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  • Ironwood celebrates 2024 graduation

    May 30, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD- The Ironwood Area Schools celebrated their 134th commencement ceremony on Friday. The ceremony began with the processional, accompanied by music performed by the high school band. K-12 principal Melissa Nigh welcomed the audience to the ceremony and congratulated the students for their accomplishments. She spoke about how this year's senior prank was one to remember, as the school was glitter bombed by the seniors. Following the welcome, s...

  • Hurley honors the fallen with Memorial Day ceremony

    May 30, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY – The 2024 Hurley Memorial Day service drew a crowd to the city's Saint Mary's Cemetery, as residents, friends and families gathered to celebrate those who have laid down their lives in defense of America and its freedoms. The ceremony began with a welcome from Larry Youngs, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), who spoke briefly, recognizing all those who have given their lives during their service, and thanking attendees for being present in their memory....

  • GCC hears about Xcel grant projects

    May 30, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees met on Tuesday for their monthly meeting. The board listened to the Xcel Energy Grant student project presentations, and held their first reading of policy updates 601-607 regarding faculty employment. The board heard about several projects that were performed under the grant’s funding, including continued research on arachnids, work with miniaturized computer systems called Raspberry Pi, and studies in microbiology, amongst others. Biology instr...

  • Bessemer City Council approves 2024 operating millage

    May 30, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council approved on Tuesday a total millage of 18.2719 to be levied on July 1. It includes an operational millage of 17.2765 and a millage of .9954 for the Bessemer Public Library. This represents no change since 2023 and accounts for a 1.0 Headlee Rollback. On the related 2024 Tax Rate Request form, the taxable value of all properties in the city as of May 28 was just over $40 million, or specifically, $40,018,664. Council members also: —Approved the placement of del...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hurley City Council reviews 2023 audit

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — In a special meeting on Tuesday, members of the Hurley City Council reviewed an audit for the year ending 2023. The report was issued by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, known as CLA and based in Minneapolis. Mayor Joanne Bruneau said after the meeting that she is not sure when the council will approve it. The report noted that the city had $2.2 million in revenues, which was $90,000 beyond budget predictions. However, the city also had $2.7 million in expenses, which was over budget by $246,000 d...

  • Bessemer honors Memorial Day at Hillcrest Cemetery

    May 30, 2024

    By Damiian Lang [email protected] BESSEMER — A beautiful, sunny morning at Hillcrest Cemetery was the setting for a Memorial Day Ceremony in Bessemer. Hosting the ceremony were the Bessemer VFW Post 3673 and American Legion Post 27. VFW Vice Commander William McDonald and American Legion Commander Donna Frello shared the platform with other key participants, including Bessemer Mayor Peter Tacconelli. Master of Ceremonies John Frello, the Gogebic County Veterans Affairs officer, welcomed the approximately 150 veterans and civilians in a...

  • Gogebic County to hire caseworker to aid indigents

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved on May 22 the hiring of a caseworker to help process indigent residents in need of services in this county. County administrator Juliane Giackino said that Joel Massie, the local administrator for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, will hire the new employee. The expected terms for the new hiree will be 20 hours per week at $30 per hour, said Giackino. Giackino told commissioners that the person hired will pose no cost to the c...

  • Hurley honors class of 2024

    May 30, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley High School held their graduation on Saturday, as the community gathered to celebrate the students who have reached a milestone in their education. The music at the graduation was provided by the Hurley Hight School band, choir and Silver Express, and included performances in between sections of the ceremony. The ceremony began with a welcome by School Board President Leslie Kolesar, who spoke about the importance of paying it forward. “Many of you know what your steps will be, but the...

  • 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...

  • AD Johnston High School presents 26 diplomas

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] BESSEMER - Twenty-six students graduated from A.D. Johnston High School during a commencement ceremony on May 24. Held in the high school gym, the ceremony included words of wisdom from top students and officials, along with a presentation of a flower from each student to a loved one. "Embrace every second," said Nicholas Heikkila, 7-12 dean of students and administrative athletic director, in his welcome. He also told students to "be useful" and...

  • Mercer offers six diplomas, plus scholarships

    May 30, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MERCER - Six new graduates of Mercer High School not only received their diplomas Sunday, but also nearly $70,000 in scholarships from their local community. The financial support tied in with a message from guest speaker Sandy Karpen, who teaches 7-12 Business and 9-12 English at the school. "Have you ever heard the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child'?" asked Harden. She said it's her favorite response when people ask what a small school can offer. Harden said that students' families and...

  • 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...

  • Ironwood observes Memorial Day at cemetery

    May 30, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Memorial Day is a big weekend, as Ross Solberg pointed out to a crowd at Ironwood's annual observance Monday. It's a time for graduation celebrations, an extended weekend, and the unofficial changeover from spring to summer, or as he said for Yoopers, "Many times, it signifies the end of winter and the beginning of summer." The reason for Memorial Day is much more significant for Solberg, the guest speaker at Ironwood's service Monday, and...

  • Mahler to retire as Marenisco Township supervisor

    May 23, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] MARENISCO TOWNSHIP — After nearly four years as Marenisco Township’s supervisor, Bruce Mahler has announced that he plans to retire as of the November election. “It’s time for me to do other things,” said Mahler, who also served as the township’s police chief for 17 prior years. Mahler also owns 5 Sons Brewing in Marenisco. “I’m not going anywhere,” he told The Globe on Tuesday. But he added that his pending retirement will give him more freedom. “Now, if I decide to go on a golf trip for a mon...

  • 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...

  • Hurley School Board grants 5% wage hike, elects officers

    May 23, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley School Board on Monday approved a 5% increase in wages for all staff, effective immediately. Genisot said that is higher than the union-stated Consumer Price Index of 4.16%. According to Investopedia, CPI is defined as “a measure of the average change over time in prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.” Genisot said the raises will cost the district $150,500 in the next fiscal budget year, which begins on July 1. As part of its annual r...

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    May 23, 2024

  • Ironwood school approves call for bids on bus garage

    May 23, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - At a Monday meeting of the Ironwood Area Schools Board of Education, members discussed the bus garage project and pitched some ideas for the future. "We have been working for the last couple of months on updating the bus garage," said Superintendent Travis Powell, "and we noticed that the main door would need some attention." Powell said that bus bay doors need to be changed into double doors, so that they fully close and allow clear access to...

  • 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...

  • Bessemer Public Library plans for summertime

    May 23, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer Public Library is preparing for a summer of fun, continuing with the “Adventure Begins at your Library” theme that many have adopted this year. Library director Melissa Lupino said that her staff has been working hard to schedule activities to draw kids into the library to have fun all summer long. “Programs will begin Saturday, June 8,” said Lupino, “We are having our summer kick-off party, and people can come and get signed up for the reading program. We will have art projects...

  • Mercer library prepares for summer of fun, games, reading

    May 23, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] MERCER — The Mercer Public Library is preparing for an exciting summer, according to Library Director Teresa Schmidt. “We have a lot planned,” she said, “as we always do at the Mercer Library.” From June 20 through mid-August, the library will offer children’s programming, ranging from nature programs to touring theater groups. “We are going to have weekly fun things happening for kids, most of which will be happening on Thursdays, maybe Fridays,” said Schmidt. The library also will offer programming...

  • Honor Flight Meal

    May 23, 2024

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