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Wakefield city, township officials address waning populations


December 11, 2019

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MEMBERS OF the Wakefield Planning Commission share a laugh during their Tuesday evening meeting in the council room of the municipal center. From left are Jim Anderson, Rob Lane, Vice-Chair Tara Hamilton, Mayor Dale White, City Clerk Sue Ahonen, and City Manager Rob Brown.


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WAKEFIELD - While discussing a draft of their pending master plan on Tuesday evening, Wakefield Township officials learned that the population of Gogebic County is projected to drop by 12.3% between 2020 and 2045.

Jerry Wuorenmaa, executive director of the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region, presented the statistics from the state of Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

Wuorenmaa stated in his report that the county population already dropped 9.3% from 15,342 in 2017 to a projected 13,914 in 2020, mostly d...

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