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  • Fair Board begins organizing this year's county fair

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — Members of the Gogebic County Fair Board began Monday evening to work toward a confirmed county fair for 2024. The action was the result of a vote last week by the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners to approve the Fair Board’s proposal to hold this year’s fair at the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in Ironwood. The county board also allotted its standard $17,500 toward fair expenses. Official approval by Civic Center officials awaits, but Fair Board member Linda Nelson said they so far have ex...

  • Gogebic Sheriff Solberg to retire

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Gogebic County Sheriff Ross Solberg announced last week his plans to retire from his position as of the end of this year. “It’s not that I don’t like my job; I just feel it’s time,” said Solberg during the public comment session of a meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners. Solberg said his current term is up as of the Nov. 5 election, and he will not run for office. He added that he will endorse Undersheriff Jorge Cruz as his successor. Cruz confirmed after the meeting that he int...

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    Mar 21, 2024

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    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Bessemer city manager resigns after pressure from council

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — After slightly more than four months on the job, Bessemer City Manager Christopher Frazer has resigned. Clerk/Treasurer Mandy Lake confirmed by phone on Monday that Frazer had submitted a letter of resignation on March 15. The action followed a March 13 special meeting, which consisted mainly of a closed session that included all council members, along with Frazer, Lake and City Attorney Ray O’Dea. After the closed session, the council voted to provide Frazer with the option of resigning wit...

  • Hurley School board looks at adding solar energy

    Mar 21, 2024

    HURLEY — The Hurley School Board voted Monday to request proposals for adding solar power. Dave Carlson of Carlson Electric in Hayward gave a presentation to the board. Superintendent Kevin Genisot told the Globe Tuesday that to move to add solar power will depend on the number of years to recoup the money spent, or return on investment. “We’ve looked at this three times and each time it’s been 15-plus years. They’re saying it might be between 3 to 7 years now,” said Genisot. He said the school’s electric bill is typically $8,000 a month and p...

  • GRTA banquet draws large crowd

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - The winter season has been light on snow, but Saturday night's annual banquet for the Gogebic Range Trail Authority drew hundreds of people and thousands of dollars. Held at Ironwood's Aurora Club, the event for the 51-year-old organization resulted with attendees sprawled between two large gathering rooms. The evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a dinner, awards, raffles and music rounding out the evening. GRTA President Jerry...

  • Gogebic County commissioners approve new location for fair

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted last week to approve a proposal for this year’s county fair to take place at the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in Ironwood. The vote included the board’s commitment to allot $17,500 toward fair expenses, as it routinely has done for past fairs. The proposal to host the fair at the Civic Center was made by the county Fair Board, which has been searching for a solution to retain this year’s fair ever since the county board voted on Oct. 11 of last year...

  • Iron County in limbo regarding wages for elected officials

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — The Finance Committee of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted last week to forward an issue regarding the compensation of elected county officials back to the board. The action followed a discussion relating to a Feb. 27 board meeting, during which members voted to approve a resolution regarding the salaries of Interim Clerk Christan Brandt, Treasurer Clara Maki and Register of Deeds Daniel Soine for the next four years. The resolution states that those employees now will receive the s...

  • GCC sells Civic Center land to city of Ironwood , which already owns building

    Mar 21, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees finalized a land sale to the city of Ironwood including and surrounding the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center. The civic center has been located on campus for 25 years on land that had been leased to the city. “The civic center has been operating on that property with really no lease since 2007,” said the college’s Vice President of Business Services Chad Lashua. He said city officials are looking for funding to replace the ice making equipment...

  • Wakefield planners delay decision on rock quarry

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — A Wakefield rock quarry remains in limbo after the city’s Planning Commission voted last week to table action on a related site plan until more information is received. City Clerk Sue Ahonen reported the news by phone on Monday. The March 12 vote occurred after a related public hearing regarding a Feb. 13 site plan by Thomas Smiljanich, owner of Smily’s Excavating and Trucking in Wakefield. “At this point, there isn’t any access into the property,” said Ahonen. She added that Smiljanich...

  • Gogebic County officials address 911, ambulance issues

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners took action on several issues relating to public safety at the most recent March 13 meeting. Commissioners voted to approve a resolution that authorizes the continuation of a surcharge to fund 911 services. “It will take effect on July 1,” said Heidi DeRosso, the county’s Emergency Services/911 coordinator. DeRosso said that the county’s 911 Committee recommended continuing the same charge that is currently in effect. According to the resolutio...

  • Ironwood School Board approves sound system upgrade in John Krznarich gym

    Mar 21, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School Board approved Monday the hiring of Range Telecommunications to upgrade the sound system in the John Krznarich Gym for $34,313. The project is expected to be completed before commencement and awards ceremonies this May. “The plan is the first of May he plans to be here doing the work,” said superintendent Travis Powell. “Well before we do the awards banquets, the athletic banquet, any of the stuff that we would do in the gym.” Additionally, the board approved two retir...

  • Gogebic County OKs multi-county approach to materials management

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted last week to approve a resolution that commits to a multi-county approach to materials management planning. The action followed a report by Commissioner Joseph Bonovetz, who is this county’s representative on the commission for the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region in Hancock. Jerald Wuorenmaa, WUPPDR’s executive director, told county commissioners several months ago of the state-driven movement to upgrade each...

  • Gogebic County 4-H Knapsack program receives grant

    Mar 21, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Gogebic County 4-H Knapsack program received a $1,500 donation this past week from Republic Services to go toward purchasing of food for students in need during holiday breaks. Tyler Jacobson, municipal sales manager for the Northern Wisconsin branch of Republic Services presented the donation on their behalf. According to Gogebic County 4-H program coordinator Ashley Dennis, the donation will be able to feed approximately 100 families,...

  • Wolff offers 6-point plan to reform Iron County's budget

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Finance Committee members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted last week to refer Phase 1 of the county’s budget reconciliation plan to the full board for approval. The action at the March 14 meeting occurred after committee member Kurt Wolff presented the conclusions of Phase 1 to fellow committee members. “We still have about a million and a quarter budget deficit, so we still have a ways to go,” said Wolff regarding the county’s financial status upon completion of Phase 1, during wh...

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  • Peterson draws on Lincoln's past

    Mar 21, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Local historian Larry Peterson presented his collection of original artwork, portraying President Abraham Lincoln at different stages of life at the Ironwood Memorial Building on March 13. Peterson told the audience that the collection came as a way of preserving history. "I figured that I am an artist, but I am also a historian. What can I leave behind as a legacy that would mean something?" asked Peterson. This search led into him taking a...

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 21, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 21 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EDT; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EDT; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EDT; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT. Ironwood St....

  • Keith Alan Thiede

    Mar 21, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Keith Alan Thiede, 65, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2024, at the Lake Shore Home in Wakefield. Keith was born the son of Marvin and Dorothy (Fisher) Thiede on July 25, 1958, in Ironwood, Michigan. He was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. He enjoyed doing his art in his younger years. Keith loved laying in the grass on nice sunny days listening to his music. Keith loved listening to Elton John and the Beatles. Keith loved to take walks... Full story

  • Carol K. Pesola

    Mar 21, 2024

    ANOKA, Minn. - Carol K. Pesola, 87, of Anoka, Minnesota, passed away on March 12, 2024. She was born on Sept. 7, 1936. Carol grew up in Erwin Township in northern Michigan and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, in 1954. Shortly after her graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Ray, and they were married 64 years. Ray and Carol lived in New Brighton for most of the first 30 years. When they were ready for a townhouse, they moved to Anoka and attended...

  • No. 1 Ishpeming ends E-TC's season

    Mar 21, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BARAGA --- One of the first things people noticed when Ewen-Trout Creek came to town was their youth — after all, their starting lineup consists of three sophomores and two eighth graders. Coach Jacky Besonen never accepted that easy excuse as they navigated the Copper Country Conference and its gauntlet of teams ranked in the top five in the Upper Peninsula. They added bigger schools, Houghton and Menominee, when openings popped up on their schedule. “I knew they could be successful this year even tho...

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