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Articles from the February 18, 2016 edition


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  • Ironwood police warn about dangers of drugs

    Feb 18, 2016

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] IRONWOOD - Members of the Ironwood Public Safety Department held a community awareness program Wednesday to bring attention to the potential problems of drugs and alcohol in the area, particularly relating to schools and young people. Director Andrew DiGiorgio began by reminding the audience the trends regarding drug and alcohol abuse by young people are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to stay on top of the information. "Myself, as a...

  • Road commission delays action on proposed garage

    Feb 18, 2016

    By TOM STANKARD [email protected] BESSEMER - The Gogebic County Road Commission Board of Commissioners approved during a special meeting Monday to not take any action concerning the proposed garage until they hear back from the Bessemer Planning Commission. Darren Pionk, road commission engineer-manager, said the current garage in Bessemer is outdated and does not meet the road commission's needs. Looking towards the future, Pionk said the new garage proposed to be on Marshalek Road,...

  • $10.1 million US 51 project begins this week

    Feb 18, 2016

    By RALPH ANSAMI [email protected] The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said James Peterson Sons, Inc., of Medford, is the prime contractor for a $10.1 million U.S. 51 project that began this week with tree clearing. The U.S. 51 construction work will begin in mid-March. The project will be between Rocky Run Road and Oneida County Y in Cassian and Hazelhurst. Crews will: —Reconstruct the highway. —Replace culverts. —Reconstruct intersections. —Lengthen existing passing lanes. —Construct a new bridge over Rocky Run...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 18, 2016

    Thursday, Feb. 18 Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution, seniors, mothers, infants, children, 9:45-10 a.m. EST, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, Bergland; 10:20-10:35 a.m. EST, Porcupine Mountain Senior Center, White Pine; 11-11:45 a.m. EST, Holy Family Catholic Church parking lot, Ontonagon; 1:15-1:45 p.m. EST, Resource Center, Mass City; 2:15-2:45 p.m. EST, Stannard Township Ballpark, Bruce Crossing; 2:30-2:45 p.m., Watersmeet Town Hall parking lot, Watersmeet. 906-884-2106. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer,... Full story

  • MaryAnn Klopatek

    Feb 18, 2016

    MERCER, Wis. - MaryAnn Klopatek, 77, of North Popko Circle, Mercer, was born into eternal life on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at her home. She was born April 20, 1938, in Wauwatosa, daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary (Fedor) Swenson. MaryAnn was raised in Caledonia and attended Caledonia and Racine schools. On May 28, 1955, she was married to John "Jack" H. Klopatek in Caledonia at the St. Louis Catholic Church. For many years, John and MaryAnn would travel to the Mercer area, until moving... Full story

  • John Pearce Russell

    Feb 18, 2016

    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - John Pearce Russell, of Montreal, Wis., passed away peacefully after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 12, 2016, in Zephyrhills, with his loving wife, Carolee, at his side. John was a loving husband of Carolee Russell; brother to Mary Katherine (Katie) Walters, Quincey, Ill.; brother-in-law to Arthur Ramme, Ironwood, Mich., and Kathy (Bobe) Claremboux, Mason, Wis.; proud father of Jill (Byron) VanderLeest, Shawnee, Kan., Jennifer Russell,... Full story