Week of February 29, 2024

  • Native American consultant brings joy to Watersmeet

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WATERSMEET - When Ricky White interacts with kids at the Watersmeet Township School, it's like an exercise in glee. They flock to him like groupies, engaging in high-fives, group hugs, and lots of smiles and laughs. "If I wanted to feel like a rock star with kids jumping all over me, that would be the place I'd go every day," he told The Globe. White is a Native American consultant, and for more than a year, he's been regularly visiting the school to work...

  • Annual bowling event raises money for kids' mentoring

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Local kids who benefit from mentoring received a boost last Saturday from the 22nd annual Gogebic Range Bowling for Kids' Sake. The 5-hour event, which was a fundraiser for the Brothers and Sisters of the Western Upper Peninsula, was held at Big Shots Sports Bar and Grill in Ironwood. Individuals and teams of four to eight people, or more, registered to help raise funds for the BBBS mentoring program. Prizes and drawings were included, and...

  • Bessemer housing construction may start this summer

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER - A Bessemer housing project that has been years in the making is inching toward the possible start of construction this summer. Although not on the agenda, the pending project was discussed during the public comment session of Monday's Bessemer City Council meeting. Project Developer Chad Bucknell specifically informed the city that he is requesting a tax-exempt status for the pending complex south of the Iron Belle Trail, between South Moore...

  • Wakefield council moves to renew volleyball courts

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — Following a recommendation by the city’s new Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Wakefield City Council voted Monday evening to authorize the city manager to develop and release a Request for Proposal for preliminary costs of two regulation sand volleyball courts in Eddy Park. Funds received by the city from the American Rescue Plan Act are expected to cover the expense. In a related agenda report, City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said that a regulation volleyball court is 52 feet, 6...

  • New GCC President Patritto holds listening session

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College's new president, Chris Patritto, heard ideas from the community at a listening session on Feb. 22. He encouraged people to share their thoughts on what GCC could improve upon in the future. One of the largest talking points was the future of the college pool, which was closed down more than a decade ago. Patritto said that at this time there is no plan at all regarding the pool, whether that be to open it, demolish...

  • Ironwood Area Schools works with county Land Bank to raze former Josephson's Nursing Home

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School Board discussed the amended budget for the 2023-2024 school year, and heard an update from Superintendent Travis Powell about the status of the Josephson’s property at its meeting Monday. The former Josephson’s Nursing Home property was purchased by the school and the district would like to use the land for an addition to the school for young elementary students, but that plan still remains for the future, according to Powell. “I was informed this week that...

  • Wolff takes lead in Iron County Board's budget reconciliation process

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY - Iron County Board Member Kurt Wolff reported to fellow members on Tuesday evening that he will make formal recommendations on the 2024-25 budget at the board's March meeting. He requested that members submit any concerns they have to him as quickly as possible. Wolff, who represents the town of Sherman on the board, is the lead coordinator in working toward budget reconciliation for the pending new fiscal year. One of his first objectives was to...

  • GCC accreditation extended through 2034

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees heard Tuesday the college has been granted accreditation through 2034. “This comes following our comprehensive visit this past October following years of hard work by all staff in all areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation,” said Maria Sokol, accreditation liaison and anatomy and physiology instructor in a college press release. Accreditation is a stamp of approval that GCC is meeting quality standards,...

  • Grateful Dead tribute band draws fervent audience

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - High-velocity nostalgia filled the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Saturday night as a Grateful Dead tribute band performed to the delight of the audience. Another One, a 6-member Milwaukee band, offered more than 3 hours of some of the band's greatest hits. Patrick Van Bibber and Isaac Young led the pack as singers and guitarists, and drummers Matt Liban and Jack Reed formed the rhythm section. Keyboardist Dan Buda and bass player Jordan Kroeger...

  • Ironwood City Commission looks to future

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission spent time looking forward at its meeting Monday evening, approving a list of goals and hiring a firm to update the city Comprehensive Plan. Commissioners previously pared down a list of goals and then voted on the 12 remaining. City Manager Paul Anderson reported the results on Monday, listing them in a chart titled Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Goals. They included: 1. New Civic Center ice making system, 2. Coordinate, communicate and expand city recreational...

  • Bessemer council approves blight officer qualifications

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council voted Monday evening to approve qualifications for the position of code enforcement officer. The role is sometimes referred to, colloquially, as a blight officer. The vote included two contingencies requested by Councilman Adam Zak: 1. Allow, but do not require, the officer to use his or her laptop on the job, and 2. Reduce the expected weekly hours from 20 to 15, with the added freedom to adjust hours to suit the officer’s schedule. The code...

  • Biden, Trump win Michigan primaries; locally as well

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump were the winners of Tuesday’s Michigan Presidential primary. Locally, results mirrored the statewide count. Biden won the Democrat primary with 81.1% of the statewide vote, followed by 13.3% of voters choosing “Uncommitted.” According the Associated Press, Biden gained 86 of the state’s 117 available delegates to this summer’s national convention. On the Republican ticket, Trump garnered 68.2% of the vote, compared to 26.5% for former...

  • Marenisco works toward new budget, new online presence

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP — The Marenisco Township Board of Trustees is getting close to approving its new budget for the 2024-2025 year. Supervisor Bruce Mahler said Tuesday that trustees also are working toward creating a new Facebook page and hiring someone to update the township website. He added that the pending budget will include a new patrol car for Police Chief James Webber and a new lawn mower for the Department of Public Works. The township’s new budget year starts April 1. Mahler said the...

  • E-TC girls still 4th, boys poll wraps up

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ewen-Trout Creek girls are fourth in the penultimate U.P. Division 4 poll. The Panthers lost to big-school No. 4 Houghton after the poll was conducted. Ishpeming remains in first place. Negaunee is on top of the Division 1-3 poll. Iron Mountain and Marquette are tied for first in the boys Division 1-3 poll. The Mountaineers had the 1 spot to themselves all year until the final poll. The Sentinels ended the year on a 16-game winning streak and dominated No. 3 Kingsford 64-37 last week....

  • Devils survive Speedboys in districts

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- Ironwood beat Bessemer by double figures in both of its regular-season matchups. The tournament matchup, of course, turned out to be more difficult. But the Red Devils survived for a 47-44 win in Monday night’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 opener. “Anytime you’re playing in the playoffs, anytime you’re playing against a rival, anything can happen and tonight it was a close game throughout,” Ironwood coach Adam Mackey said. “I’m proud of the guys the way they played, Bessemer,...

  • Samsons headed to North Dakota for Region 13

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Gogebic has a tough draw as they head to North Dakota this weekend for the NJCAA Division II Region 13 tournament. The Samsons start with tournament host United Tribes Saturday at 2 p.m. If they win that, they advance to Sunday’s Region championship game where they’d play the winner of the tournament-favorite DCTC vs. Dakota College at Bottineau semifinal. United Tribes enters the postseason with a 15-12 record. They got to host the tournament by earning the West’s No. 1 seed with...

  • Northstars bow out in regional final

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] HURLEY --- Hurley hoped to ride the momentum from Friday night’s big semifinal win over Butternut, but Gilman proved to be much better than the average 9 seed as the Pirates beat No. 5 Hurley 60-44 for a WIAA Division 5 regional championship Saturday night. The Northstars’ season was like those two days, full of ups and downs. But in the end, they made the regional final and simply lost to a team on a Cinderella run. “We probably covered every emotion imaginable this season,” Hurley coach Jay...

  • GCC women to host Region 13 final

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- The Gogebic women’s basketball team needs one win to win a NJCAA Division II Region 13 championship and the game’s at home. The Samsons will host the Region 13 title game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Their opponent was to be determined on Feb. 28 when Dakota College at Bottineau goes to United Tribes for the only Region 13 semifinal. United Tribes went into the semifinal 11-16 while Dakota College at Bottineau was 14-16. United Tribes won the most recent matchup 76-75 on Feb. 21 while Bottineau...

  • District 97 preview: Top-seeded Panthers favored in a tough bracket

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Ewen-Trout Creek is a unanimous favorite among coaches to win next week’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship. They’re the No. 1 seed in the bracket, they’re 8-1 against district opponents, they’re the defending champions and they’re ranked fourth in the U.P. poll with a 16-5 record. “Ewen has to be the favorite,” Ironwood coach Jesse Mackey said, “with that earned No. 1 seed. Very talented team. Those young girls have only gotten stronger and more experienced against...

  • Hurley hangs on to beat Butternut in semifinal

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BUTTERNUT, Wis. --- None of Hurley’s games with Butternut have been easy this year. The Northstars’ season hasn’t always been a walk in the park. But they found a way to beat Butternut for the third time and they were able to advance to the regional final once again with a 58-55 victory in Friday night’s WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal. No. 5 seed Hurley beat No. 4 Butternut three times by a combined nine points this season to make the regional final for the third straight year. It’s been...

  • Ronald Gene Lake

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Ronald Gene Lake's passing in his home in Ironwood Township on Feb. 21, 2024. Ronald was born on May 28, 1946, to Ernest Lake and Jennie Aquilano. Ronald touched the lives of all who had the honor of knowing him. Ronald found his greatest joy in the love and connections he shared with his family and friends. He leaves behind his loving wife, Phyllis Lake, and a beautiful legacy of love carried on by his daughters, Rondalyn...

  • Barbara Elizabeth Fleming

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Barbara Elizabeth Fleming went to heaven on Feb. 23, 2024, surrounded by family in Anchorage. She was born in Ewen, Michigan, on Oct. 17, 1933, to Alex "Tanglefoot" and Martha Tyyska. She was the daughter of Finnish immigrants and stayed true to her heritage. She possessed incredible sisu, the Finnish art of inner strength. She didn't speak English until she started school, where she was forbidden to speak Finnish. Her dream was to become a nurse, but she was in a car...

  • Lois Gilbert

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Lois Gilbert, age 84, of Titusville, Florida, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2024. She was born in Ewen, Michigan, on Jan. 28, 1940, to the late Charles Nashland and Eleanor Nashland of Ewen. Lois graduated from Ewen High School in 1958. She went to junior college in Ironwood after graduation. She worked at Gogebic National Bank for three years before moving to Milwaukee, where she continued in the banking business until she married. After the marriage to her children's...

  • Kathleen 'Kay' Brossmer

    MERCER, Wis. - Kathleen "Kay" Brossmer, née O'Connor, age 94, of Mercer, formerly of Chicago and Chicago Heights, Illinois, passed away Feb. 22, 2024, at home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Deacon Norbert Brossmer (Diocese of Superior); devoted mother of the late Kathy Brossmer (Robert "Batch" Baczynski) of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Gerald "Jerry" Brossmer, Crete, Illinois, Nadine Brossmer Davis, Hubertus, Wisconsin, and Robert Davis, Mercer; loving grandmother...

  • Carol Jean Zivic

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Carol Jean Zivic went to be with our Lord on Feb. 17, 2024. The former Carol Jean Engebretsen was born in 1939 in Escanaba, Michigan, to parents John Leif Engebretsen and Marion Stuart (Perkins) Engebretsen. Carol graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, in 1957. She attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood until 1959 when she married William Thomas Zivic Sr. After son William Thomas Zivic Jr. was born in 1960, the family moved to Tucson, where Bill Sr. worked for the Tucson Police Department...

Snow Season Report

2023-24 Season Snow: 32.3 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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