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Virtual Sisu Ski Fest set

IRONWOOD - The 12th Sisu Ski Fest will be a virtual event but organizers are excited about the prospect of the alternative event as they sent out registration packets on Monday. The 2021 Sisu... Full story


Ironwood looks at water system grant options

IRONWOOD — An Ironwood City Commission workshop on Monday revealed the benefits and consequences that come from choosing which grants to apply for in order to build a proposed water treatment and filtration system with a new pump station. Jeff...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    October 3, 2020

Ironwood to consider business industrial zone

IRONWOOD — An expansion in the city’s industrial zone could create a new business category to buffer non-industrial areas, according to reports at the Ironwood Planning Commission meeting on Thursday.  In his report to the commission, Tom Bergma...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    October 2, 2020

Absentee ballots mailed in Ironwoood

IRONWOOD - The city of Ironwood is showing a 237% increase in absentee ballot applications from the last presidential election and the requests are still coming in, according to city clerk Karen... Full story

 By Tom LaVenture    News    October 1, 2020

Theaters, bowling alleys study reopening order

IRONWOOD - A new executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has theaters and bowling alleys preparing to open months before it was thought possible, along with more possibilities for outdoor events....


Mercer to consider blight officer

MERCER — The town of Mercer Board of Supervisors on Thursday discussed the possibility of hiring a part time blight officer while determining a course of action for repeated violations. A complaint from a neighbor brought an individual to the...


Officials mark 9/11 anniversary

IRONWOOD — The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 continue to affect our lives, even as the event itself happened 19 years ago. Scott Erickson, the manager for the city of Ironwood, said the anniversary is a good time for people to reflect on the...


Public hearing set on county budget

BESSEMER - The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a public hearing on the topic of the county's 2020-21 operational budget for its next regular meeting. The board 7-0 approved...


Mercer looks to join health co-op

MERCER, Wis. — The Mercer Town Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved a change to health insurance coverage to a another agency for the duration of an application period to an insurance cooperative for municipalities known as Spectrum Employer G... Full story


Civic center add-ons approved

IRONWOOD - The Ironwood City Commission approved expenditures for enhancements to the Pat O'Donnell Civic Center replacement building during a special meeting on Monday. The commission 5-0 approved...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    August 27, 2020

Hurley School stays course with offering in-school, virtual options

HURLEY — The Hurley Board of Education will not make changes to its in-classroom with virtual option reopening plan, or the decision to go ahead with fall sports after taking no action at a special meeting on Tuesday. The school board approved its...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    August 27, 2020

Mercer readies for school opening

MERCER, Wis. — Staff and faculty of the Mercer School District are working through in-service days to prepare for the start of fall semester on Tuesday, according to District Administrator Sheri Kopka in her report to the Board of Education on...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    August 14, 2020

Health department requests increase

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday heard a request for an allocation increase from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. Kate Beer, the health officer for WUPHD, attended the county board meeting to discuss... Full story

 By Tom LaVenture    News    July 21, 2020

Gogebic-Iron County Airport open

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - The Gogebic-Iron County Airport officially opened again Saturday evening after more than a month of runway reconstruction. The runway rehabilitation and runway lighting... Full story

 By Tom LaVenture    News    July 18, 2020

Mercer town board discusses COVID issues

MERCER, Wis. — COVID-19 topics took up most of the Mercer Town Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, including concerns about thousands of people attending the annual Loon Day event in August. In his COVID-19 update, Town Chairman John Sendra said... Full story

 By Tom LaVenture    News    July 17, 2020

Ironwood continues work on commercial marijuana ordinance

IRONWOOD — An Ironwood City Commission workshop fell short on time with a proposed adult-use marijuana manufacturing ordinance on Monday and will schedule another before considering the ordinance. The proposed ordinance failed three separate city...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    June 18, 2020

Hurley approves licenses, banners

HURLEY — The Hurley City Council on Monday approved liquor and cigarette licenses in a special meeting. The council approved a class B beer license to Hurley Highlands Gas, LLC, at 510 2nd Ave. N., followed by approval of a cigarette license to...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    June 11, 2020

Hurley scores high on wastewater report

HURLEY — The Hurley City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution for its wastewater treatment report that received a perfect score. The resolution accepted the compliance maintenance annual report for the city’s wastewater collection...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    June 9, 2020

George Floyd protest continues

IRONWOOD - Protests continue to be held in front of the Memorial Building in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and for an end to police brutality. Bill and Jodi Buergey said they have attende...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    June 4, 2020

George Floyd protests held in Ironwood

IRONWOOD - Area community members who attended a Tuesday protest at the Memorial Building said they were compelled to add their voices to the worldwide outrage against racism and brutality in police d... Full story

 By Tom LaVenture    News    June 4, 2020

Work continues on local economic development office

IRONWOOD — Work has stalled but the idea continues to re-establish a county economic development office, according to a report at the Ironwood Economic Development Corporation meeting Wednesday. EDC member Gary Burnett asked for an update on the...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    May 23, 2020

Mercer to update fireworks ordinance

MERCER, Wis. — The town of Mercer Board of Supervisors will revisit the fireworks ordinance in June, following action at its regular meeting Thursday. The board 5-0 approved a request to create a town fireworks permit and moved discussion of the...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    May 8, 2020

Four-alarm birthday

GILE, Wis. - The Hurley Fire Department wants to help make childrens birthdays a little more fun as they remain relatively home-bound during the coronavirus pandemic. The department will be part of...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    April 17, 2020

Eat and shop smart during the pandemic

IRONWOOD — With all the information going around about how to boost the immune system during the coronavirus pandemic, it is the balanced diet that still works best, according to a local nutrition specialist. There are misconceptions about... Full story


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