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Articles from the August 16, 2018 edition

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  • Child at center of abuse case testifies

    Aug 16, 2018

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] BESSEMER - Jurors heard from the alleged victim Wednesday in the trial of a Bessemer man accused of child abuse as the prosecution wrapped up its case in Gogebic County Circuit Court. Matthew James LaPlant, 31, is charged with one count of first degree child abuse, two counts of second degree child abuse and one count of unlawful imprisonment. All four counts are felonies, with first degree child abuse carrying a potential maximum sentence of up to...

  • News media not the enemy

    Aug 16, 2018

    Recent claims that the media “is the enemy of the American people” should not go unchecked. Such an accusation holds no merit. The First Amendment ensures, among other things, freedom of the press. The founders of our nation knew the perils of a monarch clamping down on the free expression of ideas. A revolution and birth of the nation was aided by the printed word, and the continued molding of a more perfect union over 242 years has been as well. Thomas Jefferson had a contentious relationship with the press. He didn’t always get the coverage... Full story

  • Little library on display at Bessemer Housing Authority

    Aug 16, 2018

    BESSEMER - Bessemer's parks and recreation committee, along with the Bessemer library board, worked with Bessemer Housing Authority to install "The Book Book," a little library for people to grab or leave a book. City manager Charly Loper's father, Bruce, crafted the "Book" and it is located at the Housing Authority, 709 Iron St., Bessemer, in front of the office. "Feel free to use the little library that has books for all ages, such as 'Presidential Courage' by Michael Beschloss for adult...

  • WDNR warns Hurley about sewer overflows

    Aug 16, 2018

    By RALPH ANSAMI [email protected] HURLEY — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources figures the city of Hurley’s wastewater system should be able to handle 8 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period, according to city officials. Street superintendent Mark Bluse and department employee Gary Laguna on Wednesday discussed a meeting they had last week with the DNR on sewer overflows. They appeared before the Hurley City Council. Laguna said the DNR indicated the city’s wastewater treatment process had been bypassed nine times since...

  • Community calendar

    Aug 16, 2018

    Thursday, Aug. 16 Pickleball, 9-11 a.m. Hemlock Av. tennis courts, if raining, Ironwood Memorial Building. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution, seniors, 9:45-10 a.m. EST, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, Bergland; 10:20-10:35 a.m. EST, Porcupine Mountain Senior Center, White Pine; 11-11:45 a.m. EST, Holy Family Catholic Church parking lot, Ontonagon; 1:15-1:45 p.m. EST, Resource Center, Mass City; 2:15-2:45 p.m. EST, Stannard Township Ballpark, Bruce Crossing; 2:30-2:45 p.m., Watersmeet Town Hall parking lot,... Full story

  • Caroline L. (Gedda) Wanek

    Aug 16, 2018

    DENVER, Colo. - Long-time Lake Gogebic, Mich., resident Caroline L. (Gedda) Wanek died peacefully in her sleep on April 26, 2018, at home, in Denver. Caroline experienced a stroke at her Lake Gogebic home in early September of 2017. In December, she relocated to Denver, where she spent the last four months of her life in the care and company of family. Caroline was the only child of Michael A. Gedda and Pauline Regoni Gedda. She was born on Feb. 23, 1928, in Bessemer, Mich. Her dearest childhood... Full story