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UPHS — Portage receives honor

cently received an honor of quality from its parent company. The hospital has been recognized as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate. The designation recognizes hospitals within the LifePoint Health system that have enrolled in the LifePoint National Quality Program and succeeded succeeded in ...

Rememberance: Local veteran turning memories into music

HOUGHTON — Jeff Hauswirth, an Iraq War veteran, is using music to process his experiences there. Hauswirth’s EP, “Forever 29,” was released April 26. The six-song EP is more than a decade in the making. Two of the songs date back to 2006, when Hauswirth, then a hospital corpsman ...

Milling, concentrating processes at Cliff Mine

Last week, we talked briefly about the process of mineral concentrating, beginning at the stamp mill. This morning, while we enjoy our coffee, we will back up a bit, and go into more detail, starting in the mine. In drilling and blasting underground, the copper-bearing rock was blown out and ...

Cornish contribution to mining technology

As rich as the Cliff Mine’s vein was in 1846, its wealth would make little difference if the company was not willing to invest capital into its surface plant. The first improvements to the surface were most likely creating a carpenter shop, and blacksmith shop, a cooper shop, offices, a ...

LIFTing Youth: MTU Summer Youth Program finds new partner

Michigan Technological University’s Material Science Summer Youth Program has a new industry partner in Lightweight Interventions For Tomorrow. LIFT is a Detroit-based research and development firm largely sponsored by the U.S. Department of defense. The firm is interested in designing ...

Sustainable Living: Tech students show ecological responsibility

HOUGHTON — Earth week is almost finished, but some Michigan Tech students live the sustainable life every day of the week. Residents at the Sustainable Demonstration House track their use of water and electricity, keep a log of their waste, compost their food scraps, keep an indoor aquaponic ...

Advancing tech signaled mine success

It their exploration phases, mining companies began, of course, with locating a prospective copper vein. Once found, the next step was to open the vein to explore its potential wealth. In the Lake Superior copper district, geological forces had determined that copper veins were, in most cases, ...

Bridge the digital divide

Since the inception of public libraries in the United States, patrons have relied on them for access to the information services they need. While the value of libraries in a traditional sense is often placed on their books and collections, they have adapted to meet other information needs over ...

Company improves an activity

I will freely admit this: I am a massive “Game of Thrones” (GoT) addict. I literally had the season premiere written on our calendar in Sharpie. I ordered a rug from Poland with the Stark sigil on it, and our House name. I bought a Stark banner to hang from my fireplace, just below ...

Clearing Hurdles: Program offers low-cost cancer screenings for women

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — When Margaret Helminen first began cancer screenings, she didn’t even have time to worry about cost. The people at the hospital had contacted the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program. “They knew that was in place, so right away they got all the ...

Creating diet data

My employer is very concerned about my health. Once a year, I have to fill an online health questionnaire; a nurse comes over to my office, she measures my blood pressure and takes my pulse, and she asks me to step on the scale. There are also some blood tests involved. This year, everything ...

Earth Day offers several valuable lessons to investors

On April 22, millions of people will observe Earth Day by participating in events that support environmental protection. As a citizen, you may want to take part in a local celebration. And as an investor, you can learn a few lessons from the themes of Earth Day. Here are a few of ...

20th century marked distinctive change in copper district

Without the luxury of being able to sit down to coffee and talk with them, it is difficult to know for sure why certain men came to the Lake Superior copper district, or why they were so eager to invest so heavily in a region that had not proven itself yet. Some, of course, thought copper ...

Way Of The Warrior: Hero’s code of honor

Every culture throughout history has identified character strengths and virtues that they view as critical to their survival. Regardless of origin, the majority of the themes are universally accepted. One of the value systems I am intrigued with is the Bushidō Code or "the way of the ...

Social media can be source of support when grieving

A few moments after I gave consent to the medical team at Mayo Clinic to withdraw life support from my spouse, I posted the heart wrenching news to my network on Facebook. The team had worked hard to help him survive the hemorrhage from a massive aneurism, but they were out of options. After 29 ...

Poetry in motion: Calumet student headed to Nationals after state win

CALUMET — Coming to the state Poetry Out Loud competition in Lansing, Tajah-Rayne Davise was intimidated by the other students. None of them recited like her. They were “proper,” Davise said; she compared them to old English people reciting “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” ...

Mining leaders, learning from each other as they went

Many times we have discussed the isolation and loneliness suffered by the pioneer residents of the Lake Superior copper district. What tells us about them are what are referred to as primary sources: letters, documents, reports, newspaper accounts, company records, etcetera, created by the ...

Break a Leg: changing roles as parents age

The phrase “break a leg” is often reserved for actors going on stage, (I’ve said it to my girls as they’ve got ready to act), and in Harbor Springs it’s mostly a condition of skiing at one of the mountains with the name “Boyne” in them. Sadly, for this column, the breaking of a ...

Fusion Reminder: More similarities than differences

HOUGHTON — Iranians and other residents of the Copper Country rang in the Persian New Year with music, dancing, food and humor Sunday night at Michigan Technological University. The Persian New Year, or Norooz, falls on the first day of spring. It has been celebrated for more than 3,000 ...

‘The Beautiful Vase’

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “The Beautiful Vase” by Janel Kangas, a second-grade artist at Dollar Bay Elementary School.