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  • Large crowd takes in Jack Frost parade

    P.J. Glisson|Dec 7, 2023

    IRONWOOD - Balmy temperatures resulted in a large crowd at Ironwood's Jack Frost Festival parade Saturday night. "There were lots of people," said Michael Meyer, director of the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event. "The crowd of children this year was just amazing." He estimated on Monday that there were twice as many kids attending this year's parade as last year, thanks to this season's 30-degree evening. "Last year, the munchkins were all bundled up," added Meyer, whereas...

  • Gogebic County Sheriff's Office welcomes new K-9 deputy

    P.J. Glisson|Dec 7, 2023

    BESSEMER - A new K-9 deputy was sworn in last week by Gogebic County Sheriff Ross Solberg, and - doggone it - nobody could stop smiling. Named Debwe, the yellow Labrador sat briefly on a chair in front of the sheriff while the dog's handler, Deputy Cody Smith, repeated the vow for his canine buddy. The men then slipped onto the dog's neck a custom collar denoting his K-9 status in the Sheriff's Office. The good-natured creature quickly bored with the pageantry and wandered off to collect as...

  • Students compete in poetry reading

    Megan Hughes|Dec 7, 2023

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Memorial Building's auditorium acted as a competition hall for the Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday morning, with five students from area schools aiming to earn their place in the coming state competition. Event coordinator Rebecca Binkley of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District said the competition is a national competition where high school students select two poems from an anthology to read to judges. Students are judged on accuracy of the reading,...

  • Eleanor Theodora Barnes

    Dec 7, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Eleanor Theodora Barnes (nee Paulson) of Bruce Crossing, passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2023, at Omega House in Houghton, with her family by her side. Eleanor was born in downstate Whitehall to Elmer and Elsie Paulson on Sept. 23, 1935. She attended Whitehall School. Eleanor was blessed with five children. She was a very hard-working woman to provide for her children. She worked many years independently in the nearby Montague area as an in-home caregiver and grounds... Full story

  • JoAnne Marie Erickson Sand

    Dec 7, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - JoAnne Marie Erickson Sand, 67, of Bessemer, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. JoAnne was born on Feb. 13, 1956, at Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield, to the late Carl (Kala) Edward Erickson and Gloria Delphine (Liikanen) Erickson. JoAnne graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, after which she served in the U.S. Army, most recently at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. JoAnne then attended Gogebic Community College, where... Full story

  • Mary C. Strelcheck

    Dec 7, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Mary C. Strelcheck, 88, formerly of Bessemer and a long-time resident of Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Nov. 26, 2023. Mary was born on April 1, 1934, the daughter of Joseph and Sophie (Hornick) Grasso. Mary graduated from Hurley High School in 1953. On Aug. 27, 1955, she was united in marriage to William H. Strelcheck at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montreal, Wisconsin. They were happily married for 58 years. Mary was... Full story

  • Edna Loretta Hollenbeck

    Dec 7, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - At the midnight hour Nov. 21, 2023, Edna Loretta Hollenbeck, age 100, peacefully passed away in at Gogebic Medical Facility in Wakefield. Edna was born Oct. 27, 1923, to Fred and Eve Flemmer in Napoleon, North Dakota. She married William "Denny" Hollenbeck, a World War II Purple Heart veteran, on Nov. 27, 1948, after exchanging love letters during the war. They had four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Edna was a registered nurse for more than 40 years... Full story

  • Geraldine 'Geri' Sikkila

    Dec 7, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Geraldine “Geri” Sikkila, 90, of Bruce Crossing, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wes; her parents, Carl and Cecelia Conrad; and her brothers, Terry (Bunny) Conrad and Donald Conrad. Geri is survived by a son, Kim (Jean) Sikkila; a daughter, Mary (Tom) Cousineau; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. They all loved their Nanny dearly. Geri... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 7, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 7 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....