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Articles from the March 29, 2014 edition

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  • Local trails enjoy 'excellent' cross country ski season

    Cortney Ofstad|Mar 29, 2014

    Cold temperatures and snow in other parts of the country adversely impacted the local cross country ski business this winter. Despite the setbacks, many trail organizers said the season went well, with "excellent conditions" all around. ABR Ski Trails in Erwin Township close Sunday at 5 p.m. According to co-owner and operator Eric Anderson, the plan is the same each winter. "We plan every year to normally go through the last weekend in March," Anderson said. "We had a good season, lots of...

  • Weekend looks good here, but watch out for Monday

    Ralph Ansami|Mar 29, 2014

    First, the good news: There's no chance of snow or rain today or Sunday in Ironwood and the high will reach 46 degrees. Then, the bad news: There's a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Monday and Tuesday. With a high of around 40 predicted, it would likely come down as rain, but it could create more of the slush that made driving hazardous on Thursday evening. Ironwood received a mix of rain and snow into Thursday evening, with .39 inch of precipitation recorded at the Gogebic-Iron...

  • Lucky winner

    Mar 29, 2014

  • US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

    Mar 29, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which means they can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other...

  • Vehicles sinking in Lake Gogebic slush

    Mar 29, 2014

    MARENISCO - The Marenisco Township Police Department is warning of "increasingly dangerous" conditions on Lake Gogebic. MTPD rescue units, along with the Lake Gogebic Fire Department and Marenisco EMS, have conducted several retrievals of vehicles stuck in deep slush on the lake. The rescues have occurred in areas 500 yards or more off shore and out toward the middle of the lake. Areas of slush up to 3 feet deep exist under a light snow cover. Snowmobiles operating in the areas are subject to...

  • Margaret Marie 'Peggy' Smith

    Mar 29, 2014

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Margaret Marie “Peggy” Smith, 74, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, March 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Wakefield, the daughter of Richard P. and Ida B. (Bordano) Valesano. Peggy graduated from Wakefield High School with the class of 1957, where she participated in the band. Her education continued in Iron Mountain and she obtained a licensed practical nursing degree. On Sept. 16, 1961, Peggy was united in marriage to Ed Smith at Immac...

  • Anthony E. 'Tony' DeZur

    Mar 29, 2014

    ASHLAND, Wis. — Anthony E. “Tony” DeZur, 59, of Hurley, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Ashland. He was born Sept. 4, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ashland, son of Mary Margaret (Metos) and Thomas DeZur. Tony attended Hurley schools, graduating from J.E. Murphy High School with the class of 1972. Tony worked all his life at local area business concerns. Most recently, he had worked at the Cary Mine Convenience Store, retiring from there in March 2013 due to ill health. He had also tended bar for over 40 years at various taverns in the...

  • Dream Player: Mackey named among UP's best

    Jason Juno|Mar 29, 2014

    MARQUETTE — Ironwood’s career leading scorer is also its first Dream Team player since 2006. Senior Adam Mackey was voted to the All-U.P. Dream Team during Wednesday’s 64th annual boys basketball meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. The last Dream Team player in Ironwood was Mike Pawlak, who is married to Adam’s sister, Caitlin. Joining Mackey on the all-class team were: Negaunee senior Tyler Jandron, Cedarville junior Joey Duncan, North Central senior Travis Vincent and Escanaba senior Brandon Robinet...

  • Bessemer's Zielinski, Ironwood's DiGiorgio named All-U.P.

    Jason Juno|Mar 29, 2014

    MARQUETTE — Bessemer’s Ben Zielinski stepped into the spotlight in his senior year, while Ironwood’s Jacob DiGiorgio has another year left on the hardwood. Both were selected to the All-U.P. team at Wednesday’s 64th annual meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Zielinski was selected to the Class D Second Team with DiGiorgio making Second Team in Class ABC. Zielinski led the Speedboys to a Porcupine Mountain Conference championship and a near-upset of Crystal Falls Forest Park in the district tournam...

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