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  • Bessemer flings American banner high

    Jul 5, 2016

    By Tom Stankard BESSEMER - "Bombs" bursted in air over Massie Field during the breathtaking "Thunder on the Mountain" fireworks display Monday evening to complete a week-long "Bessemer Blast" Fourth of July celebration. Sitting on lawn chairs and blankets, hundreds, if not thousands, came to Massie Field to watch. Before the show, Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps performed a variety of patriotic songs to entertain the crowd. The audience oohed and awed as fireworks bursted into the...

  • Wakefield Fourth of July celebration draws all ages

    Richard Jenkins|Jul 5, 2016

    WAKEFIELD — Wakefield’s Sunday Lake Street was lined with lawn chairs Monday as residents came out to see the city’s Fourth of July parade celebrating the country’s independence. The parades began shortly before 1 p.m. with the city’s annual kids parade, where a group of youngsters rode scooters, bicycles and wagons down the street. This was followed by a classic car cruise and then the larger parade. The parade featured all the staples people have come to expect — including several of the county’s volunteer fire departments; marching routines...

  • Community Calendar

    Jul 5, 2016

    Tuesday, July 5 Pickleball, 9-11 a.m., Hurley High School Tennis Courts. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ironwood Memorial Building. 906-667-1110. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Ironwood Kiwanis Club, noon, Golden Dragon. Cribbage, 1 p.m., Mercer, Wis., Public Library. 715-476-2366. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Ironwood. area74.org. Government Wakefield Township Board, 5:30 p.m., township hall. Bessemer City Council, 5:30 p.m., city... Full story

  • Tammy J. Worachek

    Jul 5, 2016

    EWEN, Mich. — Tammy J. Worachek, 52, of Ewen passed away unexpectedly at her home Thursday, June 30, 2016. She was born in Fort Hood, Texas, to Sam and Sylvia Sain. Tammy graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School with the class of 1981. On May 28, 1983, she was united in marriage to Gary Worachek. Tammy worked as a cook at many area restaurants and bars. She was an EMT for several years with the SONCO Ambulance Service. Tammy was also an Avon representative for many years in the area. In her free time, she loved to go camping with her f... Full story

  • Herbert A. Bock

    Jul 5, 2016

    HURLEY, Wis. — Herbert A. Bock, 72, of Mercer, died peacefully early Saturday morning, July 2, 2016, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, with his loving family by his side. He was born Jan. 1, 1944, in Ironwood, Mich., son of the late Herbert and Margaret (Coey) Bock, and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley in 1962. He was a self-employed logger in the area with his brother for many years, then worked for the town of Mercer for 20 years, retiring in 2005. Herb knew everyone and loved socializing. He also e... Full story

  • Aaro A. Maki

    Jul 5, 2016

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Aaro A. Maki, 92, of Oma, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Ashland. He was born June 28, 1924, in Worcester, Mass., son of the late Matti and Saima (Niemela) Maki. Aaro attended Worcester schools and graduated from the Worcester High School. From May 5, 1943, until Jan. 7, 1946, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 135th Military Police Company. He served in the battles and campaigns of Naples-Foggia, North Apennines, Rome-Arno and the Western Pacific Antisubmari... Full story

  • Walter F. 'Wally' Maslanka

    Jul 5, 2016

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Walter F. "Wally" Maslanka, 88, of Bessemer, went home to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, July 3, 2016, following a short struggle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family. Wally was born on June 30, 1928, in Bessemer, a son of Stanley and Bernice (Hlopek) Maslanka. He grew up in Bessemer and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1946. Wally proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. After basic training at Fort Lee, Va.,... Full story

  • 373 take part in Hometown Run

    Pat Krause|Jul 5, 2016

    BESSEMER – The 28th annual Bessemer Hometown Run held on Saturday as part of the Bessemer Blast 2016 once again blended good race competition with a chance to bond and reminisce with old friends as well as making new friendships. Temperatures at race time were near perfect (although there will always be complaints that weather conditions are either too hot or too cold). Some 373 runners/walkers participated in the 10K runs and 2 mile run/walks. "We had 300 two mile participants and 73 10K p...

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