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Articles from the February 16, 2023 edition


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  • Wednesdays with snowshoes

    Megan Hughes|Feb 16, 2023

    The 2023 Superior Snowshoe Walks season has a few more walks to go. Organizer Sam Davey said the season has gone really well, with warmer weather allowing for people to dress in fewer layers. Speaking at the Feb. 8, Wednesday afternoon walk at Schomberg Park in Oma, Wisconsin, Davey said he advises people to dress for warmer weather than it is. "Once you get going, start working up a sweat, it feels a lot warmer," said Davey. "We had one week of cold weather, but that was really it. ... I usuall...

  • Ironwood City Commission looks ahead to projects

    Larry Holcombe|Feb 16, 2023

    IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission approved vacating the alley south of the 400 and 500 blocks of East Birch Street, as well as Deane Street between the two blocks, at its meeting Monday evening. Michael and Greta Erm requested the move, as they plan to build a home there on Birch Street. Commissioner Jim Mildren said it was exciting to have someone building a new home in the city. A brief public hearing on the matter was held before the meeting, at which no one spoke. City Manager Paul Anderson told the commission there is opportunity...

  • City of Bessemer seeks to fill slots on DDA, commissions

    P.J. Glisson|Feb 16, 2023

    BESSEMER — The City Council of Bessemer is reaching out to encourage membership in three of its sub-groups that help to keep the town running effectively. A total of five vacancies now exist on two of the city’s commissions and on its Downtown Development Authority. The situation has become serious enough for the Planning Commission that council members voted at their Monday evening meeting to approve a resolution that will allow members of that commission to conduct meetings even when they cannot meet a standard quorum. City Manager...

  • Gogebic County Board approves 911 plan

    P.J. Glisson|Feb 16, 2023

    BESSEMER — A resolution to adopt a final 911 Service Plan was approved by a vote of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners last week. According to the resolution, the plan will be “pursuant to the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act, 1986 PA 32, as amended.” “Among other provisions, the plan identifies a chosen 911 vendor as the primary public safety answering point for all 911 calls within the boundaries of Gogebic County and recognizes the millage reliance or other funding models if the millage is not in place,” stated an ag...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 16, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 16 Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Mercer Health... Full story

  • Airport board re-elects Harrison chairman

    Megan Hughes|Feb 16, 2023

    IRONWOOD — The Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, with board members discussing their annual reorganization, the purchase of a vehicle and ongoing plans for future projects. Patrick Harrison was unanimously re-elected chairman, Dan Siirila elected vice-chair, and Brandon Snyder was chosen as recording secretary. The board also voted to change the meeting time of its monthly meeting to the second Monday of the month at 3 p.m. to better fit into the schedule of multiple board members. The board held a lengthy...

  • Raymond Albin Carlson

    Feb 16, 2023

    AURORA, Ill. - Raymond Albin Carlson died early Thursday morning, Feb. 2, 2023, in Aurora, Illinois, at The Grove of Fox Valley (VA-affiliated) nursing home. Raymond was born to Raymond Albin Carlson and Hazel Eloise (nee James) Carlson on Saturday, April 12, 1924, in Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and his family lived across the St. Croix River in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Raymond was the eldest of five sons (Raymond, John, Rolland, James, and a baby boy that was stillborn in 1934). Raymond's... Full story

  • Gloria L. Maniaci

    Feb 16, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Gloria L. Maniaci, 90, of Hurley, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. Gloria was born on July 28, 1932, in Ironwood, Michigan, a daughter of Alphonse and Lauraine (Catori) Giannunzio. She attended St. Mary's School in Hurley and graduated in 1949 from the Hurley High School. Gloria was a proud cheerleader for the 1949 Hurley Midgets State Basketball Championship team. After graduation, Gloria worked as a secretary at the Montreal Mining office. After a few years, she decided s... Full story

  • Myrna Mae Lauzon

    Feb 16, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Myrna Mae Lauzon, 91, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood. She was born in Pence, Wis., on May 8, 1931, the daughter of Louis and Frances (Chiapuzio) Bertoluzza. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and Hurley High School, where she graduated in 1949. She worked at several jobs after high school, most notably at Range Beverage in Hurley, where she was a secretary. On April 11, 1959, Myrna married Thomas Lauzon of... Full story

  • Howard M. Pollari

    Feb 16, 2023

    LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Howard M. Pollari, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at his home in Libertyville, Illinois. He was born June 1, 1925, in Ironwood, Michigan, and was formerly of St. Paul, Minnesota, living in Libertyville since 1963. Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in World War II as special operations with the Carpetbaggers group in the European Theater and received his mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University. He was... Full story

  • Sophie Pauline Drier

    Feb 16, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Sophie Pauline Drier, 94, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, with her loving family and extended family of caring staff of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility. Sophie was born on Nov. 8, 1928, in Caspian, Michigan, a daughter of John and Rose (Dennis) Petroff. She married Fred "Ben" Drier in Bessemer. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before his passing on March 21, 2012. Sophie is survived by two sons, Edward (Barb) and Michael (Lauana); two... Full story