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  • Community Calendar

    May 23, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 23 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • Construction design on horizon for Gogebic County Fairgrounds

    May 16, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Reconstruction at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds is moving closer to reality, thanks to action taken at a May 8 meeting of the county’s Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee. Committee members voted to advise engineers and the county’s insurer to collaborate on preparing plans to rebuild a 4-H horse barn, a hay barn and a grandstands structure. All three were lost to fire nearly eight months ago. The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority is the county’s insurer...

  • Ironwood OKs agreement with Veterans Affairs Office

    May 16, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission on Monday adopted a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Gogebic County Council of Veterans Affairs. Effective July 1, the agreement says that the city will provide its traditional proportion of cost to the county’s Veterans Services Office “as budget appropriations allow.” The action was in response to a request from John Frello, the county’s Veterans Services officer, who in turn was responding to the city’s claim earlier this year that s...

  • Community Calendar

    May 16, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 16 Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EDT; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EDT; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EDT; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT. Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vin... Full story

  • Trudgeon breaks 100 dash record, Speedboys win Bracket

    May 16, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] BESSEMER --- Bessemer’s Tommy Trudgeon put his name in one record book Thursday and he’s hoping to rewrite a couple more before his senior season is finished. His time of 11.60 seconds was the fastest 100-meter dash in the history of Bessemer’s Marcy Bracket Invitational. “It was on my radar,” Trudgeon said. “I still got the school record to beat.” The old record was 11.62 seconds, set by South Shore-Washburn’s Brett Bulovsky in 2014. “It’s awesome, I am so happy for him,” Bessemer coach Valerie Aijala...

  • Community Calendar

    May 9, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 9 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • Iron County Board continues Phase 2 of budget reform

    May 2, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Led by its recently elected new leaders, the Iron County Board of Supervisors continued to address Phase 2 of its budget reform at a Tuesday evening workshop session. Larry Youngs, the new board chairman as of the April 16 reorganizational meeting, chaired Tuesday’s session, at which no votes were taken. Kurt Wolff, the new vice chairman, has been leading the budget reconciliation strategy and summarized the current status. Wolff said that, although the 2024 budget appeared balanced on pap...

  • Vietnam vets' annual steak feed draws crowd in Hurley

    May 2, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY - The 33rd annual Steak Feed for Chapter 529 of the Vietnam Veterans of America filled the Iron County Memorial Building Saturday night. The fundraiser for the Gogebic-Iron Range group included a full dinner, along with a performance by Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps of Bessemer and additional live music by the Madd Trappers, a Hurley band. Door prizes and a raffle featuring a 65-inch smart TV also were part of the fun. People also had the...

  • Kenneth 'Ken' Lauri Maki

    May 2, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Ken Maki, a resident of Hurley, and formerly of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2024, at the age of 89. Born on July 9, 1934, in Ironwood, Michigan, Ken lived a long and fulfilling life. Ken's work ethic was instilled on the family farm in North Ironwood, Michigan. After leaving the farm, he became a miner at the Newport Mine in Ironwood and took on other laboring jobs in the area. Upon moving to Kenosha, he dedicated 30 years to American Brass Corporation (later... Full story

  • Dolly Lucille Cook

    May 2, 2024

    IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. - Dolly Lucille Cook, 73, the love of our lives, our "Clerk," if you will, transcended the bonds of Earth to join friends and family that passed before her, into the ages, on Saturday morning, April 27, 2024. She passed in her home, in the care of her family and Arcadia Home Care, after a long battle with dementia and multiple other health problems. Dementia is a crushing disease for the afflicted, family and friends, as well as caregivers, consider giving to the cause of... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    May 2, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 2 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Apr 25, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, April 25 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • $4.1 million awarded to Gile Flowage land project

    Apr 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] GILE, Wis. — Iron County has been awarded a $4.1 million federal grant that will allow the Gile Flowage Land Conservation Project to acquire 1,055 acres of undeveloped property. Eric Peterson, the county’s forestry administrator, told The Globe on Tuesday that he expects most of the funds to be used to purchase desired property from Xcel Energy. He added that any remaining funds would go toward restoration of the land. “It’s primarily scattered land around the east, south and west sides of the Flowage...

  • Louise R. Demasi

    Apr 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Louise R. Demasi, age 78, an Ironwood icon, has departed to be with her Lord and Savior; and parents, Pizza King Joe and Lena; in Heaven on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Westgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ironwood after a short illness. Louise was born on June 15, 1945, in Ironwood, to Joseph and Lena Demasi. She graduated in 1963 from Luther L. Wright High School and left to go to New York to pursue a career. Louise worked as an accountant for Kraft Foods from 1963 to 1980. That is when she came back to Ironwood, t... Full story

  • Janet Rosalind Gheller

    Apr 25, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Janet Rosalind Gheller, 84, Oma resident, peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Hurley after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Janet was born on Sept. 7, 1939, in Oma, to Leo M. Saari and Gertrude (nee Ketola) Saari. Janet was the first of four children. She graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley with the class of 1957. Janet was a talented and aspiring violinist in her youth. As a member of the Gogebic Range Symphonette, she once even performed in... Full story

  • Iron County Board welcomes new members, leaders

    Apr 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — As a result of an April 2 election, four new members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors took their oath of office on Tuesday afternoon. New leadership also was elected. The new members are Mario Loreti of District 2, Hurley Ward 2; Roxanne Lutgen of District 13, Mercer Ward 3; Doug Swartz of District 7, Kimball; and Paul Mullard of District 1, Hurley, Ward 1. A fifth new member — Rick Boes of District 11, Mercer Ward 1 — also was elected but was absent on a preplanned vacation. He filled the...

  • Watersmeet, Marenisco townships question PILT funds

    Apr 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted April 10 to undertake discussions with Watersmeet and Marenisco townships regarding how PILT funds are distributed. The acronym PILT stands for “payment in lieu of taxes,” and representatives of the two townships approached commissioners with their related frustration in what they view as unfair allotments. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, “Payments in Lieu of Taxes are federal payments that help local governm...

  • Dahlbacka, Kasper join Hurley City Council

    Apr 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Two new faces joined the Hurley City Council on Tuesday as members took their oath of office from Clerk/Treasurer Stacey Wiercinski in a reorganizational meeting. Logan Dahlbacka and Joseph Kasper were newly elected on April 2 when the following incumbents were also re-elected: Jamey Francis, Rita Franzoi, Robert Lanctoe and Stephanie Innes. Joanne Bruneau was also re-elected as mayor. Seven persons had run for the six at-large council seats. Former Councilman Joseph Pinardi lost his seat by g...

  • Community Calendar

    Apr 18, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, April 18 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. EDT; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EDT; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EDT; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT. Ironwood St.... Full story

  • 5 votes enough to win Iron County Board seat

    Apr 11, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY - A canvass of the April 2 election in Iron County by the county's Board of Canvass on Monday morning showed no problems, according to county officials. Board members included interim County Clerk Christan Brandt, Deputy Clerk Kathy Brauer and Clara Maki. Besides being the statewide presidential primary, the ballot also offered voters races for many local county, city, town and school board seats. A school bond referendum in Mercer was also...

  • Emma, Bree Besonen named to All-UP team

    Apr 11, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] MARQUETTE --- Ewen-Trout Creek's Bree Besonen joined a pretty exclusive club last week. The eighth grader was named to the All-U.P. Second Team at the 49th annual Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association girls basketball meeting last week. She's believed to be one of just three girls to ever be named to the All-U.P. team as an eighth grader. She knows the other two pretty well - they're her sisters. Elise Besonen made it in 2017 and...

  • Iron County voters turn out to polls

    Larry Holcombe|Apr 4, 2024

    While Mercer voters approved a school bond proposal, several incumbents in various local races across Iron County lost in Tuesday's election. The Mercer School District asked voters to approve a bond proposal to raise $800,000 a year beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, through the 2028-2029 school year for maintaining operations, programs and facilities. The measure passed 455 to 286, or 61% to 39%. A similar proposal failed last year 393-365 (52%-48%). Also in Mercer, Tanner Hiller...

  • Iron County Forestry and Parks report numbers mixed

    P.J. Glisson|Apr 4, 2024

    HURLEY - The 2023 annual report of the Iron County Forestry and Parks Department includes both good and bad news. On one hand, the report summarized, "2023 proved to be a challenging financial year for the ICFD. Declining stumpage prices, lack of consistent pulpwood markets, and continued high inflation caused lower revenues and a higher cost of doing business." On the other hand, the report added, "The department still had another busy year with many recreational users visiting our county parks...

  • Calendar

    Apr 4, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, April 4 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. 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., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story

  • Civic Center to host Gogebic County Fair

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The location for the 2024 Gogebic County Fair has been declared officially as the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in Ironwood. Fair Board members had been optimistic about the change in venue, and the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners also had voted to approve the switch from the county fairgrounds. But Jay Kivisto, manager of the Civic Center, assured on Tuesday that his board of directors also now has made it official. Regarding Fair Board members, he said, “Our Civic Center board met last...

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