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 By Jan Tucker    News    March 19, 2016

Unemployment increases in western UP

Employment numbers worsened in all western Upper Peninsula counties in January, according to the Michigan Labor Market Bureau. Gogebic County’s unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in December to 6.7 percent in January. The leap came despite 75...

 By Jan Tucker    News    November 7, 2015

Community turns out to give opinions on future of Ontonagon waterfront

ONTONAGON - Large crowds returned Friday to the Michigan Works Building to vote on specific planning options for the Ontonagon waterfront which were identified at a public meeting Thursday. Participan... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    October 31, 2015

A survivor's journey

ONTONAGON - Cancer dealt a double whammy for Gail Ollila, of Ontonagon. Ollila was a custodian at the Ontonagon Area Elementary-Junior High School when she met and married teacher and elementary... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 30, 2015

Village of Ontonagon receives $900,000 grant

By JAN TUCKER ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village Manager Joe Erickson told the village council Monday the village will receive a $900,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to study the sewer system.... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 17, 2015

Ontonagon area schools receive grant

By JAN TUCKER ONTONAGON - If you find yourself walking the woods trail west of the Ontonagon Area Schools building on Parker Ave., watch out for the bridge closures. OASD... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 12, 2015

OCC receives tribute from state representatives

By JAN TUCKER BERGLAND - The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging received a special commendation from state legislators and the governor on the occasion of the organization's... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 8, 2015

State representatives dedicate bridge to veterans

ONTONAGON - Seventeen percent of Ontonagon County residents are veterans. Saturday, the bridge over the Ontonagon River was named for these men and women, The Ontonagon Veterans Memorial Bridge.... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 5, 2015

Michigan DNR plans steps to protect walleye

ONTONAGON - Protecting large walleyes in the Ontonagon River is a concern of  Ontonagon County sportsfishing organizations. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Thursday... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    August 18, 2015

Highland gifts mapping technology to Ontonagon

ONTONAGON - Geological engineers from Highland Copper demonstrated to the Ontonagon Area Board of Education Monday the application and advantage of the ArcGIS system, a collaboration between the... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    July 20, 2015

Ontonagon grads to celebrate all school reunion

ONTONAGON — Up to a thousand Ontonagon Area High School graduates and their families and friends are expected to celebrate the 2015 All School Reunion in Ontonagon this upcoming Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. The reunions have been held every... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 29, 2015

Unemployment up across most of Western UP

Unemployment rose in five of the six western Upper Peninsula counties in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Market. The civilian labor market grew in both Gogebic and Ontonagon counties with both total employment and the unemployment rate rising... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 24, 2015

National Weather Service to build station at Ontonagon marina

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon residents will be able to get their marine weather information close to home under an agreement signed by the Ontonagon Village Council Monday. The village agreed to lease village property at the Ontonagon marina to the... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 23, 2015

Ontonagon to add agriculture class to curriculum

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area Board of Education heard about a new program which will be included in the Ontonagon curriculum through the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District. Superintendent-Principal Jim Bobula said an agriculture... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 2, 2015

Ontonagon village manager expects dollar store permit request shortly

ONTONAGON – Ontonagon Village Manager Joe Erickson told the Village Council Monday that engineers for a new dollar store in Ontonagon have been on the proposed site for the store and he expects a request will be made next week for a building permi... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    May 23, 2015

Polakowski urges grads to set goals

ONTONAGON - Thirty years ago, Steve Polakowski graduated from the Ontonagon Area High School. On Friday night, he stood before the 31 OAHS graduates as their commencement speaker. In the interim 30... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    May 21, 2015

4 GOISD schools earn bronze awards from US News and World Report

BERGLAND — Four of the six high schools in the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District have received bronze ratings from U.S. News and World Reports. Ironwood, Besssmer, Watersmeet and Ontonagon high schools received the awards for... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    May 4, 2015

Findlay, Pollard sworn in to new Ontonagon County posts

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County has a new prosecutor and treasurer. Friday, Judge Roy Gotham swore in Michael Findlay as prosecutor and Ontonagon County Clerk Stacy Preiss swore in the new treasurer, Jeanne Pollard. Gotham told the crowd gathered for... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    April 22, 2015

Ontonagon County's Kiloran steps down

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon County board Tuesday said goodbye to long time treasurer Dee Killoran Tuesday. Killoran has worked for the county for 44 years and nine months, 32 of those years were as County Treasurer. Killoran is retiring at the end... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    April 9, 2015

Ontonagon County EDC hears about revolving loan fund regulations

ONTONAGON - "Use it or lose it" was the message the Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation received Wednesday, concerning the Ontonagon Revolving Loan Funds. Dale Cook, Regional Loan... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    April 6, 2015

Ontonagon Reunion Registration

ONTONAGON - Five thousands Letters have been sent to Ontonagon Area School alumni inviting them to the All School reunion July 24-25. It is the first fully automated reunion with much of the replies and planning done through the internet. Julie Johns... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    March 30, 2015

RICC educates community at disability awareness event

ONTONAGON - Purple "Disable the Label" shirts were everywhere at the Regional Inclusive Community Coalition disability awareness event Friday in Ontonagon. March is developmental disability awareness... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    March 27, 2015

New chair provides more mobility to Aspirus patients

ONTONAGON - Ryon Hokens, Director of Rehabilitation at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, said the Evole Chair, purchased by the Aspirus Ontonagon Foundation, has helped many patients at the hospital. The... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    March 10, 2015

Ontonagon Village Council hears report on housing commission

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council Monday heard a report from Manager Joe Erickson reviewing the operations of the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission. The housing commission governs the operation of Cane Court housing units for low income... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    February 27, 2015

Ontonagon looks to provide jobs, recreational opportunities

ONTONAGON - Instead of Ontonagon being at the end of the trail, village manager Joe Erickson wants it to be a place to start vacations and obtain jobs. The village and its council are taking a... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    January 2, 2015

Tingstad steps down from bench after 32-year career

BESSEMER - Andy Tingstad has seen many changes in both the court system and the community in his 32 years as District Judge for Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. He retired effective Thursday at noon. T... Full story


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