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Articles from the February 9, 2023 edition


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  • Sno-Cats on parade

    Feb 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER TOWNSHIP - After a run of days with sub-zero temperatures, Saturday's mild temperatures filled the ski slopes at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. But the base of the hill also had an additional crowd of folks reveling in the 2023 Midwest Cat Clowder, which provided an opportunity to view a parking lot full of vintage Sno-Cats and groomers. A playful sign warned "Caution: Cat Crossing" while some of the engines rumbled, emitting the dense, distinct...

  • GCC extends emeritus status to former instructors, staff, board members

    Feb 9, 2023

    IRONWOOD — Longtime Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees member Susan Beals was elected chairman as the board held a re-organizational meeting Jan. 31. Other officers include William Malloy as vice chairman, Eric Fitting as treasurer and John Lupino as secretary. All will serve in their respective offices for two years. Other members of the board include Tom Brown and newcomers Robert Stempihar and Michael McPherson. The board will continue to hold regular meetings on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. with the exception of July, O...

  • Saxon-Gurney FD raises money

    Feb 9, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] SAXON, Wis. — The Saxon-Gurney Fire Department offered their annual roast beef fundraiser on Sunday, bringing back the tradition after a two-year absence. The crowd at the Community Center exceeded expectations, according to Chief Stacie Ofstad. “We have had about 200 people come through so far, and the day isn’t quite over yet.” He said the last time it was held they served about 125. “It started 30 to 35 years ago as a gun raffle,” he said. “About 18 to 20 years ago we switched to this weekend, the...

  • Bessemer hires Kristie Peterson as clerk-treasurer

    Feb 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Kristie Peterson of Marenisco has accepted the job of clerk-treasurer for the city of Bessemer. She will begin her new job on Feb. 21. The offer was made on Feb. 2 after members of the City Council interviewed Peterson and one other candidate in a special meeting on Feb. 1. Samantha Dorr, the city’s secretary and coordinator of the Downtown Development Authority, reported the details on Tuesday by phone. Since July of 2021, Peterson has been a pupil auditor and general education assistant for...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 9, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 9 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Mercer Health and Wellness, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mercer Community Center. 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. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m.,...

  • Michael F. Kimball

    Feb 9, 2023

    ARBOR VITAE, Wis. - Michael F. Kimball, 69, of Arbor Vitae, passed away peacefully on Jan. 16, 2023, with his wife of 25 years by his side. Mike was born in Ironwood, Michigan, on July 24, 1953, to Robert and Adele (Ringwall) Kimball. He attended school in Ironwood, graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in 1972. Mike made his living in the construction trade as a contractor for 50 years. Thirty of those years, he owned and operated his own construction company, Kimball Builders, where he...

  • Paul Pozega

    Feb 9, 2023

    GRAND LEDGE, Mich. - Paul Pozega, whose decades of coaching and mentorship had a positive influence on countless students and athletes in the Lansing region, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. He was 93. Paul grew up in Bessemer and was proud to be the son of hard-working Croatian immigrant parents. Born on Oct. 2, 1929, he was the fifth of eight children born to Paul and Anna (Magdich) Pozega. His father, an iron ore miner, died when young Paul was just 10 years old, and so he developed a sense of...

  • William B. Leppala

    Feb 9, 2023

    CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. - William B. "Bill" Leppala, 81, of Crescent Valley, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. He died at home, in Nevada, at his home he had built out of straw bales on his 80 acres. He was surrounded by his family, including his wife, Patti, of 38 years. Bill was born on Jan. 7, 1942, in Saxon, Wisconsin, to Bill Leppala and Margaret (Lindsey) Leppala. He had no siblings, but had a brotherly relationship with his cousin, Roger Lindsey, who resides in Ixonia, Wisconsin. Bill grew up in...

  • Julie A. Tice

    Feb 9, 2023

    MARENISCO, Mich. - Julie A. Tice, 82, of Marenisco, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Julie was born on Oct. 2, 1940, in Waterloo, Iowa, a daughter of Roy C. "Russ" and Wilma Jean (Troehler) Russell. She graduated from Wheaton High School in Illinois and moved to Marenisco in 1968. For 26 years, Julie was a dedicated cashier at Leo's Grocery Store in Marenisco. She retired in 1998. Julie was a faithful and an active member of the Marenisco Presbyterian Church, where she was elected to the Board of...

  • Marian Elizabeth Gregory

    Feb 9, 2023

    NEENAH, Wis. - Marian Elizabeth (Bongiovanni) Gregory passed away peacefully at Valley VNA Senior Care in Neenah, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. Marian was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Wakefield, Michigan, daughter of the late John and Marian (Savitski) Bongiovanni. She attended St. Sebastian School and A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, Michigan. Prior to her marriage she was employed at the Ironwood Clinic. She married William J. "Bill" Gregory on May 16, 1959, in St. Sebastian Catholic Church in...

  • Gerald 'Jerry' Cady

    Feb 9, 2023

    Zephyrhills, Fla. - Gerald "Jerry" Cady, 82, of Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, with his loving wife, Marlene, at his side. He was born in 1940 in Ironwood, Michigan, where he spent much of his life, moving full-time to Zephyrhills (Baker Acres Community) in 2015. Jerry married the love of his life, Marlene, in September 1962. Jerry was a skilled craftsman, carpenter and custom woodworker. He was the owner and operator of The Sawdust Bin in Ironwood, specializing in...