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Articles from the February 24, 2015 edition


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  • Cardinals win PMC title outright

    Feb 24, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco wrapped up the Porcupine Mountain Conference title outright with a 66-31 victory over Ewen-Trout Creek Monday night. It was W-M's first PMC title since 2004. The Cardinals also won a share of the Indianhead East Division with Hurley. "We're excited about that," W-M coach Pete Yon said. "Hopefully we can carry some of this momentum into the tournament." The Cardinals came out with good intensity and led 40-18 at halftime on parents' night in their last home game of... Full story

  • Students attend day-long Life Quest Program at GCC

    Alissa Pietila|Feb 24, 2015

    IRONWOOD - Area high school students gathered in the gymnasium of Gogebic Community College's Lindquist Center for a Life Quest Program on Monday. The event was not open to the general public due to a lack of space, as witnessed by the bleachers filled with students. The Department of Human Services, DOVE, Inc., the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, Community Mental Health and others had booths for the students to browse and attain more information about what is available in the communi... Full story

  • Township delays decision on unionization request

    Richard Jenkins|Feb 24, 2015

    IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Citing, in part, that job descriptions were in the process of being rewritten, the board of trustees voted to table Rachel Peck's request to join Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Robert Murphy - a staff representative with the union - spoke on behalf of Peck, who serves as the township's secretary and deputy treasurer. Murphy asked the board to voluntarily recognize Peck's union membership. The board expressed... Full story

  • G-Tac doesn't deserve lease extension

    Feb 24, 2015

    To the Editor: Since board members at the Meet the Candidates forum at the Hurley High School said they wouldn’t have signed the lease if they knew what was in it and Iron County Chairman Joe Pinardi said he was working to renegotiate the lease, they shouldn’t float Gogebic Taconite for a year on the lease. Very few people actually attend meetings to see what is really going on and seem to prefer to talk in generalizations or call anyone who doesn’t like the lease names. That’s not going to help anything. This is the county’s chance to make t... Full story

  • Bonnie J. Mitchem

    Feb 24, 2015

    IRONWOOD, Mich.- Bonnie J. Mitchem, 80, of Ashland Court, Ironwood, died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. The former Bonnie Pippins was born Aug. 23, 1934, in Parma, Mo., daughter of the late Arthur and Ruby (Crawley) Pippins, and attended Parma schools and Gideon High School in Gideon, Mo. She married Harry E. "Mitch" Mitchem on Aug. 14, 1952, in Pickett, Ark. They moved to Bessemer in 1965,... Full story

  • Ronald Belmas

    Feb 24, 2015

    IRONWOOD — Ronald Belmas, 78, died Feb. 22, 2015, with his family by his side in Ironwood. He is survived by his wife, Norma; son, Ron Belmas, of Ramsey; daughter, Brenda (Randy) Zoglman, of Bessemer; grandchildren, Allen Barto, Brad (Kim Leinon) Belmas, Mark (Tony Sundberg) Belmas, Nikki (Tim) Lynott, Casey (Brent) Boersma, Jeff (Erinn) Corullo; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Elsie Langrehr. He shared his love for the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. Many hours were spent together hunting, fishing and camping. Our ... Full story

  • Francis David Formolo

    Feb 24, 2015

    MILWAUKEE — Francis was called to Eternal Life on Feb. 10, 2015, at the age of 80 years. He was born in Montreal, Wis., on Feb. 22, 1934. He was the son of Frank and Eva (Archambeau) Formolo. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; infant brother, James; and his granddaughter, Isabel Malloy. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Popp); sister, Pat (Harold) Kytola; brother, Gene and wife Judy; four sons, Fr. Frank Formolo, Legionaries of Christ, Edgerton, Wis., Tom, Bob and James; daughters, Mary (Scott) Kulla, Trina, Sarah (Chris) R... Full story

  • Carolyn Ann Normand

    Feb 24, 2015

    WAUSAU, Wis. - Carolyn Ann (Heiser) Normand, 54, of Weston passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau with her family at her side after an eight-month courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 19, 1961, in Medford, Wis., daughter of Louis and Delores (Forster) Heiser. Carolyn received her education in Bergland, Mich., and Merrill High School where she graduated in 1979. She continued her education at North Central Technical College in Wausau. On April 30, 1994,... Full story