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  • Gloria L. Maniaci

    Feb 16, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Gloria L. Maniaci, 90, of Hurley, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. Gloria was born on July 28, 1932, in Ironwood, Michigan, a daughter of Alphonse and Lauraine (Catori) Giannunzio. She attended St. Mary's School in Hurley and graduated in 1949 from the Hurley High School. Gloria was a proud cheerleader for the 1949 Hurley Midgets State Basketball Championship team. After graduation, Gloria worked as a secretary at the Montreal Mining office. After a few years, she decided s... Full story

  • Larry Gulan

    Sep 25, 2021

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Larry Gulan, 84, of Ironwood, passed away in his sleep, as he wanted, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Larry was born on May 3, 1937, a son of Anton and Leone Gulan. On May 16, 1964, he was married to Sally Jakeway, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ironwood. He was a dedicated husband and enjoyed his life with Sally. They were married for 41 years. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2005. Larry graduated from J.E. Murphy High School, in Hurley, Wisconsin, in 1955, then... Full story

  • Esther Maki

    Apr 20, 2021

    ERWIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Lord has mercifully and peacefully guided Esther Maki, 89, into Heaven on April 14, 2021, taking her from her beloved home. Esther was born Aug. 18, 1931, the daughter of Bert and Cisera Canalia, who immigrated from Italy. She lived her childhood on the family farm in Kimball, Wisconsin, where she had fond memories. There was support and friendship from her family and neighbors. Her parents purchased a farm in Hurley, Wisconsin, and moved the family. She graduated... Full story

  • John Edwin Smith

    Nov 4, 2020

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - John Edwin Smith, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2020. He is survived by his two daughters, Jayme and Joy Smith; one brother, Robert (Susan) Smith of Corpus Christ, Texas; and one sister Carol (Dan) Niemi of Ironwood; one brother-in-law, Richard "Dutchie" (Jean) Valesano; and one sister-in-law, Anita (Valesano) and Douglas Zychowski; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Ed and Mildred Smith; two sisters, Marlene... Full story

  • Raymond 'Ray' Kuula

    Aug 20, 2020

    DULUTH, Minn. - Raymond "Ray" Kuula, 87, of Ironwood, passed away Aug. 16, 2020 at Essentia St. Mary's Duluth from respiratory failure due to complications of Parkinson's, of which Ray used his Sisu to deal with over the last several years. Ray was born June 17, 1933 at Grandview Hospital in Ironwood to Verner and Mildred (Hautala) Kuula. He was raised with his brothers in Oma Township near the Gile Flowage. Ray met the love of his life, Kay, when they both worked for S.S. Kresge store in downto... Full story

  • Mary Loreti-Sears

    Jan 11, 2020

    SAXON, Wis. - Mary (Loreti) Sears passed away peacefully at Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood, Mich., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Despite all the physical problems Mary dealt with throughout her life, she never lost her fighting spirit and sense of humor. She loved to make people laugh. To know Mary was to know she was unapologetically herself. Mary was born in Ironwood on Sept. 4, 1955, to Alessio and Frances (Champagne) Loreti. She graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley in 1973 and then... Full story

  • Hurley Northstars

    Jun 6, 2019

    By BRYAN HELLIOS [email protected] HURLEY — Hurley K-12 School students and staff voted on Wednesday and chose Northstars as their new mascot to represent the school. The school originally planed to announce the new mascot at an upcoming school board meeting, but Kevin Genisot, district administrator at Hurley, said he wants the process to be transparent. “Here is what will be presented to the board on June 17, it doesn’t mean we have changed yet,” he said. “We need board approval for that.” Nearly 79%, or 500 out of 636 students an...

  • Hurley board sticks with mascot change

    Feb 19, 2019

    By RICHARD JENKINS and BRYAN HELLIOS [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley School Board acknowledged mistakes had been made in the process, but voted Monday to proceed with plans to change the district’s mascot from the Midgets. “We certainly made some missteps along the way, and for that we truly apologize,” School Board President Joe Simonich said. He explained the process began with a desire for a discussion about the mascot, but when those efforts failed, the board felt it was best to...

  • Hurley School Board issues statement after voting to discontinue Midget mascot

    Jan 23, 2019

    HURLEY — On Monday evening, the Hurley School District School Board unanimously voted to discontinue the use of the high school’s Midget mascot at the end of the 2018-19 school year. School board president Joe Simonich said there had been a lot of opinions shared about the possibility of changing the mascot. Some had shared the use of the term “midget” was derogatory, while others felt the school’s mascot was a focus of pride in their school. The board had previously voted to place a question on the ballot pertaining to whether the use of th...

  • New year, new mascot

    Jan 22, 2019

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY — Midgets no more. The Hurley School Board voted Monday evening to remove the Midgets as the school mascot and directed the administration to rebrand the school by the beginning of next school year. The board had decided a few months ago to place a binding referendum on the April ballot, but that won’t happen now. School board president Joe Simonich began the discussion saying Tuesday (today) was the last day to remove something from the ballot and wondered if the board shouldn’t discu...

  • Midgets Turn Here

    Oct 18, 2018

  • Joseph Frank Cayer

    Oct 17, 2018

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joseph Frank Cayer, 68, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Joe was born on June 1, 1950, in Ironwood, son of the late Joseph C. and Waltrude (Schwab) Cayer. Many of Joe's school years were spent living in various places, as his father was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Some of his favorite childhood memories were of living in Fort Riley, Kan. Joe graduated from Hurley (Wis.) High School in 1968. He loved... Full story

  • Midget debate begins in advance of committee

    Ralph Ansami|Sep 22, 2018

    HURLEY - The Hurley School Board's decision Monday to evaluate the school district's Midget mascot has created a social media firestorm. The initial reaction seems to be mostly opposed to changing the name. The school board voted to form a committee and "engage in a transparent process to evaluate the mascot," a statement released Thursday by district administrator Chris Patritto noted. Although school board president Joe Simonich, of Kimball, said the district had been threatened in the past...

  • Midgets rout Suring for second straight win

    Jason Juno|Sep 8, 2018

    SURING, Wis. --- Andy Hamlin ran for five touchdowns as Hurley improved its record to .500 with its second consecutive win, 62-7, at Suring Friday night. The Midgets' offense was operating at an elite level all evening. Hamlin scored touchdowns on five of his nine carries and rushed for a team-best 174 yards. Dakota Haanen rushed eight times for 143 yards, and between them, they averaged 18.6 yards per carry. But Haanen was injured on the last drive the starters played and his status going forwa...

  • Big play Oredockers defeat Midgets

    Jason Juno|Aug 25, 2018

    HURLEY - A one-score deficit might have been no problem. Even having two-touchdowns to make up in the second half would have been manageable. But not three. Especially not the way Ashland got the halftime lead to 24-0. Hurley failed to score on fourth down inside the 5 to pull within a single touchdown and Ashland followed with a 94-yard drive that ended in a touchdown just before the half. Ashland went on to win 38-14 and drop Hurley to 0-2. "That was killer," Hurley coach Scott Erickson said....

  • Red Devils survive defensive battle with Midgets

    Jason Juno|Dec 22, 2017

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - Up by three points in the final seconds, Ironwood coach Pete Lewinski didn't even think about fouling to prevent a 3-point shot attempt by Hurley. The way his defense was playing, he didn't have to. The only shot Hurley could get off was a 2 at the buzzer, as Ironwood played excellent defense on their 3-point shooters. It gave the Red Devils a 36-35 Indianhead Conference victory over their archrivals Thursday night in front of a packed house....

  • 50-point second half lifts Red Devils past Butternut

    Jason Juno|Dec 9, 2017

    IRONWOOD - After scoring just 23 points in the first half, reaching a five-year high on the scoreboard by game's end was about the last thing Ironwood expected Friday night. But a 50-point second half made that a reality. The Devils beat Butternut 73-54, their best offensive output since scoring 75 against Mercer on Dec. 7, 2012. Ironwood was up 23-15 at the half before building a 20-point lead in the second half of the Indianhead Conference matchup, getting to the basket at will. Butternut cut...

  • Midgets' comeback runs out of time

    Jason Juno|Dec 5, 2017

    PORT WING, Wis. - South Shore looked every bit the part of conference favorite in the first half, building a 37-18 lead on Hurley, which looked every bit the part of a team working in new - but dynamic - pieces. In the second half, Hurley showed it may just be a sleeper in the Indianhead Conference, fighting back to within a possession. They ultimately lost 50-48, but they came away with a lot of positives. "I'm just pleased with how the kids bought into not going crazy in the second half,"... Full story

  • Unstoppable: Midgets score 76, rush for 647

    Jason Juno|Oct 21, 2017

    TURTLE LAKE, Wis. --- While the score may have looked like it, Hurley didn't play a basketball game Friday night. Their football season shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Taking their offense to another level, the No. 4-seeded Midgets defeated No. 5 Turtle Lake 76-44 Friday night in a WIAA Division 7 Level 1 playoff game. Hurley compiled a video-game like 647 rushing yards, led by senior fullback Scott Subert's 318, and it was more than enough to offset the Lakers' vaunted passing attack....

  • Midgets clinch 20th straight playoff appearance with win over Gremlins

    Jason Juno|Oct 14, 2017

    HURLEY - Sure Hurley probably could have made the playoffs regardless of Friday night's result. But from the opening play of the game, when the Midgets' Isaac DeCarlo ran down and knocked the ball loose from Houghton's running back just short of what looked like a sure touchdown, you got the feeling pretty quickly they weren't going to leave anything to chance. The Midgets clinched a WIAA Division 7 playoff berth with a 22-6 West-PAC win over Houghton. It's their 20th straight trip to the postse...

  • Midgets score 22 unanswered to beat Miners

    Jason Juno|Aug 26, 2017

    HURLEY - For nearly all of the first half, the Hurley-Gogebic game was more than living up to the hype Friday night. The new-look Midgets looked solid, and the Miners, in their first game since Ironwood joined the Bessemer/Wakefield-Marenisco co-op, looked just as tough. Hurley, though, took control of the game with 22 unanswered points, including 14 in a crazy final minute, 22 seconds of the first half. The Midgets won 44-20 in front of a huge crowd. "It's a big win, we put up 44 on a good...

  • Croci-Steiger claim fifth Quarterback Club title

    Jul 29, 2017

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY - Golf is a game of numbers. It took four playoff holes for Jack Croci and Tim Steiger to win their fifth Hurley Quarterback Club golf tournament - the 20th annual held Friday at Eagle Bluff Golf Club - outlasting two other teams who also shot 4-under-par 66 for the day. Croci, from Hurley, and Steiger, from Bessemer, were all smiles afterwards as the shadows began to grow across the fairways. "It was a good day," said Croci of their two-man...

  • Hurley boys, Ironwood girls second at Ashland

    May 9, 2017

    ASHLAND, Wis. - The Hurley boys were a close second and the Ironwood girls were runner-up as Ashland swept its home track-and-field invite, the Welker, Monday. A chilly day with a strong wind off Lake Superior only got colder when it clouded up later in the meet. The Midgets finished just eight points behind Ashland, 138-130. Ironwood was fourth with Mercer seventh. Hurley's Isaac DeCarlo won the 100 and 200 dashes and he was first in the long jump. Teammate Kris Bluse was first in the 110...

  • Midgets can't sustain hot-shooting 1st half, Cook boils Hurley for 52

    Jason Juno|Jan 21, 2017

    HURLEY - Hurley scored at Washburn's pace for a half, but they couldn't maintain it for the entire game. And they couldn't stop Trevor Cook. Not that anyone else has been able to either. Cook led the Castle Guards (8-4, 7-3) with 52 points in Friday night's 77-63 Indianhead Conference victory over Hurley (4-9, 4-6). The 6-1 senior didn't get to the hoop all that often, but boy did he put on a shooting clinic, whether from 3 or mid-range, it didn't matter. "We didn't give up a ton of layups to...

  • Midgets outlast Miners

    Jason Juno|Oct 8, 2016

    BESSEMER - Hurley's potent rushing attack was too much for a shorthanded Gogebic Miners squad as the Midgets won the non-conference meeting 42-6 Friday night. The Midgets rushed 55 times for 455 yards and had 21 first downs to five for the Miners as Hurley improved to 8-0 against the Bessemer/Wakefield-Marenisco co-op. "Hurley, they're a good team," Gogebic coach Mark Movrich said. "They've been the program of consistency on the Range for Lord knows how many years. Even had we been 100 percent...

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