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Articles from the June 29, 2023 edition


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  • Projects set as part of Gogebic County's five-year rec plan

    Jun 29, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] GOGEBIC COUNTY — A long winter has interfered with the first year of Gogebic County’s new 5-Year Recreation Plan, but related projects are still scheduled at several sites this summer — albeit a little later than anticipated. In fact, one project slated for this year was completed in advance last fall. That involved the lengthening of campsites at Lake Gogebic County Park in Marenisco. “It’s been an ongoing project,” said Greg Ryskey, director of Forestry and Parks for Gogebic County. “For the most part...

  • Gogebic Range offers fun for all ages during July 4 period

    Jun 29, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] The tri-county region will have no end of Independence Day activities before, during and after July 4 as a variety of communities take turns offering holiday fun for both residents and visitors. Celebrations occur over days and times will allowing people of all ages to attend events in more than one community. Below is a list of some of the activities. Gogebic County Wakefield’s annual town picnic will begin in the main pavilion of Eddy Park on July 3 at noon. Live music, games and other fun will be a...

  • Gogebic Community College plans future ski chalet project

    Jun 29, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — Gogebic Community College is looking at a major project coming in the near future, as the college’s board of trustees has given their go-ahead on a $3.1 million project to construct a new ski chalet once enough money has been raised for the self-funded project. The Mr. Zion Ski Hill chalet building opened in 1970, later being moved in 1980 to accommodate the new chair lift. Since then, the chalet has remained much the same, but this is planned to change. Retired Ski Area Management direc...

  • Stop sign installed

    Jun 29, 2023

  • Bessemer bids farewell to K-6 principal, superintendent

    Jun 29, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer Area School District board bid a fond farewell to retiring Superintendent Daniel Niemi and K-6 Principal Mark Switzer at their meeting on Monday afternoon. This was Niemi’s final meeting with the school board, and as such, he ended with his last report as the superintendent at the schools, speaking about how all the students are registered for the upcoming year, and that ongoing searches for a foreign language teacher may change the schedule a bit. After he had completed his repor...

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 29, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 29 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

  • Margaret Ann 'Peggy' Nordberg

    Jun 29, 2023

    MARENISCO, Mich. - Margaret Ann (MacLeod) "Peggy" Nordberg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, while the dew was still on the roses at the Howard Young Hospital. Peggy was born on Feb. 11, 1938, to Frances MacLeod. She graduated from the Roosevelt School in Marenisco. During high school she worked part-time as a telephone operator in Marenisco. Following high school, she worked at the White Pine copper mine and Kimberly Clark in Marenisco. There she met her soon to be husband... Full story

  • Doreen Olive Kuker

    Jun 29, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Doreen Olive Kuker passed away June 22, 2023, one day after her 93 birthday, at Westgate in Ironwood. Doreen was born in Ironwood on June 21, 1930, to Percy W. and Olive (Johns) Treloar. Her parents traveled from overseas Cornwall, England, to Ironwood, Michigan, where they married. Doreen was 100% English. She never drank a cup of tea in her life. Doreen's mom, Olive, taught her how to knit at a young age. Olive also taught her the art of making the perfect homemade Cornish... Full story

  • James Anthony Cebolski

    Jun 29, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - James Anthony Cebolski, 86, of Bessemer, passed on to eternal life on Friday, June 23, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. Jim was born on Aug. 17, 1936, in Bessemer, the son of Pearl and John Cebolski. He graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1954. Jim worked in his younger years whitewashing barns. He went on to work at the White Pine Copper Mine and the city of Bessemer. Jim then worked for his father at the company his father started and he eventually became the owner... Full story

  • Judy Marie Johnson

    Jun 29, 2023

    MERCER, Wis.- Judy Marie Sievila Johnson passed away on June 21, 2023. She was born on Oct. 09, 1941, to George and Lillian Makela Sievila, grew up in Ironwood, and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1959. Judy attended business school in Milwaukee and was employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She later relocated to the suburban Chicago area and was employed by Bell & Gosset, and Rotonics, Inc. After returning to Ironwood, she was employed for 27 years by the... Full story

  • Kenneth Robert 'Bob' Flaa

    Jun 29, 2023

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Kenneth Robert "Bob" Flaa, age 87, went to be with his Lord on June 18, 2023, while receiving care at Aurora Medical Center in West Allis. Bob was born to the late Peter and Agnes (Erickson) Flaa on May 7, 1936, in Ironwood, Michigan, and grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. He graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer in 1954. He went on to learn the trade of an electrician. On June 18, 1960, he married Luetta Paynter who also resided in Bessemer. They went on to have a... Full story

  • Christine R. (Bretall) Carli

    Jun 29, 2023

    Bessemer, Mich. - Christine Rose (Bretall) Carli, 70, of Bessemer, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau after a brief battle with pneumonia and cardiac complications. Chris was born Dec. 7, 1952, at the Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield, to Bernard Bretall and Alice (Smith) Bretall. Christine was the oldest daughter of seven siblings: Bernard (Lupita) Bretall, Barry (Janice) Bretall, Daniel Bretall (deceased January 2021), Suzanne Bretall, David (Joanne) Bretall... Full story

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