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  • 'It's About Love'

    Kelsey Hansen|Feb 13, 2016

    Editor's note: The Daily Globe recently ran an "It's About Love" contest that asked readers to submit an essay sharing their Valentine's story. Mary Nemetz's essay was selected as the winner. She and her husband, John, picked up their prizes donated by various advertisers Friday. Mary and John Nemetz got married in 1972 and will celebrate their 44th anniversary this June. When Mary heard about the Daily Globe's "It's About Love" essay contest, she had never written a story like that, but...

  • A survivor's journey

    Kelsey Hansen|Oct 24, 2015

    HURLEY - Joanne Bruneau's breast cancer diagnosis started with her typical mammogram at the end of February. About a week later, she was called back to Aspirus Grand View Hospital for a second mammogram as the doctors thought they noticed something in the right breast. Her second mammogram included an ultrasound, which confirmed she did have something there. "You're in total shock at first," she said. "I had my daughter come with me at first because she knew what questions to ask and she was a... Full story

  • Wakefield's new municipal building get dedication

    Kelsey Hansen|Oct 21, 2015

    By KELSEY HANSEN [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Monday night marked the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently purchased Wakefield Municipal Building. More than 60 people attended the event, which included music by the Gogebic Range Band, presenting of the check to the Diocese of Marquette and coffee and desserts. City council member Dick Bolen presented a brief history of city hall. The original city hall was dedicated in 1915, exactly 100 years ago, and cost the city $35,000. The... Full story

  • A survivor's journey

    Kelsey Hansen|Oct 17, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Karen Varian, of Wakefield, has always been an optimistic, energetic and ambitious woman, always on the move and ready to take on the next task. She and her husband moved to the Wakefield area just over two years ago from Connecticut when the cost of living was becoming too much. Varian's father was born in Wakefield, with lots of her relatives still in the area and she has grown up visiting here, so the decision to move was a relatively easy one. Since moving here, she found a lump... Full story

  • A survivor's journey

    Kelsey Hansen|Oct 3, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Barbara Kucera, known as Bobbie by her friends and family, was diagnosed with breast cancer almost nine years ago - the anniversary of her surgery will be April 26, 2016. And she has had nine wonderful years of being cancer free after a tumultuous month so many years ago. Bobbie went in to have her yearly mammogram, a routine check-up she had been getting for many years. "Every year I would get a mammogram and this time they said there was something," she said. Kucera had her... Full story

  • Wakefield holds 10th annual marathon; Boston qualifier

    Kelsey Hansen|Sep 15, 2015

    By KELSEY HANSEN [email protected] WAKEFIELD - The 10th annual First National Bank of Wakefield Marathon took place Saturday morning, with a record 27 individuals finishing. The 26.2 mile race around Sunday Lake began in foggy morning conditions that eventually cleared away to a perfect day for running. Hand cyclist Dean Juntunen, 55, of Mass City, negotiated 9 plus laps around the 2.8 mile route that circles Sunday Lake in 2:05:45. There were two aid/water stations spaced 1.4 miles apart.... Full story

  • GCC hosts 2nd annual suicide prevention walk/run

    Kelsey Hansen|Sep 14, 2015

    By KELSEY HANSEN [email protected] IRONWOOD - The second annual "Break Through Silence Walk Through Pain" suicide awareness walk/run was held Saturday morning at the Lindquist Center at the Gogebic Community College. The event was hosted by the Range Suicide Prevention Council, a group that 'works towards the prevention of premature deaths due to suicide across the life span in our communities through coordinated community action.' According to a spokesperson, the event drew more than 100... Full story

  • Dianda reports on energy legislation

    Kelsey Hansen|Aug 26, 2015

    IRONWOOD - State Representative Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, spoke Tuesday evening at the Memorial Building in Ironwood about energy in the U.P. and the future of the area based on energy types. Ironwood was the last of three stops this week in the U.P. to discuss energy reliability and the best price possible for the energy. He also spoke with a groups in Houghton and Marquette. Joining Dianda were House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and Michigan Natural Resources Commission Chair J.R. Richardson... Full story

  • Matherne, Buckles share writings in Wakefield

    Kelsey Hansen|Aug 8, 2015

    WAKEFIELD — A second installment of the U.P. Women’s Author Tour was held Thursday evening at the Wakefield Municipal Building. Presented by the Wakefield Public Library, two authors, Beverly Matherne and Julie Buckles, read aloud some of their work and discussed with community members. Matherne began the evening introducing herself and reading several of her poems and short stories. Matherne grew up in New Orleans and later moved to Michigan, where she has been living for the past 24 years. She is an English professor at Northern Michigan Uni... Full story

  • Mercer hosts 35th annual Loon Day

    Kelsey Hansen|Aug 6, 2015

    MERCER-Hundreds of people took in the array of goods and crafts Wednesday during the 35th annual Loon Day art and craft show. Merchants and visitors flocked from all over the country, including New York, Illinois, and Texas as well as Michigan, Minnesota and all over Wisconsin. All of downtown Mercer was filled with booths and tents with just under the full capacity of 250 spaces for vendors. A few of the crowd favorites included the hand percussion wooden frogs from the Frog Buddies, the live... Full story

  • Pies, mud and music: Iron County fair draws big crowds

    Kelsey Hansen|Aug 3, 2015

    SAXON, Wis. - The 88th annual Iron County Fair had a successful weekend, seeing beautiful weather and lots of fair-goers. Saturday was the busiest day, hosting a number of events, Earl's Rides, competitions and of course the 4-H buildings. Both a kiddie tractor pull and an antique tractor pull took place around lunch time with Marty's Goldenaires holding a flag raising ceremony and performance right after. A performance by the polka band Finn Power entertained fair-goers in the pavilion... Full story

  • Wakefield council discusses waste management costs

    Kelsey Hansen|Jul 28, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield City Council discussed the latest update with the Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority Monday night. A meeting was held with the authority Thursday, in which it reduced the rate for all customers from $120 to $108 per ton. The new rate will be for a two-month trial period beginning Saturday. The movement came in part from Wakefield's request for a $98 per ton rate. The council agreed the move is a step in the right direction; however, the city's rate... Full story

  • W-M School approves budget, accepts resignations

    Kelsey Hansen|Jun 25, 2015

    WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education held its budget/truth-in-taxation hearing Monday night before the regular board meeting. Business Manager Tina Trevarthen and Superintendent Catherine Shamion reported on the final 2014-15 budget amendments as well as the 2015-16 budget. During the regular meeting the board approved the final budget amendments that were presented. The Wakefield-Marenisco ended the 2014-15 school year with a balance of $119,044 in their general fund. The board regretfully accepted the resignation of Bob G... Full story

  • Wakefield city council hears of progress on blight control, sewer work, park improvements

    Kelsey Hansen|Jun 23, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Work continues on tearing down an old laundromat along Sunday Lake Street in Wakefield. The building had been condemned by the Wakefield city council. At the council's meeting Monday evening, Mayor Les Schneck read a letter from a resident thanking the council and city manager Margot Anderson for taking action on the blight issues in town. "If you look today, one of the places is being knocked down and that is through the hard work of our city manager," Schneck said. "There are... Full story

  • Angelo Luppino leaves mark on community

    Kelsey Hansen|Jun 5, 2015

    IRON BELT, Wis. - The man who brought the color pink to his Iron Belt construction business, Angelo Luppino, died this week of cancer at 82. He was born and raised in Hurley, graduating from the Hurley High School in 1952. He married Nancy Nelson in 1953 and they had two children, a son, Paul, and a daughter, Karen. Luppino met his wife on a blind date and knew from the moment he met her that she was the one. "He met me and that was it," she said. They had a long and happy marriage of 62 years.... Full story

  • Group helps clean up Montreal River

    Kelsey Hansen|Jun 1, 2015

    IRONWOOD—A group met Saturday morning at the Michigan Welcome Center to help clean up the banks alongside the Montreal River. Led by the Forest Service Department, the group met first to discuss safety procedures, protective equipment and the areas that would be cleaned up, which consisted of five zones. Garbage and recycling collection was done just on public land alongside the river and not actually in the water. Another river clean up day will be held Aug. 22nd in which volunteers will have the opportunity to wade into the water to c... Full story

  • Ewen-Trout Creek holds commencement

    Kelsey Hansen|May 30, 2015

    EWEN - Thirteen graduates received diplomas Friday night during the 48th commencement ceremony at Ewen-Trout Creek High School. The 2015 graduating class had two co-valedictorians, both of whom spoke during the ceremony. Molly Niemi spoke first, thanking all those who contributed to her success through school, including caring teachers, friends, family and fellow classmates. Niemi was emotional throughout her speech as she thanked everyone. John Berglund III gave a "short but sweet" speech,... Full story

  • Wakefield-Marenisco holds graduation

    Kelsey Hansen|May 23, 2015

    WAKEFIELD-Thirteen graduates were awarded diplomas Friday night at the Wakefield-Marenisco 2015 graduation ceremony. Superintendent Catherine Shamion said a few opening words and introduced the Wakefield-Marenisco Valedictorian Jennifer Wanink who gave a speech to her classmates. Wanink emphasized the class motto during her speech, which is a quote from Jack Canfield: "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Guest speaker retired Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol, Wakefield alumni from the... Full story

  • Heifetz shares Jewish heritage of Gogebic Range

    Kelsey Hansen|May 18, 2015

    HURLEY-Cardiologist Dr. Steven Heifetz from Minneapolis spoke Saturday afternoon at the Iron County Historical Museum as part of "The Way We Worked" traveling exhibit activities. Heifetz gave a presentation on the Jewish history here in the Gogebic Range based on his personal journey in learning about his family's history. His research and interest began when his wife asked him for his family's history for their children's bar mitzvah. He came to find out that on his mother's side of the family... Full story

  • Area sixth graders enjoy weekend at Camp Superior

    Kelsey Hansen|May 18, 2015

    LITTLE GIRLS POINT - The annual spring retreat for area wide sixth graders was held at Camp Superior this past weekend. Typically held in the middle of the week, this year the camp was held on the weekend for the first time for students from Wakefield-Marenisco, Bessemer and Ironwood, as well as many homeschool kids. The camp is held over three days and is filled with activities put on by the camp counselors and local volunteers. Activities include a high ropes course, a low ropes course for... Full story

  • Wakefield hosts first Lumberjack Festival in conjunction with 'The Way We Worked'

    Kelsey Hansen|May 18, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The first Lumberjack Festival took place on Saturday at Eddy Park along Sunday Lake in Wakefield. As part of the events for the Smithsonian's "The Way We Worked" traveling exhibit, as well as part of Wakefield's goal in drawing new people to the area, the festival was a day full of food, music and activities. It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday and the morning started with an opening ceremony and the unveiling of a student-painted mural for the city of Wakefield. There was also... Full story

  • Northwoods Manufacturing welcomes community into shop

    Kelsey Hansen|May 16, 2015

    HURLEY - Northwoods Manufacturing held its second annual open house all day on Friday at the Hurley K-12 School. A steady stream of visitors flooded the shop throughout the day, talking with the students and watching demonstrations. Visitors were able to tour the metals and woods shop and talk with the students involved in the program. Students were busy all day working on projects and demonstrating the skills they have learned while in their technology education classes. This year the... Full story

  • Wakefield council looks for reduced garbage rate

    Kelsey Hansen|May 12, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield City Council heard updates on the Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority, city blight properties and budget considerations, as well as made a final decision on a contract with the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department at a busy meeting Monday evening in front of a packed room. There has been a lot of discussion lately about the tonnage rates the authority has been charging. The city is charged $120 per ton for solid waste at the transfer station. John Cox,... Full story

  • Why My Mom is the Queen of All Moms

    Kelsey Hansen|May 9, 2015

    HURLEY - Kamryn Swartz, 9, entered the Daily Globe's Mother's Day essay contest as a project with her class at the Hurley K-12 School. Along with gifts she and her classmates made, they also wrote the essays for their mothers. And Kamryn won with her essay entitled, "Why My Mom is the Queen of all Moms." "It had to be over 50 words and it couldn't go over 300," Kamryn said. "I did exactly 300 words." And she wished that she could have added a lot more to it. Kamryn said she and her classmates... Full story

  • Storytellers relate how community shaped lives

    Kelsey Hansen|May 4, 2015

    IRONWOOD - A special program of "How Our Community Shaped our Lives: The Norrie Rascals" took place Sunday afternoon at the Theatre North. The program started with Nicole Ellet-Petersen, one of the English instructors at Gogebic Community College, reading a few of her students' essays based on the Malcolm Gladwell book "Outliers." The book covers the topic of success and the ingredients in achieving it, which include not only hard work but also the role of community as a major influence, as... Full story

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