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 By Jan Tucker    News    June 18, 2020

Ontonagon County Board hears union's concerns

ONTONAGON — The head of the union for the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department told the Ontonagon County Board Tuesday that union members have “serious concerns regarding the safety of our officers and inmates.” Ken Waldrop, union...

 By Jan Tucker    News    May 25, 2019

Ontonagon graduation a time to look back, ahead

ONTONAGON - The graduation speaker for the 2019 Class at the Ontonagon Area High School, Keven Store, was in familiar terrain Friday night, noting that 30 years ago, to the day, he sat as a student an...

 By Jan Tucker    News    January 5, 2019

UP unemployment up slightly

Just 25 people moving back and forth in the labor market influenced the latest jobless report Gogebic and Ontonagon County numbers for November. According to the Bureau of Labor Market information, the jobless rate increased seasonally in 10 of the...

 By Jan Tucker    News    November 3, 2018

Ontonagon County seats contested

Several Ontonagon County townships, the village of Ontonagon, school boards and county board feature races Tuesday. The Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners has a write-in race for commissioners of the fifth and fourth districts. Gray Webber...


Jackson Creek bridge project continues

WAKEFIELD - Construction crews on the M-28 Jackson Creek Bridge project east of Wakefield are still working, but very slowly, a Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson said Tuesday. MDOT...

 By Jan Tucker    News    July 9, 2018

Ontonagon County Fair set for July 26-29

GREENLAND — The Ontonagon County Fair, 2018 edition will be held July 26-29 at Adventure Mountain and features some new challenges and events. In place of the previous 5K Walk-Run, the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital is sponsoring a “ninja course...

 By Jan Tucker    News    December 21, 2017

Nousiainen named to Ontonagon County Board

ONTONAGON - The Ontonagon County Board has a new commissioner. On Tuesday, the county board selected Robert Nousiainen, of Bruce Crossing, to represent district 3, including Rockland, Stannard and...

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 3, 2017

Mayer addresses 26 Ontonagon graduates

ONTONAGON - Eighteen years ago, Ben Mayer sat where the 26 Ontonagon Area 2017 graduates sat Friday night in the Ontonagon gym. Mayer, who teaches band, history and coaches the Gladiator football...

 By Jan Tucker    News    April 15, 2017

Aspirus completes Ontonagon Hospital expansion project

ONTONAGON - More than 200 people turned out to celebrate the $2.8 million expansion project at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Thursday. The state-of-the-art 8,210-square-foot expansion and in-patient...

 By Jan Tucker    News    December 24, 2016

Ontonagon County jobless rate rises in November; Gogebic steady

Ontonagon County took a big hit in unemployment numbers in November, while Gogebic County remained practically the same as in October. The Ontonagon County rate jumped from 6.9 percent in October to 8 percent in November. While the civilian labor...

 By Jan Tucker    News    October 8, 2016

A survivor's journey

ONTONAGON - Sara Domitrovich is a teacher. Although now retired, she still has the curiosity of a teacher to learn all about her subject. When she was diagnosed with extensive lobular ductile breast...

 By Jan Tucker    News    October 1, 2016

A survivor's journey

WHITE PINE - For Jane Dickow, it was a positive attitude and a surprising "God Wink" that got her through her experience with breast cancer. When Dickow had her regular mammogram 10 years ago, the...

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 6, 2016

Thousands celebrate 60th annual Labor Day Festival

ONTONAGON - Huge crowds and great weather ushered in the 60th anniversary of the Ontonagon Labor Day Festival in Ontonagon over the weekend. It was estimated that 5,000 people lined the streets for...

 By Jan Tucker    News    July 30, 2016

Camp Josh receives food plot funding

ONTONAGON — The state of Michigan has awarded Camp Josh a grant under the Upper Peninsula Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative. Under the partnership agreement, Camp Josh will construct a 3.4-acre food plot on the 40-acre parcel that it...

 By Jan Tucker    News    July 19, 2016

Ontonagon sets bond proposal for buses, improvements

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area Board of Education Monday approved placing a millage request on the November ballot. The request, if approved, would cost voters less in taxes than they are presently paying. Superintendent Jim Bobula said, if...

 By Jan Tucker    News    June 2, 2016

Ontonagon, Ewen-Trout Creek students partipiate in Camp 911

ONTONAGON - Fifth grade students from Ontonagon and Ewen-Trout Creek schools, along with most of the law enforcement and emergency services representatives were at 911 Camp in Ontonagon Wednesday....

 By Jan Tucker    News    March 19, 2016

Unemployment increases in western UP

Employment numbers worsened in all western Upper Peninsula counties in January, according to the Michigan Labor Market Bureau. Gogebic County’s unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in December to 6.7 percent in January. The leap came despite 75...

 By Jan Tucker    News    November 7, 2015

Community turns out to give opinions on future of Ontonagon waterfront

ONTONAGON - Large crowds returned Friday to the Michigan Works Building to vote on specific planning options for the Ontonagon waterfront which were identified at a public meeting Thursday. Participan... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    October 31, 2015

A survivor's journey

ONTONAGON - Cancer dealt a double whammy for Gail Ollila, of Ontonagon. Ollila was a custodian at the Ontonagon Area Elementary-Junior High School when she met and married teacher and elementary... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 30, 2015

Village of Ontonagon receives $900,000 grant

By JAN TUCKER [email protected] ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village Manager Joe Erickson told the village council Monday the village will receive a $900,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to study the sewer system.... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 17, 2015

Ontonagon area schools receive grant

By JAN TUCKER [email protected] ONTONAGON - If you find yourself walking the woods trail west of the Ontonagon Area Schools building on Parker Ave., watch out for the bridge closures. OASD... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 12, 2015

OCC receives tribute from state representatives

By JAN TUCKER [email protected] BERGLAND - The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging received a special commendation from state legislators and the governor on the occasion of the organization's... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 8, 2015

State representatives dedicate bridge to veterans

ONTONAGON - Seventeen percent of Ontonagon County residents are veterans. Saturday, the bridge over the Ontonagon River was named for these men and women, The Ontonagon Veterans Memorial Bridge.... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    September 5, 2015

Michigan DNR plans steps to protect walleye

ONTONAGON - Protecting large walleyes in the Ontonagon River is a concern of  Ontonagon County sportsfishing organizations. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Thursday... Full story

 By Jan Tucker    News    August 18, 2015

Highland gifts mapping technology to Ontonagon

ONTONAGON - Geological engineers from Highland Copper demonstrated to the Ontonagon Area Board of Education Monday the application and advantage of the ArcGIS system, a collaboration between the... Full story


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