Gogebic County

ERWIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   The search for a missing child in Gogebic County ended happily Tuesday.

Around 10 a.m. Central Dispatch received a report that a 4-year-old boy was missing from a campsite near McDonald’s Dam in Erwin Township. The child’s mother said her son had been playing with other children and had possibly wandered off.

Sheriff’s deputies, Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post and Gogebic County Search and Rescue responded. They organized a team and began to search the area.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Appeals Court has turned aside a challenge to the closing of a prison in Gogebic County. 

The appeals court affirmed a decision by a judge who had dismissed a lawsuit filed by Marenisco Township and its supervisor. The community was home to the Ojibway prison. The township claimed the Corrections Department didn't follow state law and fully measure the economic impact on the community.

The Snyder administration had acknowledged that the impact would be significant. The prison employed 230 people.

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   The driver of a semi has been arrested following a traffic accident in Gogebic County. 

Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Wednesday to US-45 near Bass Lake Road. Troopers say the semi was jackknifed on the road and was completely blocking the highway.

The driver was found to be intoxicated. He was taken into custody and lodged in the Gogebic County Jail.

No other details of the accident are available at this time.

BESSEMER, MI (AP)--   The Michigan appeals court has thrown out the conviction of an Upper Peninsula teenager who used social media to fantasize about killing a boy, his dog and his goldfish. 

The messages between four girls were made on Snapchat. The messages never were sent to the boy and he never read them. The girls believed they were private. But a Juvenile Court jury in Gogebic County convicted a girl, identified as J.P., of using text messages to terrorize another person.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

IRONWOOD, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the 39th cougar sighting in the state since 2008.

A mountain lion was caught on a landowner’s trail camera July 7 northwest of Ironwood in Gogebic County. A DNR wildlife biologist visited the location Thursday. The image was reviewed and verified by the DNR’s cougar team, composed of wildlife biologists.

The DNR has now confirmed 39 cougar reports in the past 11 years. All but one were in the Upper Peninsula. Officials say reports may include multiple sightings of the same animal.

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Economic development initiative Invest UP is creating a resource stimulus program to help offset the closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. 

Invest UP members mBank of Manistique and People’s State Bank of Munising are partnering with Gogebic Range Bank and First National Bank of Wakefield. They’re providing a $5 million low fixed-interest-rate commercial loan pool accessible to companies in the region. 

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   A Department of Natural Resources game camera has taken photographs of a cougar in Gogebic County.

The camera, set up about nine miles north of Ironwood, is part of a state deer movement study. The three photos were taken around 7:15 p.m. on October 1. A DNR cougar team has reviewed and verified the images.

Gogebic County

Oct 24, 2018


Non-incumbent position, 6-year term

Anna R. Talaska-- 3,948

Tracie Wittla-- 2,080



1 mill over 3 years for ambulance service

Yes-- 4,010   No-- 2,473



MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Marenisco Township is suing to stop the closing of the Ojibway Correctional Facility. 

Officials say the state didn't do an economic-impact study as required by law. But Monday a judge rejected a request for a restraining order.

The Corrections Department in August announced plans to close the Ojibway prison in December. The prison has 203 employees, including some who live in Wisconsin. Local officials say closing the prison would greatly harm the economy.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The state says it will match about half of U.P. municipalities’ $7.4 million tab for flood damages. 

A preliminary assessment conducted in June indicated Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties sustained more than $29.8 million in flood damages. That number represents the amount eligible for federal public assistance. State and local grant recipients must match 25 percent of federal funds in order to receive the full amount of relief available.