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 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 26, 2016 

County board OKs 2016 millage rate

BESSEMER— The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners Wednesday set the 2016 county millage rate at .00668, the same as in 2015, but it will result in $44,100 more being collected in taxes. A total of $3,401,704 will be collected in taxes, up...

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 25, 2016

Ironwood receives good marks for water quality

IRONWOOD - The city of Ironwood's water system received a "good report card" in recent state testing, according to city manager Scott Erickson. Following the water crisis in Flint, Ironwood was the...

 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 7, 2016

218 degrees awarded at bang-up GCC ceremony

IRONWOOD - Thunder and flashing lights occurred both inside and outside the Gogebic Community College Lindquist Center gymnasium at Friday's graduation ceremonies. The inside stuff was flashing light...

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 21, 2016

Polar Plunge generates funds for Range Hospice

WAKEFIELD - "Go jump in a lake" is a command that was followed by about 50 people who participated in the 10th annual Regional Hospice Polar Plunge on Saturday. On a sunny afternoon with temperatures...

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 12, 2016

Mild weather brings out trolling boats

The steady stream of pickup trucks towing boats to Saxon Harbor on Friday along Wisconsin 122 was a sign spring has arrived early on the Gogebic Range. On the calendar, there's officially another week...

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 23, 2016

Scandinavian Homes to buy spec building in Ironwood Industrial Park for $100,000

IRONWOOD - The city of Ironwood has finally found a suitor to occupy the industrial park speculation building that was constructed in 2003. On Monday, the city commission will consider selling the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 23, 2016

Expanded dental services may be offered to Hurley K-12 students

HURLEY — A total of 91 students in the Hurley School District have unmet dental needs, according to Dr. Erin Cutler, who has been working with the school the past three years. She met with the Hurley School Board Monday to discuss how to get more... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    December 12, 2015

Adams offers solution to pension liability issue

BESSEMER — In his final appearance before the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, county prosecutor Richard Adams offered a solution to a pension liability problem. Gogebic County was the fiscal agent for the Western Upper... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    November 7, 2015

Hurley seeks to identify source of contaminants in city water

HURLEY — Residents of the city of Hurley recently received letters that their drinking water contains contaminants that violate state and federal regulations and may be cancer-causing if consumed over many years. The levels of Tribalomethanes and... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 14, 2015

Hurley council seeks grant to re-open grocery store

By RALPH ANSAMI HURLEY — The Hurley City Council agreed Tuesday to seek a grant that would assist in re-opening the former Super One grocery store off Tenth Avenue. Kendall Building, of Menominee, the developer of the pro... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 8, 2015

Wisconsin sees increased traffic deaths

September traffic deaths in Wisconsin were up by 17 over a year ago, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Last month, 63 people died in traffic crashes. That was seven more deaths than the five-year average for the month of... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 7, 2015

Korpela appointed to planning commission

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD — Nancy Korpela has been appointed to the Ironwood Planning Commission. Mayor Kim Corcoran made the appointment last week. During the meeting, Korpela discussed how she has opened a business... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 2, 2015

Aurora plat meeting scheduled for Oct. 14

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD — A Wednesday, Oct. 14 meeting has been scheduled on the new assessor’s plat of Aurora Location parcels. Developing the plat was approved by the Ironwood City Commission. City manager Scott... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 1, 2015

New Ironwood truck weight limit ordinance explained

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD — The vehicle weight restriction ordinance adopted by the Ironwood City Commission on Monday sets a 30,000-pound limit. While the ordinance was designed to keep big trucks rigs off McLeod Avenue... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 29, 2015

Commission approves resolution to keep trucks off Ayer, McLeod

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD — On a split vote, the Ironwood City Commission approved an ordinance Monday designed to keep heavy truck traffic off McLeod Avenue and Ayer Street. The ordinance passed on 3-1 vote, with... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 25, 2015

County board hears update on harbor work

By RALPH ANSAMI BESSEMER — The boat ramp at Black River Harbor will be closed from Oct. 5 to Nov. 13, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners learned on Wednesday. Ottawa National Forest District Ranger Norman Nass... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 24, 2015

August weather in Ironwood featured extreme readings

By RALPH ANSAMI August in Ironwood was a month of extremes, with very hot weather around mid-month followed by cool temperatures in the fourth week. Kevin Crupi, of the Nati... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 23, 2015

Old case resurfaces in Iron County Court

HURLEY — An Ironwood man entered a not guilty plea to a possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, citation Monday in Iron County Court, when a seven-year-old charge resurfaced. Leland Ojaniemi, 58, was cited by Iron County... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 22, 2015

Hurley K-12 count down 15 students

By RALPH ANSAMI HURLEY - Hurley School District Administrator Chris Patritto discussed the ramifications of a drop in student enrollment of 15 students with the school... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 21, 2015

Engineering costs approved for Ironwood project

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD — An amendment to a sewer-water contract approved by the city commission last Monday will net Coleman Engineering around $88,000 in additional engineering fees. Coleman was awarded the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 21, 2015

Iron County man pleads not guilty in traffic death case

HURLEY — A Gurney, Wis., resident recently entered a not guilty plea to a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. The next Iron County Court appearance for Matthew Sorrels, 28, will be an Oct. 30 pre-trial hearing. Sorrels was involved... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 19, 2015

MDNR purchases easements on Wakefield area trail system

By RALPH ANSAMI WAKEFIELD - The Michigan Natural Resources Commission last week approved the purchase of seven permanent trail easements from private property owners in the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 18, 2015

Eagle Bluff board requests lowering golf lease charge

By RALPH ANSAMI HURLEY  — An Oct. 13 meeting is planned on a request from the Eagle Bluff Golf Course board to have the city reduce the golf club’s annual $10,000 lease payment. The city council met Thursday and financ... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 16, 2015

Ironwood stretch of state trail dedicated

By RALPH ANSAMI IRONWOOD - There were two developments on Monday regarding the non-motorized Iron Belle trail from Detroit to Ironwood. The Ironwood stretch, called the West... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 15, 2015

New park equipment dedicated

IRONWOOD - New playground equipment at Ironwood's Longyear Park is set on a soft rubber surface that prevents kids' injuries from falls. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday afternoon marked... Full story


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