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  • Powell serves last meeting as Ironwood Area School's superintendent

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School District is drawing to a close in its search for a new leader, as Superintendent Travis Powell attended his final meeting on Monday. Powell has been with the Ironwood Area Schools for six years and has taken a position as director of instructional services with the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District. After a lengthy search, the school board announced at Monday’s meeting that they approved the hiring committee to enter into final negotiations with sup...

  • Ironwood approves shared bridge contract with Hurley

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood city commissioners approved on Monday a bridge maintenance agreement between the cities of Ironwood and Hurley. Paul Anderson, who serves as city manager and engineer, said that the agreement is for the Norrie Street Bridge that the city shares with Hurley. According to him, the contract will require a 50/50% maintenance and utilities cost share between the two cities. At whatever point the bridge requires replacement, the cities...

  • GCC approves administrative restructuring plan

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved its administrative restructuring plan for the upcoming year and addressed the potential future of its Building Trades program, which has seen declining numbers in recent years. The interim academic restructuring plan comes at the leaving of David Darrow, Vice President of Academic Services, and involves the reassignment of many duties across the administration. "We have quite a...

  • William A. 'Bill' Luoma

    Jun 27, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - William A."Bill" Luoma, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was a lifelong resident of Wakefield. He was born on Dec. 30, 1946, at Grand View Hospital in Bessemer Township, a son of William V. and Anne (Ribich) Luoma. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated with the class of 1965. After graduating from high school, Bill attended Northern Michigan University, earning a bachelor's degree in... Full story

  • Douglas Paul Sobolewski

    Jun 27, 2024

    OMA, Wis. - Douglas Paul Sobolewski passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 18, 2024. Doug was born on May 21, 1967, in Wakefield, Michigan. The son of Sharon Sobolewski, Doug grew up with his three brothers, Bruce, Donald and Jerry; and his sister, Tanya. Doug's family would relocate to Ironwood, where he graduated from Luther L. Wright High School. In 1991, Doug would meet the love of his life, Heidi (Exle) Sobolewski, and the two would marry in 1994. Together, they would ra... Full story

  • Patricia Ann Smith

    Jun 27, 2024

    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Patricia Ann Smith, age 63, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at her home in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her family at her side. Pat was born on June 23, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Donald D. Smith of Eben Junction, Michigan, and Jeanette L Smith (Hatt) of Flint, Michigan. Pat attended Luther L Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, from which she graduated. She married Wayne A. Braun, and they had three beautiful children, Angela... Full story

  • Terry A. (Kapets) VanDamme

    Jun 27, 2024

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Terry A. (Kapets) VanDamme passed away Saturday, June 15, 2024, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, with her daughter, Sara, at her side. She had a short but fierce battle with cancer. Terry was born April 29, 1954, and grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, the daughter of the late Genevieve and Charles Kapets. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1972, and then attended Northern Michigan University, working towards a degree in business. She enjoyed being employed... Full story

  • Jeffrey Bryan Betlewski

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. – Jeffrey Bryan Betlewski, 73, of Ironwood, formerly of Bessemer, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at Aspirus St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Jeffrey was born on March 6, 1951, in Wakefield, a son of Edward and Betty (VanHolla) Betlewski. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1969. He continued his education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1974. Upon graduation at EMU, Jeffrey e... Full story

  • Daniel E. Lane

    Jun 27, 2024

    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Daniel E. Lane, 82, of Sterling Heights, died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2023, after a short illness. He was born on Jan. 22, 1941, in Ironwood. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Saima and Arvo Juutilainen; stepmother, Mary Juutilainen; as well as brothers, Gerald and William Juutilainen and Joseph Brozzo; and sisters, Darlene (Reno) Suliin and Linda (Bill) Marzack; and Roland Zanella. Daniel is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia D. Lane of Ironwood; his... Full story

  • James Ernest Oberst

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - James "Obe" Ernest Oberst, 86, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2024, with his family by his side. James was born on Dec. 18, 1937. He resided at Skyview Nursing Home for the last seven months, where he met many wonderful people who loved him. Prior to that, he resided in his family home for the last 30 years in Ironwood. He was also a resident of Florence, Oregon, for eight years. James was a hard worker. He had many fulfilling jobs as a young man. For... Full story

  • Richard 'Dick' D. Kemplin

    Jun 27, 2024

    MINOCQUA, Wis. — Richard “Dick” D. Kemplin, 94, of Mercer, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua. A celebration of Dick’s life, with family and friends, is being planned. The family has chosen the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood to honor Dick’s legacy of life. To make an online condolence, visit McKevittPatrickFuneralHome.com.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 27, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 27 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

  • Gogebic Range trails open to adventure

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - If you're looking for a bit of adventure, it's hard to go wrong by hitting local ATV trails. Think muddy ruts and fallen trees, along with regular curves, hills and pools of water. Then there is the added interest of meeting another trail traveler, head-on, from the opposite direction. In short, wear your seatbelt. On Monday, Jerry Nezworski - president and trail boss for the Gogebic Range Trail Authority - took representatives of...

  • Jeffery 'Jeff' Hendrickson

    Jun 27, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Jeffery "Jeff" Hendrickson passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. Family, friends and brothers of Local 111 are invited to join us for a casual outdoor celebration of Jeff's life, well lived. Tell a story, spin some vinyl, enjoy some food and raise a glass. The celebration will be held on July 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. at E. 5340 Jackson Road, Ironwood.... Full story

  • Gogebic County joins interlocal materials management unit

    Jun 20, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted on June 12 to enter an interlocal agreement with several other western U.P. counties in relation to materials management. Board Chairman James Lorenson said that the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region will serve as the central planning agency for the interlocal group. No discussion occurred on the decision, but board members had agreed in previous meetings that it made sense to team up with the other counties, which include O...

  • Ground breaks for new Ramsay Post Office

    Jun 20, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] RAMSAY - Construction is now underway in Ramsay toward a new U.S. Post Office. That was the word Tuesday from Josh Barrett of Lang Contractors in Flushing, Mich. "We're the prime contractor for the Post Office for the whole state of Michigan," he said. "And Florida." Ground was broken for the project on June 13. In relation to the base, Barrett said, "We've got everything dug out for the footings and stem walls," adding that stem walls are foundation walls...

  • Gogebic County emergency services prepare for August millage vote

    Jun 20, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Ambulance Committee of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners learned at their June 12 meeting that the county is preparing for an Aug. 6 vote on its ambulance millage. According to James Lorenson, who chairs both the committee and the board, the county now receives 3-part support in ambulance services from Beacon Ambulance Service Inc. in Ironwood; Aspirus MedEvac of Wausau, Wisconsin; and a group of first responders in Watersmeet. “Beacon is interested in a ren...

  • AKC holds national large-pack championship

    Jun 20, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - While many folks were sleeping in on Saturday morning, a flurry of activity was occurring at the park pavilion of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in North Ironwood. Shortly after dawn, dogs were everywhere - specifically elite, purebred, fully qualified beagles - in anticipation of the American Kennel Club's large-pack championship. Butch Saari of North Ironwood, who was one of the local event representatives, said it has been about...

  • 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...

  • District pairings announced for next year

    Jun 20, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- The Ironwood boys basketball team will be staying home in the district tournament, while the girls basketball and volleyball teams ended up with as tough a draw as anybody in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the district pairings and sites this month. The Red Devils move up to Division 3 for all three sports in the 2024-25 school year thanks to a bump in enrollment. The boys basketball team is the host of the D-3 District 65 tournament. It last host...

  • Ironwood City Commission passes $30 million budget

    Jun 13, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission voted Monday evening to approve a budget of nearly $30 million for the fiscal year of 2024-2025. The budget total represents an increase of 57% over the 2023-24 budget of $18.6 million. The action — which included approval of related millage rates and city fees — followed a public hearing that included a budget summary by Paul Linn, city finance director and treasurer. No public comment occurred. “The proposed millages remain exactly the same as last year,...

  • Bessemer City Council sets value on city manager role

    Jun 13, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council voted Monday evening to offer $70,000 to $90,000 to a successful candidate for city manager. The offer would be contingent upon the candidate possessing at least five years of municipal government experience and a bachelor’s degree. According to related statements, the candidate also would receive standard city benefits, including a 2% defined benefit pension; medical, dental and vision insurance; and paid time off. In other news, the council also approved sug...

  • Ironwood library kicks off summer of adventure

    Jun 13, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Carnegie Library has kicked off its summer of fun, with their annual reading program. This year's theme, "Adventure begins at your library," celebrates adventure stories, and the library has a variety of events planned for kids of all ages. The kickoff to the summer reading was held on Tuesday, with kids gathering at the library to meet Smokey the Bear, sign up for events and library cards, and register for the summer reading. B...

  • Ironwood airport votes to change meeting time

    Jun 13, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic-Iron County Airport held its June meeting on Monday. The board voted to change the time that they meet to be at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, a change that came about due to conflicting schedules for several board members. The meeting location will remain at the airport offices at E5560 Airport Road in Ironwood Township. The board also heard a presentation from airport manager Jeremy Busch regarding the goings-on of the airport and how everything was running at this...

  • High scoring all-stars put on a show in Border Bash

    Jun 13, 2024

    By CORTNEY OFSTAD Special to The Globe IRONWOOD - Scoring was not in short supply as more than 400 points were scored between two games during the annual Kiwanis Classic All Star Border Bash on Thursday night at the Lindquist Center at Gogebic Community College. The spectators in attendance got an offensive show during game 1, as the Northern Michigan girls defeated the Northern Wisconsin girls 118-98. According to Russ Maki, event organizer and Kiwanis member, it was a new record for the highes...

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