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Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition


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  • Western UP reports $30 million in weather damage

    May 18, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Two recent storms, along with flooding in relation to a heavy snow season, has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in damage for six counties in the western U.P. “So far, approximately $30 million in damage has been reported,” said Steve Derusha, 8th District Coordinator of the Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. And more costs are still “trickling in,” he said by phone on Tuesday. The estimated costs now qualify the region to apply for federal aid, which requi...

  • Gogebic grads implored to be 'authentic'

    May 18, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College celebrated its 89th commencement ceremony on Friday evening, with families, friends and faculty celebrating the achievements of this year's graduating class. The commencement presented 195 certificates and degrees, spread across multiple departments. Some students earned multiple certificates and-or degrees. The ceremony began with the processional, as students walked to their seats to "Pomp and Circumstance" played by...

  • Hurley to replace dust collection system in shop classroom

    May 18, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY — After months of study the Hurley School District has settled on a new dust collection system for the school’s shop classroom. The school board was presented with three system proposals from Stainless Specialists of Wausau and voted to purchase a system including installation for $359,685. District Superintendent Kevin Genisot said he expects the system to be installed over a three-week period, perhaps in the fall. The current dust collection system predates the school, which opened in 19...

  • Zoning committee denies potential campground in Mercer

    May 18, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Comprehensive Planning/Land and Zoning Committee voted on Tuesday to deny the construction of a recreation-based business at a site owned by Melvin Pemble on Boyer Road in Mercer. The application by Chad Bierbrauer would have included a 3-unit campground with rental cabins, storage buildings, and pontoon and snowmobile rentals. The committee’s action followed a conditional use public hearing attended by several residents of that district. “There’s approximately 80 resi...

  • Michael Byron Wells

    May 18, 2023

    RAMSAY, Mich. - Michael Byron Wells, 77, of Ramsay, as promised, rode his little red tricycle into Eternity on Friday, May 5, 2023. He passed away after a mercifully brief struggle with complications related to lung cancer. Michael was born May 27, 1945, in Wisconsin, adopted as an infant and raised by B.K. and Orpha Wells in Madison, Wisconsin. Growing up, he was a prodigal visual artist, musician, swimmer and outdoorsman. Many of his country-spanning adventures in the mid-to late 1960s are... Full story

  • Douglas J. Schulze

    May 18, 2023

    MERCER, Wis. - Douglas J. Schulze, age 80, of Mercer, Wisconsin, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at home with his family by his side. Doug was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Madison to Ellsworth and Marian (Brumm) Schulze. Doug was united in marriage to Judy Stoflet on Sept. 24, 1966. Upon high school graduation, Doug attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, earning his Associate of Science degree in machine design in 1964. From there he worked for Besly Welles Corporation,... Full story

  • Mary Ann Mattson

    May 18, 2023

    MERRILL, Wis. - Mary Ann Mattson, 76, of Iron Belt, moved to her Heavenly home on Monday, May 8, 2023, at the Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. Mary was born on April 2, 1947, in Chicago, to Edward and Patricia (Cox) Matusewic. Mary was united in marriage to Jerome "Jerry" on Sept. 5, 1964. Jerry was the center of Mary's universe. They were high school sweethearts and spent more than 60 years together. One of the things they enjoyed was taking motorcycle rides. They took trips to Keystone,... Full story

  • Margaret Marie (Tulppo) Fleming

    May 18, 2023

    ISHPEMING, Mich. — Margaret Marie Fleming passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2023. Born Margaret Marie Tulppo on Oct. 7, 1939, she was better known as “Sis.” Sis graduated from Ewen High School in 1957. She married Robert Floyd Fleming on June 14, 1958. They raised two daughters, Julie and Janice. They moved downstate for work in 1968, but rejoined family and friends in Bruce’s in 1973. They enjoyed traveling with their 5th-wheel camper and visited most of the lower 48 states and Alaska. In the early 1990s, they bought George’s Bar and moved... Full story

  • Thomas Joseph DeCarlo

    May 18, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Thomas Joseph DeCarlo, 97, of Ironwood, passed away on May 12, 2023, with his son, Tom, by his side. Thomas was born March 24, 1926, to Nicholas and Francis DeCarlo in Hurley, Wisconsin. He attended and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in 1947. A proud U.S. Navy veteran (July 19, 1944 - June 14, 1946), Tom would tell anyone who would listen about a proud moment in his life, watching from his ship U.S.S. Thesis Bay C.V.E. 90, the signing of the Japanese surrendering Aug.... Full story

  • Debbie A. Alonen

    May 18, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Debbie A. Alonen, 70, of Ironwood, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023, peacefully in her sleep. Deb was born Jan. 2, 1953, in Ironwood, and was the daughter of the late James A. and Hazel M. (Mansfield) Peite. She attended Ironwood Catholic School and graduated in 1971. Deb worked at several places throughout her life including The Donut King, Red Owl, MFC Bank and the Grand View Clinic. She married the love of her life, Richard A. Alonen, on Nov. 10, 1973. Deb is survived by... Full story

  • Daniel J. 'Dan' Rostollan

    May 18, 2023

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Daniel J. "Dan" Rostollan, 65, of Sheboygan, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023, from a prolonged illness due to complications after a car accident. He was born on Aug. 7, 1957, in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, to Donald and Dolores (Utto) Rostollan. He is survived by his father, Donald, Wakefield, Michigan; his former wife, Cheryl Galloway; his former wife, Jan Tilden, and their three children, Sarah Rostollan, Matthew Rostollan and Nicole Rostollan; his siblings, David... Full story

  • Mary Gene 'Mimi' Moncher

    May 18, 2023

    GILE, Wis. - Mary Gene "Mimi" Moncher, 71, of Gile, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023. Our mom was born May 16, 1951, the youngest of six children born to Eugene and Ann (Lopez) Jacquart. When her sister, Sue, had trouble pronouncing Mary, she gained the nickname Mimi and it stuck. She attended St. Ambrose School, graduating with the class of 1969. Over the years, she worked a multitude of jobs, many in the food industry, from Hayes Dairy Bar in the 1960s to Mr. G's and the Branding Iron... Full story

  • Phillip James 'Jim' Kimball

    May 18, 2023

    WOODRUFF, Wis. - Phillip James "Jim" Kimball, 85, of Woodruff, passed away peacefully and went to his Lord and Savior on May 7, 2023, after a short illness. He was born in Ironwood, Michigan, on Nov. 20, 1937, to Robert and Adele (Ringwall) Kimball. He attended school in Ironwood, graduating from St. Ambrose High School in 1955. Upon graduation, Jim served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He owned Lakeland Construction and was well known in the surrounding area for his... Full story

  • Darryl Mark Carlson

    May 18, 2023

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Darryl Mark Carlson of Winchester, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023, after a brief illness. Darryl was born on Jan. 14, 1964, to Gene and Sherry Carlson in Ironwood, Michigan. Darryl is survived by his son, Joshua Carlson; his father, Gene Carlson; brother, Mike Carlson; sisters, Pam (Brian) Orr, Heidi (Scott) Jenks and Gina (Ryan) Clarke; and many nieces and nephews. Darryl was preceded in death by his mother, Sherry Carlson; brother, Dale Carlson; and niece, Heather... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    May 18, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 18 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EDT; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EDT; Ontonagon Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EDT; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT. Mercer Health and... Full story

  • Thomas Patrick Sholar

    May 18, 2023

    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - Thomas Patrick Sholar, age 77, passed away April 14, 2023, at the Chippewa Falls Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls. He was a Vietnam veteran. Tom was born Oct. 2, 1945, to Joseph and Lucille (Paul) Sholar in Wakefield, Michigan. He grew up in Ramsay, Michigan, and graduated from A. D. Johnston High School in 1963. In 1973, he graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He often told the story that George Bush Sr. spoke at his commencement.... Full story

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