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 By Katie Perttunen    News    March 1, 2014

Area youth learn elements of dance

IRONWOOD - On Thursday night, a short odyssey began for area youngsters. "Show me a shape you've never seen before," Katharine Larson, dance instructor, told a stage full of young dancers. The... Full story

 

Duffy discusses forest products industry with local businesses

MERCER, Wis. - U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, listened to concerns from Action Floors of Mercer, Bessemer Plywood and others in the wood products industry Friday morning in Mercer. Action Floors owne... Full story

 

Local man takes part in Wreaths Across America

IRONWOOD- 14 year Air Force Veteran, and longtime Ironwood resident Murray Morgan travelled to Arlington National Cemetery Saturday Dec. 14 along with 40 other truck drivers as a part of Wreaths Acros... Full story

 

Bessemer city council discusses medical marijuana business

BESSEMER - Kismet was in evidence at Monday night's Bessemer City Council meeting, as it began with a presentation by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team members from the Gogebic County Sheriff's Dep... Full story

 

Bessemer celebrates holiday with hayride

BESSEMER - Twenty-five people braved sub-zero temperatures to carol on an old-fashioned hayride as part of Bessemer's community Christmas party, departing from the VFW Sunday afternoon. Mayor Butch... Full story

 

Prison to begin dog training program

MARENISCO — Camp Ojibway and HOPE Animal Shelter are moving full speed ahead with a plan for prisoners to train dogs. Warden Linda Tribley said the first dog, Anna, will arrive next week. Camp Ojibway, near Marenisco, will house three dogs which wi... Full story

 

Overdue update

IRONWOOD - The Carnegie Library recently received a $19,000 grant from the Reinhardt Library Fund for lighting improvements. "We are proud and excited to have received this grant," Elaine Erickson,... Full story

 

Bare bones

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Aspirus Grand View Hospital's $4 million renovation project is about 15 percent done, Peter DuPuis, project manager from Miron Construction, Neenah, Wis., said Tuesday. Late... Full story

 

All the world's a stage

IRONWOOD - The Historic Ironwood Theatre is hosting a production by the Carnegie Library's Drama Group of 23 actors and three crew members today for around 600 local students. Dress rehearsal was... Full story

 

Cookie sale raises money for charities

IRONWOOD - Salem Lutheran Church hosted a cookie sale fundraiser to benefit local charities Saturday morning. Many different varieties of cookies were available, and the event enjoyed a successful... Full story

 

Mayle meets with W-M, Bessemer superintendents

IRONWOOD — Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District Superintendent Bruce Mayle has met separately with superintendents from Wakefield-Marenisco and Bessemer school districts to discuss the upcoming consolidation issue, and once collectively,... Full story

 

Cops and shoppers

IRONWOOD - Thirty area youth got the opportunity to do Christmas shopping with local law enforcement on Saturday. The kids were given $100 each to spend on gifts, and after they hunted bargains they... Full story

 

Glass-blowing studio, art gallery opens in Bessemer

BESSEMER - Kikkebusch Glassworks, a glass-blowing studio and art gallery, opened in Bessemer Nov. 23 in the old Presbyterian Church. Holiday customer traffic was good all weekend, Doug Kikkebusch,... Full story

 

Many disabled veterans eligible for tax exemptions

BESSEMER — About 72 disabled veterans in Gogebic County are newly eligible for property tax exemptions on their homesteads, John Frello, service officer for the Gogebic County Council of Veterans Affairs said. The veterans must appear before their... Full story

 

Santa visits Gurney

GURNEY- Santa came early this year to Gurney. Santa's arrival was announced not by jingle bells, but by the sound of the fire siren, and the kids got in line to tell him their dearest wishes and... Full story

 

Consolidation discussion heats up Bessemer school board meeting

BESSEMER - Bessemer Area School District's Board meeting grew heated during discussion of possible consolidation, with Bill McDonald, a board member who is facing a May recall, moved to curse.... Full story

 

Mercer, Wakefield host craft shows

MERCER, Wis. - The Mercer Lioness Club sponsored their 10th annual Craft Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, despite poor weather. Baked goods, lunch items, and a wide variety of items were available,... Full story

 

Bessemer sisters selected for all-state band ensemble

BESSEMER - Two A.D. Johnston High School band students had great news this past week; out of 2,600 auditioning students, they earned spots to perform together in an 80-student Michigan all-state... Full story

 

O'Brien, Begalle to dance at Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day

IRONWOOD - Two local competitive dancers are traveling to Orlando to dance at half-time as part of 300 performers doing a jazz pom routine for the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. Cheyanne... Full story

 

Merit-orious beginning

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP- Merit Network Inc. and community partners in Gogebic County commemorated the completion and lighting of the fiber optic network's segment between Watersmeet and Ironwood on... Full story

 

Bessemer City Council discusses Mary Street park project

BESSEMER- New Bessemer Mayor Butch Semmerling asked questions about the Mary Street Ethnic Commons during his first city council meeting Monday. "Some people are proud of the park, some aren't,"... Full story

 

Petition to recall Bessemer school board member circulated

BESSEMER — A petition to oust Bessemer School Board member Bill McDonald has made a lot of progress since wording for it was approved in October, Sheri Graham said Friday. More than 270 Bessemer and Bessemer Township voters need to sign the... Full story

 

Geeked about reading

IRONWOOD - Ironwood's Carnegie Library is "Geeking the Library" with an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. "Geek is a verb," Elaine Erickson, library director, said. "For example, I geek the library." Geek... Full story

 

Officials warn gathering about many drugs used in community

IRONWOOD - Sgt. Adam Clemens, of the Ironwood Public Safety Department, gave nearly 50 community members tips and information on how to spot drug use and what to do if they suspect it at a... Full story

 

Semmerling sworn in as mayor

BESSEMER - August "Butch" Semmerling was elected mayor of Bessemer at Monday's city council reorganizational meeting, having garnered the most votes Nov. 5 at 271 and receiving an unanimous vote from... Full story

 

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