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Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition


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  • Ironwood school funding renewal passes

    May 9, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] RONWOOD — The Ironwood Area Schools’ proposed operating millage has passed. The non-homestead property tax rate for the school will now continue to be 18 mills, or $18 per every $1,000 of taxable valuation, and it will allow the school to continue to receive its maximum funding. The district must ask voters to approve the tax paid by business and rental property owners every four years. It does not impact taxes for residents who live in the home they own, according to Ironwood Superintendent Travis Powel...

  • Fair Board ponders final planning, funding for 2024 fair

    May 9, 2024

    By Pamela Jansson [email protected] IRONWOOD — Funding and task management were the major topics of concern at Monday evening’s meeting of the Gogebic County Fair Board. Scheduled for Aug. 8-11, this year’s fair is now three months away. Despite it being a smaller event to be held at Ironwood’s Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, many of the same tasks as in any other year must be addressed. Fair Board members spent part of the meeting studying a list of nearly 50 responsibilities that must be addressed in the time left. Prepared by Marlen...

  • Huotari named GRHF executive director

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD — Gogebic Range Health Foundation, a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to advancing health outcomes across the Gogebic Range, is announced the appointment of Kassi Huotari as its new executive director, effective immediately. An area native, Huotari brings seven years of nonprofit and institutional management experience, with a proven track record of driving organizational growth, fostering collaboration, and implementing strategic and financial initiatives, according to GRHF officials.. Most recently, she served as b...

  • Mother's Day art exhibit set for Historic Ironwood Theatre

    May 9, 2024

    By Pamela Jansson [email protected] IRONWOOD - A new view on moms will be offered on Mother's Day at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Hosted by the Downtown Art Place, an art exhibit honoring moms will take place on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the theater's concourse. The event will include tea, appetizers and an opportunity to speak with the artists. "Four artists explore the complexities and intricacy of losing Mom – from things they wished they had asked and said, to special m...

  • Pancake Day

    May 9, 2024

  • Crowd enjoys fishing at Weber Lake

    May 9, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] Upson, Wis. - The Weber Lake Kids Fishing event was a hit this past Saturday with around 60 kids showing up to learn how to fish, according to Joe Walker from the Superior Bass Club. The weather was overcast this year, but substantially warmer than years past, allowing for great fishing conditions and better access to the lake. McKennen Gerbig, 9, of Hurley, was one of the kids who fished at the event, and said that he was having a lot of fun. "We h...

  • 10 miles of new trail opens in Ironwood

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD - A crowd of excited bikers gathered for a ribbon cutting at the Bonnie Street Trailhead, on Friday afternoon, to celebrate the grand opening of 10 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails being added to the Miners Memorial Heritage Park. The ceremony was kept short and sweet, as community members were eager to get out and explore the new trails, with members from Sisu Dirt Crew including president Dustin Filippini, and vice president Brad Kusz speaking about how excited they were to...

  • Longhini, Fabbri lead Parks and Recreation in Bessemer

    May 9, 2024

    By Pamela Jansson [email protected] Members of the Bessemer Parks and Recreation Commission re-elected Eric Longhini as president at their May 2 meeting. Dominic Fabbri was elected as vice president. Commissioners also discussed plans to authorize the city’s Department of Public Works to install concrete pads under three newly restored grills within Bluff Valley Park. A picnic table also is planned for each pad. “We’ve rebuilt every one of them,” said DPW director Ben Tucker of the grills, adding that the units also were painted...

  • Dorothy Anne Kusz

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dorothy "Dots" Anne Kusz, 96, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, with her family at her side. Dorothy was born on March 21, 1928, in Ironwood, a daughter of Clinton and Teresa Hagelin. On Nov. 18, 1948, Dorothy married John Kusz Sr. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ironwood. The late Rev. Frank Ronkowski officiated. Dorothy loved her family gatherings. Doors were always open and everyone was welcome. She was... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    May 9, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 9 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. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • Red Devils win four games, lose one

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood baseball team won four games Friday and Saturday before dropping one to Chequamegon to wrap up a busy period Monday. "Good weekend after coming off of five straight losses," Ironwood coach Cody Kurta said. The Red Devils beat Ewen-Trout Creek 13-6 and 20-6 Friday at Lorenson Field. Robert Roberts earned both wins on the mound for Ironwood. He struck out seven and gave up two hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Ironwood's Landon Buerger was 4 for 6 with three RBIs and three...

  • Northstars win home invitational

    May 9, 2024

    HURLEY - Hurley won its annual golf invitational Tuesday at Eagle Bluff. The Northstars finished with a 196, 24 strokes ahead of runner-up Mellen. The meet was cut short to nine holes as rain moved into the area. "Was tough in the rain and (with) course conditions because of that, but I'm proud of the team's score," Hurley coach Paul Harma said. Mellen's Tommy Kruzan was medalist with a 40. Connor Paakola and Gavyn Moncher both carded 47s for Hurley and finished in the top five. Mason Boyd led Ironwood with a score of 50. Results Medalist:...

  • Miners sweep Northstars in doubleheader

    May 9, 2024

    HURLEY - The Gogebic Miners swept a pair of good games from Hurley Tuesday with a 7-5 nine-inning victory in Game 1 and a 5-4 victory in the second contest. "Hurley is always a tough opponent, so going into our doubleheader against Lake Linden on Friday, this was an important win for us," Gogebic coach Kassi Huotari said. "Lake Linden is the top of our conference, so we'd like to go there and take those wins, too." The Northstars have some big games coming up as well. They hope to get revenge...

  • Speedboys second at Ashland

    May 9, 2024

    ASHLAND, Wis. — The Bessemer boys finished runner-up to host Ashland at the 13-team Welker Invitational Monday. Ashland also won the girls event with Ironwood third and Mercer fourth. It was much cooler at the meet, which was held not far from Lake Superior, than it was in the Ironwood area Monday. The Bessemer boys took first in several events — Tommy Trudgeon in the 200 dash, Alvin Holst-Larsen in the high jump and Neal Rand in the discus. Ironwood’s Talon Hughes was fastest in the 100 hurdles. The Speedgirls’ Emily Johnston placed first i...

  • Nancy 'Sue' Hoeft

    May 9, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - A memorial service remembering Nancy "Sue" Hoeft, 86, of Bessemer, who died on Jan. 7, 2024, will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9 a.m., at the Cornerstone Church, N10344 Mill St., in Ramsay, with the Rev. Todd Winkler and the Rev. Roy Speck officiating. A luncheon will be served at the fellowship hall immediately following the service. A committal service and interment will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer. Jerald Rocco, owner... Full story