Remember veterans when celebrating the 4th

Bobbie Samme’ You may see the signs popping up soon – red, white and blue notices that indicate the home of a veteran with the request to “please be courteous with fireworks.” The signs are the work of a Facebook-launched nonprofit, Military With PTSD, founded in 2010 by Shawn Gourley, whose husband, Justin, served in…

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Veterans encouraged to apply for benefits, voice concerns at VA town hall

Sarah Giddings Representatives from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital network were in Florence June 13 for a town hall style meeting. Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Officer from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain led the meeting and gave an overview of services and programs available to area veterans. Emphasized foremost among services…

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12th Annual Ride for Research raises over $20K

The 12th Annual Ride for Research, an annual motorcycle ride in the Wabeno area for dual sport bikes, took place on June 9 and 10 with the goal of raising money to support breast and colon cancer research at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. It is a national AMA event that attracts an…

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Forest County fugitive set free from Texas jail

Dorothy Kegley Patti Kirker’s failure to appear in Forest County Circuit Court for her sentencing hearing on May 31 resulted in a nationwide warrant being issued for her arrest. She was found guilty following a jury trail in March of five felony drug charges. She was facing up to a sixty-year sentence. Against the wishes…

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Florence High School recognized as one of the best in national rankings

U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of education news and information, announced the 2018 Best High Schools. The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings offer the most comprehensive information available on public high schools in the U.S. The 2018 rankings are based on the profiles of more than 20,500 high schools and…

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Waliczek embarks on Honor Flight

Bobbie Samme’ A trip to our nation’s capital can certainly be memorable, and for Bob Waliczek and his daughter Chris Secrist, both of Florence, it was an unforgettable experience. On May 23, Waliczek and Secrist traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely…

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Forest County Building Committee puts the brakes on courthouse renovation

Dorothy Kegley Forest County Building Committee Chairman Steve Bunda told the architectural and engineering firm, Wendel, to put the Forest County Courthouse renovation project “in park”. The company was instructed to finish the jail portion of the programming phase, as that is mandated by the Marshall Report. Wendel will be paid for services rendered. Wendel…

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Grabski overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams

Bobbie Samme’ Dr. Anthony (Tony) Grabski, director of research and development for Semba Biosciences, Inc. out of Madison, Wis., is a Florence native who pursued and accomplished a lifelong dream. Grabski, 55, graduated from Florence High School in 1981, and after obtaining his Ph.D. in 1995 from UW-Madison, began working for Semba Biosciences in Madison,…

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Pine River drawdown creates new opportunities

Sarah Giddings We Energies began lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence on May 21. This is creating unique opportunities for recreation, as well as some hazards that anyone taking to the river should be aware  of. The temporary drawdown is required for necessary maintenance at Pine Dam. According to…

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