Week of June 20, 2024

  • Ground breaks for new Ramsay Post Office

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] RAMSAY - Construction is now underway in Ramsay toward a new U.S. Post Office. That was the word Tuesday from Josh Barrett of Lang Contractors in Flushing, Mich. "We're the prime contractor for the Post Office for the whole state of Michigan," he said. "And Florida." Ground was broken for the project on June 13. In relation to the base, Barrett said, "We've got everything dug out for the footings and stem walls," adding that stem walls are foundation...

  • Like, wow! Area museums hop with activity

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - In case you did not already know it, area museums have a lot going on this summer. In the past week, The Globe visited just two area museums in Erwin Township and in Marenisco Township. But the tri-county area has 11 total museums listed here, and each of them make a unique mark on regional heritage. These houses of history are filled with a great variety of interest, fascination and intrigue, and offer unique opportunities for family...

  • Hurley School first in state to start Ducks Unlimited chapter

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY - The Hurley Board of Education approved on Monday the formation of a Ducks Unlimited Chapter at the school. It will be the first high school chapter in the state. The action followed a presentation about the benefits of the addition by regional director Jesse Vokolek, Youth Engagement Coordinator Scott McFarren, and Hurley High School teacher Corey Chilson. Ducks Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the conservation of waterfowl... Full story

  • Gambles building scheduled for demolition

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Downtown Development Authority learned on June 12 that the demolition of what is known as “the old Gambles building” on Sophie Street has been scheduled for directly after July 4. Demolition of the building has been made possible by funding from the State Land Grant Authority, with coordination by Gogebic County Treasurer Lisa Hewitt. Members voted to purchase two signs to be placed on the building. The signs read “Big Things Are Happening” and “Bessemer...

  • Snowmobiles set for Sunday Lake

    `By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD — Starting on Friday, and continuing through Sunday, the International Watercross Association will set snowmobiles racing across Sunday Lake in Wakefield. Specially modified snowmobiles will be used for the competition, which will occur next to the north-side beach. Approximately 100 participants are expected to compete at the event, which also will include live music, food and beverage vendors, prizes and more. Things kick off on Friday with an amateur race starting at about 5 p.m. Amateur...

  • AKC holds national large-pack championship

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - While many folks were sleeping in on Saturday morning, a flurry of activity was occurring at the park pavilion of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in North Ironwood. Shortly after dawn, dogs were everywhere - specifically elite, purebred, fully qualified beagles - in anticipation of the American Kennel Club's large-pack championship. Butch Saari of North Ironwood, who was one of the local event representatives, said it has been about...

  • Penokee Range 4-H Livestock Club holds fundraiser

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY - Members of the Penokee Range 4-H Livestock Club held their Haymakers and Hotdogs fundraiser this past weekend, with members of the club working together to raise money for their future projects, including improvements to the county fairgrounds. The club spent four hours washing cars and selling hot dogs, according to Chelsea DeRosso and Kristie Dalbeck. This was the fourth annual Haymakers and Hotdogs fundraiser, and the entire club participated...

  • Iron County considers reviving administrator role

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — Although no formal discussion has yet occurred, Iron County may decide to revive the position of county administrator that existed in past years. In a Tuesday morning meeting, Kurt Wolff — who chairs the Finance Committee of the Iron County Board of Supervisors — briefly addressed the subject of the county’s organizational structure. “Almost all counties have gone to some form of county administrator,” he said in reference to the rest of the state. “Although we can’t...

  • Gogebic County joins interlocal materials management unit

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted on June 12 to enter an interlocal agreement with several other western U.P. counties in relation to materials management. Board Chairman James Lorenson said that the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region will serve as the central planning agency for the interlocal group. No discussion occurred on the decision, but board members had agreed in previous meetings that it made sense to team up with the other counties, which include...

  • Gogebic County emergency services prepare for August millage vote

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Ambulance Committee of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners learned at their June 12 meeting that the county is preparing for an Aug. 6 vote on its ambulance millage. According to James Lorenson, who chairs both the committee and the board, the county now receives 3-part support in ambulance services from Beacon Ambulance Service Inc. in Ironwood; Aspirus MedEvac of Wausau, Wisconsin; and a group of first responders in Watersmeet. “Beacon is interested in a...

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  • Marenisco cleanup goes well with new rules

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP — Members of the Marenisco Board of Trustees are pleased with how the public cooperated with new, stricter rules relating to a spring cleanup that occurred on June 15-16. “That went very smoothly,” said township supervisor Bruce Mahler on Tuesday. “We had nobody show up who didn’t have a voucher.” The township changed its terms this year in relation to the cleanup, requiring that residents register in advance at the town hall and acquire a voucher. Mahler said that...

  • District pairings announced for next year

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- The Ironwood boys basketball team will be staying home in the district tournament, while the girls basketball and volleyball teams ended up with as tough a draw as anybody in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the district pairings and sites this month. The Red Devils move up to Division 3 for all three sports in the 2024-25 school year thanks to a bump in enrollment. The boys basketball team is the host of the D-3 District 65 tournament. It last...

  • Margaret 'Peggy' Richardson Tuttle

    WATERSMEET, Mich. - Margaret "Peggy" Richardson Tuttle, 83 years old, of Watersmeet, Michigan, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2024. She was born May 8, 1941, to the late Theodore and Martha (MacIntyre) Struve in Highland Park, Illinois. Peggy was dedicated to early childhood education. As an early childhood educator and Head Start program director, she helped shape the lives of children and families for the better. Her impact stretched beyond the children she taught. Peggy supported the children's... Full story

  • Jean Sawaski

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. – Jean Sawaski, 92, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Jean was born on July 8, 1931, in Wakefield, the daughter of James and Louisa (Fenoglio) Noasconi. She attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1949. On July 5, 1952, Jean was united in marriage to David J. Sawaski in Wakefield. She was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield, a supporting member of the Immaculate Conception Women’s Guild and a... Full story

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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