Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

High temperatures boost Labor Day weekend activity

By P.J. GLISSON

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WAKEFIELD — According to the U.S. Department of Labor, members of Congress declared in 1894 that the first Monday in September should be a legal holiday.

Many Americans try to set aside the entire long weekend as a time to relax, visit with family and friends, and perhaps enjoy a backyard barbecue, a brisk hike, or a trip to the beach — often one last outing for the waning summer.

That was certainly the case in Wakefield, where residents and visitors were relishing unseasonably warm temperatures.

Lounging in the grass on Monday with her 4-legged...