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Articles from the March 30, 2023 edition

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  • Carston Hayes Nault

    Mar 30, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Our sweet baby boy, Carston Hayes Nault, a.k.a. Bubbs-A-Boo, Mr. Mr., and Tank, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. He was a sweet, loving boy with enough "chunk" to go around for everyone. He was goofy, always saying, "this and that" while pointing his finger. Carston was so smart and loved his phone calls from Papa everyday and would cry for the phone. He hated anything put into his mouth, including food, and would sure let you know that. Carston loved to play with... Full story

  • Joyce Elizabeth Game

    Mar 30, 2023

    POWERS, Mich. - Joyce Elizabeth Game, 84, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, in Powers, Michigan. Pinecrest and UP Health Systems Homecare and Hospice teams provided her kind and loving end of life care. Born on March 5, 1939, to the late Mary (Curry) and Harold Burkee, Joyce grew up in Chicago with her three sisters and graduated from Harper High School. She married Richard Game on April 12, 1958, at Thoburn Methodist Church, Chicago. Joyce enjoyed figure... Full story

  • Daniel D. Nault

    Mar 30, 2023

    HORICON, Wis. - Daniel D. Nault, age 73, of Horicon, formerly of Ironwood, Michigan, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the Aurora Medical Center-Summit with his family by his side. Daniel was born the son of Delbert and Nellie (Rutherford) Nault on April 19, 1949, in Wakefield, Michigan. He faithfully served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dan had retired from Precision Gears in Pewaukee. In his spare time, Dan enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also crafted his own... Full story

  • Paul Matthew Puuri

    Mar 30, 2023

    WHITE PINE, Mich. - Paul Matthew Puuri, age 95, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023, at his home in White Pine. Paul was born in Detroit, on Jan. 9, 1928. He was baptized at Apostolic Lutheran Church. During his growing-up years, Paul lived with his family on their family farm. Paul went to school in Liminga for kindergarten through 8th grade; Redridge for 9th-10th grades. Paul graduated from Houghton High School in 1946. On April 8, 1950, Paul was united in marriage to Lucille Helen Bekkala.... Full story

  • Charlotte Joan Johnson

    Mar 30, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Charlotte Joan Johnson, 80, of Bruce Crossing, passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2023. Charlotte was born in Wakefield, daughter of Harvey and Bertha Elliott. She graduated from Wakefield High School. She married Edward Johnson and they made their home in Bruce Crossing their entire married lives of 54 years. Charlotte worked at Bruce Crossing Settlers Credit Union until she moved to Big Valley Ford, where she worked for over 30 years as a bookkeeper. Charlotte enjoyed bowling in her early years, crocheting, and espe... Full story

  • John L. Gorrilla

    Mar 30, 2023

    PRESQUE ISLE, Wis. - John Lawrence "Larry" Gorrilla, of Presque Isle, died suddenly on Monday, March 20, 2023, during a single person skiing accident at Winter Park Ski Resort, Winter Park, Colorado. He was 81 years old. Larry was born Oct. 11, 1941, the first-born son of A.C. Gorrilla, M.D. and Betty (nee Roche) Gorrilla, in Ironwood, Michigan. Larry is survived by his wife, Colleen; his brother, Bill Gorrilla; and his sisters, Miggs Gorrilla, Susan Gorrilla Benton and Gemma Gorrilla Lamb... Full story

  • Richard Barringer

    Mar 30, 2023

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Richard Barringer passed away March 18, 2023, peacefully in his sleep while on his annual Arizona winter retreat with his wife, Rita. Born Dec. 5, 1940, in Wakefield, Michigan, to Sidney and Mary Barringer, Richard was a proud graduate of Wakefield High School with the class of 1958. Upon graduation, Richard joined the U.S. Air Force at 17, where he was a power plant operator with duties in Alaska. Later, he served in the Michigan National Guard based in Ironwood, Michigan, for... Full story

  • Ralph T. Clement

    Mar 30, 2023

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Ralph T. Clement, age 83, of Ashland, passed away with loving family by his side, Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ralph was born April 6, 1939, in Ironwood, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Gladys (LaJoice) Clement. Ralph graduated high school in Saxon. Early in his life, he worked as a miner, construction worker and for a trailer house factory. He also loved working outdoors which kept him very busy with several carpentry and odd jobs for... Full story

  • Waino Eric Aukee

    Mar 30, 2023

    ZEELAND, Mich. - Waino Eric Aukee, age 91, passed away on March 21, 2023, in Zeeland, after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. His life was full of joy, curiosity, love for family, faithfulness, learning and gratitude for many lively adventures around the world. Waino is survived by his dear wife of nearly 20 years, Carolyn Watson Aukee; and his children, Anita Johnson and husband Keith, Eric Aukee and his wife Maria Hellman, Josef Aukee, and Linnea Nurmi and her husband Kevin; and his... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 30, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 30 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

  • President McNulty resigns from GCC

    Megan Hughes|Mar 30, 2023

    IRONWOOD — The Gogebic Community College board of trustees accepted a letter of resignation from president George McNulty at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22. McNulty will be leaving his position June 30, and the board approved the start of a search for his replacement. “We wish him and his family the very best in his future endeavors and sincerely thank him for his steadfast service to Gogebic Community College,” said Susan Beals, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. McNulty has served as president for four years, and wrote in hi...

  • Wisconsin voters head to polls Tuesday

    Larry Holcombe|Mar 30, 2023

    Tuesday is Election Day in Wisconsin. A race for an open seat on the state Supreme Court will appear on ballots statewide, but there are local contests and ballot initiatives across the state, including here in Iron County. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Former state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz are battling for a 10-year term on the state’s high court in a race that will decide the ideological balance of the court. The vacancy comes from Justice Patience Roggensack’s retirement as hi...

  • Bessemer seeks solution to growing deer population

    P.J. Glisson|Mar 30, 2023

    BESSEMER — Increasing numbers of deer within city limits have led members of the Bessemer City Council to vote unanimously to request a state permit for an archery hunt. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many deer,” said Councilwoman Linda Nelson, who opened the discussion. “I don’t remember it ever being this bad.” Nelson claimed that, on Monday morning, there were 15 deer crossing the road when she went to work. The city has an ordinance that prohibits the feeding of deer, but the problem is in enforcing it, said Mayor Adam Zak. Council me...

  • Spring delight

    P.J. Glisson|Mar 30, 2023

    Spring skiers should note that their days are numbered with more and more snow melting as temperatures continue to rise. The last day for skiing at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort will be Saturday in Ironwood Township, and Sunday is the final day at Jackson Creek Summit in Wakefield Township. Sugar Cup races will occur on that day. In Ontonagon County, the final day for Greenland Ski Hill will be on either Saturday or Sunday, and Monday will be the last day at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area....

  • Wakefield votes to apply for campground expansion grant

    P.J. Glisson|Mar 30, 2023

    WAKEFIELD — Members of the Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to submit an application for state grant funding that would help finance an expansion of the Eddy Park Campground. City Manager Robert Brown shared the news by phone on Tuesday and also explained some of the council’s modifications to the expansion plan. The application due on April 1 will be submitted to the Trust Fund of the state Department of Natural Resources. If successful, the grant would provide $300,000 toward the project that is estimated to cost nearly $2....