Week of May 23, 2024

  • Ironwood couple cleans veterans' gravestones

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - In 2021, Angela Brogan was in Ironwood's Riverside Cemetery when she happened to notice the headstones of several veterans. Last week, on May 17, she recalled the moment while standing with her husband, Scott Brogan, in the same place. "I was cleaning my own family stones," she said, "and I walked by these, and they didn't look like they should." She was referring to Section 38 of the cemetery, which includes dozens of small, white...

  • Ironwood school approves call for bids on bus garage

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - At a Monday meeting of the Ironwood Area Schools Board of Education, members discussed the bus garage project and pitched some ideas for the future. "We have been working for the last couple of months on updating the bus garage," said Superintendent Travis Powell, "and we noticed that the main door would need some attention." Powell said that bus bay doors need to be changed into double doors, so that they fully close and allow clear access to...

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  • Ironwood memorial service honors UP's fallen officers

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - A memorial service for regional residents who died in the line of duty while employed in law enforcement was held in Ironwood on May 15. The annual U.P. Peace Officers' Memorial Service took place in the Lindquist Center of Gogebic Community College. The event honored officers of the U.P., as well as of border agencies in Wisconsin and Canada. Keynote speaker was Tiffany Romans, sister-in-law of Ervin Romans II, who died at the age of 43...

  • Honor Flight Meal

  • Hurley School Board grants 5% wage hike, elects officers

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley School Board on Monday approved a 5% increase in wages for all staff, effective immediately. Genisot said that is higher than the union-stated Consumer Price Index of 4.16%. According to Investopedia, CPI is defined as “a measure of the average change over time in prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.” Genisot said the raises will cost the district $150,500 in the next fiscal budget year, which begins on July 1. As part of its...

  • Mahler to retire as Marenisco Township supervisor

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP — After nearly four years as Marenisco Township’s supervisor, Bruce Mahler has announced that he plans to retire as of the November election. “It’s time for me to do other things,” said Mahler, who also served as the township’s police chief for 17 prior years. Mahler also owns 5 Sons Brewing in Marenisco. “I’m not going anywhere,” he told The Globe on Tuesday. But he added that his pending retirement will give him more freedom. “Now, if I decide to go on a...

  • Mercer library prepares for summer of fun, games, reading

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] MERCER — The Mercer Public Library is preparing for an exciting summer, according to Library Director Teresa Schmidt. “We have a lot planned,” she said, “as we always do at the Mercer Library.” From June 20 through mid-August, the library will offer children’s programming, ranging from nature programs to touring theater groups. “We are going to have weekly fun things happening for kids, most of which will be happening on Thursdays, maybe Fridays,” said Schmidt. The library also will...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco School approves new reading curriculum

    WAKEFIELD — Members of the Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education approved a new elementary school reading curriculum on May 20. “The elementary teachers have spent a great deal of time reviewing potential curriculum for students in grades K-6,” said Superintendent Jason Gustafson. “They have chosen ‘Into Reading’ as what they would like to go with.” The curriculum is a blend of online and print and encompasses writing, as well as phonics. Gustafson obtained a grant for $33,286 to help cover the cost of the curriculum. The board...

  • Bessemer Public Library plans for summertime

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer Public Library is preparing for a summer of fun, continuing with the “Adventure Begins at your Library” theme that many have adopted this year. Library director Melissa Lupino said that her staff has been working hard to schedule activities to draw kids into the library to have fun all summer long. “Programs will begin Saturday, June 8,” said Lupino, “We are having our summer kick-off party, and people can come and get signed up for the reading program. We will have...

  • Area D-3 athletes advance to UP Finals

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] LAKE LINDEN --- The Bessemer Speedboys 4x100 relay team already broke its school record this season and it got an unexpected one here Monday - the best time ever at Lake Linden's Werner Field (45.79 seconds). Bessemer continued their strong performance in the event at Monday's MHSAA Division 3 regional track-and-field meet where the top four finishers in the individual events and the top two relay teams qualified for the U.P. Finals, set for June 1 in...

  • Hurley basketball moves up to D-4 next year

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] HURLEY --- The Hurley basketball teams are moving up to Division 4 for next year’s WIAA postseason tournaments. The student count used by the WIAA for the 2024-25 school year rose 15 students from last year to 207 students. That’s the largest enrollment number for Hurley since they were at 218 and in Division 4 for the 2014-15 school year. Two years later, they were at 175 and a new member of Division 5. They’ve been in the state’s smallest division ever since the 2016-17 school year. That is...

  • Anthony 'Tony' James Gutowski

    HARTLAND, Wis. - Anthony "Tony" James Gutowski, 86, passed away after a brief hospitalization for a brain injury sustained during a fall at his home in Hartland, on Monday, May 13, 2024. He is survived directly by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline (Jackee) Rae (nee Liimakka); their daughters, Lee and Lynn (David Randolph); their sons, Tony (Christine), Tom (Amy) and Tim (Jamie Rosman); and their seven grandchildren, Zoe Randolph, Benjamin Gutowski, Lucy Randolph, Jacek Gutowski, Ella Gutowski,...

  • Carol Novascone

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Carol Novascone, 69, of Ironwood, passed away at her home on Friday, May 10, 2024. Carol was born on June 27, 1954, to John and Doris (Nelson) McRae. She attended schools in Ironwood and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School. She was united in marriage on Sept. 29, 1979, to Dennis E. Novascone. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Carol always had a crochet or knitting project going and would always have a stockpile for you to go pick out...

  • Michael George Toth

    SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Michael George Toth, age 69 of Shakopee, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 13 at his residence. Originally from Ironwood, Michigan, Michael Toth sought broader horizons and relocated to the Twin Cities, where he found both career success and deep fulfillment. Starting his professional journey as a production manager at Data Card, Mike later discovered his true calling as a realtor. He thrived in this career and his passion for helping others find their dream homes was...

  • Jeffrey P. Hendrickson

    CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Jeffrey P. Hendrickson, 75, of Chocolay Township, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 13, 2024, working in his garden, doing what he loved. Jeff was born in Mt. Clemens, to Phillip A. and Ruth (Helmes) Hendrickson, the eldest of seven children. He grew up in Ironwood, attending the McKinley and Roosevelt Grade Schools and graduated in 1966 from Luther L. Wright High School. He attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood for two years, majoring in...

  • Mary Ann Rye

    ROTHSCHILD, Wis. - Mary Ann Rye, 91, of Rothschild, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Mount View Care Center, surrounded by family. She was born on May 29, 1932, in Bessemer, Michigan, daughter of Angelo and Adalgisa (Montesi) Andrina. She married Harold Vincent Rye on Feb. 16, 1952, in Ironwood, Michigan, and relocated to San Antonio, Texas, while Harold served in the U.S. Army. She learned all about ants and scorpions and not to place pies on window sills. She was trained to start the...

  • Barbara Jean Josephs

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Barbara Jean Josephs, 84, of Winchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Barbara Jean Jackson was born on March 25, 1940, to Reino and Vienna (Peltonen) Jackson in Iron Belt. She loved to go fishing with her father. The one thing she would talk about most was when her and a friend moved to Milwaukee and worked at a factory called Allen Bradley. On Oct. 7, 1989, Barbara married the love of her life John William Josephs. They were happily married for 35...

  • Thomas J. Dersnah

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Thomas J. Dersnah, 73, of Bruce Crossing, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at his home. He was born on June 1, 1950, in Wakefield, a son of Stanley L. and Marjorie E. (Elsner) Dersnah. Tom married the love of his life, Roxane Berger, in Wausau, Wisconsin. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Tom was an over-the-road truck driver for his entire working career. He retired in 2013. Tom is...

  • Thomas H. Ruuttila

    MARQUETTE, Mich. - Thomas H. Ruuttila, age 75, of Ontonagon passed away on May 12, 2024 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Tom was born in Ontonagon to Theodore and Pearl (Kemila) Ruuttila on October 18, 1948. He was raised on the family farm in Green, where he enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and boating. Much of Tom's youth involved activities as a member of the Busy Bee 4H Club. Tom graduated from the Ontonagon High School in 1966. He worked for two years in Milwaukee,...

Snow Season Report

2023-24 Season Snow: 66.3 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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