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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • Snocross roars

    Dec 21, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College's Mt. Zion ski hill played host to the Snocross Nationals opener this past weekend, with crowds of people gathering at the hill to watch as five-time champion Elias Ishoel of Norway claimed first place during Saturday's Pro class race, and Swedish rider Gustav Sahlsten took home the $10,000 prize for winning the Amsoil Dominator race on Friday night. The weather affected the flow of the races, with a lack of seasonal sn...

  • GCC names Patritto president

    Dec 21, 2023

    IRONWOOD — Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees unanimously elected Chris Patritto as the 10th president of the college at their meeting Tuesday evening. He will begin his position on Jan. 2, 2024. “Mr. Patritto brings extensive experience working in an educational setting and is well respected and engaged in our local community. He has a proven successful leadership style along with having team building experience, and strong communication skills,” said board chair Susan Beals in a press release. “He is a fiscally responsible...

  • Ironwood Area Schools votes to give Norrie School property to city

    Dec 21, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area Schools Board of Education voted to approve the transfer of the former Norrie School property to the city at its meeting Monday evening. The board authorized Superintendent Travis Powell to sign papers transferring ownership of the property to the city of Ironwood. The City Commission approved the idea of accepting the property for free at its meeting last week. The board also briefly discussed the annual summer tax resolution, which was approved unanimously by the board....

  • Fair Board delays 2024 fair proposal, loses coordinator

    Dec 21, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — At its Wednesday, Dec. 20, meeting, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners had expected to hear an address from the Gogebic County Fair Board regarding a pending 2024 fair. However, in a Tuesday, Dec. 19, phone call, Fairground Coordinator Marlene Saari said that fair board members are not yet ready to submit a preliminary proposal. Although commissioners had voted in a recent meeting to cancel the fair, the Fair Board since had countered with the possibility of compromising with a...

  • Sally Ann Abramson

    Dec 21, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Sally Ann Abramson, 72, of Hurley, passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan, with her family at her side. Sally was born Dec. 5, 1951, in Ironwood, a daughter of Kenneth and Oddny Anderson. She attended Roosevelt School in Ironwood Township, Michigan, where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. Sally later attended Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. Sally had a strong work ethic and worked several different jobs... Full story

  • Thane E. Peterson

    Dec 21, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Thane E. Peterson, 64, of Wakefield, passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, at his home, with his mother holding his hand, and his brother, Dean, and sister-in-law, Sue Ellen, at his side. He was born May 20, 1959, in Manistique, a son of Donna Schultz and John Peterson. Thane was a faithful member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and at one time served on the Board of Elders. In his free time, he was an avid hunter and a dedicated volunteer. Thane is survived by his loving mother,... Full story

  • Joan Alice 'Joanie' Jurmu

    Dec 21, 2023

    L'ANSE, Mich. - Joan Alice "Joanie" Jurmu, age 59, of Baraga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2023, at her home in Baraga. She was born at Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield, on Dec. 11, 1964, the daughter of the late Bernard Gust and Alice Rose (Smith) Bretall. Joanie graduated in 1983 from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer. She married Paul Jurmu in Hawaii on July 23, 1990. They celebrated their 33rd anniversary in 2023. Together they owned and operated JCS Inc. Joanie enjoyed feeding... Full story

  • Mark Wayne Makela

    Dec 21, 2023

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mark Wayne Makela, 71, Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Mark was born on Nov. 22, 1952 in Kimball, the son of the now late Waino and Sylvia (Kilponen) Makela. Mark proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1974. On Aug. 15, 1981, he married the former Lori Jacobson in Ironwood, Michigan. Mark served in various teaching capacities, but his greatest calling in life was... Full story

  • Laura J. Niemi-Steinmetz

    Dec 21, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Laura J. Niemi-Steinmetz quietly entered her eternal life on Dec. 6, 2023, with her family by her side. Laura married Kaarlo Niemi on April 7, 1951, until his passing on Feb. 14, 2008. On Feb. 14, 2021, she married John Steinmetz. Sadly, he passed away on Dec. 7, 2021. After earning her high school diploma in 1969 and then obtaining her associate degree in bookkeeping, she helped Kaarlo in his mason contracting business, was also a medical escort through Gogebic Community... Full story

  • Lois Jean (Carlisle) Perttula

    Dec 21, 2023

    TROUT CREEK, Mich. - Lois Jean (Carlisle) Perttula, 92, of Trout Creek, passed away Dec. 9, 2023, at Bayside Village in L'Anse. Lois was born on May 10, 1931, in Trout Creek, to Selma (Thompson) Johnson and Leighton Carlisle. Lois married Wilbert Perttula on June 9, 1951. Lois was mostly a home keeper raising her family, but worked various jobs outside the home throughout the years. She worked as a nurse assistant at the Ontonagon Medical Facility, teacher's aide at the Trout Creek School,... Full story

  • Robert Richard Maki

    Dec 21, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Robert “Bob” Maki, 75, of Wakefield, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, at his residence. Robert was born on June 21, 1948, in Wakefield, a son of Robert William “Bullo” and Agnes (Pucilowski) Maki. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1966. Bob continued his education at Michigan State University. He looked forward to going to his hunting camp, was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and was a retired forester. Bob is survived by a son, Chris, Marquette; two grandchildren, Benson and B... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 21, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 21 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. Ironwood St.... Full story

  • Walter David Hilty

    Dec 21, 2023

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Walter David Hilty, 74, passed away on Oct. 16, 2023, from complications of Covid. Walter was born on Sept. 29, 1949, in White Township, Pennsylvania. Walt was an obstinate bull-headed man that persevered through decades of ongoing health issues. He was a loving husband, a great stay-at-home dad and a superior cook. Walt, known to many as "David," served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976. After his time in the Army in Alaska, David pursued a career as a machinist in Texas. In... Full story