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Articles from the December 31, 2021 edition


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  • Area ski hills open for season

    Dec 31, 2021

    By CHARITY SMITH [email protected] All area ski resorts are officially up and running. Blackjack Mountain Resort was the first to open for the season on Dec. 3, Indianhead opened the following weekend on Dec. 10, Whitecap opened on Dec. 22 and Big Powderhorn Mountain opened on Dec. 23. All resorts are reporting that they are seeing a number of skiers, despite a lack of natural snow. As of Thursday, the region had received 59.6 inches of snow for the season, but a warm, windy Dec. 15-16...

  • Salvation Army raises money to help community

    Dec 31, 2021

    By CHARITY SMITH [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Salvation Army didn’t fare as well this holiday season as it has in previous years. Locally, the 2021 Red Kettle Campaign brought in $25,000, which is 50% of its 2020 earnings. The Salvation Army had a constant kettle at the Walgreens in Ironwood. Several volunteers manned the kettle from time to time. There was occasionally a manned kettle outside Walmart, thanks to the efforts of Dusty Boggs of Ironwood. According to Jamie Stiffarm, director of the local Salvation Army, Boggs was...

  • Dolores L. Rostollan

    Dec 31, 2021

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Dolores L. (nee Utto) Rostollan, 91, of Wakefield, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. Dolores was born on Feb. 13, 1930, in Highbridge, Wisconsin, (Bass Lake, Wisconsin), the daughter of Mathias and Femmie (Hakala) Utto. Her mother died when Dolores was four years old and she was raised by her loving father. Dolores attended a one-room schoolhouse during her early education and graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Wisconsin, in 1947. She attended Northland College... Full story

  • Carolyn J. Erickson

    Dec 31, 2021

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Carolyn J. Erickson, 55, of Ironwood, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Ironwood with her family at her side. The former Carolyn Luoma was born June 1, 1961, in Ashland, Wisconsin, to Donald and Nancy (Wennersten) Luoma. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1984. Carolyn worked at Copps and later attended Gogebic Community College where she received her associate degree in 2010 for cosmetology. She then worked at Smart Style where she loved wo... Full story

  • Donald Eric Christensen

    Dec 31, 2021

    BESSEMER, Mich. — Donald Eric Christensen, 48, of Bessemer passed to his eternal home on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at his home following an illness. He was born on July 13, 1973, in West Palm Beach, Florida, the son of Ralph and Sandra (Reid) Christensen. Don attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood and received a Bachelor of Science in forestry and water treatment. He loved the outdoors and gardening. Those left to cherish his memory include his son, his parents, two sisters, and a... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 31, 2021

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Friday, Dec. 31 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. Saturday, Jan. 1 Union Station Food Pantry and Northern Food Bank, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 252 E. Ayer St., Ironwood. Alcoholics... Full story