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A True Community School where everyone is always welcome!!! Forging relationships with community members and local businesses for the betterment of education.
• Recognized as a 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Spotlight School by the State of Wisconsin for educational excellence. • School of Recognition Award for 8 Consecutive Years - for outstanding test scores and having highly qualified teachers on staff. • Small class sizes allow us to provide one on one, individualized educational programs and academic interventions to ensure that all students maximize their abilities. • Community lunch offered every Monday and Friday. • Community breakfast offered every day. • Community Fitness Center • Community Computer Lab Mercer School and Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School are able to customize educational programs to meet individual student’s needs and areas of interest. We are an 8 out of 10 as measured by Wisconsin Great Schools which is the highest rating in the Northwoods. We will continue to work to provide the best educational programs to maximize student achievement and provide academic interventions to meet every Mercer student’s needs.
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Table of contents
Resource Guide 2016 FACT BOOK FOR GOGEBIC & IRON COUNTIES Table of contents
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Gogebic County •Profile •Census •Economic scene •MSU-Extension •Government directory
Federal, state elected officials Iron County •Profile •Census •UW-Extension •Economic scene
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Parks and campgrounds
Resource guide •Zip Codes and phone prefixes •Veterans organizations •Cemeteries •Golf courses •Libraries Churches
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Calendar of events
Area Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Offices
Bessemer Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 243 Bessemer MI 49911 906-663-0026 bessemerchamber.org
Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce 150 N. Lowell St. Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-1122 ironwoodchamber.org
Iron County Development Zone Council P.O. Box 97 Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2922
Wakefield Chamber of Commerce 673 M-28 Wakefield MI 49968 906-224-2222 wakefield-chamber.com
Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce 316 Silver St. Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4334 hurleywi.com
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Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce 5150 N. U.S. 51 Mercer WI 54547 715-476-2389 mercercc.com
Watersmeet Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 596 Watersmeet MI 49969 906-358-9961 watersmeet.org
Western Upper Peninsula Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 706 Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-4850 westernup.info
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Arbor Vitae Homes Around the Corner Pub Ashland Ford Aspirus Grand View Avanti Health Backstreet Cycle Barber Road Stables Bessemer Area Schools Bessemer Public Library Bessemer Township Big Moose Home Inspections Big Valley Ford/Chrysler Binz Bros. Well Drilling Budget Host Inn Char’s Café Chippewa Valley Bank City of Bessemer City of Hurley Corullo Forest Products Creative Spirits Downtown Art Place DOVE Ewen-Trout Creek Schools Family Forum Forslund Building Supply G.T.C. Auto Parts Giovanoni’s True Value Gogebic Community College Gogebic County Credit Union Gogebic County Transit Gogebic Medical Care Facility Gogebic Range Bank H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter Haven North Lakeside Condominiums
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THE GOGEBIC County Fair annually draws young and old for fun.
Hitt’s Fine Furniture Hurley School District Iron County Community Credit Union Iron County Health Department Ironwood Area Schools Ironwood Chamber of Commerce Ironwood Plastics Ironwood Theatre Keenagers Liberty Bell Chalet Ma’s Place Mercer Dental Office Mercer School District Michigan State Police Mike’s Family Restaurant Norb’s Auto Electric Northstar Electronics Northwood’s Christian Academy
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Odonata/The Warehouse Ojibway Correctional Institute Paul Hagemann, DDS Presque Isle Pub Red’s Auto Regional Hospice Services Rigoni’s Bakery St. Mary of the Seven Dolors St. Vincent De Paul State Farm Insurance-John O’berto Steiger’s Ace Hardware Sturgul & Long, Attorneys at Law Sunday Lake Supermarket Super One Foods Sylvania Outfitters Wakefield Chamber of Commerce Wakefield-Marenisco School White Cross Pharmacy
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Gogebic County founded by miners, loggers G Gogebic County
ogebic County is made up of communities that started as a result of early logging and fur trading, which led to the discovering and opening of several iron ore mines throughout the county, all of which are now closed. Historical museums found in Bessemer, Ironwood and Wakefield tell the story of how mines brought the railroads, roadways and eventually families to the western Upper Peninsula. There were jobs-a-plenty, working the mines, logging, building roads, the railroad and homes and businesses. Before European-American settlement, the land was home to the Ojibwa, also known as the Chippewa Indians, represented now by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, with lands in Watersmeet Township. Immigrants were German, Italian, Cornish, Poles, Swedes, Finns and French Canadians. The Upper Peninsula brought miners, loggers, hunters and trappers first; families and settlement came later, because in the rough U.P. wilderness of the mid- to late 19th century, survival was an important job. Gogebic County was formed from the western townships of Ontonagon County in 1887. Bessemer had already established itself in 1884, following the discovery of iron ore in what became known as Colby Hill in 1880. The first log cabins were built in 1882. The cities of Ironwood and Wakefield formed later, alongside the neighboring townships of Erwin, Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, Marenisco and Watersmeet. Bessemer is the seat of county government, with a historic brownstone courthouse located on Moore Street, a block north of U.S. 2. The county jail is located in an adjacent building. Many services are housed in the Gogebic County Courthouse, including the equalization department, offices of the clerk, county treasurer, register of deeds and pension system, child support and
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THE GOGEBIC County Courthouse is located in Bessemer. probation. District and circuit court offices are also in the courthouse. A county administrator is in charge of day-to-day operations. Gogebic County supports or has a role in governing several key agencies throughout the county including: —Gogebic Community Mental Health, an independent authority, but governed by a board appointed by the county commissioners. —Western U.P. District Health Department, a five-county consortium providing public health service to county residents. Local offices are located in the courthouse annex. —The Gogebic Medical Care Facility, located in Wico Location, south of Wakefield, a Medicare-certified facility providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services for county residents. —The Gogebic County Road Commission, operated by a fivemember board appointed by county commissioners. The road commission maintains the network of roads outside the incorporated cities, including state and federal highways. —Gogebic County has its own probate court and shares district and circuit courts with neighboring Ontonagon County. —The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, the primary law enforcement for the county, actively patrols all areas outside the city of Ironwood. The sheriff is housed in the county jail, which the department also operates, adjacent to the county courthouse.
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Facts and figures about Gogebic County
Gogebic County is the westernmost county in the state of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, and serves as Michigan’s “western gateway.” The county borders along Lake Superior and the northeastern edge of Wisconsin. The county also borders Ontonagon and Iron counties in Michigan and Iron and Vilas counties in Wisconsin. The county is predominately rural, and is home to Lake Gogebic, the largest lake in the U.P., as well as the Ottawa National Forest and Lake Gogebic State Park. Major U.S. highways that run through the county include U.S. 2 and U.S. 45. Other state highways include M-28 and M-64. Distance between Gogebic County and: Chicago 423 Duluth, Minn. 120 Milwaukee 326 Minneapolis 268 Lansing 528 Marquette 133 St. Ignace 294 Detroit 587
About the land and its uses Total area in county: Approximately 944,864 acres (1,476.35 square miles.) Forested land: Over 50,000 acres of forested land (not including land managed by Ottawa National Forest, Keweenaw Forest Products and other businesses.) Water: Approximately 25 percent of the total area is surface water (374.5 square miles). The county has 201 lakes and miles of shoreline along Lake Superior.
Places Largest city: Ironwood, 5,002 (2015 estimate) County seat: Bessemer Number of cities: 3 (Ironwood, Wakefield and Bessemer) Number of townships: 6 (Marenisco, Ironwood, Wakefield, Bessemer, Watersmeet and Erwin) Population Est. (2015) County’s population People per square mile (average) People stats (2013) Characteristics (percent)
Honoring the Past Building the Future Manufacturing, Recreation, History, and the Arts Over 130 chamber members working together to build Ironwood’s community.
Males Females Caucasian American Indian or Alaska Native African American Asian Hispanic Two or more races
54.0 46.0 90.9 2.6 4.4 0.5 1.2 1.6
Households Average household size: 2.0 people Total number of households (2012): 7,234 Family households by size (2011): 2 persons 2,416 3 persons 832 4 persons 580 5 persons 235 6 persons 66 7 or more persons 42 non-family households by size (2011): 1 person 2,484 2 persons 339 3 persons 30 4 persons 10 5 persons 2 6 persons 1
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Gogebic County Census
Gogebic County's population was estimated at 15,431 in 2015, down 6.1 percent from the 2010 census total of 16,427. The 2000 census found 17,370 people living in Gogebic County.
Most common first ancestries reported: Finnish — 23 percent Italian — 13 percent German — 13 percent Polish — 9 percent Swedish — 6 percent English — 6 percent Irish — 5 percent
Percentage of residents who speak English at home: 94.5 percent
Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation: 62.4 percent total members: 10,836 Percentages of members 51.6 Catholic Church 29.9 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America 10.0 Lutheran Church 2.7 United Methodist Church 1.0 Presbyterian Church 0.7 Assemblies of God 0.5 Espicopal Church 0.1 Baptist General Conference 0.6 Other (Total congregations — 28)
City of Ironwood fees (A partial listing)
New Home Construction for homes up to 1,800 square feet of living area $ 450 Prefab Home Construction (includes foundation) $ 250 Residential Garage Construction up to 576 sq. ft. $ 85 Residential Garage Construction over 576 sq. ft. $ 100 Room additions up to 200 sq. ft. $ 70 Room additions up to 300 sq. ft. $ 75 Room additions over 300 sq. ft. $ 85 Sundry Repairs, remodeling and alterations (limited to replacement of windows, doors, roof, siding) under $1,000 cost (materials and labor) $ 50 $1,000- $20,000 $ 60 $20,001- $50,000 $ 75 $50,001-$100,000 $ 125 Over $100,000 $ 175 —Room Addition over 500 sq. ft. & any other type of construction, repair, remodeling, and alteration, not otherwise specified. (Fees to be determined by Building Inspector based upon the Bureau of Construction Codes sq. ft. construction cost table.) Fence Permit—(Material & labor) value up to $500 $ 15 over $500 $ 25 Fee for construction or erection of sign having a value (material & labor up to $1,000) $ 40 (material and labor value over $1,000) $ 60 Moving Permits —A building which is under 10 feet wide and does not contain over 2,500 cubic feet $ 15 —A building which is over 2,500 cubic feet $ 30 Demolition permit for a building having up to10,000 sq. ft. $ 30 Demolition permit for a building having more than 10,000 sq. ft. $ 75 Sidewalk Construction or Repair Permit Fee $ 50
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Adult Opening & Closing Grave 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Friday Infant Opening & Closing Grave 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Friday Overtime Charges Opening Grave (ashes) ea. 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Friday Overtime Charges (ashes)
Head Start/Early Head Start
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Head Start is a fun place for your child to learn and grow It includes: •School readiness curriculums based on Wisconsin Early Learning Standards •Healthy meals and snacks •Safe transportation provided for 3-5 year old classrooms •Meet new friends •Service to children with disabilities •Authorized community preschool site (Superior, Brule & Phillips)
FAMILY FORUM, INC. www.familyforum.org
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Gogebic County City of Wakefield fees
Gogebic County at a glance
(A partial listing)
Building Permit Fees
County seat: Bessemer Total area of 1,476.35 square miles Land: 1,101.85 square miles, 75 percent Water: 374.5 square miles, 25 percent Population, 2015 estimate: 15,431 2010 census: 16,427 2000 census: 17,370
Population: 5,002 (2015) 5,387 (2010) Zip Code: 49938 Latitude: N 46.489462 Longitude: W 90.203995 Elevation: 1,506 feet 2000 Census: 6,293 ironwoodchamber.org cityofironwood.org
Population: 1,854 (2012) 1,905 (2010) Zip Code: 49911 Latitude: N 46.560759 Longitude: W 90.055927 Elevation: 1,424 feet 2000 Census: 2,148 cityofbessemer.org bessemer.org
Population: 1,807 (2012) 1,851 (2010) Zip Code: 49968 Latitude: N 46.514702 Longitude: W 89.894522 Elevation 1,539 feet 2000 Census 2,085 cityofwakefield.org visitwakefiled.com
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Deck New Homes First $20,000 Per every $1,000 over $20,000 Garages Up to 24’x 24’ Larger than 24’x 24’ Additions Up to 12’ x 12’ Larger than 12’ x 12’ Repairs Up to $1,000 Over $1,000
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John Siira Pavilion, $50 (resident), $75 (non-resident) Beach Pavilion, $25 (resident), $35 (non-resident) Event room and kitchen, $100 (resident), $150 (non-resident)
Grave Opening Resident Non-Resident Adults/Children over 2 $600 $800 Children under age of 2 $300 $ 400 After hours/weekends $900 $1,100 Burial of Cremated Remains $ 400 $500 Weekend Burial of Cremated Remains $700 $800
Rigoni’s Bakery Celebrating 44 Years in Business! Thanks for Your Patronage! Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7am-5pm Saturday 7am-3pm
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St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Frank Kordek, OFM - 404 Iron St., Hurley, WI
BAR HOURS 11am - Close; KITCHEN 11am - 11pm Daily
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Gogebic County City of Bessemer fees (A partial listing)
New Residential Buliding Construction, for buildings up to 1,800 sq. ft. for living areas, $170 Pre-fab Home Construction including foundation, $125 Residential Garage Construction, $60 Room Additions up to 200 sq. ft., $40 Room Additions up to 300 sq. ft., $55 Room Additions over 300 sq. ft., $65 Sundry repairs, remodeling and alterations (limited to replacement of windows, doors, roof, siding) under $1,000 cost of labor and materials, $30 Sundry repairs, remodeling and alterations (limited to replacement of windows, doors, roof, siding) over $1,000 cost of labor and materials, $40 Sign permits for construction or erection of a sign having: A cost of up to $1,000 for labor and materials, $30 A cost of over $1,000 for labor and materials, $40 New home construction (living area) over 1,800 sq. ft. — Fees to be determined by Building Inspector based upon one-half (1/2) of the Bureau of Construction Codes sq. ft. Construction cost table.
Moving a building which is under to 10 feet wide and does not contain over 2,500 cubic ft., $10 Moving a building, which is over 2,500 cubic ft., $25
THE OLD Depot in downtown Ironwood houses the Ironwood Historical Society as well as the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce.
Historical resources Museums
Ironwood Area Historical Society Museum The Old Depot, 150 N. Lowell St.; 906-932-0287.
Bessemer Area Historical Society Heritage Center 403 S. Sophie St. (no phone listing).
Wakefield Historical Society Museum 306 Sunday Lake St.; 906224-1045.
Historical society info
Ironwood Area Historical Society Meets second Tuesday, 6 p.m., at museum. 906-932-0287.
Bessemer Area Historical Society Meets third Thursday, 2 p.m., at museum. President, Ed Sandene. P.O. Box 148, Bessemer MI 49911.
Wakefield Historical Society, P.O. Box 114, Wakefield MI 49968.
Unemployment continues to drop The unemployment rate in Gogebic County has continued to drop over the past six years. In June 2016, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in the county, compared to 4.6 percent in the state. In June 2015, the Gogebic County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, compared to 9.7 percent in April 2010. Over the same time frame, the statewide unemploy-
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ment dropped from 9.2 to 5.8 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest figures, 20.9 percent of the population in Gogebic County was below poverty level in 2014, compared to 16.2 percent across the state. The average median household income in the county in 2014 was estimated at $34,021, compared to $49,087 statewide.
Demolition of a building having more than 750 sq. ft., $25 Demolition of a building having less than 750 sq. ft., $5
Material and labor value up to $500, $10 Material and labor value over $500, $15
Grave opening Adult 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday Overtime Hours Infant 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday Overtime Hours Ashes 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday Sale of lots Space for one grave Perpetual Care
Resident Non-resident $700 $950
City Hall Auditorium Rental
City hall Auditorium and kitchen may be rented to responsible parties upon written application to the City Clerk. Deposit is $50 for all events except dances, for which the deposit is $200. Rental Fee: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (once a week), $25 per month 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (twice a week), $45 per month 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (three or more), $60 per month 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (once a week), $30 per month 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (twice a week), $50 per month 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (three or more), $70 per month
Bluff Valley Park pavilion, kitchen rental Deposit is $50. Rental fee is $25.
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Enhancing the quality of life
ogebic County Community Mental Health’s goal is to “enhance the quality of life for our community by offering comprehensive behavioral health services” to area residents. Community Mental Health is an accredited member of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and a member of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.
therapy: Outpatient therapy focuses on identification and treatment through discussion of past and present issues which have contributed to a problem(s). support coordination/case management: Case coordinators will work in developing a plan of care that identifies a desired outcome, hopes, plans and dreams. Primary case coordinators may suggest/recommend additional outcomes.
It is one of five mental health agencies in the Upper Peninsula served by the NorthCare Network, which serves U.P. residents in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. All information is confidential, and a signed release of information is required to release or attain personal information. The cost of services per visit is based on income and insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Intensive community-based (Assertive Community treatment-adults/home-based, family focused): When traditional services are not working, intensive intervention can be provided at home. Jail diversion: May divert those with serious mental illness, emotional disturbance or developmental disability that have committed criminal acts. This referral to CMH is an alternative (or an addition) to being charged and placed in a county jail. Peer specialist services: Provides individuals
Community Mental Health is located at 103 W. U.S. 2 in Wakefield, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Community Mental Health at 906-229-6100 (administration), 906-229-6120 (clinical department) or visit gccmh.org. If services are needed, call NorthCare Access at 888-906-9060. Gogebic County residents can call a toll-free crisis/emergency service hotline at 800-348-0032.
with opportunities to support, mentor and assist consumers to achieve community inclusion, participation, independence, recovery and productivity. Evidence-based practices: Assertive Community Treatment, multi-family group therapy and co-occurring group therapy. Family support subsidy: This can pay for special expenses the family has while caring for their child with severe disabilities. The purpose of (Continued on page 12)
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Extension office offers range of services
he Gogebic County Michigan State University Extension office provides a variety of services for residents of all ages. The office is located at 500 N. Moore St. in Bessemer. The office provides services in areas such as 4-H and youth development, agriculture, business, community relations, family, food and health, lawn and garden and natural resources. In the area of 4-H, many local youth are part of a variety of clubs focusing on everything from domestic hobbies to animals to science. Extension also focuses on health in the community, including offering a variety of classes on helping people with disease prevention and management to food safety. To learn more about the Gogebic County MSU Extension office, call 906-663-4045, or visit msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/gogebic. CLASSES, DISEASE PREVENTION and MANAGEMENT
Dining with Diabetes
A program for people with diabetes and their families. It’s a series of four classes and a three-month follow-up class that teaches how to prepare meals that are nutritious and tasty. Participants sample recipes and receive recipe packets to take home. Medical aspects of diabetes are also discussed, along with various tests that are important for people with diabetes.
living with Chronic Conditions (PAtH)
A series of six classes for anyone with an ongoing condition, such as (but not limited to) diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and heart disease. People find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, learn better ways to talk with their families and with medical
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the subsidy is to help families to stay together. Pre-vocational: Provides work and day programming activities, with emphasis on skills, development and behavior. supported employment: Provide initial and on-going support services to assist consumers to obtain and maintain paid employment. Services include job development,
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professionals, discover better nutrition and activity choices and get the support they need to feel better.
Healthy living with Diabetes (DiabetesPAtH)
A researched, proven workshop that helps adults with Type 2 diabetes learn skills and increase their confidence in managing their diabetes. The workshop meets for two and a half hours a week for six weeks. Classes are highly participative. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Michigan and national Diabetes Prevention Programs
Michigan’s program is a series of five classes, meeting weekly for one and a half hours. The national program is the nation’s foremost evidence-based program for prevention of Type 2 diabetes. This class is designed for people who are ready and willing to make a serious commitment to their health. The class meets weekly for one hour over 16 weeks, then monthly for the next eight months. Both series focus on making changes in lifestyle (modifying eating habits, increasing physical activity and losing excess weight) to avoid developing diabetes and its complications, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and premature death. Both are targeted at people who have been told they they have pre- (or borderline) diabetes, or who have more than one of the following: — 45 years old or older — overweight — get little physical activity — have high blood pressure or cholesterol
job placement, job coaching and long-term follow along. Mobile work crew: Provides a training site where a consumer will earn a wage, develop a work history and learn job skills. specialized residential: Certified to provide a specialized program where community living, supports and/or training are provided. Community education, consultation and training: The CMH staff is available to speak to groups and organizations. We
— have a parent or sibling with diabetes — have given birth to a baby who weighed nine pounds or more — have had gestational diabetes — are Native American, African-American and Hispanic. FOOD SAFETY
Cooking for Crowds
A four-hour class designed for community volunteers and members of nonprofit groups who cook for the public as part of food fundraisers or other events where food is served.
Home Food Preservation: Canning Basics and More
A 15-hour class held over three to four days. Participants learn all aspects of food preservation, including salsa making, canning fruit, dehydrating, pickling, freezing food, making jams, jellies or preserves and pressure canning meats, fish and or vegetables. Most food preservation classes are about 20 percent classroom, 80 percent hands-on. Classes without a hands-on laboratory component are available as well.
Cottage Food law classes
A two- to three-hour class on selling homemade foods in public. The class teaches on what, how much and where foods can be sold, basic food safety guidelines, package labeling and storage, as well as how to promote homemade products at farmers markets and other venues.
Don’t Give Kids a tummy-ache
A food safety training program for parents, child-care providers and other caregivers of children which presents the basics of how to avoid food-borne illness in a onehour presentation.
offer training for community members about mental health topics. other services not listed above include: Assistance for challenging behavior Community inpatient psychiatric hospitalization Community living supports Crisis intervention, stabilization and response Drop-in serenity center Durable medical equipment Enhanced health services
Enhanced pharmacy Environmental modifications Family skills-developed Home-based services Housing assistance Medical supplies Medication administration Occupational therapy Physical therapy Private duty nursing Respite care services Specialized residential services Speech and language therapy State hospital services
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Gogebic County directory Gogebic County Courthouse 200 N. Moore St. Bessemer MI 49911
Board of Commissioners
•District 1: Leroy Kangas, 906-932-4881 •District 2: Tom Laabs, 906-932-4617 •District 3: Jim Oliver, 906-932-1848 •District 4: Jeff Wasley, 906-932-2548 •District 5: Joe Bonovetz, 906-663-4830 •District 6: Bob Orlich, 906-364-4040 •District 7: George Peterson III, 906-3580551
Elected and appointed officials
•County Clerk-Register of Deeds: Gerry R. Pelissero; Clerk’s office: 906-663-4518; Register of Deeds: 906-667-0381. •County Treasurer: Sue Pertile, 906-6634517. •County Prosecuting Attorney: Nicholas Jacobs, 906-667-0471. •County Sheriff: Peter Matonich, 906-6670203. •County Administrator: Juliane M. Giackino, 906-667-0411. •County Equalization Director: Tom Novas-
cone, 906-663-4414. •County Airport Manager: Michael Harma, 906-932-3121. •County Forester: Greg Ryskey, 906-6634687. •County Extension: 906-663-4045. •Animal Control Officer: Sheriff department, 906-667-0203. •County Emergency Services: James Loeper, 906-667-0204.
Gogebic County courts
•32nd Circuit Court: The Hon. Michael Pope, 906-663-4211. •Friend of the Court: Debra Fabbri, 906667-0218. •Probation and parole office: 906-667-0323. •Gogebic County Probate Court-98th District Court: The Hon. Joel L. Massie, 906667-0421. •District Court Probation Officer: John Begalle, 906-663-4611. •Gogebic County Juvenile Court: Brad Noren, juvenile officer, 906-663-4147.
Bessemer MI 49911 Office, 906-667-0233 Board members •Don Bennetts, 906-663-4204 •Roy D’Antonio, 715-367-1718 •Robert Drier, 906-224-2751 •Dan Siirila, 906-932-1645 •Marti Wegner, 906-358-0559
Charter Township of Ironwood Community Building N10892 Lake Road Ironwood Township MI 49938 Supervisor, 906-932-5800; office, 906-932-5801 •Supervisor, Alan Baron, 352-267-5713 •Clerk, Mary Segalin, 906-932-8446 •Treasurer, •Trustee, Bernard Brunello, 906-932-5847 •Trustee, Kevin P. Lyons, 906-932-0055 •Trustee, Steven Boyd, 906-932-5033 •Trustee, Katherine Maki, 906-932-4748
Gogebic County Road Commission Courthouse Annex
Erwin Town Hall Ironwood MI 49938 Office, 906-932-4871
Wakefield-Marenisco School District
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Kathy Makela- 4th Grade Sue Geldon - 5th Grade Sue Obradovich 6th Grade/At Risk
Teri Giuliano - Title 1 Bridget Grotberg - Art Lauren Korpi - Health/PE Connie Conley - H.S. Special Education Brandon Makela - Head Teacher/Title 1 Mark Lane - Head Teacher/Counselor
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Gogebic County directory •Supervisor, Larry Grimsby, 906-399-7406 •Clerk, Vicky Finco, 906-364-2333 •Treasurer, Renee Hill, 906-932-1997 •Trustee, William V. Hellen, 906-932-3294 •Trustee, Ray Brown, 906-932-1433
Bessemer Township Bessemer Township Hall Ramsay MI 49959 Supervisor, 906-667-0423; clerk, 906-667-0019 •Supervisor, Jeffrey Randall, 906-663-4107 •Clerk, Debra Janczak, 906-663-0385 •Treasurer, Jerry Grenfell, 906-663-4851 •Trustee, Beverly Ikola, 906-663-4769 •Trustee, Hope C. Tarnaski, 906-663-4534
Wakefield Township Wakefield Township Hall Wakefield MI 49968 Office, 906-224-8551 •Supervisor, John Cox, 906-224-3721 •Clerk, Mandy Lake, 906-364-0669 •Treasurer, Joan Dalman, 906-224-8201 •Trustee, James Spencer, 906-224-6649 •Trustee, Delmar Smith, 906-229-5347
BESSEMER CITY Hall is located in downtown Bessemer.
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Gogebic County directory Marenisco Township Marenisco Township Hall Marenisco MI 49947 Office, 906-787-2463 •Supervisor, Richard Bouvette, 906-7872510 •Clerk, Donna Kenney, 906-842-3522 •Treasurer, Diane Dean, 906-787-2254 •Trustee, David E. Hagen, 906-787-2301 •Trustee, John Zorich, 906-787-2446
Watersmeet Township Watersmeet Township Hall Watersmeet MI 49969 Office, 906-358-4501 •Supervisor, Mike Rogers, 906-358-4272 •Clerk, Sandra Mansfield, 906-358-0511 •Treasurer, Paul D. Kemppainen, 906-3584124 •Trustee, Bill Neumann, 906-366-0051 •Trustee, Richard Henriksen, 906-358-0517
City of Ironwood Ironwood Memorial Building 213 S. Marquette St. Ironwood MI 49938 Office, 906-932-5050
WAKEFIELD’S CITY offices are in the Municipal Building.
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216 W. Aurora St. Ironwood, MI 49938 906-932-4547
Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT
Food Pantry & Financial Aid
105 S. Mansfield St. Ironwood, MI 49938 906-932-4325
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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103 N. Case St. Bessemer, MI 49911 906-663-0089
205 Quartz St. Ontonagon, MI 49953 906-884-4977 ext. 1
Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT
Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET
Monday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-Noon Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mon-Fri hours by appointment
122 Greenland Rd., Suite B Ontonagon, MI 49953 906-884-4977 ext. 2
Monday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-Noon Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
906-884-4977 ext. 3
Mon & Thur 11 a.m.-2 p.m. By appointment
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Gogebic County directory •Manager, Scott Erickson, 906-932-5050 •Clerk, Karen Gullan, 906-932-5050 •Treasurer/Finance Director, Paul Linn, 906-932-5050 •Mayor, Annette Burchell, 906-932-2000 Commission members •Kim Corcoran, 906-932-1153 •Jim Mildren, 906-932-5178 •Richard J. Semo, 906-932-2002 •Brandon Tauer, 906-364-1209
City of Bessemer Bessemer City Hall 411 S. Sophie St. Bessemer MI 49911 906-667-0333 •Manager, 906-663-4311 •Treasurer/Clerk, James Trudgeon, 906663-0232 •Mayor, Kathy Whitburn, 414-840-0117 Council members •Rob Coleman, 906-364-3704 •John Frello, 906-663-0237 •Alfred Gaiss, 906-364-4369 •Linda Nelson, 906-663-4549
City of Wakefield Wakefield City Hall 311 Sunday Lake St. Wakefield MI 49968 906-229-5131 •Manager, Richard Brackney, 906-392-0126 •Clerk, Jennifer Jacobson, 906-229-5131 •Treasurer, Sheryl Ravelli, 906-224-7041 •Mayor, Joe Delfavero, 906-229-3641 Council members •Bob Blaskowski, 906-364-3830 •John Granato, 906-364-3422 •Amy Tarro, 906-229-5557 •Kay Wiita, 906-224-8801
THE MEMORIAL Building in Ironwood houses city offices as well as the local American Legion Post 5.
BARBER ROAD STABLES E.R. “Bob” Johnson
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STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES
John J. Oberto
HOME OFFICES – BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS
221 Silver Street Hurley, WI 54534
Office: 715-561-4333 Home: 715-561-2215
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WHITE CROSS PHARMACY “Full Service Pharmacy”
Free Local Delivery Monday-Friday Mailing Available • Diabetic Shoe Fitting Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
www.wchealthmart.com – Michigan & Wisconsin Insurance Accepted – 314 Silver St., Hurley, Wisconsin
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State, Federal Government
Michigan’s elected officials sen. Debbie stabenow
sen. Gary Peters
Gov. Rick snyder
D-Mich., 731 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, phone 202-224-4822, online contact page: stabenow.senate.gov.
D-Mich., 724 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, phone 202-224-6221, online contact page: peters.senate.gov.
U.s. Rep. Dan Benishek
state sen. tom Casperson
state Rep. scott Dianda
P.O. Box 30013, Lansing MI 48909, phone 517-373-3400, fax 517-3356863.
R-Crystal Falls, 514 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, phone 202-225-4735, online contact page: benishek.house. gov.
D-Calumet, S1489 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909, phone 517-3730850, online: housedems.com/ state-rep-scottdianda.
R-Escanaba, 705 Farnum Building, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, phone 517-373-7840, online contact page: senatortomcasperson. com.
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State, Federal Government
Wisconsin’s elected officials Gov. scott Walker
115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702, phone 608-266-1212, online contact page: walker.wi.gov.
U.s. Rep. sean Duffy
R-Wausau, 1208 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, phone 202-225-3365, online contact page: duffy.house.gov.
WE HONOR OUR HERITAGE WITH RESPECT, WE LIVE EACH DAY WITH POSITIVE ATTITUDES. WE EMBRACE OUR FUTURE WITH RESPONSIBILITY IT IS OUR WAY, EVERY DAY, THE WRIGHT WAY!
sen. tammy Baldwin
sen. Ron Johnson
D-Wis., 717 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, phone 202-224-5653; online contact page: baldwin.senate.gov.
R-Wis., 328 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, phone 202-224-5323, online contact page: ronjohnson.senate.gov.
state sen. Janet Bewley
D-Ashland, 126 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707, phone 608-266-3510, online contact page: legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/25.bewley.
state Rep. Beth Meyers
D-Bayfield, 409 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708, 608266-7690, online contact page: rep.meyers@legi s.wisconsin.gov.
Sylvania Outfitters Inc. Canoe & Kayak Trips (3 hours to two weeks)
Through the Sylvania Area and on the Ontonagon River
650 E. Ayer St., Ironwood, MI 49938 ~ (906) 932-0200 ~ www.Ironwood.k12.mi.us
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Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Outfitting & Supplies • Area and Lake Maps E23423 Hwy. 2 West (1 mile), Watersmeet, MI 49969 Ph. 906-358-4766
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Logging, tourism continue strong in Iron County T Iron County
he history of the county is that of mining, lumbering and farming. In 1893, Iron County was born, carved out of parts of Ashland and Oneida counties, named for its large iron deposits, the continuation of the Gogebic Range of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into Wisconsin is called the Penokee Range, which extends some 40 miles westward across Iron, Ashland and Bayfield counties. The streams of the area were important water routes through which the early explorers entered the region. The first white men saw everywhere the dense, highland forest of white and yellow pine, interspersed with birch, oak and maple. Cedar, spruce and tamarack grew in the swampy areas. It was nearly 150 years after the French began to explore the region before mention of was made of iron ore. Hurley was founded in 1885 as iron mining began. It later became the county seat. Shipments of ore were taken by rail to oredocks in Ashland. As mining continued, so did the clearing of the primal forest by lumbermen. This made room for farmers. The lumber industry continues to be strong in Iron County. More than 170,000 acres of county forest land are managed under a selective cutting plan. The iron ore industry employed miners into the 1960s before the mines closed. Iron County’s lakes, streams and forests have long made it a vacation retreat for fishing and camping. In recent decades, riding snowmobile and ATV trails, as well as downhill and crosscountry skiing have added to the tourist trade. Iron County is made up of two cities, Hurley and Montreal, and 10 towns: Anderson, Carey, Gurney, Kimball, Knight, Mercer, Oma, Pence, Saxon and Sherman. The total land area of Iron County is about 514,000 acres,
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THE IRON County Historical Society is located in the former Iron County Courthouse in Hurley. while the land area, excluding most of the lakes, is 484,500. This places Iron County 34th among the 72 Wisconsin counties in land area.
Chamber of Commerce Hosting Community events, including the American Power Boat Nationals, North Country 100 Bicycle Tour, Annual City/Township Garage Sale, and Christmas “Present” activities Operating the Wakefield Visitor’s Information Center, on the shore of beautiful Sunday Lake
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H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere The “Little Blue Bus” operates 6 wheel chair, lift equipped, radio dispatched, air-conditioned, diesel, 16 passenger buses.
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GOGEBIC COUNTY TRANSIT 235 E. McLeod Ave., Ironwood
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Dedicated to the care of lost, stray and abandoned animals and promoting their adoption into loving forever homes. 590 Easy Street Ironwood, MI 49938 906-932-1511
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Iron County City of Hurley fees (A partial listing)
Cost of project Fee $0-$500.00 None $20.00 $501.00-$10,000 $10,001-$230,000 $20.00 For the first $10,000 plus $1.00 for each additional $1,000 Over $230,000 $250.00 maximum
Driveway Permit $5 Fence Permit $10 Zoning Changes & Conditional Use Permit: $100, non-refuldable
Resident Non-Resident Lot Price-Single Space $400 $500 Grave opening Weekdays $400 $450 Weekends $ 500 $ 550 Holidays $ 500 $ 550 Winter months $1,000 $1,100
Helping To Make Every Moment Count Providing Quality Hospice Care in the Nursing Home setting or in your own home since 1992. When diagnosed with a life limiting illness Regional Hospice is determined to make what’s important to you possible. ~ SPECIALIZED SERVICES ~ • Bereavement Program • Support Group • Veteran Recognition Program • Catch A Dream • Pet Peace of Mind FREE: Palliative Care Program that provides help to those with chronic illnesses, who may need short or long term support by a multi-disciplinary team. Talk to your Doctor or Call Regional Hospice to find our more about our services – Hospice Care or Palliative Care at 906-663-0308. Visit us at: 216 E. Aurora St., Power House Mall, Ironwood, MI Proudly serving NW Wisconsin & the U.P. of Michigan for 25 years
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Cremains Weekdays Weekends Winter Mausoleum
$150 $2250 $1,000 None
$2000 $275 $1,100 $100
*Weekends are Friday, Saturday, Sunday MayOctober Friday after 11 a.m., Saturday, Sunday November-April *Winter months are December-March, families requesting winter burials are responsible for paying the costs of damage done to any headstone.
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Iron County Iron County Human Services offers help to community
ron County Human Services provides services for area residents, including finding assistance in cases of abuse, economic support, counseling, preventive services, child care, clinical services, aging and disability services and more. The department is located inside the Iron County Courthouse, at 300 Taconite St., Suite 201, in Hurley. For more information about services, call Iron County Human Services at 715-563636.
sERVICEs Adult services:
Elder abuse investigations and services, adult at-risk services, coordination of adult mental health and alcohol and drugs services, protective services and guardianships.
Children and families services:
Provides services to children and families including child abuse/neglect services, delinquency services, placement and aftercare,
crisis intervention, intensive supervision and assistance for children with disabilities, and foster care recruitment.
Prevention services for Children and Youth – Brighter Futures Program:
Iron County receives special funding by the state for prevention services. The services provided include: — Youth mentoring for youth who quality for this program — ALL STARS Prevention Program, taught in the Mercer School — Community Coalition to prevent or reduce ATOD use among youth — Support and assist other community coalitions with their work with at-risk youth
Economic support Unit:
Services provided include Badger Care Plus, the Food Share Program and Elderly, Blind and Disabled Medical Assistance programs. Effective 2012, the Economic Support Di-
vision uses the Northern IM Consortium to process service requests. The call center for the Northern IM Consortium services the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas and Wood. To access services, residents must contact Northern Income Maintenance Consortium to either apply for benefits, report changes, ask questions or make an appointment. The consortium can be contacted online at Access.wi.gov, by phone at 888-794-5722 or by fax at 855-293-1822. Home Energy Plus: Energy assistance and weatherization services provided under the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program application. The 2014 WHEAP programs runs from Oct. 1, 2013, until May 5, 2014. Additional information including required documentation, current income limits, and outreach site information will be published at a later (Continued on page 25)
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date. After Sept. 17, 2013, people can make an appointment for a phone or in-person application, request a paper application or ask general questions. Those can all be done by contacting Iron County Human Services at ext. 0 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iron County Human Services provides access to affordable child care to enhance children’s development and to assist parents with the care of their child, while they are working. Parents must meet income eligibility requirements. To apply for child care assistance, call Iron County Human Services at ext. 2133.
Clinical services Unit:
Iron County is certified by the state of Wisconsin to provide alcohol and drug services and mental health services. While the county maintains the status of the clinic, the county contracts with private organizations for therapists and providers. The clinic ac-
Iron County cepts Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurances. Services to adults and children include mental health counseling, the Community Support Program for the chronically mentally ill, alcohol and drug counseling and court-ordered intoxicated driver assessments and treatment.
Aging and Disability Resource Center - north
This serves Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price and Sawyer counties. Aging and Disability Resource Centers are welcoming and accessible places where older people and individuals with disabilities and their family and friends, can obtain information, advice and help in locating services or apply for benefits. Services are provided to the elderly, adults with developmental disabilities and adults with physical disabilities. For more information, call 866-663-3607, or visit adrcn-wi.org. A summary of services includes: — Information and assistance — Long-term care options counseling — Short-term service coordination — Enrollment into publicly funded longterm care
— Benefit counseling — Prevention and early intervention services including services to family caregiver — Transition services for students and youth with a disability — Response to emergency situations
Wisconsin Works Program
Eligible residents who need helping finding or keeping a job, or help applying for Supplemental Security Income are eligible for the Wisconsin Works, or W-2, program. The program is available to low-income parents with minor children who meet eligibility requirements and who are willing to work to their ability. Each W-2 eligible participant meets with a financial and employment planner, who helps the individual develop an employability plan. Qualified residents may also be eligible for monthly cash payments while working with the W-2 program to look for a job or do other activities that will help them get a job or SSI. For more information, visit def.wisconsin.gov/w2 or contact Workforce Resource Inc., at 855-792-5439.
COMMITTED TO PROTECT, DEDICATED TO SUCCESS Michigan has seven prisons and 15 field offices stretching across the U.P. from Kincheloe to Ironwood. The employees within those prisons and offices work hard every day keeping Michigan’s citizens safe while providing rehabilitative opportunities for the offenders they supervise. We need corrections officers, parole/probation officers, health care and dental health professionals. Starting salary for officers is $16.65. Do you have what it takes to help meet our mission? Contact us today via email at email@example.com or toll-free at (888) 820-7129. For more information, visit our website at www.michigan.gov/mdocjobs. Gogebic and Iron County 2016
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Iron County Iron County Extension office provides many services
he Iron County University of WisconsinExtension office is a partnership among the University of Wisconsin campuses, Iron County Board of Supervisors, state and federal governments and community organizations. Agents and staff are community-based educators who share university resources by teaching in formal and informal settings. The department also offers programs directed at strengthening families, youth, government and communities. Extension also links residents with other faculty across the state for educational programs related to agriculture, business development and horticulture. Extension also provides access to the independent learning courses through the University of Wisconsin system, Wisline audio conferencing, satellite video conferences, the UW plant and soil analysis laboratory and UW-Extension media collection and publications.
Community natural resources and economic development — Community development — Comprehensive planning — Local government operations and finance — Leadership development — Natural resources and the environment — Small business development
— 4-H Clubs and projects — Youth service learning — Youth-adult partnerships — Leadership development — Volunteer development — Youth summer camp
Iron County UW-Extension is located inside the Iron County Courthouse at 300 Taconite St., Suite 118. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Family financial management — Parenting support — Family resource management — Building healthy families — Child development
Wisconsin nutrition Education Program — Nutrition and health education — Food safety and safe food preparation — Food security — Food preservation — Food budgeting — Financial Resource management
To contact the Extension office, call 715561-2695, or toll free at 888-561-2695 from Mercer and Springstead. To learn more about Iron County UW-Extension, visit iron.uwex.edu.
Michigan State Police Wakefield Post #86 “Service With a Purpose Since 1917.” Serving Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties
FOR ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT EMERGENCY NEEDS CONTACT
906-224-9691 or 906-229-5372
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Iron County Iron County at a glance Iron County
County seat: Hurley Total area: 757.23 square miles Land area: 595.22 square miles (78.6 percent) Water area: 162.01 square miles (21.4 percent) Population, 2015 estimate: 5,794 2010 census: 5,916 2000 census: 6,861
Population: 1,547 (2010) Zip Code: 54534 Latitude: N 46.450361 Longitude: W 90.189802 Elevation: 1,493 feet 2000 Census: 1,818
Population: 807 (2010) Zip Code: 54525 Latitude: N 46.429081 Longitude: W 90.238845 Elevation: 1,598 feet 2000 Census: 838
Iron County unemployment falls The unemployment rate in Iron County has fallen over the past few years. In June 2016, Iron County’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. In June 2015, Iron County’s rate was 9.2 percent, second highest in the state of Wisconsin, compared to 11.2 percent in June 2014. The statewide unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in 2015 and 5.7 per-
cent in 2014. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest figures, the average median household income in Iron County was estimated at $41,900 in 2014. The state average median household income that same year was $52,738. Also in 2014, 15.6 percent of Iron County’s population lived below poverty level, compared to 13.2 percent statewide.
Iron County Historical Society Museum 303 Iron St., Hurley; 715-561-2244.
Mercer Area Historical Society Depot Museum 5278 N. Lakeview Ave.
Historical society info
Iron County Historical Society Meets third Monday, 2 p.m., museum. 715-561-2244. Museum info and contact form available online at ironcountymuseum.org. Mercer Area Historical Society P.O. Box 638, Mercer WI 54547. President, Jerry Slivinski, 715-476-2216.
Gogebic Medical Care Facility 402 North Street, Wakefield, Michigan 49968 • (906) 224-9811
Gogebic Medical Care Facility is a 109 bed Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing facility located in Wakefield, Michigan. In 2015, our facility earned is sixth deficiency free annual state survey since 2004. In 2006, Consumer Reports Magazine named our facility as one of Michigan’s Top 15 Nursing Homes. We are proud to offer our residents certified nursing and extensive rehabilitation. Our professional staff is devoted to each resident’s unique and individual needs. We provide an understanding and loving atmosphere for everyone who calls our facility home.
Renew skills, restore independence and rehabilitate with Specialized Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. Our trained therapists work closely with each resident and their families to develop an individualized and comprehensive therapy plan. Once discharged from the formal rehabilitation program, our restorative and maintenance nursing team works with the resident, encouraging them to reach the therapeutic goals that have been set. Gogebic Medical Care Facility provides the highest level of quality resident care.
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• 109 Medicare/Medicaid Certified Beds • Private Rooms Available • Spacious Semi-Private Rooms • 24 Hour Skilled Nursing Care
• Special Needs Unit (The Comfort Zone) • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Rehabilitation • Long Term Care • IV Therapy
• Transportation Services • Pharmacy Services • Therapeutic Diets • Social Services • Activity Programs • Garden Hideaway/ Walking Path • Resident Gardening
• Pet Visits • Open Visiting Hours • Spiritual Services • Barber/Beauty Shop • Cable TV/Telephone (Separate Billing) • Assistance with Secondary Insurance Billing
Visit us at www.gogebicmedicalcare.com for employment opportunities
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Keeping Iron County healthy
ron County Health Department features a variety of programs and services for residents of all ages. The department is located at 502 Copper St. in Hurley and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees of the department provide services in a variety of ways in many different areas. Program areas include education for individuals, groups and work sites, children and adult, environmental health, jail health, reproductive health and STD clinic and school services. For more information, contact the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191, or the reproductive health and STD clinic at 715-561-4545.
Immunizations WIC (Certification site) Birth to 3 program Bike safety program Free fluoride drops and tablets
Free lead testing Communicable disease follow-up Shaken baby/co-sleeping/SIDS education Children with special health care needs, service coordination and parent liaison
Education for individuals, groups and work sites
Pre-arranged presentations to groups on multiple health topics Blood-borne pathogen in-service Free health pamphlets
Iron County five-year community health plan Public health emergency preparedness Immunization (tetanus, pertussis, flu and hepatitis A and B) Tuberculosis skin tests Health screens for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin and urine
Radon test kits Restaurant, lodging and campground licensing inspection Human health hazard investigations
Reproductive health and stD clinic
Routine gynecologic exams (pap smears, breast and pelvic) Pregnancy testing Testing for sexually transmitted diseases and appropriate treatments Comprehensive family planning Contraceptive supplies, medications and injections Prenatal care coordination Preconceptual health education Wisconsin Medicaid, Badgercare and family planning only services
Immunization coordination Birth to 3 transition Health consultation/education Fluoride rinse program Lice checks
More Iron County facts and figures
Iron County is located in the northeastern portion of Wisconsin, along the shoreline of Lake Superior and bordering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It borders Ashland, Price, Vilas and Oneida counties in Wisconsin, and Gogebic County in Michigan. The county is predominately rural, and is centrally located among Duluth, Minn., Marquette, Mich., and Wausau, Wis. Major U.S. highways that run through the county include U.S. 51 and U.S. 2. Other state highways include WI-77, WI-122, WI169, WI-47 and WI-182.
Distance between Iron County and: Chicago Duluth Milwaukee Minneapolis Green Bay Stevens Point Madison
403 108 309 257 218 155 265
About the land and its uses
Total area in county: Approximately 588,160
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acres (919 square miles). Forested land: Approximately 85 percent of the county, with northern hardwoods the largest forested type. Non-forested land: About 15 percent. County forest: The county forest is the third largest county forest in the state, with 174,261 acres. Surface water: Approximately 239,744 acres (374.6 square miles). The county has 457 lakes (243 unnamed), eight flowages, 29 springs, 81 rivers and streams and miles of shoreline along Lake Superior.
Largest city: Hurley, 1,547 (2012 estimate) County seat: Hurley Number of cities: 2 (Hurley and Montreal) Number of towns: 10 (Mercer, Sherman, Saxon, Gurney, Pence, Oma, Anderson, Knight and Kimball)
Population (2015 est.)
Countyâ€™s population: 5,794 People per square mile (average)
People stats (July 2011)
Characteristics (percents) Males Females Caucasian American Indian or Alaska Native Asian African American Two or more races -
49.9 50.1 97.3 0.8 0.8 0.2 1.2
Average household size: 2.0 people Total number of households (2012): 3,003 Family households by size 2 persons 1,036 3 persons 325 4 persons 236 5 person 70 6 persons 22 7 or more persons 5 non-family households by size 1 person 967 2 persons 145 3 persons 13 4 persons 3
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Iron County directory Iron County Courthouse 300 Taconite St. Hurley WI 54534
Iron County Board of supervisors
•District 1: Paul Mullard, Hurley, 715-5614865 •District 2: Joseph Pinardi, Hurley, chairman, office 715-561-3226; home, 715-5614145 •District 3: Jack Prospero, Hurley, 715-5612268 •District 4: Larry Youngs, Hurley, 715-5613168 •District 5: William Thomas, Gile, 715-5615314 •District 6: Ken Saari, Montreal, 715-3291235 •District 7: John Smith, Kimball, 715-5612435 •District 8: Karl Krall, Saxon, 715-893-2303 •District 9: Patrick Hanson, Upson, 715561-3446 •District 10: Scott Erickson, Oma, 715-5612760 •District 11: John Sendra, Mercer, 715-4760219
THE IRON County Courthouse is located on U.S. 51 in Hurley. •District 12: Opal Roberts, Mercer, 715-4762844 •District 13: Thomas Thompson Jr., Mercer, 715-476-3893 •District 14: James Kichak, Mercer, vicechairman, 715-476-2515 •District 15: Brad Matson, Sherman, 715583-2393
County officers, staff
•Clerk, Michael Saari, 715-561-3375
Bessemer Township N10338 Mill Street Ramsay, MI 49959
Home of the Keystone Bridge & July 4th Celebrations in the Park
The Bessemer Township Board is dedicated to serving over 1170 electors located in their district. Keeping current on billing practices, tax and zoning changes, election law updates, township infrustructure and utility maintenance are just some of the aspects of township government.
Members of the board are: Supervisor, Jeff Randall 667-0423 Treasurer, Jerry Grenfell 667-0484 Clerk, Debbie Janczak 667-0019 Trustees Beverly Ikola and Hope Tarnaski.
This current board has been in place since 2004 and is here to serve YOU.
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•Treasurer, Clara Maki, 715-561-2883 •Register of Deeds, Daniel Soine, 715-5612945 •GIS Technician, Neil Martinko, 715-5615803 •Coroner, Diane Simonich, 715-561-3800 •District Attorney, Martin Lipske, 715-5615671 •Victim Witness Coordinator, Lori Prenderville •Sheriff, Anthony Furyk, 715-561-3800
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Iron County directory •Undersheriff, Donna Klawitter, 715-5613800 •Child Support Enforcement Specialist, Linda Kuduk, 715-561-4485 •Public Health Services Director, Zona Wick, 715-561-2191 •Zoning Administrator, Thomas Bergman, 715-561-5414 •Veterans Services Director, Erick Nasi, 715-561-2190 •Emergency Government Director, Stacy Ofstad, 715-561-3266
Iron County Court
•Circuit Judge, Patrick J. Madden, 715-5613434 •Circuit Court Clerk, Karen Ransanici, 715561-4084 •Court and Family Court Commissioner, Santo Filippo •Register in Probate, Sheri Moon
Iron County Forestry
607 Third Ave. N., Suite 2 Hurley WI 54534 Office, 715-561-2697; shop, 715-561-2484 •Administrator, Eric Peterson
Iron County Highway Department
607 Third Ave. N., Suite 2 Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2234 •County Conservationist, Palmquist
•Chairman, Robert Walesewicz, 715-5615080 •Supervisor, Diane Schmidtke, 715-5619973 •Supervisor, Tom Bainbridge, 715-561-2174 •Clerk, Tori Aschebrock, 715-476-2275 •Treasurer, Mary Hitt, 715-561-3398 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786
Town of Gurney
Iron County Fairgrounds Saxon WI 54559 •President, Tom Salzmann
Iron County senior Center
•Director, Mark Marczak, 715-561-2108
Town of Anderson •Chairman, Roger Bjork, 715-561-5283 •Supervisor, Pat Hanson, 715-561-3446 •Supervisor, Jerry Rice, 715-561-2492 •Clerk, Kristin Bjork, 715-561-2555
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Iron County Fair Board
Our organization has established an outstanding reputation for quality, products & services.
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•Treasurer, Isabelle Williams, 715-5613008
607 Third Ave. N., Suite 1 Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4965 •Commissioner, Michael Swartz
•Chairman, Tom Innes, 715-893-2271 •Supervisor, Darren Rowe, 715-893-2374 •Supervisor, Vernon Moore, 715-893-2292 •Clerk, Denys Vargovich, 715-893-2307 •Treasurer, Jessie Bender, 715-893-2402
City of Hurley 405 Fifth Ave. N. Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4715 •Mayor, Joseph Pinardi, 715-561-4145 •Clerk/Treasurer, Stacey Wiercinski, 715-
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Iron County directory 561-4716 •Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, Kathy Byrns, 715-561-4715 •City Attorney, Ray O’Dea •Street Commissioner, Mark Bluse, 715561-2160 •Chief of Police, Chris Colassaco, 715-5613544 •Fire Chief, Darrell Petrusha, 715-561-3730 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786 Council members •Jay Aijala, 715-562-0231 •Joanne Bruneau, 715-561-3957 •Jamey Francis, 715-862-0428 •Steph Innes-Smith, 715-562-0326 •Robert Lanctoe, 906-364-4257 •Steve Lombardo, 715-299-9401
Town of Kimball •Chairman, Ron Ahonen, 715-561-2993 •Supervisor, Raymond Kivi, 715-561-4241 •Supervisor, John Smith, 715-561-2435 •Clerk, Irene Salzmann, 715-893-2469 •Treasurer, Pamela Backman, 715-5614868
THE HURLEY City Hall, Fire Department and Library share a buidling on Fifth Avenue. •Supervisor, Jeff Stenberg, 715-562-0581 •Clerk, Christan Brandt, 715-476-2403 •Treasurer, Lin Miller, 715-476-2676 •Assessor, Paul Carlson, 715-686-7738
Town of Pence
City of Montreal
•Chairman, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2785 •Supervisor, Kendall Koski, 715-561-4146 •Supervisor, Owen Garro, 715-561-2572 •Clerk/Treasurer, Kelly Jo Garro, 715-5612091 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786 •Town garage, 715-561-2091
54 Wisconsin Ave. Montreal WI 54550 •Mayor, Todd Haeger, 715-561-2329 •Clerk/Treasurer, Susan Lesky, 715-5614955 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786 Council members •Wayne Bergland, first ward, 715-561-2875 •Brian Livingston, first ward, 715-561-3079 •Joe Leoni, second ward, 715-561-2003 •Leola Maslanka, second ward, 715-5614570
Town of Mercer
Town of Oma
P.O. Box 149 Mercer WI 54547 •Chairman, Jim Kichak, 715-476-2515 •Supervisor, Bonnie Banaszak, 715-4762332 •Supervisor, Mike Lambert, 715-776-0392 •Supervisor, John Sendra, 715-476-0219
•Chairman, Steve Finco, 715-476-0183 •Supervisor, Larry Erickson, 715-561-4834 •Supervisor, Robert Matz, 715-561-0026 •Clerk, Denise Schmitz-Enking, 715-5614704 •Treasurer, Linda Kuduk, 715-561-2130 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786
Town of Knight
City of Bessemer
•Chairman, Michael Paternoster, 715-5612580 •Supervisor, Joe Olson, 715-561-3313 •Supervisor, George Nasi, 715-561-4651 •Clerk, Lori Genisot, 715-862-0833 •Treasurer, Janine Franzoi, 715-561-5004 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786
Town of Saxon •Chairman, Andrew Rowe, 715-893-2467 •Supervisor, Karl Krall, 715-893-2303 •Supervisor, Kelly Thurow, 715-893-2285 •Clerk, Kathryn Brauer, 715-893-2226 •Treasurer, Sue Brauer, 715-893-2361 •Assessor, Daniel Soine, 715-561-2786
Town of Sherman Sherman Town Hall 715-583-4422 •Chairman, Gerald Luke, 715-583-9941 •Supervisor, Roger Lepper, 715-583-4564 •Supervisor, Gerald Mikula, 715-583-2212 •Clerk, Amy Slone, 715-583-4422 •Treasurer, Gerald Murrin, 715-583-4477 •Assessor, Paul Carlson, 715-686-7738
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Parks and Recreation Iron County
CARoW CoMMUnItY PARK
County J on Grand Portage Lake Mercer 715-476-2403 Features a beach, restrooms, playground, picnic area and pavilion (rental available).
CARY RoAD PARK
Highway 77 Hurley 715-561-4715 Features a playground, volleyball courts, concession stand (per rental), softball field, bocce ball, horsehoe pits and walking trail.
GIlE PARK GIlE FloWAGE
Park Street, Gile 715-561-4955 Features a boat launch, fishing, picnic area, pavilion, restroom, playground and camping on islands on the Gile Flowage.
KIMBAll toWn PARK
Town Park Drive Kimball 715-561-2993 Features a picnic area, pavilion, swings, restrooms, volleyball court, basketball court, walking trail, fishing and a handicapped accessible fishing deck.
lAKE oF tHE FAlls
County FF on Turtle Flambeau Flowage Mercer 715-329-0826 Features a 40-acre, 30-spot campground with a boat launch area, fishing, pavilion, fireplaces, picnic tables, electricity and drinking water.
oMA toWn PARK
County G Oma Features pavilion, picnic area, playground,
RICCELLI PARK in Hurley offers play equipment, ball fields and picnic areas.
outhouse, boat ramp, fishing and swimming.
PotAto RIVER FAlls
Falls Road off Wisconsin 169 Gurney Features hiking trails, a picnic area, camping, trout fishing and waterfalls, as well as pit toilets.
Eighth Avenue North Hurley Features a pavilion, bathrooms, playground equipment and a basketball court.
sAnDY BEACH CAMPGRoUnD
Powell Marsh Road Manitowish Features rustic campsites with fire rings, a boat launch, swimming, fishing, a picnic area, drinking water and toilets.
sAxon HARBoR County A Saxon Closed.
U.S. 51 between Mercer and Hurley. 715-329-0826 Features camping with electricity, showers, fire rings and flush toilets, a pavilion and picnic area, ATV trail access and wash station and a trailhead parking lot with a loading ramp.
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Fisher Lake Road Mercer Features hiking trails, a picnic area, fire pits and a boat launch.
tURtlE FlAMBEAU FloWAGE
Various landings off County F and FF, Wisconsin highways 47 and 182 Mercer, Sherman Maps available at Mercer Ranger Station 715-476-2240 19,000 acres of water, 212 miles of shoreline, 35,500 acres of public land, 16 natural lakes Features camping, boating, fishing, picnic areas.
UPson CoMMUnItY PARK
Upson Park Road Features picnic area, camping, trout fishing, waterfalls, a picnic area and restrooms. ATV trail accessible.
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County E Iron Belt Ten acres of camping with electricity and fireplaces, swimming with a picnic area, pavilion, rest and changing rooms, boat launch ramps and fishing.
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BlACK RIVER HARBoR
County Road 513 Ironwood Township 906-284-0206 for camping information. Features a boat harbor, a campground with toilets and drinking water, picnic and grilling areas, pavilion and access to the North Country Trail along the Black River with access to several scenic waterfalls.
BlUFF VAllEY PARK
North Moore Street Bessemer Features a pavilion, volleyball court, playground equipment, tennis and basketball courts and a hiking trail up the bluff.
Cloverland Drive Ironwood 56 campsites, including nine full service hookups, modern toilets and a sanitation station, as well as playground equipment.
DEPot PARK AnD tRAIlHEAD
North of Ayer Street, between Suffolk Street and Lowell Street Ironwood Features a pavilion, volleyball courts, motorized and non-motorized trails, playground and adjoining Kuitunen Park with benches and a water fountain, with the Old Depot Museum at the center of it all, open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday Lake Wakefield 906-229-5131 Wakefield’s crown jewel, with two pavilions, playground, beach, and a campground that is open from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.
CURRY PARK offers space for campers along U.S. 2 in Ironwood.
Corner of Aurora and Suffolk streets Ironwood Features gardens as well as a walkway and benches in the heart of downtown Ironwood.
Corner of Burma Road and Grant Street Ironwood Skate park featuring ramps, a rail and platforms.
Burma Road Ironwood Features the World’s Tallest Native American statue, playground and pavilion.
lAKE AnD AYER stREEt PARK
Ironwood Features playground equipment and a basketball court
lAKE GoGEBIC stAtE PARK
N9995 M-64 Near Marenisco 906-842-3341 Featuring a beach, boat launch, picnic area, restrooms, hiking, paddling and 117 campsites, 105 which are modern and 12 of which are rustic.
lIttlE GIRl’s PoInt CoUntY PARK
County Road 519 Ironwood Township 906-663-4428 Features a beach and 31 campsites, 28 of which
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Corner of Vaughn and Day streets Ironwood Features bleachers, concession stand, restrooms and playground equipment.
Arch Street and Hemlock Street Ironwood Features a walking track, lighted basketball court, a bandshell, children’s playground equipment and picnic tables.
MInERs MEMoRIAl HERItAGE PARK
Between Bonnie Street and Alfred Wright Boulevard Ironwood 167 acres of reclaimed park, with a 4-kilometer non-motorized trail for hiking and cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Historical home of the Pabst, Aurora, Norrie and Townsite mines, which date back to the late 1800s.
Norrie Park Road Ironwood 105 acres of trails, community gardens, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, playground equipment, a pavilion.
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Ridge Street and Hemlock Street, Ironwood Two tennis courts with parking.
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Legal Advocacy Assistance with legal issues, referrals, information, PPO’s, TRO’s, accompaniment to court, crime victims’ compensation and Judicare. Domestic & Sexual Violence Peer-Supportive Counseling We offer crisis intervention, peer and child counseling to help those affected by domestic and sexual violence.
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Support/Empowerment Group Established in a comfortable and confidential setting, the group discussion is lead by a trained professional to aid in the empowerment of those affected by domestic and sexual violence. The support/empowerment group meets once a week with available child care.
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Gogebic County Human services Department 301 E. Lead St., Bessemer MI 49911 906-663-6200 Iron County Human services 300 Taconite Street, Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3636
Domestic Violence and sexual Assault DoVE Inc. 906-932-4990 or 800-711-6744 dove-inc.net Services include: -24-hour crisis line 906-932-0310 -24-hour emergency shelter -Advocacy -Counseling -Education and prevention -Emergency response -Group support -Information and referrals -Legal advocacy -Volunteer opportunities
Aging and Disability Resource Center of the north 300 Taconite Street #201 Hurley WI 866-663-3607 adrc-n-wi.org American Association of Retired Persons 888-687-2277 aarp.org
Aging Unit of Iron County 308 Third Ave. S, Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2108 or 800-950-8744
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AIDs Resource Center of Wisconsin Board of Trade Building 1507 Tower Ave., Suite 230 Superior WI 54880 715-394-4009 or 877-242-0282 arcw.org Services: -Intensified confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling -Early intervention program, providing newly diagnosed individuals with referrals to local primary care physicians and obtaining financial assistance for medical care. -Case management, financial assistance, housing and utility assistance, legal assistance, clinical drug trials, public benefits planning, emotional and practical support, networking and referrals.
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Memorial Medical Center 1615 Maple Lane, Ashland WI 54806 715-685-5500 northland Counseling services Iron County HsD & Associates 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3636 northlandcounselingsvcs.com
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social security Administration 213 S. Marquette St., Ironwood MI 49938 800-325-0778 or 906-932-4034 ssa.gov
Gogebic-ontonagon Community Agency 100 S. Mill St. Bessemer MI 49911 906-667-0283 gocaa.org
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Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin Rhinelander Outreach Office 8A W. Davenport St. Suite 224, Rhinelander WI 54501 715-362-7779 alz.org/gwwi Alzheimer’s Assoc. Caregiver support Group St. Luke’s – Chequamegon Clinic 415 Ellis Ave., Ashland WI 54806 715-392-3255
HoPE –Helping orphaned Pets Everywhere 590 Easy St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-1511 myhopeanimalshelter.org
University of Wisconsin Extension—Iron County Courthouse 300 Taconite St. Suite 118, Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2695 iron.uwex.edu
American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Region 800-733-2767
U.P. Regional Blood Center Marquette General Hospital 906-225-4610
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Resource Center Childcare referral agency 906-228-3362 greatstarttoquality.org
northwest Connection Family Resources 15896 W. 3rd St., Hayward WI 54843 800-733-5437 wisconsinchild.org Iron County W-2 Childcare Program 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3636
stARs Hurley K-12 School 5503 West Range View Dr., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4900
Iron County Food Pantry 72 Michigan Ave., Montreal WI 54550 715-561-4450 northwest Community services Superior, Wis. 715-392-5127
st. Vincent de Paul 103 North Case St., Bessemer MI 49911 906-663-0089
st. Vincent de Paul 216 West Aurora St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-4547
C.O.L.E.’S FOUNDATION Ironwood 888-365-2653 colesfoundation.org
Mental Health Crisis line Iron County 866-317-9362 familyservicesnew.org/crisis-center northland Counseling services 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3636 northlandcounselingsvcs.com
Aging and Disability Resource Center of the north 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534
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Hurley Head start 205 5th Ave S., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2365 Great start Programs in U.P. 906-228-3362 or 877-614-7328 greatstarttoquality.org
Children behavioral health and early intervention 800-75-SEALS easterseals.com/michigan
Gogebic-ontonagon Community Agency 100 S. Mill St., Bessemer MI 49911 906-667-0283
gocaa.org -Food program: commodities for seniors and families with children under 6 who don’t receive WIC and quarterly emergency food assistance program
Meals on Wheels and senior Meals Iron County Aging Unit Hurley: 715-561-2108 Saxon: 893-2333 Mercer: 476-2113
Memorial Medical Center 1615 Maple Lane, Ashland WI 54806 715-685-5500
Iron County Food Pantry 72 Michigan Ave., Montreal WI 54550 715-561-4450
Ironwood 49938 Ironwood Twp. 49938 Bessemer 49911 Bessemer Twp. 49959 Ramsay 49959 Erwin Twp. 49938 Wakefield 49968 Wakefield Twp. 49968 Marenisco Twp. 49947 Watersmeet Twp.49969
Hurley 54534 Montreal 54550 Gile 54525 Kimball 54534 Saxon 54559 Gurney 54528 Anderson 54565 Carey 54534 Pence 54550 Knight 54536 Sherman 54552 Mercer 54547 Oma 54534
Iron County Health Department 502 Copper St. Suite 2, Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2191 ironcountyhealthdept.org
Area code 906 Ironwood 932, 364 Ironwood Twp. 932, 364 Bessemer 663, 667 Bessemer Twp. 663, 667 Ramsay 663, 667 Erwin Twp. 932, 364 Wakefield 224, 229 Wakefield Twp. 224, 229 Marenisco Twp. 787, 842 Watersmeet Twp. 358, 366
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Aspirus Grand View Clinic N10565 Grand View Lane, Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-1500
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Aspirus Grand View Hospital N10561 Grand View Lane, Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-2525
Howard Young Medical Center 240 Maple St., Woodruff WI 54568 715-356-8000
Mercer Area Food Pantry 2657 Railroad St. 715-476-7655
Aspirus Grand View Clinic-Hurley 501 Granite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2255
Area code 715 Hurley 561 Montreal 561 Gile 561 Kimball 561 Saxon 893 Gurney 893 Anderson 561 Carey 561 Pence 561 Knight 561 Sherman 583 Mercer 476, 776 Oma 561
Bessemer Housing Commission 709 W. Iron St., Bessemer MI 49911 906-667-0288
Birchwood terrace 5350 Lakewood Road, Mercer WI 54547 608-822-7368 Brentlee Apartments 401 Florian St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4599
Echo Hollow 5350 Lakewood Road, Mercer WI 54547 608-822-7368 Garden Estates 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3100
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Hurley Housing Authority 410 3rd Ave S. #1, Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4344
Hometown Village 5231 N. Vaughn St., Mercer WI 54547 715-476-2747
Ironwood Housing Commission (Pioneer Park Apartments) 515 E. Vaughn St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-3341 ironwoodhousing.org Kathy Richards Management 201 S. Curry St., Ironwood MI 49938 888-576-6468 kathyrichards.com
Mill trace Apartments E5113 MacDonald Ln., Ironwood MI 49938 800-305-8137 x3036 Pickard Place Apartments 101 N. Lowell St., Ironwood MI 49938 888-576-6468 southgate Village 410 3rd Ave., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4344
Villa Manor 126 W. Arch St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-5222 Wakefield Housing Commission Sunset Manor 200 Pierce St., Wakefield MI 49968 Sherry- 906-224-5204
Wildwood Manor 5132 E. Wildwood Ln., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-6355 Woodland Court Apartments 638 Sutherland St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-5222
Iron County Child support 310 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4485
Judicare 800-472-1638 judicare.org Legal help for eligible low income persons. Cases involving bankruptcy, Social Security and SSI, family law, health, housing, income maintenance, tax controversies, and Indian law will be reviewed for approval or denial on an individual basis. -A person may apply online, by phone or at the following local agencies: -DOVE Inc.
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Ironwood American legion Post 5 and Auxiliary, Memorial Building; 906-932-3612. Bessemer Peter Gedda-Francis American legion Post 27 and Auxiliary, 209 N. Moore St.; 906-667-0422. Wakefield American legion Geroux Post 11 and Auxiliary, 605 River St.; 906-2295222. Watersmeet Post 417, P.O. Box 491, Watersmeet, MI 49969 Hurley American legion Post 35 and Auxiliary, 201 Iron St.; 715-561-5737. saxon Mercier-Kero American legion Post 371 and Auxiliary, meets at Saxon Community Center; 715-893-2333. Mercer Area American legion Post 424 and Auxiliary; meets at VFW clubhouse on Old U.S. 51 near U.S. 51; 715-476-2210.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Ironwood VFW Post 1823 and Auxiliary, 215 E. McLeod Ave.; 906-932-9944.
Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-4990 -Iron County Aging Unit 308 3rd Ave., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2108 -Iron County Human Services 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3636
lawyer Referral and Information servicestate Bar of Michigan 800-968-0738
lawyer Referral and Information servicestate Bar of Wisconsin 800-362-9082
Gogebic Medical Care Facility 402 North St., Wakefield MI 49968 906-224-9811 sky View nursing Center 309 Iron St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-5646
Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center 300 Taconite St., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-3200
Westgate nursing Rehabilitation and Assisted living Community 1500 N. Lowell St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-3867
Bessemer VFW Post 3673 and Auxiliary, W. Lead St.; 906-667-0812. Wakefield VFW Post 9084 and Auxiliary, W. U.S. 2; 906-224-3071. Iron County (Hurley) VFW Post 1580 and Auxiliary, South Third Ave.; no phone. Mercer-Manitowish Waters VFW Post 9536, meets at clubhouse on Old U.S. 51 near U.S. 51; 715-476-2210.
Disabled American Veterans, Northland Chapter 66, meets at Bessemer VFW Post; 906-667-0812. Ironwood AMVEts Post 490, meets quarterly at American Legion Post 5, Memorial Building; 906-932-3612. Hurley Military order of the Cooties 35, meets at Hurley VFW Post; 906-932-4591. Vietnam Veterans of America, GogebicIron Range Chapter 529, meets at 507 Hematite St., Hurley; 906-561-3006. Gogebic-Iron Marine Detachment, Marine Corps League, meets at American Legion Post 5, Memorial Building, Ironwood; 906-932-3612. new Beginnings 130 W. Aurora St., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-7472 ironwoodpregnancy.org
Iron County Lori Prenderville, director 606 3rd Ave. N., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-4802 Recycling Hours —Hurley, 606 3rd Ave N., Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. —Mercer, 2553 W County Road J., Wednesday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed on Loon Day) —Saxon, Clement Road, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. —Sherman, Town Garage, Hwy 182, Summer: Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (After Labor Day: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) —Oma, Saturday, Town Hall 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.,; Town Garage 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lucky Pierre’s 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. —Montreal, curbside collection, Tuesday. —Pence, curbside collection, every other Tuesday 9 a.m. —Knight, curbside collection, Tuesday.
Gogebic County Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority Chris Ann Bressette Transfer Station E5917 U.S. 2, Ironwood MI 49938
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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon 906-932-0600 Ironwood Public safety Department 123 W. McLeod Ave., Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-1234 Receptacles in parking lot at rear of building
superior Upper Peninsula Chapter Marquette MI 49985 906-228-3659
Ironwood — Riverside Cemetery, Broadway and Hemlock; 906-932-4441. Ironwood Township — Sunset Acres Cemetery, Airport Road; 906-932-8446. Bessemer — Hillcrest Cemetery, Clayberg and Cinnabar streets; 906-663-4831. Wakefield — Lakeside Cemetery, Old U.S. 2 and Cemetery Road; 906-229-5131. Watersmeet — Watersmeet Township Cemetery, Old U.S. 2 and Rosemont Avenue; 906358-4501.
Hurley — Hurley City Cemetery, U.S. 51, across from courthouse; 715-561-4715. Hurley — St. Mary’s Cemetery (Catholic), U.S. 51, across from courthouse; 715-561-2606. Hurley — Sharey Zedek (Jewish), U.S. 51, across from courthouse; 715-561-4715. Mercer — Mercer Cemetery, Beachway Drive, Mercer Lake; 715-476-2403. Iron Belt — Hillside Cemetery, Wisconsin 77 and County E; 715-561-2091. Upson — Greenwood Cemetery (Protestant), Wisconsin 122; 715-561-3501. Upson — Calvary Cemetery (Catholic), Wisconsin 122; 715-561-3501. Saxon — Lakeview Cemetery, U.S. 2, west of Wisconsin 122; 715-893-2245. Gurney — Edgewood Cemetery, Wisconsin 169, near U.S. 2; 715-893-2315.
Aging Unit of Iron County 308 3rd Ave., Hurley WI 54534 715-561-2108 Buses are wheelchair accessible. They run on a fixed schedule, Tuesday through Friday, for seniors age 60 and up. The bus goes to numerous points around northern Iron County; rides are on a donation basis. Seniors may call for individual home pickup if their home is near a
scheduled stop. Runs take riders to Hurley and Ironwood for shopping. The Aging Unit also has a 10-passenger van to take people to medical
Golf courses Gogebic Country Club
Country Club Road, Ironwood, 18 holes with pro shop and restaurant-bar, 906-9322515. Cart and club rentals available. Open to the public.
Eagle Bluff Golf Club
County Trunk D, just off U.S. 2, Hurley, 18 holes with restaurant-bar, pro shop and cart rentals, 715-561-3552. Open to the public. eaglebluffgolfclub.com.
Skye Golf Course
Whitecap Mountains Resort, County E, northwest of Iron Belt, Wis., 18 holes, carts available, walking not recommended, 715561-2227. Open to the public. skyegolf.net.
Tahoe Lynx Golf Course
5195 N. Pierpont Drive, Mercer, Wis., nine holes, 715-476-0050. Open to the public. tahoelynxgolfcourse.com.
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course
Located on 200 acres of Ottawa National Forest on U.S. 45 in Watersmeet, 18 holes, 906-358-0303. Open to the public. lvdcasino.com/golf.
Gateway Golf Club
4126 County B, Land O’Lakes, Wis., 715-547-3929, nine holes along the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Open to the public.
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appointments, based on a co-pay schedule. The van makes runs to Grand View Hospital and its clinics; medical facilities in Ashland, Duluth, Minn., Woodruff, Marshfield and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Gogebic County transit 235 E. McLeod Ave. , Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-2523 Provides 14 trips per day between Ironwood and Wakefield, as well as a dial-a-ride program Monday through Friday. Weekly services to the townships. All buses are lift equipped and radio dispatched.
Indian trails Bus line Indian Trails makes daily runs through Ironwood between Duluth, MN and Escanaba. A bus arrives in Ironwood at the Gogebic County Transit building from Escanaba headed to Duluth at 6:35 a.m. A bus comes from Duluth at 10:10 p.m. and goes to Escanaba. Gogebic County Transit, 906-932-2523. Indian Trails, 800-292-3831 or indiantrails.com. Air Choice one Airline Gogebic-Iron County Airport is served by Air
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Choice One airline. There are two round-trip flights to Chicago O’Hare Airport from SundayFriday, with Monday-Friday departure times: 4:40 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Return flight departs from Chicago at 7:50 am and 8:10 p.m. Sunday departure from Ironwood are 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., with returns leaving Chicago at 2 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Saturday there is one round-trip departure time is 11 a.m.; return depart from Chicago at 2 p.m. There is one round-trip flight to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport from Monday-Friday. Departure time is 11:10 a.m. The return departs from Minneapolis at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information call 906-932-4500 or 866-I-FLY-VIP. Or visit either airchoiceone.com or flyfromironwood.com. For Weathermation (AWOS), 906-932-4039.
logisticare logisticare.com Reservation line: 866-907-1493 Services: Logisticare provides rides to medical appointments for members with no other way to get a ride, coved by Wisconsin Medicaid, Badgercare Plus Benchmark Plan, Family Planning Only Services, Tuberculosis Related Services, or Badgercare Plus Express Enrollment for Pregnant Women. twin City Cab 346 Silver St., Ironwood MI 49938
Resource Guide Libraries Bessemer Public Library
City Hall; 906-667-0404, email@example.com. Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., First Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed all other Saturdays and Sunday. Closed everyday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hurley Public Library
City Hall, 405 5th Ave. N.; 715-561-5705 or hurley.wislib.org. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Ironwood Carnegie Library
235 E. Aurora St.; 906-932-0203 or joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/Ironwood. Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: noon – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Marenisco Public Library
319 Fair Ave.; 906-787-2501 or marenis-
Hurley School District
5503W Range View Drive Hurley, WI 54534 (715) 561-4900 Fax: (715) 561-4953
The mission of the Hurley School District is to work with its community to provide a progressive and diverse education.
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firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours: change per month. To see schedule, visit facebook.com/pages/Marenisco-Friends-ofthe-Library/
Mercer Public Library
2648 W Margaret St.; 715-476-2366 or mercer.wislib.org. Summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon; closed Sundays. Winter hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon; closed Sundays.
Wakefield Public Library
401 Hancock St.; 906-229-5974 or joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/wakefield. Hours: Mondays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, noon – 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon – 6 p.m.; Thursdays, noon – 4:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon; closed Sundays.
Iron County Reproductive Health Clinic
is here to serve the residents of Iron County, WI and Gogebic County, MI with confidential birth control, pregnancy tests, STD screening and healthcare with a Nurse Practitioner.
www.ironcountyhealthdept.org 502 Copper St., Suite #2, Hurley, WI 54534 Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm Phone: 715.561.2191 Fax: 715.561.2836 Toll Free: 888.561.2191
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IRonWooD Apostolic lutheran. 326 W. Aurora. Sunday, 10 a.m. worship service; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible study. Assembly of God. 2100 E. Cloverland Drive. worship, 10 a.m. Catalyst Baptist Church. 222 E. Aurora St. Sunday worship, 11 a.m., Tuesday, Bible Study 6 p.m. First Presbyterian. Being held at Episcopal Transfiguration Church. Sunday worship, 9 a.m., fellowship to follow. Immanuel lutheran (Missouri). Little Girl’s Point, Saturday worship, 3 p.m. Jehovah’s Witnesses. Superior Street. Sunday public talk, 9:30 a.m., Watchtower study, 10:30 a.m. lighthouse Faith Center. 777 E. Ayer St.; Sunday prayer 9-9:30 a.m., worship and nursery, 10 a.m.; Wednesday prayer 6:15 p.m., service, 6:30 p.m., Thursday youth meetings, ages 8-12, 6 p.m., ages 12-19, 7 p.m. Services online at lfcironwood.org/tv. living Water Missionary Assembly. 236 S. Mansfield. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. worship; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; lwmissionary.org. our lady of Peace Catholic. Marquette Street. Saturday confession, 11 a.m. to noon; Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 8 and 11 a.m. 906-932-0174. st. John’s lutheran (ElCA). Airport Road. Second and fourth Sundays, 11 a.m. Third Sunday, Christ Lutheran Parish joint worship, service rotates among the three other CLP churches. st. Paul lutheran (ElCA). 111 S. Curry. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Third Sunday, Christ Lutheran Parish joint worship, service rotates among three of the four CLP churches. st. simon Eastern orthodox. 226 E. Harding. Sunday, liturgy, 10 a.m. 906-932-0674. salem lutheran (ElCA). 333 E. Marquette. Sunday, 9 a.m. (broadcast on WJMS); Third Sunday, CLP joint worship, service rotates among three of the four CLP churches. transfiguration, Episcopal. 336 E. Aurora. Sunday, 11 a.m. trinity lutheran (Missouri). E5104 Margaret St. Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Saturday Night Alive; Sunday, 8 a.m., Bible Study; 9 a.m., worship service. Wesley United Methodist. 500 E. McLeod. Sunday, adult Bible study, 9:30 a.m., service, 11 a.m., kids club, Wednesday after school. ironwoodwesleyumc.org. Woodland Church (BGC). N10234 Curry St., Sunday Bible study, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow. 906-932-1102 or woodlandchurchironwood.com. Zion lutheran (ElCA). Midland and Lowell. Sunday worship with communion, 9 a.m. Parish praise service, Saturday, 5 p.m. Third Sunday, Christ Lutheran Parish joint worship, service rotates
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Grace open Fellowship. 9 a.m., worship, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, prayer meeting, 6:30 p.m. WAKEFIElD All saints lutheran (ElCA). Saturday worship, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Calvary Baptist. Sunday school, 10 a.m., Sunday worship, 11 a.m.; afternoon service, 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, prayer and praise, 6 p.m. Grace Baptist. 512 Sunday Lake St. Sunday services, 10 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Immaculate Conception Catholic. Saturday Mass, 6 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 10:30 a.m. United Methodist. Sunday service, 12:30 p.m. WAtERsMEEt Immaculate Conception Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m. Bible. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.; men’s and ladies’ Bible study, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
among three of the four CLP churches. BEssEMER Christ Community Church of sDA. 507 E. Cinnabar. Saturday, 11 a.m., Sabbath school, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting, 6:30 p.m. our Redeemer lutheran (Missouri). Sanders Road. Sunday, worship, 10:15 a.m. Communion first and third Sunday. st. sebastian Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. sharon lutheran (ElCA). Sunday worship, 8:30 a.m. with fellowship following. MAREnIsCo st. Catherine’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. RAMsAY Cornerstone Christian. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m., Intercessory prayer, 8:30 a.m., children’s church, 10:30 a.m.
HURlEY First Presbyterian. Sunday, 9:15 a.m. worship, Sunday school and nursery. Havenwood Baptist. 501 Copper St. Sunday school, 10 a.m., services, 11 a.m., lunch and afternoon service following. Range Community Bible. Sunday school, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; worship, 9 and 10:30 a.m. st. Mary’s Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m., Sunday Mass, 7 and 11 a.m., Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8 a.m., Thursday, 8 a.m., Friday, 8 a.m. st. Paul’s lutheran (Wisconsin). Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. KIMBAll Good shepherd Community Apostolic lutheran. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Bible study 10 a.m. Communion first Sunday. lAnD o’lAKEs Hope lutheran (lCMs). 1764 U.S. 45, just north of County B. Divine service, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, call 906-544-2259 or visit email@example.com for schedule. land o’ lakes Bible Church. 5937 U.S. 45. Sunday school 9 a.m.; Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday afternoon prayer, 5 p.m.; Thursday table talk and Bible study 6:30 p.m. 715-547-3183. MERCER Community Church of nazarene. Sunday, worship, 10 a.m. Faith lutheran (Missouri). Sunday, worship, 9 a.m., Bible study, 10:30 a.m. st. Isaac Jogues Catholic. Masses Sunday, 11 a.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. United Methodist. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Zion lutheran (Wisconsin). Sunday, 9 a.m., Bible class, 10:15 a.m. sAxon Community Presbyterian. Sunday, 11 a.m. st. Ann’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 8:45 a.m.;
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Gogebic Community College
erving the Gogebic Range since 1932, Gogebic Community College offers 55 academic programs which lead to certificates, associate degrees, or admission into transfer programs at four-year universities. It has an outreach center in Houghton and also works with area high schools to provide dual enrollment to them. GCC opened its doors on Sept. 6, 1932, then known as Ironwood Junior College and located on the third floor of Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. GCC, now on its own campus in Ironwood Township, has grown over the years with academic and technical buildings, as well as the Jacob Solin Center for Business, the David G. Lindquist Student Center and a new dormitory. The college still offers low-cost two-year degrees and transfer credits. It has, for the second time, been recognized by the Aspen Institute as being in the top 10 percent of
community colleges nationwide, based on its ability to economically and effectively serve the educational and career needs of its students. From transfer programs in pre-medicine and pre-law, to occupational programs in many business fields and other programs such as its renowned ski area management program, GCC has grown into a comprehensive college that serves many academic needs, provides student housing and support services, and also serves its community by hosting various speakers, forums and other events of interest to the public. Its vocational students, such as those in its cosmetology program, also offer their services to the community for modest fees. GCC students often transfer to fouryear institutions regionally and nationally, going on to future academic and career successes.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 2100 Beaser Ave., Ashland WI 54806 — 715-682-4591 — witc.edu
The Ashland campus for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was established in 1921. Some courses are offered at the Hurley K-12 School. WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training and a wide array of courses for personal or career enhancement. The college offers more than 50 career programs and is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. During the 2011-’12 school year, the Ashland Campus of WITC served 4,000 students. There are more than 60 members of staff, faculty and administrators. Housing may be available in conjunction with Northland College.
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Sports available to students include women’s volleyball, women’s and men’s cross-country running and skiing and men’s and women’s basketball. GCC also offers Mt. Zion Ski Area with downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. The hill is located on campus and is operated by the ski area management program. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1 at GCC. More than 75 people are employed in administration, staff or faculty. Enrollment is currently near 1,500, with 96 students living in the new campus suites. Although GCC continues to change, its commitment remains the same to its students. The college is located at E4946 Jackson Road in Ironwood Township. For more information, go to gogebic.edu or call 906932-4231 or 800-682-5910.
Ironwood — All Saints Catholic Academy, pre-K-6, virtual school for 712, 106 S. Marquette St.; 906-932-3200. Hurley — Northwoods Christian Academy, 715-561-2545. nca-k12.org. Bessemer — Bluffview Christian School, K-8, Seventh-Day Adventist, 507 Cinnabar St.; 906-663-6959 daytime, 906-667-0939 after hours. bluffviewchristianschool.com.
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Public schools in Gogebic, Iron counties
Ironwood Area School District
The Ironwood Area School District has gone through major changes within the past few years, including renovations to the Luther L. Wright High School, the closing of Norrie Elementary School in 2011 and the revamping of Sleight Elementary School, making Luther L. Wright a K-12 facility in 2014. Sleight School is home to the district’s pre-K program and houses the Gogebic County Community Schools, which is an alternative high school serving all of the county. Enrollment is around 750. LLW was built in 1924. The man for whom the school building was named helped establish a proud educational heritage early in the 20th century. He oversaw the burgeoning district in its early days. He later became Michigan's superintendent of public education. A wide variety of vocation programs are offered. Students may also qualify for dual enrollment with the nearby Gogebic Community College, beginning work on a college degree in tandem with a high school diploma. The Ironwood Red Devils (Class C) compete in the West-PAC for football and in the Indianhead Conference for most other sports. Board of Education Steve Thomas, president, 906-932-5366 Ed Rickard, 906-932-0749 Marilyn Nezworski, 906-932-4710 Brenda Agee, 906-932-3040 Pamela Niemi, 906-932-0670 John Lorenson, 906-932-5364 Leroy Johnson, 906-932-3841
Administration Tim Kolesar, superintendent, 906-932-0200 Luther L. Wright K-12 School offices, 906932-0932 Denise Woodward, principal, 906-932-0932 Gordy Erickson, athletic director, 906-9320932 Sleight School, 906-932-1531
Bessemer Area School District
The Bessemer Area Schools serve students in the city of Bessemer and Bessemer Township. The district includes two buildings: A.D. Johnston Junior-Senior High School for grades 7-12, and Washington Elementary for grades K-6. Enrollment is around 400. The high school was dedicated in 1907. It was later named after Albert David Johnston, who served on the school board from 1900 until 1923. Washington School was built starting in 1919 and was completed in the mid1920s. It served as replacement for multiple area grade schools at the time. When Washington was built, its swimming pool, now closed, was the only one in the U.P. In 1994, the high school received a complete renovation and a new addition. Voters later approved sinking funds that were used for various projects including tuckpointing Washington School and improvements at Massie Field and to the food service program. Bessemer co-ops a football team with Wakefield-Marenisco under the name Gogebic Miners. The Miners play in the Mid-Eastern Conference. Otherwise, the Class D Speedboys and Speedgirls compete in various sports in the Copper Mountain Conference.
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Board of Education Robert Berg, president, 906-663-4470 Sheri Graham, 906-663-6874 Annette Lillie, 906-663-6079 Beth Steiger, 906-663-4676 Mary Beth Trudgeon, 906-663-0232 Al Gaiss, 906-364-4369 Kim Wright, 906-663-2043 Administration District superintendent is David Radovich, 906-667-0802; principal is Dan VanderVelden, 906-667-0413; A.D. Johnston school secretary and athletic director is Tim France, 906-6670413; business manager is Chris Berquist, 906667-0802; Diana Hanson is head teacher at Washington School, 906-663-4515.
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The Wakefield-Marenisco School District serves the city of Wakefield and the townships of Wakefield and Marenisco. The W-M district was created in June 2004, when the Wakefield and Marenisco districts consolidated following voter approval. Enrollment at the school is around 300, with a district budget of around $2.2 million. The district’s K12 campus has received periodic updates to the building, technology and grounds in keeping with instructional demands. In 2003, the school built a new athletic field and 400-meter track. In 2009, W-M and Bessemer began a co-op program for football. Starting in 2012, the team took the name Gogebic Miners with new team colors and logo. They compete in
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the Mid-Eastern Conference. W-M offers other sports in Class D which compete in the Copper Mountain Conference. W-M also offers Quiz Bowl and other clubs. The district superintendent is Cathy Shamion. Lead teachers are Brandon Makela and Mark Lane, who is also the athletic director. The Wakefield-Marenisco school board meets each month, generally on the third Monday at 5 p.m. Most meetings are held at the school in the administrative offices board room. Board of Education Brad Dalbec, president, 906-224-3751 Margaret Lynott, 906-229-5322 Dan Obradovich, 906-229-5366 Stacie Rooni, 906-364-3719 Michelle Sorensen, 906-787-2677 Marsha Vestich, 906-842-4301 Brandon Yuchasz, 906-842-3423 Administration Superintendent Cathy Shamion, 906-2249421; K-12 secretary Melody Saubert, 906-2247211; business manager Tina Trevarthen, 906-224-8141.
Watersmeet School District
Watersmeet School, home of the Nimrods, is located on U.S. 45 in Watersmeet. A major renovation in 2003 gave an aging building and the 1970s addition a major upgrade. A new gymnasium, library, lunch room, community weight room and suite of offices were also added, as well as a new playground and parking lot. The Nimrods compete in Class D in the Copper Mountain Conference. Board of Education Bruce Caudill, president, Nicklas Christ, 906-358-4509 Tara Pallin, 906-358-4532 Albert Peterson Jr, 906-366-0224 Joan Moll, 906-358-3017 Frances Zelinski, George Zelinski, 906-358-4881
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Hurley School District
The Hurley K-12 School District continues to work to meet the challenges of education in the 21st century. Whether it be personal computers for students and staff, a revamped library or rejuvenated football field, the district continues to invest in the future. Enrollment is around 600 K-12. The Hurley School Board usually meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. The five school board members are elected at-large for staggered terms. The board meets in the library at the K-12 school off Range View Drive. An annual meeting is conducted in October. Any district resident can vote on items covered at the annual meeting or bring up a topic for a vote. The electorate authorizes the school board to levy taxes at the annual meeting, but the board sets the annual tax levy. The Midget football team plays in the WestPAC, while the other boys and girls teams play in the Indianhead Conference. Board of Education Joe Simonich, president, 715-561-3200 David Pajula, 715-561-2509 Michael Fontecchio, 715-360-0895 Darryl Mattson, 715-561-2021 Maria Sokol, 715-561-5130 Administration Chris Patritto is district administrator, 715561-4900, ext. 202. Melissa Oja is 6-12 principal, ext. 218; and Kevin Genisot is Pre K-5 principal and special education director, ext. 258. Steve Eder is director of student activities and commu•
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Mercer School District
The Mercer School District is the smallest school district in the state of Wisconsin, operating one K-12 school. The district promotes its small classes and opportunities for individual attention from teacher to student. Local organizations, businesses and individuals donates tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors each year. Enrollment is around 140. In 2006, school boosters organized the Mercer Education Foundation to raise funds for scholarships, special classrooms projects and other enrichment opportunities for students. Since 2007, the foundation has named inductees to the Mercer School Hall of Fame. The Mercer Tigers compete in volleyball, cross-country, basketball and track. Students have found success in forensics, patriotic essaywriting contests, nationwide technology contests and youth government endeavors as well. The five-member Mercer School Board meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the school commons. Board members serve three-year terms that are staggered so that one or two seats are up for election each spring. Board of Education Deanna Pierpont, president, 715-776-4588 Kelly Kohegyi, 715-476-3709 Christa Reinart, 715-562-0273 Noel Brandt, 715-776-0444 Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, 715-776-0612 Administration Erik Torkelson, administrator, 715-476-0100 ext. 221 Lori Boltz, business manager, 715-476-0100. ext. 223
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Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Watersmeet MI 49969 906-358-4577
Early accounts of the Lac Vieux Desert Band date back to the 1600s when French missionaries wrote of wintering with the band. Members of the Lac Vieux Desert Band originally lived on South Island at Lac Vieux Desert, until they moved to the south shore of the lake in the 1800s. Fishing, hunting and gathering natural foods have sustained the members of the Lac Vieux Desert Band for years. These treaty rights and traditions are maintained to this day. After the treaty of 1854, a large portion of the Lac Vieux Desert Band members returned to their original village, Ketegitigaaning. When the ceded Indian lands were placed on public sale,
the members of Ketegitigaaning pooled part of the yield of their winter hunting, and took the furs to the Public Land Office in Marquette to purchase the land they were living on. That is where they remain to this day. In recent history, LVD was recognized by most as members of the Keweenaw Bay Band and resided in the Watersmeet area. However, In the decade of 1960s, members of LVD began the effort to reorganize as a separate and distinct band. In 1988, after years of persistence, President Ronald Reagan signed the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Act that made Lac Vieux Desert a federally recognized tribe. The 1990s found LVD very active in operating a resort facility, including a 76-room motel, nine-hole golf course, gaming facility, restaurant
and a host of small businesses. Also during that time, LVD developed a limited care facility, mental health, pharmaceutical, dental and optometry services, expanded day care and child care services, opened a convenience store, created a tribal water and wastewater utility managing a complete public water system and wastewater lagoon system, constructed a new law enforcement facility, donated significant funds to outside communities to assist in its development efforts, and started constructing new homes for tribal members and their families. Today, LVD is operating a casino resort and 18-hole golf course and other tribal businesses while continuing to strengthen and protect the band’s cultural resources, as well as continuing to develop strategies to allow for continued growth.
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
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and Iron counties. The band has another near 200 acres on Madeline Island, and more than 90 percent of the land is kept wild. Chippewa, or Objibwe Nation, is one of the three largest native nations in North America. Historically, the Objibwe were known as semi-nomadic hunters, fishermen and gatherers. A patrilineal society is organized by clans, of which the following survive here: The Crane, Loon, Eagle, Bear, Marten, Lynx, Bullhead, Sucker and Turtle. Many people still belong to the Midewin Lodge, the Objibwe’s original religious society. Others belong to one of the Big Drum societies, or the Catholic or Methodist religions. The band originally migrated here on a search for food that grows on water, or wild rice, from the East Coast. Primary game animals are deer, bear, rabbit, grouse, ducks, geese and rabbits. Not many families harvest maple syrup from the maple trees that edge the rivers these days. The Bad River Natural Resource Department brings millions of walleye fry and fingerlings to the Bad and Kakagon rivers. Most people fish for subsistence only, with northern pike, trout, salmon, burbot, bass and sturgeon also being fished. Tribal government social programs and casino operations are primary employers on the reservation. The tribe has a grocery store, gas station, domestic violence shelter, Head Start, clinic, day care and law enforcement. “We’re in your neighborhood, when quality counts, with expert advice.”
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Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians lac du Flambeau WI 54538 715-588-4264
The band settled in the Lac du Flambeau area in 1745. They got their name from the way they harvested fish by torchlight at night, as “Lac du Flambeau” means “Lake of the Torches.” The LDF reservation was established by treaties in 1837 and 1842. It became a tourist destination near the turn of the century. The tribe began bingo and casino operations to increase economic activity and foster self-reliance, as the revenues would benefit the tribe and community. Strawberry Island, or “the place of the little people,” is a sacred site located in Lac du Flambeau and recognized in the National Register of Historical Places. The island is the site of the last battle between the Sioux and Objbwe in 1745. In 1966 an archaeological survey identified artifacts and remains on the island dated back to 200 B.C. The LDF reservation has 65 miles of streams, lakes, and rivers and 24,000 acres of wetlands, which are stocked with over 200,000 fish per year by the tribal fish hatchery. The fish hatchery has restocked the lakes with over 415 walleye fry over the past 30 years. The world’s largest sturgeon speared came out of LDF’s Pokegama Lake, measuring 7 feet, 1 inch, weighing 195 pounds with a 40-inch girth. It is located in the local museum. “Old Abe,” the most famous bird in American history, was found in 1861 by Chief Sky, during a spring expedition into the northern forests. Chief Sky found two eaglets in a pine tree and brought them along with them. The travelers came to the home of Dan McCann, and they gave one of the eaglets to him. McCann cared for the eagle and presented it to the 8th Wisconsin Reg-
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Calendar of Events
THERE ARE many running events of various distances offered across the Gogebic Range through the year which bring runners together.
— Sisu Ski Fest, cross-country ski race with ski expo, leisure events, more, Ironwood. sisuskifest.com. — Open skating, various weekdays throughout the winter, Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.
— Lake Gogebic Radar Run, stock and modified snowmobile classes on 1,000 foot track, Gogebic Lodge, Lake Gogebic. lakegogebicarea.com.
— Polar Plunge, Sunday Lake, Wakefield. Fundraiser for Regional Hospice. regionalhospice.org or 906-663-0308. — Open skating, various weekdays, Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.
— Cabin Fever Craft Fair, Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township. — Easter egg hunts, various local schools. — Taste of the Gogebic Range, area restaurants offer menu samples, Gogebic Community College, Ironwood Township. Fundraiser for GCC Foundation. 906-932-4231, ext. 201.
— Fishing seasons open in Michigan and Wisconsin. michigan.gov/dnr or dnr.wi.gov. — Memorial Day Weekend ATV Rally, Iron County, Wis. ATV parade, mud run and more. 715-561-4334 or 715-476-2389. — John Jarvi Jr. Memorial Run, 5-kilometer, 10K and tot trot, Ironwood. uprrc.org. — City- and townwide garage sales, area towns.
— Free fishing weekends in Michigan and Wisconsin. michigan.gov/dnr or dnr.wi.gov. — Lupine Junefest, bike rides, photo contest and more, Mercer, Wis. 715-476-2389. — GRRRR Gogebic Range bike ride. 906-932-2523. — City and town-wide garage sales, area towns. — Hometown Run, 2-mile, 10-kilometer and tot trot, Bessemer. Part of Bessemer Blast Fourth of July celebration. bessemer4th.com.
— Area towns celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, pic-
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nics, games and more from late June through early July. — Sunday Lake Run, 2.8 miles around Sunday Lake, Wakefield. wakefield-chamber.com or 906-224-2222. — Festival Ironwood, Depot Park, downtown Ironwood. Music, food, games and more. ironwoodchamber.org or 906-932-1122. — Festival Ironwood Walk, Run and Roll, 2- and 5-mile, downtown Ironwood. aspirusgrandview.org or 906-932-0668. — North Country 100 Bike Race, departs from Sunday Lake, Wakefield. wakefield-chamber.com/nc-100 or 906-224-2222. — Garden tours offered by local garden clubs. — Iron County Heritage Festival begins; runs through early August. Activities include golf scramble, organization open houses, parade, walking tours of Hurley, all-class reunion and more. 715-561-4334 or 715-4762389.
— Gogebic and Iron county fairs. — Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Hurley area. Full and half marathons and relay. paavonurmimarathon.com. — Loon Day, craft and artist booths, food and loon-calling contest, Mercer, Wis. 715-476-2389. — Festival Italiano, food, live music and vendors, Hurley. 715-561-4334.
— Lake Gogebic fall walleye tournament. lakegogebicarea.com. — Pumpkinfest, Bessemer. With kiddie parade, vendors, games and activities. bessemerpumpkinfest.com.
— Pumpkin Run ATV Rally, Iron County. Poker runs, games, raffles, music, parade and more. hurleywi.com or 715-561-4334. — Halloween fun frolic events, various local schools.
— Historic Ironwood Theatre Idol, singing competition for area youth, Ironwood. ironwoodtheare.net or 906-932-0618. — Firearm deer season opens in Michigan and Wisconsin. michigan.gov/dnr or dnr.wi.gov.
— Snowmobile trails open (weather permitting) in Michigan and Wisconsin. — Various area tree lighting ceremonies. — Jack Frost Festival of Lights, with parade, concert and more, downtown Ironwood. 906-932-1122.
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