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  • Eric M. Jewess

    Mar 10, 2015

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Commander Eric M. Jewess, U.S. Coast Guard Retired, 57, of Ocean Springs, formerly of Bessemer, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home in Ocean Springs. He was born Sept. 23, 1957, the son of Jack and Yoko Jewess. On Dec. 21, 1985, he was married to Monda McLaughlin, aboard ship. Eric graduated from A.D. Johnston High School, Bessemer, in 1975. Eric attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1975 to 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science in naval... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 10, 2015

    Tuesday, March 10 Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ironwood Memorial Building. 906-667-1110. Friends of the Mercer Public Library, 10 a.m., library, Mercer, Wis. Tiny Tot Story Hour, 10 a.m., Wakefield Public Library. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Ironwood Kiwanis Club, noon, Tacconelli’s. Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, 3:30 p.m., Ironwood Depot. AP Kids Final Fundraiser, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wolf’s Den, Mercer. Bessemer American Legion Post 27, 5 p.m., American Legion,... Full story

  • Commission awards lawn care bid to Harma

    Ralph Ansami|Mar 10, 2015

    IRONWOOD — A three year-contract for mowing and trimming at the Riverside Cemetery and city parks was awarded Monday by the city commission to Harma’s Lawn and Property Service, of Hurley. The commission agreed to pay Paul Harma $65,520 for the cemetery work and $14,250 for the city parks mowing. City manager Scott Erickson noted Saari Lawn Service, of Montreal, Wis., the only other bidder, was just a few hundred dollars off. Mayor Kim Corcoran said the service bids have alternated between the two companies for the past several years.... Full story

  • Bessemer Township adopts several resolutions

    Alissa Pietila|Mar 10, 2015

    RAMSAY - The Bessemer Township board met Monday to discuss support for several resolutions. The first resolution focused on poverty guidelines and exemptions on property taxes for qualifying individuals and families. "We deal with this every year," said Township Supervisor Jeff Randall. "It allows, as state law requires, those that fit the poverty guidelines can apply for exemption or a portion of exemption from their property taxes." Randall said it has to be updated each year to match the pove... Full story

  • Ontonagon Village Council hears report on housing commission

    Jan Tucker|Mar 10, 2015

    ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council Monday heard a report from Manager Joe Erickson reviewing the operations of the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission. The housing commission governs the operation of Cane Court housing units for low income residents. Cane Court is owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with by-laws set by both HUD and the commission. Erickson distributed a long list of areas in which the commission has not followed the by-laws, noting he considers most of the problems to be institutional,... Full story

  • Congrats to state champ Bantams

    Mar 10, 2015

    Congratulations to the Bantam B hockey state champion Polar Hawks. The co-op team of 12 players, ages 12 to 15, from the Ironwood Polar Bear and Iron River Ice Hawk hockey clubs went 5-0 at the state tournament in Marquette last weekend, including an 8-0 win over Jackson in the final Sunday. “It was a great showing by our local kids,” said Brian Roehm, of Ironwood, one of three coaches. Great showing, indeed, for a team that had just six combined practices this season. Half of the kids practiced here at the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in... Full story

  • Red Devils withstand Purple Hornets 3-point barrage

    Jason Juno|Mar 10, 2015

    IRONWOOD - L'Anse didn't have much of an answer for Ironwood inside, but with the 3-point shot falling, the Purple Hornets were able to give the much taller Red Devils a scare. Ironwood survived, thanks in part to shooting 16 of 20 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, for a 58-48 victory Monday in a MHSAA Class C District 96 semifinal. "I thought we were rusty," said coach Pete Lewinski, whose Devils hadn't played since a Feb. 24 win over Wakefield-Marenisco. "Maybe their fine play... Full story

  • Cardinals hold off Nimrods

    Pat Krause|Mar 10, 2015

    WAKEFIELD - Wakefield-Marenisco came from behind to defeat Watersmeet 56-53 in a first round game of the MHSAA Class D District 127 Tournament on Monday night. Not very often does a freshman move up from the junior varsity to the varsity for the district tournament and not only play well but become a difference-maker in the game. In trying not to make too much of a big deal over one game, but fans in the Cardinal Gym were shocked by Jacob Suzik's performance. Watersmeet took a 24-21 lead by... Full story