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Articles from the March 22, 2014 edition


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  • Big awards

    Mar 22, 2014

  • Most important meal

    Cortney Ofstad|Mar 22, 2014

    IRONWOOD - As the old saying goes, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." For students at Sleight Elementary School in Ironwood, breakfast is a given. Each day, students are able to eat breakfasts thanks to grant funding. Each student is provided with a breakfast pack, containing low-sugar cereal, juice and Graham crackers or other snack items. Employee Julie Siirila organizes about 211 packs for students each day, allowing them to get breakfasts. The meals are provided free of...

  • Vote in new Iron County Board members

    Mar 22, 2014

    To the Editor: Our Iron County Board overwhelmingly approves committee recommendations with little discussion of the full board. While it makes meetings quick and easy, some necessary questions are not being handled properly. The board admits to not reading or knowing what they were signing with the lease for Gogebic Taconite. I was at the yearly budget meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes, accepted with very few questions. At the candidates’ forum in Hurley, my representative said he likes having the work done in committees because he d...

  • Sister-in-law's warmth, wit fondly remembered

    Mar 22, 2014

    To the Editor: My brother’s wife is enduring the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and he is suffering in his own way along with her. How he has managed his time as a caregiver is almost beyond comprehension. His patience, often tried, requires a supreme effort in order to deal with someone he loves, who once returned that love, but now is a stranger living in their home. She is sometimes grateful, more often spiteful, and on occasion prone to violence. As a matter of convenience, let’s call my sister-in-law Karen. Karen came into our famil...

  • Lucia Maria Patritto

    Mar 22, 2014

    IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Lucia Maria Patritto, 56, died unexpectedly on March 18, 2014. Daughter of the late Felix John and Ermalinda Rose (Cornolo) Patritto, she was born Sept. 11, 1957, at Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield. She graduated with the class of 1975 from J.E. Murphy High School, Hurley, Wis. She was a graduate of Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, and Northland College, Ashland, Wis., and attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She held a master's...

  • Jeffrey Bryan Kasieta

    Mar 22, 2014

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jeffrey Bryan Kasieta, 51, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully at home Friday morning, March 14, 2014, after a brave battle with a sudden illness. He was born June 10, 1962, in Ironwood, son of Joseph and the late Jacqueline Anna (Lawler) Kasieta, attended Sleight School, and was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School. He became a certified welder in Ontonagon. He was the owner and operator of an excavating company in the area for 10 years. Jeff was a member of Laborers...

  • Keith Chandler Ladwig

    Mar 22, 2014

    HURLEY, Wis. - Keith Ladwig, 56, of Hurley, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Mich., surrounded by his loving family. Keith was born to the late Harman and Velma (Waldman) Ladwig on Nov. 21, 1957, in Long Lake, N.Y. He married Levon Gregory on Aug. 12, 1982, in Danbury, which is where they lived before relocating to Hurley. Keith owned and operated Northland Transmission with his wife Levon for the past 30 years; he was truly passionate about his...

  • Winter's snowy barrage hammers US road budgets

    Mar 22, 2014

    TRAVERSE CITY (AP) - In Michigan's way-up-north Keweenaw Peninsula, where 200 inches of snow in a single season elicits barely a shrug, officials know there's nothing in the budget more important than keeping the roads passable. Yet even they have been caught short this merciless winter. Houghton County planned to spend around $2.1 million for plowing, salting and related maintenance, which experience suggested would be plenty, but has overshot it by $500,000 and counting. State and local govern...

  • Research study sheds light on winter naps

    Matt Walters|Mar 22, 2014

    Hello friends: This week’s column is brought to you thanks to a bear research study conducted for the past 30 years in Ashland, Sawyer and Bayfield Counties. It is run by Tim Ginnett, an associate professor at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Sunday, March 16 High 25, low minus 14 I met Margaret “Maggie” Heino back in the early 1990s, when professor Ray Anderson was running this study and also figuring out a way to get elk introduced into Wisconsin....

  • Lake Gogebic lunker

    Mar 22, 2014

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