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  • Wakefield's annual picnic fills Eddy Park

    P.J. Glisson|Jul 5, 2022

    WAKEFIELD - Despite the threat of thunderstorms, a community picnic in honor of July 4 went off without a hitch on Sunday, drawing a large crowd of people who enjoyed the entirety of Eddy Park. There was plenty of delicious picnic fare, as well as organized activities ranging from kiddy fun to bingo to live music by several bands or musicians. The Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department also offered a display. In the John Siira pavilion, Dave and Bobbi Sue Daignault of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and...

  • Ramsay celebrates July 4 with music, fireworks

    P.J. Glisson|Jul 5, 2022

    RAMSAY - It could be said that the crowd at Ramsay's Independence Day celebration was so full of energy that no pyrotechnics show was even needed. However, the actual fireworks - aptly named "Rumble Over the River" - also were awesome. Saturday's festivities, which started at 6 p.m. and lasted the rest of the evening, attracted hundreds of friendly folks - several with cowboy hats adorned with U.S. flags - who gathered along the entire length of Main Street. Behind the Bessemer Township Fire...

  • Wakefield poised to revise master plan

    P.J. Glisson|Jul 2, 2022

    WAKEFIELD — Thanks to a Monday evening vote, the city of Wakefield is now positioned for a revision of its master plan. “We will start working on that probably within about a month,” said City Manager Robert Brown, Jr. in a Wednesday phone call. City Council members voted to approve a cooperative funding system in which the Michigan Economic Development Commission will provide $20,000 toward the project while the city will pay about $14,500. Brown said the master plan has had no major revision for a couple of decades. “We will start working on...

  • Bessemer kicks off July 4 with Geocache Dash

    P.J. Glisson|Jun 25, 2022

    BESSEMER - The 13th annual Geocache Dash starts today in Bessemer, as numerous Fourth of July events begin to unfold more than a week before the actual holiday. "It's very family-friendly," said dash organizer Scott Pospect on Thursday. Parents are welcome to bring children, and the only items needed to participate are a smartphone and a global-positioning system app. GPS coordinates will be available today, along with full rules, at bessemer4th.com. Pospect's geocache activity is different...

  • Dozen kindergarteners graduate from Watersmeet

    P.J. Glisson|Jun 10, 2022

    WATERSMEET - Pint-sized pomp and circumstance took the lead on Thursday as Watersmeet K-12 School celebrated its kindergarten graduation in the cafeteria. Superintendent and Principal George R. Peterson, III provided the welcome, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by the "Class of 2034." James Williams Jr., tribal chairman of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, thanked teachers and noted the importance of education before leading the tribe's drum band in an honor...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco students relish last day of school

    P.J. Glisson|Jun 7, 2022

    WAKEFIELD - Monday's beautiful weather was a great send-off for kids finishing their final day of the year at Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School. In celebration of the event, the kids lined up to receive icees and popcorn and then hung out with friends on the athletic field. The scene was totally relaxed, unlike the past couple years when the COVID-19 pandemic put a consistent damper on any and all activities. Students told the Globe that recent months had felt fairly normal, or as sixth grader...

  • Wakefield Township opts out of Indianhead water system

    P.J. Glisson|Sep 11, 2021

    WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — Members of the Wakefield Township Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday evening to refuse an offer to take over the Indianhead Mountain water system. “My thoughts are that we don’t have a water operator,” said Supervisor Mandy Lake. Moreover, she added, “Billing — we’re not set up for that.” In short, she stated, “We are not in a position to take it over right now.” Treasurer Denise Laessig and Trustee Michael Heikkila voiced support for Lake’s views before the unanimous vote was taken. While summarizing an Aug. 12 meeting of...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco board encourages mask use in school

    P.J. Glisson|Aug 19, 2021

    WAKEFIELD - Unless advisories from health officials change, masks are a must on buses but only encouraged on school property for students in the Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School. The 5-2 vote by the district's Board of Education on Monday evening was for a motion that states, specifically, that masks on school property will be "highly recommended, but not required" regardless of vaccination status, with the action contingent on continuing advisories from regional, state and national health...

  • Gogebic County Fair celebrates anniversary in grand style

    P.J. Glisson|Aug 17, 2021

    IRONWOOD - Great weather and solid crowds graced the 100th anniversary of the Gogebic County Fair in the final two days of its Thursday-to-Sunday run. The public clearly welcomed the return of the event at the Ironwood fairgrounds after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in last year's cancellation. "We had beautiful weather. We had good crowds," said James Lorenson, fair board chairman, on Monday. "Overall, we were pleased." Lorenson said that some people wore optional masks and engaged in social...

  • Marenisco VFD members receive MedEvac training

    P.J. Glisson|Jul 10, 2021

    MARENISCO TOWNSHIP - Members of the Marenisco Township Volunteer Fire Department received several layers of MedEvac training in recent weeks, thanks to flight staff who work in the local region. The most exciting component of the training occurred on July 2 when a MedEvac crew landed a helicopter on the old athletic field next to the former Marenisco K-12 School in Marenisco. Pilot Mike Gross told the Globe that the crew members - which included flight nurses Kevin Mittelsteadt and Scott Pupp -...

  • Wakefield's Hometown Variety Show offers loads of talent

    P.J. Glisson|Jul 3, 2021

    WAKEFIELD - Thursday evening's 45th Annual Hometown Variety Show was loaded with local talent, including several musicians, a living history performer, a 45-year-old comedy act, and - for the first time - fire spinners. The nearly two-hour show, which normally takes place in the gym of the Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School, instead was held this year outside of the building, facing Sunday Lake. Denise Haas, known as "Big D," acted as emcee for the show, which started with the audience reciting...

  • GOCAA helps provide nutrition

    P.J. Glisson|Jun 4, 2021

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Area residents in need of groceries can find both relief and support in two federal programs aimed at helping persons who meet requirements relating to income, age and location. According to Linda Cossi of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency in Bessemer, the Food and Nutrition Service - an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture - offers both of the following programs: 1. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a monthly program aimed at...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco students enjoy group exercise again

    P.J. Glisson|May 27, 2021

    WAKEFIELD - After a school shutdown in March of 2020, followed by fluctuating restrictions ever since, students at Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School have just begun enjoying their regular activities in recent months. As the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be winding down, one of those activities is the freedom to play disc golf, which enthusiasts describe as a cross between regular golf and tossing a Frisbee back and forth. Persons driving past the school might notice the bright yellow disc...

  • E-TC presents 'Evening of the Arts'

    P.J. Glisson|May 22, 2021

    EWEN - A Thursday Evening of the Arts at Ewen-Trout Creek School welcomed an appreciative audience, starting with a highly colorful art show and ending with a concert encore and a standing ovation. "Every student that I see has an art work here tonight," said K-12 art teacher Nina Fiorucci. Drawings and paintings were set up on divider walls in the room normally used as a cafeteria. Additional displays of ceramics and other projects were displayed on round tables. Younger students' artwork also...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco cuts off school choir

    P.J. Glisson|May 13, 2021

    WAKEFIELD — At the request of the district’s K-12 music teacher, members of the Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education voted Monday evening to drop a grade 7-12 choir class in exchange for a new band option. The decision came only after some board members objected to the loss of a choir offering altogether and requested at least a compromise. Music teacher Isaac Boehnlein told the board that membership in the grade 7-12 choir program has been neither large nor strongly committed in recent years. “I would say choir is a passion for two of them,...

  • Wakefield ponders solution to Iron Belle extension

    P.J. Glisson|Mar 30, 2021

    WAKEFIELD — Last summer, an expansion of the Iron Belle Trail linked Bessemer to Ramsay, meaning that the trail in Gogebic County now stretches from Hurley to Ramsay, with a paved trail for silent sports such as hiking and biking. A new hurdle now exists in how to continue the trail expansion from Ramsay to Wakefield — action highly anticipated by trail lovers and by business owners who might stand to gain sales from the added activity. The city of Wakefield now finds itself squarely in the midst of the effort because it is one of five own...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco board vents about irregular semester

    P.J. Glisson|Dec 26, 2020

    WAKEFIELD — Students from kindergarten through high school attended Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School on Monday and Tuesday after grades 9-12 had been on an extended break. The older students’ return followed a Dec. 18 announcement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who lifted COVID-19 restrictions regarding high school students. Although Superintendent Jason Gustafson said it was nice to have “semi-normal” circumstances, the entire school once again was on break as of Wednesday — this time for Christmas vacation. The pandemic has created an erratic f...

  • Marenisco supervisor issues fond farewell to township

    P.J. Glisson|Nov 18, 2020

    MARENISCO - The Marenisco Township Board of Trustees addressed a list of agenda items at its Monday evening meeting, but the biggest news was that it was the final occasion for Supervisor Richard Bouvette to lead the charge. After nearly a quarter of a century leading the township, Bouvette - who will be 75 in January - wrote in his November newsletter column that he is "ready to transition from a position of some influence to obscurity as a cranky old man." After serving as the superintendent...

  • Marenisco police chief opening to be posted soon

    P.J. Glisson|Jun 18, 2020

    MARENISCO — At a Monday evening meeting of the Marenisco Board of Trustees, Supervisor Richard Bouvette announced that the pending retirement of Police Chief Bruce Mahler begs the question of whether to replace him. “Yeah!” answered Trustee Kelly Dunbar without hesitation. “Maybe,” said Trustee Dave Hagen, who added later that he would prefer the position to be part time. “What other options do we have?” asked Treasurer Diane Dean. Bouvette, who also chairs the board, said members can hire a replacement for Mahler or can contract services thro... Full story

  • Prospective buyer shows interest in former OCF

    P.J. Glisson|May 23, 2020

    MARENISCO — A prospective buyer from Chicago has shown interest in purchasing the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco for use as a farm to grow, process and test marijuana. Marenisco Supervisor Richard Bouvette reported the news to his Board of Trustees at their Wednesday evening meeting and shared further detail with the Daily Globe in a Thursday phone call. “I don’t know that this is going to fly,” said Bouvette, but he claimed, “This guy seems to know what he’s talking about.” The supervisor said that the man, who is from C...

  • Spring brings new season for fishing fans

    P.J. Glisson|Apr 18, 2020

    WAKEFIELD - Fishing is one of those curious pastimes that - funny enough - does not require a lot of success to enjoy. Kenny Kelch of Bessemer illustrated that while fishing at Sunday Lake last Saturday. While angling at the shoreline, where water was running freely over the Eddy Park dam, Kelch was full of enthusiasm about how he'd caught nothing of value. His brother, Kaine Kelch, of Wausau, Wis., was in just as good a mood. It was a beautiful day, full of sunshine, drawing happy hikers along...

  • Bessemer board elects Partanen as new president

    P.J. Glisson|Jan 28, 2020

    BESSEMER - The Monday evening meeting of the Bessemer Area Board of Education resulted in a lot of people in new positions, including a new position of dean of students/head teacher at A.D. Johnston Junior and Senior High School shared by two teachers. After a unanimous vote by the board, Richard Matrella now will assume that role for grades nine through 12, and Mark Movrich will assume the same role for grades seven and eight. Both men also will retain their current teaching positions at the sc...

  • Crafters come out for Yooperfest

    P.J. Glisson|Jan 20, 2020

    BESSEMER - A snowstorm that lingered through the weekend dropped a solid base on local ski hills, which also were busy with other activities such as live music and the annual Yooperfest at Big Snow Resort's Blackjack location in Bessemer. The annual event on Saturday featured busy slopes outside, as well as an indoor art show. Even the artists addressed the theme, dressing in plaid items and/or displaying Yooper crafts such as woodworking and handmade outerwear. Deb Harvey of Wakefield was...

  • Bessemer board elects Partanen as new president

    P.J. Glisson|Jan 20, 2020

    BESSEMER - The Monday evening meeting of the Bessemer Area Board of Education resulted in a lot of people in new positions, including a new position of dean of students/head teacher at A.D. Johnston Junior and Senior High School shared by two teachers. After a unanimous vote by the board, Richard Matrella now will assume that role for grades nine through 12, and Mark Movrich will assume the same role for grades seven and eight. Both men also will retain their current teaching positions at the sc...

  • Ho! Ho! Ho!

    P.J. Glisson|Dec 23, 2019

    IRONWOOD - A Saturday morning "Christmas for Kids" event at the Ironwood Township Hall featured a steady line of children waiting for the chance to tell Santa what they hope to receive for Christmas. The Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the annual event, which included a gift for each child in attendance. "It makes people happy," said Fire Chief Scott Carlson with a big grin. Also available was a light lunch of hot dogs, chips, Christmas cookies and beverages. After time...

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