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UP Energy Task Force to meet online Tuesday

LANSING — The U.P. Energy Task Force is to meet online Tuesday to discuss potential recommendations on overall U.P. energy issues and alternatives for its report that is to be submitted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Task Force is to meet beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Its report is ...

BOSS Snowplow taps four for annual product donation

IRON MOUNTAIN — BOSS Snowplow, a division of The Toro Company in partnership with The Toro Foundation, has announced its area Annual Product Donation Program recipients for 2020: the Town of Aurora, Wis.; Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders, or UPROAR; Northland Mission Inc. ...

Abandoned ski resort sold

CEDAR, Mich. (AP) — A once-popular former ski resort in northern Michigan has been sold, again. The Sugar Loaf property in Cedar was sold to a private buyer, according to a report in the Traverse City Record-Eagle published Tuesday. The sale was listed on a warranty deed recorded by the ...

Jobless rate in Dickinson County up only slightly from year ago

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate fell to 3.6% in October, only slightly higher than the rate of 3.2% in October 2019, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Dickinson’s unemployment rate in September was ...

Foxconn falling short on hiring

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group is not expected to receive tax credits in the next three fiscal years, continuing its failure to meet goals for hiring and investing in its Wisconsin manufacturing complex, according to state officials. The Department of Administration's ...

Comfort Inn of IM wins Gold Award from Choice Hotels

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Comfort Inn of Iron Mountain has been recognized with a 2020 Gold Award from Choice Hotels International Inc. The Gold Award designation goes only to the top 10% of hotels within the brand, representing a tremendous accomplishment. As one of the top-tier properties ...

Ribbon cutting for new DICSA warehouse in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to spotlight the Dickinson-Iron Community Service Agency’s new purchase of a warehouse to help them better serve the region’s needs. DICSA is a non-profit community action agency primarily ...

State leaders encourage supporting local retailers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State leaders are asking Michigan residents to beat lines and avoid crowds by shopping at local small businesses on Black Friday. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is encouraging shopping, eating and traveling locally through a new “Support Local” campaign in ...

Candles to relax by, made in Pembine

Lighting a scented candle is a classic way to wind down — think aromatherapy and the mesmerizing, flickering flame. Turns out making candles can offer much the same benefits, said Vince Czahor of Hearts in Wax in Pembine, Wis. Their modest side business grew from his wife, Rebecca, ...

Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action; GOP touts curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook gave assurances of vigorous action against election disinformation, Republicans at a Senate hearing Tuesday pounded the social media companies over political bias, business practices and market dominance, laying the ground for curbs on ...

Grants available to help small businesses weather the cold

LANSING — The Small Business Association of Michigan is partnering with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to administer at least $3 million in weatherization grants to assist qualified small businesses with expanding outdoor capacity during the cold weather months to ...

Making room for veterans

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain dedicated the newest addition to its Community Living Center facility Oct. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their main campus. The $12.1 million project added 12,300 square feet to the facility, plus renovated nearly ...

Veterans, military can get free DQ Blizzard

KINGSFORD — Veterans and active-duty military can receive a free Blizzard on Wednesday at the Dairy Queen in Kingsford and Norway.Valid proof of service includes a military ID or driver’s license designation.

Dentistry for veterans Nov. 7 at John Fornetti Dental Center in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The John Fornetti Dental Center will present Dentistry For Our Vets on Saturday, Nov. 7. Dentistry For Our Vets provides free dental care to veterans in need. Dr. John Fornetti, Dr. Dan Fornetti and Dr. Nicole Hartwig, along with their team of employees, volunteers and ...

Downtown IM market to end season Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The last 2020 Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located across from the Dickinson County Library. It is managed by Nancy Schaub together with the Farmer’s Market Executive committee under the auspices of ...

No release of business names

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ administration can’t release the names of businesses with COVID-19-positive employees until at least the end of November, a judge ruled Thursday. Three business groups, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, filed a lawsuit on Oct. 1 in ...

DDA awards total of $12,000 in Downtown Assistance grants

IRON MOUNTAIN — The final project to be completed with a Downtown Development Authority’s 2019 Downtown Assistance Program grant is the property at 127 S. Stephenson Ave. owned by Eden Property Collection. The DDA board of directors approved a $3,000 grant for the project, which included ...

Leeds Real Estate in IM adds Brush as an agent

IRON MOUNTAIN — Audra Brush has joined Leeds Real Estate as an agent. Brush is a lifelong resident of the Dickinson County area. She grew up in Norway and graduated from the Norway High School in 2007. Over the past several years, Brush has spent time caring for her family and is now ...

Tousignant returns to Stephens Real Estate

IRON MOUNTAIN — Cindy Tousignant has rejoined the Stephens Real Estate sales team after working out of the area for several years. An Iron Mountain native, Tousignant attended Central Michigan University and Northern Michigan University, earning a business management degree. She obtained ...

Astrea to provide broadband internet for Three Lakes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Astrea, a division of CCI Systems Inc. of Iron Mountain will assume ownership of the broadband system in Three Lakes, Wis., from Karban TV Systems. Astrea took over operations of the high-speed internet services currently provided to Three Lakes-area subscribers on Oct. 1. ...