Archives for May 2020

05-29-20-Festival Ironwood Cancelled

LEAD: There will be no Festival Ironwood in 2020.

VERBATIM: The Festival committee met earlier this month and decided that with the current restrictions in place they had no alternative but to cancel this year’s Festival that was scheduled for July 15-18 at Depot Park. The committee thanked everyone for all of their hard work, dedication, and donations they received towards this great event. Festival Ironwood 2021 is scheduled to place from July 14 through the 17

05-29-20-Patronicity Crowdfunding Program Offers New Program

LEAD: The City of Ironwood provides details on a program to help small businesses dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

VERBATIM: The program is offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through the Patronicity Crowdfunding platform. It’s the same program that helped the City create the Art Park downtown. Money that a business raises on the platform is being matched by the MEDC up to $5000. Go to patronicity dot com slash m-i-local-b-i-z for details. Businesses are also encouraged to frequently check the website to see what new programs are available.

05-28-20-Ashland Cancels Independence Day Events

LEAD: Ashland cancels some of its Fourth of July activities due to COVID-19.

VERBATIM: According to the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce the decision to not hold the city’s 4th of July Parade and the Ashland Bay Days Festival was also based on consumer fear to gather in large groups, marketing expenses that cannot be recovered if the event is eventually canceled, and the ability to recruit volunteers because of safety concerns. The 4th of July fireworks will still be held.

05-28-20-IPSD Reminds People Help Is Available

LEAD: The Ironwood Public Safety Department issues a reminder that help is available for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

VERBATIM: The department says COVID-19 has been stressful for people with fear and anxiety impacting not only people’s lives but also the community. At the same time everyone manages and reacts differently to stressful situations with access to many services significantly limited.For questions or to find assistance call the Ironwood Public Safety Department (906) 932-1234 or your local agency. If it is an emergency call 911.

GRTA Bike Helmet Giveaway

LEAD: The Gogebic Range Trail Authority makes a donation to help kids be safe while riding their bikes.

VERBATIM: The authority joined forces with the Hurley-Ironwood Rotary Club to give away bike helmets and goggles to nearly 10 families at an event that took place last week. Authority President Steve Hamilton tells the Daily Globe the idea for the helmet giveaway came up during a meeting last month. He says they plan to do another giveaway at some point.

05-27-20-Hurley Trailhead Parking Lot

LEAD: Work is under way to build a new parking area at the Hurley Trailhead.

VERBATIM: According to the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts the lot will hold 13 vehicles and offers safe access to the trail from downtown Hurley. It provides access to the Montreal River along with the Iron Belle Trail in Michigan. The project is funded by the Gogebic Range Health Foundation and ICORE. The Foundation awartded a $20,000 grant in January.

05-26-20-Hurley Observes Memorial Day

LEAD: The city of Hurley observed Memorial Day differently than in years past.

VERBATIM: According to the Daily Globe the parade and large gatherings that marked the traditional ceremonies turned into small gatherings with attendees wearing masks and practicing social distancing. There were several speeches at the Hurley Cemetery followed by a wreath presentation for each branch of the military. A tribute was read to those who died during the last year with a firing squad then performing a volley salute and Taps was played to end the ceremony..

05-26-20-Texas Man Sentenced For Fraud

LEAD: A man taking a plea deal for defrauding a Vilas County resident learns his jail sentence.

VERBATIM: According to the U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin 33-year-old Emmanuel Odiah of Dallas, Texas is sentenced to 54 months in federal prison. He also is known as James Princeton and Ryan Morrisson. An investigation conducted by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office and federal agents detemined Odiah set up fradulent bank accounts and get the Vilas County resident to send hom $66,000. Odiah was apprehended last August.

05-25-20-Highway 134 Rebuild Bgins Tuesday

LEAD: Construction begins Tuesday on Highway 134 in Ashland County.

VERBATIM: Officials say the $3.5 million project includes replacing and lining culverts between Morse Road in the town of Morse and Jefferson Avenue in Mellen along with overlaying the deck of the bridge over the railroad tracks and Bad River northwest of Morse Road. Construction is scheduled to be completed by October. In July two detour routes will be maintained for approximately three weeks while contractors replace culvert pipes:

05-25-20-Interest Shown In Marinesco Facility

LEAD: A former jail in Marenisco could become a marijuana growing and processing plant.

VERBATIM: Supervisor Richard Bouvette tells the Daily Globe that he was contacted by a Chicago man about purchasing the former Ojibway Correctional Facility on M-64 for use as a farm to grow, process and test marijuana. Bouvette says the man has extensive experience in the field, including work in Colorado. State Senator Ed McBroom that 100 to 200 jobs could be created if the facility is built.