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Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition


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  • City Commission OKs 911 payment

    Jan 25, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission approved payment Monday for an invoice of $4,536 to Gogebic County 911 for cellphones provided to the Ironwood Public Safety Department. IPSD Sgt. Brandon Snyder, who is also the IPSD fire marshal and on the county’s 911 Committee, told the commission how the state had determined the county’s 911 Committee was wrong when it bought the phones for the department. He said they appealed that decision, but lost at first by one vote and appealed again to the...

  • Whitecap opens for business

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] UPSON, Wis. - The snow season started stirring nearly three months ago at Whitecap Mountains Resort, but skiing did not open at the Upson ski hill until Jan. 13, the day that a winter storm hit this region. "We started making snow on Oct. 30," said resort owner David Dziuban of the staff's efforts toward the end of 2023. The early snowmaking, of course, was foiled by a prolonged warm spell - including rain - that ruined any prospects of opening hills for t...

  • Bessemer to contact donors, try again for trailhead grant

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Individuals or businesses who donated to the cost of a new trailhead behind the Bessemer City Hall will receive a letter from the city in the near future. City Council members agreed Monday night that the outreach should be made in case any donors may wish to retract their offer after the city failed for the second year in a row to qualify for a Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Officials will apply for the grant again this year, in hopes...

  • Wakefield council approves sale of land near Sunday Lake

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to sell a parcel of land overlooking Sunday Lake to Timothy and Nichole Lynott for their bid of $10,101. The land is adjacent to the Lynott’s property at 202 Chicago Mine Road. “My family and I have lived on the adjoining parcel of property since 1986, for 38 years,” said Lynott in a letter to the council dated Jan. 18. “We have maintained a walking trail on the property over the years so we can easily access the park and beach at...

  • Dr. Raymond 'Ray' Francis Burchell Jr.

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dr. Raymond "Ray" Francis Burchell, Jr., 85, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Assisted Living Center in Ironwood. The family is sincerely and deeply grateful for the loving, compassionate and excellent care Ray received from Westgate's caregivers and staff. Ray was born on Oct. 24, 1938, son of the late Dr. Raymond and Katherine (Robinson) Burchell. He grew up in Akron, New York, and graduated from Akron High School. R... Full story

  • Joyce Virginia Seeke

    Jan 25, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Joyce Virginia Seeke, 94, of Bessemer, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. Joyce was born on July 27, 1929, in Wakefield, a daughter of Weitta and Senia (Hendrickson) Mars. Joyce grew up in Ramsay and was always proud to be from there. She attended Ramsay School and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, in 1947. On Dec. 3, 1949, Joyce married Willard John Seeke. They had 72 wonderful years together in marriage. Joyce worked in the X-ray... Full story

  • Scott Michael Peterson

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Scott Michael Peterson, 57, of Ironwood, passed away this week after a short bout with lung cancer. Scott was a lifelong resident of Ironwood. He was born in Wallace, Idaho, on Dec. 2, 1966, the son of Terry Ann Ruby and the late Lawrence "Lee" Peterson. Scott attended the Ironwood Area Schools. Scott worked at Northwoods Rental as an Arctic Cat mechanic for many years. During the last 10 years, he worked as a fabricator and manager for Kaufman Custom Sheet Metal. One of his... Full story

  • Barbara A. Laguna

    Jan 25, 2024

    PENCE, Wis. - Barbara A. (Anderson) Laguna, 84, of Pence, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at her home, with her family at her side, after 23 long years of battling cancer. Barb was born on Dec. 1, 1939, to Leon J. and Ann D. (Umolac) Anderson. She attended J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley, and graduated in 1957. She spent her childhood and teenage years brought up living in the Santini Hotel in Hurley, with her parents and sister, Darlene. As a young girl she enjoyed being at... Full story

  • John William Johnson III

    Jan 25, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - John William Johnson III, 83, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wisconsin, with his loving family at his side. John was born on June 4, 1940, in Milwaukee, a son of Gladys Clara (Gerlach) and John W. Johnson Jr. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1958. Following graduation, John proudly served his country for three years in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged as a... Full story

  • John Jennings

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - John Peter Jennings, 62, a resident of Ironwood Township, entered into the presence of His Messiah Jesus on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. John was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was adopted by his parents, Peter and Jean Fox. They moved to Lower Michigan where John spent his childhood. John received his associate degree in police science and became a security guard at the Opryland Hotel. He then chose to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving as a truck driver for his... Full story

  • Karen Polkowski

    Jan 25, 2024

    ONTONAGON, Mich. - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) Mom, Momma, Gram, Great Great, Sissy, Aunt Karen met Jesus peacefully the morning of Jan. 18, 2024, surrounded by her number one priority, her children. No words will articulate the enormous loss we feel but we know you are dancing with Dad, loving on your Momma and Daddy, having a few words with Uncle Butch. Yes, we expect that Grandma Helen was keeping him in line holding your chee... Full story

  • Delores Irene Will

    Jan 25, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Delores Irene Will, 90, of Wakefield, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, with her family at her side. She was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Washburn, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Adolph and Barbara (Swader) Holvick. Delores graduated from Ondossagon High School where she found her love for twirling a baton as head majorette. She enjoyed teaching anyone interested in twirling. Her last performance was in a talent show at the Motor... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 25, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. Thursday, Jan. 25 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Government Downtown Ironwood Development Authority, 8 a.m., Women's Club Room, Memorial Building. Friday, Jan. 26 Alcoholics... Full story

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