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Getting Head Start: SmartStart helps ideas become businesses

HOUGHTON — Six years after its inception, the SmartZone’s SmartStart is still going strong, helping to take entrepreneurs’ ideas from a thought to a successful business. SmartStart provides the setting for entrepreneurs to create a business, going beyond books and theories, offering ...

The Anishinaabe had nothing left to give

Okandikan was a very old man when he traveled from his village on the Ontonagon River to La Pointe on Madeline Island, in Chequamegon Bay, in the summer of 1842. All of the chiefs on the south shore of Lake Superior, as well as Wisconsin, were summoned to La Pointe for a meeting with delegates ...

See ya, Facebook!

I've had my Facebook, which my students swear, is the platform for moms and Millennials (of which I am both), account for a decade. It goes so far back, it chronicles my college graduation, baby shower, the birth of my son, and other monumental events in my life. Initially, Facebook allowed ...

Separation

HOUGHTON — New research into virus separation methods could decrease the cost of creating vaccines and help bring new ones to the market faster. Virus separation refers to the removal of cells and collection and concentration of virus for use as a vaccine production or the removal of the ...

Youth survey shows more kids use tobacco locally

In Houghton and Keweenaw counties, 14.2 percent of high school seniors use chewing tobacco, with an additional 19.4 percent smoking cigarettes. This might not seem like such a bad number but compared to the national norms, in which only 6.1 percent use chewing tobacco and 11.4 percent smoke ...

Capturing surrounding beauty focus of MTU exhibit

From portraits to time traveling to the great outdoors, Michigan Technological University students show it all in the “Framed by Frames” photography exhibit hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Center in its Kerredge Gallery, which is available to view until April 28. The exhibit ...

Outdoor participation decreasing

HOUGHTON — The great outdoors is slowly losing participants creating a worrying trend for the future of parks and natural resources. The downward movement has been noted since the ’70s and continues, said George Madison, Department of Natural Resources fisheries manager for western Lake ...

Diverse Dialogues: CDI raises awareness throughout MTU campus

Michigan Technology University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) wraps up its pilot Diverse Dialogues series this month. The series is hosted by the Campus Diversity Educator, Amy Howard, as a way to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about ...

An interesting pioneer of the copper district

Throughout the more than a century of mining in the Lake Superior copper district, investors from one state often knew investors from another, and it was not at all uncommon for them to have business connections with one another, creating what we call today a network. Cyrus Mendenhall, of ...

Blinded with science

Jon Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Local children (and their parents) got an opportunity to learn about several aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from Dedicated Tech students and community members at the 20th annual Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival.

Annual fair exposes children to science

HOUGHTON — It was all about fun learning using the scientific method Thursday at the 20th annual Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival held at Michigan Technological University "Approximately 160 students from schools in the CCISD and GOISD submitted projects to the science fair on ...

Heart measure: MTU researcher develops convenient heart monitor

HOUGHTON — According to one study, more than 90 percent of U.S. medical expenses are spent on patients with chronic diseases. According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $190 billion are spent on cardiovascular disease that in many cases, patients are required to wear a heart ...

I am not a poet, and I do know it

The other day, in my office, Mr. Kangas (he agreed that I will use his name) told me that he was never a poet, but he did write a poem. I asked myself, what determines what we choose to do, what we choose to be? My story reads like a plot written by adults who conspired to convince me to ...

Express Care offers convenience and flexibility

Becoming sick or experiencing an injury that requires medical attention but doesn't warrant a trip to the emergency department is truly inconvenient. Add in the stress of waiting at a doctor’s office hoping they can fit you in, you can often feel overwhelmed and helpless.  UP ...

Calumet Drama Club takes on Agatha Christie mystery

CALUMET — The Calumet High School Drama Club is bringing an Agatha Christie classic to the stage. The group is performing “And Then There Were None” April 13-15 at the Calumet Theatre. The play takes its name from the final phrase of a nursery rhyme. The original British edition ...

Living form of art: Finlandia University students show designs, artwork

HANCOCK — The creativity of Finlandia University students was on display last week both on the walls and the runway. Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design held its annual juried exhibit and fashion show at the Finnish-American Heritage Center on March 29. It’s been a ...

Senter witnessed birth of Copper Country

As 1903 drew to an end, John Senter could sit behind his desk and gaze out the window at the wintery scene beyond his first-floor office in the Phoenix Hotel on Eagle River’s main street. Senter could look back, he could remember. He could recall the time before interior roads linked the ...

How validation can strengthen a relationship

As independent and self-reliant as many of us are and try to be, our relationships with other people are important as well. Whether those relationships are personal or professional, close or distant, relationships affect us throughout our lives. If your objective is to foster connection with ...

What happens in Saudi Arabia has local impact: former diplomat

HOUGHTON — Former diplomat Todd Holmstrom visited Michigan Technological University on Wednesday and described his perception of current events in Saudi Arabia. Holmstrom served as the U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 2014-16 and developed a relationship with Crown Prince ...