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  • Greenland welcomes region for celebration

    Bryan Hellios|Jul 8, 2019

    GREENLAND TOWNSHIP - Residents from Greenland and surrounding communities gathered at Stenson Park on Saturday to celebrate the independence of America. Greenland's Forth of July committee coordinators, Sue Turin and Trisha Mcintyre, organized the event so anybody can participate. "It's open to everybody," Turin said. "It's not just a community event." The festivities started with a walk, roll or run followed by cornhole tournament and a kickball game which had eight teams vying for the top...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco grads ready to write new chapter

    Bryan Hellios|May 25, 2019

    WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield-Marenisco High School class of 2019 threw their graduation caps in the air friday, signifying an end to a chapter in their lives. Before the class celebrated their achievement, Jason Gustafson, superintendent of the district, gave the graduating class advice. "Before you act, listen; before you react, think; before you spend, earn; before you criticize, wait; before you quit, try," he said quoting William Arthur Ward. He told the class to listen to their hearts to...

  • Hurley school board praises retiring Patritto

    Bryan Hellios|May 21, 2019

    HURLEY - The Hurley K-12 School Board and community members gave retiring superintendent Chris Patritto a round of applause at Monday's board meeting "Every challenge our board has given Chris Patritto he's performed admirably," board president Joe Simonich said. Simonich presented Patritto with a certificate of commendation from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and a plaque on behalf of state Sen. Janet Bewley and state Rep. Beth Meyer, who represent Iron County in Madison. Simonich said the district...

  • Friends of Iron Belle Trail host Mother's Day walk

    Bryan Hellios|May 13, 2019

    IRONWOOD - Friends of the Iron Belle Trail turned the pavilion at Ironwood Depot Park into a desert smorgasbord for their annual Mother's Day Walk, Run & Roll on Sunday. The group of volunteers help keep up the trail and promote it, said Enni Gregas, member of the trail association. The event encourages people to be active and gives people a chance to see the trail, she added. "It's beautiful and it's scenic," she said. Little kids can learn to ride their bikes, she said, and seniors can ride sa...

  • 14th annual Nasi Memorial Run promotes healthy activities

    Bryan Hellios|May 13, 2019

    HURLEY - The 14th annual Brian Nasi Memorial Heart run/walk took place on Saturday at the Hurley K-12 school. Ginger Nasi, widow of Brian, founded the event to create awareness of heart disease and promote healthy habits. "We're starting with the youth in the community and make it a healthy habit to always get out there and exercise and do the best you can," she said. Nasi said the event has always been more of a "family running event" to encourage creating a healthy lifestyle early on in life....

  • HIT studies mission

    Bryan Hellios|Apr 1, 2019

    IRONWOOD - The Historic Ironwood Theatre hosted a strategic planning session on Thursday to define the theater's place in the community and shape its future. Amy Quinn, president and CEO of Grow and Lead, said she understands the HIT has undergone a transition in the last few years. "The theater has a new board that is really moving forward and they want a plan so they can all be in alignment," said Quinn, a consultant for non-profits across the U.P. One goal of the work session was to find out...

  • Aspirus brings in extra doctor help through telehealth

    Bryan Hellios|Mar 2, 2019

    IRONWOOD — Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood is using remote technology to offer patients expanded access to physicians. David Sim, manager of marketing and public relations for Aspirus, said it’s not always easy for the hospital to find enough doctors to work in the area. “It’s hard for rural communities to compete with such high demand,” he said. “Everybody wants more providers.” Telehealth addresses this problem by allowing doctors to live anywhere in the world, but work where they are most needed. During a demonstration, a doorbell soun...

  • Community dinner brings people together

    Bryan Hellios|Mar 2, 2019

    IRONWOOD — Wesley United Methodist Church kicked off the first Friday of March by offering a free community dinner. Head trustee for the church Ronald Ahonen said the church has cooked Christmas dinners for the neighborhood in the past, but has never done something like this before. He said, the mission of the church is to serve and that’s what they are trying to do. “We hope people come and enjoy the fellowship as well as the dinner,” he added. Keith Mullikin, pastor of the church, said the church had a food pantry for a number of years, but d...

  • Mercer residents join to reminisce, catalog memories

    Bryan Hellios|Feb 2, 2019

    MERCER, Wis. - The Mercer Public Library and Mercer Historical Society joined together to host their second "Mercer Memory" event on Friday. Life-long Mercer resident Peg Brunner shared stories of her life from growing up there. From catching her first "legal Musky" at age 15 to throwing rocks off a bridge killing redhorse fish which had invaded her favorite fishing spot, Brunner was determined to show her brothers she could do anything they could do. "I was really quite the tomboy," Brunner...

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