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 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 2, 2015

Aspirus Grand View plans $16 million clinic project

IRONWOOD - Aspirus Grand View Hospital on Wednesday announced plans for a $16 million, 43,600-square-foot family medicine, cancer and specialty care clinic. Hospital spokesman David Sim said the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 1, 2015

Man receives jail time for running over friend twice

HURLEY - A 58-year-old former Manitowish Waters, Wis., resident was sentenced to 90 days in the Iron County Jail Tuesday for running over a companion with his vehicle. James Heller, 58, of Duluth,... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 1, 2015

Warm weather predicted for Fourth of July across region

IRONWOOD — Monday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms throughout the Gogebic Range caused sporadic power outages, a few downed trees and heavy downpours. Streets that are under construction in Ironwood flooded around mid-afternoon as the sky turned... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 30, 2015

2 Ironwood men face coyote torture charges

BESSEMER — Two Ironwood men will be arraigned in Gogebic County Circuit Court on July 7 on charges relating to the alleged torture of a coyote. Jason Charles Roberts, 34, and Dale Scott Allen, 45, were bound over to circuit court for trial by 98th... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 15, 2015

One-eyed hawk star of Mercer Lupine Junefest

MERCER, Wis. - Mercer's annual Lupine Junefest went to the birds on Saturday. It was the ninth celebration of the colorful lupine plants, but first year of the bird festival at the Loon Capital of... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 13, 2015

Michigan court system videoconferencing cuts costs, adds safety factor

BESSEMER — When two people suspected of dealing heroin in an Ironwood motel were arraigned in court this week, it was accomplished by videoconferencing, even though the Gogebic County Jail is only a short walk from the county courthouse in... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 11, 2015

County board signs papers for summer airport project

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved signing paperwork for the $1,176,000 summer airport taxiway project. The west end of the parallel taxiway will be constructed, the second half of the project at the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 9, 2015

Camp 911 kicks off at IPSD headquarters

IRONWOOD - The first day of Camp 911 kicked off Monday at the Ironwood Public Safety Department, with 41 youngsters participating. The camp, for children aged 8 to 12, is designed to teach... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 5, 2015

Ironwood budget shows minor increase in taxes

IRONWOOD — The 2015-’16 budget the Ironwood City Commission will consider Monday includes a small increase in city property taxes. According to the proposed budget resolution, property taxes of $1,777,000 are projected, compared to the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 30, 2015

Alternative school graduates thankful for varied support

IRONWOOD - "Most of you don't know how important this school is to us," Trystam MacPherson said Friday at Gogebic County Community School graduation ceremonies. "Many of us were told we wouldn't grad... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 30, 2015

Wakefield comes out best in sewer-water comparison

By RALPH ANSAMI As the Ironwood City Commission was reviewing utility increases this week, a rate comparison chart of area communities was presented. It shows Wakefield customers pay the lowest sewer-water bills on the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 28, 2015

Ironwood moves ahead with Aurora plat project

IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission decided Tuesday to move ahead with an Aurora land platting project. City officials had budgeted $20,600 for platting residences in the Aurora neighborhood that are currently under the ownership of the Aurora... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 26, 2015

Ironwood graduating class honored by 50-year reunion

IRONWOOD - While the Luther L. Wright High School graduating Class of 1965 was more than three times bigger than this year's graduating class, the two classes face common challenges. "Life is going... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 16, 2015

Gogebic County resolution backs state wolf control

BESSEMER — A resolution in support of the state of Michigan controlling the wolf population in the Upper Peninsula was approved by the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. Denny Ellos, secretary of the Western U.P. Citizens on Wolf... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 15, 2015

Winter exited mildly in April in Ironwood

After a raucous start to winter 2014-’15, April in Ironwood bowed out rather mildly. In fact, the average temperature of 39.8 degrees was just above the 110-year average of 39.3 and the 13 inches of snow was just 1.6 inches more than normal. April... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 14, 2015

Gogebic County 911 surcharge increased by 30 cents per month

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners agreed Wednesday to increase a special 9-1-1 monthly surcharge by 30 cents per telephone or mobile device. The present charge is $1 per phone or device, but county voters authorized charging up... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 13, 2015

Downtown activities planned around 'Grease' HIT sing-along

IRONWOOD — Downtown Ironwood will revert to the 1950s for a day on Saturday, June 20. Aurora Street will be closed from 2 to 10 p.m. between Lowell and Suffolk for a Historic Ironwood Theatre “Grease” sing-along retro celebration that will... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 9, 2015

GCC graduates urged to 'Go bold'

IRONWOOD - Graduates were encouraged to "Go Bold" at Gogebic Community College's 81st commencement exercises on Friday evening. The "Go" theme stands for both Gogebic and setting forth in the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 8, 2015

MDOT highway projects in U.P. getting under way

Highway projects are gearing up in the Upper Peninsula with the warmer weather. The Michigan Department of Transportation said a mammoth three-part M-28 resurfacing project, including from near Wakefield to Bergland, will begin on Monday and run... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 7, 2015

Iron County tourism spending stagnant

Iron County lagged behind other northern Wisconsin counties in 2014 in attracting tourism, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. State officials said tourism spending of $18.9 million in Iron County in 2013 increased to $19 million in... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 4, 2015

Warm weather ushers in kids' fishing season opener

UPSON, Wis. - Everett Lotzer, 2, of Iron Belt, prepared for Saturday morning's fishing season opener with plenty of practice. His mother, Denise Lotzer, watched as her son and his brother, Marshall,... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    April 30, 2015

Proposal 1 benefits, costs outlined by road director

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series on Proposal 1, which will appear on Michigan’s spring ballot Tuesday. ——— Voters across Michigan will decide Tuesday whether to approve a ballot proposal that could pump an additional $1.2 b... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    April 29, 2015

City commissioners learn Art Park bids come in high

IRONWOOD — City Manager Scott Erickson on Monday updated the city commission on numerous upcoming projects and clean-up days. Erickson said bids for the Art Park on Aurora Street came in high and options are under review by city staff. The Art... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    April 18, 2015

Xcel Energy offers hotline for reporting power outages

Spring thunderstorms have already arrived on the Gogebic Range and Xcel Energy officials said it’s time to prepare for possible severe weather. “We’ve already experienced some strong winds and the first heavy thunderstorms of the year are... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    April 17, 2015

City commissioners adopt sick leave donation policy

IRONWOOD — A policy in which a city of Ironwood employee can donate sick leave time to a fellow worker was approved by the city commission on Monday. City treasurer Paul Linn said the city had nothing in writing on sharing sick leave and he researc... Full story


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