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 By Ralph Ansami    News    December 3, 2016

Colorful floats mark annual Jack Frost parade

IRONWOOD - A couple inches of snow on Thursday night added sparkle to Friday's Jack Festival Parade in downtown Ironwood. The patriotic theme of the parade brought out vibrant reds, whites and blues...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    November 12, 2016

Iron canvass supports Tingstad's DA victory

HURLEY — A Friday canvass of the Iron County, Wis., election turned up five fewer votes for District Attorney winner Matt Tingstad, but he’s still in line to take office on Jan. 1. The canvass vote count at the courthouse was 1,704 for Tingstad,...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    October 15, 2016

Revitalized snowmobile trail club seeking more members

BESSEMER — The Gogebic Range Trail Authority is seeking new members to assist with trail work and to fill in as snowmobile trail groomers, according to the president of the organization. Steve Hamilton, of Wakefield, said Friday the club is no...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    September 3, 2016

WDNR issues permit for Enbridge pipeline

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural issued a permit for wetland and waterway crossings required for Enbridge to replace a 14-mile segment of pipeline, called Line 3, in Douglas County. Line 3 extends from Alberta, Canada, through...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 31, 2016

Street work celebrated at Norrie Park ceremony

IRONWOOD - Mayor Annette Burchell on Tuesday thanked the voters of the city of Ironwood for approving the millage that led to streets throughout the city being resurfaced. Although the mayor was speak...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 26, 2016

Bidding process under way for Point storm repair work

BESSEMER — Bids will be received by the end of next week for some of the numerous projects necessary to repair the Little Girl’s Point area following the July 11-12 storm. Gogebic County Road Commission Manager-Engineer Darren Pionk spoke to...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 17, 2016

IPSD officers apprehend man who sets Norrie house on fire

IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Public Safety Department responded to a 1:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon fire in a house that followed a domestic disturbance. IPSD Director Andrew DiGiorgio, at the scene around 2...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 15, 2016

Recovery efforts continue in Gogebic County

BESSEMER — A special meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has been set for Tuesday around 5 p.m. The board will meet at the courthouse after a 4:30 p.m. personnel and negotiations committee meeting. On the agenda for the special ses...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 10, 2016

Hurley woman charged Tuesday with DHS thefts

HURLEY — A 52-year-old Hurley woman who worked for the Iron County Department of Human Services has been charged with five counts of theft from a business setting. A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Iron County Court against Mary Peterson...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 6, 2016

Snyder: Gogebic County doesn't meet $13.9 million threshold

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday Gogebic County did not meet the required $13.9 million statewide damages threshold in the July 11-12 storm to be eligible for a federal disaster declaration. Snyder said he continues to explore options to help...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 5, 2016

Ironwood house fire extinguished

IRONWOOD — A 12:04 a.m. Thursday structure fire at 140 W. Gogebic St. started in a marijuana grow room. Ironwood Public Safety Department Fire Officer Brandon Snyder said the fire was electrical in nature. “Upon arrival, the upstairs was full of...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 4, 2016

Walker seeks federal disaster declaration for July 11 storm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration for nine northern Wisconsin counties affected by July 11-12 torrential rains and flash floods. In the letter, Walker said the...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 3, 2016

House in Norrie burns early Tuesday morning

IRONWOOD - An early Tuesday morning fire that severely damaged a house at 324 E. Oak St, in Norrie Location sent the homeowner to the hospital. The Ironwood Public Safety Department reported Cheryl Gr...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    August 2, 2016

MDEQ: July storm a 1,000-year event

Since the July 11 storm ravaged the Gogebic Range and beyond, the debate has raged. Was it a 25-year storm, 50-year event or perhaps a 100-year occurrence? Last week, Linda Hansen,, of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 22, 2016

Severe storm causes downed trees, power outages across Range

A severe storm that slashed through northern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula Thursday morning knocked down countless trees and power lines. Scattered power outages were reported across the...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 22, 2016

Rick to be arraigned Aug. 18 in Bear Trap murder-arson case

HURLEY - An Aug. 18 arraignment has been scheduled for a Saxon, Wis., man who faces murder and arson charges. Donald Rick, 44, appeared in Iron County Court Thursday afternoon before Judge Patrick Ma...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 20, 2016

Hurley School Board told tax levy increase lies ahead

HURLEY — The Hurley School Board will likely look at a possible $200,000 tax levy increase in the fall, according to district administrator Chris Patritto. Patritto told school board members Monday that as it stands now, the district would lose...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 14, 2016

Board invites Snyder to tour storm damage

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners would like Gov. Rick Snyder to follow Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s lead and view damage caused by Monday’s violent thunderstorm and tornado. County board members unanimously agreed...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 13, 2016

Saxon Harbor storm claims life, causes millions in damage

A violent lightning storm Monday evening caused flooding that washed out Iron County roadways, downed trees and severely damaged Saxon Harbor, where a man was found dead in his vehicle. Former mayor o...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 11, 2016

Mercer chamber receives $6,000 grant for fish tourney

MERCER, Wis. — The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce has received a $6,000 grant from the state for its Sept. 2-4 Can-Yak Fishing Tournament and Festival. The Joint Effort Marketing tourism grant will be presented Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to the chamb...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    July 8, 2016

Wages in UP lag behind state average

IRONWOOD - Wages in the western Upper Peninsula are higher than the eastern U.P., but both regions lag substantially behind the state average. That was one of many labor analyses presented Thursday...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 16, 2016

Lightning storm sets another rainfall record for Ironwood

IRONWOOD — Monsoon season produced another weather record for Ironwood as recorded Wednesday at the National Weather Service site off Cloverland Drive. The employees at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant measured 1.94 inches of rain for t...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 15, 2016

Hurley grocery store ceremony set for Friday

HURLEY — A $250,000 grant to help bring a grocery store to Hurley will be announced at a Friday ceremony. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will join Hurley Mayor Joseph Pinardi and community and business leaders at the 10:30 a.m....

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 14, 2016

Bond set at $1 million for man facing murder, arson charges

HURLEY - Bond was set at $1 million cash Monday afternoon for a Saxon, Wis., man who faces murder and arson charges. Donald F. Rick, 44, appeared with public defender Courtney Latzig on charges that...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 14, 2016

City commissioners support application for downtown Ironwood brewery

IRONWOOD — Plans to open a brewery in downtown Ironwood advanced Monday when the city commission voted to support an application to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The Ironwood Brewery Company’s state application advanced on a 3-0 vote,...

 

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