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Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition

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  • Ski hills weather storm, ready for New Year's weekend

    Dec 29, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] It's a challenging time of year for ski hills, with one of them opening after another during the Christmas and New Year's Day season. So it wasn't as though there wasn't enough to do without Mother Nature throwing a curve ball in relation to last weekend's blizzard. Then again, maybe it's just a matter of perspective, according to Tuesday interviews with area ski hill managers. "It's all good," said a cheery David Dziuban, owner of Whitecap Mountains...

  • Christmas weekend blizzard batters region

    Dec 29, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Christmas spirit was challenged last week when a lingering blizzard literally took the Gogebic Range by storm, causing multiple accidents and dropping nearly two and one-half feet of snow over four days. “It was quite a storm,” said Iron County Sheriff Paul Samardich, who added that it was one of the worst that he can remember in the past quarter century. “It was difficult. I would say we had 25 to 30 weather-related accidents.” “Mass chaos” was the description from Det. Jesse Yesney of the Gogebic Cou...

  • Sydney Pearl McGeshick

    Dec 29, 2022

    MARENISCO, Mich. - Sydney Pearl McGeshick, 13, of Marenisco, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Sydney was born on Dec. 4, 2009, in Woodruff, Wisconsin, to Candice Lillie and Howard McGeshick. Sydney is survived by her parents; three sisters, Zoey Hardes, and Kachine and Wynter McGeshick; a brother, Dallas McGeshick; her grandparents, Susan Havenor and John Harrison, and Gertrude McGeshick; her great-grandparents, Patricia and Ken Alden, and...

  • Edward John Wiita

    Dec 29, 2022

    IRON BELT, Wis. - Edward John Wiita, 88, of Iron Belt, a prominent retired longtime businessman and community advocate died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. He was born July 30, 1934, to E. Edward and Violet M. Wiita in Iron Belt. He attended Iron Belt schools, graduating from the Iron Belt High School in 1952. John attended Gogebic Community College for a short time then went off to work for GMAC repossessing cars in Milwaukee. There he met his wife of 63 years, Donna M. Zizzo. In 1959, they were...

  • Dale D. Ahonen

    Dec 29, 2022

    HURLEY, Wis. - Dale David Ahonen, 50, passed away from a massive coronary heart attack Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Hurley. He was born on April 20, 1972, in Waupun, to former Kimball residents David A. Ahonen and Jennifer M. (née Pull) Smith. The family resided there until 1973, when they moved to Hurley and eventually to their permanent home in Kimball in 1976. Dale attended South Side Elementary School in Hurley and was a member of the last class to have graduated from J.E. Murphy High...

  • Barbara Jean Crave

    Dec 29, 2022

    BERGLAND, Mich. — Barbara Jean Crave, 79, of Bergland, died on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family with their arrangements....

  • Gene Anthony Sbraggia

    Dec 29, 2022

    MONTREAL, Wis. - Gene Anthony Sbraggia, 88, of Montreal, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. Geno was born July 2, 1934, in Montreal, to Constantine and Victoria Sbraggia. He graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley in 1952. Gene married his high school sweetheart, Anna Mae Miller, on June 26, 1954. Together they welcomed two children, Carol and Mark. Geno worked various jobs throughout his life, including the Iron County garage, city of Montreal, Montreal...

  • Russell Matteus Jurmu

    Dec 29, 2022

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. - Russell Matteus Jurmu, 90, of Millersville, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Russell was born in Wakefield, Michigan, to the late Oskari John and Evi Armeda Jurmu. He attended Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and went on to receive his master's degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. Russell worked for Westinghouse, and he retired after 42 years of service. Russell was a dedicated and longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Glen...

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 29, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 29 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.,...