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Articles from the January 20, 2020 edition


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  • Engineer reports on City Square Project

    Tom LaVenture|Jan 20, 2020

    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 was the result of stakeholder meetings of local residents, city staff and engineers who all provided input for the project design. The two-phase project has not been finalized but it is close, he said. “There have been many iterations but this is what is boils down to,” Foley said. A complete desig...

  • Fishing tourney raises funds for Flowage

    Richard Jenkins|Jan 20, 2020

    GILE, Wis. - Ice fishing enthusiasts from as far away as Green Bay came to the Gile Flowage Saturday for the third annual Ice Fishing Jamboree. Organized by the Bank Club, the tournament had anglers competing to catch the largest pike, walleye, crappie and perch. Joe Smoczyk, one of the tournament's organizers, said the 52 anglers participating was down from last year but Saturday's snowstorm probably kept some people off the ice. The weather also likely kept the fish from biting aggressively,...

  • Snowmobiler killed in Hurley crash

    Richard Jenkins|Jan 20, 2020

    HURLEY — A woman is dead after a Sunday morning snowmobile crash in Hurley. Iron County Dispatch received reports of a snowmobile operator being unresponsive after her snowmobile went off the trail outside of Hurley at approximately 1:52 a.m. Sunday, Iron County Sheriff Paul Samardich said in a news release. Officers with the Hurley Police Department and deputies with the Iron County Sheriff’s Department immediately responded, according to Samardich, along with Beacon Ambulance and Hurley Snowmobile Rescue. Officers located the scene of the...

  • John M. Pachmayer

    Jan 20, 2020

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - John M. Pachmayer, 100, of Wakefield, formerly a longtime resident of Ironwood, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. John was born on April 8, 1919, in Ironwood, a son of Charles K. and Anna S. (Smelok) Pachmayer. He attended St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood and graduated in 1937. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to Battery B, 319th Glider Field Artillery and the 82nd Airborne Division. John was commended for undergoing... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 20, 2020

    Monday, Jan. 20 Iron County Food Pantry, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 72 Michigan Ave., Montreal, Wis. 715-561-4450. Pickleball, 9:30 a.m.-noon, All Saints Academy, Ironwood, use south entrance. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Overeaters Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Wakefield. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Harbortown AA, 7:30 p.m. EST, Ontonagon United Methodist Church basement, next to Holiday gas station, Ontonagon. area74.org. Government... Full story

  • 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...