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  • 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...

  • Learning opportunities abound: vegetables, flowers, animals galore

    Jul 3, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] MELLEN, Wis. — Goats, chickens, pigs, cows, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, horses — oh my! People of all ages came to Sunshine’s Agriculture Farm Experience on Sunday for Chequamegon Dairy Day near Mellen, Wisconsin. Under a gorgeous, clear blue, sunny sky, farm owners Kendra and Peter Thewis were pleased to host the event. Sunshine’s Agriculture Farm Experience is an educational agritourism mini-farm, owned and operated by Peter and Kendra Thewis. The event was sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin group...

  • Sperhake approved as Wakefield treasurer

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield City Council approved on Monday evening a resolution that acknowledged Patricia Sperhake of Wakefield as the city's treasurer. Council members had appointed Sperhake as deputy treasurer on July 10, 2023. As City Manager Robert Brown Jr. said in a related agenda report, "The council intended to promote Mrs. Sperhake as treasurer after several months of in-house training and attending the Michigan Treasurer's Association training se...

  • Powell serves last meeting as Ironwood Area School's superintendent

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Area School District is drawing to a close in its search for a new leader, as Superintendent Travis Powell attended his final meeting on Monday. Powell has been with the Ironwood Area Schools for six years and has taken a position as director of instructional services with the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District. After a lengthy search, the school board announced at Monday’s meeting that they approved the hiring committee to enter into final negotiations with sup...

  • Ironwood approves shared bridge contract with Hurley

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood city commissioners approved on Monday a bridge maintenance agreement between the cities of Ironwood and Hurley. Paul Anderson, who serves as city manager and engineer, said that the agreement is for the Norrie Street Bridge that the city shares with Hurley. According to him, the contract will require a 50/50% maintenance and utilities cost share between the two cities. At whatever point the bridge requires replacement, the cities...

  • Little Girl's Point

    Jun 27, 2024

  • GCC approves administrative restructuring plan

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved its administrative restructuring plan for the upcoming year and addressed the potential future of its Building Trades program, which has seen declining numbers in recent years. The interim academic restructuring plan comes at the leaving of David Darrow, Vice President of Academic Services, and involves the reassignment of many duties across the administration. "We have quite a...

  • Take your pick of Fourth of July celebrations

    Jun 27, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE — The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and with all of the fun happening in the area, The Globe has rounded up a list of major celebrations, including parades, fireworks and community gatherings on the horizon. Gogebic County Bessemer On Saturday, Bessemer is starting the day with its annual Hometown Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. at Bessemer City Hall. At 1 p.m., a mud run will be held at The Pits on North Moore Street in Bessemer. On Sunday, worship in Bluff Valley Park begins at 9 a.m., a...

  • Duet Bike gets support from Bessemer City Council

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council approved on Monday evening an agreement in which it will serve as the parking host of the Duet Bike outreach. In part due to the Iron Belle Trail running through the city, the Duet Bike Partners requested that the city agree to the responsibility during “bikeable” weather. Council members further offered to help in any other way they can. The Duet Bike allows an able-bodied rider to transport on the same bike a person with disabilities, thereby allowing that perso...

  • Patricia Ann Smith

    Jun 27, 2024

    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Patricia Ann Smith, age 63, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at her home in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her family at her side. Pat was born on June 23, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Donald D. Smith of Eben Junction, Michigan, and Jeanette L Smith (Hatt) of Flint, Michigan. Pat attended Luther L Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, from which she graduated. She married Wayne A. Braun, and they had three beautiful children, Angela...

  • Richard 'Dick' D. Kemplin

    Jun 27, 2024

    MINOCQUA, Wis. — Richard “Dick” D. Kemplin, 94, of Mercer, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua. A celebration of Dick’s life, with family and friends, is being planned. The family has chosen the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood to honor Dick’s legacy of life. To make an online condolence, visit McKevittPatrickFuneralHome.com....

  • Gogebic Range trails open to adventure

    Jun 27, 2024

    By PAMELA JANSSON [email protected] GOGEBIC RANGE - If you're looking for a bit of adventure, it's hard to go wrong by hitting local ATV trails. Think muddy ruts and fallen trees, along with regular curves, hills and pools of water. Then there is the added interest of meeting another trail traveler, head-on, from the opposite direction. In short, wear your seatbelt. On Monday, Jerry Nezworski - president and trail boss for the Gogebic Range Trail Authority - took representatives of...

  • International Watercross Association brings competition to Wakefield

    Jun 27, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Professional racers made waves last weekend as the International Watercross Association brought summer snowmobiling to Sunday Lake for the first time. Taking off like drag racers, participants roared the engines of their modified snowmobiles from land to water, circling colored buoys and sometimes stalling and sinking before returning to shore. Along with locals, the audience also included other racers, racing team members, and their family...

  • Gambles building scheduled for demolition

    Jun 20, 2024

    By DAMIIAN LANG [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Downtown Development Authority learned on June 12 that the demolition of what is known as “the old Gambles building” on Sophie Street has been scheduled for directly after July 4. Demolition of the building has been made possible by funding from the State Land Grant Authority, with coordination by Gogebic County Treasurer Lisa Hewitt. Members voted to purchase two signs to be placed on the building. The signs read “Big Things Are Happening” and “Bessemer DDA Project in P...

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