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Articles from the May 31, 2014 edition


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  • Youth Drama Club gets $25,000 grant

    Cortney Ofstad|May 31, 2014

    IRONWOOD - Nearly 3 million online votes were cast and the local Youth Drama Club has been selected as one of 40 winners of $25,000 grants. The grant is through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant program. From the end of April through the middle of May, people voted daily on Facebook on grant entries from around the country. The drama club is organized by the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Historic Ironwood Theatre. According to Bruce Greenhill, director of the theater, more than 4,000 gran... Full story

  • 11 graduate from Gogebic community school

    Ralph Ansami|May 31, 2014

    BESSEMER - Emotions ran high at Friday's Gogebic County Community School alternative education graduation ceremony at the St. Sebastian School gymnasium in Bessemer. Not only were students choked up about graduating, but GCCS coordinator Lori Struwe broke up when she announced that Denise Schmitz-Enking, an educator for 34 years, including the past 22 with the Gogebic County program, is retiring. "This is a tough one for me," Struwe said. The 11 graduates presented a tearful Schmitz-Enking with... Full story

  • Watersmeet graduates ready to enter world

    Ryan Jarvi|May 31, 2014

    WATERSMEET - Thirteen Nimrods walked across the stage and received their high school diplomas during Watersmeet Township School District's graduation ceremony on Friday. The school's gymnasium was full of graduates' friends and families there to witness commencement for the class of 2014. Hayley Garrison, class secretary, gave the valedictorian address and said not every high school student is lucky enough to know all of their classmates, but she was. After listing the fond memories she shared... Full story

  • 50 years of membership honored

    May 31, 2014

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  • Volunteers monitor Upper Michigan streams

    Associated Press|May 31, 2014

    NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP (AP) - On a recent sunny, unseasonably warm afternoon at the Yellow Dog River, just off of the Marquette County Road 510 bridge, more than a dozen people were in the water looking for bugs. Macroinvertebrae, to be exact. Having donned waders and separated into teams of three and four, and armed with 5-gallon buckets and sturdy nets, the crews spent half an hour in the water doing a "river dance," using their feet and the nets to stir up cobble and sand to get at where the... Full story

  • Helen Gembolis Novito

    May 31, 2014

    SEATTLE, Wash. - Helen Gembolis Novito died in Seattle on Sunday, May 18, 2014, just two months after her husband of nearly 70 years, Frank. Helen was born in Wakefield, Mich., on Sept. 1, 1922, the seventh of nine children born to Anton and Helen Gembolis. After her father was killed in a traffic accident while he was walking home on U.S. 2 just outside Wakefield, her mother raised the large family with hard work and grit on the family farm. Yes, Helen had stories about how far she had to walk... Full story

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