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  • Friday snow, rain brings record precipitation

    Oct 31, 2017

    By RALPH ANSAMI [email protected] IRONWOOD - The 8 inches of snow that fell when rain turned into snow on Friday set an Oct. 28 record for Ironwood, according to the National Weather Service office in Marquette. The snow was recorded at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant on the Montreal River off Cloverland Drive for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Another 2 inches fell for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Sunday, making the weekend's snowfall 10 inches. About...

  • Mercer Library unveils solar panels

    Oct 31, 2017

    By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] MERCER, Wis. - A crowd of approximately 66 people gathered in the Mercer Public Library Monday to celebrate the unveiling of the library's new solar panels. The panels were purchased by the Friends of the Mercer Library and can generate a maximum of 16.12 kilowatts. "What started as a spark of an idea in January 2015 has finally resulted in our 16.12 kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system, that is now at this moment ... giving some power to the l...

  • Ironwood overnight parking ban in effect

    Oct 31, 2017

    IRONWOOD — The overnight parking ban goes into effect tonight and extends through April 1 on all city streets. Vehicles must not be parked on city-right-of-way from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. so snowplows can clear streets. Vehicles found in violation of the overnight ban will be towed away at the owners’ expense and are also subject to fines, according to Ironwood Public Safety Department Interim Director Michael Rimkus. The city will not be liable for damage to cars that are illegally parked. Also, there are rules for cleaning ice and snow from cit...

  • Community calendar

    Oct 31, 2017

    Tuesday, Oct. 31 Pickleball, 10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Memorial Building. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ironwood Memorial Building. 906-667-1110. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Ironwood. area74.org. Ironwood Kiwanis Club, noon, Elk and Hound. Life Support Group, 6:30 p.m., Woodland Church, Ironwood. Government Gogebic Community College Board, 4:30 p.m., room B-22, Jacob Solin Business Center, GCC....

  • Nick Obradovich

    Oct 31, 2017

    IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. - Nick Obradovich, 61, of Iron Mountain, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at his home. He was born March 26, 1956, in Wakefield, son of the late Nick and Arlene (Toomey) Obradovich. Nick grew up in Mountain Iron, Minn., Stoddard, Wis., and Ramsay, Mich., and graduated Bessemer High School, Class of 1974. He played football under the guidance of coach Pat Gallinagh and received all-conference honors with the Speedboys. Upon graduating high school, Nick received a...

  • LeRoy J. Holappa

    Oct 31, 2017

    BESSEMER, Mich. - LeRoy J. Holappa, 87, of Bessemer, passed away on Oct. 29, 2017. He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Ironwood, son of the late William and Lillian (Hill) Holappa. LeRoy graduated from A. D. Johnston High School in 1948. He was a member of the basketball team that was runner-up in the Class B state finals in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army for the 101st Airborne Division for two years. He played basketball with the Fort Lee Travellers while in the service. On June 23, 1956, he was...

  • Matthew C. Schutz

    Oct 31, 2017

    GILE, Wis. - Matthew C. Schutz, 44, of Kimball, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Gile. Matt was born March 19, 1973, in Portage, Wis., son of the late John Schutz and Mona (Joyce) Tryggeseth, and attended Portage schools. He traveled and worked all over the country and worked locally driving his semi "Lucky Lynda" for Henning Trucking of Kimball. At the time of his untimely death, he was employed at Plunkett's Pest Control and Eagle All Sports in Gile. Matt enjoyed hunting,...

  • Helmi M. Johnson

    Oct 31, 2017

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Helmi M. Johnson, 93, a long-time resident of Wakefield, passed away early Sunday morning, Oct. 29, 2017, at Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Helmi was born on Oct. 5, 1924, in Bessemer Township, a daughter of Victor and Elizabeth (Erkkila) Mattson. She attended A.D. Johnston High School and graduated in 1943. On June 8, 1946, Helmi married Frederick J. Johnson in Ironwood. They were blessed with seven children. Helmi is survived by five children, Gary (Pun) Johnson, Midland, Mich., Fern (Gary) Lehto, Portland, O...

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