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Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition


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  • 'Safe and sound'

    May 11, 2023

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] Hurley senior Eli Talsma eats lunch daily with 8-year-old Nante Niemi and he’s gone sledding and tubing with him in the winter. So when the search party Talsma joined closed in on the missing Hurley second grader Monday afternoon in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Niemi recognized him. “When we were running up to him, he was like ‘Eli,’” Talsma said. “That was pretty emotional.” Niemi went missing Saturday afternoon while camping with family. Forty-eight hours later, a private searc...

  • Back to drawing board

    May 11, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD - The status of the connecting link between Ramsay and Wakefield is again in question for Trail 2. The trail, which is managed in part by the Gogebic Range Trail Authority, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is used by snowmobilers in the winter and by ORV riders in other seasons. Last fall, the Wakefield City Council granted permission for the trail to be rerouted along land that includes city property running...

  • Bessemer officials eye Bluff Valley Park pond improvements

    May 11, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Parks and Recreation Commission agreed last week on a three-year plan to improve the status of the fishing pond in Bluff Valley Park. “The long range should be to plant some fish and get kids off their computers for an afternoon to catch some fish,” said Russ Maki, the commission member who suggested the idea in a previous meeting. Toward that end, Maki introduced two local specialists who could provide related advice: Jerry Edde, a retired fisheries biologist for the O...

  • Ironwood opens compost site to residents for free

    May 11, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — Ironwood’s compost site will be free to use for city residents this year. On advice from the city manager Paul Anderson, the City Commission on Monday approved a change in policy for use of the facility on Ayer Street. There will no charge for pickup truck or trailer loads of leaves and yard waste, as well as tree and tree limb disposal for city residents. Non-residents will not be allowed to use the facility. The facility will be open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on...

  • Community Calendar

    May 11, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 11 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 Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m.,... Full story

  • Dylan Thomas Conhartoski

    May 11, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Dylan Thomas Conhartoski, 28, of Hurley, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Dylan was born on Aug. 16, 1994, to Roman "Muzzy" Jr. and Patti Conhartoski at Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan. He was a 2012 graduate of the Hurley High School. After graduation, Dylan furthered his education in heavy equipment operation and attended North Country Heavy Equipment School in Escanaba, Michigan, graduating in October 2012. He then went on to work for White Construc... Full story

  • Arlene Mae Abelson

    May 11, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Arlene Mae (nee Yurich) Abelson, 90, a longtime resident of the town of Oma, was granted her angel wings on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, after a brief hospitalization. Arlene was born on April 10, 1932, in Rhinelander. Her love story began when she met and then married Eugene "Popeye" Abelson on Jan. 27, 1951. He continued to be her one true love even after he passed to Heaven on Sept. 10, 1985. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, Susan, Diane Klein (Kelly), David, Jean... Full story

  • Lilly Ann-Marie Williams

    May 11, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Lilly Ann-Marie Williams, age 40, "Nenookaasig-kwe," peacefully started her journey with her mother Delores Williams, beside her in the physical world and with her father James Williams Sr. awaiting her arrival in the spirit world on May 4, 2023, at Villa Maria Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. She was born on May 7, 1982, in Eagle River, at the Vilas County Memorial Hospital. She was a beautiful woman, whose light shined bright in every room she entered. She glided so gracefully w... Full story

  • Jean Eileen Malmberg

    May 11, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jean Eileen Malmberg passed on May 2, 2023. She was born to John and Josephine Nelmark on Feb. 5, 1929. She had many interests, including photography, art, reading, and watching the news. She also loved sitting on her lawn chair on the shore of any lake. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Eugene "Moby" Malmberg; and her brother, Donald Nelmark, and his wife, Anne. Jean is survived by her daughter, Linda (Tim Rahko); grandsons, Anthony (Rachel) Cortez, a new... Full story

  • Eileen E. Rantanen

    May 11, 2023

    WAUSAU, Wis. - Eileen E. Rantanen, 87, of Wausau, died peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Weston. Eileen was born on May 12, 1935, in the town of Kimball near Hurley, the daughter of Louis Raymond and Tyyne (Maki) Kivi. On Feb. 25, 1952, Eileen married Harold Rantanen in Milwaukee. Eileen and Harold lived in numerous areas around the state, including DeForest, Waunakee, Germantown, Wausau and Kimball. Eileen was an avid gardener with extensive vegetable and... Full story

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