Chamber Director's Blog

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.

A Time of Color

September has arrived, and with it the ever-increasing change of landscape color.  No longer those grand unbroken vistas of green present from the top of Copper Peak or Mt. Zion--but rather the beginnings of a mixed color palette, with yellows, reds, and browns.  According to those who calculate these things, Ironwood is as of 9/11/19 at about 15% of peak color.  Things seem to be moving faster this year as regards these colorful changes, so the September 28 Saturday Bridges and Bluff's Half-Marathon race on the Iron Belle Trail from Ironwood to Bessemer and back again will truly be a spectacular event.  Take time to enjoy all of these rapidly evolving landscape color schemes--for they do see to change almost daily!