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Index of Advertisers

906 Services, Inc. page 25 A&A Hardware page 23 Abelman Clothing & Footwear page 7 AJ’s Walleye Lodge page 48 page 13 Angler’s Antonio’s Restaurant page 48 Arbor Vitae Homes page 27 Bad River Lodge & Casino page 28 Beda’s Mobile Repair page 31 Ben Franklin page 36 Bessemer Dairy Queen page 7 Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort page 35 Big Snow Resort page 38 page 23 Big Valley Ford Chrysler Black River Valley Pub page 45 Borseth Properties page 23 Burger Barn page 17 C & M Oil page 7 Century 21 page 5 Char’s Café page 23 Citizen State Bank page 23 Cloverland Motor Sports Inc. page 47 Cobblestone Inn and Suites page 17 Copper Peak page 27 Days Inn page 22 Downtown Art Place page 37 Earla’s Restaurant page 33 First Weber Realty page 7 Fishtales page 33 Gateway Lodge page 5 Giovannoni’s True Value Hardware page 24 Gogebic Community College page 21 Gogebic-Iron County Airport page 11 Gogebic Range Health Foundation page 37 Great Northern Motel/ Wolf’s Den Restaurant page 13 Handsome Prints page 37 Haven North Condos page 34 Headwater’s Polaris page 5 Headwater’s Restaurant page 31 Hitt’s Fine Furniture page 11 Holiday Station Store page 19 Hoop N’ Holler Tavern page 48 HOPE Animal Shelter page 8 Iron County Community Credit Union page 21 Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus page 9

Jane Carlson-Ballone/ page 48 The Real Estate Store Joe’s Pasty Shop page 46 JW’s BBQ & Brew page 48 Keenagers page 19 Konteka Black Bear Resort and Dining page 25 Koski Collision page 7 Krupp’s Resort page 15 Lac Vieux Desert Health page 3 Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce page 48 Lake Gogebic Motel & Sled Rental page 48 Lake of the Torches Resort Casino page 16 Larry’s Fish Fry page 7 Larry’s Lucky Strikes page 12 Legendary Waters Resort & Casino page 2 Liberty Way Tap House page 13 Marenisco Township page 33 Merritt’s Travel Center page 15 Michigan State Police Post 86 page 30 Mike’s Family Restaurant page 46 Nanette’s Knits & Gifts page 19 Northwind Natural Foods page 26 Olde Suffolk Ale House page 46 Our Lady of Peace Catholic Churchpage 42 Pat’s Motor Sports page 15 Perttula’s Service page 19 Pit Stop Bar & Grill page 15 Plunkett’s Pest Control page 34 Quality Inn-Ashland page 17

Quality Inn-Ironwood Randall Bakery Remax Action North Realty Retreat Bar & Grill Rigoni’s Bakery Rigoni’s Inn Rodeway Inn St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Settler’s Co-op Sharon’s Coffee Company Silver Properties Sisu Skifest Sixth Street Market Skyview Lodge & Supper Club SS Sport Store Inc. Steigers Ace Hardware Stem’s Flower Shop Stormy Kromer Sunday Lake Supermarket Superior Kitty Care Sylvania Outfitters Inc. Tacconelli’s The Porkies Ski Hill The Real Estate Store Timberline Sports United Dreams Wakefield VFW/Lakeview Deli Wolverine Trails Ye Olde Shillelagh Your Place Rental Z Place Gallery Zak’s Realty

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Snowshoeing is just one of many outdoor activities enjoyed by all ages during the winter months in the Northwoods.

This visitors and dining guide is published annually by the Daily Globe Inc.

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Welcome to Winter Wonderland he Gogebic Range is full of natural beauty all year around, but its deep snow winters remain the most popular time of the year for visitors. Snowmobilers, downhill skiers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers find a myriad of winter playland opportunities. More than 400 miles of constantly groomed snowmobile trails, an array of alpine ski resorts, many kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails and an abundance of wilderness to snowshoe through await outdoor enthusiasts. A long weekend of fun in the snow won’t be enough for any family — plan a week on the Gogebic Range and visit the many shops and restaurants that dot the main streets of Ironwood, Hurley, Bessemer, Wakefield and surrounding towns. Take in a rare treat at one of Ironwood’s live theaters — many shows are performed by local talent. Discover the area’s rich history and how it turned from rugged wilderness where immigrant miners and loggers carved out a life in bustling communities in the 1880s, to the quaint smalltown America it has become by touring one or all of the

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local history museums. The Iron County Historical Society’s Museum is open ‘yearround in Hurley and downtown Ironwood features a museum in Depot Park. Skiers can try one hill after another or choose the one that suits them best, including the college-run Mt. Zion on the campus of Gogebic Community College, Big Powderhorn Mountain, Indianhead, Blackjack, Whitecap or the Porcupine Mountains. Bundle up and go inside to the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, also on the college campus. The civic center has open ice-skating hours throughout the winter. A snack bar is available. While on the GCC campus, try snow tubing down Mt. Zion. There are lodging options for any budget or taste and eateries found nowhere else. Seeing and experiencing the Gogebic Range covered with snow is proof that family vacations don’t require beaches and warm temperatures. Rather than hibernating through winter, embrace and enjoy the season and its snow at any number of events or venues across the Gogebic Range.


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Big Snow Resort Indianhead Mountain Resort & Blackjack Ski Area ig Snow Resort offers two great mountains for the price of one ticket. Indianhead Mountain Resort, near Wakefield, and Blackjack ski area, near Bessemer include 57 runs and 15 chair lifts between them (including a magic carpet lift). With an average annual snowfall of more

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New at Big Snow Resort this ski season is a terrain-based learning area with enhanced snow features. With a concentration on the beginner experience, the resort boasts one of the best beginner areas in the Midwest. There are lessons available for all ages. Also new are the snowmobile trails that

run through both resorts. The machines can be rented at Blackjack. Returning guests will find more tree skiing runs for advanced skiers. A shuttle every half hour offers a seven minute ride between the hills. Blackjack offers a yeti cave snow fort for kids and a 30-foot tubing area and snow slides. A huge New Year’s Eve party complete

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with fireworks is planned for Blackjack. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, as well as kids events, teen dance and adult party with live music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Indianhead has a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, while Blackjack hosts indoor trampoline bungee and group bonfires upon request. For more information, call 800-346-3426.


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Whitecap Mountains hitecap Mountains Resort is a 400-acre operation in Upson, Wis., that includes 43 ski runs on the Penokee range. Slopes include everything from double black diamond expert trails to a bunny hill for kids in an area separated from wind and more experienced skiers. Chairlifts are available for adults, and a tow rope and magic carpet lift are available for kids. Snowboarding and snowmobiling also are welcome. When Mother Nature tires of making snow, resort staff create their own white stuff nightly, as needed. Members of the National Ski Patrol help to keep the hills safe with regular patrols. Whitecap management hopes to create cross-country trails within the resort in the future, but for now, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available on the nearby Uller Trail, which is not part of the resort. All sports enthusiasts are welcome to take refuge from Jack Frost at the resort’s Wine Hut, which offers a wood stove, as well as food and beverages, on a trail just north of the hotel.

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Housing at Whitecap Resort can accommodate about 400 guests. Trailside condominiums with ski-in and ski-out lodging are among the options. The resort hotel includes a bar, restaurant, pool and hot tub, and the separate Davis Chalet can hold groups of up to 40 guests. A major fire in February of 2019 occurred in the resort’s main lodge, requiring most of it to be demolished in the past summer. However, one salvaged portion of that building has been remodeled to accommodate short-term retail, rental and picnic needs. Meanwhile, plans are underway for a new resort village that is expected to be built about one-half-mile south of the hotel. The village will include a new base lodge, as well as an administrative building, a retail shop, a rental shop, and a picnic lodge. Condominiums will be built above at least three of the village buildings. Once the new village is complete, the remainder of the burned lodge will be demolished. Among resort events this winter will be free Gibson snowboard and ski demos on Jan. 6. The resort also will feature its first annual Glades of Glory race on Feb. 16. Described as “a head-to-head, single-elimination race,” the event is open only to invited participants with appropriate expertise. Spectators, however, are welcome. Additional events also occur throughout the year, as part of resort management’s aim to be a four-season facility. The resort, which includes the Skye Golf Course, sits on Weber Lake, where guests can enjoy boating and fishing in warmer months. Across the lake is Weber Lake Park, run by the Iron County Forestry and Parks Department. Located on the western end of the Lake Superior Snowbelt, Whitecap is about 10 miles southwest of Hurley, off Wisconsin 77 on County E. For more information, call 715-561-2227 or visit whitecapresort.com.


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Big Powderhorn Mountain he slopes of Big Powderhorn Mountain near Bessemer offer skiers and snowboarders an average 100-day ski season that can run longer when snow arrives early and stays later. Big Powderhorn Mountain has been in operation since the 1963-64 winter season. The resort village offers 253 skiable acres — the most in Big Snow Country — with 45 trails and two terrain parks. The longest trail run is a full mile. The main lodge is located right next to three ski lifts, with the beginners area right at the base. To access the runs there are nine double chairlifts and a beginner handle tow. Trails, by percentage, are rated 35 percent novice, 35 more difficult and 30 percent most difficult. There are nine double chairlifts and a beginner handle tow with a combined uphill capacity of 10,800 skiers per hour.

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ski resorts across the country. There’s a school for skiing or snowboarding, for those who want to master a certain technique or just wanting to enjoy the hill more. An introductory package includes lessons, rentals and lift tickets. Lessons can span from an hour to more than two hours. Locally owned and managed, Big Powderhorn is a favorite of the locals. It’s also a visitor favorite with lodging, condominiums and houses surrounding the hill that are capable of accommodating up to 2,000 people. Group lodging options are also possible from a fullsized chalet to well-equipped condos through Powderhorn Mountain Resort Lodging. Big Powderhorn Mountain can make snow over 93% of the terrain. The resort boasts a state-of-the-art grooming department and provides a professional ski patrol. The village maintains a festival feel with other attractions including a lighted, outdoor ice rink. There is a torch-light parade and fireworks over the mountain on New Year’s Eve. Food is available at the Caribou Lodge and Bar, the Hideout Grill and bar in the Gun Barrel Lodge; along with live music and other entertainment. For more information, call 800-501-SNOW. * 10 Fully Furnished Cabins * on Bill Nichols Trail * Wifi & Satellite TV

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Mt. Zion Ski Area

Gogebic Community College t. Zion Ski Area has tentatively schedule its Opening Day for the 201920 season for Dec. 14. Located just on the edge of Ironwood on the campus of Gogebic Community College, Mt. Zion Ski Area is known as the fun hill for all ages and the place where most local residents learned to ski. As the oldest winter recreation complex in Big Snow Country dating back to 1937, there were multiple

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hours during the Christmas break, except on Christmas, when it is closed. The facility offers reasonable season passes for individuals and families. A tubing hill is also offered along side the ski hill. Entrants into the tubing park are issued a tube and ride to the top via tow rope. Mt. Zion has expanded its snowmaking capability in recent years. In the past snow was not made all the way to the top of the hill, but the snowmaking program has expanded to cover the entire slope to enhance the skiing experience. Ski lessons are a very big part of Mt. Zion Ski Area. The 6 to 9 p.m. lessons are convenient to students and workers. Local schools take advantage of the ski hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearby location and affordable lessons to and bring as many as 8,000 students annually. Ski racing has been a popular program on Mt. Zion for 30 years, especially with young skiers. The races begin each Saturday at 10 a.m. starting in January. The youth ski racing team called Team Z, offers youth a chance to learn competition skiing, slalom and giant slalom, in an affordable program that competes with other youth teams around the region. The Terrain Park is another popular feature. In

yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past a local competition for tricks done on the box and rails has been held on Friday evenings. In addition to group rates, GCC students are allowed to ski or snowboard for free, as are senior citizens 62 years and older. The skill hill offers complete equipment rental and has a chalet and food service. Students in the SAM program run the facility, learning snowmaking and grooming as part of maintaining the hill. The SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;program also manages the ski hill at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The SAM program provides technical and academic study, as well as internships at major ski resorts in the Midwest and others throughout the country. SAM students earn credits through onsite training classes such as ski area layout, snowmaking fundamentals, emergency response, slope grooming and classroom courses, such as business. Graduates of the SAM program may choose to pursue a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in ski area business management through an agreement with Northern Michigan University in Marquette. For more information, visit gogebic.edu.


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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Gogebic County, Mich. Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails in Ironwood offers 24K of ski trails, including several loops, for classic striding and skate skiing. There are 14K of marked snowshoe trails and 7K of snow bike trails that access the Big Powderhorn Snow Bike Trails. Lake-effect snow provides the area with snow that tends to arrive earlier, pile deeper, and last longer than anywhere else in the Midwest. The rolling terrain offers trails for all levels of skiing, snowshoeing and snow biking. Ski and snowshoe trails can be accessed at the chalet trailhead at 5851 Sunset Road. There is also a trailhead behind Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. The Summit Road trailhead provides access to snow bike trails, as well as ski and snowshoe trails. The warming chalet offers a view of the historic wooden ski jump structure that was part of the club’s original activities. Cookies and hot chocolate are available in the chalet, which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the ski season. Volunteers with the Wolverine Nordic Ski Club maintain and groom the trail system. The nonprofit group promotes Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking and lifelong physical fitness. The club also supports ski programs in the schools and other community organizations

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Donations help maintain and groom trails, to maintain equipment and facilities, and to provide operating funds. Wolverine will host the seventh annual USSSA-sanctioned Aspirus Yooperbeiner Snowshoe Race-Walk on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. Awards for 10K, 5K and kids’ races will be given for overall winners and age group winners. All participants are welcome for post-race food and door prizes donated by local businesses. On Feb. 29, Wolverine and the Sisu Dirt Crew will sponsor a “Mountains of the Midwest” winter triathlon, which will include individual and relay teams in a 7K ski, 5K snowshoe and 7K snow bike race at Wolverine. For more information, visit Wolverinenordic.com, call 906-932-0509, or email wolverinenordic@gmail.com.

Miners Memorial Heritage Park The Miners Memorial Heritage Park offers quick and easy access to crosscountry skiing and snowshoe trails in the center of Ironwood. The main trail entry is located at the Ironwood K-12 School’s baseball field at 775 E. Ayer St. Skiers can choose from two connected skiing loops for a quick ski on one of the loops or a combined 2.6 mile (4.3K) trail at any time of day or night. Headlamps are recommended for night

skiing. The Red Devil and Pabst Blue Ribbon snowshoe trails cover 2.8 miles (4.5K). The park includes former iron ore mining sites. An annual candlelight ski and snowshoe event is being planned. For more information, visit MinersPark.com.

ABR Trails Active Backwoods Retreats Trails are located in Erwin Township south of Ironwood at E. 5299 W. Pioneer Road. Operated by Eric Anderson and Angela Santini, ABR offers 75 kilometers of trails groomed for classic and skating styles. The trails run through woods and along the Montreal River in the area of Ironwood’s Norrie Park. Dogs are welcome on dog trails, which are designated on ABR’s map. There is also a snowshoe trail, along with opportunities for skijoring with dogs. A range of fee options are available, along with lodging accommodations. The ski complex also offers coffee and energy bars. The trails open at 9 a.m. seven days a week during the season. Trails close between 4 to 6 p.m., depending upon when it gets dark. continued on page 20


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Ski equipment can be rented or purchased at ABR’s ski shop. On Jan. 11, 2020, some of the Sisu Ski Fest races will start at ABR Trails, and all races will finish in downtown See details at Ironwood. sisuskifest.com. On March 14, 2020, from noon to 2 p.m., ABR Trails also will offer “Taste of the Trails,” during which participants can purchase food from local food vendors and ski or snowshoe along a designated route.

Iron Belle Trail The continued growth of the Iron Belle Trail gives winter silent sport enthusiasts one more option when exploring the western Upper Peninsula. The now 6-mile section of trail runs from the Montreal River, bordering Hurley and Ironwood, to Moore Street in Bessemer, near U.S. 2. Open to snowshoeing and backcountry cross-country skiing, this trail will be difficult for traditional crosscountry skiers due to lack of grooming. The trail, which follows the old Soo Line Railroad right-of-way, runs mostly through wooded areas, but it crosses numerous intersections that offer multiple access points, so as to tailor the length of the excursion. The trail experience is enhanced by crossings over historic, old railroad bridges. The Depot Park Trailhead is at 150 N. Lowell St. in downtown Ironwood. The trail is the first part of a regional trail that is planned to run between ski trails in Montreal, Wis., and Sunday Lake in Wakefield. Supporters also hope to have the Iron Belle Trail connect to several others running throughout Wisconsin. Sometimes referred to locally as the Western Gateway Trail, it is the western end of a more grandly schemed Iron Belle Trail, which promoters hope eventually will link Ironwood to Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Friends of the Iron Belle Trail, composed of local trail enthusiasts, help to maintain the trail and also coordinate occasional trail activities.

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The Mercer Cross-Country Association in Mercer has about 21K of trails across 500 acres of Iron County, town of Mercer, and state and private land. Skiers ranging from beginner to advanced, and from classic to freestyle, will find trails suitable to their levels. Hiking, snowshoeing and dogs are allowed only on untracked portions of trails. MECCA’s Cabin Trailhead, which is the site of a chalet built of logs cut and prepared by club members, is at 4686 N. Fierick Road. The chalet includes a changing room and wax bench, wood stove and hot chocolate, and a toilet system. It is usually open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the ski season, which runs from November to April, depending on snow. A second site is known as Little Turtle Trailhead. Fees are collected as a donation. Volunteers with MECCA, which dates back nearly 50 years, groom the trails regularly. The club’s annual Candlelight Ski, Shoe and Hike will be on Jan. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Awaiting skiers, snowshoers and hikers at the cabin will be bonfires, chili, hot chocolate and other treats. MECCA also is hosting the second annual Turtle River Pursuit during the third weekend of February. This crosscountry event will include an 11K classic race on Feb. 15, followed by an 11K freestyle leg race on Feb. 16. Individuals and two-person teams may compete for awards. Also on Feb. 15 will be a Claire d’Loon 5K Classic Tour that is being touted as perfect for families and recreational skiers. More information and registration information can be found at turtleriverpursuit.com. For directions, trail maps, and other information, visit skimecca.org. The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce

Uller Trail runs through the Penokee Range in northern Iron County and is billed as the most remote ski trail in Wisconsin. Skiing with a companion is recommended along this 19K trail system described as “hilly and remote.” There is a trailhead and parking area in Upson at Weber Lake at the base of Whitecap Mountains downhill ski resort, just off County E. Heading east from that trailhead are a series of three loops. These loops, constructed in 2017 and 2018, provide 6.8K of groomed trails in the beautiful Penokee Range. True back-country skiing is available, extending east from the loops. The main stem of the Uller trail runs west to east, terminating at the Hoyt Road Trailhead, located north of Wisconsin 77, between Pence and Iron Belt. The Krankkala Spur begins at the Lagoon Trailhead, located just north of Iron Belt, and runs north 3.5K to the main stem. Snowshoers are welcome on the Uller, but are asked to respect the set track and stay to the sides of the trail. Maintenance and grooming are done by the Iron County Forestry Department and the Penokee Rangers, a volunteer organization. Donations are accepted for trail upkeep. For more information, visit norwiski.com or skinnyski.com.

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t’s no wonder that, on more than one occasion, American Snowmobiler Magazine has ranked the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan as first in the nation for snowmobiling fun. Gogebic County has it all, with miles of trails, frozen falls, scenic vistas, woods and wildlife, and endless snow. The Gogebic Range Trail Authority has been managing county snowmobile trails since 1973 and reports that it now offers 95 miles of groomed trails. GRTA is planning several special events during the 2018-19 winter to commemorate even previous volunteers who made the club what it is today. The club also is expanding its clubhouse and groomer barn, which will allow grooming machines to be parked and maintained indoors. A

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to Trail 3 in Iron County, Wis. Since the last season, several trail spots have been rerouted around mud holes and straightened to ease grooming and enhance safety.  The club reminds riders that Trail 160 involves 25 land owners, so it is critical for riders to stay on the trail.  Trail 11S, which runs from east of Wakefield to Winchester, Wis., also has been re-routed for the new season.  A one-year agreement via the Ottawa National Forest allowed the trail to open last year if GRTA agreed to find another route for the 20182019 season. Since then, the Keweenaw Land Association approved a 10-mile reroute, which added four miles of trail, onto its managed property.  This new trail is the “historic continued on page 24

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route” of Trail 11S and will be a winding, gorgeous ride this winter. It will run 17 miles without a single stop sign, offering a true wilderness ride.  Trail 2 benefited, since last season, in a variety of ways. The trail section by the Ironwood transfer station was rebuilt and raised, with an added culvert to promote drainage. GRTA also did some straightening and drainage of another trail section through the Big Snow Resorts. Finally, the group also is working to reroute the snowmobile Trail 2 crossing from Verona Road on

the east side of the Keystone Bridge in Ramsay to another, less busy location. Check gogebicrangeta.org for more details on GRTA activities or for trail information.

Lake Gogebic Trails Shared by Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, Lake Gogebic offers a wealth of snowmobiling trails in the lake region. Based in Bergland, the Lake Gogebic Area Groomers maintain over 50 miles of groomed trails here. For general information, check gogebicareagrooming.com. For Lake Gogebic trail routes, see lakegoge-

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Ice Fishing he Ottawa National Forest has more than 500 named lakes to ice fish. Ice fishing on lakes within the Ottawa is permitted, except on Sylvania Wilderness special provision lakes. Very few roads which lead to lakes on the forest are plowed, however, during the winter. Anglers need to be familiar with all rules and regulations related to fees, seasons, species and licensing by obtaining a Michigan fishing guide. Snowmobilers must be in accordance with the motor vehicle rules of the forest. In the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan trout season runs from the last Saturday in April to Sept. 30. Later seasons are set for bass, walleye, northern pike and muskellunge. Generally, spring (May-June) is the best time for lake fish-

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ing on the Ottawa; summer (July-August) is somewhat slower, with fall (September-October) somewhere in between. Stream fishing for lake-run salmon and steelhead usually picks up around April 1 with streams with an extended troutsalmon season, such as on the East Branch of the Ontonagon River, north of M-28, or those with no closed season. The best fishing on those streams starts around mid-September and lasts until the snow flies. Stream fishing for resident trout is generally best near the end of the legal season, especially for brook trout, which start upstream migration at this time. Walleyes and crappies tend to bite best under low light conditions (early morning, late evening or on overcast days). Fish for bass, crappies, pike and panfish near logs, brush or in weedy areas. In bright sunlight, and after storms or cold snaps, most fish tend to go deeper and are harder to get to bite. Use live bait, and fish deeper and slower under those conditions. There are a range of ice fishing tournaments throughout the Western Upper Peninsula, including the annual Sunday Lake ice fishing tournamet planned for Feb. 15 during Michigan’s free fishing weekend.

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ruary are expected to draw people from all over the Midwest. The Mercer Lions Club Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held on Feb. 1 at Mercer’s Carow Park. The Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held on Feb. 29 at Donner’s Bay Resort.

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Ice fishing offers more great opportunities. With several inland lakes in northern Iron County, anglers of all ages enjoy this winter sport. Three ice fishing tournaments will take place in the first month of 2019: On Jan. 18, Willy’s Still on Island Lake will host its annual tournament. Also on Jan. 18, Bank Club will host its third annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on the Gile Flowage. On Jan. 25, Annie’s Pub will hold its tournament, also on the Gile Flowage.

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Sisu Ski Fest

t takes some sisu to take part in this challenging but fun race. The 11th annual Sisu Ski Fest is set for Jan. 11, 2020, in downtown Ironwood. Sisu is a Finnish word that means “special strength and stubborn determination to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity; a combination of stamina, courage and obstinacy held in reserve for hard times.” Some simply interpret sisu to mean “guts.” The “Finnish Line” is in downtown Ironwood. The distances of the main races are 31K and 15K with the beginning at ABR Ski Trails.

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There is also a 5K race, the Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski, a non-competitive event, and the Depot Dash (kids fun ski event). The Depot Dash is Friday, Jan. 11, and is free for children 10 and under. It will be at Ironwood’s Depot Park. Registration may be done online or at the Ironwood Memorial Building on Jan. 11 starting at 4 p.m. An expo will be held at the Memorial Building. The scenic race courses go by the Montreal River, former mining areas and Hiawatha, the world’s tallest Native American statue. Racers head back to the Memorial Building for mojakka (a

Finnish stew), pasties and the awards ceremony. On Sunday, a fat bike demo will be held in the Miners Memorial Heritage Park at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to try riding a bike in the snow. Results of the main races will be provided by a professional timing service. Nearly 200 volunteers make the event possible; 680 registered to take part in the event last year. Visit sisuskifest.com for more information. Visit the site to register, to race or to volunteer.

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Snowmobile Olympus

he Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus will host two actionpacked weekends of racing at the legendary half-mile oval ice track at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds this winter. First, they will host the Pro Vintage Racing on Saturday, Dec. 28. If there is bad weather, the event would be held the next day. On the weekend of Jan. 4-5, 2020, Ironwood will host USSA ProStar Cup racing. According to organizers, the fastest sleds on ice with speeds in excess of 100 mph take part in these races. Racing on Ironwood’s half-mile ice oval dates back to 1968 when factory teams from various snowmobile manufacturers battled for supremacy. In 1975, T.J. Patrick, a

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talented Junior class driver from Illinois, won the first Governor’s Cup – the event’s top prize awarded every year. Ironwood’s event was named the TLR Cup “Race of the Year” for 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 seasons. Pro Vintage Racing began in 1995 as organizers looked to create an event to let racers and fans alike “step back in time” and reminisce as they rev up their favorite racing machines of the past for more racing on the ice oval. The Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus races are at the Fairgrounds on the west side of Ironwood, on U.S. 2. For more information, visit ironwoodsnowmobileolympus.com.


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Jack Frost Festival

he Jack Frost Festival in Ironwood offers a variety of events to help the community mark the holidays and kick off the coming winter season. The festival begins with the annual tree lighting at the Depot Park in Ironwood on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Afterward, a sing-along with refreshments featuring a 1905 reed organ will entertain as well as special music by the Luther L. Wright High School choir members. The highlight of the festival each year is the Jack Frost Festival of Lights parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in downtown Ironwood. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Candy Cane Court at the Incredible Bank from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., just before the parade. The Northern Elves’ Santa Dash will be held down Aurora

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Street at 5:30 p.m. before the parade as well. After the parade, the Gogebic Range Concert Band will perform inside the warm Historic Ironwood Theatre. The Historic Ironwood Theatre will present a Christmas show by local talent on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. New this year, the Big Top Chautauqus’s Blue Canvas Orchestra will present its Christmas show at the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. The festival finishes with the “After-burner” Christmas tree burning event on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Norrie Amateur Sports Club at 7 p.m. For more information or to view the entire Jack Frost Festival calendar, visit ironwoodchamber.org.


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Snowmobiling

Ontonagon County

nowmobiling has been a growing sport in Ontonagon, and, depending on how much snow and where it falls can be a boon to the local economy. From the north end of the county near Lake Superior to trails around Lake Gogebic on the south end of the county, snowmobilers are able to access some of the most beautiful parts of the state deep in the northwoods, as well as many businesses catering to their needs. There are several restaurants, lodging options and other businesses keyed up for snowmobilers around Lake Gogebic. The North Country Snowmobile Club is vital to keeping snowmobiling viable through part of the county. The group grooms 109 miles of trails that range from two-thirds down the South Boundary Road up the Lake of the Clouds, to Ontonagon, from White Pine, into Greenland and Rockland.

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Snowmobilers depend on groomed trails and the economy depends on snowmobilers, according to NCSC president Mack McCaughn. Groomer drivers often spend as much as 12 hours a day or night making the trails good for people in and outside the area. He hopes others will join the grooming corps, adding the club is flexible as to how many hours and in what areas drivers would like to operate. He said that anyone interested in helping with the grooming will be trained on the machine if necessary. “With more groomers we could groom more trails and that would be a plus for visitors as well as locals,” he added. The group also spends time brushing trails during the off season. “We need snow, groomers and supporters so we can welcome in the right way the thousands of winter visitors who select the area to visit this winter,” McCaughn said.

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

he Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a great place for winter visitors. Camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing can all be enjoyed at the park nestled on the shore of Lake Superior. Guided snow shoe hikes are one of the more poplar events facilitated by park staff. It’s a chance for visitors to see some of the beautiful winter wilderness that is the Porkies. In January and February, the park hosts a lantern-lit

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snowshoe hike. It’s about one mile with a stop for hot cider about halfway. The annual Snow Burst festival will be held at the ski hill with the help of the Gogebic Community College ski area management program students who run the ski hill operation and the Friends of the Porkies. The skill hill is generally open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The ski hill offers ski, snowshoe and snowboard rentals. The chalet also offers food and refreshments.

Ontonagon Hometown Christmas

ne of the highlights up leading up to Christmas in Ontonagon is the annual Hometown Christmas celebration. It is the 19th year for the celebration which will be held Dec. 6-8. The event has grown each year and organizers especially welcomed the news that the annual Christmas Show at the Ontonagon Theater of the Performing Arts will be held Friday, Dec. 6, during the Hometown Christmas festivities. The Jim Jessup-directed musical fea-

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tures outstanding performances from area talent and it is the first time the concert and festival fell at the same time. There will also be a youth dance in conjunction with the celebration on Dec. 6. Saturday, Dec. 7, will include children’s events, a craft fair, the Hometown tree trimming, and snowball dance and fireworks. The highlight of Sunday, Dec. 8, is the Hometown Christmas parade. Lighted floats with unique themes will line River Street. Ontonagon is known for its

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Pat O’Donnell Civic Center

he Patrick O’Donnell Civic Center will be operational this winter with a temporary dome over the facility for the 2019-2020 skating season. Make sure to heck out what the city of Ironwood has labeled the “U.P.’s mini-Yooper Dome” this upcoming winter season on the campus of Gogebic Community College at E4972 Jackson Road in Ironwood. The dome will provide a unique experience and make it a lot of fun to skate under the inflatable bubble with an ice rink for hockey, figure skating, open skating and other events, along with changing rooms and a concession area. The dome is scheduled to be installed by

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late October or early November. Once the dome is installed the ice making can then begin at the Civic Center and normal skating hours are anticipated to be similar to previous years. The Civic Center sustained severe structural damage from a roof collapse as a result of record setting snow fall this past February. The city’s insurance carrier decided to remove the roof and walls and install a dome for this winter as engineers decide on the new structure that will be built in the spring. The city collects a millage to help keep the facility operating. The 28,000-square-foot arena holds everything from community skat-

Book Across the Bay

he 24th annual Book Across the Bay will be held Feb. 15. Skiers and snowshoers trek 10 kilometers from Ashland to Washburn across the Chequamegon Bay. Ashland is

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located 40 miles to the west of the Gogebic Range. Shuttle buses run from Washburn to the start in Ashland. The race goes over the frozen surface of Lake Superior and is held at night with light provided

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ing, circuses and home shows to wrestling matches. Civic Center ice is open for skating with an admission cost and skate rental, if necessary. The rink is open every day during the Christmas break. The Ice Crystals Figure Skating Club stages an annual performance and the Polar Bear Hockey Club, a youth team, plays its games on the ice. It sponsors tournaments that boost the Gogebic County economy. In addition to the regular hours for open skating, there are still plans to host a New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m. to midnight, with extended hours for holiday skating.

by the stars in the sky and up to 1,000 candles in luminarias along the route. The course is groomed for classic and skate style skiing. The race starts at Maslowski Beach along U.S. 2 on the west

side of Ashland. The finish line is in Washburn at Thompson’s West End Park. Visit batb.org for more information. Organizers are also planning Valentine’s Day events this year.


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Snowmobiling Iron County

ith Hurley and Mercer serving as hubs, Iron County offers more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Annual snowfall often exceeds 200 inches. The county serves as a snowmobiling center with trails connecting to Vilas, Price and Ashland counties in Wisconsin and to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With plenty of lodging and snowmobile rentals, the county comes alive with sleds during snowy winter weekends. Snow-blanketed forests filled with the sights and sounds of the Wisconsin Northwoods are what attract

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many snowmobilers to Iron County. The scenic trails here are groomed by the Iron County Forestry & Parks Department, along with the White Thunder Riders and the Mercer SnoGoers. The Thunder Riders, who are known for their charitable donations, list regular events at whitethunderriders.com. The Mercer Sno-Goers also host numerous events listed at mercersnogoers.com. One of the most anticipated is the club’s Winter Blast, which will be on Jan. 19, 2019, at its Mercer Snowmobile Barn. Iron County Snowmobiling Trails From the Iron Horse Trail in Hurley, the ride to Saxon and Gurney covers

12 miles, with places to stop for gas, food and refreshments along the way. A ride on Trail 3 to Saxon Harbor, with its spectacular view of Lake Superior, is a pleasant diversion for the avid snowmobiler. A journey on Trail 17 guides riders south of Hurley along the Michigan border past beautiful Pine Lake. The trail crosses many rivers and creeks, offering excellent viewing of wildlife and the natural splendor common to Iron County. Heading farther south, the same trail leads to Mercer, the Loon Capital of the World and a bustling small town eager to welcome riders. Trail 77 takes a southwestern course through the rich, historic mining towns of Montreal, Pence and Iron

Belt, with a unique opportunity to view the Plummer Mine headframe, the only remaining such structure in Wisconsin. From there, a choice trail of interest is Corridor 8, which travels west of Mercer, past the Lake of the Falls scenic area and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. This trail meanders through beautifully wooded, well-groomed trails. Also in southern Iron County, Springstead, on Trail 182, welcomes riders to enjoy well-marked trails that wander through dense, snow-covered forests for a unique winter experience. For 24-hour snow reports on Iron County trails, call 715-476-SNOW (7669).

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NOVEMBER

Calendar of Events

Open skating offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:308:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township. Tentative opening date: Nov. 15. Michigan Firearm deer season: Nov. 15-30, michigan.gov/deer. Wisconsin firearm deer season: Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html

Nov. 8

5th annual Chili Cook-off at Associated Bank, Mercer, 11 a.m.

Nov. 14

Old Depot Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot Park, Ironwood, 6 p.m.

Nov. 19

St. Isaac Jouges Catholic Church hunter’s chilifest and pie sale, Parish Hall, 2611 W. Garnet St., Mercer, Wis., 5 p.m.

Nov. 23

Hurley Booster Club Christmas Craft Fair, Hurley K-12 School.

Nov. 27

Boulder Junction Lioness Club Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center. Crafters selling handmade items, lunch by the Lioness, and drawing for annual Christmas Cash raffle. 715-385-2220.

Nov. 29

31st annual Christmas Walk, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers, sleigh rides and treats for shoppers at the stores, Downtown Boulder Junction, 715-285-2400 or boulderjct.org.

Nov. 30

Christmas Walk Kids Day, activities and lunch with Santa, 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Boulder Junction Community Center. 715-385-2400 or boulderjct.org. Warren Miller’s “Timeless,” 7 p.m., Historic Ironwood Theatre.

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he seventh annual Yooperbeiner Snowshoe Race-Walk will be held Saturday, Feb. 1. The USSSA-sanctioned event will include a 10K race, a 5K race and a 5K tour along with a kids race. Awards will be given for overall winners and age group winners. It is sanctioned by the United State Snowshoe Association. It is a part of the free Braveheart Snowshoe Race Series. The event starts at 11 a.m. Bib pick-up is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Visit wolverinenordic.com for more information. Page 40 – Winter Fun & Dining Guide


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Calendar continued DECEMBER

Open skating offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.

Dec. 1

Snowmobile trails open in Michigan, weather permitting. Tree of Love lighting ceremony at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, 4 p.m.

Dec. 6-8

“Hometown Christmas” in Ontonagon. Parade, community tree trimming, dance, crafts and fireworks.

Dec.7

Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at River Valley Bank, Ironwood, 3-5 p.m. Jack Frost Festival of Lights parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Ironwood, parade line-up starts at 5 p.m. Gogebic Range Concert Band at the Historic Ironwood Theatre following the Festival of Lights parade, 7:15 p.m., Ironwood. Garland City of the North Christmas Parade, on Historic Main Street, Ashland, starts at 4:30 p.m. For more information call 715682-2500. Wreathing of Claire d’Loon and Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mercer. Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra presents, “Festival of Music” at 7:30 p.m., Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. For more information, call 715-682-3934. Candy Cane Parade, 3 p.m., Mercer.

Dec. 16

Ladies Lunch and Learn to Ski, Wolverine Ski Trails, wolverinenordic.com.

Dec. 22

Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra Christmas at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 4 p.m.

Dec. 28

Snowmobile Olympus. Pro-Vintage snowmobile racing on ice oval, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gogebic County Fairgrounds, Ironwood, ironwoodsnowmobileolympus.com.

JANUARY

Open skating offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.

Jan. 4-5

Snomobile Olympus USSA Pro-Star snowmobile racing on ice oval, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Gogebic County Fairgrounds, Ironwood, ironwoodsnowmobileolympus.com.

Jan 11

Sisu Ski Fest, race start times 9-11 a.m., some races start at ABR Traials, all races finish in Historic Downtown Ironwood. Copper Box Concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18

6th annual Wittig’s Point Tavern “Big Fish” Ice Fishing Tournament on Fishtrap Lake, 8 a.m.- 5p.m., 715-892-1544. Mercer Sno-Goers Winter Blast, 8 a.m.1:45 p.m., Groomer Barn, Mercer. Willy’s Still Ice Fishing tournament, Island Lake, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bank Club Ice Fishing Jamboree, Gile.

Jan. 25

Annie’s Pub Ice Fishing Tournament, Gile. Candlelight Ski Shoe and Hike, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m., MECCA Trails, Mercer. “After Burner” Christmas tree burning event, Norrie Amateur Sports Club, 7 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Open skating offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.

Feb. 1-2

Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, 10 a.m. both days, Bayfield, Wis., aisdr.org.

Feb. 1

12th annual Frozen Tozen Ice Fishing Tournament, Boulder Lake, visit boulderjct.org or call 715-385-2400. Mercer Lions Club Ice Fishing Jamboree, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Carow Park.

Feb. 2

Yooperbeiner snowshoe race, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails, Ironwood Township, wolverinenordic.com.

Feb. 15-16

Turtle River Pursuit Ski Race, MECCA Trails, Mercer.

Feb. 15

Book Across the Bay, 6 p.m., 10K Classic and skate-skiing event, travels from Ashland, Wis., to Washburn, Wis., batb.org. Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon, 10 a.m. Camp Manito-wish YMCA, boulderjct,org or 715-385-2400.

Feb. 16

Glades of Glory Race, Whitecap Mountains Resort.

Feb. 29

Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Donner’s Bay Resort.

MARCH

Open skating offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood Township.

March 2

Mountains of the Midwest Winter Triathlon, Wolverine Trails, Ironwood.

March 6-8

Bayfield Winter Festival, event starts Friday evening and lasts all day Saturday and Sunday, 715-779-5408.

March 7-8

Ice-O-Rama, begins Saturday at 5 a.m., ends Sunday at noon, Ashland, Wis.

March 9

Taste of the Trails. Eat and ski or snowshoe on the ski trails, with local food vendors and cuisines, noon-2 p.m. Purchase food from vendors. ABR Trails, Erwin Township south of Ironwood.

March 30

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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, Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Assembly of God. 2100 E. Cloverland Drive. worship, 10 a.m. First Presbyterian. 300 E. Aurora, Ironwood. Sunday worship, 9 a.m., fellowship to follow. Immanuel Lutheran (Missouri). Little Girl’s Point, Saturday worship, 2 p.m. Jehovah’s Witnesses. Superior Street. Sunday public talk, 9:30 a.m., Watchtower study, 10:30 a.m. Lighthouse Faith Center. 930 Cloverland Drive; Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Living Water Missionary Assembly. 236 S. Mansfield. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. worship; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Bible study; lwmissionary.org. Our Lady of Peace Catholic. Marquette Street. Saturday confession, 11 a.m. to noon; Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 8 and 11 a.m. St. John Lutheran (ELCA). E5071 Airport Road, Ironwood Township. Service on fourth Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. St. Paul Lutheran (ELCA). 111 S. Curry. Worship, 11 a.m., followed by brunch. St. Simon Eastern Orthodox. 226 E. Harding. Sunday, liturgy, 10 a.m. 906-932-0674. Salem Lutheran (ELCA). 333 E. Aurora St. Services first and third Sundays of the month, 9 a.m. Transfiguration, Episcopal. 336 E. Aurora. Sunday, 11 a.m. Trinity Lutheran (Missouri). E5104 Margaret St. , Sunday worship, 9 a.m. Wesley United Methodist. 500 E. McLeod. Sunday, adult Bible study, 9 a.m., service, 10 a.m.; Kids Club, Wednesday after school. ironwoodwesleyumc.org. Woodland Church (BGC). N10234 Curry St., Sunday Bible study, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow. 906-932-1102 or woodlandcc.org. Zion Lutheran (ELCA). 100 W. Midland. Saturday praise worship, 5 p.m; Sunday services, second and fourth Sundays of the month, 9 a.m. 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 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, 10:30 a.m. Communion first and third Sunday. St. Sebastian Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m.

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Sharon Lutheran (ELCA). Sunday worship, 8:30 a.m. with fellowship following. BRUCE CROSSING Apostolic Lutheran. Sunday School, noon, worship, 1 p.m. Communion second Sunday. Bruce Crossing Bible. Sunday 10 a.m. EDT; adult Sunday school to follow. Bethany Lutheran (Wisconsin). Sunday, 5 p.m.

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COVINGTON Bethany Lutheran. Sunday worship, 11 a.m. Trinity Lutheran (Missouri). M-28. Sunday worship, 9 a.m. EWEN First Lutheran (ELCA). Rotating every third Sunday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, children’s Bible school, 3:30. Part of New Evangelical Parish. 906-988-2594. Sacred Heart Catholic. Mass 4 p.m. Saturday United Methodist. Sunday worship, noon. Communion, first Sunday. GREENLAND United Methodist. Sunday worship, 11:40 a.m. Greenland Seventh-day Adventist. 31369 N. Firesteel. Saturday church service, 10 a.m. Bible study, Saturday, 11:15 a.m. MARENISCO St. Catherine’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 1 p.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.; 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). Rotating every third Sunday, 11 a.m. Part of New Evangelical Parish. 906-988-2594. RAMSAY Cornerstone Christian. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m., children’s church, following worship; Revelation (young adults), meets second and fourth Sundays at 6 p..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, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6 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). Rotating every third Sunday, 11 a.m. Part of New Evangelical Parish. 906-988-2594. 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 p.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. Watersmeet Bible Church. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.; men’s and ladies’ Bible study, Wednesday, 6 p.m. WHITE PINE St. Jude Catholic. Sunday: confessions, 5:30 p.m., Mass, 6 p.m. Community United Methodist. Sunday, worship, 8:45 a.m., youth group, 5 p.m.; Monday, Kids Club, after school.

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HURLEY First Presbyterian. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. worship, Sunday school and nursery. Havenwood Baptist. 501 Copper St. Prayer, 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, 10 a.m., services, 11 a.m., lunch and afternoon service following. Range Community Bible. Sunday school, 9 and 10:45 a.m.; worship, 9 and 10:45 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m., Sunday Mass, 7 and 11 a.m., Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8 a.m., Thursday, 8 a.m., Friday, 8 a.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran (Wisconsin). Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.

KIMBALL Good Shepherd Community Apostolic Lutheran. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Bible study 10 a.m. Communion first Sunday. LAC DU FLAMBEAU Bible Baptist. Sunday, 10 a.m. St. Anthony’s Catholic. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m. LAND O’LAKES Hope Lutheran (Missouri). 1764 U.S. 45, just north of County B. Divine service, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, call 906-544-2259. Land O’ Lakes Bible. 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 (Missouri). 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 (Missouri). Sunday, 11 a.m. St. Rita’s Catholic. Saturday, confessions, 3:30 p.m., Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. SAXON St. Ann’s Catholic. Sunday Mass, 8:45 a.m.; WINCHESTER Living Hope. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Bible study, 7 p.m.

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Wisconsin Winter Fun

Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce ron County offers plenty of recreational opportunities in northern Wisconsin from hunting and fishing, to ATV/UTVing and snowmobiling, to camping, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Besides its shoreline along Lake Superior, many inland lakes and hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails, the county also has the third largest county forest in the state. The Gile and Flambeau flowages also offer outdoor opportunities, including ice fishing. Given Hurley’s history as a mining town, it has always been known as a place to find fun, food and friends, and that doesn’t change during the long winter season. The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce is one sure place to guarantee that you will not run out of things to do here, even on the coldest, snowiest of days. Snowmobile and ATV maps for all of Iron County are available at the chamber, which also promotes community sporting events and other activities. The Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus also will take place over two weekends at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds with

the Pro Vintage races set for Dec. 28 and the USSA and ProStar Cup races on Jan. 4 and 5, 2020. Both races will take place on the half-mile oval ice track. Ice fishing offers more great opportunities. With several inland lakes in northern Iron County, anglers of all ages enjoy this winter sport. Three ice fishing tournaments will take place in the first month of 2019: On Jan. 18, Willy’s Still on Island Lake will host its annual tournament. Also on Jan. 18, Bank Club will host its third annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on the Gile Flowage. On Jan. 25, Annie’s Pub will hold its tournament, also on the Gile Flowage. Whitecap Mountains Resort is planning a snowboard and ski demo day for Jan. 8 and a Glades of Glory ski race Feb. 16. More details can be found on the resort’s Facebook page. The Hurley area also offers tubing, skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding and skiing. Visit the chamber office at 316 W. Silver St. or call 7155612-4334, or visit the chamber website at hurleywi.com.

s “the Loon Capital of the World,” Mercer is no stranger to tourists. But even though the town’s thousands of loons seek tropical winter sites, the town they leave behind still harbors visitors and activities, even in the chilliest months. Starting off this year’s holiday season will be the Dec. 6 wreathing of the town’s Claire d’Loon statue, next to the Mercer Chamber of Commerce site. A Christmas tree also will be lit at that location. On Dec. 7, Mercer’s Candy Cane Christmas Celebration will consist of several activities in the afternoon and early evening. A Candy Cane parade will move down the main street, followed by a baking contest, a toy and food drive, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mercer Community Center. A Candy Cane Court from Mercer School will preside over the entire event, which will include warm beverages and other refreshments. The Lioness Center Christmas Party is scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Mercer Community Center. This event typically also includes treats and a visit from Santa Claus. Mercer features about 105 lakes and a large portion of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. These bodies of water provide great opportunities for year-round fishing and related tournaments. Two 2020 fishing tournaments are expected to draw people from all over the Midwest. On Feb. 1, the Mercer Lions

Club Ice Fishing Jamboree will occur on Grand Portage Lake at Carow Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature cash prizes for the top three places, as well as a prize for the smallest fish. Food and beverages will be available, and raffles and games will occur throughout the day. On Feb. 29, the Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held at Donner’s Bay Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish in several categories. Raffles and hot food, along with beverages, will complete the day. The Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree, which was a winter event last year, has been moved to August in 2020. Winter skating occurs on Margaret Street between the Mercer School and the Mercer Public Library. A warming hut provides breaks from chilly temperatures. The Mercer Public Library also offers further respite with its charming reading room, which includes a fireplace and soft seating. A knitting group meets there weekly, and the Mercer Senior Center offers cribbage every Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Throughout the winter, the Mercer Health and Wellness Program offers sessions in weightlifting and pickleball in the community center. Pickleball also takes place at the Mercer School. For more information, visit mercercc.com.

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Rigoni’s Inn Tavern & Restaurant

~ DAILY SPECIALS WITH HOMEMADE SOUPS ~ WEDNESDAY – Pasta Buffet, 4-8pm FRIDAY – Fish Fry, 11am-9pm SATURDAY – Pizza & Caesar Buffet, 4-8pm

925 E. Ayer, Ironwood, MI • 906-932-4601 • Take Out Available

“More than just a coffee shop”

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee and Cocktail Drinks

Join Us for Dinner Friday

Book your Private Parties for Saturday Night

122 Silver Street • Hurley, WI 54534

Hand Made Pizza, Steak, Burgers & the Best Fish Fry in the Northwoods

Call 715-561-5500 for Reservations!

Wednesday: All You Can Eat Pasta or Pizza & Beer Special (large pizza and pitcher of beer) Thursday: Fresh Fried Chicken Friday: Fish Fry featuring Fresh Lake Superior Whitefish, Cod, Walleye, Bluegill, Perch, Shrimp & Crab Cakes, served with fresh baked in-house rolls Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner

N11582 Black River Rd., Bessemer, MI 49911 • 906-364-7477



(Next to Powderhorn Village)

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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 • Bacon Cheeseburger • 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 - $3.25

per slice

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

Serving American & Italian Cuisine

OPEN 5pm-Close WEDNESDAY • FRIDAY • SATURDAY

SPECIALS

Wednesday – Pastas, Ravioli, Gnocchi, etc.

Friday – Pan Fried Tilapia & Prime Rib

Saturday – “Slow Roasted” Prime Rib Au Jus 906-932-3198 oldesuffolk.com

# 4.5 Stars from Trip Advisor # Rated in the top 24 U.P. restaurants # Top winner of the Taste of the Gogebic Range

Family Restaurant

• Homemade Specials Every Day • American & Italian Dishes • Homemade Hand-Dipped Fish Fry Friday

Food so good, you’ll think we stole your Mama! Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-5:30pm, Sun. Closed

906-932-4412

116 W. Aurora St., Ironwood, MI

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~Take Outs Available~ CLOSED MONDAYS

www.mikesofironwood.com

106 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, MI

906-932-0555


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Porcupine Mountains www.porkiesfun.com

2019-2020 SKI HILL RATES SEASON PASSES

Individual $225

Family $450

LIFT TICKETS

Full Day Adult $45 Full Day Junior (17 and Under) $35 Half Day Adult (1pm-5pm) $35 Half Day Junior (1pm-5pm) $25

In the Heart of Big Snow Country

Sales, Service, Parts & Rentals Located 1 Mile East of Hurley, WI

Snowmobiles • ATVs • PWC

800-932-1202

300 E. Cloverland Dr. • Ironwood, MI 49938

WWW.CLOVERLANDMOTORSPORTS.COM

Warning: Polaris® off-road vehicles can be hazardous to operate and are not intended for on-road use. Driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license to operate. Passengers, if permitted, must be at least 12 years old. All riders should always wear helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing.Always use seat belts and cab nets or doors (as equipped). Never engage in stunt driving, and avoid excessive speeds and sharp turns. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. All riders should take a safety training course. Call 800-342-3764 for additional information. Check local laws before riding on trails. ©2019 Polaris Industries Inc.

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Come experience the only wood-fired BBQ in the area! FULL BAR TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE

LUNCH AND

DINNER

NEW RS E OWN

RESTAURANT

SERVING BREAKFAST DAILY FRIDAY FISH FRY DAILY SPECIAL DAILYSPECIALS

HOURS: OPEN DAILY 7AM-9PM EST

Summer Hours Open until 10PM EST

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205 Ash St., Bergland, MI

906-575-3581

Hoop ‘N Holler Tavern On Beautiful Lake Gogebic VOTED People’s Choice #1 “Best Pit Stop” & Best Area Restaurant on Trip Advisor

Hwy M-28, Bergland, MI 49910 www.timberlinesport.com 2 miles W. of Bergland on the north end of Lake Gogebic on trails 1 and 8

JANE CARLSON-BALLONE

Michigan/Wisconsin REALTOR Main: (906) 285-2082 Office: (906) 932-5406 Fax: (906) 932-3303 Email: janeballone@alphacomm.net 527 N. Lake Street, Ironwood, MI 49938 upnorthproperty.com

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Fishing • Hunting • Skiing • Snowmobiling Direct access to Snowmobile and ORV Trails

OWNER: Casey Yesney

Reservations: 906-575-3262

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• Full Menu • Drinks • 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

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