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Ojibway prison to close Dec. 1


August 15, 2018

Jean Nordine/Daily Globe

OJIBWAY CORRECTIONAL Facility, seen here Tuesday, is scheduled to close Dec. 1, according to a Michigan Department of Corrections announcement Tuesday. The facility, located in Marenisco Township, employs more than 200 people.

MARENISCO - The Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco Township will close Dec. 1, the Michigan Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

The facility has 203 employees and is one of the biggest employers in Gogebic County.

Gogebic County Board of Commissioners Chair George Peterson, of Watersmeet, said Tuesday the news came as quite a blow.

"It's devastating to our county to lose those jobs - 200 jobs plus the related service industry. It's going to trickle out to our school districts."

He said the county's economic scene is already not good.

"Seventy-two percent of our families in the G...

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