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  • Penokee Range 4-H Livestock Club holds fundraiser

    Jun 20, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY - Members of the Penokee Range 4-H Livestock Club held their Haymakers and Hotdogs fundraiser this past weekend, with members of the club working together to raise money for their future projects, including improvements to the county fairgrounds. The club spent four hours washing cars and selling hot dogs, according to Chelsea DeRosso and Kristie Dalbeck. This was the fourth annual Haymakers and Hotdogs fundraiser, and the entire club participated...

  • 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...

  • Michael 'Mike' Lawrence Machesky

    Jun 13, 2024

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael "Mike" Lawrence Machesky of Champaign, Illinois, was born on Feb. 25, 1952, in Bessemer, Michigan, and passed on May 21, 2024, in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 72. Michael was a curious and gentle soul who had the rare ability to use humor to share his insights with others. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Born to Shirley and Lawrence Machesky, he spent much of his childhood across the globe, including places as far away as Indonesia. Despite...

  • Now open: local parks offer variety of fun

    Jun 6, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - Something for everyone awaits visitors to the area's many local parks, which are now all open in the tri-county region of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties in Michigan and Iron County in Wisconsin. In addition to playground equipment and an abundance of campgrounds, each park also offers its own unique twist on fun. For instance, Black River Harbor, Little Girl's Point, the Ontonagon Township Park, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State...

  • Iron County moves to Phase 2 on budget reconciliation

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — The Iron County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday Part A of Phase II of the county’s budget reconciliation plan, as presented by board member Kurt Wolff. As lead coordinator of the process, Wolff reminded board members that the county incurred a $2.6 million deficit by dropping carbon credits and stumpage from the 2024 budget. He said that $1,750,000 of the debt has been resolved during the past three months. Wolff added that remaining progress will be possible with further exp...

  • Joyce Elaine Reid

    May 2, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joyce Elaine Reid, age 85, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born on Dec. 29, 1938, in Ironwood, to Emil and Bertha (Kivi) Siirila. She was a graduate of Ironwood's Luther L. Wright High School and spent most of her working years as owner and operator of Joy-C's Café, a beloved downtown Ironwood restaurant enjoyed by many locals and the occasional tourist brave enough to leave the U.S. 2 highway. Throughout the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Harold M. Pospeck

    Apr 4, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Harold M. Pospeck, 77, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Harold was the son of Bernard and Catherine and the brother of wonderful siblings and their spouses: Donald (Marvella), Betty Rigoni (Omar), Connie Figuli (Robert), Gerald (Marlene), Henry (Mary), Laura Modjewski (John), Charlotte Wells (Al), James (Patricia) and Darlene Green (Bob). Henry, Laura, Charlotte and Darlene, and their spouses, along with...

  • Tuesday Election Day in Wisconsin

    Mar 28, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] Tuesday is Election Day in Wisconsin. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only is it the Presidential primary across the state, but there are also local county, city, town and school board seats up for election. There is also a bond proposal in the Mercer School District. While the presidential primary season is all but over because President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former President Donald Trump, a Republican, are the only two candidates left standing before their parties’ conventions t...

  • Iron County board moves to Phase 2 of budget reform

    Mar 28, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday evening to approve Phase 1 recommendations for the 2024 budget. They also voted to establish a new capital fund that will be geared toward the ongoing goal of greater fiscal responsibility. Board Member Kurt Wolff, who has been leading the push for budgetary reform, summarized the results of Phase 1 that he had outlined in greater detail in a recent Finance Committee meeting. He said that, even after meeting with many department h...

  • Wolff offers 6-point plan to reform Iron County's budget

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Finance Committee members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted last week to refer Phase 1 of the county’s budget reconciliation plan to the full board for approval. The action at the March 14 meeting occurred after committee member Kurt Wolff presented the conclusions of Phase 1 to fellow committee members. “We still have about a million and a quarter budget deficit, so we still have a ways to go,” said Wolff regarding the county’s financial status upon completion of Phase 1, during wh...

  • Gogebic County Fair may move to Civic Center this year

    Mar 7, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Pat O’Donnell Civic Center may be the site of this year’s Gogebic County Fair in Ironwood. County Fair Board members voted on Monday evening to have board member Linda Nelson prepare a related proposal to submit to the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners in time for that board’s March 13 meeting. Board member Thomas Hampston opposed the vote, but all others voted aye. Before the vote, Nelson said she already had spoken with Jay Kivisto, Civic Center manager, and said that he and his ass...

  • 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...

  • Gary W. Ellis

    Feb 1, 2024

    SAXON, Wis. - Gary W. Ellis, 88, of Saxon, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Beaver Dam. Gary was born on Aug. 25, 1935, in Ashland, the son of the late Clarence and Hildur (Peterson) Ellis. He was a graduate of Saxon High School. Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent time as an MP in Frankfurt, Germany. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to Saxon to run the family farm which he ran until 1989. After selling the farm, Gary worked a few different jobs in th...

  • Frederick Philip Hedberg

    Jan 11, 2024

    ESCANABA, Mich. - Frederick Philip Hedberg, of Escanaba, went home in the arms of Jesus on Dec. 31, 2023, at age 89, with family by his side. Fred was born to (Swedish) Frederick R. Hedberg and (Finnish) Signe W. Hedberg on March 6, 1934, in Woodstock, Illinois. Fred is survived by his devoted wife, Sheila H. Hedberg (Rice). His three children include, Erick Hedberg, Ellen Frank and Rachel Stone. He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Rebecca Eagle, Breck Frank, Eryk (Abby) Hartmann,...

  • Arthur Philip Baribeau

    Nov 16, 2023

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Arthur Philip Baribeau, 99, formerly of Saxon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at Ashland Health and Rehab with family at his side. Art was born June 8, 1924, in Gurney, to Thomas and Anna (Muhsal) Baribeau. He attended school in Gurney and graduated from Saxon High School. Upon graduation, Art helped his mom run their dairy farm. On Oct. 28, 1946, Art married Marilyn Joyce Sailer. They made their home in Gurney, where they raised their three children, and in...

  • Gogebic Fair Board works toward possible 2024 fair

    Nov 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — Gogebic County Fair Board members discussed Monday how to move toward a 2024 fair that they have been told is cancelled, but that they still hope to resurrect in some fashion. After a Sept. 26 fire destroyed three fairground structures, directly after two others had been demolished, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted on Oct. 11 to close down next year’s fair, along with any other major events, in order to allow for expansive reconstruction and repair plans. Commissioners were met w...

  • Iron County passes 2024 budget, pledges fiscal scrutiny

    Nov 9, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Board of Supervisors passed the county’s 2024 budget on Tuesday evening. Projected expenditures for general government and all other operations total nearly $18 million, with slightly more than $12 million covered by revenues other than property taxes. Hence, the tax levy for 2023 — which will be collected next year — will be $5,656,748. That will result in a 2024 millage rate of $4.32 per every $1,000 of assessed property. Board members Kurt Wolff and Karen Lauer v...

  • 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...

  • Robert E. 'Butch' Rowe

    Sep 14, 2023

    SAXON, Wis. - Robert E. "Butch" Rowe, 83, of Saxon, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 7, 2023. Robert was born on June 24, 1940, at home in Gurney, Wisconsin. The son of the late Lester and Lucille (Lee) Rowe, he was one of seven kids. Robert graduated from Saxon High School in 1958, and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1958 to 1963. He married Sandra Stanlake on Nov. 11, 1959. Robert had many jobs because of growing up on a dairy and potato farm. He was then a cheese...

  • Iron County Fair draws crowds

    Aug 10, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] SAXON, Wis. - The Iron County Fair drew crowds to Saxon last weekend, with people gathering to enjoy fair goodies, live music, demonstrations and shows at the fairgrounds as temperatures reached the 80s. The celebration ran from Thursday through Sunday with a variety of events. Saturday's live music performance by Snake Oil performance was a big draw and part of the busiest day of the fair, with rides open into the evening, a crowd flocked to the field in...

  • Iron County Fair honors Carolyn Alonen

    Aug 10, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] SAXON, WIS. — The Penokee Range 4H Livestock Club annual livestock auction was a somewhat solemn affair this year, as members of the community remembered Carolyn Alonen, a lifelong supporter of the Penokee Range 4H, and long time friend of the fair. Alonen died in 2022, and fair officials honored her memory by naming the livestock show arena in her name. Organizers kicked off the annual livestock auction by auctioning off a quarter of beef to begin a scholarship in her memory. The quarter went through n...

  • William Robert 'Bill' Sivula

    Jun 8, 2023

    WEST BEND, Wis. - William Robert "Bill" Sivula, age 84, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Froedtert West Bend Hospital. Bill was born on Sept. 17, 1948, in Hurley, to Tauno and Vieno (nee Salli) Sivula. Bill enjoyed restoring old tractors, going up to Saxon for the county fair to help out when he could and spending time with family, especially on the yearly camping trip. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Kristine (nee Tijan); beloved children, Valerie (Bob), Christy, Will...

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