Chamber Director's Blog

Our Land of Snow

Looking out the big windows of the Depot, the snowmobiles are whizzing past on Trail 2.  Many local businesses have shared FB pictures of folks out snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and out on the ski slopes.  While it is rather chilly today outside, Ironwood has been fortunate to have had a good winter season so far:  reasonable snow, reasonable temperatues, and lots of outdoor winter fun opportunities.  However, beneath the mantle of mental snowbanks and hills, people are already starting to make plans for the Spring and Summer.  Probably because those actual seasons are rather short up here, it is always productive to have your plans ready to go when the warm days return.  So if you are taking full advantage of the great white wonderland outside now, or inside at the table beginning your summer project plans so that you will be 100% ready to act when it eventually gets warm, always remember that Ironwood truly does offer the very best of four-season living! 

A Chamber Celebration

Tuesday, January 21, marks the Ironwood Chamber Annual Awards Dinner.  Held at the Ironwood Aurora Club, this dinner and awards presentation recaps the year 2019 and allows the Chamber to recognize four special categories for awards:  Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Gus Swanson Educational Award.  The pre-dinner social time begins at 5:00 p.m., with the official dinner & program time starting promptly at 6:00 and ending promptly at 7:00 p.m.   Afterwards, those attending are welcome to stay for more social time.  Dinner is $22, and can be paid for at the registration table.  

Jack Frost 2019 Parade Winners

2019 Jack Frost Parade winners:  1st = Cub Scouts, 2nd = Friends of the Iron Belle Trail, 3rd = Forslund Building Materials, 4th = Mukavitz Heating, 5th = Luther L. Wright Choir, and 6th = Next Generation Dance.

2019 Jack Frost Raffle Winners

A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets!  Winners are  1st = Lee-Ann Garske; 2nd = Carlo Lahti; 3rd = Kathy Oliver; 4th = Valerie Lagalo; 5th = Rock Carlson; 6th = Bonita & Wayne Beckman; 7th = Jeff Anderson; 8th = Sherron Olexa & Rose Synkelma; 9th = Bob Jacquart.

October Beauty

Welcome to all the travelors and visitors who come the Ironwood area and the Western U.P. at this most beautiful time of the year.  The Fall transition time offers a wealth of color that sweeps across our entire landscape.  As we are in the middle of October, it is also a fragile time--a good rain and a high wind and the leaves depart their tree homes and fall to the ground.  Here in Ironwood, we have already had our first snowflakes, and, though they quickly melted, it was a reminder that Mr. Jack Frost will soon be bringing the conditions where the flakes will stay, accumulate, and create a very different landscape color:  white!   Here at the Depot Chamber office, we have been puting up new Christmas lights around the Depot, the Depot Park Pavilion, and our Jack Frost tree.   Early to do this?  Yes, but also much more comfortable to do it now in the Fall sunshine rather than waiting for November's serious snowfalls.