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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition

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  • Bessemer loses city manager and clerk-treasurer

    Aug 31, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council is now facing the vacancy of its two highest positions in the city, thanks to the recent resignation of Jennifer Adams. Upon returning from vacation on Monday, Adams decided to leave her roles as city manager and as interim clerk-treasurer after council members refused last week to honor her demands. Specifically, in an Aug. 16 notice, Adams informed the council that she wished to leave her role as city manager while retaining the role of clerk/treasurer — but onl...

  • Porkies music festival draws massive crowd

    Aug 31, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] ONTONAGON - Where can you go to hear anything from rock to soul to new-age fusion while mingling in a laid-back land of mellow smiles and easy goodwill? More than 1,600 people demonstrated the answer by flocking to the 17th annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, held last Friday and Saturday in Ontonagon. This is the venue to go for long skirts and short overalls, along with braids, beards and backpacks, and a sprinkle of psychedelic color. On...

  • Iron County Board rewards employees with incentives

    Aug 31, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday evening to support county employees in relation to either flexibility in hours or targeted increases in pay. Representatives of six county offices first formally expressed success, within a letter dated Aug. 21, in relation to a summer schedule of four and one-half day weeks and thereby requested “respectfully” to continue with the new hours that had been granted on a trial basis until Sept. 4. The new schedule allows employees of t...

  • Ironwood school board starts up school year

    Aug 31, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School District board met on Monday evening to finalize items pertaining to the 2023-2024 school year. One of the topics the board discussed was the hiring of a number of staff members for the 2023-2024 school year. The list is as following: —Cody Kurta: hired as a long-term substitute special education teacher and the middle school football coach. —Denver Sharrow: hired as a K-12 business education teacher. —Anthony Stehlik: hired as the driver’s education instructor....

  • Donald Traczyk

    Aug 31, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Donald Traczyk, 86, of Hurley, passed away on Aug. 24, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital after a three-year battle with three types of cancer. Don was born on Oct. 26, 1936, to Joseph and Mary (Renaiwicz) Traczyk of Hurley, and graduated from J.E. Murphy School in Hurley in 1956. Shortly after school, on May 16, 1959, he married LaVerne Hakala of Hurley. Early in their marriage they lived in Kenosha, where Don worked at American Brass. They moved back to the Hurley and Ironwood... Full story

  • Carl G. Makela

    Aug 31, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Carl G. Makela, born April 15, 1923, in Wakefield, and died on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, at the age of 100, at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, Wisconsin. His parents were John and Maryann (Hill) Makela. Carl lived his entire life in Wakefield. He was married for 53 years to Catherine Gerovac Makela. She passed away in 2001. Carl later married Eileen Ahonen. She survives. Carl will be remembered as the mayor of Comet and for being an expert concertina... Full story

  • Carol B. (Erm) Knight

    Aug 31, 2023

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Carol B. (Erm) Knight, formerly of Ironwood, passed away on July 3, 2023, of natural causes in Raleigh, North Carolina.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Aug 31, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Aug. 31 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

  • Patricia (Anderson) Miller

    Aug 31, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Patricia (Anderson) Miller, 80, of Ironwood, passed away on August 23, 2023. A service of remembrance will be held on Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at Mckevitt-Patrick Funeral Home. A complete obituary will follow. The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Patricia's legacy of life. You can leave condolences or a tribute at Full story