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  • Iron County considers reviving administrator role

    Jun 20, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — Although no formal discussion has yet occurred, Iron County may decide to revive the position of county administrator that existed in past years. In a Tuesday morning meeting, Kurt Wolff — who chairs the Finance Committee of the Iron County Board of Supervisors — briefly addressed the subject of the county’s organizational structure. “Almost all counties have gone to some form of county administrator,” he said in reference to the rest of the state. “Although we can’t afford it, we also can...

  • Like, wow! Area museums hop with activity

    Jun 20, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - In case you did not already know it, area museums have a lot going on this summer. In the past week, The Globe visited just two area museums in Erwin Township and in Marenisco Township. But the tri-county area has 11 total museums listed here, and each of them make a unique mark on regional heritage. These houses of history are filled with a great variety of interest, fascination and intrigue, and offer unique opportunities for family outin...

  • Holcombe to retire from Globe

    May 2, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - The newspaper business takes you places. A triple overtime thriller. A veterans honor flight. Inside an ESPN commercial. Managing Editor Larry Holcombe is retiring this week 30 years after his start with The Globe. He began in the news department, became sports editor in the summer of 1996 and eventually returned as managing editor after a short stint doing the same job in Houghton. Holcombe worked through many changes in the industry, most of... Full story

  • Ironwood man taking path to become deacon

    P.J. Glisson|Apr 4, 2024

    IRONWOOD - Gerard Lauzon drives a school bus for the Ironwood Area Schools, and he used to run a photography business. As of last fall, he also participated in a Rite of Candidacy Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Marquette. That event celebrated his commitment in studying to become a deacon. "I'm actually now finishing up my second year of the education and formation process," said Lauzon. "I still have three more years. It's a 5-year process." Along with his mentors, he...

  • Life Saving Award

    Mar 21, 2024

  • GRTA banquet draws large crowd

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - The winter season has been light on snow, but Saturday night's annual banquet for the Gogebic Range Trail Authority drew hundreds of people and thousands of dollars. Held at Ironwood's Aurora Club, the event for the 51-year-old organization resulted with attendees sprawled between two large gathering rooms. The evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a dinner, awards, raffles and music rounding out the evening. GRTA President Jerry...

  • Muk UP ski race draws competitors of all ages

    Mar 14, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER TOWNSHIP - This year's mild winter resulted with more grass than snow on Saturday, but skiers still threw plenty of powder as they competed in the annual Muk UP at Black River Basin. Snowmaking at the Snowriver Mountain Resort site made it possible for the fundraising event for Team Z to proceed as usual with a crowd of supportive spectators at the bottom of the hill. "The snow is great here right now," said Dan Tregembo, director of Team Z, a...

  • Native American consultant brings joy to Watersmeet

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WATERSMEET - When Ricky White interacts with kids at the Watersmeet Township School, it's like an exercise in glee. They flock to him like groupies, engaging in high-fives, group hugs, and lots of smiles and laughs. "If I wanted to feel like a rock star with kids jumping all over me, that would be the place I'd go every day," he told The Globe. White is a Native American consultant, and for more than a year, he's been regularly visiting the school to work...

  • Annual bowling event raises money for kids' mentoring

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Local kids who benefit from mentoring received a boost last Saturday from the 22nd annual Gogebic Range Bowling for Kids' Sake. The 5-hour event, which was a fundraiser for the Brothers and Sisters of the Western Upper Peninsula, was held at Big Shots Sports Bar and Grill in Ironwood. Individuals and teams of four to eight people, or more, registered to help raise funds for the BBBS mentoring program. Prizes and drawings were included, and...

  • Wolff takes lead in Iron County Board's budget reconciliation process

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY - Iron County Board Member Kurt Wolff reported to fellow members on Tuesday evening that he will make formal recommendations on the 2024-25 budget at the board's March meeting. He requested that members submit any concerns they have to him as quickly as possible. Wolff, who represents the town of Sherman on the board, is the lead coordinator in working toward budget reconciliation for the pending new fiscal year. One of his first objectives was to...

  • Bessemer housing construction may start this summer

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER - A Bessemer housing project that has been years in the making is inching toward the possible start of construction this summer. Although not on the agenda, the pending project was discussed during the public comment session of Monday's Bessemer City Council meeting. Project Developer Chad Bucknell specifically informed the city that he is requesting a tax-exempt status for the pending complex south of the Iron Belle Trail, between South Moore...

  • Grateful Dead tribute band draws fervent audience

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - High-velocity nostalgia filled the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Saturday night as a Grateful Dead tribute band performed to the delight of the audience. Another One, a 6-member Milwaukee band, offered more than 3 hours of some of the band's greatest hits. Patrick Van Bibber and Isaac Young led the pack as singers and guitarists, and drummers Matt Liban and Jack Reed formed the rhythm section. Keyboardist Dan Buda and bass player Jordan Kroeger...

  • Midwest Telefest draws hundreds to Big Powderhorn

    Feb 15, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Several hundred people gathered last weekend for the 34th annual Midwest Telefest at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Ironwood Township. The three-day event normally takes place at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area in Ontonagon, but it was moved this year due to inadequate snow at that site, which relies only on Mother Nature. Race Director Peter Werts of Madison, Wisconsin, said he expects the event to return to Ontonagon next year....

  • Cat show

    Feb 8, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - The Cat Clowder, a gathering of sno-cats and similar vehicles built to move through and on deep snow, celebrated it's 10th year gathering at Powderhorn this past weekend. More than 30 vehicles made the trip up to Big Powderhorn Resort for the celebration of all things sno-cat. Big Powderhorn general manager Bruce Noren said the clowder is a highly anticipated event each year, as it draws people from across the country. "We had some come...

  • Herbert George Levin

    Jan 4, 2024

    OSPREY, Fla. - Herbert George Levin passed away on Dec. 27, 2023 at his home in Osprey, Florida, at the age of 58. Herb "Doc" was born on March 25, 1965, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Herbert and Georgia (Kaysner) Levin. He spent his early childhood years growing up in "The Soo" surrounded by family including his beloved grandparents. His summers were spent on the water at lakes near Curtis and visiting his cousins at Crystal Lake, Michigan. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed boating, water... Full story

  • Kennedy in Hurley

    Larry Holcombe|Nov 22, 2023

    HURLEY - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 60 years ago today on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. The 35th president of the United States was shot as he rode through downtown Dallas on what was essentially an early campaign trip for the coming 1964 election, looking to shore up his southern support. A little more than three and a half years before, Kennedy, then a young U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, was running for president and made a campaign stop in downtown Hurley on March 17, 1960. A... Full story

  • Final resting place

    Larry Holcombe|Nov 9, 2023

    HONOLULU - U.S. Navy Ensign William M. Finnegan, a Bessemer native who died in the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was finally laid to rest on Sept. 7 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. He was among the 429 sailors aboard the USS Oklahoma who were killed that day, but also among the 388 of those who were left unaccounted for, according to a release from the Bureau of Navy Personnel. The remains of the 388 unidentified personnel were first interred as... Full story

  • Globe names new publisher

    Sep 28, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD – Globe Publisher Sue Mizell is retiring this week, ending 34 years in the newspaper industry. She's stepping down on Friday after 11 years with the newspaper in Ironwood. "We have enjoyed our long-lasting relationship with Sue and wish her the best in her retirement," said Gary Stevenson, of Stevenson Newspapers, the Sheridan, Wyoming-based owner of The Globe. "We are happy to announce we are keeping the paper in capable local hands with t...

  • Joanne K. Anderson Magdziak

    Sep 14, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joanne K. Anderson Magdziak, 86, a longtime resident of Ironwood, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, unexpectedly in her home. Joanne was born in Ironwood, on Nov. 7, 1936, to Carl E. Anderson and Lily Iris (Paull) Anderson. Joanne graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1954. Following graduation she went to Detroit where she was employed as a typist by General Motors Corp. She returned to Ironwood in December 1955 and began working at the Ironwood Daily Globe as a tel... Full story

  • Ontonagon Labor Day festival, parade draws thousands

    Sep 7, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] ONTONAGON - The 67th annual Labor Day celebration took place this past weekend with three days of activities starting on Friday with a community picnic and ending on Sunday with a parade, a concert by Marty's Goldenaires and a communityfest that stretched into the evening. Temperatures in the 90s helped to heat up the fun. "When you have a town of 1,300 to 1,400, and 3,000 people show up, that's saying something," said Bill Burrows, a member of the...

  • Hubert John Mewbourn

    Jul 27, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Hubert John Mewbourn, 68, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. John was born on Feb. 10, 1955, in Ironwood, a son of Herbert and Kathleen (Kraynak) Mewbourn. He attended Luther L. Wright High School and graduated in 1974. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. After boot camp in Orlando, Florida, John married his high school sweetheart, Rita Jean Wuorinen, on Aug. 31,... Full story

  • Ironwood celebrates Memorial Building's 100th anniversary

    Jul 13, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood marked the 100th anniversary of its Memorial Building Friday evening with the taking of a photo - a mass photo of everyone who came to a brief program held in front of the grand structure on the corner of McLeod Avenue and Marquette Street. The idea was to re-create a photo taken on Aug. 27, 1923, at the dedication of the building. That photo coincided with a state convention of the American Legion. Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran...

  • Bessemer to supply water for Wakefield, GRWA

    May 4, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] GOGEBIC COUNTY — A meeting of the minds on Tuesday resulted in the unprecedented decision to facilitate the temporary transfer of water from the city of Bessemer to surrounding communities that have been under a water boil advisory for more than a week. The city of Wakefield traditionally supplies water — via the Gogebic Range Water Authority — to Wakefield city and township, Bessemer Township and Ironwood Township. However, on April 26, Wakefield city officials began issuing regular advisories for GRWA...

  • Ontonagon, Gogebic counties assess flood damage

    Apr 27, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] After melting snow and a recent blizzard created multiple floods throughout the region, emergency declarations issued by the state have grown in the past week from three to eight counties in the western U.P. That’s the word from Heidi DeRosso, Gogebic County 911/emergency coordinator, who is working with a state emergency coordinator and other regional officials. The counties include Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga, Alger, Dickinson, Iron and Marquette. Lt. Jeffery Yonker, first district c...

  • Lou Crosby

    Apr 6, 2023

    VERONA, Wis. - Lou Crosby, 87, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids and Montreal, died peacefully from natural causes on March 19, 2023, at her home in Verona. Born Sept. 20, 1935, in Dixon, Illinois, the former Lou Anne Wadsworth was the daughter of Les and Amy (Ackert) Wadsworth. After her family moved to Evanston, Illinois, in 1950, she graduated from Evanston Township High School and married Wayne P. Hochmuth in December 1952. Throughout her life, Lou was a woman who embraced what came her way with... Full story

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