Archives for June 2020

06-30-20-Buirkie Foundation Demolishing Lodge

LEAD: A lodge in Cable may soon be going under the wrecking ball.

VERBATIM: Earlier this month the Cable Town Board voted to support the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation;s plans to demolish the former Telemark Lodge to redevelop the property. The foundation is applying for a state grant to help pay the acquisition and demolition costs. It already maintains the trails around the lodge and officials say the goal is to complete the lodge purchase by the end of the year.

06-30-20-Stay Safe For The 4th

LEAD: Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is offering tips to stay safe during the holiday weekend.

VERBATIM: The department encourages practicing safe steps to reduce the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 over Independence Day and as summer weather continues. They recommend gathering outside if possible and keep indoor gatherings to less than 50 but in either case practice social distancing at all times. Do not share food, drinks and tableware instead use disposable utensils. And if you’re sick – stay home.

Addition To Mercer Parade

LEAD: The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce announces an addition to its 4th of July festivities this year.

VERBATIM: The Chamber announced on social media that there will be a flyover during the 4th of July parade which starts at 11:00 a.m. The 148th Fighter Wing Unit out of Duluth, MN will be flying F-16s over Hwy 51. The parade has an extended route this year because of social distancing.
The parade will be followed by Fun At The Park at 3:00 p.m.

Line 5 Legs Shut Down

LEAD: Enbridge Energy issues a statement on the forced shutdown of Line 5.

VERBATIM: A judge issued a temporary restraining order on Thursday stopping operations on Line 5’s east and west legs after a request from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who says the utility discovered damage but didn’t provide information to the government on what caused it. Enbridge officials say they inspected the line after the June 18 damage was found and determined the west leg could be reopened but the restraining order keeps it shut down.

06-26-20-Extension Iron County Offering Revised Summer Programs

LEAD: Extension Iron County is offering new youth programs for the summer.

VERBATIM: The new offerings are due to the cancellation of popular Iron County 4-H group programs including Iron County Summer Youth Camp, TrailBlazers and SISU Endurance Team Running Club due to gathering limits imposed due to COVID-19. The extension is offering babysitter training, an outdoor adventure week for up to 8 children and a day camp to introduce aspects of science and developmental learning. Get details at

06-26-20-Coronavirus Testing In Ontonagon

LEAD: A drive-through coronavirus testing event in Ontonagon is scheduled for Tuesday.

VERBATIM: The testing takes place from 10:15 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Ontonagon High School on Parker Avenue. Drivers are asked to enter the parking lot via Greenbriar Street. This is an appointment-only testing event and patients are asked to call 844-947-4854 in advance. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis. A representative will ask a few screening questions and collect personal information. Patients are required to stay in their vehcile for testing.

06-25-20-New Mercer Parade Route

LEAD: The City of Mercer’s 4th of July Parade route is now finalized.

VERBATIM: The parade that begins at 11:00 a.m. will have a longer route this year because of social distancing. It begins at State House Drive then moves to U.S. 51 and ends at Lakeview Avenue. The parade is preceded by the Run for a Vet 5K and 1 mile walk on the Mecca trails which begins at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by Fun At The Park at 3:00 p.m.

06-25-20-Depot Park Market Opens Friday

LEAD: The Depot Park Farmers & Artisan Market opens for the season on Friday but with some changes.

VERBATIM: Due to the coronavirus outbreak organizers of the market at the Ironwood Historic Depot Park will implement social distancing guidelines including increasing the space between vendors. Sellers are asked to wear masks and to not offer samples. As in years past there will be fresh and local food, artisan goods, and crafts.Market hours are Fridays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. through the first weekend of October.

06-24-20-Ironwood Walmart Evacuated

LEAD: Wal-Mart in Ironwood was evacuated on Tuesday.

VERBATIM: According to the Ironwood Public Safety Department it was a natural gas leak that resulted in everyone being ordered to leave the Country Club Road store. The department posted on social media that Xcel Energy crews were brought in and repaired the leak. After getting the all clear the store was reopened. No injuries were reported and there’s been no word on what caused the leak.

06-24-20-GCC Top 5 Ranked For Online Learning

LEAD: Gogebic Community College receives praise for its online learning programs.

VERBATIM: According to the Guide to Online Schools the college is ranked #4 in the list of Best Online Community Colleges in Michigan for 2020. The ranking required colleges to offer at least one online associate degree program. GCC received recognition for being among the most affordable schools and for its regional accreditation. It also scored points for its non-profit status. Kirtland Community College in Roscommon was ranked number one.