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Remembering a brother in arms

HUBBELL — Doug Johnson’s military career includes the United States Navy during World War II, and the U.S. Army after the war, and it’s experience in the army that’s most memorable for him. Johnson, who is 91 years old and grew up in Swedetown near Calumet, said he worked at a company ...

New economy in post-war Copper Country

While post-war travelers enjoyed the unbridled splendor of the Copper Country, Ocha Potter, president of the Copper Country Vacationist League, could not alone claim credit for new and improved roads, roadside parks and other projects that transformed the region into a premier vacation ...

Experience the Keweenaw

This Memorial Day weekend, many people in the Copper Country will be outdoors, and the people at the Portage Health Foundation have organized many activities to make the weekend fun and healthy. Kevin Store, PHF executive director, said the Foundation in partnership with other groups and ...

One man’s vision expands the Copper Country

As the Copper Country began to climb out of the Great Depression in 1936, it emerged with a more diverse economy than when the depression began. Funded largely by federal programs, in less than three years, the Copper Country appeared on the national scene as one of America’s premier tourist ...

Quit the Sit: Short activity doses are beneficial

LAURIUM — The weather is finally getting nice, and according to Jenn Jenich-Laplander, it’s a good time for women to get active, which is one of the suggestions to be presented at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Quit the Sit presentation. Jenich Laplander, AKH Aspiring Women coordinator, ...

Time to take time-travel trip to save Romeo

Some love scenes will never die: Romeo was charmed in the ballroom, enchanted beneath the balcony, and heartbroken in the crypt. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo fell for Juliet. “Did my heart love till now?” he asked. And his answer, referring to Juliet, immediately followed: ...

Joint and Muscle Pain Awareness

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or just looking to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, joint and muscle pain can limit your abilities. Often, it is hard to know what is considered normal aches and pains for your age, or if something is happening that deserves professional ...

Ghosts of Copper Country: Building remnants remain of copper-mining era towns

During the copper-mining era, many communities, small and large, were created to accommodate mine workers, some of which are still active, but some of them which can be considered ghost towns are listed here. Baltic The community of Baltic came into existence after the creation in 1897 of ...

27th saw combat before it went to war

While the 16th Michigan Infantry, like the rest of the Union Army of the Potomac, was being wasted under incompetent generals in Virginia, the next wave of Copper Country volunteers would see blood before they set foot on a battlefield. The 27th Michigan Infantry’s first three companies ...

MTU to present large production of ‘West Side Story’ at the Rozsa

Michigan Technological University's Performing and Visual Arts Department gears up for another production. "West Side Story", a critically acclaimed musical, is loosely based off of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Associate professor of theatre and head of the electronic media ...

Museum captures the history of firefighting in the Copper Country

CALUMET — Built in 1898, the Red Jacket Fire Station in the village of Calumet closed in 1964, and in June 1990, it became the home of the Copper Country Firefighters History Museum. John Sullivan, CCFHM treasurer, said the museum has items not only from Calumet and Laurium firefighters, ...

Ontonagon fares poorly in Virginia

The men of the Lake Superior copper district who volunteered to defend the Union during the Civil War embarked on the greatest adventure they would ever experience. When their companies were formed and they left for the various downstate rendezvous points, they were no longer members of ...

Easter Bunny welcomes donations

If you and your cat or dog show up at Auto Value of L’Anse today between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and donate a used blanket, some canned pet food or kitty litter, you can get a picture taken of your pet with the Easter Bunny. Free! No foolin’! That’s because the business is using its first ...

Deciding democracy’s demise

Will blame be the demise of free democracy? You decide. In today's society, extremism is not universally rejected, but utilized to benefit the viewpoints of a particular party or ideology. You see, when you're trying to make a point, or imprint a belief, you're going to omit a certain amount of ...

Portage offers 2 life saving classes

HANCOCK — UP Health System-Portage hospital conducts two life saving classes aimed at different audiences, but Jenna Ollanketo said anyone can take either class. Ollanketo, who is CPR coordinator for the hospital, said the Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator class ...

Kalcich brings expertise in functional medicine to patients at Aspirus

LAURIUM – Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics proudly welcomes Jill Kalcich, MD, to their excellent family medicine team. Dr. Kalcich is board certified in family medicine and functional medicine. As a functional medicine doctor, she helps patients get to the root cause of disease through ...

Orchid Ensemble to perform at MTU’s McArdle Theatre

HOUGHTON — Chinese music will fill McArdle Theatre at Michigan Technological University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based Orchid Ensemble performs. Jared Anderson, chairman of the Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department, said the three-person group ...

Celebrating Youth Art Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Winter Self Portrait” by Wesley ...

MTU celebrates 50 years of jazz

The Michigan Technological University Music Department is notorious for their festivals and concerts, and have an abundance of annual events, many of them filled with music. It is currently the time of year for the Don Keranen Memorial Concert. The annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert ...