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  • NCT group scouts new Ironwood Township route

    Feb 6, 2018

    IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - While grooming snowmobile Trail 160 Friday, part of the leadership team of the Ni-Miikanaake chapter of the North Country Trail Association took the opportunity to scout a potential route for the North Country Trail through parts of northern Gogebic County. Cal Kangas, Ric Olson and Karl Jensen were helping the Gogebic Range Trail Authority groom one of the routes snowmobilers take between Ironwood and the Wisconsin border, but also visited several key points they hope to...

  • Matonich gives yearly crime report to council

    Feb 6, 2018

    By IAN MINIELLY [email protected] BESSEMER - Gogebic County Sheriff Pete Matonich provided the end of year results of the police work done by the Sheriff's office for the city of Bessemer. The GCSD received 722 complaints, resulting in 234 citations issued and 86 arrests made in 2017. A total of 47 accidents happened on Bessemer's roads. In reviewing the month to month comparison, some incidents stand out in 2017. -There were two incidents for methamphetamine possession and one for...

  • Ironwood board taps MASB for superintendent search

    Feb 6, 2018

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area Schools Board of Education is turning to the experts for help with its search for a new superintendent, hiring the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct the search Monday. Its superintendent searches takes roughly 14 weeks on average, according to a proposal from the MASB given to board members, and cost between $5,000 and $7,000. Under the proposal’s scope of work, the MASB’s executive search committee will work with Ironwood’s board to develop a search...

  • Community calendar

    Feb 6, 2018

    Tuesday, Feb. 6 Pickleball, 10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Memorial Building. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ironwood Memorial Building. 906-667-1110. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. Ironwood Kiwanis Club, noon, Elk and Hound. Cribbage, 1 p.m., Mercer, Wis., Public Library. 715-476-2366. Northern Waters Genealogical Society, 3-5 p.m., Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction. Disabled American Veterans, 6 p.m., American Legion Club Room, Ironwood. Life S... Full story

  • Jeffrey Glenn 'Jeff' Aho

    Feb 6, 2018

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Jeffrey Glenn "Jeff" Aho, 65, a native of Ironwood Township, Mich. and formerly of Green Bay, Wis., died Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018, at Bridgeport Assisted Living in Orlando. Jeff was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Ironwood, Mich., son of Ida (Niemi) Lindberg and the late Glenn Aho, attended Roosevelt School from kindergarten through the eighth grade and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the Class of 1971. While in high school, Jeff enjoyed sports, playing football,... Full story

  • Marilyn Ruth Cerasoli

    Feb 6, 2018

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Marilyn Ruth Cerasoli, 92, of Ironwood, died on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Ironwood. She was born Dec. 21, 1925 in Ironwood, the daughter of the late Charles and Nan (Larson) Gustafson. Marilyn attended A.L. Norrie Grade School and graduated from the Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1943. On Nov. 23, 1950 she was united in marriage to Ferdinand “Fritz” Cerasoli at the Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood. He preceded her in death. Marilyn was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church. She is survived by her daugh... Full story

  • Benjamin Wellington Ayotte

    Feb 6, 2018

    RACINE, Wis. - Benjamin Wellington Ayotte, age 93, passed away Feb. 1, 2018, after a full life, well lived. Ben was born in Watersmeet Township, Mich., to Charles and Gladys (Codd) Ayotte. Ben attended Watersmeet High School and at 14 began driving logging trucks. He left school in the tenth grade to drive logging trucks full-time from the Porcupine Mountains to the sawmill in Watersmeet. Ben entered the U.S. Army on March 7, 1943, and was inducted at Camp McCoy. He was a member of Company C... Full story

  • Opal P. Gothblad

    Feb 6, 2018

    SHELL LAKE, Wis. - Opal P. Gothblad, age 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the Glenview Assisted Living facility in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. A long-time resident of the Ironwood area, Opal was born Opal Pearl Melville on August 29, 1922 in Chippewa Falls. She graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, Mich. in 1940. She married the late Robert Emil Gothblad on Sept. 12, 1944 in Ironwood, Mich. where they established roots and raised their two children Margaret Ann... Full story

  • Walter J. Mlynarski III

    Feb 6, 2018

    HURLEY, Wis. - Walter J. Mlynarski III, age 76, of Hurley, Wis., passed away on Feb. 3, 2018. Walter was born on Sept. 27, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Walter and Lillian (Dzieciuch) Mlynarski. He attended Catholic Schools in Detroit, graduating from McKenzie High School in 1959. He also attended Northwood Institute in Midland, Mich., and was in the school's first graduating class in 1961, with an Associate Degree in Business. On June 20, 1964, he married Sandra Bryja in Detroit. Sandra preceded... Full story

  • Frances Sophie Huber

    Feb 6, 2018

    UPSON, Wis. — Frances Sophie Huber, 88, of Upson, passed away peacefully after a brief stay at the nursing home on Jan. 23, 2018. She was born on Jan. 15, 1930, in her home in Upson, where she has resided her entire life. Frances was the daughter of the late Anton and Sophie (Lutz) Huber. She graduated from Iron Belt High School in 1947. Over the years she had many different jobs. Frances ran her own store in Upson, worked at the mill in Mellen, ran the Upson Post Office, worked as a bookkeeper for Gentile Oil Company in Hurley, and was the b... Full story

  • Sue Ann Paro

    Feb 6, 2018

    LAKELAND, Fla. - Sue Ann Paro, age 69, of Menominee, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Lakeland Medical Center in Florida with family by her side. She was born in Marinette on June 19, 1948; daughter of the late Charles and Stella (Hergan) Downs. In 1975, Sue was united in marriage to her true love, Chuck Paro. Sue and Chuck loved to travel and had many memorable adventures. Sue was primarily a homemaker, however as her children grew, she began working at Abelman... Full story

  • Sister Mary Fidelia Mindeman

    Feb 6, 2018

    MANITOWOC, Wis. - Sister Mary Fidelia Mindeman, age 97, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc. The former Margaret Mary Mindeman was born on Dec. 25, 1920, in Waukesha, Wis., daughter of the late John and Mary (Matteson) Mindeman. She entered the Convent in 1935 and professed her vows in 1939. Sister Mary Fidelia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Family College, Manitowoc, and a Master's Degree from Notre... Full story

  • Witt not the typical E-TC standout

    Jason Juno|Feb 6, 2018

    EWEN - When Eli Nordine hit Jake Witt for an alley-oop in a summer league game in 2016, coach Brad Besonen quipped that it was the first in Ewen-Trout Creek history. Except he really wasn't joking. Witt has broken the mold of the E-TC standout. For all the great E-TC players, few have been quite like Witt, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound star who has played in the extremely rarified air above the Ewen rims. "All the other good players we've had, it seems like most of them have all been guards - good...