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 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,...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 9, 2016

County board OKs list for parcel sales

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners Wednesday agreed to place 12 foreclosed parcels up for sale, exerxising its right to the properties. County treasurer Sue Pertile said people are interested in purchasing four of the lots. All...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 7, 2016

Rick charged with murder, arson in Bear Trap blaze

HURLEY - A Saxon, Wis., man has been charged with murder and arson in the March 12 fire that destroyed the Bear Trap Inn in Saxon, resulting in the death of Lisa Waldros. Donald Rick, 44, who resided...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 6, 2016

Skin Deep cops first place at Saxon Harbor fishing contest

SAXON, Wis. - Fishermen participating in the 25th annual Saxon Harbor Spring Classic fishing contest sailed into the harbor on Sunday just before yet another lightning storm struck the area. The...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 3, 2016

WDNR stocks brown trout at Saxon Harbor

SAXON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' brown trout stocking program shifted to Saxon Harbor on Thursday. Trucks from the DNR's Brule Fish Hatchery arrived around noon with...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    June 1, 2016

Conservation district fights spread of knotweed

BESSEMER - The Gogebic Conservation District is gathering landowner information on an effort to eradicate knotweed, an invasive plant species that can penetrate house walls and floors. Jim Finley,...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 28, 2016

Rally kicks off with soggy parade

HURLEY - Hurley kicked off its Memorial Day Weekend All-Terrain Vehicle Rally with a 45-minute parade of hundreds of machines in light rain Friday evening. It didn't matter much to the ATV and side-by...

 
 By Ralph Ansami    News    May 27, 2016

Thunderstorms produce Ironwood rainfall record

Students aboard a bus from Rhinelander, Wis., waited out rainfall and heavy fog Thursday morning in a visit to Saxon Harbor as the Gogebic Range continued to get battered by thunderstorms. The...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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