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  • SUNSET

    Alissa Pietila|Feb 3, 2015

  • Students attend CPR training class at A.D. Johnston High School

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 31, 2015

    BESSEMER - Students from local schools took part in a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training course in the A.D. Johnston High School library in Bessemer on Friday. Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette, said funding for the event was run through SHF. "Essentially, the American Red Cross submitted a mini-grant to us," LaJoie said. According to the SHF website, "The Superior Health Foundation provides funding in the form of mini-grants for projects that...

  • Rowe raves about Bessemer Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad teams

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 28, 2015

    BESSEMER - Science teacher Dave Rowe gave a presentation about the school's Quiz Bowl and Science Olympiad teams to the school board on Monday night. Two tournaments are held for the Quiz Bowl team. A fall one is held at Gogebic Community College for the "range schools" and the tournament in the spring is regional and held in Marquette, which is usually around 40 to 50 teams, Rowe said. All participants can go to the GCC tournament, but only four students can go to the regional one and be on...

  • Winter Formal held in Hurley

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 26, 2015

    HURLEY - A Winter Formal was held at the Iron County Memorial Building on Saturday night for area high schoolers. Ninth through 12th grade students from Hurley, Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield-Marenisco and Mercer were all invited to attend the Hurley fundraiser which lasted from 7 p.m. until midnight, with music beginning at 8 p.m. The dance and dinner is held to raise money for the Hurley Last Blast, a graduation party held in the spring, said Sue Herlevi. Last Blast is an alcohol-free event...

  • Friendships forged through ice fishing

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 26, 2015

    BERGLAND - Mild temperatures drew more than 100 locals and visitors to Lake Gogebic for AJ's Walleye Lodge's annual Lake Gogebic north shore ice fishing tournament this weekend. Owners Jim, Mary Beth and Anthony Eismueller have owned the lodge for about three years and the lodge is named for Jim and Anthony. The couple's son. This is the sixth year the event has taken place. "One of the things that I find with the tournament, is just that the local community really supports and helps this...

  • Blood drive held at A.D. Johnston

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 23, 2015

    BESSEMER - As of about 10 a.m. Thursday, at least 22 individuals had made appointments to donate blood at the A.D. Johnston High School's American Red Cross Blood Drive. "A lot more have come through for walk-ins," said student volunteer Anna Wacker. Wacker, Tianna Carlisle and Megan Korhonen were manning the registration table and providing snacks and juice to those donating. The goal for the drive was to reach at least 30 donations. If the goal was met, one senior student would receive a $250...

  • Bessemer City Council approves new memorial site

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 21, 2015

    BESSEMER - The Bessemer City council approved the Downtown Development Authority plan to pursue a new memorial site at its meeting on Tuesday. City manager Mike Uskiewicz gave an initial presentation of the plan. This would designate a "portion of the pocket park on Sophie Street be dedicated to the perpetual use as a memorial site," the proposal said. This would include the section from the north end of the Abelman's building to the cedar tree line as the site. The rest of the space could be...

  • Peaceful sunset

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 16, 2015

  • Bessemer school board members sworn in

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 15, 2015

    BESSEMER - Two new board members and two incumbents were sworn in at a special school board meeting on Wednesday. Bob Berg and Annette Lillie along with newcomers Beth Steiger and Mary Beth Trudgeon were administered the oath of office by Superintendent Dave Radovich. Berg was elected as the temporary chairman and Lillie proposed the officers remain the same as well. Personnel decisions The board accepted a letter of resignation from para-professional Barb Adams. The position she left is four...

  • Planning Commission finalizes draft of recreation plan

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 14, 2015

    RAMSAY - The Bessemer Township Planning Commission met on Tuesday night to discuss final changes to the five-year recreation plan. The main discussion focused on the timeline and amounts necessary to complete a wish list of projects throughout Bessemer Township. Township supervisor Jeffrey Randall explained that Department of Natural Resources grants are often on a 75-25 percent divide, with the DNR covering 75 percent of the totals and the township matching 25 percent. This means that any...

  • Bessemer Township appoints Ormes to board of review

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 13, 2015

    RAMSAY - The Bessemer Township board held it's first meeting of the year on Monday night to discuss the board of review, a grant advisory committee and fire department purchases. Recently, the township board sought individuals to fill an open position on the board of review and received three letters. Donald E. Ormes, P. Russell KinKaid and John R. Maki all wrote letters of intent to fill the one vacancy. After some discussion, the board appointed Ormes to fill the two-year term. They also...

  • Bitter weather shortens, delays Sisu events

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 10, 2015

    IRONWOOD — The Sisu Ski Fest races today were shortened and set for later in the day because of the bitter cold. Sisu Ski Fest board president Ric Olson said Friday, “The race jury has decided that the 42-kilometer is delayed and shortened to 31K, with a 90-minute delay on all starts.” The 21K Heikki Lunta Half Marathon was shortened to 17K, with a 30-minute delay on all starts, Olson said. The races were delayed from 8:30 a.m. The race jury changed the times and lengths, keeping safety of th...

  • Wolverine Trails expands snowshoe system

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 9, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Wolverine Nordic Trail system recently added three new snowshoe trails to the already existing Hospital Loop. "Many don't know about the new snowshoe options that are available," said Wolverine board member Dennis Spaete. The Snowflake trail is an easy 2.1-kilometer route, leaving from the warming chalet on Sunset Road in Ironwood Township. Snow Snake Loop is an intermediate trail, leaving from the chalet and follows parts of the mountain bike trails. Snow Summit makes a loop which...

  • Re-elected board members sworn in at GCC

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 7, 2015

    IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College board held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night and swore in three returning members. Robert Burchell, Thomas Brown and John Lupino were led in the administration oath of office by Linda Gustafson, administrative assistant to the president. In the election of officers, John Lupino was unanimously chosen to continue as the board chairman. Bill Malloy was selected as the vice chairman, and Susan Beals was again chosen to be the secretary. Thomas...

  • City council changes meeting time again

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 6, 2015

    BESSEMER - The city council held its first meeting of 2015 Monday night and most of the discussion focused on changing the meeting time again. "I don't think it's been enough time to evaluate it," said council member Linda Nelson of the past change to 5:30 p.m. She said it had only been about four meetings since the time was changed. Council member Doug Olsen said for as long as he's been on the council, there is always a pattern when the meeting time changes. He said a lot of people show up to...

  • Fresh snow

    Alissa Pietila|Jan 6, 2015

  • Blackjack, Indianhead ski resorts merge; casino mulled

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 29, 2014

    By ALISSA PIETILA [email protected] During the summer, Indianhead Mountain Resort, near Wakefield, and Blackjack Ski Area, near Bessemer, were brought under one new owner, Art Dumke. At the start of this year’s winter season, Big Snow Resorts started offering combined passes that allow outdoor enthusiasts to ski or snowboard both hills with the same season pass. They also offer a shuttle service. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to operate these resorts and tailor our offering to produce the best possible ski exp...

  • 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' celebrates 50

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 23, 2014

    7 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most beloved holiday classics of all time, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Rudolph originally premiered on NBC on Dec. 6, 1964, and is still loved by children and adults alike. "The Rankin-Bass animated film production company used Japanese puppets and stop motion to tell the tale," said CNN writer, Lisa Respers France. The story follows Rudolph, the son of Santa Claus's reindeer, Donner, and his wife. With a bright, glowing, red nose, Rudolph...

  • Methodists serve up 'Christmas Love'

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 18, 2014

    IRONWOOD - Congregation and community members gathered at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood on Wednesday night for a "Christmas Love" dinner. Pastor Rosemary DeHut said they hold this event each year, and this year, they served ten families from local communities. Before the meal, DeHut said a prayer and thanked everyone for coming. "Bless this food, this fellowship, and this night," she said. During dinner, classic Christmas tunes were performed by Dale and Roberta Goman, along with...

  • Gogebic Community College hires three to fill positions

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 17, 2014

    IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College's board approved the hiring of three new personnel at their meeting on Tuesday night. GCC almunus and Ironwood native, Adam Arthur, will fill the newly created position of Marketing Coordinator, effective Jan. 5. The Director of Student Outreach & Engagement, Cindy Franck, recently resigned her position. The spot will now be filled by Dayle Jackson, the current Director of Student Support Services at GCC. She has been working for the college for 11 years....

  • Bessemer students enjoy gingerbread

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 16, 2014

    BESSEMER - First graders at Washington Elementary in Bessemer, along with some teachers, parents and grandparents built gingerbread houses on Monday afternoon. Chattering echoed in the cafeteria as those in attendance built and decorated cardboard structures and graham cracker houses. Frosting, pretzels, marshmallow gingerbread men, gumdrops, cereal and much more were used for decorations and snacks. First grader Whitney Rose, whose milk carton was mostly covered in purple frosting, said purple...

  • Absenteeism up at Bessemer due to illness

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 16, 2014

    BESSEMER - The Bessemer School Board at its Monday meeting heard absenteeism is up recently due to illness. Teacher Sherry Nyquist was suppose to make a presentation to the board, but was out sick for the day. Many students were also out sick or went home sick from Washington Elementary on Monday, said head teacher Diana Hansen. "Today we were at about 37 by the time the day was out, of students out with sicknesses and sent home," Hansen said. Tax concerns Superintendent Dave Radovich discussed...

  • 51-member band spreads holiday cheer at Ewen-Trout Creek

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 11, 2014

    EWEN – Family and friends of Ewen-Trout Creek's junior high and high school students gathered for the annual Christmas concert on Wednesday night. The concert began with a short introduction and welcome by band and choir director, Brad Besonen, before the Jr./Sr. high school band began to play. The 51-member band played six different tunes, including "Away in a Manger," "Baby, it's Cold Outside" and "Noel." Jenna Hash and Noah Nordine on alto saxophone, Jack Boro on tenor saxophone and Cree K...

  • Bessemer Township to receive new 2015 Ford truck

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 9, 2014

    RAMSAY — The Bessemer Township board met on Monday night to discuss new business including garbage concerns, health insurance and tax collection. Communications and reports were put on file and there was no unfinished business. Supervisor Jeffrey Randall informed the board that the Bessemer Township Planning Commission will meet tonight at 5 p.m. in Ramsay, but that it should be a shorter meeting. Also, the township will soon be receiving the truck they ordered earlier this year. Bidding for t...

  • Homemade items delight at 'Christmas at the Crossing'

    Alissa Pietila|Dec 8, 2014

    BRUCE CROSSING - Many gathered for the 25th annual "Christmas at the Crossing" Children's Christmas Party held on Saturday. The Settler's Depot Gallery had a wide display of goods, including homemade mittens and hats, dishcloths, jewelry, baked goods, blankets, art, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also in attendance, as they are each year, taking pictures and asking children what they wanted for Christmas. Each child who visited with Santa went home with a little bag of treats. All pictures...

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