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Local artist featured in magazine

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Ironwood resident Gary Jackson takes a lot of photos. So many in fact, he forgets how many he has taken. The subjects in Jackson's photos vary, among animals, people, structures... Full story


Local 4-H nearing $1 million with auctions

IRONWOOD - A million dollars is within reach for some local youth after years of hard work and dedication. The Gogebic County 4-H Market Livestock Group is within $50,000 of hitting the... Full story


YooperBeiner planned for Wolverine

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - With only a few weeks left to finalize the details, one of the American Birkebeiner founders took time to help with another Beiner-themed event on Monday. Ernie St. Germain... Full story


Marquette Diocese Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week

IRONWOOD - Bishop John Doerfler, of the Marquette Diocese, on Wednesday made a stop at All Saints Catholic Academy to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with students, staff and community... Full story


G-Tac proposes new lease agreement

HURLEY - The Iron County Board of Supervisors learned on Tuesday that mining company Gogebic Taconite was unable to make its lease payment for county property for its proposed mine site near Upson.... Full story


Ironwood, Hurley chambers laud area businesses, individuals

IRONWOOD - From singing German polkas to Finnish jokes, the night was filled with laughter and recognition during the 20th annual Joint Installation Chamber Banquet Monday night at Gogebic Community... Full story


Saxon-Gurney Fire Department holds fundraiser

SAXON, Wis. - Nearly 200 people dined on roast beef and all the fixings during a benefit dinner and gun raffle for the Saxon-Gurney Fire Department on Sunday afternoon. According to department members... Full story


Power restored in Wakefield

WAKEFIELD — Residents in the city of Wakefield had their power restored on Saturday evening after power outages started early Friday night. The outages began momentarily on Friday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. But by 5 p.m., power was out entirely... Full story


Reclamation plans focus on environmental impact

HURLEY - Gogebic Taconite provided information on its current work for a proposed mine near Upson, Wis., as well as possible reclamation ideas during an Iron County Mining Impact Committee meeting on... Full story


Iron County Mining Impact Committee ponders loss of $50,000 donation

HURLEY - The Iron County Mining Impact Committee heard an update on funding sources for a mining impact analysis Thursday evening. Jason Laumann, of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, talked... Full story


150 participate in Ironwood blood drive

IRONWOOD - Nearly 150 people donated blood on Wednesday afternoon at the Ironwood Memorial Building through the American Red Cross Blood Drive. According to event coordinator Betsy Slabaugh, over the... Full story


Group means to acquire Interstate Falls

KIMBALL, Wis. - An effort is taking place to acquire property at Interstate Falls in Kimball, Wis., as part of the Riverside Trail project. The goal of the project is to connect two waterfalls in... Full story


Easton first baby of 2015 at Aspirus Grand View

HURLEY - Twelve days into the new year, Monica and Justin Colassaco, of Hurley, welcomed a son, Easton Thomas, the first baby born in 2015 at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood. "It was... Full story


First baby of 2015 arrives early

IRONWOOD - Newborn Sara Esther Bilc surprised her parents by arriving one month early, on Jan. 4, instead of Feb. 4. On Thursday, her parents, Esther and Andrei Bilc, of Ironwood, were further... Full story


Students learn about food preservation

HURLEY - From planting to growing, harvesting to eating, youth in Iron County are getting a hands dirty approach to learning more about the food they eat. Over the last three years, fifth through... Full story


Township receives grant from Trans-Canada gas company

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - The Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to purchase automated external defibrillator (AED) units. The department received $3,500 from... Full story

 By Cortney Ofstad    News    January 7, 2015

Sisu VI: Skiers anticipate annual cross country race this weekend

IRONWOOD - The sixth annual Sisu Ski Fest kicks off this week, featuring a variety of events. Friday features registration and bib pick-up from 4 to 10 p.m. for race participants at the Ironwood Memor... Full story

 By Cortney Ofstad    News    January 5, 2015

Garden City Hot Club offers jazz, blues at Ironwood Historic Theatre

IRONWOOD – Local residents spent the evening listening to various styles of jazz and blues during a concert with Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club at the Historic Ironwood Theatre on... Full story

 By Cortney Ofstad    News    January 5, 2015

Volunteers key to annual snowmobile event

IRONWOOD – About 1,000 people braved chilly weather to witness the fifth annual Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds on Saturday, but poor visibility caused Sunday's races... Full story


Ironwood to host exhibit featuring local history

IRONWOOD — The team working on the “The Way We Worked” display have been busy lining up events for the displays arrival in April. The exhibit, through the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives, will be on display for eight weeks at the... Full story


IPSD hazmat team assists in semi tanker accident

WATERSMEET - The Ironwood Public Safety Department hazardous materials team broke in equipment for the first time on Wednesday during a semi tractor and trailer accident on U.S. 2 in Watersmeet.... Full story


Local shops see late holiday traffic

With Christmas 2014 officially in the books, local residents are enjoying time with family and friends, eating leftovers or maybe even opening a late present or two. Many were seen out and about... Full story


Ironwood Schools commit to Accelerated programs

IRONWOOD - After seeing success in reading and math scores at the elementary level, teachers in the middle and high school level in the Ironwood Area School District decided to incorporate similar... Full story


Ironwood students donate to HOPE

IRONWOOD - Students at Luther L. Wright School in Ironwood used their Christmas spirit to help out some furry friends on Friday. Students in Michelle Giackino, Michelle Trier, Tony Bunt and Rachel Boy... Full story


Ironwood elementary kids celebrate season

IRONWOOD - Students at Luther L. Wright School had a busy day Friday, before heading out for Christmas vacation. Throughout the morning, students at Sleight Elementary (kindergarten through second... Full story


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