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  • Phase 2 of water treatment project fully grant funded

    Feb 15, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission continued Monday taking steps to improve the city’s utility infrastructure, approving a $11.4 million grant to fully fund Phase 2 of the ongoing water treatment plant project. City Manager Paul Anderson said the grant funds from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy amount to 100% grant. “We remain extremely thankful to EGLE for coming up with this amazing funding and opportunity for us,” said Anderson. Phase 2 will add water...

  • Ironwood Carnegie Library new restroom project continues

    Feb 15, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Carnegie Library is in the middle of renovations, adding a main floor restroom, according to Library Director Lynne Wiercinski. "We are working on staying open as long as we can during construction. We have had to close for a couple days when it wouldn't be safe for patrons to be in the library while they were working," said Wiercinski. She said the project is running well, and the restroom is something that the library officials had been wanting to do for many years. The funds...

  • 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....

  • Muriel Bernice Rostollan

    Feb 15, 2024

    AUBURN, Mich. - Muriel Bernice Rostollan passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, after a short stay at Auburn Fields Assisted Living and Memory Care, Auburn, Michigan. She had just turned 99 years old and had recently celebrated 78 years of marriage with the love of her life, Walter E. Rostollan, who became 100 years old last July. We know she is now in heaven with her Lord and Savior, waiting for his arrival. Muriel Johnson was born in Oulu, Wisconsin, on Jan. 18, 1925, the daughter of Estrid... Full story

  • Jerome William Johnston

    Feb 15, 2024

    LAONA, Wis. - Jerome William Johnston, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Laona. Jerome was born on April 16, 1940, the son of Howard and Germaine (Corcoran) Johnston. Jerome graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, with the class of 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for 11 years. After his stint in the service, Jerome worked with his father running a carpentry business out of their McLeod Avenue shop. He leaves behind his ch... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 15, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 15 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

  • 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...

  • With lack of snow, region turns to ORVing

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] A lack of snow has inspired officials in the tri-county area to allow ORV riding in February. The unusual action has been inspired by fewer than 3 feet of snow during this season — a measly allotment that has allowed trail bases to melt in the face of extended warm spells. Iron and Ontonagon counties have issued formal statements in the past week. “We’re doing the same here,” said Jerry Nezworski, president and trail boss of the Gogebic Range Snowmobile Authority. “Unfortunately, there’s no...

  • Annual La Rosa dinner declared 'very good success'

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - From the moment the public arrived at the annual La Rosa spaghetti dinner this past weekend at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, they encountered enticing aromas, welcoming signs and friendly faces. The major fundraiser took place Saturday and Sunday, bringing dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hungry folks together. "It was a very good success," said Alison Schlag later. "It was a beautiful day. We were very happy with the...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 8, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 8 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. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Klassic Kruisers Car Club, 6:30 p.m., Kimball Community Center. Ironwood Lodge 389 of F.&A... Full story

  • Mary Jean Kusz

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Mary Jean Kusz, "Molly," 93, of Ironwood, passed away on Jan. 22, 2024, at Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood with her family at her side. Mary was born on Nov. 29, 1930, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Laura and Harold Garvey. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood and attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Mary married Walter Kusz at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in July 1952. They spent just shy of 70 years together. She worked as a bookkeeper and... Full story

  • Jean Barbacovi

    Feb 8, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Jean (Pancheri) Barbacovi, 94, of Hurley, formerly a longtime resident of Bessemer, Michigan, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, while residing at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Jean was born on June 19, 1929, in Norway, Michigan, to Emanuel and Josephine (Stevens) Pancheri, and attended school in Norway through high school. After her graduation, the family moved to Bessemer and Jean attended nursing... Full story

  • Bonnie Thayer

    Feb 8, 2024

    WINCHENDON, Mass. - Bonnie Thayer, a beacon of warmth and wisdom, departed from our world on Feb. 3, 2024. Born on March 28, 1945, in Ironwood, Michigan, Bonnie's life was a testament to strength, resilience, and boundless love. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1963. She then received her associate degree from Gogebic Community College in 1965 and her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in 1967. She dedicated her life to education, guiding countless... Full story

  • Barbara Jean Maki

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. – Barbara Jean Maki, 80, a longtime resident of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at her home. Barbara was born on Sept. 28, 1943, in Ironwood, the daughter of the late Conrad and Edith (Berg) Swanson. She attended Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood and graduated in 1961. Barbara had a vivid personality, best described as a blend of wit, stubbornness, humor and care. Among her noteworthy traits were her brilliant cooking skills and a knack for... Full story

  • Jasmine Viola Ramsey

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jasmine Viola Ramsey, 6, of Ironwood, went to her Heavenly home on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family. Jasmine was born on July 13, 2017, to Billy Ramsey and Samantha Baumann in Ironwood. Jasmine had autism but she was capable of showing love. She loved to give her mommy hugs and kisses and her sissy, Savannah. She enjoyed going to kindergarten. Jazzy loved playing with her sissy, she liked playing in water and out in the snow. She also liked to play... Full story

  • Roger Boe Smith

    Feb 8, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Roger Boe Smith, 76, of Bessemer, passed away on Jan. 21, 2024. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on Oct. 5, 1947, to Arnold and Floyce Smith. Roger joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and proudly served in Vietnam, where, despite being wounded and contracting malaria, he safely returned home to Michigan. After returning home, he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Marcia, and together, they embarked on a long and happy life, being married for the next 49 years. He... Full story

  • County officials reach stalemate on fair proposal

    Feb 1, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — A written proposal regarding how to manage a streamlined version of the 2024 Gogebic County Fair met with a dead end at last week’s meeting of the county Board of Commissioners. The county board requested the proposal of its Fair Board because of five buildings that were lost at the Ironwood fairgrounds due to a Sept. 26, 2023, fire and prior demolition. Fair Board member Linda Nelson presented the proposal, which included reduced fair times, confined locations of events, a list of repairs...

  • Norrie Club bonfire brings Jack Frost Festival to close

    Feb 1, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Hearts, minds and bodies of a steady crowd of people were warmed Saturday night as the Norrie Amateur Sports Club offered its 15th annual "'Light Up the Night"' bonfire in Ironwood. The event, which closed out the 2023-2024 Jack Frost Festival, was made possible by the discarding of Christmas trees by local residents. "'I think there were just under 300,"' said Steve Lehto Jr., club president, who added that stacks of unneeded pallets also helpe...

  • Betty Jane Kahila

    Feb 1, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Betty Jane Kahila, 94, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood. Betty was born on Sept. 8, 1929, in Ramsay, a daughter of William and Loretta Mae (Armstrong) Kloppenburg. She attended Wakefield Schools. On July 14, 1945, Betty was united in marriage to Elmer William Kahila in Ironwood. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2005. She was a very active member of the All Saints Lutheran Church in Wakefield and a supporting member of the Ladies... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 1, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 1 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

  • City Commission OKs 911 payment

    Jan 25, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission approved payment Monday for an invoice of $4,536 to Gogebic County 911 for cellphones provided to the Ironwood Public Safety Department. IPSD Sgt. Brandon Snyder, who is also the IPSD fire marshal and on the county’s 911 Committee, told the commission how the state had determined the county’s 911 Committee was wrong when it bought the phones for the department. He said they appealed that decision, but lost at first by one vote and appealed again to the...

  • Dr. Raymond 'Ray' Francis Burchell Jr.

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dr. Raymond "Ray" Francis Burchell, Jr., 85, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Assisted Living Center in Ironwood. The family is sincerely and deeply grateful for the loving, compassionate and excellent care Ray received from Westgate's caregivers and staff. Ray was born on Oct. 24, 1938, son of the late Dr. Raymond and Katherine (Robinson) Burchell. He grew up in Akron, New York, and graduated from Akron High School. R... Full story

  • Scott Michael Peterson

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Scott Michael Peterson, 57, of Ironwood, passed away this week after a short bout with lung cancer. Scott was a lifelong resident of Ironwood. He was born in Wallace, Idaho, on Dec. 2, 1966, the son of Terry Ann Ruby and the late Lawrence "Lee" Peterson. Scott attended the Ironwood Area Schools. Scott worked at Northwoods Rental as an Arctic Cat mechanic for many years. During the last 10 years, he worked as a fabricator and manager for Kaufman Custom Sheet Metal. One of his... Full story

  • John William Johnson III

    Jan 25, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - John William Johnson III, 83, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wisconsin, with his loving family at his side. John was born on June 4, 1940, in Milwaukee, a son of Gladys Clara (Gerlach) and John W. Johnson Jr. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1958. Following graduation, John proudly served his country for three years in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged as a... Full story

  • John Jennings

    Jan 25, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - John Peter Jennings, 62, a resident of Ironwood Township, entered into the presence of His Messiah Jesus on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. John was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was adopted by his parents, Peter and Jean Fox. They moved to Lower Michigan where John spent his childhood. John received his associate degree in police science and became a security guard at the Opryland Hotel. He then chose to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving as a truck driver for his... Full story

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