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Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition

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  • Mining officials visit White Pine

    Aug 24, 2023

    WHITE PINE — Highland Copper Company and Kinterra Capital Corp. officials visited the site of a planned White Pine North mining project on Aug. 17. The visit was “a significant step forward” in developing the copper mining project, according a release from Highland, adding officials are working to obtain the required state permits. Site preparation is expected to begin in 2025. Construction of the mine is planned to begin in 2026, with an anticipated start of production in 2029, said the release. “The visit was an opportunity for Kinterr...

  • Rockland's Old Victoria craft fair celebrates living history

    Aug 24, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] ROCKLAND - Sunday's 40th annual Old Victoria craft fair was a big hit in Rockland, as sunny weather drew a large, ongoing crowd to the historical site nearly 12 miles southeast of Ontonagon. Numerous canopies featured a wide variety of arts and crafts by artisans who traveled from near and far to be part of the day-long event. "It's a good little fair they've got here," said Jeff Peot, who has a cabin in Bergland and a home in Watertown, Wisconsin. Peot wa...

  • Wakefield city council eyes sidewalk ordinance

    Aug 24, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — A sidewalk generally is viewed as a useful means of walking, or rolling, from one point to another without infringing on a stranger’s lawn. However, a Tuesday evening discussion by members of the Wakefield Planning Commission proved that it’s not always a matter of simple practicality. City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said homeowners of one Wakefield lot on have asked permission to remove the sidewalks from their property and replace them with grass. Brown said current city code dictates that...

  • Mystery quilt brings color to Carnegie Library

    Aug 24, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Carnegie Library received a mysterious donation recently in the form of a handmade quilt depicting heavy construction equipment on one side and the covers of some of the maker’s favorite books on the other. Library Director Lynne Wiercinski said she had tears in her eyes when she found it, and plans to hang it in the library’s early childhood resource room. “I have no idea who sent it in,” she said. She explained that along with the quilt, the donor also left the wooden dowel it...

  • Wanda Sue Holmes

    Aug 24, 2023

    WAUSAU, Wis. - Wanda Sue Holmes passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2023, at Mount View Care Center in Wausau, from a brave battle from ALS. Wanda was born in Woodruff on April 19, 1962, to the late Vanard and Judith Babic. Wanda lived her childhood years in Mercer, and was a homemaker for many years raising her children. After children were raised, she enjoyed working alongside her sister, Renee, housekeeping at Dairymen's resort. Wanda loved spending time with her grandchildren caring for them... Full story

  • Merrie Gabrielle (Bergquist) Giannunzio

    Aug 24, 2023

    OSHKOSH, Wis. - Our beloved mother, Merrie Gabrielle (Bergquist) Giannunzio, 78, passed away after a 13-year battle with salivary cancer. She went with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, at home, surrounded by her children, Jamie, Bree and Ian; son-in-law, Beau.; and grandchildren, Isabella, Mckenzie, Jordan and Kolten. Also present were Nancy Lanctoe and Gout Deng. She was held, comforted, cared for until the very end. Loved into eternity by her family. Merrie was born in Ironwood, Michigan,... Full story

  • Scott M. Schlicher

    Aug 24, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Scott M. Schlicher, 61, of Ironwood, passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood. Scott was born on April 28, 1961, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Ambrose High School and Gogebic Community College. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; after which he returned to the Ironwood area. Scott was known and loved by many in the community. He enjoyed his time chatting with people from all over on his... Full story

  • Joy Lynne Venetjoki

    Aug 24, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joy Lynne Venetjoki, 72, of Ironwood, passed away on Aug. 1, 2023. She was born Feb. 26, 1951. Joy lived a full and warm life, filled with happiness. She will be forever remembered and greatly missed. Family was beyond everything to Joy, filling her heart with pride, a value she instilled in all those who loved her. She was our biggest cheerleader and our constant supporter. Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace Lehto and Lorraine Hastings; a sister, Gail (Larry)... Full story

  • Michael John Carlson

    Aug 24, 2023

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Michael John Carlson of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, after a brief illness. Mike was born on Oct. 30, 1961, to Gene and Sherry Carlson in Ironwood, Michigan. Mike is survived by his father, Gene Carlson; sisters, Pam (Brian) Orr, Heidi (Scott) Jenks and Gina (Ryan) Clarke; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Sherryn Carlson; brothers, Dale and Darryl Carlson; and niece, Heather Pertile. Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home of... Full story

  • Jean 'Lolly' Hotchkiss

    Aug 24, 2023

    SUPERIOR, Wis. — Jean “Lolly” Hotchkiss, 78, longtime Superior resident, died peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, at her home with loving family by her side. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m., with Gary Banker officiating, at Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th St., in Superior. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until time of service.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Aug 24, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Aug. 24 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.... Full story

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