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  • Ironwood Committee seeks input in survey

    Jul 11, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — The “2024 Comprehensive Plan Community Survey” remains accessible on the opening page of the city of Ironwood’s website. At Monday evening’s meeting of the Ironwood City Commission, City Manager Paul Anderson and Community Development Director Thomas Bergman urged participation. Bergman later told The Globe that survey participants need not be limited to city residents. Persons who work in Ironwood or simply use its amenities also are welcome to participate. The Survey Monkey opportuni...

  • Fireworks

    Jul 11, 2024

  • Festival Ironwood begins next week

    Jul 11, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — Festival Ironwood is coming up on July 17, and organizers are preparing for four days of food, music and other festival fun. The festival is held at the Historic Ironwood Depot park in downtown Ironwood, and it is a long-standing tradition for the area. From live bands to kids’ fishing, the festival has a little something for everyone. Below is a schedule of major events broken down by day, so you can plan your trip accordingly. For a full list of events, view pages 10 and 11 inside. Wed...

  • Airport board meets Denver Air station manager

    Jul 11, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — Members of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board met the new Denver Air station manager, Logan Olkonen, at their July meeting on Monday. Current station manager Chris Anderson has taken a new position in Phoenix and is currently training Olkonen to fill the role here in Ironwood. Anderson said that he will remain with Denver Air, and in the same capacity, simply at a new location. He added that, if board members have any questions, they are welcome to call him as Olkonen settles in to his r...

  • Fourth of July Fun

    Jul 11, 2024

  • Wakefield celebrates being 'Land of the Free'

    Jul 11, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Celebrating the Fourth of July was a challenge this year in Wakefield due to construction rendering the main street inaccessible. However, the city worked around the issue by simply rerouting its parade along other city streets, making the experience that much more intimate. The core celebration began with a community picnic on July 3 in Sunday Lake's Eddy Park. It included live music, great food, games and other family fun. The Gogebic Range...

  • Adjusted location now target for Bessemer museum

    Jul 11, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council learned Monday evening that the Bessemer Area Historical Society has targeted a different location for a pending new museum. In recent months, the BAHS had considered a site on E. Sellar Street, but complications with real versus perceived plot ownership foiled those plans. Now, Richard Steiger — who is the society’s treasurer — said at Monday’s meeting that BAHS is looking seriously at the corner of Ssophie and Sellar streets as a possible site. Ste...

  • Marenisco Township features many holiday events

    Jul 11, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP - The Fourth of July began on a proper note in Marenisco Township with a delicious pancake breakfast in the town hall. Courtesy of the Marenisco Volunteer Fire Department, it featured original and chocolate chip pancakes, spicy sausage patties, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee. Overall, the small community next to the Presque Isle River managed a big roster of activities, starting on June 29 and continuing through July 6. The...

  • 'Fantastic' Fourth of July for Mercer

    Jul 11, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] MERCER, Wis. — Independence Day is quite the celebration in Mercer, and this year’s nice weather helped it to be even better. Mercer held its annual Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m., with crowds lining up hours in advance to secure a nice spot along the downtown parade route. Parade highlights included the Mercer Area Sno-Goers groomers; fire trucks and ambulances from area units; and various floats from area organizations, businesses and clubs. At 2 p.m. people gathered at Carow Park for food, kid...

  • Ironwood hikes wages for public service officers

    Jul 11, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD — After a closed session at the end of its Monday evening meeting, the Ironwood City Commission unanimously approved a memo of understanding with the city’s public safety officer union. The MOU acknowledges the following wage increases, per hour, effective Aug. 1, for public service officers: New officers with zero to four years of experience will rise from $24.51 to $27.25, while officers with five to nine years of experience will rise from $25.74 to $27.25. Officers with 10 or more yea...

  • LLW kicks off centennial celebration

    Jul 11, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — Luther L Wright K-12 School is kicking off its centennial celebration during Festival Ironwood, and organizers have events planned each day to educate the public about their building’s history. On July 19, the celebration will begin with an opening ceremony in the front of the LLW school at 2:30 p.m. It will feature a welcome by Superintendent Dan Martinson and guest speaker Paul Mattson. Music will be provided by the Ironwood school band. A drone photo is expected to be taken at the end of...

  • Bessemer City Council approves water rate hikes

    Jul 11, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council approved on Monday evening a resolution that allows for the adoption of increased water rates as of Sept. 1, with additional hikes to follow in coming years. The resolution, which facilitates a 40-year bond repayment plan, reads as follows: “Whereas the city of Bessemer, county of Gogebic, state of Michigan, had determined that it is necessary to acquire and construct improvements to the city’s water distribution system, consisting generally of the r...

  • Stephen 'Steve' P. Karasti

    Jul 11, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Stephen "Steve" P. Karasti, 72, was born in Menominee, Michigan to Charles and Adeline (Groleau) Karasti. He passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 27, 2024. He attended catholic schools, graduating from Marinette Catholic Central in 1970. He went on to graduate from Marian College and he began his graduate studies at St. John Provincial Seminary when he chose to pursue other career paths. Steve worked at Menominee Paper, St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette, Michigan, as well...

  • Ramsay throws party to celebrate July 4

    Jul 11, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] RAMSAY — Located next to the Black River, the small community of Ramsay has a strong dose of charm that really came to life on July 2 when it celebrated Independence Day ahead of the actual holiday. Despite being an overcast evening, happy enthusiasm filled the air. As a DJ kept the music rolling, kids were dancing, venders were vending, and people were hanging out on blankets thrown across the grass. “It’s nice to come with family and friends,” said Diana Alexandroni of Ironwood while relaxing in one...

  • Ontonagon celebrates Fourth of July

    Jul 11, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] ONTONAGON COUNTY - Traditionally, Ontonagon County politely waits until the dust has settled from July 4 celebrations in surrounding communities. Hence, the two communities of Bruce Crossing and Greenland did not celebrate Independence Day until two days later on July 6. Bruce Crossing Let's begin with Bruce Crossing, where it was sunny and warm and where friendly folks were happy to share their thoughts. Gus Pietila was sitting in the shade, looking relax...

  • Extended Bessemer Blast ends in fireworks

    Jul 11, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER - As the premier Fourth of July celebration on the Gogebic Range, the Bessemer Blast sets itself up each year for big expectations. And, despite the threat of rain, this year's 9-day bash was no exception in fulfilling them. The revelry came to a grand finale on July 4 with an evening parade, which was also the largest in the region, featuring numerous entries, including floats, classic cars, tractors, kids' sports teams, Cub Scouts, Girl...

  • Watersmeet celebrates July 4 with full roster of fun for kids and adults

    Jul 11, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WATERSMEET TOWNSHIP — The fireworks began early in Watersmeet, scheduled on June 29, well in advance of the July 4 holiday. And the full-scale celebration did not occur until July 5, but it did not disappoint, starting with a vibrant bike and pet parade along the main street. As a children’s parade, it included kids of all ages, from one through teen-age years. Lucy Sypor, 6, of Watersmeet, was raring to go while she sat in her little, purple car with her mom, Amanda, providing encouragement. Asked how...

  • Little Finland celebrates 60 years

    Jul 3, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY - Members of Little Finland have dedicated themselves to preserving local Finnish roots for 60 years. That's the word from Ken Hannula, board president of Little Finland, which is a National Finnish American Festival Cultural Center. To celebrate those 60 years, Little Finland held a gathering on Sunday, complete with live music, good food and tours of the historic structures surrounding the main hall. According to Hannula, Little Finland began at...

  • Night Parade

    Jul 3, 2024

  • Gogebic County commission learns of SNAP changes

    Jul 3, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Gogebic County residents with limited income, including veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, are eligible for additional relief in relation to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known by its acronym of SNAP. Paul Putnam, District 1 director of the Michigan State University Extension Office in Bessemer, shared the news with the county Board of Commissioners on June 26. Putnam said that, as of March 1, most food assistance programs no longer use an asset limit as a contingency o...

  • Iron County board tables action on opioid settlement

    Jul 3, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — Members of the Iron County Board of Commissioners tabled action in relation to what Interim County Clerk Christan Brandt said is a new, national opioid settlement relating to the Kroger Company. They agreed at the June 25 meeting that more information is needed before agreeing to a related resolution. Iron County already has accepted past allocations of opioid settlements. Diane Schmidtke, financial manager in the county’s Human Services Department, said those funds are not in a sep...

  • Bessemer Fun

    Jul 3, 2024

  • Weather favors Bessemer's 35th annual Hometown Run

    Jul 3, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER - The 35th annual Bessemer Hometown Run drew 195 participants on Saturday while managing to avoid rain that had threatened to spoil the day. In the 10K division, Jared Joki, 26, took first among men at 38 minutes, 33 seconds, and Paulette Niemi, 56, took first among women at 50.47. They are both from Ironwood. The 10K route stretched all the way to Harding Road in Bessemer Township. Overall, spirits were high, and family units were in full...

  • Tree of Honor ceremony gets great crowd

    Jul 3, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER - On a beautiful, sunny evening on June 26, folks began gathering with lawn chairs and sat on the sidewalk in front of Bessemer's main street Pocket Park. Then, more and more people arrived, and soon a crowd of some 150 had filled the street. It was a great show of respect in honor of America's military service members. And it also served as the kick-off for the Bessemer Blast, the city's 9-day celebration of the Fourth of July holiday. "I was...

  • Quilts of Valor honors Wakefield's Aaron DeMarte

    Jul 3, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - There's something deeply touching about honoring a veteran of war with a handmade quilt, especially in his hometown, surrounded by family and friends. The particular quilt that was placed Saturday on the shoulders of Sgt. Aaron DeMarte of Wakefield is not just any quilt. It was made by 20 different women from eight different states. Michelle Royal, who organized the related ceremony at VFW Post 9084 in Wakefield, is also a leading member of...

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