Mining Journal In Businessen-usThu, 5 May 2016 21:30:12 EDTThu, 5 May 2016 21:30:12 EDT for Cliffs on upward trend - Despite production at the Empire Mine winding down with layoffs set to begin this month, the overall outlook for Cliffs Natural Resources is on an upward trend, according to its first quarter earnings report issued Thursday.Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTThrivent Funds win Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards - Thrivent Mutual Funds has been honored with three 2016 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, including winning the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award and being honored as the Best Overall Small Fund Family winner.Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTProductivity shrinks again in first quarter (AP) - U.S. productivity fell again in the first three months of the year, while labor costs rose at the fastest pace in more than a year. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 1 percent in the January-March period, following a 1.Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTLarson in the 'Circle of Success' - Larry Gene Larson, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, has qualified for the company's Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2016.Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTFirst Bank promotes two staff - The directors of First Bank, Upper Michigan recently announced the promotions of two members of their executive team. Todd Maki has been promoted to president and CEO of First Bank. Maki has 29 years of banking experience.Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT