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Spinning Trend: Is fidget spinner toy or tool?

Fidget spinners, which have been around since 1993, only just recently became popular this spring. Originally designed for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and autism, fidget spinners were meant to be a tool with which one could distract their pent-up ...

Healthy infants, toddlers benefit from 4 parent powers

New parents can become overwhelmed with information. Who do you listen to? What type of parenting style do you try? What baby items do you need? Everybody has an opinion on what you should or should not do in a child’s first three years of life. The good news is you don’t need fancy toys ...

Hodag 2017 in the books

Dragging into work on Tuesday after a week at Hodag was quite the effort. Many hours spent in the sun and fresh air listening to music till the early hours of the morning. It started on Wednesday when we sat in chair line. While in chair line waiting for the colors to be picked, there was a ...

Citizens United decision is reshaping US politics

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (informally known as the “Citizens United” case) is a Supreme Court case that passed 5-4 in 2010. It allows corporations and unions to spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaigns. The ruling on this case is still highly ...

Local A&E Briefs

Lakefront Concert The ever-popular Choirs, Bells and Ensembles concert will be presented Thursday at L’Anse Lakefront Park at 7 p.m. Daniell Park Concert Uncle Pete's All-Star BBQ Blues Band will headline Thursday’s free concert at the bandshell in Daniell Park in Laurium at 7 ...

Quilt Block Trail established in Copper Country

In 2000, four high school students created several panels depicting the “Kalevala,” the classic Finnish epic poem. The project was sponsored by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a public art project involving youth and funded by grants from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and ...

Renovation Schmenovation

I have been watching a ridiculous amount of HGTV lately. Like, an alarming amount. So after a rainy-day binge session of “Flip or Flop,” I was inspired. I was going to tackle a project that has been bothering me for the last decade I have lived in my house. The stairs, with their awful, ...

Live well on what you eat

The Keweenaw Co-op, located on Ethel Avenue in Hancock, is a convenient place to find fresh, local produce as it is currently partnered with five local farms that supply a majority of their fruits and vegetables through the months of late May to September. Farms in the Keweenaw such as Osma ...

Preventing youth substance abuse improves community

Summer is a time for fun in the sun… or fun in the rain, as the case has been lately. Whatever the weather, our communities take advantage of the long summer days and milder temperatures to come together. At barbecues, bonfires and summer gatherings, we use the short time summer gives us to ...

C.A.A.T. lady calls it a day

HOUGHTON — The owner and sole operator of Betty’s C.A.A.T. Collectibles is retiring after seven years of selling antiques and art in the Copper Country Mall. After the busier summer tourist season, Betty Chavis is preparing for the inevitable by offering her stock at half price before ...

Chassell Strawberry vs. California Raisin

Chassell Strawberry Parade 1988. My 12-year-old cousin was dressed in a plump, red Chassell Strawberry costume. Two giant, green, fabric leaves hung from the top of his head. His cheeks were painted with a rosey red glow. My 9 -year-old brother, the California Raisin, wore a dark purple ...

Rural hospitals get trauma care training

LAURIUM — Rural hospitals see many of the same kinds of trauma seen in metropolitan hospitals, but they also get some trauma more specific to rural areas, and that was the focus of a two-day training workshop in mid-June at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. The Comprehensive Advanced Rural Life ...

In grand scheme, all lifeforms live enough

Life expectancy, or the average time an organism is expected to live, is a hard concept to grasp. It is partly because your life expectancy is a moving target — it changes as you grow older. In the U.S., for example, life expectancy at birth is 78.94 years. This means that if you were to ...

Advance directive gives medical care instructions

What would happen if following an accident or severe illness you were left unable to communicate with the world around you? How are you going to make decisions regarding your health care? Who would make those decisions for you? Is there a way you can make yourself heard when you are unable to ...

Dam Jam: Bands take stage today at Calumet Lions Park

CALUMET — The Dam Jam fundraising music festival is returning to Calumet again this year, and once again will take place Saturday from noon until midnight at the Calumet Lion’s Park. Josh Mortti, one of the event’s organizers, said this year’s music festival will include 25 bands ...

Birds she’s seen, she paints

ONTONAGON — When Tammy Santti-Kero was growing up in Pelkie, her family had several birds as pets, so it’s logical she would choose birds as subjects for her art. Santti-Kero has an exhibit called “Birds I’ve Seen” at the Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Art Center ...

30 years out of high school? How’d that happen?

I really wanted to break out the yearbooks and dig out the class colors, class song, and everything else 1987 for this column; but I decided to see if the memory of a 47- soon to be 48-year-old man would be good enough. Thirty years; how in the heck has thirty years come and gone so fast? ...

Fun Run: Baraga-area nurse inspired people to live healthy lifestyle

L’ANSE — For Denise Marth, wellness involved eating well, exercising and having support of family, friends and community, sccording to Gordette Cote Leutz. “She committed her life to holistic medicine and healing,” said Cote Leutz, who is the executive director of the Baraga County ...

Murphy’s Law With Medical Emergencies

Anyone who’s ever tried to plan an event knows how fast an emergency can happen. Whether it’s a big event, like your son or daughter’s wedding, or small event, like taking your family to the beach for the afternoon, unexpected “emergencies” always have the opportunity to ...