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Superior copper district meets Cornish contract system

Because the Cornish mining men were the most experienced, were readily available, and were the most knowledgeable about mining, both underground and on the surface, the mines of the Lake Superior copper district developed under Cornish mining systems. One of these systems was what came to be ...

Virtual reality is coming to schools

The Regional Educational Media Center (REMC) is bringing virtual reality to schools in the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) and the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District. At the CCISD meeting on Tuesday evening, REMC Director Mike Richardson discussed the details ...

MTU professor tells Superior’s story of resilience, recovery

HOUGHTON — “The story of Lake Superior is that of intensive transformation and rapid industrialization,” said Nancy Langston, professor of environmental history and social sciences at Michigan Tech. Langston spoke on the topic of “Sustaining Lake Superior” at a Sunday forum at the ...

A study of guilt

I am interested in the man running behind the presidential limousine, for I know that for the rest of his life, his heart would be pierced by the spike of guilt. It was a sunny day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. In the rear of the blue and grey Lincoln continental convertible, sitting on the back ...

Snowmobile driver killed

BARAGA — A fatal snowmobile crash occurred in southern Houghton County Wednesday, resulting in the death of a Curtiss, Wisconsin, man. The crash occurred on Trail 8 near M-26, according to a release from the Michigan State Police-Calumet Post. The driver, Jamie Steen, 41, was traveling ...

Six ways to healthier living

A Clubhouse is a recovery-focused program organized to support people living with mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education, and to the services and support they may ...

Geologists didn’t always get copper mining right

Native copper was, to state it bluntly, a geologic fluke. It did not occur in commercial quantities anywhere on Earth except in the Lake Superior copper district. Although its existence in the region had been known in Europe and the American colonies since the French had discovered it in the ...

Copper mining here imitated model in Cornwall

Some mines in the Lake Superior copper district were developed in a period of years, where as it had taken the copper and tin mines of Cornwall in Great Britain centuries to achieve the same efficiency. This was largely because the Lake mines received the benefits of an industrial revolution ...

Facing the Resolution: In pledging to get fit, focus on why to get fit

LAURIUM — Another new year, another new year’s resolution, but what’s the real reason behind your goal to stop smoking, eat better food or lose weight? The answer is a key element in reaching your goals said Stacy Bussiere, Aspirus Fitness Center supervisor, and Hope Zander, Aspirus ...

A Fantasy Consult: Van Gogh’s doctor

On occasion, when I feel especially bored, I imagine myself meeting with an important historical figure. The most challenging aspect of this theoretical exercise is, of course, deciding whom I want to meet. I avoid villains for I fear that the association with them, although totally imaginary, ...

Calumet Art Center a community hub

CALUMET — Since 1893, one old church in downtown Calumet has been a center for the community; once as a place of worship, now as an art center for Keweenaw residents. In 2008, Ed Gray saw a need for a creative and safe place for area artists. To meet that need he started The Calumet Art ...

End of net neutrality is an attack on America

The future of internet use and freedom of information in America is in jeopardy after the federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality protected an open and free internet, allowing people to access online content without restrictions on ...

Rehabbing wildlife: Local group works to keep animals healthy

Volunteering is an ongoing way for members of the U.P. Wildlife Rehabilitation-Keweenaw Group to contribute to society. The organization consists of a group of volunteers who make up the non-profit association of wildlife rehabbers in the Upper Peninsula. The group covers Houghton, Keweenaw, ...

Ship travel was not appreciated by everyone

The Lake Superior copper district had been known to the French since the early 1600s, when fur companies in Quebec and Montreal sent brigades of traders westward along the shores of Lake Superior to trade goods for furs among the Native Americans. The traders, or voyageurs, however, did not ...

Village urges additional dredging to promote commercial shipping

ONTONAGON — After a ship was unable to access the harbor in June, the Village Council urged federal legislators and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to continue dredging. At its Monday meeting, the council unanimously agreed to a resolution supporting and encouraging future harbor ...

Bright Spot On Horizon: Rise of solar power is inevitable

HANCOCK — Improvements in technology and decreases in cost have been driving an increase in solar usage.  Depending on the size of the house, residential installations can range from $5,000 to $30,000, said Drew Cramer of Solar Up, a solar installation company based in Hancock. Costs have ...

Experience leads to fatal mistakes

Sept. 7, 1895, started out like any other day in the Osceola mine, south of the legendary Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. While some labor unrest occurred this year at various mines, at the Osceola, most of the men were content with their company. The mine enjoyed a good safety record, was ...

John Slawson, agent of the Cliff mine

Ed. Note: This feature is the first in a return to our series: Copper Country’s Past and People John Slawson was a man with a new family and a bright future. Slawson was the agent of the Cliff mine, about six miles west of Eagle River. This was a prestigious position, considering the Cliff ...

Available options when a loved one suffers severe memory loss

Having a loved one with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimers can be difficult and frightening to face. Knowing what to expect and what options are available can be comforting. Knowing what services are available can go a long way in helping an ailing loved one. While there are very few ...