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Articles from the March 28, 2024 edition


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  • Civic Center to host Gogebic County Fair

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The location for the 2024 Gogebic County Fair has been declared officially as the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in Ironwood. Fair Board members had been optimistic about the change in venue, and the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners also had voted to approve the switch from the county fairgrounds. But Jay Kivisto, manager of the Civic Center, assured on Tuesday that his board of directors also now has made it official. Regarding Fair Board members, he said, “Our Civic Center board met last...

  • Tuesday Election Day in Wisconsin

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] Tuesday is Election Day in Wisconsin. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only is it the Presidential primary across the state, but there are also local county, city, town and school board seats up for election. There is also a bond proposal in the Mercer School District. While the presidential primary season is all but over because President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former President Donald Trump, a Republican, are the only two candidates left standing before their parties’ conventions t...

  • Lake named interim city manager in Bessemer

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER - Members of the Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to appoint Clerk/Treasurer Mandy Lake to the role of interim city manager. In separate votes, they also increased her salary to the equivalent of $5,000 per year and authorized her to prepare a job posting for city manager. "Ms. Lake has pretty much stepped up to the task," said Councilman Adam Zak regarding Lake, who already was acting in the city manager's role from the start of the...

  • Ironwood buys Civic Center property from GCC for $1

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission agreed Monday evening to purchase the land the Pat O’Donnell Civer Center stands on for $1 from Gogebic Community College. The purchased also included a 30-foot strip of parking along the north side of the Civic Center. City Manager Paul Anderson said in a memo to the commission that the city needs ownership of the property in order to meet requirements of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Conservation grant it hopes to gain to help pay for...

  • Mercer School referendum on ballot

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] MERCER — The Mercer Area Schools have proposed a referendum on the April 2 ballot to help maintain operations, programs and facilities, including hiring needed personnel for the school, according to district administrator Renae McMurray. The referendum would raise $800,000 a year, for five years, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. “An operational referendum would cover our general operational expenses, our staffing expenses. Specifically what we are looking at is facility improvements, and the cos...

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    Mar 28, 2024

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  • High school Pi Day competition held at GCC

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College played host to nearly 100 local middle and high school students for the inaugural Pi Day Competition on March 20. Thirty-one teams of three students from grades 7-12, representing four school districts within the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District competed in a series of mathematical problems if not related to, certainly in honor of, pi - the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter -... Full story

  • Title search raises problem with targeted site for new Heritage Center

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Plans by the Bessemer Area Historical Society to construct a new Bessemer Heritage Center on East Sellar Street have reached an impasse due to a discovery that part of the targeted property is not owned by the city, as originally thought. The Heritage Center is now at the main street address of 403 S. Sophie St., but the plan was to construct a new building on the south side of the 100 block East Sellar Street after the City Council and Downtown Development Authority both voted to sell a piece...

  • Great Michigan Read begins here tonight

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Great Michigan Read has begun, and area libraries and educators are gearing up for this year’s book “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” by Angeline Boulley. The Ironwood Carnegie Library, the Wakefield Public Library and the Gogebic Community College are working together to bring activities to both adults and youth alike to celebrate a love of reading. The first event is set for today at 6 p.m. in Room B-21 at GCC. The event will feature a screening of the documentary “Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred J...

  • Bessemer awaits electric school buses

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer School Board voted March 20 to approve the list of 2024 graduates, and heard a brief update regarding the electric buses that the district is expecting to introduce in the 2024 school year. Kassi Huotari, the district’s business manager, said that the board has officially paid for the buses. “We did pay for the electric buses, that cost us $10,000. They are completed and built now, but we are waiting to take them until after our charger is installed, so sometime during the summe...

  • Marenisco to act on 2024-2025 fiscal year budget

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP — Members of the Marenisco Township Board of Trustees will meet on Friday evening to adopt their proposed $1.1 million budget for 2024-2025. According to Township Supervisor Bruce Mahler, a related public hearing on Monday evening drew no opposition. The public hearing was part of a regular board meeting. In a Tuesday phone call, Mahler underscored the effect that inflation has had on the budget for the fiscal year starting on April 1. “We found especially in this last year that inf...

  • Globe honored by Michigan, Wisconsin newspaper associations

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Globe’s editorial and advertising staffs were recently honored with awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Sports Editor Jason Juno earned awards for both news and sports writing, as well as sports photography. A story Juno wrote about a successful effort to find a missing boy in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on May 11, 2023, earned first place in the MPA’s Spot News Story category. Entitled “Safe and Sound,” the same story too...

  • Health survey looks to identify public's concerns

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] Tamarack Health Ashland Medical Center is performing a community survey in Iron County to determine the public’s health-related concerns in the community. The survey is aimed at residents of Iron, Ashland and Bayfield counties. “This is something we do every three years with the area health departments,” said Tamarack Health spokesperson Abby Miller. “We are a critical access hospital, so it is a requirement for us as a hospital to do this, but really it is just a good way for us to tap into what our com...

  • Wakefield aims for grants to create dog park, add cabins

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Members of the Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to approve the application for two grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. After being rejected on its first try last year, the city will reapply for an MDNR Trust Fund Grant, in hopes of financing a now smaller, proposed expansion of the Eddy Park Campground next to Sunday Lake. The city also will apply for an MDNR Passport Grant, in hopes of creating a dog park...

  • Iron County board moves to Phase 2 of budget reform

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday evening to approve Phase 1 recommendations for the 2024 budget. They also voted to establish a new capital fund that will be geared toward the ongoing goal of greater fiscal responsibility. Board Member Kurt Wolff, who has been leading the push for budgetary reform, summarized the results of Phase 1 that he had outlined in greater detail in a recent Finance Committee meeting. He said that, even after meeting with many department h...

  • Bessemer Council votes to hire advisor for new reservoir

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council voted to approve the hiring of an East Lansing company to serve as advisor in relation to the city’s Phase 3 project on the pending new Bluff Reservoir. The city agreed to pay Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors LLC its requested fee of $18,600, specifically to address issues in relation to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund’s bond/loan process. Company Director Andy Campbell outlined Baker Tilly’s perceived role in a March 11 letter to city represe...

  • HIT 'Lights Up' with local talent for fundraising show

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Local musicians put the fun in fundraising Saturday night as they performed in "HIT Lights Up," an event designed to help in financing ongoing costs at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The 2-hour show featured 14 performers and 20 songs, ranging from rock to pop to country, with a consistent dose of high spirits among performers and the audience. A core band and vocal group provided the base of the entertainment, and they warmed up the crowd with...

  • A fifth division doesn't seem to be coming yet for high school basketball in Michigan

    Mar 28, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] The MHSAA is unlikely to add a fifth basketball division soon. "There were conversations at the AD in-service and sport committee meetings over the fall and winter just to gauge interest, but there aren't any proposals or movement on this," Geoff Kimmerly of the MHSAA told The Globe Tuesday. The smallest schools in the state, like Ewen-Trout Creek and Watersmeet, have longed for a fifth division like neighboring Wisconsin has. It came to a head this...

  • St. Ignace's Ingalls named AP Player of the Year

    Mar 28, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] ST. IGNACE --- Ball is life at the Ingalls house. Dorene and Doug coach. Jackson refs. Jonny plays. All do what they do at a high level. Dorene’s St. Ignace girls basketball teams have won five state titles. Doug helps her and he has coached the boys team here for 25 years over multiple stints. Jackson’s referring assignments include GLIAC games. Jonny just cleared 2,000 career points as a point guard for his Dad. This season might have been the one of the toughest and one of the best all at the same tim...

  • Norma J. Pucilowski

    Mar 28, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Norma J. Pucilowski, age 86, formerly of Bessemer, died March 18, 2024. Norma Jane Schneider was born on Oct. 23, 1937, to the late Alfred and Mary (Selvig) Schneider in Jamestown, Michigan. Norma attended local schools in North Dorr, Michigan, and graduated high school from Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the class of 1955. On Aug. 17, 1957, she was married to the late Donald "Patchy" Pucilowski at the Visitation Church in North Dorr. In 1969, they moved from... Full story

  • Kathryn Doris Jackson

    Mar 28, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Kathryn Doris Jackson, age 77, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Westgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after her long battle with multiple sclerosis. Kathy was born the daughter of Francis and Lois (Deringer) Chatterson on Nov. 8, 1946, in Park Falls, Wisconsin. She was a 1964 graduate of Hurley. Kathy was a seamstress for local manufacturers. She enjoyed flower gardening, playing Smear, and was a big Green Bay Packers fan. She will be... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 28, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 28 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Government Downtown Ironwood Development Authority, 8 a.m., Women’s Club Room, Memorial... Full story

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