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Articles from the July 27, 2023 edition


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  • Ironwood prohibits dumping snow in residential areas

    Jul 27, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission adopted an ordinance prohibiting the dumping of snow in most residential districts at its meeting Monday. The evening began with a public hearing on the proposed ordinance where seven people spoke in favor of the measure. Most of them live near a vacant lot in a northside neighborhood that a private contractor has been using to dump snow. The contractor had a permit from the city to do this, but the neighbors complained of excessive snow melt, early m...

  • Miner celebration

    Jul 27, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Local historians gathered in what appeared to be a perfect spot to talk about the region's mining heritage on Saturday - a wide spot in the Miner's Memorial Heritage Park Trail - for a presentation that marked the second of the ongoing Emberlight Festival's Performance Infusions. The Ironwood park trail is the site of Emberlight's third annual outdoor art exhibit, as well as a series of planned Performance Infusions focusing on a variety of...

  • Community Calendar

    Jul 27, 2023

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

  • Wakefield to host national boat races throughout next week

    Jul 27, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — In the coming week, for the 18th time since 1980, Wakefield will feature the American Power Boat Association’s National Boat Races on Sunday Lake. Trials will take place on Monday, followed by races from Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday Lake will be closed to public use during those six days. The town is ready, said John Siira, president of Forward Wakefield, on Monday. “We’ve been working on it for months,” he said. “Now we’re making sure everything falls into place.” He estimates that...

  • Hurley Education Foundation to hand out honors

    Jul 27, 2023

    HURLEY – The Hurley Education Foundation will honor four individuals at the 20th annual Distinguished Alumni and Friends award ceremony on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hurley K-12 School. This year’s honorees are Jeanne Leccia Erickson, class of 1972; Gen. J. Gregory Pavlovich, U.S. Air Force, retired, class of 1970; former longtime school board president Joe Simonich; and Zona Wick, class of 1975. Erickson has used her knowledge and skills as a nurse and social worker in working with the underprivileged, especially pregnant women, mothers and...

  • Clifford Mark Johns

    Jul 27, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Clifford Mark Johns, 67, of Wakefield, died on Monday, May 1, 2023, in Bessemer. Mark was born to Kenneth and Bertha (Mikkola) Johns in Wakefield, on Dec. 13, 1955. He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1974, where he was very active in track and field. Mark earned numerous records for the Wakefield Cardinals and is still the current 880-yard run record holder. He attended Northern Michigan University and Gogebic Community College, earning a degree in accounting before...

  • Kenneth Howard Ahola

    Jul 27, 2023

    RAMSAY, Mich. - Kenneth Howard Ahola, 83, of Ramsay, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his loving wife, Betty, by his side. Kenneth was born on March 16, 1940, in Bruce Crossing, a son of John Howard and Lina Gladys (Koistinen) Ahola. He attended Ewen High School and graduated in 1958. Kenneth proudly served his country for three years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a specialist...

  • Helen Graykoski

    Jul 27, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Helen Graykoski was born on Aug. 26, 1921, to Bruno and Romanda (Kowalkoski) Sobolewski on the family farm in North Ironwood, Michigan. Her birth was attended by the midwife, Mrs. Lee Lindquist. Helen died on March 17, 2023, in her apartment at Dove Assisted Living in Barron, Wisconsin, lovingly attended to by Dove's staff, the Barron County A.R.D.C. care staff, and Mayo Clinic Hospice. She attained one hundred-one years, six months, and twenty-two days of life. She was united...

  • Patricia Ann 'Pattie' Maki

    Jul 27, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Patricia Ann "Pattie" Maki, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, with family and friends by her side after a 14-month battle with cancer. Pattie was born on Feb. 20, 1953, the daughter of Michael and Theresa Skoviera, who preceded her in going to Heaven. Pattie attended Norrie grade school and was a 1972 graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. Pattie worked as a cook and as a waitress and in housekeeping in many places in Ironwood and Hurley after her...

  • June L. Wienandt

    Jul 27, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - June L. Wienandt, 95, of Wakefield, died on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. She entered the nursing home on May 5, 2023. She had been in failing health for several weeks and was under hospice care in the facility for the last 2-3 days prior to her death. June was born on June 12, 1928, in Sidnaw, Michigan. She was the seventh of nine children born to John and Emma Serrahn. John was a local dairy farmer in the Ontonagon area. June...

  • Paul Earl Cyr

    Jul 27, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Paul Cyr, 96, of Ironwood, passed away with his family by his side on July 18, 2023. He was born Aug. 7, 1926, to Paul William and Agnes Gertrude (Granger) Cyr. Paul was a man of many interests, including belonging to the boxing club at Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he won the Golden Gloves tournament. He was also a Boy Scouts leader and president of the PTA at Roosevelt School in Ironwood Township, and was involved in the bowling league, a caller for square...

  • Hubert John Mewbourn

    Jul 27, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Hubert John Mewbourn, 68, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. John was born on Feb. 10, 1955, in Ironwood, a son of Herbert and Kathleen (Kraynak) Mewbourn. He attended Luther L. Wright High School and graduated in 1974. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. After boot camp in Orlando, Florida, John married his high school sweetheart, Rita Jean Wuorinen, on Aug. 31,...

  • Arthur James Jacquart

    Jul 27, 2023

    DULUTH, Minn. - Arthur James Jacquart, 83, of Duluth, formerly of Ironwood, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, with his wife, Char; daughter, Joanne; and staff from Benedictine Healthcare Center in attendance. Art was born in 1940 to Arthur and Edna Jacquart and was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in 1958 in Ironwood. Art was very active throughout high school; he was a member of JROTC and later joined the U.S. Army National Guard where he served for 11...

  • Christine Evelyn Maki Lukach

    Jul 27, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Christine Evelyn Maki Lukach, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 21, 2023, at the age of 72, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was surrounded by loved ones at her home. Chris was born to Toivo A. and Jeanette (Walitalo) Maki on Oct. 16, 1950. Together Toivo and Jeanette were blessed with six daughters. Surviving sisters include: Marian (Herbert) Boxer, Joyce (James) Tapani and Jane (John) Bowen. Sisters that had gone before her include: Audrey...

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