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Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition


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  • Ironwood hires Anderson as city manager, engineer

    Oct 13, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — At a special meeting last week, members of the Ironwood City Commission voted unanimously to confirm a contract hiring Paul Anderson, P.E., of Ironwood as the new city manager and city engineer. Anderson’s predecessor, Scott Erickson, also had worked in the same dual role for 17 years before submitting his resignation in April. At that time, Erickson said that his final day as city manager would be June 6, whereas he would retain his role as city engineer until a new manager was hired....

  • Pallin retires from snocross racing

    Oct 13, 2022

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - Kyle Pallin laughs when he thinks about it. Ten years ago, when he was just starting his professional career, the sport of snocross with all its twists and turns and high-flying jumps, was literally life. "When I was 21, I thought racing was my entire life and I'd just race forever," Pallin said. He went on to win two professional races, get to the podium with a top-three finish 34 times and become a fan favorite on the pro circuit across the Mi...

  • Cecil James 'Jim' Branning

    Oct 13, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Cecil James “Jim” Branning, 79, of Ironwood, passed on to be with his Lord God on July 31, 2022, at home in the care of hospice and with his wife Mary Ann. A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, with Pastor Nichole Hanson-Lynn officiating with military honors to follow.... Full story

  • Jeanne C. Thomas

    Oct 13, 2022

    HURLEY, Wis. — Jeanne C. Thomas, 78, of Gile, lost her battle with cancer on Oct. 3, 2022, at her home. She was born on Nov. 1, 1943, in Lake City, Florida, to Hugh and Matilee (Flynn) Casper. She was the oldest of eight children. She was born into a military family and spent most of her time in Virginia where she eventually met her husband of 42 years, William Thomas. They then moved north to Wisconsin, where they spent the rest of their days. Jeanne loved to be outside in the sun, whether it was working with her flowers or riding on a... Full story

  • Marla K. Nachtsheim

    Oct 13, 2022

    DRUMMOND, Wis. - Marla K. Nachtsheim, age 82, of Drummond, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at her home. She was born on July 19, 1940, in Wakefield, Michigan, the daughter of John and Lempie (Maenpaa) Hariu. Marla was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, and of the University of Minnesota–Duluth. She had a very successful career as a social worker, primarily as a child protection worker. Protecting, giving to and serving families was an important part of her... Full story

  • Dennis W. Mattson

    Oct 13, 2022

    OMA TOWNSHIP, Wis. - Dennis W. Mattson, 87, of Ishpeming, Michigan, passed away peacefully at his Pine Lake cottage, Oma Township, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. Dennis was born on July 10, 1935, in Wakefield, Michigan, to Walfred and Lyme (Brompsi) Mattson. He graduated in 1953 from Wakefield High School. After graduation, Dennis worked at the Plymouth Mine in Wakefield. In 1954, during the end of the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Dennis proudly served four years as the crew... Full story

  • Maureen Wright Roberts

    Oct 13, 2022

    KESWICK, Va. - Maureen Wright Roberts, of Keswick, Virginia, passed away on Sept. 20, 2022. She was born in Ironwood, Michigan, on Sept. 15, 1932. Maureen was predeceased by her parents, Judge Robert R. and Edrye (Trier) Wright; her husband, Walter D. Roberts Jr.; sister, Edrye M. Riggs; and stepson, John W. Roberts. She is survived by her daughter, Candisse Reynolds of Palmyra, Virginia; sisters, Julann Griffin of Palmyra, and Sally Latchford of Washington, D.C.; stepchildren, Walter D.... Full story

  • James Rowe

    Oct 13, 2022

    GURNEY, Wis. - On Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, James Rowe went to be with the love of his life, Gloria. He passed away at home in Gurney, surrounded by love and memories. Jim was born on Feb. 20, 1946, to Lester and Lucille Rowe. He was the youngest of seven children. He married Gloria Luoma on Nov. 4, 1972. Jim and Gloria lived on the family farm in Gurney and together raised their five children. Jim loved hunting and fishing, raising crops, taking care of his chickens, making maple syrup, and being... Full story

  • William L. Webb

    Oct 13, 2022

    WATERSMEET, Mich. – William L. Webb, 82, of Watersmeet, passed away on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. William was born on July 12, 1940, in Greenville, Texas, and was raised in Dallas. He followed the Dallas Cowboys football team and was their number one fan. On Sept. 9, 1989, William married Cyndi in Dallas. For 17 years, William loved living in the Upper Peninsula. He enjoyed cooking Mexican food, making hors d'oeuvres and snacks, going to the casino and absolutely loved snow. William was a truck... Full story

  • Michael Thomas Wasley

    Oct 13, 2022

    BILLINGS, Mont. - Michael Thomas "Mike" "Waz" Wasley, of Billings, Montana, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the age of 34. Michael was born in Ashland, Wisconsin, on Aug. 19, 1988, to Jeffrey and Debra Wasley of Ironwood, Michigan. He went to Newport and Norrie Elementary Schools and was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 2007, where he was a standout athlete. He attended Vermilion College in Ely, Minnesota, where he played football and was selected as a... Full story

  • Erin Kathleen Farrar

    Oct 13, 2022

    MERCER, Wis. - Erin Farrar, age 50, of Mercer, passed away peacefully at Marshfield Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Erin was born in Oregon, Wis., and was the first daughter of Dennis and Lynda Farrar. She graduated from Oregon High School and was named Miss Oregon. Erin was the proud owner of Around the Corner Pub in Mercer and was involved in the Wisconsin Tavern League, where she was elected and served as secretary. Erin's personality and smile were contagious. She surrounded herself with... Full story

  • Karen Sue (Heikkinen) Kleimola

    Oct 13, 2022

    GARDEN CITY, Mich. - It is with great sadness that family lets people know of the passing of Karen Sue (Heikkinen) Kleimola. She died at home in Garden City on Sept. 17, 2022, at the age of 83. Karen was the daughter of John and Mayme (Harju) Heikkinen from Ramsay. She graduated from Bessemer High School and later earned her nursing degree at the University of Michigan. She worked at U of M hospital for 10 years, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti for 10 years, and then 10 years at... Full story

  • Ardyce M. Koski

    Oct 13, 2022

    PLOVER, Wis. - Ardyce M. Koski, 94, passed away Oct. 8, 2022, at Whispering Pines Assisted living while under the care of hospice services. She was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Ironwood, Michigan, daughter of William and Saima (Pelto) Eade. Ardyce graduated from Luther L. Wright High School and received an Associate Degree from Ironwood Junior College, now Gogebic Community College. After marrying Oliver Koski, they resided in Escanaba for four years prior to returning to Ironwood. She also resided in... Full story

  • Aiden Luke Ozzello

    Oct 13, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. – Aiden Luke Ozzello, 18, of Ironwood, passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Oct 13, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Oct. 13 Pickleball, 9 a.m.-noon, Patterson Courts, Ironwood. Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Mercer Health and Wellness, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mercer Community Center. 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... Full story