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2017 Travel Guide for The Northwoods

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Excellent care without an appointment.

Minor coughs, cuts, fevers, bumps, burns - we treat them all with almost immediate care. Aspirus Ironwood Clinic is now open 7 days a week. Noon - 7pm. For help finding the closest Aspirus Clinic or Hospital near you, call:


Aspirus Ironwood Hospital Emergency Room 24/7 N10561 Grand View Lane Ironwood, MI 906.932.2525

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Aspirus Ironwood Walk-In Clinic N10565 Grand View Lane Ironwood, MI 906.932.1500

Aspirus Hurley Clinic 501 Granite Street Hurley, WI 715.561.2255

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In the Heart of Big Snow Country Located 1 Mile East of Hurley, WI

Sales, Service, Parts & Rentals Snowmobiles • ATVs • PWC


800-932-1202 300 E. Cloverland Dr. • Ironwood, MI 49938

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Index of Advertisers 2nd Street Bistro A&A Hardware Abelman Clothing and Footwear ABR Trails Agogeebic Press America’s Best Value Inn AmericInn Silver City Antonio’s Restaurant Arbor Vitae Homes Around the Corner Pub Aspirus Ironwood Backstreet Cycle Bad River Lodge & Casino Ben Franklin Ben’s Place Big Valley Ford Borseth Properties/Insurance Branding Iron Steak House and Pub Buddies Burgers Burger’s Bar and Grill C & M Oil/U.S. 2 Service Center Char’s Café Chequamegon Food Co-op Christ Lutheran Parish Citizen State Bank Cloverland Motor Sports, Inc. Cold Iron Brewing Copper Peak Adventure Ride Creative Spirits Rubber Stamping & More Days Inn Domitrovich Realty/Insurance Downtown Art Place Earla’s Elk and Hound Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Fabric Patch Gateway Lodge Giovanoni’s True Value Gitche Gumme Landing Gogebic Community College Gogebic County Fair Gogebic/Iron County Airport Golden Karat Jewelers

On the Cover: Waterfalls, like this one located at Copper Falls State Park near Mellen, Wis., are among the many natural wonders which await outdoor enthusiasts who visit the Northwoods.

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Gooche’s A-1 Bar and Grill page 59 Great Northern Motel/ Wolf’s Den Restaurant page 43 Gresham Firearms page 33 Haven North Condos page 55 Headwaters Polaris page 36 Hegg Plumbing page 15 Hitt’s Fine Furniture page 27 Holiday Acres page 31 Holiday Station/Wakefield page 11 Hoop N’ Hollar Tavern page 64 H.O.P.E Animal Shelter page 19 Iron County Community Credit Union page 13 Ironwood Chamber of Commerce page 49 Jane Carlson-Ballone/ The Real Estate Store page 64 Joe’s Pasty Shop page 61 JW’s BBQ & Brew page 64 Keenagers page 11 Konteka Black Bear Resort page 33 Koski Collision and Custom Center page 19 Lac Vieux Desert Casino page 63 Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce page 64 Lake Gogebic Motel page 64 Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino page 23 Lake Tomahawk Meat Market page 27 Land O’Lakes Recreation page 41 Legendary Waters Casino page 47 Liberty Bell Chalet page 60 Link’s Smoke House Restaurant page 21 Little Finland Gift Shop page 19 Logger’s Alley Bar and Grill page 37 Lula Roe/Revival page 15 Marenisco Township page 45 Ma’s Place page 11 Mercer Chamber of Commerce page 43 Michigan State Police Wakefield Post 86 page 55 Molly Cooper’s Bar and Restaurant page 21 Moore’s Army/Navy Store page 20 Nanette’s Knits and Gifts page 11 Niblick Bar and Grill page 20

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Northwind Natural Foods Co-op Northwood’s Accents Northwood’s General Store Olde Suffolk Ale House Olkies Bar Our Lady’s of Perpertual Sales Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church P.I. Pub P.I. Yacht Club Pertulla’s Service Center The Pines Plunkett’s Pest Control Quality Inn of Ashland Randall’s Bakery The Real Estate Store/ Z’s Place Red River Minerals ReMax Action North Realty Retreat Bar Rigoni’s Bakery RJ Hoeft Construction Co., Inc. Settler’s Co-op Sharon’s Coffee Company Silver Properties Sixth Street Market Skyview Lodge SS Sports St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Steiger’s Ace Hardware Stem’s Flower Shop Stormy Kromer Mercantile Sunday Lake Kayak Rentals Sunday Lake Supermarket Sylvania Outfitters Tacconelli’s Timber’s Resort Timberline Sports United Dreams Uptown Café Wakefield Chamber of Commerce Watersmeet Trout Hatchery and Fish Farm Whitecap Skye Golf Your Place Rental Zastow’s Lynx Lake Lodge

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Summer Fun and Dining Guide This visitors and dining guide is published annually by the Daily Globe Inc. Writing and Photography: Ralph Ansami, Larry Holcombe, Richard Jenkins, Jason Juno, Isabelle Kleinschmidt, Justin Libertoski, Ian Minielly, Tanya Thomas and Jan Tucker.

2017 Travel Guide for The Northwoods

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For more information about this guide or other products from the Daily Globe, visit, call 906-932-2211 or email: • Sue Mizell, Publisher, • Larry Holcombe, Managing Editor, • Heidi Ofstad, Advertising Manager,

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Bessemer 4th of July The Fourth of July celebation in Bessemer starts June 27. It is on June 27 that Bessemer hosts its kick off event for 10 years running with the Tree of Honor celebration at the downtown Pocket Park on Sophie Street, to honor veterans past and present. The 50/50 raffle tickets become available and Poker Runs start, with a different winning hand nightly. July 1 The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the 29th annual Bessemer Hometown Walk-Run and eighth annual Tot Trot, beginning and ending at City Hall. The walk-run includes 10K and 2-mile routes. Late registration continues from 7 to 8 a.m. Page 6 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

At 11 a.m., there will be an event at the Ethnic Commons recognising the area’s mining heritage. The day also includes the always popular Dominos fall at the A.D. Johnston High School gym. While it only takes minutes for all the domino's to fall, it takes many hours to set up and arrange. First in Flight Entertainment returns with their “Tribute to Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.” Two different performances, one at 1 p.m., and another at 6 p.m., will be held at Massie Field, using the high school as a back up in the event of rain. July 2 The third annual 3-on-3 hoops tourney goes off. Kids as young as 6 can

participate, all the way up to adults. There are female and male divisions and lots of teams turn out for this signature event. Kids Day downtown includes a chalk drawing station for youngsters to draw right on Main Street. There is also an outdoor children's dance for sixth grade and below children. There will also be a War card game tournament and water balloon toss. July 3 The Bessemer High School band will march down main street practicing for the big parade. Following the band there will be a game of Simon Says Continued on page 9

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NORTHWOODS GENERAL STORE & Coffeehouse Something for Everyone Michigan Made Products

Nostalgic Candy & Toys

Books for outdoor activities


Natural Insect Repellant TOYS & GAMES PERSONAL CARE

Buy 1 ice cream cone and receive 1 free of same or lesser value.

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm CLOSED Sundays & Holidays

Limit 1 cone per coupon, per customer.

906-224-1164 1010 E. Hwy. 2, Wakefield, MI 49968 Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 7

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Riding Dirty

The 32nd annual Memorial Day ATV / UTV Rally kicks off Thursday, May 25, and continues through Sunday, May 28. Highlighting Iron County’s 200-plus miles of ATV/ UTV trails, the annual event is known for what organizers call, “the Largest ATV / UTV Parade in the North.” A weekend full of activity, the poker run begins at noon on Thursday. Participating businesses will offer specials all weekend long. Those who wish to participate in the poker run can pick up their packet at the Hurley Chamber beginning at noon on Thursday, May 25.

The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce will host the parade line-up at a site located about 2 miles west of Hurley on Trail 77 where DJ music, vendors, food and beverages will begin at 3 p.m., Friday, May 26. Parade kick off time is 7 p.m. Another fun aspect of the weekend is the annual Selfie Contest. Sponsored by the chamber, participants are given a list of locations throughout the area to visit and take a selfie. Submitted photos are entered to win a four-pack of Milwaukee Brewers tickets.

This year's rally will feature a new event — a scavenger hunt. Don’t miss the infamous Mud Pit on Sunday. Sponsored annually by the Hurley Fire Department, the pit challenges riders to make it through the mud with the fastest time in their category. Registration begins at noon, with racing at 1 p.m. DJ music, food, beverages and raffles add to the excitement. Everyone is welcome to participate in the weekend of activities. Visit the chamber website at for event details, follow the Facebook page: Hurley Chamber or call 715-561-4334.

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BAD RIVER Lodge and Casino

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and street bowling. A bean bag tournament and the Derrick Brown Memorial Sling Shot 3-person water balloon launch, will give people the chance to pelt a themed attraction down range with a water balloon. Later, a street dance music will be provided by Lake Effect. July 4 The actual holiday begins at 6 a.m. with Poncho's Memorial Salute, issuing a wake-up call to Bessemer and surrounding communities to commence celebrating. At 9:30 a.m., Massie Field will host family games and races, followed by a Children's Parade at 1:30 p.m. The Bessemer Volunteer Fire Department will have an open house with free hot dogs and soda during this time. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the Memory Lane Car Cruisers will drive the parade route, making sure it is clear and people are ready, because at 7 p.m., the giant parade follows along Galena, Moore, Colby, Sophie and Silver streets. The judges’ platform will be at the corner of Sophie and Mary streets. The winning 50/50 numbers will be on the final float, as 50/50 sales as the parade begins. Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps will offer a concert at Massie Field around 9 p.m. at Massie Field. At 10 p.m., the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show is displayed off the bluff. Additional information is available at

73370 US Hwy. 2, Odanah, WI Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 9

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Festival Ironwood

Festival Ironwood returns for four days of fun and reunions at Depot Park July 19-22. Held every year at Depot Park, thousands of people gather to enjoy the food, crafts, music, car shows and a good time. The developments at the park in recent years, including the development of the Iron Belle Trail, a new kiddies' playground and volleyball courts, have added to the attractions of the summer celebration. Plans for the festival, Ironwood's major summer event, are carried on throughout the year. In addition to a wide range of musical entertainment, the Page 10 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

festival features games for the kiddies and adults alike. The World's Largest Duck Pick is an annual event . Crafts shows, volleyball, pool, poker, a teen dance and antique autos from the Klassic Kruisers show are other events that take place at Depot Park, but not all of the activities take place there. The Miners Memorial Heritage Park, Downtown Art Place and churches also schedule events to coordinate with a weekend that many former Ironwood residents mark on their calendars for a visit. For more information, visit the Festival Ironwood Facebook site.

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Enjoy Your Time in Wakefield See the Whispering Giant at the

Wakefield Visitor’s Center • Gifts • Souvenirs • Ice Cream • Tourist Information

Ma’s Place Cafe U.S. Highway 2 • Wakefield, Michigan • (906)224-3000

– OPEN DAILY – M-28 one block North of U.S. 2 Operated by the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce

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Holiday Station Store Wakefield, MI (906) 224-2191 OPEN 24 HOURS

Gas • Pop • Coffee • Beer ATM • Subs & More


Randall Bakery Your local Full Service Bakery

Fresh Pasties Availab le Daily!!!

Bruce K. Cox 408A Sunday Lake St. P.O. Box 131 Wakefield, MI 49968

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Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula

Divine Infant Living Center, dba KeenAgers Corp.

PERTTULA’S Open to All Faiths!

AUTO REPAIR CENTER INC. 200 Harrison St., Wakefield, MI 49968 1 Block Off Of U.S. 2 • Behind The Holiday Store

Offering Affordable Assisted and Independent Living

Hours: 8:00-5:00, Mon.-Fri.

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Iron County Fair

Fun in the Sun The Iron County Fair in Saxon, Wis., returns for its 90th edition Aug. 3-6. Billed as a “good old county fair,” there are activities and exhibits for all ages, from carnival rides and a mud run to a pie auction Sunday afternoon. The fair will again be a part of the Iron County Heritage Festival, which packages many events under one umbrella in late July and August. The fair has returned to its roots and Page 12 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

that is reflected in an antique tractor show that is a highlight of Sunday’s event. The Red Clay Classic Mud Run on Saturday afternoon draws competitors from throughout northern Wisconsin and the Sunday old-fashioned horse pulling contest is a priority for many fair-goers. A livestock auction, 4-H horse shows and plenty of musical entertainment

are offered. This year’s fair will also feature a rodeo, held in the fair’s horse arena Saturday afternoon. Food booths and refreshments are also available. To get to the fair from Ironwood or Hurley, take U.S. 2 west to Saxon, then turn left at either the County Trunk B intersection or the Wisconsin 122 intersection.

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The Lake regions mountain course!


Daily: $45 / 9 holes $55 / 18 Holes - cart included

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9106 W. County Road E., Upson, WI 54565 715.561.2227

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Gogebic County Fair The Gogebic County Fair's 96th annual celebration of summer is scheduled for Aug. 24-27. Organizers of the fair are working on booking entertainment and more information will be available at, or 906-663-4045. The fairgrounds are off Cloverland Drive on the west end of Ironwood.

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For 2017, a season's pass will again cost $30, or attendees may pay the single day rates of $12, except for Thursday, when the cost is $10. Passes obtained at the gate allow fair-goers to attend all of the entertainment acts for free and also offer free carnival rides. Each year, the fair board works hard

to find new and exciting entertainment, while also keeping long-time traditions, like harness racing, and other popular events on the schedule. A large and dedicated group of volunteers continues to make the annual fair a success and people interesting in helping out may complete a form on the fair's website.

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Domitrovich Insurance & Real Estate 234 River Street, Ontonagon, MI 49953

Toll Free (888) 666-2701 | (906) 884-2801 Michael W. Hegg

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• Master Plumber MICHIGAN LICENSED • Boiler Installer • Mechanical Installer Plumbing Contractor #8000438 Sewage System Installer #00080

PHONE: 906-884-4131

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AmericInn of the Porcupine Mountains and Paul’s Superior View Restaurant We are a little treasure out of your way • 71 rooms including Double, Queens, King, Whirlpool/Fireplace Suites • Free High-Speed Internet • Banquet/Conference Room • Indoor Pool, Whirlpool & Sauna

• Free Hot AmericInn Perk Breakfast • Elegant Lobby w/Fireplace • Fitness Center • Restaurant/Bar Attached

A magical place for your Destination Wedding. 120 Lincoln Avenue Silver City, MI 49953 • 906.885.5311 • 800.634.3444 Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 15

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Copper Peak Adventure Ride Copper Peak's Adventure Ride offers a view for miles from Ironwood Township. It involves an 800-foot chairlift ride to the top of the hill, and an 18-story elevator ride to the main observation deck near the top of the world’s largest ski flying platform. From the main observation deck, or from the very top of the ski structure, one can overlook more than 2,500 square miles of the Lake Superior basin and see a flyer’s perspective of what it takes physically and mentally to strap on a pair of eight-foot skis, accelerate to 65 mph down the 469foot inrun, and with a leap of faith, soar more than 600 feet down to the bottom of the hill. The view from atop Copper Peak is untainted by development. On a clear day it is possible to see 85 miles across Lake Superior to northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. Observe historic landmarks such as the Apostle Islands

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(40 miles to the northwest), Isle Royale (80 miles northnortheast), the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (25 miles northeast), and the Gogebic-Penokee Range and downshill ski areas (to the south). Fall color, as viewed from Copper Peak, can contend with any place in the world. It usually peaks around the last week in September and/or the first week in October, when the chairlift is most often ridden. Copper Peak is a registered Michigan historic site and a member of the Western Upper Peninsula Heritage Trail Network. The network contains some 70 of the most scenic and historic sites in the western counties of the Upper Peninsula. Copper Peak is located 10 miles north of Bessemer on Black River Road (County Road 513). The adventure ride is open daily from mid-June to Labor Day. For more information visit the website at

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Rigoni’s Bakery Celebrating 45 years in business! Thanks for Your Patronage! INTRODUCING OUR NEW Breakfast Pasty ~ Come in and Try!

Offering Non-Stop Flights to Chicago & Minneapolis

See us for all your Fresh: • Breads • Rolls • Pastries • Pasties • • Cookies • Pies • Cupcakes • We Ship Pasties Anywhere



Let us do that special occasion cake for you! 110 S. Suffolk St., Downtown Ironwood 906-932-3810 HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7am-5pm Saturday 7am-3pm

Come in for Daily Fresh Bakery


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Festival Italiano

Festival Italiano celebrates the rich Italian heritage of the Hurley area. With food vendors offering authentic dishes, live music and vendors; the day brings people together to celebrate the end of summer. Sign up for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Human Foosball tourna-

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ment or 2-mile Dago Dash. Bring the kids for face painting and balloon animals. Listen to live musical performances by: Lake Effect Band, Marty’s Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, Gypsy Road and Project 3:13 — a REO Speedwagon Tribute Band.

The Hurley Fire Department will offer tours of their equipment and live extraction demonstration.The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce's popular anti-pasto recipe contest is returning for another year. For more details, visit or call 715-561-4334

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Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary

H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere Come say hello to our furry friends! Wednesday and Saturday Stop in to check out the Finnish Gift Shop – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

5750 W. U.S. Hwy 2, Hurley, Wis. 715-561-4360


590 Easy Street • Ironwood, MI 49938 906-932-1511


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Ashland Welcomes You

United Dreams Quality glass, clothing, adult novelties, imported gifts, new age & more

BURGERS, WINGS, WRAPS AND MORE!!! Overlooking the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club in Ashland, WI

(715) 682-8800

411 Main St. W., Ashland, WI

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Burgers, Ice Cream, Bakery, Catering

519 W. Main St., Ashland, WI 54806



201 Main Street, Ashland, Wisconsin

715-682-6444 1413 6th Street West, Ashland, WI Just Minutes Away! 715-682-9608 Hours: 7 am to 9 pm, 7 Days a week!



Ann & Mary 715-292-4596 OPEN Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat 11 am – 4:30 pm 313 Main St West Ashland, WI 54806

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Ashland Welcomes You Dine with us & enjoy the Views of Lake Superior

OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH & DINNER Serving 11:00 am To Close

On Wisconsin’s Beautiful Lake Superior • BUSINESS MEETINGS • RETREATS • WEDDINGS • CATERING

30600 US Hwy 2 Ashland, WI 54806 (715)682-5235

– Classic Beer Battered Fish Fry – – Daily Drink Specials – Located in Hotel Chequamegon

OPEN ALL YEAR! 715-682-9095 • 800-946-5555 101 Lake Shore Dr. W., Ashland, WI 54806 •

The Quality Inn is your journey’s end! We are located 100 feet from the rustic shoreline where you will find a pleasant, scenic, relaxing yearround vacation and outdoor sports enthusiast destination. Book your summer vacation, wedding, or family reunion with us today!

HOTEL AMENITIES • 24-hour front desk • Covered lakeside balcony rooms available • Exercise facility • Indoor swimming pool • Indoor Jacuzzi

• Adjacent restaurant with banquet facilities • Free high-speed Ethernet in all guest rooms • Interior/exterior corridor rooms • Truck/RV parking

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BANQUET & EVENT CENTER • Weddings • Groom Dinners • Gift Openings • Bridal/Baby Showers • Retirement Parties • School Dances

Lake Superior Fish, Burgers & Sandwiches, Steaks, Poultry and BBQ Ribs Homemade Soups and Full Salad Bar!

• Graduation • Birthday Parties • Holiday Parties • Retreats • Funeral Receptions • Just to name a few!

Accommodations up to 150. Dividable into three separate sections or able to open as a whole restaurant space is almost endless. You pick the room(s) and the set, we will do the rest with tables, linens, chairs, audio, video and much more!

FULL SERVICE BAR 30580 US Hwy. 2 • Ashland, WI For Reservations call 715.682.0331 Just 1.5 Miles East of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 21

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Porcupine Mountains Music Festival

Three stages, 19 acts and a beautiful setting, mark the scene for the annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival, Aug. 25-27. Sheryl Olson is the director of the music fest which last year drew 1,300 people to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for the threeday event. The festival is a big draw and visitors from throughout the Mid-

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west have become regular patrons. Olson said the headliner for this year will be the David Bromberg Quintet, which will appear on Saturday. Among the performers on Sunday will be Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. “They appeared at the festival in 2014 and wowed the crowds,” Olson said. Another act expected to be a big

draw is Laney Jones and Spirits out of Nashville. The festival has received a grant of $21,000 from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and organizers have raised money throughout the year to help fund the popular event. Tickets are already for sale and those interested can check the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival website.

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527 North North Lake Lake St. St. 527 U.S. Highway 2 U.S. Highway 2 Ironwood, MI MI Ironwood,

(906) 932-5406 • • •

Real Estate Sales Property Management Rentals

Z Place Gallery

Sunday Lake

SUPERMARKET East. U.S. 2, Wakefield • 906-224-9491

Service ... Selection ... Quality and Low Prices In Every Department LOTTO, LOTTERY, BEER & WINE We accept WIC & Food Stamps


ART & GIFTS & So Much More!

We’re dedicated to offering you the freshest meats possible. U.S.D.A. choice meats line the self service cases. Beef, pork, and poultry are chosen with you in mind. We also offer custom cut meats and special orders

(906) 364-7454 824 E. Cloverland Drive, Ironwood, MI Same Block as Walgreen’s Find us on Facebook

We Care About Our Customers! With Courteous, Friendly Employees Always Ready To Serve You.

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Wakefield 4th of July Wakefield is well-known for its Fourth of July celebration, which is just a part of a summer full of fun activities. The Wakefield Fireworks Committee has planned the annual Picnic in the Park for July 3 at noon at Eddy Park followed by the “Lightning on the Lake” fireworks display on Sunday Lake at

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dusk. The 39th annual Sunday Lake Run kicks on on the Fourth of July at 8 a.m.. Runners take one 2.8-mile lap around the lake. Later, the big Fourth of July parade passes through the downtown — first the kids at noon and then the big show at 1 p.m., including Marty’s Golde-

naires Drum and Bugle Corps. Summer is a great time to be in Wakefield, especially with the beautiful natural setting of Sunday Lake, according to chamber officials. The pristine Eddy Park and Sunday Lake campground will be open from Memorial Day weekend until the end of September.

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Open Year ‘Round

Presque Isle

BAR & DINING ROOM OPEN WED.-SAT. AT 5PM P.O. Box 277, Boulder Junction, Wis. 54512 Phone: 715.686.2249 Toll Free: 1.800.882.LYNX (5969) Reservation Line Only

Yacht Club

Open at 11am ~ 7 Days A Week • Welcome Fishermen

Chili • Burgers • Homemade Fries – FREE POOL TUESDAY – Sandwiches • Soup of the Day – HAPPY HOUR 4 to 6PM – SUNDAY FUN DAY

(715) 686-2423 Downtown Presque Isle

• Excellent Modern Accommodations • 2 and 3 bedroom units • Bed linens included • Sandy Beach • Swimming Raft • Boats, Motors and

Our 49th Year

Canoes Available • Excellent Fishing • On Main Snowmobile Trail • Michigan License Available

Lakefront Vacation Homes on Beautiful Lynx Lake


Proudly ser ving Italian Beefs, Gyros, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Homemade Pizzas


OPEN DAILY AT NOON 12436 Hwy W, Presque Isle, WI

(715) 686-2575

Watch your favorite sporting events here!





Located on Cty. Hwy. W - Presque Isle, WI 54557

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Miners Memorial Heritage Park / Trail A master plan for Miners Memorial Heritage Park in Ironwood is being developed. The park covers much of the city and has the potential for a variety of recreational usages. The Gogebic Range Trail Authority is interested in continuing to work with the Friends of the Miners Memorial Heritage Park on trails in the park. The MMHP board would like to develop a dog park on the corner of Bonnie and Ayer Streets. A total of 63 pages of the Ironwood Comprehensive Plan deal with the Miners park and how it fits into Ironwood’s future.

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Art in the Miners Park 2017 will again be an outdoor/public art exhibition on a one-mile walking loop in in MMHP. It opens June 24. Last year, Art in the Miners Park hosted around 2,000 visitors and awarded $2,500 in prizes. This year, plans call for add a Juried Award to the popular People’s Choice award. Family and environmentally friendly art, original art or inspired art with permission that is able to withstand weeks of outdoor weather is encouraged. Check the MMHP website for more information on application, guidelines and dates.

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Iron Belle Trail The Iron Belle Trail is an ongoing and exciting new development in the area and across the state. It is a set of two trails that are planned to run throughout the state of Michigan from Ironwood to Belle Isle Park in Detroit. It is considered to be the longest designated state trail system in the nation. One trail is for hiking and the other for biking and other non-motorized use. The two scenic trails wind along the

beautiful Northwoods landscape along rivers and other natural landmarks. Locally, the Western Gateway Trail Authority has been instrumental in building a paved trail from Ironwood to Bessemer, along a former railroad grade. The pave trail crosses many bridges and reaches into Hurley on the western end. Plans are being made to extend this trail from Bessemer to Ramsay, and then again to Wakefield.

The North Country Trail along the Black River in northern Gogebic County and over to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has been designated as part of the Iron Belle hiking trail. It is anticipated that the expansion will continue in years to come with a potential for connection with the Northern Highlands Regional Non-motorized Trail which begins in Mercer, Wis.

Camping The Ottawa National Forest has 22 campgrounds encapsulating a wide range of camping experiences. Each campsite is accessible by road and service tent and camper bush living. A nightly fee is charged at most campsites, ranging from $12-16. Several campsites do provide free camping. Most campgrounds are opened by the Friday before Memorial Day and most close after Labor Day, although a handful remain open into the fall leaf season. Most campsites are located on streams or lakes and offer fishing opportunities. Additionally most managed campgrounds also include picnic tables, tent pads, fire grates, and toilet facilities. Some of the locations have drinking water available and can accommodate camping units from 45-60 feet in length. Camping in the Ottawa is on a first-come first-served basis with few exceptions. The most developed campsites in the Ottawa are located at Clark Lake and Black River Harbor areas with paved access, pressurized water systems, flush toilets and a trailer dump station. Camping in a developed campsite is not allowed to exceed 14 days without moving to another campground or disPage 28 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

persed site for 24 hours or more. Dispersed campsites will allow camping for 16 days at the same location. After 16 days the camper is required to pack up and relocate to another site at least five miles away. Forty percent of the land within the Ottawa is privately owned. Three specific areas of the Ottawa are made available for those looking for more solitude, quiet and time to think. —The Sylvania Wilderness Area, which is 18,327 acres of wilderness located on the Watersmeet Ranger District only accommodates foot and canoe travel. Camping is available by permit only. —The McCormick Wilderness Area is 16,850 acres of wilderness in the Kenton Ranger District, ranging from rocky cliffs to outcrops. Access to the McCormick is primarily by foot. There are canoe opportunities for those portaging. —The Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness is 14,139 acres of wilderness in the Kenton Ranger District with deep gorges. Accessible by foot on old logging roads or cross country. Ottawa National Forest information is available at or 906-932-1330.

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Ontonagon County Fourth of July The Independence Day celebrations in Ontonagon County will be held July 1 in Bruce Crossing, White Pine and Greenland with parades, food, music and fireworks. BRUCE CROSSING: The theme for the Bruce Crossing Fourth of July celebration is “We the People.” It is the celebration of America’s Independence but also the 100 anniversary of Settlers Co-Op in Bruce Crossing and the 100 year anniversary of Finland’s independence. Vicki Kurtti of the 4th of July Committee said those anniversaries will probably be reflected in some of the floats for the big parade Saturday, July 1. The parade will also feature bands, groups and children. The morning will begin with a fun walk-run, VFW breakfast and the annual

Lions Chicken dinner. The parade ends up at the Stannard Township Park where there will be horseshoe tournament, tracker and car show, music and other activities still being developed. The evening concludes with a giant fireworks show. WHITE PINE The highlight  of  the celebration of Independence Day in White Pine is the annual parade. A big kiddies parade is traditional as well as a number of floats. The parade ends at the  Recreation Building where other activities are held. Bingo, music and food are featured. In the evening the action switches to the Konteka for a beautiful fireworks show. Lindy Moen at the Kontika is coordinating the July 1 activities for Independence Day.

GREENLAND The 10th annual Independence  Day celebration in Greenland has grown larger every year and organizers expect this year, Saturday,  July 1, will also include new features. Most of the activities are centered at and around the Log Cabin at the Greenland Park. The morning begins with a  walk and run for adults and children. Kickball, corn hole games, 3-on-3 basketball and other games  are being developed. Organizers said there will be music all day, food venders, craft venders and other activities under consideration. The popular street dance returns and dusk will see a bigger fireworks display than in previous years. The 4th of July Committee has sponsored several fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor a growing presence on the holiday. 

tonagon Hospital. During the weekend there will be a horse show, kids games, cheesecake contest, mock rodeo and music. According to organizers there are tentative plans for an ATV and mud bog race. The committee is also looking at the possibility of barrel races and a chucking contest. Last year the fair also

featured a “Glitz and Glam” for girls from 0 to 12 years old and the possibility of a similar feature is also being considered. Prior to the opening for the public, there will be entry days for livestock, arts and crafts and food exhibits. Gail Kocher is the chairman of the Fair and can be contacted for more information.

County Fair Planning is well under way for the Ontonagon County Fair July 29-30 at Adventure Mountain Complex in Greenland. Organizers are still adding features to the schedule, but many of the most popular events are automatic returns. The fair activity starts with the 1-mile and 5-K runs, sponsored by Aspirus On-

61st annual Labor Festival The 61st annual edition of the Ontonagon Labor Festival Celebration will be held Sept. 1-4 with four days of parades, races, sales on the street, car show and other activities. There is a big parade on Sunday, Sept. 3, with bands and homemade floats, followd by a kids parade on Sept. 4. The creativity of the floats is the big competition including families, social clubs and individuals. The event kicks off with a family free picnic on Friday Page 30 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Sept. 1, a dance with Borderline and Mike Urbis. Sept. 2 will be Maxwell Street day with sales on the street and antique car show. Sept 3 also brings the Ed Hanson 5K and 10K race and runners from the region, including many former Ontonagon residents who come back for an annual reunion. The big parade is followed by a community gathering at the Recreation Center. For more information, call 906-884-4196.

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Little Girl’s Point Little Girl’s Point Park, established as a recreational facility by Gogebic County in 1920, is on Lake Road in Ironwood, Township along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior. There are 29 electric (30 amp power), and two non-electric campsites available for nightly or monthly reservations at the county park. Little Girl’s Point County Campground features breathtaking views of Lake Superior, as well as two pavilions with grills and picnic tables, walking trails and recently updated playground equipment. Within the park boundaries, the mouth of Oman’s Creek offers boating access.

Camping, swimming, fishing, rock hounding, boating and sightseeing are all ways to enjoy Lake Superior and Little Girl’s Point County Park. On most days, Copper Peak and the Porcupine Mountains are clearly visible to the west and the Apostle Islands are visible to the northwest. Sunsets are spectacular during the camping season and during the off season winter months there are often massive ice formations along the shore of the beach. Lake Superior Magazine handed the Point and nearby Saxon Harbor 2016 “Best of the Lake” awards for best rock and agate picking spots, as voted by the readers.

Lake Gogebic Year round enjoyment can be found on Lake Gogebic, in the largest inland lake in Michigan at 13,380 acres. Located in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, the lake is surrounded by many choices for scenic hiking, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife. Kayaking is relatively new to Lake Gogebic, with several bays and streams around the lake. The Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Page 32 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Bam Bam Memorial Spring Walleye Fishing Tournament June 3 at the Gogebic Lodge. The lake is home not only to walleye, but perch, whitefish, smallmouth bass and northern pike. This year will be the 33rd annual Tour da Lake Bicycle Tour around Lake Gogebic. The bike tour will be held on June 24. For a listing of local summer events in the area, call the chamber at 888464-3242 or visit Many lodging and camping options are available, including camping at the Lake Gogebic State Park, 906-8423341, Gogebic County Park, 906-6634517, Bergland Township Park, 906-575-8733, and Ontonagon County Park, 906-884-4255. For those who don’t want to rough it, other lodging options include cabin rentals, motels and resorts. For more information, call the chamber.

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Iron County Heritage Festival Iron County celebrates its heritage with a big bash — featuring over two weeks of events, including parties, golf outings, a marathon and a county fair. The Iron County Heritage Festival kicks of July 28 with an open house at the Highline Corporation on Wisconsin 77 in Hurley, The Iron County Historical Society's Heritage Day and the popular Hurley Quarterback Club’s Scramble and Golf Tournament at Eagle Bluff. Friday, July 28, is also the first day of the weekend-long Northwoods Art Tour throughout various locations in the Mercer area. Saturday is a big day for the festival, featuring the sixth annual Iron County All Class All School Reunion, the Iron County Heritage Festival Parade, Farm Heritage Day and Antique Tractor Show at the Iron County Farmers Market and the Mercer Education Foundation's Summer Mardi Gras fundraiser. July's events end with St. Mary's Catholic Church bazaar. The event features food, beverages, kids’ games, bingo and more fun activities. For more information call the church office at 715-561-2606. August kicks off with a party in Mercer, with the Night

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Before Loon Day street dance on Aug. 1 and the 37th annual Mercer Loon Day and Craftshow the next day. The Iron County Fair runs from Aug. 3-6. On the south end of the county, the Mercer Library will hold a Friends of the Library book sale Friday, Aug. 4. Everyone will then head down to Rugger's Landing the next day for the Turtle River Duck Race at 11 a.m. The festival then ends with the annual Paavo Nurmi Marathon on Saturday, Aug. 12. That Friday evening at the Hurley K-12 School will be registration/packet pick-up from 3 to 7 p.m. Also that evening will be the kids run at 6 p.m. and Glow Run from 7 to 9 p.m. The torch lighting ceremony will be held in downtown Hurley at the start of the Iron Horse Trailhead. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Races start Saturday morning with the full marathon kicking off in Upson at 7:30 a.m. The Iron County Farmers Market will join the fun that same day with its Summer Sisu celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other events will be added as the festival approaches. For more information on events, contact the Iron County Development Zone at 715-561-2922.

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Black River Harbor

Black River Harbor has three separate attractions. The harbor and adjacent picnic grounds with their 60 picnic tables and grills are available as is a recently remodeled enclosed pavilion. The campground is modern with flushing toilets, a sewage dumping station, pressure water system, and 40 paved camping spurs. The waterfalls can be observed along the scenic byway by walking the trail along the Black River or parking at each individual fall. With the free boat launch and boardwalk/dock, the harbor can accommodate most any water craft trailered to the harbor without collecting fees. Docking is on a first come first serve basis with an on-site concessionaire to regulate transient boat

docking from Memorial Day through September annually. The concessionaire offers fuel and sewage pumping services for boaters with limited supplies available. The Black River Harbor is the only harbor within the National Forest System. Located approximately 15 miles north of Bessemer at the mouth of the Black River. The Black River flows through large pine, hemlock, and hardwood trees, with multiple scenic waterfalls as its elevation drops to Lake Superior. In 1992, the Black River area was officially dedicated as a National Scenic Byway because of its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The Scenic byway stretch begins on

County Road 513 at the intersection with County Road 204 (Airport Road) and travels 11 miles North to the harbor. During 1848, William A. Burt, a land surveyor, completed a survey of what is now the Black River Recreation Area. The original survey shows a wagon road going south from the mouth of the Black River to Chippewa Hill, which is the location of the Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill. A separate trail led from the mouth of the Black River to iron mines on the Gogebic Range. By 1904 the state built a road from Bessemer to Lake Superior, which is not the scenic byway. For more information call 800-5621201 Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 35

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Waterfalls The many rivers in the area form an abundance of waterfalls that can be appreciated by hikers. Some of the hikes travel just a

short distance from paved parking lots while other treks are a little deeper into the woods. Officials from area chambers of

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that road north until you pass South Boundary Road, heading into the park and to a trail to visit the falls.

miles, entering Wisconsin. Make a right turn onto County B and follow 2.4 miles, then continue on Saxon Falls Road for another 1/2 mile. Superior Falls: At 90 feet high, the falls are fed by the Montreal River near Lake Superior. To get there take Wisconsin 122, turning north off of U.S. 2, near Saxon. Stay on 122 for 4.2 miles, crossing the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Continue another 1/2 mile, then turn left on a gravel road marked by Xcel Energy. Interstate Falls: Located on the east branch of the Montreal River in the Hurley area is Interstate Falls. One of Iron County's newest parks, the town of Kimball and the Northwoods Land Trust joined forces last year to purchase land next to the falls to ensure the public would be able to continue accessing the site. The purchased property — which consists of approximately 38.7 acres near the 17.5-foot waterfall on the west side of the Montreal River and includes 2,500 feet of frontage on the river along with a roughly quarter-mile corridor on Cominski Creek — was named the Siebert Scenic Conservation Area to honor its former owners. The falls can be accessed by taken U.S. 2 for .6 miles from Hurley to Center Drive, where there is a sign marking the property. Turning north at the sign, follow road straight east — do not take any side roads. Continue for .3 miles and park at large parking area on the left. Follow the trail to the north to visit Interstate Falls. More information on Interstate Falls can be found at

Black River National Forest Scenic Byway: Sightseers can spend an entire afternoon stopping at the five major falls along the Black River. The falls all have a short walking distance from each of their parking areas. The first is Great Conglomerate Falls, with a 3/4-mile walk, the farthest walk of any of the falls. To get there, head north for about 3 miles along Powderhorn Road off of U.S. 2 near Bessemer. Take a left onto Black River Road and follow for it about 10 miles. There will be signs marking the waterfalls. The next falls, Potawatomi Falls, are 30 feet high. The falls are a short walk away from Gorge Falls, which have a 34-foot drop. Sandstone Falls are 15 feet high and Rainbow Falls are 30 feet. Agate Falls: These 40-feet high falls are part of the middle branch of the Ontonagon River. They are located about 6.5 miles east of Bruce Crossing along M28. Bond Falls: The 40-foot falls are fed by the middle branch of the Ontonagon River and Bond Flowage, located east of U.S. 45 from Paulding on Bond Falls Road. Bond Falls are more than 100 feet wide and are a Michigan State Scenic Site. Gabbro Falls: The 40-feet high falls are located on the Black River near Ramsay. To get there, head north on Blackjack Road from U.S. 2 for about 1.6 miles, then take a left over a wooden covered bridge. Stay left for about 1/2 mile and find the falls to the east. O Kun-de-Kun Falls: Located on the Baltimore River, these 25-feet high falls are one of the wilder falls that require a bit of hiking to visit. One of the only few plunge falls in Michigan, daredevils can actually go behind the falls but must be careful. The trailhead to the falls is about 8 miles north of Bruce Crossing on U.S. 45. Presque Isle Falls: There are several falls located within Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park along the Presque Isle River. From Wakefield, travel east along M-28 to County Road 519. Follow Page 38 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Wisconsin Kimball Falls: These gently cascading rapids on the west branch of the Montreal River skirt the Kimball Town Park. The park offers picnic and play areas, as well as a nature trail. Take U.S. 2 west of Hurley, turn south on Park Road and west on Town Park Drive. Potato River Falls: The falls are a monstrous 90 feet high, located on the Potato River in Gurney. Take U.S. 2 to Wisconsin 169 and turn south. Continue for 2.8 miles through Gurney, then turn right on Potato River Falls Road. Travel 1.5 miles until you can’t drive any farther. Rustic picnic campsites are available. Spring Camp Falls: The 20-feet high falls are along the west branch of the Montreal River, south of Hurley, and are also known as the Montreal Falls. From Hurley, take U.S. 51 south for 4.7 miles and turn right onto County C. Follow that for 1.5 miles and continue left on Island Lake Road for about 2.7 miles. Take a right on Falls Road and drive for 1.3 miles. The destination will be on the right. Wren Falls: (Not recommended without a 4x4 and good clearance) Located along the Tyler Forks River, Wren Falls are 30 feet high. Take U.S. 2 15 miles west of Hurley and turn left on Wisconsin 169. Travel about 5.7 miles and turn left on Vogues Road. Stay on there for about 3.5 miles. At the hairpin turn, take the center road across. One mile down the road, stay to the right at the fork and continue a few hundred yards. When leaving, take a right onto Sullivan Fire Lane. Upson Falls: From Upson travel west on Wisconsin 77, then take a right on Park Road. The signs will guide you to the Upson Town Park where you can view the 18-foot high falls.

Border Falls Saxon Falls: These 110-foot falls are located on the Montreal River. Drive west on U.S. 2 from Ironwood for about 10.5

More help finding waterfalls Those planning trips to Iron County's various waterfalls can use the iron County Development Zone's digital waterfall planner. The planner offers six preset tours — complete with estimated driving times — to waterfalls in different parts of the county, along with other Iron County attractions. Visit to use the planner.

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Mercer: Loon Capital Mercer Summer Big things are taking place this summer in the Loon Capitol of the Northwoods. Throughout the summer, Mercer, Wis., has numerous events planned to keep everyone entertained.

The festivities resume at the park after the parade at where there will be live music, food, beverages, kids games, and what some call one of the best fireworks displays in the Northwoods beginning at dusk.

Lupine Junefest/Mercer bird Festival This year, Mercer will host the eleventh annual Lupine Junefest at Carow Park on June 10. The event will feature a bike tour of the lupines, an arts and crafts show, classic car show, kid’s activities, music, food, and beverages. For more information, visit This year will also be the third annual Mercer Bird Festival at Carow Park. There will be a variety of bird watching tours, bird banding demonstrations, bird house building, displays, and information. Online registration for both events can be found on

Northwoods Art Tour The Northwoods Art Tour gives art enthusiasts a behind the scenes look at local artists in their environment. From July 28-30, the free self-guided tour gives access to the artist’s studios to observe the creative process firsthand. The tour also includes several area galleries while winding through the luster of the scenic Northwoods. For more information, visit

Loon Days For 37 years, Mercer has celebrated Loon Day on the first Wednesday in August. This year the event takes place on Aug. 2 with an arts and crafts show, sidewalk bake sales, raffles, live music by the Lakeland Barber Shop Chorus, and the famous Loon Calling Contest at 12:30 p.m. The event gets started with a street dance in downtown Mercer the night before. The dance will take place in front of Heart of the North with live music playing from 7 to 11 p.m.

Mercer Garden Tour The Mercer Garden Tour, sponsored by the Woods and Blooms Garden Club, has been giving plant enthusiasts access to some of the area’s most elaborate gardens for the past 10 years. The tour will be held on Saturday July 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is a self-guided Tour with maps available during the week prior. Tickets

Can-Yak Fishing Tournament The Great Northern Motel will be hosting its third annual Fishing Tournament and Festival on Sept. 9-10. The tournament is exclusive to paddlers including canoes and kayaks. There will be live music and fun activities and a raffle. Contact the Mercer Chamber of Commerce or visit for more information.

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are $10 and are available at the Chamber of Commerce and from Garden Club members.

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Miners Mural

Miners Mural, located on the 100 block of East McLeod Avenue in downtown Ironwood, honors the miners who worked on the Gogebic Iron Range in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. The mural, which took three and a half years to complete, was finished in 2012. A book listing the names of the 111 miners painted on the mural is for sale at Northwoods Cabin and Downtown City News, both located just blocks from the mural in Ironwood. Proceeds from the sale go to the general upkeep of the mural.

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Gile Flowage The expansive Gile (Wis.) Flowage offers a variety of fishing opportunities, but walleyes and monster muskies are the prime species. There are four boat landings on the Montreal River Flowage, controlled by Xcel Energy. Landings in Gile and on County C offer ample space for parking boat trailers and also shore fishing opportunities. The 3,138-acre flowage has a maximum depth of 25 about feet, but that’s deep enough to hold a large population

of walleyes. Walleyes inhabit shallow water after spawning in the spring and tend to move deeper during the summer months. They can readily be caught from shore in spring on bait or with artificial lures, like Rapalas. There’s also an abundant population of smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskies and panfish, like crappies. Winter fishing has become as popular on the flowage as summer angling, and tents spring up across the ice during coldwater months.


The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce purchased and installed a 52-foot fiberglass statue of Native American chief Hiawatha for $10,000 in 1964. The statue was manufactured by Gordon Industries of Minneapolis and transported 230 miles on a flatbed truck to its current location at the end of Burma Road in Hiawatha Park on June 25, 1964. Hiawatha was believed to have created peace among Native American tribes and is credited for forming the Iroquois nation. Hiawatha was hoisted to a standing position by a mining crane and is supported by 55 yards of concrete and 5,000 pounds of steel reinforcements. The statue is made to withstand winds of 140 mph. For a number of years the community celebrated Hiawatha Days over a long weekend in July. They included events like concerts, a battle of the bands, a rodeo, downtown carnival, softball tournament and authentic Ojibway dancers from Lac du Flambeau, Wis. The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce offered a 50th birthday celebration for the Hiawatha statue in July 2015 as part of Festival Ironwood, the community’s current mid-July celebration The Native American chief still stands tall just south of downtown Ironwood welcoming visitors. Page 42 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

The chamber is helping to raise $25,000 to restore the statue, including painting and structural work. Officials also hope to improve signage. For more information, visit

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June 10th: Lupine Junefest and BirdFest June 17th: Town wide Rummage Sale July 4th: Annual Run for Vet, parade, games, food, fireworks August 2nd: 37th Annual Loon Day Art and Craft Show September 8-10th: Can-Yak Canoe and Kayak Fishing Tournament October 5-8th: Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally



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Paavo Nurmi Marathon The second Saturday of every August, runners converge on Iron County, Wis. The 49th Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Wisconsin's oldest marathon, is set for Saturday, Aug. 12. The race offers a rare mid-summer marathon and is well-supported by hundreds of volunteers and spectators along its scenic course. The Paavo starts at 7:30 a.m. in Upson, Wis., and travels through the hills of Iron County to its eventual finish on Silver Street in downtown Hurley. The eighth annual half-marathon starts in Gile, Wis., at 8 a.m. and also finishes in downtown Hurley. Page 44 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

The marathon continues to offer twoperson and five-person relay events. The Paavo also continues to be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The winning streaks of Ben Schneider and his wife, Candice, both came to an end last year as injuries hampered both of their races. Ben had won 10 straight full marathons while Candice had won the last five women's marathons. Both finished second, Ben behind August Pappas of Brighton, Mich., and Candice a spot back of Emily Jaehnig of Madison, Wis. Aid stations are available throughout the course. They are staffed by the

Paavo's large volunteer crew that comes back year after year. Area residents cheer on the runners as they make their way down Silver Street. Other events include: —Spaghetti feed, Friday, Aug. 11, Hurley K-12 School, 3-7 p.m. —Kids race, Aug. 11, Hurley K-12 School, 5:30 p.m. —Torchlighting ceremony, Aug. 11, downtown Hurley, 7 p.m., torch is usually lit around 8:15 p.m. A 2.62 glow run to the torch will start at 7 p.m. For registration information, visit

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Hurley 4th of July The annual Light’n the Night Fireworks Extravaganza will take place in Hurley over Lake Michele on July 4 starting at dusk. The event is sponsored by the Hurley Fourth of July Committee through donations from area businesses, organizations and residents. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be available at local businesses and the Hurley Chamber office for the months leading up to the holiday. For more information, call the Hurley Chamber of Commerce at 715-561-4334 or visit

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Marty’s Goldenaires Marty's Goldenaires, Sponsored by the Bessemer American Legion Post 27, is the only Legion-sponsored Drum and Bugle Corps left in the USA. Marty's is a parade and concert corps performing primarily in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, from May to Labor Day weekend. Musical selections through the years have pleased all audience types with a mixture of swing, rock, patriotic and nostalgic drum corps styles. With roots going back to the 1930s, as Sons of the Legion Junior Corps, Marty's was established in 1950 as a Senior Corps. Membership includes males between the ages of 16 and 91 years of age. This unique age mix gives Marty's Goldenaires a blend of

nostalgia, a solid nucleus, and a young enthusiasm and excitement which is evident as the audience involve themselves in Marty's Goldenaires performances. 2017 Performances Marty's is invited to the Woodruff, Wis., car show concert May 27, The corps voted to participate in the Appleton Flag Day parade on June 10, and perform a concert following at the American Legion Post. Traditionally, Marty's has performed at the Hayward Musky Festival, and Ramsay, Marenisco, Wakefield and Bessemer 4th of July festivals, but this year is adding Bruce Crossing. Marty's is invited to do the Iron River

Rodeo parade and U.P. Firefighters Tournament parades in Florence, Wis., in July They will also perform at the Two Harbors Heritage Festival and the Spooner, Wis., Rodeo parade. Marty's will host its annual Fundraiser Town Picnic at Bluffs Valley Park on Saturday, Aug 12. Other invites received include the Menominee waterfront festival parade and concert, the Park Falls Flambeau Rama, and the Iron County (Wis.) Fair. August traditionally ends with the Gogebic County Fair, Hurley Festival Italiano and the Ontonagon Labor Festival parade. Other August performances will include concerts at three area nursing homes.

Ramsay 4th of July

This year's Fourth of July celebration in historic Ramsay is happening on Saturday, July 1, for the most part. On Saturday a live band will take to the streets at dusk to pump up the volume and get the party started. There will be food, refreshments and dancing to go along with the music. Page 46 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Marty's Goldenaires are scheduled to perform around 8 p.m., before the fireworks go off at 10 p.m. that evening. On Monday July 4, the Ramsay parade is scheduled for 10 a.m., with prizes being awarded for best floats. For additional information call, 906-285-2865.

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Museums of History There are several museums in the area including two in Ironwood, one in Hurley, one in Bessemer, one in Wakefield, one in Mercer, and another in Ontonagon. These museums preserve local history and culture in the form of photographs, equipment and other artifacts. In Ironwood, the Old Depot Park Museum is located downtown between Lowell and Suffolk streets. Constructed in 1892 as a railway depot, it is over 100 years old. It houses a museum featuring iron mining displays and other railroad memorabilia, and the Ironwood Historical Society research center. For more information, call 906-932-0287. The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce also has its office in the old depot. The Ironwood Memorial Building houses all of the municipal offices, a 1,500-seat auditorium and many historical displays, including a statue of a World War I doughboy and numerous bronce tablets listing locals who served during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and the World War I. The building is located at the corner of McLeod Avenue and Marquette Street. For more information, call 906-932-5050. Located at 202 Iron St. in Hurley, the Iron County Historical Society Museum opened in 1971 in the former Iron County Courthouse. It displays artifacts on the history of

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local mining and logging communities. It is open MondaySaturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Summer months. For more information, call 715-561-2244. The Bessemer Area Heritage Center on South Sophie Street is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. The center has a collection of logging and mining artifacts and memorabilia. For more information, visit The Wakefield Historical Society Museum boasts a classroom display, general store, and mining exhibits. Its artifacts can be dated back as far as 1884. For museum hours or more information, call 906-224-1045. Just of of highway 51 in Mercer, is the Hisotrical Society’s Depot Museum. The re-purposed railroad depot showcases items from Mercer’s history including tools used by early settlers, early photographs, maps, and archived newspapers. Aside from the museum itself, there are three historicl buildings on the grounds including an old jail, barber shop, and one room schoolhouse. The Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum houses mining, loggining, farming, and marine artifacts. The museum is open from May through September. For more information, visit or call 906-884-6165.

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Calendar of Events MAY May 20 City Wide Garage Sale, 8 a.m., Wakefield. 906-229-5236.

May 23 Opening of smallmouth bass fishing season, Michigan. Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Copper Peak parking lot.

May 24 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Rigoni's Bar.

May 25-28 32nd annual Memorial Day ATV/UTV Rally, Iron County, Wis., or 715-561-4334.

May 29 Bergland Historical Museum opens, Bergland. Noon to 4 p.m., EDT, Wednesday through Friday.

May 30 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Wolverine Chalet.

May 31 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Don and GG's.

June 3 City wide rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration forms due May 26. or 906-932-1122. My Junk Your Treasure, Hurley city wide garage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration forms due May 31. or 715561-4334. Copper Peak Adventure Ride opens daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BamBam Memorial Fishing Tournament hosted by Gogebic Lodge. 906-842-3321.

June 3-4 Free Fishing Weekend, no license needed, Wisconsin. Free State Park Entry Weekend, Wisconsin. Free Wheel'n Weekend, no registration needed for ATV trails, Wisconsin.

June 6 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, Raven Trails, 6 p.m., meet at Hobby Wheel at 5 p.m.

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June 10 Lake Gogebic Fireflies All-lake Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., around the lake. 906-842-3638. Lupine Junefest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carow Park, Mercer, Wis. Old Victoria opens for summer, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, Rockland.

June 10-11 Michigan Free Fishing Weekend, no license required. Upper Peninsula off-road vehicle trails free riding weekend.

June 13 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Copper Peak parking lot.

June 14 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Joanie's Side Kicks, Iron Belt, Wis.

June 17 Mercer, Wis., Town-wide Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woods and Blooms Plant Sale, Mercer, Wis.

June 19 Porcupine Mountains Folk School Summer Solstice Celebration, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City.

Finnish dancing program, bonfire, music and more.

June 20 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Manitowish Waters Trail Head.

June 21 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Bessemer VFW.

June 23-25 CopperFest, featuring vendors, tours, ATV and UTV trail rides, fishing contest and more, Ontonagon. or 906884-4735.

June 24 32nd annual Tour da Lake bicycle tour, around Lake Gogebic. or 906-932-3100. Juhannus Summer Dance, 6 to 9 p.m., Little Finland, Kimball, Wis. or 715-561-4334.

June 28 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Golden Dragon, Ironwood.

June 30 Depot Farmer's Market Opening Day, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Ironwood.

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July 1 Celebration at Bruce Crossing. Events happening all day. Music at the pavilion starting at 3 p.m. EDT, and ending just before fireworks. Fireworks and live music at Gogebic Lodge. Fireworks in Watersmeet, dusk, Pavilion.

July 2 Cardboard Boat Race, 2 p.m. EDT, Hoop N' Holler, Merriweather. 906-5753555. Watersmeet annual Picnic at the Pavilion, featuring entertainment, games and more.

July 4 Lighting up the Night Fireworks Display, dusk, Hurley. Mercer Fourth of July Celebration, Parade 11 a.m., live music noon to 4 p.m., games and more 4 p.m. to dusk followed by fireworks. Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Bessemer Pit Stop.

July 5 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Bank Club, Hurley.

July 8 Lobster boil at the Gogebic Lodge. LCACC Movie Nite at Ontonagon County Park, dusk.

July 11 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, Raven Trails, 6 p.m., meet at Hobby Wheel at 5 p.m.

July 12 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Don & GG’s.

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July 26 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Rigoni's Bar.

July 28 Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley. 715-5613552.

July 28-30 Ontonagon County Fair, gates open at 10 a.m. EDT. Exhibits, stock-car race, horse show, old fashioned kids games, antique tractor show, Live music, 4-H mock rodeo and more.

July 29 Iron County Heritage Parade, 2 to 3:30 p.m. or 715-561-4334.

July 29-Aug. 13 Iron County Heritage Days, Iron County, featuring festivals, events and more.

Aug. 12 49th annual Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Hurley. Summer Sisu Celebration, 10 a.m., Hurley.

Aug. 13 Lake Gogebic Fire Dept 26th annual Chicken Dinner sponsored by the Lake Gogebic Fireflies Auxiliary from noon to 6 p.m. Serving from noon to 3 p.m. 906-8423638. Gogebic Miners Football Steak-Out Fundraiser Dinner at Gogebic Lodge. 906842-3321.

Aug. 15 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Ironwood Depot Park.

Aug. 16 Superior Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Rigoni's Bar.

Aug. 20-21 July 30 St. Mary's Bazaar, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hurley.

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Aug. 21 Aug. 1 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Wakefield Park.

Aug. 2 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Brewster's, Ironwood.

Aug. 8 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Powers Road.

Aug. 9 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Don and

Old Victoria Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Handmade arts and crafts, music, games and more. Rockland.

Aug. 22 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Copper Peak parking lot.

Aug. 23 Superior Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Burgers Bar, Gile, Wis.

Aug. 24-27 Gogebic County Fair.

26th annual North Country 100 Bicycle Tour. 906-224-2222 or

July 18 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Manitowish Waters Trail Head.

July 19-22 Festival Ironwood.

July 19 Superior Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Festival Ironwood.

July 22 Pig roast at Gogebic Lodge.

July 23 Viola Turpeinen Dance, 2 to 4 p.m., Little Finland, Kimball, Wis.

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Aug. 26-28

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Sept. 19

13th annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, winter sports complex, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City.

Hurley Education Foundation Golf Tournament, Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley. 715561-3552.

Trail Marathon at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park featuring a full marathon, half marathon, 5k and kids 2k at the ski hill. Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Wolverine Chalet.

Sept. 5 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Manitowish Waters Trail Head.

Aug. 30 Superior Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Bessemer VFW.

Sept. 6 Superior Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Maplewood Steak House.

Sept. 1-5 Ontonagon Labor Festival. Friday — Free family picnic, Rock-skipping championship 6 p.m., Marina Boat Launch landing, Community dance with Borderline, 9 p.m. to midnight; Saturday — Laborfest Auto Show, 9 a.m.; Sunday — Ed Hanson 10k and 5k run, 10 a.m., Festival Parade, 2 p.m.; Monday — Kiddy's Parade, 1 p.m.

Sept. 8-10 Lake Gogebic Area Chamber Sponsored 40th annual Fall Walleye Tournament.

Sept. 9 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Copper Peak race.

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Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., Neil's Apple Ride, meet at Neil's house across from Walmart.

Festival Italiano, featuring games, food and more, Hurley.

Sept. 22 MI-TRALE 9th annual Senior Citizens Fall Color ORV Ride.

Sept. 23 Run The Iron Belle Trail, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ironwood Depot Park. Half marathon, two-person relay, two-mile run/walk. or 906-9321122.

Sept. 26 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride, 6 p.m., City Ride, meet at Ironwood City Park.

Sylvania Wilderness Area The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreational Area located 7 miles east of Watersmeet and is part of the Ottawa National Forest. The area boasts 18,327 acres of camping, fishing, hiking, and canoeing. There are 34 lakes within the area itself. Many of the lakes offer sandy beaches, while the old growth forests contain remarkably large pines. The area is also home to many endangered plants and animals native to this region. The Clark Lake campground offers 48 drive-up campsites with a nearby

picnic area, showers, drinkable water, restrooms, and a boat launch For more adventurous campers, the wilderness contains a multitude of campsites woven throughout the various hiking trails. The designated areas have a fire ring and a wilderness latrine provided at each site. A permit is required for all campers within the Sylvania Wilderness Area. Permits can be obtained from the Entrance Station kiosk. To make a reservation visit or call 1-877-444-6777.

Ottawa Visitor Center The Ottawa Visitor Center is a hub for recreational activities in the Ottawa National Forest. It is located east of the U.S. 2 and U.S. 45 intersection in Watersmeet and has been in operation since 1971.

The center itself offers a wealth of information and stimulating wildlife displays for the whole family, environmental education programs, area maps, and a gift shop with area merchandise and souvenirs. Access to several nature trails is

also available from the visitor center location. The center is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays for evening programs. For more information, call 906-9321330 or 906-358-4724

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to the 60,000 acre park which covers 92 square miles. The Visitors Center is the place where visitors can find out more about ongoing programs. A trip up to Lake of the Clouds affords a view for many miles. Reservations are suggested for those looking to camp.

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Fat Tire Tuesday Rides

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Tuesday night mountain bike rides are held regionally throughout the summer. The rides begin at 6 p.m. All biking ability levels are welcome, from complete newbies to those who have been riding for years. The Tuesday rides are usually followed by a gathering at a local restaurant or cook-out. The schedule for rides is: May 23 — Copper Peak Parking Lot May 30 — Wolverine Chalet, Sunset Road June 6 — Raven Trails, Wisconsin 47 east to Woodruff Road. Meet at Hobby Wheel 5 p.m. June 13 — Copper Peak parking lot  June 20 — WinMAN, County Highways W & J June 24 — Tour da Lake, Bergland Township Park  (Saturday) July 4 — Wolverine, Bessemer Pit Stop July 11 — Raven Trails, Wisconsin 47 east to Woodruff Road, Meet at Hobby Wheel, 5 p.m. July 18 — WinMan, County Highways W & J  July 25 — Copper Peak parking lot Aug. 1 — Sunday Lake Park, Wakefield  Aug. 8 — Powers Road, Lake Road parking  Aug. 15 — City Ride, Ironwood Depot Park Aug. 22 — Copper Peak, Spaete House, Heikkila Road, Pot luck  Sept. 5 — WinMan, County Highways W & J  Sept. 9 — Copper Peak race (Saturday) Rides are subject to change, depending on the weather. Contact Hobby Wheel for updated information at 906-932-3332.

Weekly Superior Riders bike rides will begin for its fifth season on Wednesday, May 17. The rides are at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday until after Aug. 9 when they will begin at 6 p.m. The rides are held regionally and are from eight to 15 miles and last anywhere from one to one and a half hours. The schedule for rides is: May 17 — Maplewood Steak House, Ironwood May 24 — Rigoni’s Bar, Ironwood May 31 — Don & GG’s, Ironwood June 7 — Old Suffolk Ale House, Ironwood June 14 — Joanie’s Side Kicks, Iron Belt, Wis. June 21 — Bessemer VFW June 28 — Golden Dragon, Ironwood July 5 — Bank Club, Hurley July 12 — Don & GGs, Ironwood July 19 — Festival Ironwood July 26 — Rigoni’s Inn, Ironwood Aug. 2 — Brewster’s, Bessemer Aug. 9 — Powers Road, Ironwood Township Aug. 16 — Rigoni’s Bar, Ironwood Aug. 23 — Burger’s Bar, Gile, Wis. Aug. 30 — Bessemer VFW, Ironwood Sept. 6 — Maplewood Steak House, Ironwood


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Golf Courses

Golfing the courses on the Gogebic Range is an excellent way to spend a summer day. From the panoramic views from the Skye course on Whitecap Mountains (715-651-2227) near Iron Belt to the 18 holes at the Lac Vieux Desert Casino in Watersmeet, there are plenty of tree-lined challenges for golfers of all levels. The Gogebic Country Club in Ironwood (906-932-2525) offers 18 holes on a mostly flat layout, with plenty of interesting holes that offer a variety of options. Perhaps the signature hole is the dogleg par four No. 14, guarded by deep bunkers on both sides. A steeply sloped green adds to the challenge. The long par 5 finishing hole, with a green that can be viewed from the dining area of the clubhouse, is another favorite. At the Eagle Bluff Golf Club in Hurley (715-561-3552), the

sloped greens are a challenge and the back nine can be brutal under windy conditions. Still, there are plenty of short holes that present birdie opportunities following accurate drives. The toughest hole is the par four No. 11, which doglegs right. It takes a healthy drive to get a look at the green and keeping the ball in play off the tee can be tough. Five is a good score on the 420-yard hole. Watersmeet’s Lac Vieux Desert (906-358-0303) course, with its blue grass fairways, is right next to the casino. The back nine is as challenging as any course in the area. Tahoe Lynx near Mercer (715-476-0050), offers nine holes in a wooded setting. Other courses include the Chequamegon Bay in Ashland; the Ontonagon Golf Club, the Gateway Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., and the Mellen Country Club.

Run the Range The Run the Range series of races continues in 2017 and consists of four events on the Gogebic Range. They are: —John Jarvi Jr. Memorial Run (10-kilometer and 5K), downtown Ironwood, Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m. —Bessemer Hometown Run (10K and 2-mile), Bessemer, SaturPage 54 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

day, July 1, 8:30 a.m. —Sunday Lake Run (run around the lake, 2.8 miles), Wakefield, Tuesday, July 4, 8 a.m. —Festival Ironwood Walk, Run & Roll (5-mile and 2-mile), downtown Ironwood, Saturday, July 22, 8:30 a.m. More information is available at

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Lake Superior Fishing The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' stocking trucks have released their prized recreational cargo at hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state. Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in inland lakes, streams and the Great Lakes. The MDNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes the task by rearing fish at its six fish production facilities throughout the state, cooperatively managing up to 46 rearing ponds and eight Great Lakes imprinting net pen locations, and maintaining a fleet of 18 specialized fish stocking vehicles.

Over the course of a typical year, the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 350 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and three coolwater strains of walleye and muskellunge. Beginning in mid-March and ending in early June, MDNR fish stocking trucks will travel well more than 100,000 miles to stock from 700 to 1,100 locations. Michigan anglers have access to four Great Lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Visit the DNR website michigandnr .com/fishstock for information on local fish stocking locations.

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Places of Worship MICHIGAN IRONWOOD Apostolic Lutheran. 326 W. Aurora. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. Bible study, 10:45 a.m. worship service; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible study; Thursday, 1 p.m. ladies’ Bible study. Assembly of God. 2100 E. Cloverland Drive. Worship, 10 a.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 Living Water Missionary Assembly. 236 S. Mansfield. Sunday Bible study, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. worship; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; 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.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 108 S. Marquette Street • Ironwood, MI

Weekend Masses Saturday at 4:00 P.M. Sunday at 8:00 & 11:00 A.M.

906-932-0174 •

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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 WHRY, 8 a.m.); 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 and 10:30 a.m. worship services, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school and Bible study. Wesley United Methodist. 500 E. McLeod. Sunday, adult Bible study, 9:30 a.m., service, 11 a.m., kids club, Wednesday after school. Woodland Church (BGC). N10234 Curry St., Sunday Bible study, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow. 906-932-1102 or 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 among three of the four CLP churches. BERGLAND Calvary Baptist (Fundamental). Sunday, 11 a.m.; Wednesday prayer service, 7 p.m. St. Ann Catholic. Sunday, Mass, 11 a.m. Trinity Lutheran (Missouri). Sunday, 9 a.m. Communion second and fourth Sundays. United Methodist. Sunday, 11 a.m. Communion first Sunday. BESSEMER Catalyst Baptist Church. Bessemer City Hall, Sunday worship, 11 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m. 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; Kids Club, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. BRUCE CROSSING Apostolic Lutheran. Sunday School, noon, worship, 1 p.m. Communion second Sunday. Bruce Crossing Bible Church. Sunday 10 a.m. EDT. Bethany Lutheran (Wisconsin). Sunday, 5 p.m. COVINGTON Bethany Lutheran. Sunday worship, 11 a.m. Trinity Lutheran. M-28. Sunday worship, 9 a.m. EWEN First Lutheran (ELCA). Sunday, 9 a.m. Wednesday, children’s Bible school, after school. 906-988-2594. Sacred Heart Catholic. Sunday Mass 9 a.m.

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United Methodist. Sunday worship, noon. Communion, first Sunday. GREENLAND United Methodist. Sunday worship, 11:40 a.m. Greenland Seventh-dday Adventist. 31369 N Firesteel. Saturday church service, 10 a.m. Bible study, Saturday, 11:15 a.m. MARENISCO St. Catherine’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. MASS CITY St. Paul’s Lutheran. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Weekly Communion. ONTONAGON Assembly of God. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., Sunday worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, youth group and adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Holy Family Catholic. Michigan Avenue and Pine Street. Daily Masses: Monday, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.; confessions, Saturday, 11 a.m., and half an hour before each Mass. Redeemer Free Lutheran. Sunday worship, 9 a.m., Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, 7 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran (Missouri). Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, church school, 3:30 p.m., service, 7 p.m. Siloa Lutheran (ELCA). Sunday worship, 9 a.m.; church school, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 906-884-2655. United Methodist. Sunday, 9 a.m., Contemporary worship, 7 p.m. PAYNESVILLE Our Saviour Lutheran (ELCA). Sunday, worship, 11 a.m., Friday, children’s Bible school, after school. 906-988-2594. RAMSAY Cornerstone Christian. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m., Intercessory prayer, 8:30 a.m., children’s church, 10:30 a.m. Grace Open Fellowship. 9 a.m., worship, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, prayer meeting, 6:30 p.m. ROCKLAND St. Mary’s Catholic. Saturday: confessions, 3:30 p.m.; Mass, 4 p.m. St. Paul United Methodist. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. TROUT CREEK Assembly of God. Sunday worship, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Trinity Lutheran (ELCA). Saturday worship, 4:30 p.m. 906-9882594. United Presbyterian. Sunday worship, 11 a.m.; communion, first Sunday of the month. WAINOLA Lutheran. Saturday, 5 p.m. Communion, first and third Saturdays. 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. WHITE PINE St. Jude Catholic. Sunday: confessions, 10:30 a.m., Mass, 11 a.m.

Community United Methodist. Sunday, worship, 8:45 a.m., youth group, 5 p.m.; Monday, Kids Club, after school.

WISCONSIN 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.

Fr. Frank Kordek, OFM

All Are Welcome - Worship With Us: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8am Mass Saturday - 4pm Vigil Mass Sunday - 7am & 11am Mass Tuesday - 5:30pm Mass Sunday - 8:45am Saxon, WI

St. Mary church has several involved ministries: We have a group of dedicated lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and several lay ministers. We have an active communion distribution group for shut-ins and nursing homes and they provide many other ministries. We also have committed Pastoral and Finance Councils in place. We have an active music ministry, as well as a Religious Education, Youth Ministry and adult bible study. St. Mary is a warm, welcoming, faith community. 404 Iron Street, Hurley, Wisconsin 54534 • 715-561-2606 Summer Fun & Dining Guide – Page 57

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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. LAC DU FLAMBEAU Bible Baptist. Sunday, 11 a.m. St. Anthony’s Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m. 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 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. MANITOWISH WATERS Community Church (Presbyterian). Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Episcopal. Saturday: Episcopal Eucharist, 5 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, U.S. 51. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic. Masses: Sunday, 8 a.m., Wednesday, 5:15 p.m., Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Saturday, 6 p.m. MELLEN Congregational United Church of Christ. Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Holy Rosary Catholic. Tuesday, 8 a.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.; Sunday Mass, 9 a.m.; first Friday Mass, 6:30 p.m.; first Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., second through fifth Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Mellen Manor Nursing Home. Confessions, Saturday following Mass. Immanuel Lutheran. Sunday school 8:15 a.m.; Bible study 8:30 a.m.; regular service with Communion 9:30 a.m. 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. PRESQUE ISLE Bethel Lutheran. Sunday, 11 a.m. St. Rita’s Catholic. Saturday, confessions, 3:30 p.m., Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. SAXON Community Presbyterian. Sunday, 11 a.m. St. Ann’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 8:45 a.m. WINCHESTER Living Hope. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Bible study, 7 p.m.

C HRIST LUTHERAN PARISH invites you to worship at – SALEM LUTHERAN C HURCH – 333 E. Aurora St., Ironwood, MI • 906-932-1510 Sunday 9am • Radio Broadcast WHRY AM-1450 8am

– ST. J OHN’S LUTHERAN C HURCH – E5071 Airport Rd., Ironwood Township • 2nd & 4th Sunday 11am

– ST. PAUL LUTHERAN C HURCH – 111 S. Curry, Ironwood, MI • 906-932-0601 • Sunday 10:30 am

– Z ION LUTHERAN C HURCH – 100 W. Midland Ave., Ironwood, MI • 906-932-1320 Sunday 9am, Saturday Praise Worship 5pm ELCA

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g n i i D n e m r u S m “ at its Best” (1 blk east of Hwy. 51 in downtown Mercer) 2633 Railroad St., Mercer, WI 54547 • 715-476-2472

BAR HOURS 11am - Close KITCHEN 11am - 11pm Daily Now Serving Breakfast 7-11am Wednesday-Sunday MONDAY’S - “All You Can Eat” Wings & Fries TUESDAY’S - Mexican Special WEDNESDAY’S - Smelt & Fries FRIDAY’S - “All You Can Eat” Fish Fry or Pub Chicken or COMBO of both! With choice of Potato, Soup or Salad, Applesauce & Breadstick


“All You Can Eat” Pub Chicken With choice of Potato, Soup or Salad, & Breadstick

Featured Nightly Specials ★ Tuesdays — Pot Roast ★ Thursdays — Pasta Night ★ Fridays — Fish Fry “All-You-Can-Eat” ★ Saturdays — Steak Night ★ Sundays — Broasted Chicken HAPPY HOUR 3-6pm 50¢ OFF All Drinks — Open 11am Daily — Closed Wednesday

Serving Food & Homemade Pizza

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Liberty Bell Chalet 109 5th Ave. S. • Hurley, Wisconsin

715-561-3753 Located in Downtown Ironwood Across from the Pocket Park Serving American & Italian Cuisine

Open Monday-Saturday 5 p.m.-Close Dinner Served Wednesday-Saturday 5-9 p.m.

Serving Dinner – 7 Days a Week at 4 p.m. Serving Lunch Monday-Thursday 11-2 p.m.

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SPECIALS Wednesday – Pastas, Ravioli, Gnocchi, etc. Friday – Pan Fried Tilapia Saturday – “Slow Roasted” Prime Rib Au Jus • 4.5 Stars from Trip Advisor • Rated in the top 24 U.P. restaurants • Top winner of the Taste of the Gogebic Range



7 DAYS A WEEK! Open 7am-5pm Monday-Saturday; 7am-3pm Sunday

Our New East Wing Cocktail Lounge OPEN FRIDAY & SATURDAY ~ DINNER MENU 4-8 P.M.


Thursdays & Sundays are Pasta Night at the Bell Chalet

Friday Fish Fry SERVING UNTIL 8:00 P.M.


122 Silver St., Hurley, Wisconsin • (715) 561-5500






Friday Night Fish Fry Special Saturday Night Prime Rib Great Food – Pub Type Menu COME TRY OUR FABULOUS COCKTAILS Relax and let us cater to your family! OPEN FRIDAY & SATURDAY – DINNER MENU 4-8PM 122 Silver St., Hurley, WI • 715-561-5500 • (Next to Sharon’s Coffee Company) Page 60 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Come Dine With us on

Saturday Night Enjoy our

Prime Rib Special

Come See Our Selection of Wines

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Pasty Sho s ’ e p Jo


Monday-Saturday 5am-6pm; Sunday 5am-3pm 112 W. Aurora St., Ironwood, MI 49938 • 906-932-5114

since 1946

The pasty that made pasties famous

What is a pasty? Joe’s definition: pasty (pas´te) - lean ground beef, diced potatoes and onions, wrapped in a delicate crust.

•Traditional •Cornish •Breakfast •Veggie •Finnish We’d also like to note that we do not serve gravy with our pasties. We recommend good old-fashioned ketchup. Mmmm!

Assorted Holiday Treats FRESH Pie Daily - $3.50

per slice

•Pumpkin •Raspberry •Cherry •Apple •Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee & Pie $4.00 Cheesecake $2.00 Any Pasty w/pie - add $2.50

BESSEMER! As Good As It Gets! ~ Lots of NEW ITEMS ~ ~ We have all your OLD FAVORITES ~

DINE IN or CARRY OUT Lunch & Dinner Delivery Mon.-Fri. - OPEN at 11am; Sat. & Sun. Open at 1pm West U.S. 2 & Massie St., Bessemer – Next to the Bessemer VFW


906-932-3742 One block south of U.S. 2 on Country Club Rd.

Open 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday Serving Lunch and Dinner Specials Homemade Soups Friday Fish Fry All Day WE CATER ANY OCCASION, YOUR PLACE OR OURS Your hosts Chris & Carlo Lahti ~ 906-364-2935

November 20th – March 31st We Ship Anywhere • Call Us

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30pm, Sat. 8am-3pm, Sun. Closed

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all the comforts of

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Broasted Chicken

Friday Fish Fry 518 E. McLeod Avenue Ironwood, MI 49938


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• Located in the Beautiful Western Upper Peninsula • Summer Tagged Fish Contest May 15-September 10, 2017 • July 8 Movie Night at Ontonagon County Park • Fall Walleye Tournament September 8, 9, 2017

Antonio’s Restaurant BERGLAND Mon.-Thurs. - Homemade Specials Friday - Fish Fry • Saturday - Italian Sunday - Broasted Chicken Homemade Bakery and Pastries


7 Days a Week 7am-10pm After November 30 ~ Sunday-Thursday 7am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-10pm


205 Ash, Bergland, MI


906-575-3397 BERGLAND, MI

Relax On Beautiful Lake Gogebic Phone: (906) 575-3542

Hwy. M-28 • 2 miles West of Bergland

ATV & SxS Rentals & Snowmobile Rentals

Located right in Bergland, MI on Highway M-28 Fishing • Hunting • Skiing • Snowmobiling Direct access to Snowmobile and ORV Trails

Reservations: 906-575-3262

• Snowmobiling with Trail Access • Close to Gas, Groceries, Food, and More!

Hoop N’ Holler Tavern “Voted #1 Best Pit Stop – SnoGoer Magazine”



Motel & S led ebic g o Re G e nt a ak

NEW OWNER: Casey Yesney

• Boat Rentals • Live Bait and Tackle Store • Guide Services • Pets Welcome

P.O. Box 278, Hwy 28, Bergland, MI 49910 email:

Sales, Service, Parts, Accessories, Rentals, Clothing

Motel & Sled SPECIALS on rooms and sleds

• Open Year Round • 11 Fully Furnished Cabins • Bedding, towels, paper products and more provided • Cable TV/Wifi


“Voted Best Restaurant – TripAdvisor.”

• Cocktails • Tap Beer • Full Menu and Specials • Free Wifi • RV Sites w/Full Hook-ups • Clothing • Gas FURTHEST WEST BAR IN EASTERN TIME ZONE Your Hosts: George & Carolyn Maves Merriweather, MI 49949 • (906) 575-5555

Come experience the only wood-fired BBQ in the area! LUNCH DINNER


JANE CARLSON-BALLONE Michigan/Wisconsin REALTOR Main: (906) 285-2082 Office: (906) 932-5406 Fax: (906) 932-3303 Email: 527 N. Lake Street, Ironwood, MI 49938 Page 64 – Summer Fun & Dining Guide

Friday Fish Fry 4 p.m. – Open 7 days a week Highway M-28 • Bergland, MI • 906-365-5BBQ

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