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  • Wakefield honors Memorial Day at Lakeside Cemetery

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD - A Memorial Day service in Wakefield drew a crowd of people to Lakeside Cemetery. The service began with a presentation of colors by a combined Honor Guard from VFW Post 9084 and American Legion Post 11, both in Wakefield. VFW Commander and Emcee Ryan Geesey led the Pledge of Allegiance, and American Legion Chaplain Michael Salli provided the invocation. Commander Mike Franklin, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), told his audience that many people...

  • Wakefield notes adjustments in Phase 1 Water Project

    May 30, 2024

    By Damiian Lang [email protected] Wakefield City Council members approved on Tuesday an amount not to exceed $100,000 for curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements. The action is contingent upon Project Engineer Chris Holmes of U.P. Engineers and Architects submitting a formal change order. In a related background report, City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said the project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has undergone ongoing changes since planning began in 2019. Tuesday’s council action was in response to yet another unexpected d...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco graduates 18 students

    May 30, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Spirits were high at a May 24 commencement ceremony at the Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School. Eighteen students graduated from high school that night after hearing several speeches as part of the traditional program. "First, take a deep breath, relax, and allow yourself to truly soak in this achievement," said Superintendent Jason Gustafson in his welcome. Gustafson told students that they may question their purpose and preparation and how they c...

  • Marenisco Township honors fallen on Memorial Day

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP - A balmy day provided the basis for a Memorial Day service at the Marenisco Township Cemetery. Acting as emcee, John Zorich began the program by leading the public in "The Pledge of Allegiance." He is the commander of American Legion Post 523. Zorich also thanked attendees, adding, "I believe I speak for all veterans in saying it means so much to us." "More than 1 million men and women have been lost since the American...

  • John Richard Kahila

    May 30, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - John Richard Kahila, 77, of Wakefield, Michigan, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood. John was born on April 3, 1947, in Bessemer Township, the son of Kauno and Evelyn June (Grenfell) Kahila. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1965. John completed a 32-week manpower development and training course at Michigan Technological University in Houghton and earned a certificate as a head sawyer. John enlisted... Full story

  • Tomas Santos

    May 30, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Tomas Santos, age 96, of Ironwood, Michigan, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Visitation for Tomas will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Father Brian Gerber officiating at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood with military honors conducted. The... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    May 30, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, May 30 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. Al... Full story

  • Ironwood memorial service honors UP's fallen officers

    May 23, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - A memorial service for regional residents who died in the line of duty while employed in law enforcement was held in Ironwood on May 15. The annual U.P. Peace Officers' Memorial Service took place in the Lindquist Center of Gogebic Community College. The event honored officers of the U.P., as well as of border agencies in Wisconsin and Canada. Keynote speaker was Tiffany Romans, sister-in-law of Ervin Romans II, who died at the age of 43...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco School approves new reading curriculum

    May 23, 2024

    WAKEFIELD — Members of the Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education approved a new elementary school reading curriculum on May 20. “The elementary teachers have spent a great deal of time reviewing potential curriculum for students in grades K-6,” said Superintendent Jason Gustafson. “They have chosen ‘Into Reading’ as what they would like to go with.” The curriculum is a blend of online and print and encompasses writing, as well as phonics. Gustafson obtained a grant for $33,286 to help cover the cost of the curriculum. The board also learned th...

  • Thomas J. Dersnah

    May 23, 2024

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Thomas J. Dersnah, 73, of Bruce Crossing, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at his home. He was born on June 1, 1950, in Wakefield, a son of Stanley L. and Marjorie E. (Elsner) Dersnah. Tom married the love of his life, Roxane Berger, in Wausau, Wisconsin. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Tom was an over-the-road truck driver for his entire working career. He retired in 2013. Tom is s... Full story

  • 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

  • Area D-3 athletes advance to UP Finals

    May 23, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] LAKE LINDEN --- The Bessemer Speedboys 4x100 relay team already broke its school record this season and it got an unexpected one here Monday - the best time ever at Lake Linden's Werner Field (45.79 seconds). Bessemer continued their strong performance in the event at Monday's MHSAA Division 3 regional track-and-field meet where the top four finishers in the individual events and the top two relay teams qualified for the U.P. Finals, set for June 1 in...

  • Wakefield hires professional help for DWSRF project

    May 16, 2024

    By D. LANG [email protected] The Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to retain professional services in relation to $350,000 that the city received last fall in grant and loan funds for the city’s water project. In October of 2023, Wakefield was informed that it would be granted a $175,000 loan and a $175,000 grant from the Lead Service Line Replacement Program of the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. “State law requires municipal entities that receive funds from the (DWSRF), which are in the form of bonds, to retai...

  • Nancy Lee Gutowski

    May 16, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Nancy Lee Gutowski, 87, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, in Ironwood, with her loving family at her side. The former Nancy Buehler was born April 29, 1937, in Chelsea, Michigan, a daughter of the late William C. and Leona G. (Culhane) Buehler. On May 13, 1956, Nancy married the love of her life, Donald Wayne Gutowski, in Angola, Indiana. They were blessed with four children. Donald preceded her in death on Feb. 26,... Full story

  • Richard A. 'Dick' Pikka

    May 16, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Richard A. "Dick" Pikka, 72, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at the Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Dick was born on Feb. 29, 1952, in Wakefield, a son of the late Herbert Tauno and Betty Irene (Stonelake) Pikka. He grew up on a hillside farm with his parents and brother, Dave. Dick attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1970. During the winter months, he was employed as a lift operato... Full story

  • David Daniel DeVowe

    May 16, 2024

    BUFFALO, Minn. - David Daniel DeVowe, 61, of Buffalo, Minnesota, the son of Jon David and Leona A. (Kananen) DeVowe, formerly of Bergland, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a long illness with cancer. David is survived by his father, Jon David; his stepmother, Ann; three sisters, Debra (Wally) Rankin, Lori (Mark) Niemi and Cathy (Larry) Moses; and several children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, a niece and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona, on... Full story

  • 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...

  • Dorothy Anne Kusz

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dorothy "Dots" Anne Kusz, 96, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, with her family at her side. Dorothy was born on March 21, 1928, in Ironwood, a daughter of Clinton and Teresa Hagelin. On Nov. 18, 1948, Dorothy married John Kusz Sr. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ironwood. The late Rev. Frank Ronkowski officiated. Dorothy loved her family gatherings. Doors were always open and everyone was welcome. She was... Full story

  • 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

  • Speedboys second at Ashland

    May 9, 2024

    ASHLAND, Wis. — The Bessemer boys finished runner-up to host Ashland at the 13-team Welker Invitational Monday. Ashland also won the girls event with Ironwood third and Mercer fourth. It was much cooler at the meet, which was held not far from Lake Superior, than it was in the Ironwood area Monday. The Bessemer boys took first in several events — Tommy Trudgeon in the 200 dash, Alvin Holst-Larsen in the high jump and Neal Rand in the discus. Ironwood’s Talon Hughes was fastest in the 100 hurdles. The Speedgirls’ Emily Johnston placed first i...

  • Nancy 'Sue' Hoeft

    May 9, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - A memorial service remembering Nancy "Sue" Hoeft, 86, of Bessemer, who died on Jan. 7, 2024, will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9 a.m., at the Cornerstone Church, N10344 Mill St., in Ramsay, with the Rev. Todd Winkler and the Rev. Roy Speck officiating. A luncheon will be served at the fellowship hall immediately following the service. A committal service and interment will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer. Jerald Rocco, owner... Full story

  • Copperwood site manager provides update

    May 2, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — A slideshow update on the Copperwood Project was provided last week to the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners. Mike Foley, site manager for the project in Wakefield and Ironwood townships, provided the presentation at the board’s April 24 meeting. The now fully permitted Copperwood Project — which is predicted to produce 300 construction jobs and 380 mining jobs — is under the umbrella of Highland Copper, a Canadian junior mining company. “In the past, mining companies just kind of came a...

  • Holcombe to retire from Globe

    May 2, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - The newspaper business takes you places. A triple overtime thriller. A veterans honor flight. Inside an ESPN commercial. Managing Editor Larry Holcombe is retiring this week 30 years after his start with The Globe. He began in the news department, became sports editor in the summer of 1996 and eventually returned as managing editor after a short stint doing the same job in Houghton. Holcombe worked through many changes in the industry, most of... Full story

  • 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

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