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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • 'In case of emergency'

    Sep 21, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Gogebic-Iron County Airport hosted its triennial crash simulation on Saturday morning. With more than 19 organizations participating, the event drew a crowd to the airfield as organizers and volunteers worked together to get safety personnel practice in the event of an accident. The simulation kicked off in the morning as volunteers boarded the "airplane," a bus from the Ironwood Area School District that had been parked at the end of the r...

  • Fairground buildings await demolition

    Sep 21, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Gogebic County officials are striving to move forward with progress at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds, and some measure of it arrived on Tuesday with a delivery of demolition equipment and demolition was under way Wednesday morning. County Administrator Juliane Giackino told Gogebic County commissioners last week that a representative of the company that was hired to conduct the demolition met with several county officials on Sept. 12. “I took him to the fairgrounds,” she said. “He toured...

  • Wakefield MSP hosts community open house

    Sep 21, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Post of the Michigan State Police hosted an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 13. “Although we are hosting it, my goal here was to bring in multiple resources from different agencies that provide law enforcement and first responder services in Gogebic County,” said MSP Post Commander 1st Lt. Chris Gerard. “To show the community what it is that not only the Michigan State Police do, but what (all of us) offer to the community.” According to Gerard, along with the MSP, some of the ot...

  • Local schools to get full-time law enforcement officer

    Sep 21, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — A full-time sheriff’s deputy now will be stationed within schools in Bessemer, Wakefield and Watersmeet. “We are starting our school resource officer program in the schools,” said Sheriff Ross Solberg at a committee meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners last week. During the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee, Solberg said that Deputy Adam Graser has been assigned to the new post. The sheriff later told The Globe that Graser will work a 40-hour week by floating among t...

  • Robert 'Bob' J. Duckstad

    Sep 21, 2023

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Robert "Bob" J. Duckstad, age 83, passed away Aug. 23, 2023, after complications from surgery in Minneapolis. Born in Duluth on Nov. 13, 1939, to John and Althea (Reed) Duckstad, Bob and his big sisters, Edith "Edy B" and Lisa, grew up in several small north country towns where their educator parents were employed: Carleton and Park Rapids, Minnesota, and Ironwood, Michigan. Bob graduated in 1957 from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood and remained close to his... Full story

  • Donna Marie (nee Mussatti) Rajk

    Sep 21, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Donna Marie (nee Mussatti) Rajk, 65, of Wakefield, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Community in Ironwood, surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born in Wakefield to the late John and Mary Mussatti on Aug. 18, 1958. Donna was well known by many for her caring, giving, compassionate personality, especially her gift as a certified nursing assistant at the local nursing homes and home health care agencies. She... Full story

  • Barbara Ann Perkovich

    Sep 21, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. — Barbara Ann (nee Novascone) Perkovich, 72, of Bessemer, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at her home. Barbara was born on April 7, 1951, in Duluth, Minnesota, the daughter of Marjorie (Mattson) and James Novascone Jr. On Sept. 27, 1980, she was united in marriage to Peter John Perkovich. For many years, Barbara was a dedicated social worker. In her free time, she loved to walk with her four-legged companion. Barbara is survived by her husband, Peter; and a son, Adam. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jan M... Full story

  • Mark Richard Casari

    Sep 21, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. — Mark Richard Casari, 61, of Hurley, passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2023, at Westgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ironwood, Michigan. Mark was born on Feb. 9, 1962, to Ermenio and Janet (Valsuano) Casari in Ironwood. He was a graduate of J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley. Mark was employed by Bessemer Plywood. He is survived by his mother, Janet Casari; brothers, David (Joy) of Hurley, Michael (Tracy) of Ironwood and Scott of Hurley; niece and nephews, Marissa, Josh, Cory and Sage; great-nephews, Vincenzo and Finley; a... Full story

  • Gerald W. 'Jerry' Rouse

    Sep 21, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Gerald W. "Jerry" Rouse, 70, of Ironwood, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at Aspirus Hospital, in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his cherished wife and children by his side. Gerald was born on Jan. 3, 1953, in Ironwood, a son of Irving and Lempi M. (Kinnunen) Rouse. He attended Luther L. Wright High School and graduated in 1972. On Oct. 16, 1981, Gerald was united in marriage to Janice C. Peterson in Ironwood. Jerry was a car enthusiast, especially muscle cars. In his free... Full story

  • Herbert Matthew Baumgartner

    Sep 21, 2023

    MONROE, Wis. - Herbert Matthew Baumgartner, age 94, formally of Monroe, passed away on Sept. 15, 2023, at Noel Manor in Verona. He was born on Dec. 25, 1928, in Milwaukee, the son of Herman and Freida (Weidman) Baumgartner. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1947 and played on the undefeated 1946 championship football team. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany after World War II. Herb was united in marriage to Marian Bidlingmaier on Oct. 12, 1957, in Monticello. She... Full story

  • Dolores Marie Bjork

    Sep 21, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Dolores Marie Bjork, 89, of Hurley, went to her Heavenly home on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Hurley. Dolores was born in November 1933 to Bernard and Alice (DeRizzo) Barrett in Hurley. She attended Cary Elementary, St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in 1954. She worked at Josephson Nursing Home in Ironwood, Michigan, as a waitress in Hurley and Ironwood, was the "Pasty Lady" at Copp's, cleaned at the Iron County... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Sep 21, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Sept. 21 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