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Beaches begin to reopen as states ease restrictions

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Dulce Nulla wins DDA contest, shop space

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dulce Nulla Gourmet Desserts has been selected to set up shop at 415 S. Stephenson for one year rent-free, thanks to a Downtown Development Authority contest. The Business IDEA Contest searched for serious entrepreneurs who were ready to take a business idea to the next ...

FNBT donates funds for the Downtown Business Relief Fund

IRON MOUNTAIN — First National Bank & Trust has donated a $1,000 match to the Downtown Business Relief Fund, the Friends of the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority announced. “First National Bank and Trust proudly supports the Friends of the Iron Mountain DDA’s Downtown ...

Webinar on Tuesday for program on Loyal to Local effort

DICKINSON COUNTY — The Loyal to Local Planning Committee will host the third annual Loyal to Local presentation via webinar from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Central time Tuesday on the online platform GoToWebinar. The session will include Rich Mortl, chairman of the Loyal to Local Planning Committee, ...

Cleveland-Cliffs to speed reopening of Tilden Mine

MARQUETTE — Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. will be accelerating the restart of its Tilden Mine operations and resuming construction of its hot-briquetted iron plant in Toledo, Ohio, it announced in a press release Tuesday. The Tilden Mine, which is located in National Mine and employs roughly 850 ...

Restaurants adjust as states ease dining restrictions

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Surprise: May posts decline in unemployed as US adds 2.5M jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus lockdowns and businesses began recalling workers faster than economists had predicted. The ...

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 ...