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Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition


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  • Airport still searching for manager

    Aug 17, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board is looking to revisit its job posting for a new airport manager in an upcoming special meeting, the board decided at it regular meeting Monday. Board member Jim Lorensen recommended the board take a look at the current posting, and compare the pay they’re offer to other managerial and public official positions in both Gogebic and Iron counties, as well as to other airports. “Everyone got a copy of the department heads’ salaries. … and everyone needs to take...

  • Good weather, good times seen at Gogebic County Fair

    Aug 17, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Despite ominous weather reports directly before the Gogebic County Fair, Mother Nature smiled upon what turned out to be a busy four days that were loaded with activity at the Ironwood site. "We had a great weekend," said James Byrns, chairman of the county Fair Board, at a Monday meeting. According to Fair Coordinator Marlene Saari, the daily and seasonal tickets sales totaled 5,091. That's a significant rise from last year's combined sales of...

  • Sunday rodeo draws large crowd to Gogebic Fairgrounds

    Aug 17, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The rodeo came to town Sunday, and the crowd enjoyed the show at the Gogebic County Fair in Ironwood. Temporary bleachers surrounding the pen were filled to the brim. Backed up pick-up trucks and a small number of chairs accommodated more folks while many people opted just to stand. Announcer Caleb Claybrook, from Minnesota, warned viewers to stay 3 feet away from the fence line in case one of the animals happened to knock down any portion of it. He described the activity as “the most dan...

  • Bessemer accepting internal applications for clerk/treasurer

    Aug 17, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council voted Monday to accept internal applications for the position of clerk/treasurer until Friday. Councilman Linda Nelson and Mayor Adam Zak also agreed that it makes sense to give existing office employees a chance to engage in more tasks so that they can see whether the job is a good fit for them. Jennifer Adams, who served as clerk/treasurer before she became city manager at the start of this year, recently has been continuing her role as city manager w...

  • Eugene 'Bingo' Vittone

    Aug 17, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Eugene "Bingo" Vittone, 92, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan, holding his daughter, Jill's hand. He was greeted in Heaven by his wife, Charlotte, who asked, "Eug, what took you so long?" Bingo was born on July 19, 1931, to Annie and Anton Vittone in Wakefield. He was raised in Wakefield, and enjoyed riding his horse to Kimball, Wisconsin, in the summers, to help on the family farm. While attending... Full story

  • Mitchell James Perlich

    Aug 17, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Mitchell James Perlich, 64, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He fought bravely for six months with lung cancer, but unfortunately lost that battle. Mitchell was born April 7, 1959, in Marquette, to his parents, Donald Walter Beck and Patricia Anne Perlich-Beck. He grew up with his family, friends, and many cousins in Belleville, Illinois. In Bellville, he was a high school wrestling team member graduating from... Full story

  • Georgia M. Ayotte

    Aug 17, 2023

    RACINE, Wis. - Georgia M. Ayotte, 94, formerly of Ewen, Michigan, passed away at the Ridgewood Care Center in Racine, on Monday, July 31, 2023, after a full life, well lived. Georgia was born in Ashland, on Feb. 22, 1929, the daughter of the late Arnold and Margaret (nee Vamosh) Langren. On May 25, 1946, in Bessemer, Michigan, Georgia was united in marriage to Benjamin Wellington Ayotte. Ben preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 2018. Georgia was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in... Full story

  • Christopher James Ranta

    Aug 17, 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. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Ironwood Charter Township Hall, with Fr. Brian Gerber officiating. A visitation will be held prior from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the township hall. Burial will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood Township. The McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood has been chosen to honor Chris’ legacy of life. To mak... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Aug 17, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Aug. 17 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-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EDT; White Pine, Carp Lake... Full story

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