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  • Great Michigan Read begins here tonight

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Great Michigan Read has begun, and area libraries and educators are gearing up for this year’s book “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” by Angeline Boulley. The Ironwood Carnegie Library, the Wakefield Public Library and the Gogebic Community College are working together to bring activities to both adults and youth alike to celebrate a love of reading. The first event is set for today at 6 p.m. in Room B-21 at GCC. The event will feature a screening of the documentary “Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred J...

  • Bessemer awaits electric school buses

    Mar 28, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer School Board voted March 20 to approve the list of 2024 graduates, and heard a brief update regarding the electric buses that the district is expecting to introduce in the 2024 school year. Kassi Huotari, the district’s business manager, said that the board has officially paid for the buses. “We did pay for the electric buses, that cost us $10,000. They are completed and built now, but we are waiting to take them until after our charger is installed, so sometime during the summe...

  • A fifth division doesn't seem to be coming yet for high school basketball in Michigan

    Mar 28, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] The MHSAA is unlikely to add a fifth basketball division soon. "There were conversations at the AD in-service and sport committee meetings over the fall and winter just to gauge interest, but there aren't any proposals or movement on this," Geoff Kimmerly of the MHSAA told The Globe Tuesday. The smallest schools in the state, like Ewen-Trout Creek and Watersmeet, have longed for a fifth division like neighboring Wisconsin has. It came to a head this...

  • Gogebic County officials address 911, ambulance issues

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners took action on several issues relating to public safety at the most recent March 13 meeting. Commissioners voted to approve a resolution that authorizes the continuation of a surcharge to fund 911 services. “It will take effect on July 1,” said Heidi DeRosso, the county’s Emergency Services/911 coordinator. DeRosso said that the county’s 911 Committee recommended continuing the same charge that is currently in effect. According to the resolutio...

  • Gogebic County OKs multi-county approach to materials management

    Mar 21, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners voted last week to approve a resolution that commits to a multi-county approach to materials management planning. The action followed a report by Commissioner Joseph Bonovetz, who is this county’s representative on the commission for the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region in Hancock. Jerald Wuorenmaa, WUPPDR’s executive director, told county commissioners several months ago of the state-driven movement to upgrade each...

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 21, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 21 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. 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. Ironwood St....

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 14, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 14 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

  • Ottawa National Forest Center offers 'Seventh Fire' exhibit in Watermeet

    Mar 7, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WATERSMEET — A history of the Anishinaabe people is the focus of a traveling exhibit called “The Seventh Fire,” running from March 11-22 at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet. “Anishinaabe” means “the original people” and also refers to the Ojibwe, who compose Watersmeet’s Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The word is pronounced ah-nish-i-NAW-bee. Organizers of the exhibit report that it will include a timeline of the Anishinaabe, as well as “videos that sh...

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 7, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, March 7 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

  • Cardinals end district drought

    Mar 7, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] EWEN --- The last time Wakefield won a district championship in boys basketball, the president was George Bush. The first one. The Cardinals ended a drought dating back to 1992, when consolidation with Marenisco was still more than a decade away, with a 41-37 MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship win over Ironwood Friday night. "That's 32 years we've been waiting for this," W-M coach Pat Libertoski said. "Thirty-two years, man - finally, finally. I'm...

  • Native American consultant brings joy to Watersmeet

    Feb 29, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WATERSMEET - When Ricky White interacts with kids at the Watersmeet Township School, it's like an exercise in glee. They flock to him like groupies, engaging in high-fives, group hugs, and lots of smiles and laughs. "If I wanted to feel like a rock star with kids jumping all over me, that would be the place I'd go every day," he told The Globe. White is a Native American consultant, and for more than a year, he's been regularly visiting the school to work...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 29, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 29 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

  • District 97 preview: Top-seeded Panthers favored in a tough bracket

    Feb 29, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Ewen-Trout Creek is a unanimous favorite among coaches to win next week’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship. They’re the No. 1 seed in the bracket, they’re 8-1 against district opponents, they’re the defending champions and they’re ranked fourth in the U.P. poll with a 16-5 record. “Ewen has to be the favorite,” Ironwood coach Jesse Mackey said, “with that earned No. 1 seed. Very talented team. Those young girls have only gotten stronger and more experienced against the varsity lev...

  • GCC women to host Region 13 final

    Feb 29, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- The Gogebic women’s basketball team needs one win to win a NJCAA Division II Region 13 championship and the game’s at home. The Samsons will host the Region 13 title game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Their opponent was to be determined on Feb. 28 when Dakota College at Bottineau goes to United Tribes for the only Region 13 semifinal. United Tribes went into the semifinal 11-16 while Dakota College at Bottineau was 14-16. United Tribes won the most recent matchup 76-75 on Feb. 21 while Bottineau too...

  • GOISD debuts 'Chalkboard' podcast

    Feb 22, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] EWEN — The Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, based in Ewen, has a new way of informing the public. Its podcast, called “The Chalkboard,” is part of what Alan Tulppo calls the district’s “multifaceted means of sharing news.” As superintendent of GOISD, Tulppo explained the approach in a Feb. 16 interview with The Globe. “We, as the ISD, felt that we’re providing a lot of services and classes that we wanted to raise awareness of with parents and the public,” he said. “We’re using it t...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 22, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 22 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

  • Janet Flinchum Herrick

    Feb 15, 2024

    DENTON, Texas — Janet “Jan” Flinchum Herrick passed away peacefully at her home in Denton, Texas, with her family at her side on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. Janet and her family grew up in Watersmeet, Michigan. She is survived by her son and daughter, Jason and Jessie Valkenaar; her grandchildren, Danielle, Madeline, Tyler and Camryn; her sister, Barbara; nieces Heather Welch Westfall, Ivy Dayter and April Craig; as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty; as well as her sisters, Connie, Linda and Wendy... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 18, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 18 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

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 11, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 11 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

  • Levi Forest Rencontre

    Jan 11, 2024

    DULUTH, Minn. - Levi Forest Rencontre, aged 28, walked on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, at Essentia Health, St. Mary's Medical Center, with his father by his side, after a courageous fight against Ewing's Sarcoma. Levi was born on Sept. 8, 1995, at Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan, to Edward Rencontre and Sandra Maki. Levi lived his early years in Bruce Crossing and later Watersmeet, Michigan, attending the Watersmeet Township School District and later the Ewen Trout Creek School. Levi and... Full story

  • Richard L. 'Rich' Barriger

    Jan 11, 2024

    WATERSMEET, Mich. - Richard L. "Rich" Barriger, 59, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023. Rich was born on March 26, 1964, in Walton, New York, the son of Raymond and Doris (Brown) Barriger Sr. He married his life partner Amy Sorensenon March 3, 2010. Rich, a long time Watersmeet resident, worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He was an employee of Nagel's Lumber Company for more than 20 years, staying on with them even after the mill closed down to help make sure that everything wa... Full story

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