on a seasonal basis, from May ...

Randville Bar & Grill: Couple set to mark a decade owning business

RANDVILLE — When Paul and Debbie Pucci took ownership of the Randville Tavern — now known as the Randville Bar & Grill — in September 2009, they already had managed the business for more than a year. The slow transition allowed Paul, 53, and Debbie, 56, the chance to grow ...

McGillviray added to DCHS’s OB/GYN Clinic

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sadie McGillviray has joined the OB/GYN Clinic at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain. A family nurse practitioner, McGillviray specializes in health care services for women of all ages, including birthing, family planning, pelvic examinations and solving ...

DCHS recognizes top employees

Dickinson County Healthcare System recently honored 15 winners of Employee of the Month and Special Mention of the Month with a banquet at Mike’s On Main in Norway.

Verso sets stockholders’ rights plan

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, — Verso Corporation has announced its board of directors in late March re-engaged Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. as the company’s financial advisor to assist Verso in identifying and evaluating a range of potential strategic alternatives. Those include a possible merger, ...

Sessions set in region on Going Pro Talent Fund

ESCANABA — UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! will offer information sessions in the region this summer on the Going PRO Talent Fund. Upper Peninsula employers received 34 awards totaling $1,154,724 from the Going PRO Talent Fund in 2019 for six apprenticeships, 174 trainings, 340 new ...

UPHS names interim CEO

MARQUETTE — Jerry Dooley will join UP Health System as interim CEO for UPHS-Marquette on June 19. A veteran health care leader, Dooley has been a part of the Duke LifePoint and LifePoint Health teams for more than a decade, serving as interim CEO for hospitals across the nation that are ...

Schneider’s Iron & Metal sold

ST. LOUIS — Alter Trading Corp. has purchased Kingsford-based Schneider’s Iron & Metal Inc., according to a news release from the company. The business now will be run under the name Alter Metal Recycling, according to the company. Schneider’s Iron & Metal has been a leading ...

River Valley Insurance changes name to IB

WAUSAU, Wis. — River Valley Insurance is changing its name to IB Insurance, effective immediately, company officials said. Although IB Insurance serves businesses, families and individuals throughout the United States, the agency’s primary customer base is Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper ...

UPPCO plans appliance recycling event in Negaunee

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company will offer a second appliance recycling event for customers Friday and Saturday in Negaunee. UPPCO’s recycling program lets customers discard any refrigerator, freezer, room air conditioning unit or dehumidifier that is intact for recycling at no ...

SW Michigan loses peach harvest after polar vortex

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — The polar vortex that enveloped much of the Midwest early this year nearly wiped out the peach crop in southwestern Michigan, according to experts. Some of the region's apricot, plum and apple crops may also be affected after the blast of polar air plummeted ...