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Articles from the February 25, 2022 edition


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  • Bessemer lifts mask mandate at elementary school

    Feb 25, 2022

    By CHARITY SMITH [email protected] BESSEMER - For the first time in nearly two years students and staff at Washington Elementary School are free to be in the classroom and move about the building without a face covering. The Bessemer school board unanimously voted to terminate the face-mask mandate at the elementary school during its meeting on Wednesday. Superintendent Dan Niemi said he discussed the issue with elementary principal Mark Switzer, and other staff members and they all felt...

  • Gogebic County prepares for solid waste management legislation

    Feb 25, 2022

    By ZACHARY MARANO [email protected] BESSEMER — Jerry Wuorenmaa, the executive director of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region office, appeared before the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Wednesday to provide an overview of a grant opportunity from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The grant was regarding collaboration between counties for materials management. Wuorenmaa called this “a newer way of looking at solid waste management and pla...

  • Dennis 'Legend' Simcoe

    Feb 25, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dennis "Legend " Simcoe, 64, of Ironwood passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. He was born on Jan. 15, 1958, in Wakefield, the son of Joseph and Lois (Johnson) Simcoe. He was bigger than life and willing to help anyone if needed. Dennis is survived by his brother, Joseph Simcoe; sister, Mary Lou Midbrod; along with his very special nephews, David (Jeannine/Nina) Simcoe, BJ (Dawn) Midbrod and Grant (Ricki) Midbrod; great-nephew, Chase Simcoe, who he loved and was so...

  • William 'Bill' Galarno

    Feb 25, 2022

    GURNEY, Wis. - William "Bill" Galarno, a longtime resident of Gurney, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday Feb. 21, 2022, where he resided at the home of his daughter Denise and son-in-law Jeff Sprangers in Woodruff. Bill was born in Ashland, on May 3, 1930, the son of David and Helen Galarno. On Dec. 9, 1950, he married his soulmate Charlotte Youngs. Together they raised a family of eight children. Bill had many interesting jobs during his life including a diamond driller, a wheel's man on the...

  • Joanne Irene Knight

    Feb 25, 2022

    ARVADA, Colo. - Joanne Irene Knight, 84, of Arvada, formerly of Bessemer, Michigan, passed away Saturday, Feb. 19, peacefully in her home. Joanne was born in Hancock, Michigan, in 1937 to William and Alice Stefaniak and later attended Bessemer schools. Surviving are her siblings: sister, Sharon Slivensky, and brother, Kurt (Shirley) Udd; and her children: Alicia Moselle, Dirk Knight, Jim (Debbie) Knight, Kelly (Al) Cline and Sheryl (Paul) Panich. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 25, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Friday, Feb. 25 Mercer Cribbage, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mercer Senior Center. Double Trouble, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Serenity Center, Ironwood. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Mercer Food Pantry, noon-1 p.m., Railroad Street, Mercer, Wis. Emergencies: 715-476-7655. Harbortown AA, 7:30 p.m. EST, Ontonagon United Methodist Church basement, next to Holiday gas station, Ontonagon. area74.org. Government...

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