2020 Ribbon Cuttings

Cricket Wireless

February 17, 2020


The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Cricket Wireless.

Recently, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to welcome Cricket Wireless into the community and to the Chamber.

For over 20 years, Cricket Wireless has had a mission to give customers  satisfaction in their cell phone service by offering affordable plans and quality phones, all with no annual contract.  For the past year, the team at Cricket Wireless has worked to cement a solid base with the wonderful people of the city of Iron Mountain and the surrounding area.  Unlike other “no contract” phone companies, Cricket Wireless customer service representatives are not faceless people on the other end of a call.  Their customers may see them in person, as their retail store is located at W8159 US 2 in Iron Mountain. You may also reach them by phone by calling 906.828.2717.  They are dedicated to providing their customers with great service and matching them with phones and plans that meet their needs.  Cricket is sure to be something to smile about!

Cricket Wireless hours are Monday thru Saturday 10AM-8PM; Sunday 12 Noon – 6PM.

Shown in photo, L to R:  Suzanne Larson (Chamber Executive Director); Shana Thompson & Larry Lambert (Danielson Insurance Agency); Ray King (The Daily News); Teresa Schettler (Dickinson County Healthcare System); Trisha Peterson (Results Broadcasting); Lynsey Sydmark (Cricket Wireless General Manager); Matt Oslund (Cricket Wireless Assistant Manager); Kirsten Holcomb (Cricket Wireless Solutions Specialist); Ashley Whalen (Cricket Wireless Solutions Specialist); Jody Jordens (Cricket Wireless Territory Manager); Tamara Juul (Dickinson Area Community Foundation) and Sandy Petroff (The First National Bank &Trust).

2019 Ribbon Cuttings

Fireplace North & Spa

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Fireplace North & Spa to welcome them to the Chamber and the community.


Fireplace North & Spa has been in business for 24 years.  They have grown to their 2000 sq. ft. showroom located at 1410 S. Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain.  Here you will see 24 burning fireplace displays!  Fireplace North & Spa sells fireplaces, stoves, inserts (both gas and wood) along with hot tubs and pool chemicals.  They provide sales, service and installation of all of their products.  Some of the brands they carry include Fireplace Xtrordinair, Heat N Glo, Quadrafire, Lopi, Arctic Spas and Nordic hot tubs.  Owners Bill and Janet Spring purchased the business in 2014 and both of their sons assist in the business.  Bill has obtained extensive training and certification in his field, which includes NFI (National Fire Institute) gas certification, CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certification and his Michigan mechanical license.  Bill provides installation and service work in the field.  Free estimates to install a hearth product in your home are available.  Bill’s wife, Janet, works as the sales/office manager.  Office hours are Monday –Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 12:30 PM.


Shown in photo, L to R:  Shana Thompson (Danielson Insurance Agency);  Chris Hanley (Chris Hanley State Farm Agency); Trisha Peterson (Results Broadcasting); Larry Lambert (Danielson Insurance Agency); Bill and Janet Spring (Owners Fireplace North & Spa); Ray King (The Daily News); Matthew Lutz (The First National Bank & Trust); Sandy Petroff (The First National Bank & Trust); Gary Fish (Northern Interstate Bank); Teresa Schettler (Dickinson County Healthcare System); Robert Whitens (Forward Financial Credit Union); Kristina Jandron (The Daily News) and Suzanne Larson (Executive Director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce).  In hot tub are Jacob and Tyler Spring (children to owners Bill and Janet Spring).


Flagstar Bank

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


In December 2018, Flagstar Bank acquired the Iron Mountain branch of Wells Fargo Bank. And while Flagstar is new to the community, the branch is not, having operated as Wells Fargo for 19 years, and before that, as MFC First National Bank. Flagstar is headquartered in Southeast Michigan and has been in business for more than 30 years. It has a branch network of 160 branches in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and California. It is a full-service bank that prides itself on crafting customized solutions for customers.


Flagstar has a long tradition of investing in its communities and brought that tradition to Iron Mountain.  Peggy Beckerson, manager of the Iron Mountain branch, said her office has been highly involved in the community since the transition to Flagstar. “From a can drive for the Hermansville Food Pantries, to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas program, to support for the Almost Home Animal Shelter and sprucing up highway US-2, we’ve been out in the community representing Flagstar,” said Peggy Beckerson, manager of Flagstar’s branch in Iron Mountain.


“And like the other branches new to the Flagstar family, we participated in the recent “Flagstar Crafts Community” program, which asked the community select a nonprofit nominated by a local branch to receive a $5,000 grant from the Flagstar Foundation. The winning charity for our branch was Habitat for Humanity of Menominee River, and it was really special to be able to make that check presentation. We feel fortunate to be part of a bank that places such a high value on community,” she said.



Harris State Wide Real Estate

Friday, May 31, 2019


Recently the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Harris State Wide Real Estate to welcome them to the Chamber and community.


Harris State Wide Real Estate was founded in 2018 by Steve and Hugh Harris….  a father and son business. Hugh is a 4th generation Real Estate professional.  His grandfather, Hugh A. Harris, after a dangerous career organizing union shops for the UAW, founded the State Wide organization in Flint, Michigan in 1944. The corporate headquarters was moved to Escanaba in the early to middle1960’s. Steve has been a realtor since 1980 and a broker in Michigan and Wisconsin since 1985.


Steve has amassed sales in excess of over 150 million dollars in his career, which has been revitalized with the addition of his only son, Hugh, as part owner.


Hugh and his cousin, Drew Harris, are believed to be the only 4th generation real estate professionals in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Steve and Hugh pledge honesty and integrity in all of their dealings and put their clients’ interests #1!


Harris State Wide Real Estate can be contacted by calling 906.828.1099 or stop in to their office which is located in the Moose Jackson building at 221 East A Street in Iron Mountain.  Their website is wwwharrisstatewide.com.


Show in photo, L to R: Tamara Juul (Dickinson County Hospital Foundation); Sandy Petroff (First National Bank & Trust); Greta Michaud (Superior Realty); Matthew Lutz (First National Bank & Trust); Steve Harris (Owner, Harris State Wide Real Estate); Trisha Peterson (Results Broadcasting); Hugh Harris (Co-Owner, Harris State Wide Real Estate); Teresa Schettler (Dickinson County Healthcare System); Ray King (The Daily News); Karen Blackhall (The Advertiser); Jon Pryor (First Bank); Teddy Izzo (The Daily News) and Suzanne Larson (Executive Director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce).




Norway Sleep Center

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Dr. Smoot has always attempted to provide the best medical care to all patients at the lowest cost possible.  He does not believe this is possible within a healthcare system.  This is why Dr. Smoot has reopened his practice with himself as the only employee.


He will be able to take the patient history, perform a limited physical exam, and discuss the issues which are found.  He is board certified in Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine.  He has been certified in Medical Hypnosis which he uses for help with sleep disorders.


He will be able to dispense all supplies and tests for sleep medicine patients.  Home sleep testing is done with Cleveland Med Home Sleep Testing Units for overnight studies.  Very rarely would an in-center sleep study be needed.  He will conduct CPAP downloads on all patients who are currently using equipment and make adjustments as needed.


He will keep costs down for all patients by charging low fees for office visits and equipment (both new and replacement).  All charges are paid by cash, check or credit/HAS/FSA Cards.  Receipts are given so that records can be kept for HAS, applied to deductibles, or filed for reimbursement.


Usual office hours are Monday, but patients can be seen most all times and days on request.


Address: 415 West US 2, Suite 2; Norway, MI

Phone: 906-563-1359 or 906-563-5871

Email: casmoot61@gmail.com


THE DICKINSON AREA Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for Norway Sleep PLLC. From left are Chamber ambassadors Teresa Schettler, Sandy Petroff, Tamara Juul, Ray King, Kristina Jandron and Karen Blackhall; Dr. Carl Smoot; his wife, Tammy Smoot; ambassador Chris Hanley; and Suzanne Larson, executive director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. (Chris Tomassucci/Daily News photo)


Dickinson Primary Care Center

Monday, May 6, 2019


Ribbon cutting ceremony welcomes the new Dickinson Primary Care Center


The Dickinson County Chamber of Commerce and many other Hospital supporters were on hand yesterday to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Dickinson Primary Care Center.


The Dickinson Primary Care Center is the newest Dickinson County Healthcare System (“DCHS”) initiative that combines Pediatric and Family Practice care all under one roof.  Offering “same-day” appointments, Dickinson Primary Care Center patients can see providers immediately.  With a full scope of lab, diagnostics, and additional support services just down the hall, this is one of DCHS’s best patient focused offerings to date.


Dennis Smith, Chief Restructuring Officer stated, “Primary Care is the foundation for all US health care systems, big or small.  At Dickinson County Healthcare System we are focusing on expanding and strengthening our Primary Care services, so that our community can ultimately have one stop shopping.  Extended clinic hours will provide access to a Pediatrician, a Family Practice Provider, lab, x-ray and other services that a patient may need to complete their visit.  The Primary Care Center is maximizing the patient’s time and convenience while providing top quality care.”


The Dickinson Primary Care Center is located inside the DCHS Medical Office Building:


1711 S. Stephenson Ave. Suite 210

Iron Mountain, MI 49801

(906) 776-5800


Dickinson County Healthcare System looks forward to providing for your health care needs; please call with any questions you may have.


Pictured from left to right: Suzanne Larson, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Ray King, Chamber Ambassador – Iron Mountain Daily News; Dennis Smith, DCHS Chief Restructuring Officer; Joe Stevens, County Commissioner; Katelyn Rader, UP Regional Director for Senator Gary C. Peters; Barb Kramer, County Commissioner; Kate Argall, Administrative Assistant for Northern Michigan Office / Office of the Governor; Kevin Pirlot, County Commissioner; Kim VanOsdol, DCHS Hospital Board Trustee; Senator Ed McBroom; George Wuensch, PA-C; Vanessa Mitchell, PA-C; Steven Wiles, MD; Margaret Minerick, DCHS Hospital Board of Trustees Chairperson; Kiyomi Hachiya, MD; Bill Edberg, DCHS Hospital Board Trustee; Denise Lind, Chamber Ambassador – The Advertiser; Marcus Smithson, DCHS Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Coordinator; Kim Merrill, DCHS Physician Services Manager; Andree Ahnen, DCHS Physician Services Clinical Analyst Supervisor; Matt Lutz, Chamber Ambassador – First National Bank; Kristin Moser, DCHS Physician Services Care Coordinator; Christine Borgstrom, FNP; Gary Fish, Chamber Ambassador – Northern Interstate Bank; Teresa Schettler, Chamber Ambassador – DCHS Marketing / PR Specialist; Sandi Petroff, Chamber Ambassador – First National Bank; Robert  Whitens, Chamber Ambassador – Forward Financial Credit Union; and Trisha Peterson, Chamber Ambassador – Results Broadcasting.




American Legion Post 50

Wednesday, May 1, 2019





Recently the American Legion Post 50 hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark their 100th Anniversary and to celebrate their Chamber of Commerce membership.  They are located at 916 River Avenue in Iron Mountain.


The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization that focused on service to veterans, service members and communities.   The local American Legion Post 50 is a wonderful place for people looking to volunteer with veterans.  The local post also offers monthly breakfasts from October to June (the public is encouraged to enjoy).  They also hold weekly bingo on Tuesdays at 6:30PM.


Photo Credit:  Shown L to R: Trisha Peterson (Results Broadcasting); Sandy Petroff (First National Bank & Trust); Bob Massicotte, Jeanne Richards, Lori Massicotte; Jerry Hicks (cutting the ribbon); Barnie Hagberg; Jim Richards; Floyd Lindholm; Matthew Lutz (First National Bank & Trust); Teddy Izzo (The Daily News); Teresa Schettler (Dickinson County Healthcare System) and Suzanne Larson (Executive Director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce).



2018 Ribbon Cuttings

Northland Scholars Academy

Wednesday, October 17, 2018




Recently Northland Scholars Academy held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their newly opened college prep school. 


Northland Scholars Academy is located in Dunbar, Wisconsin and opened on August 15, 2018 under the executive leadership of Jeff Kahl, President; John Twohig, Vice-President; and Robert King, the Head of School; along with very capable and dedicated academy teachers and support staff. Located on the 600-acre Northland Campus, formerly known as Northland International University, the academy operates an elite, international, college-preparatory, dual-enrollment boarding school for high school students in grades 9 through 12. This traditional, conservative American school serves a global constituency regardless of national or faith traditions. Located on a campus dedicated to Christian camping since 1959, students from around the world also experience the auxiliary camp facilities and activities outside the classroom. The academy actively recruits from 35 countries and anticipates enrollment to reach 400 students by 2020. By providing credentialed teachers, emerging classroom technologies, accredited and high-level curriculum choices, AP classes and partnerships with numerous colleges and universities, including Bay College and the University of Wisconsin, the academy distinguishes itself as a leading high school choice for students locally, regionally, nationally and globally.  The academy prioritizes student enrollment to students who are dedicated to educational excellence and personal development and who desire to impact the world in high school. Northland Scholars Academy also offers summer and winter language and adventure programs. Further information is available at northlandscholars.org.


Shown in ribbon cutting back row L to R: Joe Testolin, Superior Realty; Teresa Schettler, Dickinson County Healthcare System; Patti Schneider, S&R Insurance Associates; Donna Rahoi, Upper Peninsula State Bank; Kelsey Chojnacki, Northland Guidance Counselor; Rich Larson, WE Energies; Angelika Widener, Northland Houskeeping Intern; Josh White, Northland Maintenance & Grounds; Ryan Gick, Northland Maintenance Intern and Isaac Kahl, Northland Rental Coordinator.  Front row L to R:  Gary Fish, Northern Interstate Bank; Marta Salcedo, Spanish/ESL Instructor; Linda Schlag, Business Education Instructor; Rick Reed, Recreation/Athletic Director & PE/Health Instructor; John Bovee, English Instructor; Carol Trahan, Science Instructor; Brandon Heidt, Social Studies/Government/History Instructor; Carol Kahl, Office Manager; Judy Bandy, Office Assistant; Robert King, Head of School; Jeff Kahl, Northland Scholars Academy President and Executive Director; Will Traber, Dean of Students/Associate Principal; Craig Garvaglia, Math Instructor; Brian Sjoquist, Custodian; Julie Sjoquist, Brian’s wife and Suzanne Larson, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  Not pictured is John Twohig, Vice President, NGMG.





Bauman Engraving & Signs

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Bauman Engraving & Signs has expanded its printing and engraving business at 808 John McNeil Drive in Kingsford and also launched its redesigned website at www.baumanengraving.com.

Orville Bauman began the family business in 1960 with a single rotary engraver in Crystal Falls. His son, Dean Bauman, brought the business to Kingsford in 1991, and expanded operations with a new facility and several new machines, including laser engravers and wide format digital printers.


Dean Bauman remains with the company but sold the business in 2010 to his daughter, Amanda Lee, and her business partner, Tom Dudek.


This latest expansion doubles the size of the headquarters and allows for additional machines, production capabilities and employees.


“We pride ourselves on offering the most innovative products in the industry,” Lee said. “Our latest addition is a UV flatbed printer, which prints on a wide variety of surfaces, creating extremely durable and attractive images.”


Bauman Engraving specializes in custom orders for industrial identification, commercial signage, ADA Braille signs, safety labeling and more.


They serve many local businesses and also ship worldwide to energy, shipbuilding, equipment manufacturing, aerospace and other industries.


“We’re proud to have a thriving business in this wonderful community,” Dudek said.


THE DICKINSON AREA Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11 for Bauman Engraving & Signs. From left are Andy Cowling, Barbara Frechette, Dylan Tengesdahl, Selena Gonzalez, Dean Bauman, Alan Osterberg, Monica Fohn, Tom Dudek, Amanda Lee and Brian Erickson, all of Bauman Engraving & Signs; Suzanne Larson, chamber executive director; Larry Lambert, Danielson Insurance Agency agent; Jon Pryor, First Bank Upper Michigan regional president; Tamara Juul, Dickinson Area Community Foundation executive director; Ray King, The Daily News advertising manager; Teresa Schettler, Dickinson County Healthcare System PR/marketing specialist; Gary Fish, Northern Interstate Bank vice president/business banking; and Joe Testolin, Superior Realty agent. (Chris Tomassucci/Daily News photo)






Dickinson County Library

Thursday, October 8, 2018




The Dickinson County Library recently hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate their newly reopened space.  The Dickinson County Library-Main Branch opened in the current location in 1967.  The Reading Room was redesigned in 1997 and, after 20 years, redesigned again in 2018.  The recent updates have provided an additional small group meeting room, dedicated access to the handicap restrooms, enhanced lighting, a centralized information desk and much more.  Generous donations from area businesses and individuals, combined with an MEDC Public Spaces, Community Places matching grant and sound financial planning by the Library Board of Trustees allowed for this renovation without any additional taxpayer dollars.  Everyone is encouraged to visit the library and check out what is offered, free for all residents and taxpayers in Dickinson County!







Holmberg General Agency

Wednesday, October 3, 2018




Recently, The Holmberg General Agency in Norway held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations to their office.


The Holmberg General Agency has been in business for more than 90 years and is the third oldest business in Norway.  Recently, you may have noticed that the agency has undergone some changes.  In June 2017, the agency was purchased by Ryan Danielson, owner of the Danielson Insurance Agency in Kingsford.  Since then, the building has been receiving some interior updates and most recently an exterior facelift.  Although the ownership and appearance have changed, local and personalized service is still the standard.


The Holmberg General Agency offers a full range of insurance services and products, including Home, Auto, Business, Life and Health. The agency is located at 710 Main Street in downtown Norway.  Stop in anytime to discuss your insurance needs or call them at 563.9237.


Photo Credit L to R:  Suzanne Larson, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Steve Ortman, Norway DDA; Sandi Petroff, The First National Bank & Trust Business Banker; Tamara Juul, Dickinson Area Community Foundation Executive Director; Ted Izzo, The Daily News Sales Representative; Greta Michaud, Superior Realty Broker/Owner; Ryan Danielson, Holmberg General Agency Owner; Gary Fish, Northern Interstate Bank VP/Business Banking; Larry Lambert, Danielson Insurance Agency Agent; Trisha Peterson, Results Broadcasting General Manager; Teresa Schettler, Dickinson County Healthcare System Public Relations; Bruce Hawkinson, Norway DDA; Joe Testolin, Superior Realty Agent; Amy Ortman, Holmberg General Agency; Candy Brew, Norway Mayor; Pam Powell, Holmberg General Agency Receptionist, Mary Glanville, Holmberg General Agency and Barbara Thorne, Norway DDA.


Prime Supply

Tuesday, September 18, 2018




Prime Supply Co. a wholesale company recently moved to its new location of 637 Circle Drive in Iron Mountain’s Industrial park.


Prime Supply has been in business for over 26 years servicing the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. They are a Plumbing, Industrial Mechanical and Cabinet wholesale company. Prime is a Distributor of Homecrest & Decora Cabinetry, Gerber, Moen & Toto Fixtures, Goulds Xylem Pumps and Tanks, along with pipe valves and fittings for industrial and residential. With better than 150 years of experience, Prime Supply is extremely happy to be in its new location and is looking forward to servicing their customer base for many years to come.


Prime Supply Co. is an employee owned and operated Business.


Photo: (Back Row) Trisha Peterson, Results Broadcasting General Manager;  Jeremy Peacock, Garceau Insurance Agency Agent; Larry Lambert, Danielson Insurance Agency Agent; Ted Izzo, The Daily News Ad Representative;  Ben Ryan, Great Lakes Recovery Centers; Gary Fish, Northern Interstate Bank; Robert Whitens, Forward Financial Credit Union; Greg Jacobson, Prime Supply; Randy Deneau, Prime Supply; Jim Baciak, Prime Supply.  Front Row: Teresa Schettler, Dickinson County Healthcare System PR/Marketing Specialist; Jean O’Dette, The First National Bank & Trust Business Banker; Sandy Petroff, The First National Bank & Trust Business Banker; Sam Trebilcock, Prime Supply; Kevin Rosenblum, Prime Supply; Mike Corcoran, Prime Supply; Tamara Juul, Dickinson Area Community Foundation Executive Director; Joe Testolin, Superior Realty Agent and Suzanne Larson, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  Seated is Rusty the dog.










Sarah K. Rice, Life Coach, LLC

Thursday, August 23, 2018


Sarah K. Rice, Life Coach, LLC was established in 2018 and is located at 427 S, Stephenson Avenue, Suite L105. As a Life Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker, Sarah is excited to be part of the Iron Mountain community. Sarah offers services to youth and women, with opportunities for empowerment, mindfulness, stress management, self-esteem and so much more. She does this through workshops, classes, events and retreats. Most recently, the Back to School Expo and Fashion Show at Pine Mountain welcomed young girls and boys to model clothes for the new school year.


No matter what you feel, you are not broken, nor do you need to be “fixed”. You are naturally creative, resourceful and WHOLE when it comes to you and your life. Coaching can help you look at any situation from a different perspective and get you back on track for success and the best part is that you don’t have to spend your life savings to obtain results. Contact Sarah K. Rice, Life Coach today at 734-585-6748 and also check out her website for upcoming events.


Pictured from lef: Teresa Schetler, Chris Hanley, Greta Michaud, John Budge, Sandi White, Ben
Ryan, Tamara Juul, Sarah K. Rice, Wally Rice, Sandy Petroff, Trisha Peterson and Suzanne Larson.


Cornerstone Community Church

Tuesday, August 21, 2018




Recently, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Cornerstone Community Church.


Cornerstone Community Church gathered their first congregation in 1999.  In 2000 they joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance as the U.P.’s first C&MA church.  Whether it’s storing goods for the YMCA’s Community Connect Day or housing non-profit groups, Cornerstone Community Church is truly community driven.  After 20 years of ministry, Cornerstone exists today to unify the area and assist local churches in the Great Commission.  If you would like to become a part of a welcoming congregation, please call Cornerstone Church at 906.779.9905.  They are located at 617 North Stephenson Ave in Iron Mountain.


Pictured from left: Suzanne Larson, Chamber Executive Director; Howard Oller, Teresa Schettler, Sandy White, Pastor Andy Leaf, Tamara Juul, and Joe Testolin.



Timber Products of Iron Mountain

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Timber Products of Iron Mountain had a ribbon cutting Tuesday, August 7th to introduce new owners Adam and Sarah Buchcuski.


Located at 611 Industrial Drive, Timber Products was founded in 1991 and handles a variety of local and over-the-road markets. Timber Products offers 25 trucks and more than 100 dry van, open top and flatbed trailers for freight hauling.


“We are blessed with a wonderful crew of drivers, mechanics and dispatchers that allow us to ensure your product is always delivered safely and on time. We look forward to servicing this community for many years to come,” new owner Adam Buchcuski said.


Buchcuski said he got involved in Timber Products when the previous owner, his stepmother, Candy Buchcuski, wanted to retire. He was looking to make a change as well from working at American Axle & Manufacturing in Kingsford when his father suggested he consider taking over the business.


It took about a year to work out all the details, Adam Buchcuski said.


“I like it. I really enjoy it so far,” he said. “The learning curve has been quick, but I think it’s been fairly seamless.”


He credits much of that successful transition to having experienced staff still with the business, such as Office Manager Stacey Lantagne, Candy Buchcuski’s daughter.


Pictured from left are Joe Testolin, Denise Lind, Sandi White, Teresa Schettler, Tamara Juul, Spring Porthouse, Larry Lambert, Ann Walker, Adam and Sarah Buchcuski and their children, Hayley and Kolten; Stacey Lantagne, Rich Camp, Jean O’Dette, Cole Grenier, Sandy Petroff, Jim Stedman, Tim Hamilton, Shawn Bogear, Trisha Peterson and Jon Pryor; and Suzanne Larson, Chamber Executive Director.

Erickson Jewelers

Friday, August 17, 2018

We celebrated Erickson Jewelers’ Grand Opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting.  


Erickson Jewelers began in Iron Mountain in 2009 with a vision of one day finding a home downtown. Randy and Sherri Erickson are excited to finally make that dream a reality. Their recently renovated building was, at one time, a well-known local jewelry store, Frankini Jewelers. “We are honored to be able to make this a jewelry store again,” noted Randy Erickson.  To honor the Frankini family, a history wall of the building has been started. The Erickson’s are hoping to add to this wall through the years with the help of local residents.


Erickson Jewelers specializes in Diamonds and Custom Design, but they have something for everyone. Randy and Sherri have been designing jewelry together for over 20 years. They share creativeness and a genuine desire to help people redesign treasures or create a meaningful piece of jewelry to cherish for a lifetime. Traveling to Antwerp every year allows them to hand select diamonds for customers and stay connected to the diamond industry.


You can contact Erickson Jewelers at 906.828.1307. More information is available on their website, www.ericksonjewelers.com.


Pictured from left:  Sharon Miland Holcomb, Gary Fish, Sandy Petroff, Suzanne Larson, Chamber Executive Director; Greta Michaud, Tamara Juul, Corky DeRoeck, Sandy White, Sherri and Randy Peterson, Owners; Chris Hanley, Ben Ryan, Larry Lambert, Teresa Schettler, John Pryor and Trisha Peterson.



North Country Website Design

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


North Country Website Design is a website design and social media marketing company owned and operated by Marla Bradley out of Crystal Falls, MI. North Country Website Design provides high quality websites at a price that all businesses and organizations can afford. They help small businesses create a custom-built website, mobile site, and social media pages that are distinctive and unique to just that business. When North Country Website Design creates a custom-built, responsive website for a business, that website is ONE OF A KIND! The websites are as unique as the business they belong to.


“Business owners need to realize that their design is a reflection of their business even if it is not intentional. If you don’t care about your design then your design is telling people that you don’t care about your business.” – MARCO SUAREZ


Marco wasn’t talking about website design in particular, but the quote is perfect for it. If you have a website and it hasn’t been updated in years, you are telling your customers that you haven’t updated your business in years. If you have a professional, up-to-date website, it will tell customers that you have a professional, well informed business. Make sure your website is a reflection of your business!


North Country Website Design charges approximately $550 for a simple, informational website with a custom, responsive design. This price also includes features such as web slide-shows, integrated social media, search engine optimization, and so much more. Most website design companies give estimates for the same website at $2,550-$5,100. North Country Website Design creates unique websites for small businesses and organizations for 1/4 of the cost of their competitors. That is why customers from all over the Midwest are having their websites created by North Country Website Design! Check out the custom design portfolio for yourself and see the difference a unique website can make at https://www.northcountrywebsitedesign.com/portfolio.htm


If you are looking for a website that can be self-maintained, North Country Website Design also creates template-based websites such as WordPress and Weebly. Call Marla Bradley today to find out more about North Country Website Design at 906-367-5404.










BNI Networking for Business

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Recently, BNI Mining for Business had an event called, Business for Breakfast.  Where we invited local businesses to attend our meeting to see what BNI was all about.  BNI is an International network with local businesses in each chapter.  In addition, we joined the chamber to increase our awareness and had a ribbon cutting that day for our organization.


BNI Mining for Business been around locally since 2014.  The group started small with about 4 to 5 members that grew it up to 35 or so.  It’s been up and down, membership Is around 15 now.  The great thing about BNI is that it’s a weekly networking meeting with the whole purpose of giving referrals to others.  And in return your business will be given referrals. 


If you have never been at a BNI meeting, you are missing out.  Since October, our group has given each other $36,614 in new business.  Our members report their closed business from referrals so that number is higher.  “Our guests are always impressed with our weekly presentations and referral/testamonial parts of the meeting,” said Trisha Peterson-Vice President of BNI Mining for Business.


Every week at our meeting each member gives a one-minute weekly presentation on their business which really educates our members to work for them.  It’s like having 15 plus more sales people working for you.  Plus, we give a testimonial or referrals each week.


We meet every Tuesday 7-8:30AM at the Masonic Lodge in Kingsford.  Check out BNIwis.com for more information or we invite you to one of our meetings.  There is no other group that is structured and works like BNI does for your business.  It’s worth every penny for your membership and you lock out your competition.  Only one business per category is accepted for membership. If you have any questions, call Trisha Peterson, Vice President at 906-774-5731.



Pictured from the Left:  Joe Testolin-Ambassador, Greg Seibold-BNI, Tamara Juul-Ambassador, Teresa Schettler-Ambassador, Nelson Hassell-BNI, Dave Hakamaki-BNI, Ben Ryan-Ambassador, Jon Ellis-BNI, Trisha Peterson BNI VP, Jenny Behrmann-BNI, Anita Lyman-President BNI, Kim Webb-BNI, Marla Bradley-BNI, Suzane Larson-Ambassador, Ray King-Ambassador, Coewyn and Jen Rajala-BNI, James Cain-BNI, Lynda Zanon-Chamber








U.P. Pawn

May 16, 2018


U.P. Pawn Ribbon Cutting


U.P. Pawn opened its doors on February 1st, 2017.  They are now located in the old Washboard Laundry space; 617 North Stephenson, Avenue, Iron Mountain.  Owned and operated by Donald and Bobbie Jo Nelson, they strive to keep that hometown pride in every aspect of their business. U.P. Pawn is not your “average” pawnshop.  It is not quite as you see on television, either.  Although, Don does love the dickering part of buying, selling and trading.  U.P. Pawn offers small collateral loans without all the paperwork and hassle of a fast cash business. It is also a family friendly business in which you can find something for everyone. They specialize in vintage gaming, modern gaming, tools, jewelry, electronics and more.  They also include local vendors in order to bring new and fresh items from within our community.  Vendors include: Riversong Soaps, Paparazzi Jewelry by Sarah, Angels’ Crochet Corner, Homemade bath bombs/fizzies and Raw Natural Honey and Salsa from Mark Jasper.


U.P. Pawn started out as a small shop right next to the Washboard Coin Laundry. This past year the opportunity to grow was presented and now they are even bigger and better than ever. They are able to offer an even larger variety of items and bring in more big items for sale. U.P. Pawn prides itself in bringing fair prices to both sales and service loans.  The community has been very welcoming and we are able to fill a void that we weren’t even aware was so important and needed. We take great pride in where we live and hope to see more business growth on the Northside of Iron Mountain.   


Pictured from the Left:  Teresa Schettler, Suzanne Anderson, Greta Michaud, Donald and Bobbie Jo Nelson, U.P. PAWN – Owners, Chris Hanley, Sharon Milard, Robert Whitens, Lynda Zanon


Galaxy Detailing

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Galaxy Detailing was established in 2014 and is located at 212 Woodward Avenue in Iron Mountain.  Owned and operated by Troy LeFave, Galaxy specializes in exterior services such as hand wash and wax, exterior vinyl and rubber dressing, chrome polishing, and wheel well cleaning.  Interior services include hand washed surfaces and windows, vacuum and light stain removal, shampooing carpets, clean vinyl and leather seats, and dress interior vinyl or leather.  We also provide services for watercraft such as hand washing interior and exterior, buff and wax exterior, and vacuum carpets.  If you have a camper or RV that needs detailing, we can provide hand washed surfaces and windows, vacuuming and light stain removal, shampoo carpeting and upholstery and hand washing and waxing exterior.


Galaxy Detailing has been an opportunity for me to use my talents in cleaning and restoring beauty to vehicles, watercraft and campers.  I enjoy what I do and it gives me a sense of pride to see owners happy with the outcome I provide.  I am looking forward to watching my business grow so I can service more people in the community.


Pictured from the Left:    Lynda Zanon, Chamber Director, Ambassadors:  Ben Ryan, Teresa Schettler, (Bodhi-dog), Emily Vincent, Troy LaFave, Owner/Operator, Ray King, The Daily News, Ambassadors:  Patti Schneider and Joe Testolin.







RE/Max North Country

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the newest RE/MAX North Country real estate office at W8640 Collins Road in the cabin next to Kleiman Pump and Well Drilling at U.S. 2 and M-95. RE/MAX North Country now has three locations — Crystal Falls, Iron River and Iron Mountain.


Attending the event were RE/Max agents and ambassadors from the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance — from left, in front are Tamara Juul; Greta Michaud; Liz Kohler; Danielle Dove, broker/owner; Mick Leonard, agent; Piper the puppy; Suzanne Anderson, Teresa Schettler; Patti Schneider and Lynda Zanon; in back are Teddy Izzo; Joe Testolin; Ken West, agent; Melanie Sienkiewicz, agent; Pamela Uren-Richter, agent; and Trisha Peterson. Dove opened her first RE/MAX office in Crystal Falls in 2014.





What's Up Apparel

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


What’s UP Apparel celebrated their membership at the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance by having a Ribbon Cutting on May 1st.


The owner of What’s UP Apparel started the business in October 2016.  Lynn moved to the area in 2001 after 9/11.  She found “Yoopers” to be fun, humorous, loving and hard-working.


Lynn was born and raised in New Jersey.  There, she worked as a purchasing manager for Technetics Corp./Brunswick Corp.  When she moved to the Iron Mountain area she worked for Issues and Answers, part time, for 10 years.


Now retired, Lynn continues to volunteer for the Friends of the Braumart and became a board member in 2015.  Lynn also volunteers for DDA events such as Italian Fest, Out to Lunch, and Oktoberfest.  She is also a member of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Women’s Club (GFWC).


Lynn is also a regular attendee at many Chamber of Commerce events including our Business After Hours and Roundtable Luncheon.


What’s UP Apparel can be created with any “UP” phrase you have in mind.  Contact her today at 906-221-4894.


Front Row from the left:  Teresa Schettler, Suzanne Anderson, Lynda Zanon , Sandy White, Lynn Hitt, Owner/Operator, Joe Testolin and Tamara Juul.  Back Row from the Left:   Denise Lind, Robert Whitens, Ben Ryan, Howard Oller, Sandy Petroff, Patti Schneider







Great Lakes Recovery Center

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 


Great Lakes Recovery Center Ribbon Cutting at New Location


Great Lakes Recovery Centers has recently moved to 301 Kent Street, upper suite.


We currently have Therapist Angie Kurtz who offers mental health and substance abuse therapy and Kate Callaway who does substance abuse counseling and acupuncture detoxification sessions. We also house Tracy Johnson as our Communities that Care Coordinator/Prevention Specialist. Tracy works with the community for prevention/intervention of risk behavior for youth drug and alcohol prevention and suicide prevention. Bob Boivin is our Offender Success Specialist; he works to assist with transition back into the community after being released from prison.


Sandie Teske works at the front desk as business coordinator. She greets new clients and helps keep the office flowing smoothly.


If you have any questions about or services call Sandie at 906-774-2561. To schedule an appointment call (906) 228-9696 or toll free at (855) 906-4572.


Pictured Front Row from the left Teresa Schettler, Mary Dixon, Sandie Teske, Bob Boivin (behind her), Angie Kurtz, Bob Mellin, Trisha Peterson (back row) Tracy Johnson, Robert Whitens, (back row), Rene Campbell, Denise Lind, Ben Ryan and Lynda Zanon