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Articles from the April 29, 2013 edition


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  • Climbing water levels have cities watching for potential flooding

    Cortney Ofstad|Apr 29, 2013

    With temperatures continuing to climb and snowbanks continuing to shrink, eyes remain glued to local water levels for potential flooding in area throughout Gogebic and Iron counties. According to Iron County Emergency Management director Stacy Ofstad, water levels in the Montreal River have rose a “little over a foot” over the weekend, and it will continue to go up. “We’re not too worried about it yet,” Ofstad said. “I have been working with Mark Bluse from the Hurley Public Works...

  • Wakefield church hosts annual rummage, bake sale

    Cortney Ofstad|Apr 29, 2013

    WAKEFIELD — Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield held its annual Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from the event, benefitted Father Daniel Hall, according to volunteer Janice Clark. The building was opened in 1961. “We just want to keep the building going,” Clark said. “This helps pay for the utility bills, heat and it also helps us keep the building open in the winter for people who use it for indoor walking.” The event took place over two weeke...

  • Hurley 'Singspiration' filled with music, fellowship

    Katie Perttunen|Apr 29, 2013

    HURLEY — Havenwood Baptist Church sponsored a ‘Singspiration’ Sunday evening at the Hurley School auditorium, with Vic Eliason from VCY America. Eighty-eight people brought their voices to sing and share fellowship. Songs included old favorites, starting out with “Jesus Loves Me.” Eliason said that VCY America started its first radio station in Milwaukee in 1961. Today they have 95 radio stations in 40 states, and are heard in 44 countries over the internet. They also have three television stations in Wisconsin; in Marion,...

  • Grand Rapids was 3-4 inches of rain from disaster

    Apr 29, 2013

    GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The swollen Grand River came uncomfortably close to breaching its flood walls and causing disastrous flooding in Grand Rapids earlier this month, a National Weather Service hydrologist said. Flooding forced an estimated 1,700 people from the Grand Rapids area to head to higher ground. With the river already rising, an April 19 storm was forecast to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain, but only about one-third of an inch materialized. An extra 3 to 4 inches of rain likely would have...

  • Wisconsin schools

    Apr 29, 2013

  • Wakefield-Marenisco PTO Craft Fair and Art Show

    Apr 29, 2013

  • Have terrorists already won?

    Apr 29, 2013

    To the Editor: I often see in my mind’s eye a picture of Lady Justice with her blindfold around her neck, scale broken beyond repair, dress ripped, being chased out of the White House by Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. This week a new picture came into my head: one of Lady Liberty with a suicide vest locked on with the torch replaced by a dead-man switch she dare not let go of. Are the terrorists winning? I watched as the people of Boston cheered law enforcement as they concluded a weeklong search for the surviving marathon bomber.... Full story

  • Bessemer can't afford taking on more debt

    Apr 29, 2013

    To the Editor: My name is Kim Wright and I am a member of the Bessemer Area School Board. First, I want to encourage every voter in Bessemer and its townships to vote yes or no on our schools’ May 7 bond proposal. I am writing to explain why I voted no by absentee ballot, not to persuade others to do likewise. We all cherish our wonderful community and its schools. We all take great pride in our faculty and our students’ achievements, and we all have one vote to cast. What we don’t have is a bottomless pit of taxpayers’ money. What... Full story

  • Marguerite F. Hansen

    Apr 29, 2013

    BESSEMER, Mich. — Marguerite F. Hansen, 91, a lifelong resident of Bessemer, entered eternal life on Saturday, April 27, 2013. She was born on Jan. 11, 1922, in Bessemer, the daughter of John William and Sophie Henrietta Johnson.  Marguerite graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1939. On May 14, 1941, she was united in marriage to William A. “Bucky” Hansen at Sharon Lutheran Church in Bessemer. Marguerite was a faithful member of Sharon Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday school,... Full story

  • Milan 'Sonny' Shegan

    Apr 29, 2013

    TROUT CREEK, Mich. — Milan “Sonny” Shegan passed away at his home in Trout Creek Friday, April 26, 2013, following a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.  He was born Oct. 3, 1938, in McKeesport, Pa., to the late Mike and Milka Shegan. Sonny served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Following his discharge, Sonny worked for 30-plus years as a police officer. He served on three police departments: Forest Heights, Md., Bladensburg, Md., and Laurel, Md. During his career, Sonny was instrumental in developing training programs... Full story

  • Darla G. Lazowski

    Apr 29, 2013

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Darla G. Lazowski, 77, of Ironwood, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Ironwood. She was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Philip and Kate (Nicholls) Symons. Darla attended Ironwood schools, graduating from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1953.  On June 29, 1957, she was united in marriage with Jerome Lazowski at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Ironwood.  She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood.  Darla is survived by her husband, Jerome, of Ironwood; one... Full story

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