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Articles from the October 27, 2022 edition


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  • Bessemer council scrutinizes summer construction project

    Oct 27, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Although most of the snow has melted from the season’s first winter storm on Oct. 17, the weather event certainly made clear that the road construction season is coming to a halt. Monday evening’s Bessemer City Council meeting addressed that pending closure, while also discussing related issues that have occurred during this year’s leg of a 3-year project replacing water and sewer lines and addressing related road restoration. The discussion started with a Bessemer resident’s complaint...

  • Henhouse Prowlers thrill Ironwood Theatre

    Oct 27, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Bluegrass music is known for high energy and infectious sound, and that's exactly what filled the Historic Ironwood Theatre when the Henhouse Prowlers performed last weekend. The four-member Chicago band wasted no time in riling up the audience with one fast-paced tune after another in a Saturday night concert that did not disappoint. The band's harmony was generous, pure and hypnotic, but the guys also took turns in solos, while interspersing...

  • Rudolph Johnson

    Oct 27, 2022

    BERGLAND, Mich. - Rudolph "Rudy" Johnson, 84, passed away May 27, 2022, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Rudy was born and raised in the Bergland area, and graduated from Bergland High School in 1956. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958, and trained at Fort Hood, Texas. From there, he went overseas and served in Gelnhausen, Germany, where he met his idol, Elvis Presley, who was also serving there. Rudy was honorably discharged in 1960. He went to work for White Pine Copper... Full story

  • Jean Marilyn (Mattson) Holst

    Oct 27, 2022

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Jean Marilyn (Mattson) Holst of Ironwood Township, Michigan, passed away peacefully at North Shore Healthcare in Ashland on Oct. 16, 2022. She was born on Feb. 6, 1933, the daughter of Hjalmer and Signe (Smith) Mattson. She attended A.L. Norrie School and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, with the class of 1950. She then attended the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis. Her first job was in the lab at St. Joseph's Hospital in... Full story

  • Paul Gerald Mattila

    Oct 27, 2022

    BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - Paul Gerald Mattila, 79, of Battle Ground, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 17, 2022. He passed away at home surrounded by much of his large family. Paul was born in Ironwood, Michigan, on May 28, 1943, to Waino and Helen (Ranta) Mattila. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1961 and moved to Battle Ground shortly thereafter. Paul married the catch of his life, Edna Louise Matson, on June 20, 1964. He worked as a self-employed blaster... Full story

  • Mark S. Balas, M.D.

    Oct 27, 2022

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Mark S. Balas, M.D., age 57, of Winchester, died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, from injuries sustained in a UTV accident. Mark was born on Nov. 2, 1964 in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of Marlene and Robert Balas. Mark received his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1991 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Michigan State University-McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, in 1996. After residency, Mark moved to... Full story

  • Vickie J. Miller

    Oct 27, 2022

    JEFFERSON, Wis. - Vickie J. Miller, 72, of Jefferson, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at Jefferson Memory Care with her loving family by her side. Vickie was born on June 14, 1950, in Oconto Falls, the daughter of Victor and Claudine (Umentum) Peterson. She grew up in Gillett, and married Allan Miller. Vickie was blessed with six loving children, Scott, Jean, Susan, Gary, Jennifer and Lisa. Vickie and Allan would later divorce. Vickie worked in a few different capacities during her life... Full story

  • James Harvey Williams Sr.

    Oct 27, 2022

    THREE LAKES, Wis. - James Harvey Williams Sr. passed away at his home in Three Lakes on Oct. 20, 2022. He was born April 24, 1943, in Watersmeet, Michigan, the eldest son of Tory Williams and Lillian Marie Polar. Jim's early years saw him attending school at Assinins Orphanage in Baraga, Michigan, Holy Childhood Residential School in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Boysville in Clinton, Michigan, where he earned his high school diploma. After high school, he came back to Watersmeet where he... Full story

  • Richard Arthur Blomberg

    Oct 27, 2022

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Richard Arthur Blomberg, 73, of Bessemer, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, at his home. Richard was born on Jan. 5, 1949, to Arthur and Clara (Behrendt) Blomberg. He attended school in North Ironwood and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1967. Richard attended Gogebic Community College and received an associate degree before transferring to Northern Michigan University to pursue a career in teaching, but he left before graduating to enlist in the... Full story

  • Joseph James Buchko Sr.

    Oct 27, 2022

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Joseph James Buchko Sr., 80, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Joseph was born on Feb. 16, 1942, at the family home, in Wabeno, Wisconsin, to loving parents, Joseph John and Marion Caroline (Peterson) Buchko. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years. On Oct. 22, 1990, Joseph married the love of his life, Rebecca Mattila, in Ironwood. Joseph is survived by his wife, Rebecca; three... Full story

  • Ryan Jacob Kontny

    Oct 27, 2022

    RAMSAY, Mich. — Ryan Jacob Kontny, 47, of Ramsay, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family with their arrangements.... Full story

  • Emilia "Emily" Marczak

    Oct 27, 2022

    SUPERIOR, Wis. - Emilia "Emily" Marczak, 102, of Bessemer, Michigan, passed away peacefully at Twin Ports Health Services in Superior, on Oct. 19, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born Nov. 9, 1919, to Andrew and Katherine Skulan. She attended Ondossagon High School in Ashland, and graduated in 1937. On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Walter S. Marczak, and they enjoyed many years together until his untimely passing on December 28, 1996. Together they built a home and had six wonderful... Full story

  • Raymond E. Maki

    Oct 27, 2022

    BERGLAND, Mich. - Raymond E. Maki, 91, of Kingsford, formerly of Bergland, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, at 10:40 p.m., surrounded by his family. He was born on June 20, 1931, in Ishpeming, son of the late Toivo and Viola (Lakanen) Maki and attended the Ishpeming Schools. Ray served in the U.S. Army from February 1949 until September 1952. He married Ruth E. Mattson, daughter of the late Jalmer and Evelyn Mattson, on Sept. 26, 1953, in Republic. He worked in the iron ore mines in... Full story

  • Clayton Thomas McCosker

    Oct 27, 2022

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Clayton Thomas McCosker, 53, of Wakefield, was born to eternal life on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Carol McCosker. Clayton is survived by his brother, Wayne (Janis); his sister, Karen (Alan Lemke); an aunt, Jaoana Dean; and a nephew and four nieces, Tom, Carol, Caroline, Katie and Lindsey. Undeterred by his physical and mental disabilities, Clayton’s jovial personality and gentleness was contagious and endearing to all those fortunate enough to be in his life. We are for... Full story

  • Ava Jane Snow

    Oct 27, 2022

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Ava Jane Snow, age 64, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Fort Wayne. She was born Aug. 1, 1958, in Ironwood, Michigan, to the late Roy and Katherine Puisto. Ava's career started in Ironwood with her associate degree in business administration from Gogebic Community College. She was a loved office administrator. After she and family moved to Fort Wayne, she pursued her passion and eared a bachelor's degree with honors in interpersonal and public communication from Purdue... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Oct 27, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Oct. 27 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... Full story

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