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  • Sperhake approved as Wakefield treasurer

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield City Council approved on Monday evening a resolution that acknowledged Patricia Sperhake of Wakefield as the city's treasurer. Council members had appointed Sperhake as deputy treasurer on July 10, 2023. As City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said in a related agenda report, "The council intended to promote Mrs. Sperhake as treasurer after several months of in-house training and attending the Michigan Treasurer's Association training se...

  • Powell serves last meeting as Ironwood Area School's superintendent

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School District is drawing to a close in its search for a new leader, as Superintendent Travis Powell attended his final meeting on Monday. Powell has been with the Ironwood Area Schools for six years and has taken a position as director of instructional services with the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District. After a lengthy search, the school board announced at Monday’s meeting that they approved the hiring committee to enter into final negotiations with sup...

  • Ironwood approves shared bridge contract with Hurley

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood city commissioners approved on Monday a bridge maintenance agreement between the cities of Ironwood and Hurley. Paul Anderson, who serves as city manager and engineer, said that the agreement is for the Norrie Street Bridge that the city shares with Hurley. According to him, the contract will require a 50/50% maintenance and utilities cost share between the two cities. At whatever point the bridge requires replacement, the cities...

  • Little Girl's Point

    Jun 27, 2024

  • GCC approves administrative restructuring plan

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved its administrative restructuring plan for the upcoming year and addressed the potential future of its Building Trades program, which has seen declining numbers in recent years. The interim academic restructuring plan comes at the leaving of David Darrow, Vice President of Academic Services, and involves the reassignment of many duties across the administration. "We have quite a...

  • Take your pick of Fourth of July celebrations

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE — The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and with all of the fun happening in the area, The Globe has rounded up a list of major celebrations, including parades, fireworks and community gatherings on the horizon. Gogebic County Bessemer On Saturday, Bessemer is starting the day with its annual Hometown Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. at Bessemer City Hall. At 1 p.m., a mud run will be held at The Pits on North Moore Street in Bessemer. On Sunday, worship in Bluff Valley Park begins at 9 a.m., a...

  • Duet Bike gets support from Bessemer City Council

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council approved on Monday evening an agreement in which it will serve as the parking host of the Duet Bike outreach. In part due to the Iron Belle Trail running through the city, the Duet Bike Partners requested that the city agree to the responsibility during “bikeable” weather. Council members further offered to help in any other way they can. The Duet Bike allows an able-bodied rider to transport on the same bike a person with disabilities, thereby allowing that perso...

  • William A. 'Bill' Luoma

    Jun 27, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - William A."Bill" Luoma, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was a lifelong resident of Wakefield. He was born on Dec. 30, 1946, at Grand View Hospital in Bessemer Township, a son of William V. and Anne (Ribich) Luoma. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated with the class of 1965. After graduating from high school, Bill attended Northern Michigan University, earning a bachelor's degree in...

  • Douglas Paul Sobolewski

    Jun 27, 2024

    OMA, Wis. - Douglas Paul Sobolewski passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 18, 2024. Doug was born on May 21, 1967, in Wakefield, Michigan. The son of Sharon Sobolewski, Doug grew up with his three brothers, Bruce, Donald and Jerry; and his sister, Tanya. Doug's family would relocate to Ironwood, where he graduated from Luther L. Wright High School. In 1991, Doug would meet the love of his life, Heidi (Exle) Sobolewski, and the two would marry in 1994. Together, they would ra...

  • Patricia Ann Smith

    Jun 27, 2024

    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Patricia Ann Smith, age 63, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at her home in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her family at her side. Pat was born on June 23, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Donald D. Smith of Eben Junction, Michigan, and Jeanette L Smith (Hatt) of Flint, Michigan. Pat attended Luther L Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, from which she graduated. She married Wayne A. Braun, and they had three beautiful children, Angela...

  • Terry A. (Kapets) VanDamme

    Jun 27, 2024

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Terry A. (Kapets) VanDamme passed away Saturday, June 15, 2024, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, with her daughter, Sara, at her side. She had a short but fierce battle with cancer. Terry was born April 29, 1954, and grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, the daughter of the late Genevieve and Charles Kapets. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1972, and then attended Northern Michigan University, working towards a degree in business. She enjoyed being employed...

  • Jeffrey Bryan Betlewski

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. – Jeffrey Bryan Betlewski, 73, of Ironwood, formerly of Bessemer, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at Aspirus St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Jeffrey was born on March 6, 1951, in Wakefield, a son of Edward and Betty (VanHolla) Betlewski. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1969. He continued his education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1974. Upon graduation at EMU, Jeffrey e...

  • Daniel E. Lane

    Jun 27, 2024

    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Daniel E. Lane, 82, of Sterling Heights, died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2023, after a short illness. He was born on Jan. 22, 1941, in Ironwood. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Saima and Arvo Juutilainen; stepmother, Mary Juutilainen; as well as brothers, Gerald and William Juutilainen and Joseph Brozzo; and sisters, Darlene (Reno) Suliin and Linda (Bill) Marzack; and Roland Zanella. Daniel is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia D. Lane of Ironwood; his...

  • James Ernest Oberst

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - James "Obe" Ernest Oberst, 86, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2024, with his family by his side. James was born on Dec. 18, 1937. He resided at Skyview Nursing Home for the last seven months, where he met many wonderful people who loved him. Prior to that, he resided in his family home for the last 30 years in Ironwood. He was also a resident of Florence, Oregon, for eight years. James was a hard worker. He had many fulfilling jobs as a young man. For...

  • Richard 'Dick' D. Kemplin

    Jun 27, 2024

    MINOCQUA, Wis. — Richard “Dick” D. Kemplin, 94, of Mercer, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua. A celebration of Dick’s life, with family and friends, is being planned. The family has chosen the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood to honor Dick’s legacy of life. To make an online condolence, visit McKevittPatrickFuneralHome.com....

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 27, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 27 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....

  • Witt home before push to make Colts' roster

    Jun 27, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- As Jake Witt gets closer to achieving his goals with the Indianapolis Colts, he’s still a Yooper. Last week, the Ewen-Trout Creek graduate helped out at the U.P. Football All-Star Game in Marquette. The day after the game, he fished. The day after that, the same thing. Of course there’s still training to keep up with, the playbook and position skillwork to perfect. But he has another month before the Colts’ grueling training camp starts. Why rush a U.P. summer? “That’s what I’ve been trying to d...

  • Gogebic Range trails open to adventure

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - If you're looking for a bit of adventure, it's hard to go wrong by hitting local ATV trails. Think muddy ruts and fallen trees, along with regular curves, hills and pools of water. Then there is the added interest of meeting another trail traveler, head-on, from the opposite direction. In short, wear your seatbelt. On Monday, Jerry Nezworski - president and trail boss for the Gogebic Range Trail Authority - took representatives of...

  • International Watercross Association brings competition to Wakefield

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Professional racers made waves last weekend as the International Watercross Association brought summer snowmobiling to Sunday Lake for the first time. Taking off like drag racers, participants roared the engines of their modified snowmobiles from land to water, circling colored buoys and sometimes stalling and sinking before returning to shore. Along with locals, the audience also included other racers, racing team members, and their family...

  • Jeffery 'Jeff' Hendrickson

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Jeffery "Jeff" Hendrickson passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. Family, friends and brothers of Local 111 are invited to join us for a casual outdoor celebration of Jeff's life, well lived. Tell a story, spin some vinyl, enjoy some food and raise a glass. The celebration will be held on July 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. at E. 5340 Jackson Road, Ironwood....

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