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  • Muk UP brings out youth, adults to ski fundraiser

    Mar 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER TOWNSHIP - Skis were flying last Saturday at the third annual Muk UP, which is a fundraiser for Team Z, an area ski-racing team for kids from age 5 through 17. Mild weather and plenty of team spirit helped to draw a large crowd at the base of Black River Basin in Bessemer Township. Although Team Z is for kids, the Muk UP included adult competitors as well, with some coming from as far as Marquette, or from the Wisconsin areas of Rhinelander,...

  • Vander Spoel retiring from GCC Ski Area Management program

    Mar 9, 2023

    IRONWOOD — The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees approved the retirement request from Jim Vander Spoel, director of Ski Area Management, at their regular meeting on Feb. 28. Vander Spoel began his career in 1979 as the first supervisor of Mt. Zion operations, and has served as director of the Ski Area Management program for the past 17 years. His retirement will be effective Oct. 20, 2023. “His work for the college, and in the ski industry has gained international recognition and respect. The college, its ski area management...

  • Gogebic Fair to include new entertainment

    Mar 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic County Fair will offer a new, rotating feature during each of the four event days scheduled from Aug. 10-13. The Fair Board voted on Monday evening to approve an idea proposed by board member Holly Ramme, who suggested that the fair offer an additional event each day with the idea of drawing that much more interest to the fair. Ramme suggested that stock car drivers provide a “look-see” view of their vehicles on Thursday, with an opportunity for autographs, goody bags, etc....

  • Luther L. Wright pep band bolstered by alumni members

    Mar 9, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Luther L. Wright K-12 School pep band performed at last week’s Ironwood vs. Wakefield-Marenisco varsity basketball game, inviting alumni to join them and play alongside as they revved up the crowd and cheered on their team. Band director Kirk McBrayer spoke to The Globe during a break in the game, explaining that the alumni band only plays a couple of times per year. McBrayer said while the pep band plays a majority of the home basketball and football games, the alumni band plays at a f...

  • Audrey Catherine Jurmu

    Mar 9, 2023

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. - Audrey Catherine Jurmu (nee Maki), 87, of Millersville, Maryland, passed away on Feb. 24, 2023. Audrey was born on July 20, 1935, in Bessemer, Michigan, to the late Ilmo and Hilda Maki. She graduated from the University of Maryland earning a degree in education. She retired from teaching at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, after 32 years of service. Both Audrey and her late husband, Russell, were also long time active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church... Full story

  • Charlene June Vargovich

    Mar 9, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Charlene June Vargovich, 72, of Ironwood, earned her heavenly wings and is now free to paint the heavens above. Charlene passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital with family by her side. Charlene was born on May 16, 1950, in Wakefield, daughter of Oliver and Genevieve (Morrison) Kahila. Charlene attended Wakefield schools and graduated in 1968. Following graduation, she married Steve Vargovich Jr. and together they raised a family of their... Full story

  • Daniel 'Yayou' Lyle Lannet

    Mar 9, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Daniel "Yayou" Lyle Lannet, 63, of Bruce Crossing, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 3, 2023. He was born on Aug. 22, 1959, to Jorma and Irene Lannet in Wakefield. He was raised on the family dairy farm with his eight siblings. Daniel graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School in 1977. He excelled in auto mechanics during his vocational training at the Ontonagon High School. In November 1994, Daniel married Shannon Berger. Together they had two children, Logan... Full story

  • Daniel Ralph Swett

    Mar 9, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Daniel Ralph Swett, 65, of Wakefield, has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, after a battle with liver cancer. Danny was born on Nov. 27, 1957, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to the late Ralph Ray and Eva Lillian Swett. Danny was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved living in the U.P. Danny had many talents and was considered to be a jack of all trades. Danny had a huge heart and was always helping others. Danny was truly loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all. The family... Full story

  • Lorraine Luczak

    Mar 9, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Lorraine (nee Grzesiak) Luczak of Ironwood, 94, was surrounded by her loved ones when she left for her eternal life on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Lorraine was born Jan. 18, 1929, in Ironwood to Joseph and Anna (Cychosz) Grzesiak in Ironwood. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School and met her future husband Edward Luczak at St. Michael's Catholic Church. They married on June 1, 1957. She was actively involved with the Ladies of the Pall, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Aspirus... Full story

  • Debra Lee Jones

    Mar 9, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Debra Lee (nee Dalbeck) Jones, 49, of Wakefield, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2023. Debbie was born, Nov. 16, 1973, at Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield, a daughter of Dalbert and Sandra (Emig) Dalbeck. She graduated from Wakefield High School with the class of 1991. On Feb. 23, 1998, Debbie was united in marriage to her best friend, Donald W. Jones. Debbie was caring and compassionate, and loved her family and friends. She loved nature and the beauty of it, and enjoyed camping with family and friends. She was a... Full story

  • Brian John Oberg

    Mar 9, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Brian John Oberg, 81, of Wakefield, died on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. Brian was born on May 26, 1941, in Wakefield, a son of Paul Julius and Bernice Evelyn (Champagne) Oberg. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1959. After graduation, Brian enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He proudly served his country for four years and was stationed in Korea where he was in the security service. Brian learned the carpet trade when working at his uncle... Full story

  • Donna Marie Nasi

    Mar 9, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Donna Marie Nasi, 93, of Hurley, died at her home with her loving family beside her on March 3, 2023. She was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Hayward, the daughter of Lester and Kathryn (Dezanko) Compton. Attended Ashland grade school and graduated from Ashland High School. Her family was always at the center of her life, along with the many friendships she had acquired. Donna had a spark about her that everyone was drawn to. She had endless energy to live life with vigor, strength and... Full story

  • Clarence Puranen

    Mar 9, 2023

    REEDSBURG, Wis. - Clarence Puranen, age 90, formerly of Reedsburg, living in Fitchburg under the care of his daughter Chris and son-in-law Tim, entered his heavenly home Feb. 13, 2023. Clarence was born in Ironwood, Michigan, on Sept. 17, 1932. In 1957, he was united in marriage to Katherine (Kate) Oravecz in Wakefield, Michigan. Clarence was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Reedsburg. He served on many of the various boards there and was also involved in the Stephen Ministry. He was... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 9, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 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.,... Full story

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