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 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 30, 2015

Jumpers raise funds for Regional Hospice

WAKEFIELD - They plunged for the health of it into Sunday Lake on Saturday afternoon and to remember loved ones through Regional Hospice. The ninth annual Polar Plunge went off under sunshine and... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 26, 2015

Gogebic County Board approves four-year contract for Novascone

BESSEMER — Tom Novascone’s job as equalization director for Gogebic County was extended by four years Wednesday. The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved a new four-year contract for Novascone. Novascone will be paid $42,000 annually... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 20, 2015

Spring comes in cold

Snowflakes fell Thursday across the Gogebic Range, the day before the official arrival of spring. Better days lie ahead, however. The national Climate Prediction Center forecasts a greater than... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 11, 2015

City prepared with flooding checklist

IRONWOOD - Ironwood City Manager Scott Erickson said the city has developed a checklist to be used in the event of flooding. With temperatures in the 50s forecast for the next week, city commissioners had questions Monday about the potential for flo... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    March 10, 2015

Commission awards lawn care bid to Harma

IRONWOOD — A three year-contract for mowing and trimming at the Riverside Cemetery and city parks was awarded Monday by the city commission to Harma’s Lawn and Property Service, of Hurley. The commission agreed to pay Paul Harma $65,520 for the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 27, 2015

Lake Superior Ice Caves may open Saturday

BAYFIELD, Wis. - Ice has formed with enough thickness along the Apostle Islands Ice Caves to allow viewing along the mainland unit of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  If conditions remain the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 26, 2015

U.P. health department regionalization talks end

By RALPH ANSAMI BESSEMER — The Michigan Department of Community Health won't proceed with Upper Peninsula regionalization health depa... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 26, 2015

County board seeks bids on new roof for annex

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to call for bids on a new roof on the annex to the courthouse. The building and grounds committee recommended seeking bids. The bid opening will be on March 23, according to... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 26, 2015

Head lice cases tackled at Hurley K-12 school

By RALPH ANSAMI HURLEY — There have been eight cases of head lice in the past few weeks in the Hurley School District. Zona Wick, of the Iron County Health Department, said precautions are being taken to hold down the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 23, 2015

Lions' fishing fund-raiser draws crowd at Mercer's Carow Park

MERCER, Wis. - Ten degrees. Some welcome splashes of sunshine. Plenty of food and beverages. All systems were go for the Mercer Lions annual Ice Fishing Jamboree Saturday on Grand Portage Lake, conducted from the Carow Park pavilion on County J. Max... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 19, 2015

House burns to ground in Saxon

SAXON, Wis. - The Iron County Sheriff's Department was investigating a Wednesday morning fire that destroyed the former Jack Steinmetz residence on Carlson Road in Saxon. A deputy said the fire was... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 17, 2015

Four pets lost in Sunday fire in Ironwood

IRONWOOD - All household belongings and four pets were lost in a 7:54 p.m. Sunday fire that lit up the neighborhood at 206 Southwest St. A wood stove located in the basement caught on fire, the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 10, 2015

Emery honored for role in city fall deer hunt

IRONWOOD - The Ironwood City Commission honored Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officer Grant Emery, of Bessemer, Monday for his role in thinning the deer herd in the city. Ironwood... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    February 5, 2015

January snowfall half of long-term average

After a horrid November produced numerous snowstorms, the Gogebic Range has settled into a relatively normal winter. In fact, January's snowfall of 21.6 inches in Ironwood was about half the... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 29, 2015

Michigan committee hears testimony on wolf legislation

IRONWOOD - Many Upper Peninsula residents aren't hunting anymore because they fear their dogs will be killed by wolves, state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, said Wednesday. Casperson presided at a... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 27, 2015

Myhre sentenced for sexually assaulting child

HURLEY - A 30-year-old Juneau, Wis., man received an eight-year prison sentence Monday in Iron County Court for sexually assaulting a young child on several occasions. Brett Myhre was sentenced by... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 23, 2015

2014 coldest year for many UP communities

MARQUETTE - While headlines over the past two weeks point out 2014 was the warmest year on record in terms of global temperatures, Upper Peninsula communities posted some of their coldest readings in... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 22, 2015

Kloth sentenced to Iron jail in mining protest

HURLEY - A Weston, Wis., woman was sentenced to nine months in jail and seven years of probation Wednesday on two charges that resulted from a heated 2013 confrontation at a proposed iron mine site... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 19, 2015

Anglers enjoy free fishing over weekend in Wisconsin

Thousands of anglers took advantage of Wisconsin's third annual winter free fishing weekend Saturday and Sunday. Ice shacks and snowmobiles dotted the Gile Flowage on Saturday morning, where... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 17, 2015

Gas slips under $2 a gallon

Remember those predictions a few years back that the price of gas might reach $5 to $6 a gallon in the United States by 2015? Those predictions are proving to be hollow as a gallon was selling for... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 8, 2015

Blowing snow causes hazards, forces Range school closings

Blowing snow, combined with wind chill readings of 40 below, closed Gogebic Range schools for the second time this week on Wednesday. Visibility was poor and traffic was light on Wednesday morning.... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 7, 2015

Lake effect snow advisory issued

IRONWOOD — A lake-effect snow advisory extended to noon today for the Ironwood area, according to the National Weather Service. From 2 to 7 inches of snow was possible, with the winds changing from the south to the north Tuesday night and into... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    January 6, 2015

Area braced by frigid temperatures

Wind chill readings that dipped to minus 40 degrees and lower canceled school across the Gogebic Range Monday and wiped out Sunday's Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus races. The official low for Ironwood... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    December 31, 2014

Coldest winter on record marks top story of 2014

IRONWOOD - The Deep Freeze of last winter will continue to affect Gogebic Range communities for years to come. The coldest winter on record in Ironwood drove the frost deep and ruptured pipes and... Full story

 By Ralph Ansami    News    December 30, 2014

Colder weather helps firm snowmobile trails

IRONWOOD — Near zero temperatures that arrived on Monday on the Gogebic Range are helping firm snowmobile trails, according to area groomers. The wet spots under the snow are beginning to freeze, setting a solid base for grooming the trails. The... Full story


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