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  • Ironwood City Commission passes $30 million budget

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission voted Monday evening to approve a budget of nearly $30 million for the fiscal year of 2024-2025. The budget total represents an increase of 57% over the 2023-24 budget of $18.6 million. The action — which included approval of related millage rates and city fees — followed a public hearing that included a budget summary by Paul Linn, city finance director and treasurer. No public comment occurred. “The proposed millages remain exactly the same as last year,...

  • Bessemer City Council sets value on city manager role

    Jun 13, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council voted Monday evening to offer $70,000 to $90,000 to a successful candidate for city manager. The offer would be contingent upon the candidate possessing at least five years of municipal government experience and a bachelor’s degree. According to related statements, the candidate also would receive standard city benefits, including a 2% defined benefit pension; medical, dental and vision insurance; and paid time off. In other news, the council also approved sug...

  • Utility project continues along U.S. 51 in Hurley

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Hurley City Council learned on Tuesday evening that the city’s utility construction work along U.S. 51/2nd Avenue is progressing without issue. Caleb Radtke, an engineer with MSA Professional Services’ Rhinelander office, said that Phase 1, which included the area from Copper to Silver streets, is complete. He said Phases 2 and 3 are now underway, with sanitary sewer and water utility lines being replaced from Iron to Copper streets and Silver to Bernard streets. Aspha...

  • Ironwood library kicks off summer of adventure

    Jun 13, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Carnegie Library has kicked off its summer of fun, with their annual reading program. This year's theme, "Adventure begins at your library," celebrates adventure stories, and the library has a variety of events planned for kids of all ages. The kickoff to the summer reading was held on Tuesday, with kids gathering at the library to meet Smokey the Bear, sign up for events and library cards, and register for the summer reading. B...

  • Wakefield approves budget for 2024-25 fiscal year

    Jun 13, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield City Council unanimously approved its 2024-25 fiscal year budget, along with related millage, on Monday evening. The action followed a public hearing that included no public comment. Total revenue for the new budget is listed as $5,503,794. Total millage will be 23.33, including the city’s operational millage of 18.3519, along with remaining millages for the Wakefield Public Library and roads. A background report by City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said that tax revenue from gen...

  • Ironwood airport votes to change meeting time

    Jun 13, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic-Iron County Airport held its June meeting on Monday. The board voted to change the time that they meet to be at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, a change that came about due to conflicting schedules for several board members. The meeting location will remain at the airport offices at E5560 Airport Road in Ironwood Township. The board also heard a presentation from airport manager Jeremy Busch regarding the goings-on of the airport and how everything was running at this...

  • Water treatment facility underway in Montreal

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MONTREAL — The construction of a new water treatment facility in Montreal is continuing to see progress after ground was broken for the project in early May. “They have poured the footings and will be pouring the floor slab as rain allows,” said Mayor Kelly Traczyk in a Tuesday evening email. She added, “We are also going to begin seeking funding for phase two of this project to add an ion exchange system for removal of total organic carbons and disinfection byproducts.” Traczyk said that the first...

  • Ontonagon opens ATV charging network

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] ONTONAGON - A sign on one of the cabins at Miller's Cottages in Ontonagon reads "Every summer has a story." That is especially the case this year as Ontonagon now boasts the nation's first off-road electric vehicle charging network. Dozens of people involved in making it happen gathered on June 6 at the cottages to celebrate the occasion both formally, with speeches and interviews, and informally, with food, live music and lots of friendly...

  • Junefest bike tour goes on - despite rain

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MERCER - Steady rain put a temporary damper on the annual Junefest bike tour on June 8 in Mercer. However, it did not stop a small group of participants from leaving at the designated group departure time of 8 a.m. "These northerners are wusses," kidded Jenny Leigh, who had driven about four hours up from Wauwotosa in Milwaukee County. She said that she had loaded up on carbs while her partner, Betsy Bolte, of the same locale, said they had been...

  • Study underway toward linking Iron, Vilas trails

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MERCER — An ongoing effort to connect separate bike trails in Iron and Vilas counties is seeing progress, with a feasibility study that is expected to be complete by the end of this year. That’s the word from Brenda Nelson, who is leading the push with fellow members of ICORE and the Mercer town park board. Nelson spoke to The Globe during Mercer’s Junefest bike tour on June 8. ICORE is an acronym for the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts. So far, said Nelson, the Wisconsin Depar...

  • Making Waves

    Jun 13, 2024

  • High scoring all-stars put on a show in Border Bash

    Jun 13, 2024

    By CORTNEY OFSTAD Special to The Globe IRONWOOD - Scoring was not in short supply as more than 400 points were scored between two games during the annual Kiwanis Classic All Star Border Bash on Thursday night at the Lindquist Center at Gogebic Community College. The spectators in attendance got an offensive show during game 1, as the Northern Michigan girls defeated the Northern Wisconsin girls 118-98. According to Russ Maki, event organizer and Kiwanis member, it was a new record for the highes...

  • Lupine Season

    Jun 13, 2024

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 13, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 13 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....

  • Michael 'Mike' Lawrence Machesky

    Jun 13, 2024

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael "Mike" Lawrence Machesky of Champaign, Illinois, was born on Feb. 25, 1952, in Bessemer, Michigan, and passed on May 21, 2024, in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 72. Michael was a curious and gentle soul who had the rare ability to use humor to share his insights with others. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Born to Shirley and Lawrence Machesky, he spent much of his childhood across the globe, including places as far away as Indonesia. Despite...

  • Antoinette Wallenius

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antoinette Wallenius, age 95. She passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. Toni was born on Sept. 13, 1928, in Ironwood, the daughter of Samuel and Therese (Collontonio) Federico. She attended St. Ambrose Catholic School's grade school and then graduated in 1971 from the Ironwood Community Schools. On Jan. 12, 1946, she was married to Eugene Wallenius at the St. Ambrose Church rectory by the late Msgr. J.B. Moriarity. Toni...

  • Dennis E. Munn

    Jun 13, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Dennis E. Munn, 69, passed peacefully at his home in Hurley on June 7, 2024. He was a loving husband to his surviving wife, Lori (Wallace) Munn, for 15 years and was loved by his stepdaughter, Alexandra (Roggenbeck) Siriila. He was a loving father of his three children with Kathie (Tenlen) Munn, Courtney (Joe) Maslanka, Christy (Dean) Carbaugh and Jordan Munn. He cherished his four granddaughters, Alexis Munn, Gracie Maslanka, Kendra Carbayah and Payton Maslanka. He was close...

  • Clyde Martin Taivalmaa

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Clyde Martin Taivalmaa, 77, of Erwin Township, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at home, surrounded by family. Clyde was born July 4, 1946, the son of Martin and Helmi (Salo) Taivalmaa. After graduating from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, he enlisted in the National Guard for six years, attaining the rank of sergeant. He then worked at United Parcel Service for 32 years. On July 20, 1968, Clyde was united in marriage to his loving and devoted wife, the former...

  • Thomas P. Sertich

    Jun 13, 2024

    CORTLAND, Ohio - Thomas P. Sertich, 84, passed away in his home in Cortland, Ohio, on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Tom was born on July 13, 1939, at the Newport Hospital to the late John and Sylvia Sertich; the second of five boys. Tom attended Newport Grade School and graduated from St. Ambrose Catholic High School in 1957. Tom attended Jordan Catholic Seminary in Menominee, Michigan; served in the United States Air Force; attended Gogebic Community College, Northern Michigan University in...

  • Michael W. Antoine

    Jun 13, 2024

    WHITE PINE, Mich. – Michael W. Antoine, 65, of White Pine, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 7, 2024. Michael was born on Oct. 5, 1958, in Wakefield, a son of Elaine (Powell) and Roland Antoine Sr. He grew up in Ramsay. In 1972, his family moved to White Pine, and he attended White Pine High School and graduated in 1977. Mike continued his education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Mike was an Elder t...

  • Mary Kay Kivi

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD — Mary Kay Kivi, 66, of Ironwood, Michigan, was called to her heavenly home on May 31, 2024, at her Ayer Street home. Mary Kay was born on Jan. 18, 1958, to George and Phyllis Kivi. She lived a life full of challenges. The family is very grateful for the many years of guardianship provided by her cousin, Connie Lekander, and also a big thank you to Beth Turonie for being an amazing caregiver at the group home. They always assured the family that Mary Kay was safe and well cared for. Mary Kay is survived by her sister, Ginger Kivisto (...

  • Carl Mockross

    Jun 13, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Carl Mockross, 90, of Pine Lake, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Carl was born on Nov. 30, 1933, in Ladysmith, the son of Harry and Florence (Tormey) Mockross. After graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Carl and his high school sweetheart, Joan Erickson, were married on Dec. 29, 1955. His career in construction included being owner of Peninsula Roofing and Erickson Company Manufacturing,...

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