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Articles from the June 8, 2023 edition


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  • Fair Board members question pending demolition plan

    Jun 8, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — With only nine weeks remaining before the Gogebic County Fair, members of the Fair Board are voicing concern about fairground structures that were earmarked for demolition this year. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Chairman James Byrns, who added that the downstate contractor hired by the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners could show up any day to address the deconstruction. He conceded that the long winter, more snow than usual and resulting extended road restrictions have been...

  • Six local museums offering joint themes this summer

    Jun 8, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] A half dozen museums in Gogebic and Iron counties are joining forces to offer exhibits on the same themes during each of the three summer months. "Displays are up," said JoAnn Fleming of the Ironwood Historical Society. "This is a venture between area historical societies to promote the history of the area and their communities," Fleming said she hopes that, as of next week, each museum will have available rack cards that will include information about the themes and each of the cooperating museums. This...

  • Annual GRRR fundraiser rolls out on Iron Belle Trail

    Jun 8, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — Fine weather drew dozens of people Sunday to the Gogebic Range Ride and Run, which started and ended at the Historic Ironwood Depot Park. The GRRR is an annual fundraiser for the Gogebic Health Foundation. Foundation members were happy with the enthusiastic turnout. “We have about 70 people signed up,” said Andrea Bergman, executive director of the foundation. “We just wanted to make it a social activity.” The GRRR provided participa...

  • Bessemer planners clear zoning for self-storage units

    Jun 8, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Planning Commission voted on Tuesday evening to approve a zoning amendment that will allow self-storage units with permission in C-2 (Corridor Mixed Use) and Country Estates zones. The action now stands as a recommendation to the City Council. The city had sought advice on the matter from Patrick Coleman, a principal with North of 45 in Hancock. After studying the details, Coleman reported in a May 16 memo, “My interpretation was that the property is not zoned cor...

  • John Bunjevac Jr.

    Jun 8, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - John Bunjevac Jr., age 94, entered into eternal rest on Jan. 22, 2023, with his loving family by his side. John was born on Aug. 18, 1928, to parents John and Rose (Sacalovich) Bunjevac of Ironwood (Jesseville location). He attended Ironwood schools, was an active member in the JROTC program, and graduated with the class of 1946. Before graduating, he worked on the family homestead, at a greenhouse, and at A&P Foods. He was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces in 1950 and served... Full story

  • Marvin E. Knutilla

    Jun 8, 2023

    LINCOLN, Ill. - Marvin E. Knutilla, 90, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Copper Creek Villages in Lincoln. Funeral services for Mr. Knutilla were held on Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln with Pastor Ellen Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Marvin Eugene Knutilla was born on Jan. 10, 1933, in Ironwood, Michigan, the son of Carl H. and... Full story

  • Mary Jo Reed

    Jun 8, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Mary Jo Reed of Hurley passed away peacefully on June 1, 2023. She was born on Nov. 19, 1933, to Marvin and Helen DeSonia. Mary Jo graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood, Michigan, as a distinguished member of the National Honor Society and attended Gogebic Community College for one year. After that, she worked for 15 years for the city of Ironwood and the Lake Superior District Power Company. In 1965, she married Patrick Reed; after marrying Pat, she devoted herself... Full story

  • William Robert 'Bill' Sivula

    Jun 8, 2023

    WEST BEND, Wis. - William Robert "Bill" Sivula, age 84, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Froedtert West Bend Hospital. Bill was born on Sept. 17, 1948, in Hurley, to Tauno and Vieno (nee Salli) Sivula. Bill enjoyed restoring old tractors, going up to Saxon for the county fair to help out when he could and spending time with family, especially on the yearly camping trip. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Kristine (nee Tijan); beloved children, Valerie (Bob), Christy, Will... Full story

  • Janet D. Patterson

    Jun 8, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Janet D. Patterson, 71, of Ironwood, formerly of Wakefield, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Duluth, Minnesota, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Janet was born on Nov. 17, 1951, in Wakefield, to Anselm "Judge" and Laura (Maki) Jarvenpaa. She graduated from Wakefield High School. Janet is survived by the light of her life, her daughter, Lisa (Steve); four grandchildren, Brittany (Mike), Devon, Becca (Nick) and Akaley (Josh); five great-grandchildren,... Full story

  • Jon Anthony 'Tony' Calgaro

    Jun 8, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Jon Anthony "Tony" Calgaro, 50, of Hurley, passed away on May 10, 2023 at Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan. He was born on Aug. 29, 1972, in Sturgis, Michigan, to Gerald and Mary (Vittone) Calgaro. Tony enjoyed fishing and spending time in nature. He had a loving family at Super One in Ironwood where he worked. Tony was a man of many talents and a congenial humanitarian. He was a warrior as he sought for justice and truth - the American way, usually by being informed by VCY... Full story

  • Nicholas James 'Nick' Nelson

    Jun 8, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Nicholas James "Nick" Nelson, 69, of Ironwood, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Madison, Wisconsin, with his loving wife by his side. Nick was born to Helen (Madden) and Walter Nelson of Wakefield on Oct. 25, 1953, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1971. He married Marcia Holm, the love of his life, on Feb. 10, 1973, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Doreen (Holm)... Full story

  • Rev. Francis Gerard Dobrzenski

    Jun 8, 2023

    MARQUETTE, Mich. - Rev. Francis Gerard Dobrzenski, age 73, died on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 2023, at the Trillium House in Marquette, after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born Jan. 16, 1950, in Stambaugh, to William John and Celia (Brozak) Dobrzenski. He attended St. Agnes Catholic Grade School in Iron River, and after discerning a call to the priesthood attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, for high school. In 1969, He attended Sacred Heart Seminary i... Full story

  • LaNetta Lea 'Lanie' Ramme

    Jun 8, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - LaNetta Lea "Lanie" Ramme, a longtime resident of Ironwood, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Lanie was 72 years old at the time of her passing. Lanie was born on April 7, 1951, to the late Arthur and Francis (Snarski) Moselle. She was raised in Gile, Wisconsin, and was a graduate of J.E. Murphy High School. During the summer of 1969, Lanie met the love of her life, Herb, at the Hamilton Club in Montreal, Wisconsin. They were married on April 24,... Full story

  • Ronald Oliver Surprenant

    Jun 8, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Ronald Oliver Surprenant, 92, of Ironwood, passed away on May 28, 2023. Ronnie was a well-known business man in the community and owner of Ronnie's Camera and Sound in Ironwood. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Aug. 11, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 11 a.m., with visitation to take place prior from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. A complete obituary will follow at a later date.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 8, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. Thursday, June 8 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. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran... Full story