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Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition


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  • Iron County Clerk Saari hands reins to Christan Brandt

    Oct 12, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Iron County Clerk Michael Saari was all smiles on Thursday of last week. It was his final day on the job, and coworkers were about to send him off with a farewell party. Saari had a 25-year career with the county, having started in January 1999. Over the quarter-century of his tenure, he worked closely with the public and the Iron County Board of Supervisors and its committees. Saari once served on the board himself, representing Hurley from 1982-1984 before he moved to Oma. At that time, he s...

  • Bessemer supports Highland, welcomes clerk-treasurer Lake

    Oct 12, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to approve a resolution supporting efforts of Highland Copper Company to construct and operate a mine in Wakefield Township. Mayor Adam Zak announced that the resolution was prepared in response to the Canadian company’s direct request from Bessemer and surrounding communities. “They were able to get fully permitted for the mine in Wakefield,” said Zak, who added that the company compiled much of the needed funding by selling shares of the Whi...

  • Crowds gather for Plaidurday photo, fun

    Oct 12, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood celebrated Plaidurday on Friday, with a crowd gathering at the intersection of Lowell and Aurora streets in downtown Ironwood for the annual photo and celebration of all things plaid. As rain threatened to spill over, some participants wandered into local businesses to take advantage of the First Friday hours that many local businesses offer. The crowd this year totaled approximately 650 people, according to an announcement on Facebook... Full story

  • Hurley City Council votes to fund squad car, select wages

    Oct 12, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — At a Monday special meeting of the Hurley City Council, members voted to raise wages of several select staff members relating to pending 2024 budgets from various departments. They also approved the purchase of a new squad car for the Hurley Police Department. The action included increasing hourly wages to $19 for two of the city’s administrative assistants and to $20 for firefighters. Seasonal student workers also will rise from $11 to $12 per hour next summer. “In my opinion, they’re both gr...

  • Community Calendar

    Oct 12, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Oct. 12 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

  • David W. Paynter

    Oct 12, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - David W. Paynter, 80, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. Dave was born on Feb. 14, 1943, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Vivian (Kelto) and Walter Paynter. He moved to Bessemer as an infant. Dave attended school in Bessemer and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1962. He worked at Indianhead Ski Resort before the hill was first opened. He learned to operate heavy equipment during the hill construction. Dave... Full story

  • James Butterbrodt

    Oct 12, 2023

    WYOCENA, Wis. - James "Coach" Butterbrodt died peacefully in Wyocena, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. James was born on May 24, 1930, to Harold Butterbrodt and Verona Hammer in Beaver Dam. He attended Beaver Dam high school, lettering in football, basketball, track and golf. He avidly participated in scouting, achieving Eagle Scout. He played Division 1 football as a freshman at UW-Madison, then served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a discus thrower on the UW La Crosse track team,... Full story

  • Daniel 'Boone' McGeshick

    Oct 12, 2023

    WATERSMEET, Mich. - Daniel "Boone" McGeshick, Jr. 82 of Watersmeet, Michigan, passed away Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was born on Feb. 4, 1941, to Daniel, Sr. and Josephine McGeshick. Daniel worked at Powell's and Peterson's Lumber Mills in Watersmeet. He also worked at the Lac Vieux Desert casino. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tanya Jean McGeshick; granddaughter, Heather Johnson; siblings, Archie, Helen, Richard, Jenette... Full story

  • Marcia J. Smith

    Oct 12, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Marcia J. Smith, 76, of Bessemer, Michigan, passed away on Sept. 28, 2023. She was born in Pontiac, on Dec. 24, 1946, to Dorothea and Kenneth Hanson. Marcia attended Waterford Township High School. She was married to the love of her life, Roger, for 49 incredible years. He said he wished it could have been for 149 years. She was tough as nails, with a heart of gold and a wicked pinky hold. She loved all things the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers. The radio or... Full story

  • Gene L. LaCosse

    Oct 12, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Gene L. LaCosse, 85, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Gene was born on Oct. 28, 1937, in Negaunee, to Eugene and Sylvia (Saari) LaCosse. He attended school within the Champion School District. Gene was united in marriage to Karen J. Sampson on Feb. 20, 1987. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Following his honorable discharge, Gene graduated from Northern Michigan... Full story

  • Gerald 'Mergy' Alessandroni

    Oct 12, 2023

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Gerald "Mergy" Alessandroni, 72, formerly of Ironwood, Michigan, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 4, 2023, in Green Bay, after battling ALS and Cancer. Gerald was born Oct. 31, 1950, to parents Gildo and Beatrice "Pinky" (Eliason) Alessandroni in Ironwood, Michigan. He attended Saint Ambrose and Luther L. Wright schools. Gerald joined the army in 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1970. He married Connie J. Allen of Ramsey, Michigan, on August 4, 1973.... Full story

  • David Trzecinski

    Oct 12, 2023

    WATERSMEET, Mich. — David Trzecinski, 79, of Watersmeet passed away at his home on Oct. 4, 2023. He was born on April 7, 1944, in Bergland, to the late Henry and Olive (Brownell) Trzecinski. David married Ruth Augustine on July 7, 1966. Together they had three children. David worked at the White Pine Copper mine for over 30 years. His last task there being the dismantling of the mine. David enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Trzecinski; children, Shella (John) Morgan, Tammy Smith and D... Full story

  • Elma E. E. Bertram

    Oct 12, 2023

    NEW IPSWICH, N.H. - Elma Emma Emelia Bertram, 93, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, passed from this life to eternity on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at the Jaffrey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a brief period of failing health. Born in Ironwood, Michigan, on April 10, 1930, to Arvo and Emma (Hendrickson) Suvanto, she graduated from Luther L. Wright high school in 1948. After graduation she lived in southern Wisconsin and Chicago. In Chicago she was employed at Kraft Foods where she first... Full story

  • John Sendra

    Oct 12, 2023

    MERCER, Wis. – John Sendra, 78, of Mercer, Wisconsin, passed away on Sept. 28, 2023, with his family and friends by his side. John was born on March 27, 1945, to Florian and Helen (Pietkiewicz) Sendra in Lipinki, Poland. He graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in Cicero, Illinois, 1963, attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, and attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in sociology and psychology. John married his high school sweetheart, Antoinette M. Duben (Toni), on April 23, 1966, a... Full story

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