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FP adjusts ‘perfect’ attendance
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:11 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—The definition of “perfect attendance” in the school handbook was tweaked slightly by the Forest Park School Board during its July 22 regular meeting.

Tentative accord for WIC, teachers
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:11 PM

IRON RIVER—A tentative agreement on a new labor agreement has been reached between the West Iron County schools and its teaching staff.

Rodeo fans welcomed to Iron River PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:01 PM

A saddle bronc rider tries to stay aboard his mount before a packed grandstand during the first performance of the U.P. Championship Rodeo at the Iron County Fairgrounds July 20.

Bison at the U.P. Rodeo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:01 PM

Lynn Payne of the One Arm Bandit Company wows the crowd by getting a pair of big bison to climb on top of a livestock carrier—and then leading them off again.

Miss U.p. Rodeo crowned PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nikki Mitchell   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:00 PM

Brooke Granquist of Powers was crowned Miss U.P. Rodeo 2013 on July 21. She received numerous prizes and a $1,000 scholarship. She is pictured with, on left, Baily Wilfuer, Midwestern Rodeo Princess of Manawa, Wis., and, on right, Ishaia Lustila of Harvey, Miss U.P. Rodeo 2012.

Improved school traffic goal of WIC planning
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:59 PM

IRON RIVER—Plans for improving traffic patterns around the West Iron County school campus was a major topic during the School Board’s July 15 regular meeting.

July 31 hearing set on IR water, sewer rates
Written by Nikki Mitchell   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:58 PM

IRON RIVER—At its July 17 regular meeting, the Iron River City Council agreed to move forward with changes in city sewer rates.

Elvis was in the building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janet Rohde   
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:07 PM

Elvis tribute artist Ryan Roth performed at the Windsor Auditorium in Iron River on Friday, July 12, as part of fundraising concert hosted by the Friends of Camp Batawagama. During the musical event, Roth interacted with the audience. Here, he sings while wrapping a scarf around Elvis fan Virginia LaFountain. Accompanying Roth on stage was the EAS Tribute Band.

Rodeo Daze comes to town July 19-21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:07 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:23 PM )

IRON RIVER—It’s time for the 46th annual U.P. Championship Rodeo and a weekend of events during Rodeo Daze on July 19-21.
“The festivities will include the popular Downtown Market Daze, Miss U.P. Rodeo, the Windsor Rodeo Run, Rodeo Vittles, Art Round-Up, a foot-stompin’ street dance downtown, the ever-popular Wild West Parade and more,” said a rodeo spokesperson.
On Friday, July 19 the weekend of lively events kicks off when Market Daze fills Genesee Street with vendors of all kinds peddling handcrafts, antiques and sidewalk sale wares from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The West Iron District Library will be hosting its used book sale and western photo shoot.
The U.P. Championship Rodeo committee will be having a booth, selling T-shirts, Tough Enough to Wear Pink shirts and tickets for the rodeo performances and the U.P. Rodeo Concert.
At 11 a.m., the Miss U.P. Rodeo extemporaneous questions event will be held in the heart of downtown at Market Daze. Later, at 2 p.m. contestants will at the Iron County Fairgrounds’ Rotunda building for their pageant speeches and modeling event.
The annual Art Round-Up gets under way at the Windsor Center on U.S. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rodeo Vittles luncheon at First Presbyterian Church, located adjacent to the Windsor Center, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As nighttime draws near, the Iron County Fairgrounds arena gates will open for the fourth annual U.P. Rodeo Concert. From the grandstands, fans will be able to listen to “Dust on the Bottle” being sung by American country music artist David Lee Murphy.
Opening performances will be by two top-notch local bands, Pyramid and Next Myle.
Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.
As the sun rises on Saturday’s rodeo activities, the Miss U.P. Rodeo horsemanship competition begins at 8 a.m.
That is the same time that the Windsor Rodeo Run begins, from behind the Windsor Center. It includes 10K and 5K races along with a two-mile fun walk/run.
At 10 a.m., it’s time to gather along the parade route as the Wild West Parade regales onlookers with teams of horses, bands and western themed floats. Parade registration begins at 8 a.m. with the helpful hands of Global Response North.
“No preregistration is required to enter the parade,” said the spokesperson. “Just show up at the registration table, which will be located at the corner of Fourth and Franklin avenues. Horses are needed as well as our ‘valuable’ pooper scoopers.” Prizes will be given out in several categories.
The parade route is the same in the past: Fourth Avenue to U.S. 2, east on U.S. 2 to River Avenue, south on River to Genesee Street and west on Genesee Street to Seventh Avenue, where parade participants head back toward the fairgrounds.
The Art Round-Up continues on Saturday at the Windsor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Following the parade will be brats on the outdoor grill at Angeli Central Market as well as at VFW Post 3134 on Genesee Street.
The main event, the U.P. Championship Rodeo, begins with the opening of the gates at noon at the grandstand.
First in the arena will be the returning drill team, the Menomonie Saddle Club, sponsored this year by Edward Jones/Patti Dzanbazoff.
Bringing rodeo excitement will be Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) stock contractor Three Hills Rodeo Inc. They will kick off the show with bareback riding at 2 p.m. followed by team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down calf roping, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing. There will be mutton-bustin’ for the youngsters, and some clownin’ around. The pro-rodeo performance ends with bull riding.
Three Hills will be bringing a new specialty act, the One Armed Bandit, sure to entertain the crowd.
Rodeo announcer Anthony Lucia will return to emcee rodeo events.
The second rodeo performance is set for 7 p.m. Gates to the rodeo arena open at 5 p.m. Saturday’s evening rodeo performance is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, and everyone is invited to show that they’re “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.”
Ready for a little more foot-stompin’? Head downtown to the city block by the VFW hall for the Rodeo Street Dance. Live music and refreshments will keep the action going under the night sky.
On Sunday, July 21, the Rodeo arena gates open at noon followed at 1 p.m. with pre-rodeo entertainment by the Menomonie Saddle Club.
At 1:30, it’s time for the crowning of Miss U.P. Rodeo 2013, who will represent the U.P. Championship Rodeo at many events both here in Iron County, the U.P. and in the Midwest.
The third and final rodeo performance starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets for rodeo performances are $15 for adult and $5 for youths.
“Get out your cowboy hat,” said the spokesperson, “and plan on a full schedule during the Rodeo Daze Weekend in Iron River July 19-21.”


County will merge clerk, register jobs
Written by Nikki Mitchell   
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:07 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regular July 11 meeting, the County Board voted unanimously to combine the offices of clerk and register of seeds into one office. This will take place after Dec. 31, 2016, when both of the current terms expire.