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Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • Ironwood mayor throws hat to state's 110th District

    Jun 6, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Mayor Kim Corcoran of Ironwood said Monday that she will campaign for the fall election for the 110th District of the Michigan House of Representatives. Corcoran is already registered as a Democrat in the contest that also includes incumbent Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock), who began the role in Jan. 1, 2019 after first being elected at the end of 2018. The 110th District includes Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. In...

  • Bessemer planners approve site plan for Iron Belle Apartments

    Jun 6, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for a proposed 8-unit apartment building targeted for Moore Street, south of the Iron Belle Trail. A zoning permit to build has not yet been approved for the pending complex. After a previous request from Bucknell Enterprises, Pat Coleman of North of 45 had been hired to review the Bucknell application. After receiving Coleman’s recommendations, Chad Bucknell then made adjustments to the plan. In other news, com...

  • GCCE alternative program celebrates 14 graduates

    Jun 6, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG news@ yourdailyglobe.com IRONWOOD - The Gogebic County Community Education Alternative High School Completion Program celebrated the graduation of 14 students on May 29. Rose, gold and white balloons - representative of the class colors - led the path to the ceremonial room, filled with family members and friends of the graduates. "Each of you sitting here today has had a positive impact on one or more of these graduates," said Travis Powell, superintendent of Ironwood Area...

  • Watersmeet Township School celebrates commencement

    Jun 6, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] WATERSMEET - The Watersmeet Township School District 2024 commencement was held on May 24. The ceremony began with a welcome by Albert Lee Pete III and a performance of the school's Honor Song by the Lac Vieux Desert Drum Group. This year's valedictorian was Addison Faye Holland, and Salutatorian was Haley Grace Peterson. This year's guest speaker was Nan Powell, a former elementary teacher at the school. Superintendent George R. Peterson III presented...

  • Find Your North

    Jun 6, 2024

  • Now open: local parks offer variety of fun

    Jun 6, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - Something for everyone awaits visitors to the area's many local parks, which are now all open in the tri-county region of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties in Michigan and Iron County in Wisconsin. In addition to playground equipment and an abundance of campgrounds, each park also offers its own unique twist on fun. For instance, Black River Harbor, Little Girl's Point, the Ontonagon Township Park, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State...

  • Watersmeet offers kindergarten commencement

    Jun 6, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] WATERSMEET — Beaming faces were a fixture at a May 31 kindergarten commencement ceremony at Watersmeet Township School. As music teacher Sandra Genisot played “Pomp and Circumstance,” each student walked proudly up the center aisle to take his or her place on a stage bedecked with flowers in the school gym. The kids did their best to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which members of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians played an honoring song. Roxy Willi...

  • Hurley kindergarten celebrates commencement

    Jun 6, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] HURLEY — Thirty-five little ones at the Hurley K-12 School gathered Tuesday on the stage of the auditorium to acknowledge a momentous passage in their educational journey: graduation from kindergarten. The fun day began with a performance of “Bare Necessities,” accompanied by music teacher Lydia Mattson. While the kids had an intermission back stage, elementary school principal Mr. Steve Lombardo expressed gratitude for all of the staff, board members, helpers, associates and parents who worked to ensur...

  • Juanita Mae Seid

    Jun 6, 2024

    ONTONAGON, Mich. — Juanita Mae Seid passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2024, after a long illness. Juanita was born on Dec. 28, 1935, in Ontonagon, Michigan, to John and Mildred (Roehm) Brown. She attended Ontonagon Township Schools and graduated in 1953. She lived a full and loving life for 88 years. At the age of 20, on April 21, 1956, she married Theodore Seid, the love of her life. They made their home in Rockland and were together for 65 years until Ted’s passing in 2021. With quiet pride, Juanita often remarked, “same spous... Full story

  • Doris 'Dora' Piazza Maccani

    Jun 6, 2024

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Doris "Dora" Piazza Maccani, our beloved mother, Nonna and Bisnonna passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 27, 2024, at Carondelet Village in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Born on Jan. 17, 1923, to Italian immigrants Lorenzo and Maria (Delfavero) Piazza, Dora arrived on a cold winter day along with her twin sister, Flora. Weighing a little over three pounds at birth, Dora was frail at life's beginning. Her precious life blossomed and she lived life fully for 101 y... Full story

  • Jon Axel Bergquist

    Jun 6, 2024

    GILE, Wis. – Jon Axel Bergquist, 85, of Gile, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Iron River Care Center in Iron River, Michigan. Jon, a son of George and Gertrude (Trier) Bergquist, was born April 21, 1939, in Ironwood. On Sept. 7, 1964, he was united in marriage to Roberta (Bobbie) Peterson at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. She preceded him in death Sept. 5, 2022. Jon is survived by his sons, Scott and Cory; his grandchildren, Breanna and Brenden; his brothers, Nik (Judy) and G... Full story

  • Margaret 'Peggy' Brunner

    Jun 6, 2024

    DATELINE, State - Margaret "Peggy" Brunner, 96, of Mercer, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at her home. Peggy was born on June 15, 1927, to Frank Jr. and Hazel (Girsch) Brunner in Ironwood, Michigan. Peggy was a pillar of the Mercer community, she loved to give her time to better the area. Peggy won the Volunteer of the Year award from the Mercer Chamber. She coached baseball, was on the park commission, the Mercer School Advisory Board, the advisory board for Chairman John Raabe, was the... Full story

  • Joanne Marie Tomczak

    Jun 6, 2024

    MAUSTON, Wis. - Joanne Marie Tomczak, age 69, a resident of Mauston, Wisconsin, died at her home on May 13, 2024. Joanne was born in Wakefield, Michigan, and grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. She graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1973. She worked as a physical therapist aide at Grandview Hospital for many years. She also was a nurse's aide at several facilities and in the home as well as a housekeeper and seamstress. Joanne enjoyed things such as coloring, looking at photos, and visiting... Full story

  • Peter 'Hawk' Aimone

    Jun 6, 2024

    DULUTH, Minn. - Peter "Hawk" Aimone, 72, of Hurley, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Essentia Hospital in Duluth, after a brief battle with CLL cancer. Peter was born Dec. 18, 1951, to Peter and Helmi (Koivisto) Aimone in Ironwood. He graduated from the Hurley High School in the class of 1970. He had a love of sports and was inducted into the Hurley Athletic Hall of Fame. Peter worked in wood products, retiring in 2016. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood.... Full story

  • Nancy Jean (Hasenberg) David

    Jun 6, 2024

    Petoskey, Mich. - Nancy Jean (Hasenberg) David, 74 of Charlevoix, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. She was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Ewen, the daughter of John and Florence (Anderson) Hasenberg. Nancy grew up in the Upper Peninsula and she graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School in 1968. Nancy enjoyed the great outdoors, playing bingo and riding motorcycles. She was an excellent cook and good baker too! Surviving is her son, Conrad Thomas;... Full story

  • Theodore 'Theo' Joseph Fabbri

    Jun 6, 2024

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Theodore "Theo" Joseph Fabbri was born on May 28, 2024, at 10:05 p.m., at Tamarack Health in Ashland. Shortly after a healthy and successful birth, Theodore began to have complications breathing and was transported to the NICU in Duluth, Minnesota. After battling for his life over the following days and nights, Theodore passed away peacefully in his parents arms and was called back home to God on May 31, at 12:47 p.m. Theodore leaves behind his loving parents, Dominic and... Full story

  • End of Year Fun

    Jun 6, 2024

  • Bessemer boys break two UP records at Kingsford

    Jun 6, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] KINGSFORD — The Bessemer boys relay team that’s been winning races all year went into Kingsford pretty much convinced they would win the 4x100 relay and likely break the U.P. record in the process. And they were right. What surprised them was that they went home with two U.P. records. They improved their time by two seconds and set the new standard in the 4x200 relay as well. It was a great day for them and other area athletes at the U.P. track-and-field finals despite a period of wet weather. Tommy Trudg...

  • Ontonagon girls golf wins UP title

    Jun 6, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] ESCANABA --- The Ontonagon girls have long stood out at the U.P. Finals. When the MHSAA first separated the U.P. Finals into two separate classes, Ontonagon won the first 10 U.P. Class C-D championships, from 1978 to 1987. When Class D got its own U.P. meet, the Gladiator girls won the first four, part of a five-year run of titles from 1994 to 1998. When classifications changed again in 2001, and the name of the smallest group of schools changed from Class D to Division 3, Ontonagon didn’t stop w...

  • Gogebic softball team wins 1st district title

    Jun 6, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] NORWAY --- The Gogebic Miners softball team, made up of players from Bessemer and Wakefield-Marenisco, isn’t all that old, starting play back in 2017. The district drought at both schools in basketball dates back longer than that. The Bessemer girls last won one on the hardwood in 2006 and it was 2004 for Wakefield-Marenisco. The Miners softball team jumped for joy as coach Kassi Huotari brought them the softball district championship trophy, the softball program’s first, after they beat North Dic...

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 6, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 6 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