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Medicare updates coverage to help during coronavirus crisis

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WASHINGTON — Medicare and Medigap insurance carriers have announced that they are waiving coronavirus-related costs to help enrollees access treatment. The vast majority of Americans who are on Medicare are over the age of 65, and 12% of recipients are over the age of 85. These Americans ...

Easter week message

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Kristi LeBeau puts a message of Easter and hope to the outside world on a window at Norway Eye Care in Norway.

National small business relief program launches, hits snags

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NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as hundreds of thousands tried to apply for desperately needed loans. Many small business owners ran into bureaucratic or technological road blocks. Some even ...

Baith retires from Great North Bank after more than 40 years

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FLORENCE, Wis. — Celeste Baith, who worked on the bookkeeping/data processing staff at Great North Bank, retired Tuesday after 42 1/2 years. “Bank management, employees and our customers will all miss Celeste and all she offers to our operation,” said Tom Wittkopf, president and CEO of ...

Michigan lawmakers spar over meeting

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is ...

Virus side effect: Michigan jobless claims already top 2019

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential remaining open. Whitmer said her ...

ATC gives money to food pantries, including in IM

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. — American Transmission Company is making donations to the American Red Cross and several food pantries in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including in Iron Mountain. ATC will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross-Wisconsin Region to support its mission to ...

Whitmer: Hospitals ‘dangerously low’ on employee protection

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A field hospital at Detroit's downtown convention center could gets its first COVID-19 patients this week, officials said Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Detroit-area hospitals are running "dangerously low" on personal protection equipment. She also reported an ...

City councils to hold electronic meetings tonight

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Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today. The meeting will be held electronically due to COVID-19 precautions. Instructions for participating are posted at www.cityofironmountain.com under “Electronic City Council Meeting.” If you don’t have a smart phone or computer ...

State officials require faster reporting of virus deaths

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials issued an emergency order designed to speed up the reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan as the number of cases continued to surge. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a directive late Saturday for funeral directors and medical ...

Michigan senators address payments for veterans and SSI recipients

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DETROIT — U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are calling on the Trump administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Michigan Democratic ...

Wisconsin election still on, but Supreme Court may intervene

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony ...

UP communities get federal help for rural areas

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is among 14 states receiving $65 million in federal investments for the improvement of community facilities in rural areas, officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced three Michigan communities will be getting loans. In the Upper Peninsula, ...

Carrier thanks

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Olivia Roberts, 8, daughter of Rebecca Roberts and Charlie Curtis, writes a thank you note to newspaper and mail carriers out of sidewalk chalk outside the home of her grandparents, John and Candace Roberts on East D Street in Iron Mountain.

Few details provided on Dickinson COVID-19 death

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Local health officials still have released few details on the death of Dickinson County’s first COVID-19 case. The man died Thursday evening, only a day after being confirmed as the county’s first resident case of the novel coronavirus. Friday, Dickinson County ...

Norlite resident becomes Marquette’s first virus-related death

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MARQUETTE -- A resident of Norlite Nursing Center, where an employee earlier had tested positive for COVID-19, late Friday became the first death in Marquette County related to the virus. The man was in his 70s and had other health issues, Norlite Administrator Wayne Johnson told the Mining ...

Wisconsin GOP wants election as scheduled

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans brushed off Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ call Friday to meet in special session to delay Tuesday’s presidential primary and shift to mail-only as the coronavirus sweeps across the state, saying the election should continue as planned. Evers ...

Officials: Detroit approaching 4,000 COVID-19 cases

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DETROIT (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Detroit is nearing 4,000 while 129 people have died from the disease, according to the city Health Department. Figures released Saturday showed positive infections rose by nearly 400 from Friday. The number of confirmed cases across ...