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Articles from the December 13, 2016 edition


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  • Herbert T. Pikka

    Dec 13, 2016

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Herbert T. Pikka, 89, a long-time resident of Wakefield, passed away late Sunday evening, Dec. 11, 2016. Herb was born on Aug. 7, 1927, in Wakefield, a son of Tauno and Julia (Sampson) Pikka. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1945. On June 25, 1949, Herb was united in marriage to Betty Irene Stonelake at the Gospel Tabernacle Apostolic Lutheran Church in Waukegan, Ill. They resided in Waukegan for two years and then made their home on Herb's grandfather's... Full story

  • New members swear in for board

    Dec 13, 2016

    By IAN MINIELLY [email protected] BESSEMER - The Bessemer Board of Education witnessed Mary Beth Trudgeon, Al Geiss, and Kim Wright depart the board and welcomed Jim Partanan, Kevin Nyquist, Sheri Graham (incumbent), and Eric Stanislawski as new members. Bob Berg presented plaques to the outgoing members and Al Geiss asked for a moment to address the crowd. Geiss stressed, "It's all about the kids." Over and over again, while referencing the hard work the district and teachers put in...

  • Brian 'Scott' Warren

    Dec 13, 2016

    HURLEY, Wis. - Brian "Scott" Warren, 57, of Ironwood, Mich., died early Sunday morning, Dec. 11, 2016, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Scott was born July 17, 1959, in Marquette, Mich., son of the late Margaret and Steve Warren. He married his lifelong partner, George J. Henkel, in Ironwood on June 26, 2015. They had been together for 36 years since June 1981. They lived in Milwaukee for a short period of time before permanently relocating to the Ironwood area, where... Full story

  • Dominic L. DeMarte

    Dec 13, 2016

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Dominic L. DeMarte passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2016. Dom was born in Bessemer, Mich., on Oct. 10, 1931, to Domenick and Margaret DeMarte. They were first generation Italians. His father worked long, difficult hours in the iron ore mines until an accident left him unable to return. He passed this strong work ethic onto his four children, Mary Ann, Domenic, Charles and Michael. Dom graduated high school in 1949 and put himself through Gogebic Junior College, graduating... Full story

  • Colton DeMar

    Dec 13, 2016

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Colton Thomas DeMar, 15 months, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. He leaves behind many family members and loved ones and joins many more in Heaven. A funeral will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at 1 p.m., at Woodland Church in Ironwood, with Pastor Mike Hill officiating. A potluck luncheon will be held at the church. All are welcome. Range Funeral Services is assisting the family.... Full story

  • Laurine E. Hildebrandt

    Dec 13, 2016

    MERCER, Wis. - Laurine E. Hildebrandt, 99, of Mercer, died peacefully Friday evening, Dec. 9, 2016, in her home, with her son, Earl, by her side. The former Laurine E. Frey was born June 15, 1917, in Roxbury, Wis., daughter of the late William and Mary (Bongard) Frey, and was raised on a small dairy farm. Being the second oldest, she helped work the farm, as well as help raise her younger brothers and sister, along with various part-time jobs during the Great Depression, just to make ends meet.... Full story

  • Jack Reynolds

    Dec 13, 2016

    ONTONAGON, Mich. - Jack Reynolds passed away on Dec. 8, 2016, at Aspirus Long-Term Care in Ontonagon. Jack was born in Ontonagon on Jan. 4, 1927, the son of John and Violet (Penegor) Reynolds. He attended school in Rockland and was a graduate of Roger Clark. He was the youngest grandchild of Jerry and Emily (Brown) Penegor, who homesteaded and farmed on U.S. 45 at the top of the Military Hill. Jack was inducted into the U.S. military during World War II. On the day that he left for the... Full story

  • Wesley E. Nara

    Dec 13, 2016

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Wesley E. Nara, 95, a long-time resident of Bruce Crossing, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 11, 2016. Wes was born on Dec. 1, 1921, at the family farm in Bruce Crossing, a son of Frank and Anna (Karvola) Nara. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Essex and the USS Neshoba. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 3, 1946. On July 27, 1946, Wes was united in marriage to Gertrude I. "Gerty" Johnson, of Ewen. Wes worked at the North Star Dairy in... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 13, 2016

    Tuesday, Dec. 13 Pickleball, 10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Memorial Building. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ironwood Memorial Building. 906-667-1110. Friends of the Mercer Public Library, 10 a.m., library, Mercer, Wis. Tiny Tot Story Hour, 10 a.m., Wakefield Public Library. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Ironwood Kiwanis Club, noon, Golden Dragon. New members welcome. Bessemer American Legion Post 27, 5 p.m., American Legion, Bessemer. Ironwood American Legion Post 5, 5:30 p.m.... Full story

  • Accent Rocks HIT

    Dec 13, 2016

  • Trial date set in Iron County

    Dec 13, 2016

    HURLEY — A Feb. 28 jury trial has been scheduled for a 47-year-old Ironwood woman who was previously bound over for trial in Iron County Court on 26 counts of identity theft. Wendy Wuorinen is alleged to have withdrawn around $7,613 from the Iron County Community Credit Union in Kimball from a customer’s account while she was employed there without authorization from November 2014 to December 2015. Judge Patrick Madden set the trial date on Oct 13. Wuorinen was charged on July 7. A Jan. 31 court date has been set for a final pre-trial con...

  • Township board approves software purchase

    Dec 13, 2016

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — The Ironwood Township Board of Trustees approved purchasing some additional software for the township hall Monday, which is expected to make the day-to-day financial operations of the township run smoother. Treasurer Maria Graser explained she learned of the software — BS&A’s Cash Receipting — while attending a training session at the city of Ironwood. While the township uses several BS&A products, Graser explained the Cash Receipting software will help connect the various...

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