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Copper Country heritage goes back to Bronze Age

As mining declined in the Lake Superior copper district, the population tended to decline along with it. The Great Depression was waning, and displaced mine workers left the area, seeking better jobs, a brighter future, and as a bonus, more reasonable climates. For those who chose to remain, ...

KSO featured in Winter Carnival matinee

HOUGHTON - The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Joel Neves, conductor, partners with Winter Carnival in a matinee pops concert featuring movie music and video game tunes this weekend. A special Winter Carnival Matinee concert titled "The Greatest Movie and Video Game Music," will be at ...

Face of copper production changes

The face of copper production had changed in the Lake Superior copper between 1915 and 1935, even if many area residents hadn’t noticed. Geological realities and new technologies were responsible for those changes. At Calumet and Hecla, geologists and engineers had figured out back in the ...

Heikinpaiva is extended this year

HANCOCK — In years past, the organizers of the Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival ended it on the last Sunday of January with a dinner and musical events. This year, David Maki, chairman of the Hancock Finnish Theme Committee, said the decision was made to extend the festivities for another ...

The Great Depression brought changes

The Lake Superior Copper Country had seen hard times since it was opened by the government in 1843. The Civil War had brought frequent labor strikes by workers demanding a higher wage for forced double shifts or extended workdays, while companies struggled to meet war-time metal demands that ...

Children hit the slopes

HANCOCK — Winter is snow recreation time in Michigan, and the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association is conducting promotions to get more people on the ski slopes, including children. The Clarkston, Michigan-based MSIA is providing a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride passport for ...

Finnish immigrants revolutionized cutover land

Logging and lumber companies had laid waste to many areas of the Copper Country, clear cutting forests and leaving behind thousands of acres of stumps, along with endless mountainous piles of boughs and branches. Like the mining companies of the era, logging companies destroyed vast tracts of ...

Have a fun, safe new year

New Year’s eve is a very alcholic-beverage oriented holiday, so it’s a good idea for revelers to know exactly what they are consuming in order to moderate their intake. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the amount of alcohol by volume for various ...

Wedding Announcement: Amy Traub and Brandon Davis

Ms. Lynn Lanala and the late James Traub of Hancock, Michigan announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Traub, to Brandon Davis, son of Keith and Cheryl Davis of Denver, Colorado. Ms. Traub, a graduate of Northern Michigan University, is a Data Analyst at comScore in New York City. Mr. ...

Finn Christmas traditions date back centuries

HANCOCK — In Finland, there are many Christmas traditions going back centuries, some of which have survived to the present, and some of which may be recognized by Finnish Americans. Jim Kurtti, director of the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center on Quincy Street in ...

Some were old enough to remember

With the mines shut down, foundries and factories greatly reduced operations, or like the mines, simply closed. The trolleys were locked in the barn near Ethel Street in Hancock in 1932, and about the only thing of recent occurrence to remind local residents of the region’s better days was ...

Public service agencies gear up for Christmas

Local public service agencies are gearing up for their Christmas celebrations, events and programs, and here’s a brief overview of what’s going on. Salvation Army Leonita Schweigert, Salvation Army corps administrator, said the organization is getting ready for its toy distribution ...

The Quincy mine faces hard times

By the end of the 1920s, very few mines in Michigan’s Copper Country were still operating. On the hill above Hancock, the Quincy mine had truly fallen on hard times, and general manager Charles Lawton was doing everything in his power – and imagination – to avoid shutting the mine and ...

KBIC selling tobacco

HOUGHTON – Warrants were issued for two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members for transporting tobacco to the reservation as part of their jobs last year, according to a press release the tribe issued Tuesday. KBIC declined to name the individuals involved in the matter. “KBIC takes ...

Petting zoo a place for healing: Veterans continue serving community

BARAGA - About eight years ago, Diane and Pete Morin decided they would like to have some sort of facility for housing animals, which they could present to the public. "We just wanted a little petting zoo," Diane said. What they created was Pete's Petting Zoo in Baraga, which Morin ...

The effects of decline in the Copper Country: Part II

The Lake Superior copper district strike of 1913-14 had created some attitude changes throughout the Copper Country due in part, perhaps, to the economic hardships the eight-month strike had caused. While a variety of industries existed in the district, each was dependent on mining in some way ...

Climate Science Cafe seeks climate solutions

HANCOCK - In the first two installments, the monthly Climate Science Cafe events talked about predictions for climate change and its causes. Thursday, the group discussed potential solutions. The ideas the crowd came up with will be discussed further at the final session next month.Based on the ...

The effects of decline in the Copper Country

The Lake Superior copper district strike of 1913-14 had created some attitude changes throughout the Copper Country due in part, perhaps, to the economic hardships the eight-month strike had caused. While a variety of industries existed in the district, each was dependent on mining in some way ...

Halloween activities for all ages in the Copper Country

HOUGHTON - Boo! Halloween is more popular than ever. Here are a few ways to celebrate in the Copper Country.SaturdayMichigan Technological University Film Board is showing "Suicide Squad" at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 2;30 and 5;30 p.m. Sunday in Fisher Hall 135. Tickets ...

Lions International helping the blind and visually impaired

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comLions Clubs International has a long history of serving the needs of communities, locally and around the world. Founded in Illinois in 1917, by Melvin Jones, in just under a century Lions International has grown to more than 46,000 clubs in 200 ...