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Articles from the February 3, 2017 edition

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  • Hurley committee schedules fundraisers

    Feb 3, 2017

    By IAN MINIELLY [email protected] HURLEY - The Hurley Fireworks Committee has two events planned to generate funds to pay for the summer fireworks display. On Saturday, the Mid-Winter Snow Ball at the Iron County Memorial Building is being held and on Feb. 11 the Gile Snowshoe, bonfire and music festivus closes the fundraiser. Snow Ball live entertainment kicks off at 4 p.m., featuring Brad Emmanuel. At 8 p.m., The White House Players perform and are scheduled to play through...

  • Hancock dominates Bessemer

    Pat Krause|Feb 3, 2017

    BESSEMER — It's tough to win many games scoring 18 points in a varsity basketball game. That happened to the Bessemer Speedgirls on Thursday night and Bessemer went down to defeat at the hands of Hancock 60-18 in a non-conference game in the House of Noise. "Hancock plays tough man-to-man defense and they do it with six girls," Bessemer coach Gerry Pelissero said. "Our girls weren't comfortable playing against that defense. We only had five field goals (the whole game). "We survived the first q...

  • Cat Clowder returns to Big Powderhorn

    Feb 3, 2017

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — Vintage Sno-Cat machines will once again journey to Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Saturday as the ski hill plays host to the third annual Midwest Cat Clowder. As closed-cabbed, tracked vehicles, Sno-Cats and other groomers have been used from Alaska to Antarctica for jobs ranging from building pipelines to grooming ski hills. The clowder — the name of a group of Cats — is one of four shows in the country for those who collect the vintage machines, according to Powderhorn Gener...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 3, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 3 Mercer Cribbage, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mercer Senior Center. Double Trouble, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Serenity Center, Ironwood. Mercer Food Pantry, noon-1 p.m., Railroad Street, Mercer, Wis. Emergencies: 715-476-7655. Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. Harbortown AA, 7:30 p.m. EDT, Ontonagon United Methodist Church basement, next to Holiday gas station, Ontonagon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood. Saturday, Feb. 4 Community... Full story

  • Planning commissioners advance five-year city plan

    Ralph Ansami|Feb 3, 2017

    IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Planning Commission Thursday approved a five-year Capital Improvement Plan for the city. The plan will go before the five-member city commission for final approval. The CIP is part of the city’s comprehensive plan and is a sort of “wish list” of projects that might be tackled if funding is available. Many of the projects are contingent on the availability of grants. Many park projects in the city, for example, were funded in the past five-year CIP, which is necessary in the grant application process. In other busines...

  • John Leonard Marley

    Feb 3, 2017

    ONTONAGON, Mich. - John Leonard Marley, 88, of Ontonagon, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. He was born in Ontonagon on July 29, 1928, to Chauncey and Madeline Marley. John attended Ontonagon Schools and graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago in 1946 and went on to serve in the Army Air Corps. John attended Northern Michigan University and went on to work as an electrician at the White Pine Copper Mine for 30 years, retiring in 1990. On Sept. 24, 1983, John... Full story

  • Nancy L. Ruby

    Feb 3, 2017

    WAUSAU, Wis. - Nancy L. Ruby, 76, of Ironwood, Mich., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after complications from a stroke. She was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Hurley to Lawrence and Elizabeth (Bott) Bourdages. She lived in Saxon until moving to Hurley in 1956. She graduated from Hurley High School in 1958. Nancy married William F. Ruby on May 6, 1961, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, and together they raised three daughters at their home in... Full story

  • Barbara J. Valle

    Feb 3, 2017

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Barbara J. Valle, 84, of Ironwood, former longtime Hurley, Wis., resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Ironwood. She was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Ironwood, the daughter of the late Carl and Jennie (Davis) Kaartunen. She attended Ironwood schools, graduating from the Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1951. Barb had been employed at Sher’s Grocery Store and did waitressing at the Sports Bowl and the Deer Trail Lodge. On Oct. 31, 1951, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and was honorably discharged on Oct. 31, 1... Full story