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Chamber credits community with saving Hiawatha


October 5, 2019

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Nancy and Peter Sturgul hold separate ends of a ribbon that was just cut by Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce Director Michael Meyer, left, and Ironwood City Commission member Rick Semo, in a re-dedication ceremony to acknowledge the community support for the recently completed renovation of the 50-foot Hiawatha statute that has stood in a park on Burma Road since 1964.


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IRONWOOD - The Hiawatha renovation was officially concluded Friday with a rededication ceremony and ribbon-cutting by the Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce, which owns the 50-foot statue on Burma Road.

"About 50 years ago I stood and watched the statue being put in place," said Ironwood City Commission member Rick Semo. "It was an amazing sight. For years Hiawatha has overlooked the town and has been a symbol of this area."

Semo said the fundraising campaign to save the statue is another example of how the Ironwood community pulls together "tim...

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