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Articles from the January 9, 2020 edition


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  • Iron County ballots set for April 7 election

    Larry Holcombe|Jan 9, 2020

    Ballots are set for the spring election in Iron County after Tuesday’s filing deadline. Besides the county board of supervisors, there are also elections on April 7 for mayor and city council seats in Hurley and Montreal, the Mercer town board and the Hurley and Mercer school boards. The April 7 ballot will also include voting in Wisconsin’s presidential primary. While most members of the county board are running unopposed for reelection, there will be a few new people on the board. In District 1 (Hurley) newcomer Kathleen Byrns is running uno... Full story

  • Board seeks counsel for Gogebic County's reimbursement case

    Tom LaVenture|Jan 9, 2020

    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 provide counsel regarding the county’s legal and legislative efforts over five years to recoup more than $900,000 in funds in a rule transition for retirement legacy costs with the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium in 2015. The previous attorney, Steven Pence, announced his retirement effectiv... Full story

  • Stabenow, Peters call for action in response to high Great Lakes water levels

    Richard Jenkins|Jan 9, 2020

    WASHINGTON — Michigan’s two senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, annoucned Monday that they were calling on the Department of the Army and the Office of Management and Budget to address the high water levels around the Great Lakes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Included in that call was a funding request for dredging Ontonagon and other commercial harbors around the state. “Communities and coastlines across Michigan have been battered by flooding and erosion as a result of record high wa... Full story

  • Polar Bear Hockey

    Jan 9, 2020

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  • On ice

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  • Community Calendar

    Jan 9, 2020

    Thursday, Jan. 9 Pickleball, 9 a.m.-noon, Ironwood Memorial Building. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Grief Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Dr. Kate Hospice office, 1571 Highway 51 North in Arbor Vitae. Survivors of Suicide, 2 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 932-5718. SMART Recovery, 4:30 p.m., 101 E. Mary St., Bessemer. Free community dinner, 5... Full story

  • James William Talaska

    Jan 9, 2020

    MONTREAL, Wis. - James William Talaska, 74, of Montreal, died early Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2019, at his home with his wife, Theresa and daughter, Tanya at his side. Jim was born on Nov. 12, 1945, in Ironwood, Mich., a son of Robert and Bertha (Maki) Talaska. He attended Luther L. Wright High School and graduated in 1963. Jim was an excellent athlete and competed in many sports, including Little League, basketball, football and softball. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and... Full story