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 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

 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 21, 2020

Mercer approves COVID-19 plan

MERCER, Wis. - The town of Mercer Board of Supervisors on Friday approved its COVID-19 emergency plan during a special meeting on Friday, to include additional support for first responders. The board...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 21, 2020

Ironwood providing business support

IRONWOOD — The city of Ironwood is providing support and resources for businesses that are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. There are grants, zero-interest loans and other support out there and it’s changing all the time, said Tom...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 18, 2020

Seniors receive drive-by lunches

HURLEY, Wis. - With the spirit of the drive-in restaurants the staff of the Hurley Senior Center are enjoying the switch to takeout lunches. On Monday the Iron County congregate meal sites in Hurley,...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 18, 2020

Wisconsin bars, dine-in restaurants ordered closed

HURLEY, Wis. — Wisconsin follows Michigan in ordering bars and restaurants to close at 5 p.m. Tuesday along with other restrictions on gatherings in light of efforts to slow the pandemic spread of coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19. Gov. Tony...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 17, 2020

Hurley K-12 School continues working around coronavirus

HURLEY, Wis. - The new coronavirus pandemic that causes coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) was the central topic the Hurley Public School Board meeting on Monday. Two Iron County Health Department staff,...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    February 7, 2020

First Friday has Valentine theme

IRONWOOD — First Friday events in downtown Ironwood today will have a Valentine’s Day theme of “Sweet, Sweet North,” according to the city of Ironwood Community Development office. The “All things sweet in Downtown Ironwood” First Friday...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    February 6, 2020

Fraud results in mail forwarding

IRONWOOD — An Ironwood couple didn’t realize they had been scammed until the mail stopped coming. According to a Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office report a possible fraudulent activity complaint was made on Jan. 24 from the couple. One of the...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    January 20, 2020

Engineer reports on City Square Project

IRONWOOD — The first draft with architectural renderings of the Downtown City Square Project was presented at the Ironwood City Commission meeting Monday. Mike Foley, a project manager with Coleman Engineering, said the draft completed last week...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    January 9, 2020

Board seeks counsel for Gogebic County's reimbursement case

BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved 7-0 a new attorney to provide legal counsel for the ongoing retirement funds issue with the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. Wendy Marcotte of Marquette, will pr... Full story


Ironwood sets hearing on marijuana ordinance

IRONWOOD — The ordinance regarding marihuana establishments will have a public workshop before revisions are considered in the new year, according to business of the Ironwood City Commission meeting on Monday. The commission 3-0 approved an amendme...


Santa, veterans group team to bring cheer

HURLEY, Wis. - Volunteers kept kids busy with holiday arts and crafts while parents waited for them in line at the annual meet Santa event on Sunday. The meet Santa event is sponsored each year by...


Christmas show fills theater with holiday spirit

IRONWOOD - The Claudettes were still featured performers of the Community Christmas shows this weekend but the dancing group has turned over production of the annual show to new direction for the...


Ironwood to study water filtration soon

By TOM LAVENTURE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission on Monday 4-0 approved a preliminary engineering report for the city’s pump station and water filtration improvements. Commissioner Joseph Cayer was not...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    November 7, 2019

Election results made official

BESSEMER - The Gogebic County Canvasing Board approved Tuesday's general election results on Wednesday. There were 16 election items to review from the cities of Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield,...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    November 7, 2019

Wisconsin DNR to delay Mercer staff move

MERCER, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said it will delay reassigning fisheries staff to Ashland by a year. The Wisconsin DNR said in October that programmatic changes would eventually transition permanent staff positions...

 By Tom LaVenture    News    November 6, 2019

No change on Ironwood City Commission

IRONWOOD — The composition of the Ironwood City Commission will remain the same for the next two years, according to unofficial voting totals Tuesday night. There were nine candidates in all vying for the five open seats on the city commission....

 By Tom LaVenture    News    October 7, 2019

Kellett buried with honors

IRONWOOD - Walter Kellett is now at eternal rest in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood. The 12,500-mile journey came 77 years after military historians say Kellett died at the...


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