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Checking up: Promoting well-child visits good for healthy kids, futures

HOUGHTON — Many kids in the Upper Peninsula are not getting regular checkups, particularly as they get older. Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) and Upper Peninsula Health Group (UPHG) are trying to improve those numbers. The resulting Healthy Kids, Health Futures campaign is a U.P.-wide ...

Training: Dial Help offers residents crisis intervention training at PLDL

HOUGHTON — This past Saturday, Dial Help of Houghton conducted a training session of sorts on crisis intervention at the Portage Lake District Library. This was the third time that Dial Help had put on the training. The last time they held it was last year. They also plan to run another in ...

Fort Wilkins’ wife talks about life in Copper Harbor

COPPER HARBOR — In 1869, Copper Harbor was a bustling little settlement, that depended on commerce for its livelihood. That commerce was threatened the following year, however, when the War Dept. decided Fort Wilkins would be de-garrisoned in August, 1870. Compounding that was the closure of ...

Assistance: Pet therapy is a happy addition to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

CALUMET — Animal-assisted therapy is gaining popularity — and value — across the country. According the Mayo Clinic, Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities, Mayo Clinic ...

Carmen comes to Rozsa Center

Charles Eshbach/For the Gazette The opera “Carmen,” which had a performance Thursday evening at the Rozsa Center, will have a return engagement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets available at the door. For more details, go to pmmf.org.

Living legacy: Jim Koski continues to help community, 13 years after death

ONTONAGON — When 35-year-old Jim Koski died in a motorcycle accident in 2005 his friends and family lost both a loved one and a tradition. “He was just a real likable guy if you ever met him and hung out with him you’d certainly remember,” said his friend Dave Hermanson. With Koski ...

Brick by Brick

Recently we attended, for the third year in a row, the Brickworld Lego convention in Chicago. We packed up two cars - yes two cars - to head down. We had three massive Lego creations to take down and display: the Evil Lair of Ayn Sidious (30,000 pieces), a Ninja Castle (1,000 pieces), and our ...

T-storm tournament and playing hookie for Solstice brookies

I have a pretty decent library of fishing books that get read and re-read during the winter for the four Rs: reference, relaxation, research and romance. But from Opening Day of trout season to closing day, I read brooks, not  books. Except last weekend when the thunderstorms and monsoon ...

History Center hoping for cannon at Ft. Wilkins

COPPER HARBOR — Spring 2019 will mark 175 years since Capt. Robert Clary and his men arrived and constructed Fort Wilkins, and the Fort Wilkins Natural History Association (FWNHA) is helping the Michigan History Center celebrate with a bang. “The Michigan History Center would like to ...

Value of education: Graduate students make most of opportunities in Finland

Editor’s Note: Michigan Tech professor Joshua Pearce is spending his sabbatical in Finland at Aalto University on a Fulbright Fellowship. In this first-person narrative series, he shares some of personal observations and insights on Finland’s educational system. Finland is actually a ...

Too wired: Schools take Challenge to reduce screen time

SOUTH RANGE — In the scope of human history, social media, internet and video games are just a blip on the radar. For young people, it’s always been part of life. On the upside, information, friends and entertainment are easily accessible. Research, however, has shown this ability brings ...

Avoid heat-related emergency room visits

Receiving proper amounts of sunshine is healthy. Our body produces vitamin D from sunlight helping to fight off diseases, prevent depression, strengthen our bones, and boost weight loss. When it comes to enjoying the warm weather, especially the sunshine, it's important to stay safe. The ...

Calumet fire evacuates house occupants

CALUMET — Occupants were evacuated from a house on the 300 block of Seventh Street in Calumet Sunday morning after a fire spread from an abandoned church next door. The fire was reported about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Calumet Police Department. One woman was ...

Bad accident on M-26

Daily Mining Gazette/Daver Karnosky A two-vehicle accident slowed traffic on M-26 Friday afternoon. The head-on collision was still under investigation by the Houghton Police Department at the time of printing. Fortunately, there were no fatalities as a result of the crash.

Having fun at hospital: UP Health Systems holds Health and Safety Fair

HANCOCK — Most visitors to the operating room come under stress or under sedation. UP Helath Systems — Portage hospital swung the doors open for that and dozens of other services at Saturday’s 10th annual Health and Safety Fair. They were on track Saturday to be a little over the ...

At Zingerman’s Deli

Several years ago, I was on a visit to Ann Arbor, where my two older sons were students at the University of Michigan. The first words I heard them utter were: “Dad, let’s go to Zingerman’s.” The Zingerman’s Delicatessen, they meant, the one established in 1982. The line was ...

Understanding Trauma’s Impact

Life was ideal until I was a first grader in a small school where I became the target of a fourth grade bully. Our teacher passively permitted the bully’s daily torment of words and physical intimidation. I could not understand why my friends joined in. He ordered them to call him, ...

Day of remembrance: Memorial Day is far more than cookouts

Marshall Frederick Kipina grew up in a community that was no stranger to war. Kipina was born on Dec. 18, 1944, two days after the attack of the American lines in Belgium that began the Battle of the Bulge. He was in first grade when the United States entered the Korean conflict, the ...

‘You’re leaving the area?’

In the last couple of columns, I hinted that something big was coming. Last month I talked about how my youngest child is leaving the nest, becoming an adult and becoming her own person. With an empty nest in every corner of my world where three little girls giggled, played, fought, and even ...