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Committee discusses possible fundraisers


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IRON COUNTY Memorial Building Restoration Committee members Joe Walesewicz, Bill Thomas, Paul Mullard, Dan Stephani and Bob Traczyk discuss an agenda item during a meeting on Monday at the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley. Committee member Louis Valle is missing from the photo.

HURLEY — The Iron County Memorial Building Restoration Committee discussed future fundraisers during a meeting at the Iron County Courthouse on Monday.

Fundraising chair Dorothy Walesewicz spoke to the committee about the possibility of hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with the Memorial Day events in the area.

“It would be a great time to have an open house and let the community see the work that has been done,” Walesewicz said.

Each year, the Hurley American Legion and Hurley Veterans of Foreign Wars group rotate on organizing the parade and ceremony and hosting a meal afterwards.

This year, the VFW is in charge of the event, but committee members said that they would get in touch with the VFW to let the committee host the meal afterwards.

Different options were discussed, including hosting a pancake breakfast before the parade, or a brat feed afterwards.

“With the parade being at 10 a.m., you are not going to have a lot time to have something before hand,” committee member Louis Valle said.

It was tentatively set to host a brat feed after the event, pending decisions from the VFW and Legion members on allowing the meal to happen and allowing the event to take place at the Memorial Building.

Other options were mentioned, including pizza or pasty parties at the building during the year, a teen dance once school is out and more.

Other business

Former committee member Sharon Ofstad sent in her resignation from the committee, and it was discussed by members on how to replace her.

Committee chair Paul Mullard said that Ofstad was placed on the committee by the county chairman, so it should be up to the county board to find a replacement, if the board wishes.

“I would like to see another committee member added,” Mullard said.

Mullard also thanked the Iron County Finance Committee for giving $4,000 to the American Legion to keep the bowling alley running through the spring and summer.

Treasurer Joe Walesewicz updated the committee on the finance report, and said that there was $8,316 in the account.

The next meeting was set for May 6 at 4 p.m. at the courthouse.


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