Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Busy Weekend in the Iron Mountain Area

June 26-29 will be a busy weekend in the Iron Mountain area, not only will our "normal" events be happening, but a few extra as well.

The City of Niagara, Wisconsin will be celebrating their Centennial on June 25th thru June 29th 2014. Come join the fun!! Live Headliner Bands, including the Kentucky Headhunters and 38 Special
Local bands, Food vendors, Carnival, Parade and Entertainment for all!!

Art for All, Saturday June 28 at Bay West College. This juried art show attracts people throughout the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and the Midwest.  Nearly 60 artists and craftsmen from across the country will exhibit at this juried art show, now in its 46th year. There will be live entertainment all day as well as food and beverage vendors. A hands-on craft area will be available for children and adults. The event, held rain or shine, will offer the chance to win door prizes and it is free to the public.

Northwood Triathlon. The 4th annual Northwoods Triathlon will be held at Lake Antoine Park on Sunday June 29. The Event includes:

Youth Triathlon: Swim 200 Feet, Bike 2 Mi, Run 1/2 Mi
Start Time: 11:30AM CST

Sprint Triathlon: Swim 500 Meters, Bike 17 Mi, Run 5K
Start Time: 8:00AM CST

Olympic Distance Triathlon: Swim 1500 Meters, Bike 40K Mi, Run 10K
Start Time: 7:30AM CST

You can visit us online to view other events going on as well at

Monday, June 2, 2014

Menominee Range Museums Open this week

The Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum, along with the World War II Glider Military Museum, opens on Monday, June 2. Hours of operation for the season are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Cornish Pump and Glider museum are located at 300 Kent St. in Iron Mountain.
The Menominee Range Historical Foundation Museum, located at 300 East Ludington St. in Iron Mountain, opens its doors for the season on Tuesday, June 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are new displays at the glider museum this year. The Piper Cub and Heiserman airplanes were suspended from the ceiling. With space on the floor opening up, a 4 ft. by 10 ft. simulated gas station has filled in the area. It contains a refurbished gas pump, a 1930's Ford Dump truck and a Ford Car.

For more information on the museums you can visit them at

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fumee Lake Natural Area Walks

The Fumee Lake Natural Area is great place to get outside and check out nature. Spring and early Summer are great times to visit the area as everything starts to green and flower, especially after this years long winter! 

Here are a couple of early season events:

Sat May 31, 7am 
The Fumee Lake Commission invites the public to participate in their annual guided Bird Watching walk at the Fumee Lake Natural Area.

Warblers, Loons & Bald Eagles are a few of the species that may be seen on the walk. This is an easy walk at a slow pace on easy terrain. Walking distance is just over 1 mile and will last 2-3hrs.

Meet at the East parking lot off the Upper Pine Creek Rd (off US2 between Quinnesec and Norway). Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. A bird guide and binoculars are suggested. Photographers are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Sat June 7, 8am 
The Fumee Lake Commission invites the public to participate in their annual guided Wildflower walk at the Fumee Lake Natural Area.

Trilliums, Wild Ginger and Orchids are some of the flowers that may be seen. This is an easy walk at a slow pace on easy terrain. Walking distance is just over 1 mile and will last 2-3hrs.

Meet at the East parking lot off the Upper Pine Creek Rd (off US2 between Quinnesec and Norway). Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

A flower guide is suggested. Photographers are encouraged to bring their cameras.

There is no charge to participate and a County park sticker in not required.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

75th Anniversary of Ski Jumping Returns to Giant Pine Mountain

The 75th Anniversary of Ski Jumping Returns to Giant Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain, Michigan


More than 10 Countries are expected to participate in the 2014 Bellin Health Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition in Iron Mountain, Michigan, February 7, 8 & 9.  This is the only International Ski Jumping event going on in the World this weekend with the exception of the Sochi Olympics so many of the Worlds best jumpers will be in Iron Mountain.

Celebrating the 75th year ski jumpers from around the globe will gather in Iron Mountain to try and claim king of the mountain at the 120 meter Pine Mountain Ski Jump.  Known around the world as one of the more challenging ski jumping venues, Giant Pine Mountain over time has attracted some of the World’s Best.  Countries expected to compete in the 2014 competition include Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Finland, Germany, Turkey and of course the United States.  New for 2014, there will be 3DAYS OF COMPETITION – FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. 


The schedule of events include:


            Thursday February 6,  6pm – 8pm “Meet The Skiers” at Pine Mountain Resort

                        This is an informal gathering to meet the skiers and coaches as well as get

                        Autographs. There is no charge for this event, although reservations are requested

                        by calling the Dickinson Area Partnership at 906-774-2002.


Friday February 7 – Training rounds will start at 10:30 AM

        COMPETITION 1 1:30pm


            Saturday February 8– 11:00am Trial Round;  Opening Ceremony 12:15pm; COMPETITION 2 1:00pm


Sunday February 9– 11:00am Trial Round;  COMPETITON 3 1:00pm



Booster (admission) Buttons are available at numerous locations throughout the Iron Mountain/Kingsford area or by mail order thru the Dickinson Area Partnership by calling 1-906-774-2002. Buttons are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students 11-17 years of age; 10 and under are free.  Pre-Sales end Thursday February 6 after which time you may purchase you button at the entrance to the event.  Gate prices are $25 for Adults and $20 for Students.  Concessions available on site but carry-ins and tailgating are welcomed.


This is the largest tailgate party in the Midwest in the month of February!!!


Making a special appearance on both Saturday and Sunday will be the Midwest’s Famous “Grillologists” Mad Dog & Merrill.


For additional information visit the website or call the Kiwanis Ski Club at 906-779-1110.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Pine Mountain Ski Jumping tournament is February 8-10, 2013 in Iron Mountain MI. Ski jumpers from around the world will climb Giant Pine Mountain in order to be “King of the Hill”. This will be the 75th annual tournament. 
The Pine Mountain ski slide at one time was the highest artificial ski jump in the world. It was the culmination of constant interest of a small number of skiing enthusiasts, later augmented by a growing group of winter sport devotees in Iron Mountain and Kingsford.
In 1929, an artificial slide was built on Hemlock Street, facing Brown Street, on land donated by E.G. Kingsford. The slide was built by local riders.
Poor snow in 1930 dampened skiing enthusiasm, and nothing was done until 1933, when the original jumpers and a second group which had been riding Lightning Hill, combined, and, with funds contributed by local merchants and manufacturers, constructed the Devil’s Hill Slide, the first all-metal slide in the Upper Peninsula. Shortly after the new slide had been put in use, riders, with the support of the Kiwanis Club, formed the Kiwanis Ski Club on January 5, 1934. The Devil’s Hill Slide was dedicated January 21 of the same year before a crowd of 5,000 persons. Tournaments were held on Devil’s Hill annually for the next four years. This slide was near Crystal lake and was dismantled for scrap iron during World War II.

The development of Pine Mountain was undertaken by the Dickinson County Board of Park Trustees in 1937 at the request of various civic and governmental bodies. Some work had been done earlier by Ted Kingsford and Hold Eskil, then Breitung Township supervisor, but the job was unable to be completed, so the deed to the property was given to the park group with the understanding that the park trustees complete the construction.
The board submitted a W.P.A. project covering all necessary remaining work, calling for the construction of a steel scaffold, 156 feet high, and clearing and grading of the landing area. Work on the ski slide was completed late in 1938, and the first tournament was held early the following year, with the Kiwanis Ski Club as host, and the newly formed Iron Mountain-Kingsford Winter Sports Association, a non-profit organization, acting as sponsor.
At the first Pine Mountain Tournament, Bob Roecker, riding for the Duluth Ski Club, shattered the American jumping record held by Alf Engen, of Salt Lake City, with a leap of 257 feet for a new American record.

Pine Mountain Slide has been renovated several times. In 1948 the landing hill was dug out for longer jumps, and in 1977 a fire burned out the top of the slide. New starting gates were added and the slide made higher.Pine Mountain Slide is known throughout the world as one of the best jumping hills. The Kiwanis Ski Club hosts the best tournament in the United States. Year after year, they have the top foreign jumpers competing. All classes of records have been set on Pine Mountain, and the record of the U.S at 143.5 meters/470.8 feet is still held here.
Updates will be coming on special appearances and events in connection with the 75th annual event.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fumee Lake Natural Area

With spring FINALLY starting to arrive, everyone will be wanting to get outside and stretch their legs.  The Fumee Lake Natural Area has a number of unique features.  Fumee Lake and Little Fumee Lake provide a total of five miles of undeveloped shoreline. In addition to numerous wetlands, 507 acres of surface water holds a fishery deemed "very remarkable and unique" by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The area has historically been home to a number of  rare or threatened species including the Bald Eagle, Common Loon, and seventeen species of orchids.  Three plants on Michigan's Threatened Species list are found here: Walking Fern, Purple Cliff-brake and Marsh Grass of Parnassus.

The Fumee Lake Natural Area is used by educators to teach students about ecology. A number of non-motorized recreational opportunities await its visitors. Hiking, biking, bird watching, and nature photography in the spring, summer, and fall; Cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter months. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this four-season natural area. 
The Fumee Lake Commission invites the public to participate in their annual guided Spring Nature Walk at the Fumee Lake Natural Area.  This walk is for wildflower enthusiasts, bird watchers and nature lovers of all ages.
Wildflowers, birds, wildlife and some history of the area will be woven into this year’s walk. Your guide will be Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec.  She will point out many of the wildflowers and orchids that can be found at Fumee, plus teach you some of the folklore surrounding them.  She will tell you about the Loons and Eagles that nest at Fumee, identify frog calls and point out other wildlife that happens to come by. Birdwatchers will want to keep an eye out for other birds, including warblers, which live and breed in the natural area.  Photographers will find a variety of subjects to capture.
The date of the walk is Sat. May 25, 8am. Meet at the East parking lot off the Upper Pine Creek Rd (off US2 between Quinnesec and Norway).  The walk will be approximately 1 1/2miles and 2-3hrs. Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bird and/or wildflower field guides are suggested. Birdwatchers should bring binoculars and photographers are encouraged to bring their cameras.  There is no charge to participate and a County park sticker in not required.