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      Citizen group pushes for consolidation of Wakefield-Marenisco and Bessemer school district

      A citizen group has filed for a ballot issue concerning the possible consolidation of the Wakefield-Marenisco and Bessemer school districts.

      According to the citizen group, over 150 petition signatures were collected from each community, but only 139 were needed from Bessemer and 113 from Wakefield-Marenisco.

      The school boards stated that this consolidation was not sought by them, but instead the effort was started by a citizen group. The petitions have been filed at the Gogebic County Courthouse for verification.

      If verified, the issue will appear on the August ballot.

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