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Articles from the January 19, 2023 edition


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  • Fun on the go in the snow

    Jan 19, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] MERCER, Wis. - Mercer was abuzz with activity Saturday as snowmobile enthusiasts from all over paid a visit to town to enjoy the 16th annual Winter Blast hosted by the Mercer Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club. The event featured food, raffles and an antique snowmobile show at the Sno-Goers' groomer barn in downtown Mercer. Sno-Goers Treasurer Deb Hohner said volunteers were key to the event, including helping to set up Friday and serving food throughout the day...

  • Drug offenders appear in Gogebic County Circuit Court

    Jan 19, 2023

    BESSEMER — A 41-year-old women was sentenced Tuesday in Gogebic County Circuit Court for her involvement with the delivery of methamphetamine which occurred on July 11, 2022, in Bessemer Township according to Nicholas Jacobs, Gogebic County Prosecuting Attorney. Lynn Chapman, of Ramsay, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Michael Pope to serve a minimum prison term of 5 years and a maximum of 30 years. The maximum term included a Habitual Offender 2nd designation which increased the maximum by one and a half times, according to a release by J...

  • Hurley School Board weighs in on CESA purchase

    Jan 19, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley School Board unanimously approved a resolution by the CESA 12 Board of Control to purchase a building as a new home for CESA’s operations in Ashland. District Administrator Kevin Genisot said 75% of the 17 school districts in the northern Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Service Agency need to approve such a motion before CESA moves ahead with a second proposal to purchase the former Hickman Chiropractic office on U.S. 2 in Ashland, as it looks to move from its current loc...

  • Bessemer DDA moves closer to seeking outside advice

    Jan 19, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Despite not always agreeing on the finer details, members of Bessemer’s Downtown Development Authority are moving forward with a plan to seek outside advice on how to improve the city’s downtown area. At their Jan. 11 meeting, they reviewed a related draft for a Request for Proposals — often referred to by its acronym of RFP — that begins as follows: “The Bessemer Downtown Development Authority invites multi-disciplinary teams with experience in the fields of rural and urban planning, c...

  • Donald Kleimola

    Jan 19, 2023

    BRIGHTON, Mich. - Donald Kleimola, 87, of Brighton, formerly of Ironwood and Ramsay, entered into eternity with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 8, 2023. He was son of Jacob Kleimola and Helga (Toolanen) Sikkila. He attended Roosevelt and Luther L. Wright schools in Ironwood. He attended night school and earned his high school diploma in 1975, along with his niece, Terrylynn Aldridg. He married Frances (nee Basta) Kleimola in 1958 and they had three children. They divorced in 1963 and he became a... Full story

  • Vera Jean Rentmeester

    Jan 19, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Vera Jean (nee Kananen) Rentmeester, 65, of Bruce Crossing, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Vera was born on Feb. 27, 1957, in Ontonagon, a daughter of Fred E. and Esther E. (Larson) Kananen. On Aug. 27, 1983, she married Randall Wayne Rentmeester in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Vera was employed as an inventory clerk for Wisconsin Public Service, starting in Green Bay and transferring to Eagle River, Wisconsin. Due to health reasons, she took an early retirement. Then, V... Full story

  • Nancy Ann Vaara

    Jan 19, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. — Nancy Ann Vaara, 83, of Bessemer, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Nancy was born on April 13, 1939, in Ironwood, Michigan, to the late Raniero “Spun” and Edith (St. John) Matrella. She grew up in Bessemer and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School with the class of 1957. She married Robert “Bob” Vaara in Las Vegas in April 1983. She began working in 1966 as a clerk with Lake Superior District Power Company and continued her career with them as they beca... Full story

  • Elvie Vivian Strand

    Jan 19, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Elvie Vivian Strand, 94, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Sky View Nursing Center in Hurley, Wisconsin, surrounded by her loving daughters. Elvie was born on Jan. 25, 1928, in Ironwood, to John and Vivian Makela. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1945. After graduation, Elvie worked in Chicago, then returned to Ironwood and worked for Michigan Bell Telephone as an operator and Vertin's Department Store as a buyer. She was a 4-H... Full story

  • Susan L. Pittsley

    Jan 19, 2023

    BARAGA, Mich. - Susan L. Pittsley, age 71, of Baraga, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Susan was born in Phelps, Wisconsin, on July 21, 1951, the daughter of the late Herman and Irma (Dain) Prey. She attended school in Watersmeet. She married Thomas "Tom" Pittsley in Watersmeet on June 20, 1970. Susan had been employed as a housekeeper with various hotels. She enjoyed painting pictures on her iPad, reading, cooking, taking road trips, puzzles, and... Full story

  • Margaret 'Peg' Lackman

    Jan 19, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Margaret "Peg" Kathryn Lackman, 91, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Hurley, Wisconsin. Margaret was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Kalamazoo, daughter of Lyscom Dexter Brigham and Florence Roselle Hoard Brigham. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was Curtis Brigham, a privateer out of Boston, Massachusetts, during the War of 1812. He came to Michigan in 1833 and was one of the first settlers in Gun Plain Township, Allegan County. In 1935, Margaret's parents moved to... Full story

  • Mary Jane (Popko) Begalle

    Jan 19, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - On Jan. 1, 2023, at the age of 88, Mary Jane (Popko) Begalle took her final journey home to be with her Heavenly Father. Mary Jane was born in Ironwood, on Feb. 21, 1934, to Thomas and Anna Popko. Growing up in a family of nine siblings, strong family values were instilled in Mary Jane at a very young age, values that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was raised in Oma, Wisconsin, and graduated from Wisconsin State College in Superior, Wisconsin, with her tea... Full story

  • Charlotte Elizabeth May Morzenti

    Jan 19, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Charlotte Elizabeth May Morzenti, age 84, of Hurley, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. She was born May 27, 1938, in Ironwood, the daughter of Quentin W. and Elizabeth May (Herlevi) Minkin. In 1956, she graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. In 1956, she married Robert Wenzel Movrich, in Wakefield. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1974. For a number of years, she managed Fashion Floors in Bessemer, and prior to... Full story

  • Susan Elise Anderson

    Jan 19, 2023

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Susan Elise Anderson, daughter of Kimberly Kurta Martin and the late Daniel Todd Anderson and stepdaughter of David A. Martin Jr., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the young age of 28. Susan was born in Ironwood on Oct. 2, 1994, and attended school there until she transferred to Mt. Pleasant when she was 16 years old. She was loved by many communities and delivered laughter and joy to everyone she met. She was a sweet and special young lady that... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 19, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 19 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Mercer Health... Full story

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