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Power Plant Peek

NEGAUNEE — Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC) gave a sneak peek of the F.D. Kuester Power Generation Station in Negaunee on Wednesday. The station, sister to the A.J. Mihm station being built in Pelkie, is about 45 percent complete, according to UMERC project manager Terry ...

Giving hope: Day of Hope raises spirits for cancer survivors

HOUGHTON — Whether you’re a survivor, family member, caregiver or neighbor, events like the Day of Hope are important, said cancer survivor Mary Zanoni. “Cancer is hard, and we need hope,” she said. The American Cancer Society event was held Aug. 18 at the Rozsa Center. This was ...

Falling advice: Aspirius spends evening talking to seniors about falling safely

CALUMET — “I’m a faller,” Julie Sweitz of Hancock said. She’s fallen more than half a dozen times, sometimes tripping or stumbling over an edge, something on the floor or during an activity like bowling. With one total-knee replacement and problems developing in the other knee now, ...

Doing good things: AmeriCorps receives new round of funding

HOUGHTON — Superior AmeriCorps will keep going for at least another three years after its fiscal agency, BHK Child Development Center, recently received another round of federal funding to continue the program. The local program is one of the oldest in Michigan, having operated since 1997. ...

Culture camping: Wild rice camp returns next weekend

Manoomin (Wild Rice) Camp is returning this year, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but this time will be preceded by a Manoomin Cultural Camp that begins on Aug. 29, in response to requests for more preparation time. The cultural camp will include native teachings, stories and crafts including the ...

Multiple mistakes forced end of Lake Superior company

Charles Gratiot and John Hays were, to be blunt, the pioneers of mining in the Lake Superior copper district. They were the first to explore for mineral veins, agents of the first organized mining companies, the first to bring teams of miners into the region, and the first to engage in ...

Missing early onset of hoodie weather

One of the things you can be guaranteed in the U.P., (even on the Fourth of July), is that when the sun goes down the hoodie goes on. I attended many of the July 3 fireworks over the years and took it for granted that I'd have to either wrap up in a blanket or put on a hoodie. In 1991, I ...

Service Oriented: Jensen Case Management holds discussion on elderly services

Last Thursday, the Portage Lake District Library hosted a presentation from Jensen Case Management LLC on the services that they offer elderly individuals and their families in finding the resources that they need to live “as independent a life as possible.”  “This is a great place for ...

Keeping the emergency department smooth

A hospital's Emergency Department (ED) has to be a well-oiled machine and, as the Emergency Department Coordinator at UP Health System-Portage (UPHS-Portage), Alecyn Sintkowski is the one who oils it. “I started at Portage as a Nursing Supervisor in 2010,” said Sintkowski. As a ...

Baraga’s got talent: County fair talent show fun for everyone

PELKIE - The young and young-at-heart took the stage to display their skills at the Baraga County Fair talent show, “Baraga's Got Talent” on Sunday. Of the eight contestants, the senior competitor was 67-year-old Linda Kinnunen. Kinnunen read from her collection of essays, “Memories of ...

Capitalism’s Import: Mining Frontier Company Stores

If Charles Brush wanted to sell miners’ supplies at his sutler’s store at Fort Wilkins, to clothe, feed, and equip miners and prospectors, it only made John Hays’ job that much easier. Hays, who was the agent of the Pittsburgh and Boston Copper Harbor Mining Company, was directing mining ...

Curly Weighs In

I was being dragged across the wood chip floored arena by an 1100 pound steer but I wasn't afraid. I was embarrassed and ticked off. Curly was misbehaving at the worst time. It was the UP State Fair. I was 9 years old and wearing borrowed cowboy boots and belt buckle. We had practiced at our ...

Take your time: Grieving is hard to do when your heart feels broken and lost

People often say they feel lost after the death of a loved one. Even though this can feel strange and confusing, this is a normal and natural response to loss because people we love are literally a part of us. Many systems in our body and mind are affected by those we love including our heart ...

Future fair fun: New and update attractions helped fair attendance

ONTONAGON — What better way to spend a summer weekend than a trip to the fair to enjoy deep fried treats, cute farm animals, competitions and taking a spin on a carnival ride? The Ontonagon County Fair has seen dwindling participation in recent years, only to abruptly reverse course this ...

‘Big Latch On’ invites nursing moms to gather together

HANCOCK — All nursing moms are invited to join in the 2018 “Big Latch On,” a synchronized community breastfeeding event this Saturday, at the Jutila Center in Hancock. The Big Latch On takes place at 10:30 a.m. and gives moms the chance to meet with other moms and help break the world ...

“Mind-Body Connection: Exercise for Better Mental Health”

When I was in my final year of college I was doing the sorts of things all my classmates were: finishing final requirements for my degree and thinking (and worrying) about getting a job. I was also planning my wedding and a cross country move. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and was having ...

Well check: Water testing important after floods

HANCOCK — Events such as the July 17 flood or the subsequent smaller rain events can harm water quality, making testing water sources important. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department offered free well testing for areas affected by the flood. As of Tuesday, 462 wells had been ...

On Golden Lake

Photo provided by David Storm Lake Superior at McLain State Park, normally a brilliant blue, turned absolutely golden during Thursday evening’s sunset.