Week of February 15, 2024

  • Midwest Telefest draws hundreds to Big Powderhorn

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Several hundred people gathered last weekend for the 34th annual Midwest Telefest at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Ironwood Township. The three-day event normally takes place at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area in Ontonagon, but it was moved this year due to inadequate snow at that site, which relies only on Mother Nature. Race Director Peter Werts of Madison, Wisconsin, said he expects the event to return to Ontonagon next year....

  • Bessemer fills Parks and Recreation Commission

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER— The Bessemer Parks and Recreation Commission now has a full board, thanks to action taken at Monday’s meeting of the Bessemer City Council. The council voted to approve Mayor Peter Tacconelli’s appointment of Dominic Fabbri as a parks commissioner. Fabbri previously served on the city’s Planning Commission and wrote in his application that, as a father, he believes the parks commission “is more aligned with my short-term goals and time commitments.” He added that his engineering...

  • Phase 2 of water treatment project fully grant funded

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission continued Monday taking steps to improve the city’s utility infrastructure, approving a $11.4 million grant to fully fund Phase 2 of the ongoing water treatment plant project. City Manager Paul Anderson said the grant funds from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy amount to 100% grant. “We remain extremely thankful to EGLE for coming up with this amazing funding and opportunity for us,” said Anderson. Phase 2 will add...

  • Ironwood Carnegie Library new restroom project continues

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Carnegie Library is in the middle of renovations, adding a main floor restroom, according to Library Director Lynne Wiercinski. "We are working on staying open as long as we can during construction. We have had to close for a couple days when it wouldn't be safe for patrons to be in the library while they were working," said Wiercinski. She said the project is running well, and the restroom is something that the library officials had been wanting to do for many years. The funds...

  • Jerome William Johnston

    LAONA, Wis. - Jerome William Johnston, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Laona. Jerome was born on April 16, 1940, the son of Howard and Germaine (Corcoran) Johnston. Jerome graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, with the class of 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for 11 years. After his stint in the service, Jerome worked with his father running a carpentry business out of their McLeod Avenue shop. He leaves behind his...

  • Muriel Bernice Rostollan

    AUBURN, Mich. - Muriel Bernice Rostollan passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, after a short stay at Auburn Fields Assisted Living and Memory Care, Auburn, Michigan. She had just turned 99 years old and had recently celebrated 78 years of marriage with the love of her life, Walter E. Rostollan, who became 100 years old last July. We know she is now in heaven with her Lord and Savior, waiting for his arrival. Muriel Johnson was born in Oulu, Wisconsin, on Jan. 18, 1925, the daughter of Estrid...

  • Janet Flinchum Herrick

    DENTON, Texas — Janet “Jan” Flinchum Herrick passed away peacefully at her home in Denton, Texas, with her family at her side on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. Janet and her family grew up in Watersmeet, Michigan. She is survived by her son and daughter, Jason and Jessie Valkenaar; her grandchildren, Danielle, Madeline, Tyler and Camryn; her sister, Barbara; nieces Heather Welch Westfall, Ivy Dayter and April Craig; as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty; as well as her sisters, Connie, Linda and...

  • Lorraine L. 'Pud' Anderson

    MARENISCO, Mich. - Lorraine L. "Pud" Anderson, 99, a longtime resident of Marenisco, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Lorraine was born on Dec. 20, 1924, in Ashland, Wisconsin, a daughter of Reinhold and Laura (Rominske) Ryskey. She attended Roosevelt High School in Marenisco and graduated in 1943. On Nov. 3, 1945, Lorraine was united in marriage to Lynard E. Anderson in Chicago. For 25 years, she was employed at the Victor Manufacturing...

  • Community Calendar

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 15 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Ironwood St....

2023-24 Season Snow: 29.8 in.
2022-23 Season Snow: 253.4
2021-22 Season Snow: 182.3
2020-21 Season Snow:   84.4
2019-20 Season Snow: 169.3
2018-19 Season Snow: 182.8
2017-18 Season Snow: 172.3
2016-17 Season Snow: 121.2
2015-16 Season Snow: 187.5
2014-15 Season Snow: 198.1
2013-14 Season Snow: 192.7
2012-13 Season Snow: 223.7

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