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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition

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  • Summer celebration

    Jul 20, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Crowds flocked to Ironwood to celebrate the ever-popular annual Festival Ironwood this past week. Four days of festivities included food, music and other live performances, games for young and old, a craft fair and car show. The live music and food kicked off on Wednesday, July 12, under the big tent and continued every day and into the evenings. Opening ceremonies were held on Thursday with the assistance of the Ironwood American Legion Post...

  • Wakefield continues to seek deputy treasurer

    Jul 20, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — City Manager Robert Brown Jr. reported on Tuesday that the city continues to seek a deputy treasurer while he now assumes those added responsibilities. The last day of former Treasurer Mandy Lake was June 30. Her closing pay was $23.75 per hour, but Brown said that members of the City Council felt that rate was too high for someone entering the job new. Hence, the council voted last week to offer a starting pay of $22 per hour for a newly conceived position of deputy treasurer, which would g...

  • MDNR considers stocking Plymouth Lake with trout

    Jul 20, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The state Department of Natural Resources is considering the possibility of stocking trout in Plymouth Lake, which is just north of Old U.S. 2 in Wakefield. The lake, also sometimes called a pond, is known to many local residents as Plymouth Open Pit because of its history as a mine in the previous century. According to Wakefield City Manager Robert Brown Jr., the City Council already granted permission last month for the state to conduct a study of the lake’s water. “The first thing we would...

  • DDA members discuss possible grant for Bessemer City Hall

    Jul 20, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Interest in remodeling the Bessemer City Hall was sparked when members of the Downtown Development Authority learned last week of a new state grant opportunity. DDA Coordinator Samantha Dorr said the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, known by its acronym of LEO, is offering a Community Center Grant that ranges from $150,000 to $2.5 million. She said the competitive grant — to which she was alerted by Melissa Lupino, library director of the Bessemer Public Library — is a...

  • Christopher James Ranta

    Jul 20, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Christopher James Ranta, aka Uncle Cool, 37, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2023. He was born to Art and Liz Ranta on Christmas night, Dec. 25, 1985. He attended school in Ironwood until 9th grade, and was never shy about the fact that he was a 9th grade dropout who forged his own educational path and went on to complete his GED ('er whatever) and attend Gogebic Community College, maintaining a 4.0 while there. Chris worked a couple manual labor jobs in the area and then... Full story

  • Joseph D. Wojtysiak

    Jul 20, 2023

    RAMSAY, Mich. - Joseph D. Wojtysiak, age 87, of Ramsay, died on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Immediate family members were by his side. Cremation has taken place. Joseph was born on May 29, 1936, to Sigmund and Ruth (Dutt) Wojtysiak in Lansing. He attended local schools including several Catholic schools. He attended one year at a seminary. He graduated from Sexton High School. After graduation, he enrolled at Michigan State Universi... Full story

  • Ronald Lee 'Ronnie' Lillie

    Jul 20, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Lillie, 57, of Wakefield, formerly of Marenisco, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2023, after a brief illness. Ronnie was born on June 4, 1966, in Three Rivers, Michigan, a son of Wanna M. (Taylor) and Edward E. Lillie Sr. He loved to work and was employed at the time of his death at Smily's Excavating in Wakefield. In his free time, Ronnie liked going to hunting camp with his buddies, racing and working on his stock car, riding his side-by-side and... Full story

  • Phyllis Gustafson

    Jul 20, 2023

    TROUT CREEK, Mich. — Phyllis Gustafson, 88, of Trout Creek, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Bayside Village Nursing Home in L’Anse. Phyllis was born in Trout Creek, on June 15, 1935, to Edward and Grace (Cronkright) Tibbits. She married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Gustafson, on Oct. 10, 1954, and they made their home in North Agate, where they raised their four children. Phyllis worked for the Ewen-Trout Creek School District as a teacher’s aide and retired after 29 years of dedicated service. Phyllis was a member of the Trini... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jul 20, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, July 20 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. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. Bessemer Area Historical Society, 2 p.m., 403 Sophie St., Bessemer. Wakefield Chamber of... Full story