Villringer returns to raise family in the U.P.

Lisa Villringer was born in Iron Mountain, MI, raised in Kingsford, MI and currently serves as the Human Resources Assistant at First National Bank & Trust (FNB&T) in Kingsford, MI. As a wife, mother of two and a full-time employee, Villringer also devotes her time to improving the community.  She has brought positive energy and has made an impact through chairing the Business Development Committee for the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority and acting as the Race Director for the Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half Marathon. Villringer continues to volunteer her time and promote these important events.

Villringer began studying Business Administration at Bay College after graduating from Kingsford High School in 1997. She was originally signed up for Northern Michigan University (NMU), but decided to stay in the area where she’d benefit from the smaller class sizes offered at Bay College. Her favorite instructor was Mr. Roger Lacovoni, who taught U.S. History, “He was a U.S. Marine and had awesome stories that made the class really interesting. Everyone respected him,” said Villringer. Once she completed her two year associates degree she moved to Chicago and changed paths to a follow an interest in studying Esthetics.

After starting a family in Chicago, Villringer found it was difficult being away from her family in Dickinson County.  Since she enjoyed the small town feeling and knowing her neighbors growing up, she decided to return to the area to raise her family. She wanted her children to enjoy the same experiences she had as a child growing up. Villringer appreciates that people value connecting with one another, as well as the safety of the Upper Peninsula.

Once Villringer was back in the area, she began work as a teller at FNB&T, which is currently the last hometown bank in the area. She has since grown into her new role in Human Resources and also serves as the current Chair of the FNB&T Employee Training Committee.  Villringer shared, “I really love the people I work with. They do so much for the community.” Villringer’s advice for individuals looking for a career is to, “find out what the company’s mission and goals are and make sure they follow the same practices and ethics you believe in.  I appreciate working for a business that continues to give back to the community.”

Manufacturing Day is October 12 in Dickinson County

Education, community and industry partners are coming together to coordinate a Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 12 at Bay College West Campus (Bay West) as a part of a campaign titled “Heavy Metal Tours.” The purpose of this campaign is to proactively educate students and the community about the skilled trades and technical career opportunities that exist locally. Continue reading “Manufacturing Day is October 12 in Dickinson County”

Big Investment at Pine Mountain Resort

Under New Ownership, Four Seasons Resort to Reopen, Pine Mountain/Timberstone to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Renovations

IRON MOUNTAIN With new ownership in place, an iconic Wisconsin resort is set to reopen after being closed for several years while a popular ski and golf resort in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will receive a multi-million dollar facelift.

The Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine Wisconsin and Pine Mountain Ski and Golf Resort are now owned by a group with extensive experience in the Midwest repositioning real estate assets, the most recent being the  Bancroft Luxury Apartment redevelopment in Saginaw Michigan which was the catalyst for over 50 million dollars in new and future investment.

Combined, the resorts represent nearly 100 jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact on the local communities.  Thousands of visitors will be drawn to the resorts each year bringing much needed outside dollars to the area, having a positive effect on local businesses, employees and the local tax base.

The resorts are located about 30 minutes apart and less than 1.5 hours from Green Bay.  Combined, the two resorts will offer year-round recreation opportunities including 27 holes of championship golf, state of the art meeting and wedding facilities, lodging for approximately 350, downhill skiing and snowboarding and fine dining to name a few.

We are extremely excited about the opportunity to operate these resorts to produce the best possible recreational experience in the Midwest, said Michael Cameron, General Manager of both resorts. New ownership remains committed to maintaining a family-friendly resort destination that can remain affordable while delivering a quality experience.  We’d like to sincerely thank the citizens of Iron Mountain and Pembine including the surrounding communities who have supported these resorts for many years.  We are fully committed to working diligently to make much needed improvements while respecting the long and amazing history of these two incredible resorts.

Four Seasons Island Resort, located on the majestic Miscauno Island, is a luxury island resort offering all-suite lodging, fine dining, spa, banquet/weddings and conference space, championship golf and world-class recreational opportunities.  The resort is located on the Menominee River and also offers access to area snowmobile and ATV trail access.

Four Season’s Boundaries Bar will be opening sometime this fall with a new and expanded outdoor deck and inside improvements. The golf course will be undergoing major improvements and is planned to reopen spring of 2019. The lodging at Four Seasons is planning on reopening to the overnight guest before January of 2019 and hopefully as early as November or December of 2018 in anticipation of a great snowmobile season.

Pine Mountain Ski and Golf Resort offers hotel and trailside lodging, fine dining, wedding and meeting space and is home to the five-star, nationally renowned TimberStone golf course.  In the winter, Pine Mountain offers 5 lifts servicing 27 downhill runs known for its snowmaking and impeccably groomed terrain.

Renovations at Pine Mountain have already begun with a completion date before the winter ski season including a total renovation to all resort rooms, common areas, wedding and meeting facilities, parking lots, outside decks and lodge facade. Also, many improvements are planned for the ski mountain and golf course with the goal of creating and improving one of the Upper Peninsulas finest ski and golf resorts.  Pine Mountain will remain open for business during all renovations and the renovations will have minimal impact on guests and Famers restaurant patrons.

Each resort has its own distinct identity and offers incredible variety for our visitors and guests.  Four Seasons is known for elegant weddings, all-suite lodging, amazing views and incredible food.  Pine Mountain is known for great skiing, world-class golf, and unmatched customer service.  Together, these resorts will offer the best of all worlds.


Michael Cameron, General Manager
Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort
and Four Seasons Resort
Phone: (906)-774-2747

Support your local Healthcare System

It is important to support our local Healthcare System. Check out the DCHS Community Flyer to find out how you can help!

DCHS is…
– DCHS is a County not-for-profit Hospital. We receive no tax dollars through a local millage and our future depends on our Community staying local and utilizing the services we offer.
– DCHS offers nationally acclaimed Healthcare and a wide variety of specialty services. The current administration has successfully operated and grown our health system, doubling our Medical Staff and Employment levels independent of a partnership since 1996.
– Not unlike many smaller, rural health systems throughout the nation, DCHS is experiencing lower utilization, decreasing insurance reimbursements and competition for services that are creating financial hardships and are making survival difficult.

How can you help?
– Show your U.P. pride and support your local hospital.
– Choose to utilize our services that are conveniently provided right here in our town.
– Spend your healthcare dollars locally. Money spent in this town, stays in this town. It supports our local employees and their families, maintains and creates jobs within our community and keeps our 24 hour Emergency Department fully functional.

You have the right to choose to keep your health care dollars in our community, dollars that support our families and help our local economy thrive. You have that right.

If your primary care physician tells you, you have to go out of town for services, to see a Specialist (General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, ENT, Urologist and others), lab work, MRI’s, you have the right to say, “I support my local hospital, I support my local physicians, I support my local community and I CHOOSE DCHS”!!!