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A discussion of race

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Junior Day. The national holiday celebrates the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), a prominent twentieth century civil rights activist. The holiday commemorates his birthday on Jan. 15, but is traditionally celebrated on the ...

Why dead potatoes impacted the copper district

We have talked a lot about the isolation of the Lake Superior copper district, and its affects on the local pioneer residents of far-flung mining locations. But in another sense, a very real sense, the new mining district was no so isolated at all. In fact, events and policies occurring in ...

No two ways about it, I am a creature of habit

I am notoriously a creature of habits. (Although I honestly don’t mean to be…) I get up for school at the same time every day and follow my usual routine. If I happen to order a to-go lunch from Denali because I want a “treat” that day - it’s always a Cobb Salad with bleu cheese ...

Statue Bulking

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Phi Kappa Tau members are in the “bulking” phase of building their Winter Carnival statue on Quincy Street in Hancock. On top of the highest wall are Zach Tibbits (left) and Jake Jones. On the bottom are (left to right) Braeton Ardell, Seth Olson, Cam ...

Polyamory’s dilemma

Studies show that lay-people have long believed that monogamous relationships are more trusting, committed, passionate, and sexually satisfying. Monogamy, lay-people believe, is also less likely to involve jealousy. A recent study conducted by Dr. Conley from the University of Michigan showed, ...

According to the Army, Ruggles didn’t do it

Lt. Daniel Ruggles, 5th United States Infantry, had a scientific mind. Ordered to Copper Harbor in early 1844 with Companies A and B, under command of Capt. Robert E. Clary, Ruggles was to establish a military post to be named after the U.S. Secretary of War William Wilkins. It did not take ...

While pioneers suffered winter, Fort Wilkins had its problems

Capt. Robert Emmet Clary was in command at Fort Wilkins. In fact, it was his command that had constructed the post at Copper Harbor. The garrison consisted of 105 officers and men, comprising Companies A and B of the Fifth U.S. Infantry. And from the moment those men and their families landed ...

Just another day in paradise for Seppo Makinen

In February of 2010, the eyes of the world focused on the small town of Whistler, British Columbia.  As Olympic athletes flew down a wild, off-camber ski run, I thought to myself “Seppo would be proud.” One day, while living in Whistler, I stumbled across a plaque high upon Whistler ...

How to make changes over course of new year

Is there something you would like to change? The New Year is a common time for people to set new goals like losing weight, quitting a habit, or getting into better shape. Last January, I decided I wanted to get leaner, so I set a weight and strength goal I wanted to reach by the end of the ...

Planet-friendly eating is eating plant-based food

MARQUETTE — With the new year coming up, many people may be looking to turn over a new leaf with their eating habits or adopt more planet-friendly practices. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to improve both your health and the planet’s health by shifting your food choices toward ...

Children in need: 31 Backpacks finding ways to help young people

The holidays are a time when are thankful for things that are usually taken for granted, like having enough food. Being grateful for one's own good fortune should also serve as a reminder that this is one of the hardest times of year for in-need families.  One reason for this is that ...

FBI probes death on KBIC reservation

The FBI has confirmed a law enforcement investigation is ongoing into the weekend death of Lisa Kinnunen, 48, of Baraga County. Because the death occurred on an American Indian reservation, the FBI is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) ...

Frontier life was never comfortable for anyone

Life on the Lake Superior frontier copper district was not romantic or simple by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was brutal, seldom merciful, and not everyone survived. While there were physicians in the region, medical knowledge and technology were limited to the time, and ...

Finding your hygge can really help at this time of year

With the colder weather and snow setting in, and the sun setting so seemingly early, I have been devouring books like crazy. In the last month, I have read eight books for pleasure, and three novels in my classes. My book club recently read the book, “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish ...

Old-fashioned: Houghton bringing back Victorian Christmas

HOUGHTON — From Christmas cards to Santa Claus, much of what people associate with a traditional Christmas came from the Victorians. Houghton will celebrate that epochal era for the holiday with its own Victorian Christmas on Dec. 15, when it holds its second annual Victorian Christmas. ...

Fresh horses: Garth Brooks tribute band in concert

Fresh Horses, a Garth Brooks tribute band, will be bringing country music hits and charm to the Calumet Theater this weekend with one performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Les Smith, the front-man for Fresh Horses, is a long-time Garth Brooks fan and has seen him live in concert many ...

Fear of food shortage becomes reality

The Lake Superior mining district communities were very frail frontier establishments in the 1840s. Their only lifeline was Lake Superior which then, like now, was prone to violent temper tantrums. Severe storms on the Lake during late spring, and throughout summer, were not a cause for alarm, ...

Hard Thing Rule will help raise kids who won’t quit

The best indicator of success in life is not talent or test scores. The best indicator falls under a term often refered to as “grit.” Grit is resilience, stick-to-it-iveness and pushing past quitting points. Angela Duckworth’s brief definition of grit is simply: “Perseverance and ...

Managing holiday stress is by no means easy

As a child, the holiday season was magical. Memories of the goodies baking, cutting a tree, and watching the annual holiday cartoons are still fresh. I know that I never slept on Christmas Eve because I was listening for jingle bells, footsteps on the roof and that infamous red-nose sighting ...

Better space: Life Outreach Center has a new home

This post has been edited to correct the center's hours. The Life Outreach Center, a community resource for new and expecting mothers, has recently moved from its previous location on Sheldon Avenue in Houghton to Quincy Street in Hancock. There were a number of reasons that the previous ...