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Borden to provide milk in Michigan

DALLAS — The dairy company Borden has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract through the new Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The contract will enable Borden to supply 700 million servings of fresh fluid milk for free ...

Getting a good start: DCHS earns award for maternity care

NOVI, Michigan — Dickinson County Healthcare System was recognized Sunday for excellence in maternity care and delivery outcomes by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions. DCHS was the only Upper Peninsula hospital to ...

Push to produce ventilators may result in unexpected glut

WASHINGTON (AP) — As requests for ventilators from the national stockpile reached a crescendo in late March, President Donald Trump made what seemed like a bold claim: His administration would have 100,000 within 100 days. At the time, the Department of Health and Human Services had not ...

United Way launches COVID-19 relief fund

IRON MOUNTAIN — The United Way of Dickinson County has announced the creation of a fund to aid non-profit organizations serving those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. “Services in our community are needed to help those whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 virus restrictions ...

US jobless rate spikes to Depression-era level of 14.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, a level last seen during the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record — stark evidence of how the coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees. The breathtaking losses, reported ...

Casino to remain closed until May 16

HARRIS — The Island Resort and Casino, which was supposed to reopen at 8 a.m. today, has announced the opening will be delayed an additional 10 days. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Island Resort & Casino reopening has been postponed until Saturday, May 16th. We apologize for ...

Guidance offered to businesses by Dickinson-Iron health agency

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department encourages businesses to seek guidance from the agency on their plans to reopen as executive orders are lifted, said Daren Deyaert, health officer. If you would like to be contacted by the Health Department with specific guidance, ...

Business survey online

MARQUETTE — A COVID-19 economic impact survey is being conducted by InvestUP, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works, and the local economic development community. This survey is designed to measure the impacts on U.P. businesses related to revenue, staffing, and business continuity from across ...

Island Resort and Casino to reopen in phases

HARRIS — The Island Resort and Casino will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday. In a press release, casino management said they have worked with the Nevada and National Indian Gaming Commission standards and procedures to safeguard customers and employees. The casino has been closed for six weeks ...

Grant applications due May 21 for downtown projects in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Downtown Development Authority will take applications for its 2020 Downtown Assistance Program grant through May 21. Property and business owners who may have projects already in the works and would like to continue them are encouraged to apply for these grant ...

Dickinson County Road Commission earns IMPRESS Award

LANSING — The County Road Association of Michigan honored the Dickinson County Road Commission with a statewide IMPRESS Award at CRA’s 2020 Highway Conference held in early March. The honor was for the commission’s use of innovative road surface using repurposed rubber. IMPRESS ...

Business owners left out as loan program runs dry

NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s lending program for small businesses is tapped out, leaving business owners who still need loans waiting for Congress to approve more funding. The Small Business Administration said Thursday that it reached the $349 billion lending limit for the program, ...

Funds offered for early-stage tech startups

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday creation of a $3 million Tech Startup Stabilization Fund to help early-stage tech operations in the state that are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Administered by ID Ventures, the Tech Startup ...

Verso promotes Archambeau

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, — Verso Corporation has appointed Matthew M. Archambeau as senior vice president of Manufacturing and Energy, effective immediately. “I am very pleased to have Matt join our senior leadership team with responsibility for leading our safety, manufacturing and energy ...

We Energies, WPS offer $1M

GREEN BAY — Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies — part of the WEC Energy Group — are contributing $1 million through their charitable foundations to help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundations will provide grants to nonprofit organizations supporting front-line ...

State relaxes tax deadlines

LANSING, Mich. — Certain businesses disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will have even more time to make monthly or quarterly sales, use and withholding tax payments, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Business taxpayers scheduled to make sales, use and withholding tax ...

Gordon sets sales record at Stephens Real Estate in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ryan Gordon, broker/owner of Stephens Real Estate, closed 126 properties totaling more than $18 million in 2019, shattering previous area highs. Gordon’s record year placed him second among 350 Realtors in the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors, and he led the way ...

Applications suspended after one day for small business loan program

MARQUETTE — Northern Initiatives has suspended accepting new submissions for a share of $2 million in small business loan funds after getting more than 700 inquiries on its website on the first day. The Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday had awarded the $2 million loan fund from the Capital ...

Financial institutions work to connect consumers with payments

LANSING — To help millions of Michiganders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan financial institutions are helping the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service launch a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax ...