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Shop With A Cop Bowl Off

Ironwood - November 10, 2009

The Employee Club of the Ojibway Correctional Facility held a fundraiser this past Saturday at Larry’s Lucky Strikes Lanes in Ironwood. The Bowl-a-thon was organized by Steve Lehto Jr., for the benefit of the "Shop With a Cop" program.

Each year councilors from the local school districts (Hurley to Wakefield) select kids for this Christmas time event. The money raised through donations and fundraisers allow between forty and fifty kids to shop with a member of a local law enforcement unit. In addition to providing the youth with Christmas presents the program serve to improve the image of law enforcement officers with the kids.

Shop With A Cop day is December 5th. The day begins with an 8:00am breakfast at Burger King. Burger King provides free breakfasts for the cops and the kids. The law enforcement officers will then take the kids on a Christmas shopping trip to Walmart, where they will pick out present(s) and return to the Memorial Building to wrap the gifts. Walmart provides the merchandise at a significant discount.


Saturday was the Second Annual Shop With A Cop Bowl Off. Overall the Employee Club raised $545 for the shopping event.

All games bowled were in 9 pin no tap format.  The Bowl off was completed in three shifts which took place at 10 am, 2pm, and 6pm.

Al's Ringers II (photo above) took first place with a total score of 3240.  Pictured from left to right are Jeff Behrendt, Al Graham, Marc Behrendt, Scott DeRosso, Greg Ludwig


Second place went to an unnamed team consisting of Ron Niemi, Rick Clements, Bill Carver, Jill Carver, and Dan Sullivan with a score of 2903. 

Third Place went to Larry's Lucky Strikes with a score of 2884...bowlers there included Larry Kauppi, Kevin Kauppi, Bob Davis, Christian Babich, and Tom DeCarlo. 


Overall, ten teams bowled... Other teams placing in order of 4th thru 10th were Norrie Club, The Dawghouse Bar, King Pin Krackers, Oh Crap, Angelo's Pizza, Our Redeemer Lutheran 2, and Our Redeemer Lutheran 1
Top bowler was Marc Behrendt of Al's Ringers with a series of 711 who also had top game with a 265. 

The tournament's main sponsors are the Ojibway Correctional Facility Employee Club, Larry's Lucky Strikes, the Corner Store Car Wash, 99.7 the Storm, and Joe's Shirt Shack. 

The Shop With A Cop program will be held on December 5th this year with all area police and sheriff departments participating, as well as officers from Ojibway Correctional Facility. 


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Eagle Watching Along The Mississippi

We drove to Wabasha MN last Thursday to visit the National Eagle Center andthen to hunt for Eagles to photograph. The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed our stay. We drove back to Ironwood on Saturday.



 Nordic Film Series Thursday Finnish Film: “Käsky”

Finnish Film is Thursday, November 12 HANCOCK, MI –

The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center continues its 2009-10 Nordic Film Series Thursday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with the Finnish film, “Käsky.” “Käsky,” with the English-language title of “Tears of April,” is set in 1918 at the end of Finland’s civil war as the victorious government-supported Whites are rounding up and killing the remaining Social Democratic Reds, including the more than 2,000 women who fought among their ranks. Private Aaro Harjula is shocked to witness one such execution, so when he finds a survivor, a young Red platoon leader named Miina, he decides to personally escort her to a nearby military tribunal where he believes she will receive a fair trial. As they journey together, feelings develop between the two that will cause Harjula to question his loyalty, especially when the tribunal’s judge turns out to be corrupt. As Miina’s fate is taken out of his hands, Harjula realizes he’ll do whatever is necessary to save her.

There is no charge to attend the film, but donations are accepted. The Finnish American Heritage Center is at 435 Quincy St., Hancock. For information, call 906-487-7549.


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234th Birthday of U.S. Marine Corps.


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New Library For The Township ?

Ironwood Township - November 10, 2009

The Ironwood Township Board of Trustees met last evening in a regularly scheduled meeting. There were two main issues addressed at this session.

The first was a presentation by Tom Schneller, who updated to the board on the water/sewer projects going on in the Charter Township. According to Tom the project is on target although that didn’t appear to be the case two weeks ago, when bad weather slowed the project considerably. However, the recent change in the weather has allowed the project to gain lost time.

Tom told the board that they would be able to shut off the City’s water supply very shortly.

Another item of discussion was the possibility that the Township might be eligible for stimulus money to build their own library. While the has been no formal request for funding, the board members will explore the matter.

The Township may be able to build a library more friendly to its residents especially the elderly who are no longer permitted to use the handicapped accessible rest room on the first floor.

Last year the Unfriendly Friends of the Ironwood Library tried in vein to pressure the township into over paying the city for its library services. Too bad the new contract doesn’t have a rest room clause.


Illegal Signs In Township

Ironwood Township - November 10, 2009

The November 3rd election is already a week past, and yet the Richard Simmons recall signs remain illegally placed on the right-a-ways of the county roads. It seems that Larry, Curly and Moe may have forgotten where the signs were abandoned. Or did they? The signs amazingly remain on the route between the home of Township Supervisor Kim Mattson and the Township Office. HMMMMM!

After being tipped off relative to the illegally placed signs, we called the county road commission office to find out more on the subject.

We were advised that on three or four occasions Simmons asked for permission to place the signs on the county right-a-ways. Each time he was told absolutely not. Simmons ignored the law and placed the signs illegally along the roads.

We were told that the road crews would be confiscating the signs if they remained illegally on the right-a-ways. We were also told that Simmons would be contacted and instructed to remove the illegally placed signs.

If only we could find a way to recall Curly, Larry and Moe!


School Board Sets New Goals

Ironwood - November 10, 2009

The Ironwood Area School Board held a special meeting last evening. The meeting was held to set goals for the next two or three years. The board routinely revisits its goals as it should. The new bond issue for the addition on L.L.Wright is the result of the previous goal setting session two years ago.

The goal setting meeting was conducted by Bruce Mayle, Superintendent of the G.O.I.S.D.

The first thing discussed was improving academic scores. It appears that as compared to its peers the IASD is not doing that well academically. Jim Rayner gave the board members data that compared the Ironwood School District to the other school districts within the Gogebic Ontonagon Intermediate School District. The other districts were not named but only identified as A, B, C, etc.

Interestingly, the Ironwood School District is only in the middle of the pack. The high school scores have been declining. You may recall that just recently Ironwood was singled out as the only Upper Peninsula school district to get a failing grade. Only six school districts statewide failed. It was just one year ago that a certain task force tried to raid the coffers of Bessemer and Wakefield School Districts.

The Number one goal of the board is to improve students academic standing.

The Second goal set by the board is to be fiscally stable. Which will be more challenging as the years pass and the state government continues to slash the education budget. The latest cuts to state aid will cause the IASD to go into deficit and will cause more cuts in the teaching staff and programs. Much larger cuts are expected next year and thereafter.

The third and final goal is to find a new superintendent that will meet the needs of the district and will be compatible with the first two goals.



Coronation at Memorial Building

With the pageantry and style more commonly reserved for Barnum and Bailey, the new city council was sworn in last night at the memorial building. With throngs of onlookers throwing granola in the path of the victors, the group took its place upon the dais.

After the swearing in or at the newly elected the commissioners re-appointed and rehired everyone.

After the swearing, swearing in that is, it was business as usual, yawn yawn.

The video below represents the majority of the meeting. We will post more video at a later time.

The usual committee assignments were made. Each commissioner seeking a spot to fulfill their self serving needs.

After that it was all yawns, business as usual.



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Michigan Tech Orchestra @ Ironwood Historic Theatre

Ironwood -November 7, 2009

The Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony came to town yesterday for a Friday Evening performance at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.

The performance was last evening, however we caught up with the Orchestra at rehearsal early Friday afternoon.

The program included music performed with band students from Luther L. Wright HS augmenting the Huskies on stage.

The Orchestra was conducted by Nicholas Enz.

The rehearsal went very well an indicator that the evening performance would be especially good.

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Wakefield - Bessemer Scouts Collect Food For The Holidays

Submitted By Mary Jendrusina

The Bessemer Cub Scout Pack 337 and Wakefield Cub Scout Pack 300, along with Boy Scout Troop 337 Sponsored a Food Drive for St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry in Bessemer. The Packs collected over 2100 pounds of food for the food pantry.  Thank you for all who donated food items.  With all of this food, many families will have plenty to eat during the holidays.

Pictured in Front Row Luke Holm, Lane Kortemeier, Alex Gustafson, Alan Holm, Niko Hewitt, Kate Gustafson, Madeline Yachasz, Sean Korpela, Bobby Rocco, Joey Rocco.  Back Row:  Nicholas McIntire, Danny Trekas, Thomas Jackson, Jimmy Jendrusina, Benny Jacobson, Branden Nielsen, Michael Yuchasz, David Korpela, Mathew Rowe. Special thanks go out to Super One Foods in both Ironwood and Hurley for donating the bags and to Dr. Rocco for the use of his office.
Letter To The Editor
From: Ken Jacobson, Ironwood
I was invited to an "Honoring the Veterans" service and dinner at the Lighthouse Faith Center on Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 6 pm. and I was asked to invite any other veterans I may know, so I'm passing this to you who are veterans or know veterans.
I was told there will be a brief service honoring the veterans followed by an informal spaghetti dinner.  So please pass this to other area vets who may be on your contact list. 
Hope to see you there.


Nursing Students Holding Food Drive

HANCOCK, MI – November 8, 2009

The Finlandia University Student Nurses Association is conducting a food drive through November 23, 2009, to support local food banks.

The local food drive is part of a statewide initiative organized through the Michigan Student Nurses Association.

Donation boxes are located at Shop-Ko and Maurice’s in Houghton (Maurice’s is offering 20% off a purchase with a donation), Superior National Bank and Finlandia Hall, the university’s residence hall, in Hancock, Louie’s Super Foods in Calumet, and Louie’s Super Foods and Quality Hardware in Lake Linden (Quality Hardware is offering 5% off purchase with a donation).

For additional information, please contact Meta Bray, assistant professor of nursing, at 906-487-7357.


Hospice Hosts Veterans Appreciation  Breakfast

Ironwood - November 5, 2009

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It is a time when Regional Hospice reaches out to raise awareness about important care issues for people coping with a terminal illness. It is also a time for two special activities.

A Veteran's Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Friday, November 13, from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the Community Action Agency's Mill Street Garden Cafe in Bessemer, Michigan. It is free of charge for all area veteran's. It is Regional Hospice's way of saying "thank you for serving our country."

Bowling at Black Bear Lanes

Pictured above  Dawn Pelloso waiting on the results from the computer after Wednesday Night Women's league bowling November 4th, Konteka, in White Pine, MI.
White Pine - November 6,2009

The first and second place teams played head to head Wednesday night. Each team won two games which resulted in no change at the top of the standings. S&S Services remains in first place two games ahead of Peninsula Graphics. The Flower Garden Team which had been tied with the Peninsula Graphics team dropped three games which lowered the team one slot in the standings.

Bowling For The Cure
Each year the Women's Bowling League has fundraiser at the end of the bowling season. Bowling for the Cure Tournement is scheduled for May 1, 2010. Each Wednesday night the league has a 50/50 raffle to supplement their May fundraiser. So far this year the Ladies have raised $570.
pictured above - League President Deb Wolfe league President with Dawn Pelloso.
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