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Old-fashioned: Houghton bringing back Victorian Christmas

HOUGHTON — From Christmas cards to Santa Claus, much of what people associate with a traditional Christmas came from the Victorians. Houghton will celebrate that epochal era for the holiday with its own Victorian Christmas on Dec. 15, when it holds its second annual Victorian Christmas. ...

Fresh horses: Garth Brooks tribute band in concert

Fresh Horses, a Garth Brooks tribute band, will be bringing country music hits and charm to the Calumet Theater this weekend with one performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Les Smith, the front-man for Fresh Horses, is a long-time Garth Brooks fan and has seen him live in concert many ...

Fear of food shortage becomes reality

The Lake Superior mining district communities were very frail frontier establishments in the 1840s. Their only lifeline was Lake Superior which then, like now, was prone to violent temper tantrums. Severe storms on the Lake during late spring, and throughout summer, were not a cause for alarm, ...

Hard Thing Rule will help raise kids who won’t quit

The best indicator of success in life is not talent or test scores. The best indicator falls under a term often refered to as “grit.” Grit is resilience, stick-to-it-iveness and pushing past quitting points. Angela Duckworth’s brief definition of grit is simply: “Perseverance and ...

Managing holiday stress is by no means easy

As a child, the holiday season was magical. Memories of the goodies baking, cutting a tree, and watching the annual holiday cartoons are still fresh. I know that I never slept on Christmas Eve because I was listening for jingle bells, footsteps on the roof and that infamous red-nose sighting ...

Better space: Life Outreach Center has a new home

This post has been edited to correct the center's hours. The Life Outreach Center, a community resource for new and expecting mothers, has recently moved from its previous location on Sheldon Avenue in Houghton to Quincy Street in Hancock. There were a number of reasons that the previous ...

A book for dealing with cravings that everyone has daily

L’ANSE — Students and adults in Baraga County had the opportunity to learn about cravings of all kinds from Robb Johnston, who read his newest book, “Craves.” The book explains how everyone gets cravings for different things and depicts them as a little creature that follows each ...

Financial help: Hancock students get unexpected treat

On Tuesday, Hancock High School (HCH) seniors in Brian Irizarry's personal finance class had a bit of a change of pace thanks to guest speaker Fouad Catrib. “I'm basically just trying to give them a little bit of insight about what it's like owning a business,” Catrib said before ...

One investor revolutionized American copper markets

It is difficult to say with certainty whether he meant to do it or if, as a result of his natural drive and genius for business, it was just a case of one thing leading to another along a path only he could see. With Curtis Grubb Hussey, one can never really know for sure. What started out as ...

Not ready for son’s double-digit birthday

In a few short days, my baby will be turning ten years old. I am not ready for him to be hitting double digits. I was not ready for the permission slip that came home about the puberty talk. I am not ready for him to go to middle school. The problem is not at all with him, but with Mom. Mom ...

Stop the Stigma: Suicide Prevention in the Keweenaw

Suicide. It’s an uncomfortable topic, but why? With Suicide being the second leading cause of death of Americans aged 10-34, why aren’t we talking about it? Suicide rates are on the rise and it is time to stop the stigma of suicide and start talking about it. In our community alone, ...

Women’s health primary concern for Holladay

Dr. Theresa Holladay is a gynecologist for UP Health System - Portage with a new office in Internal Medicine. Her specialization in gynecology, as well as her position within the internal medicine suite, allows her the ability to give specialized attention to the residence of the Copper ...

Puppy Mushers: New club at Tech will race in CopperDog

This post has been corrected to reflect that Claire Hendricks is the club's vice president, and Adam Schmidt is the president. Also the proper name of the club is the Mushing Club at Michigan Tech. TAPIOLA — Michigan Technological University (MTU) is now host to the only university-based dog ...

Veteran’s Day: It took 17 million lives to start a holiday

What began as an isolated incident based on the nationalistic views of a misguided 19-year-old Serb, escalated in a matter of months, into the most devastating war the world had seen up to that point, involving three continents. Before it ended four years later, it claimed 17 million lives, 8 ...

Aerosol problem: Adding a piece to the climate change puzzle

HOUGHTON —Researchers at Michigan Technological University have discovered particles from wildfires may be staying in the atmosphere longer than previously thought, adding new considerations to climate prediction. When it comes to climate change and modeling, "it’s complicated"' is not ...

New connections: Author links Dylan, Guthrie, Calumet with anger

CALUMET — The borrowed melodies and lyrics of folk music can become signposts of history for whoever cares to look. It’s how a young Bob Dylan fan pulled a thread that he chased through Minnesota, Oklahoma, California and eventually up to Calumet. It was there that Daniel Wolff discussed ...

An unlikely mine developer in a mountainous wilderness

`Samuel Knapp grew up in a period when more value was placed on work than education. By modern standards, Knapp, like too many other children of the time, really didn’t have a childhood. Born in Royalton, Vermont, Knapp was apprenticed to a woolen manufacturer when he was just 10 years ...

Food truck a new venture for both me and my family

I came home from school yesterday, and walked through the door to a very warm greeting. The pug was very happy to see me; along with all of my family members. Quickly, I started my typical after-school routine. Everyone was talking and sharing things about their day. There were hugs and ...

Book intro with fun:Americorps program engages children to love reading

Fostering an interest in literacy in children through activities and stories is the aim of the new session of Book Club for Kids, which started Oct. 6 at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. The club is a program organized by the Americorps national service network open to children ...

Mining began in Ontonagon before Revolutionary War

For as much as we have discussed mining activities on Keweenaw Point, one might conclude there was no activity anywhere else in the Lake Superior copper district. But that, of course, is not the case. For example, while Col. Charles Gratiot was exploring the copper and silver deposit on the ...