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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.

Finnish Footwork: Kivajat Dancers practice, raise funds for Finland trip

HANCOCK — The Kivajat Finnish Folk Dancers held the Old Time Copper Country Dance last week, featuring the Back Room Boys and the Thimbleberry Band. The dance and silent auction at the Finnish-American Heritage Center was both a chance for the Kivajat to show off their skills and a fundraiser ...

Some new miners to Copper Country knew little, learned less

Early in 1843, Charles H. Gratiot was contracted by DeGarmo Jones, of Detroit, to explore a number of mineral leases for which he and his business associates held permits from the federal government. Gratiot arrived in the Lake Superior copper district in June, 1843, with 10 Cornish miners, ...

Students thrive in data-driven learning system

HANCOCK — The problem with teaching today, is the profession is practiced in a standardized, cookie-cutter manner, said Ezekiel Ohan, principal for the Hancock middle and high schools. “If you’ve got things that are already pre-formatted, people can come in and turn from being a ...

Staying healthy: Vaccinations key for containing measles

HANCOCK — Eliminated from the United States in 2000, measles is making a comeback. The vaccine is 97 percent effective for people who get two doses as recommended — once between 12 and 15 months old, and again between 4 and 6 years old. That does not prevent unvaccinated people from ...

How Jennings might have discovered of Cliff Lode

Gwinear was the seat of an ecclesiastical parish that included the hamlets of Fraddam, Treghortha, Carnkell Green, Rewala, Relestrian, Roseworthy, and Wall. Roseworthy was once the property of the Arundels of Lanherne, who settled in the area in the 1300s, and were among the few French nobles ...

Donut leads to toothpick

Dr. Novick’s love for mathematics had started years before he saw Steve, the young athlete who became suddenly, severely ill. Novick searched for meaning in shapes. He lived alone in a small, one-bedroom apartment next to the hospital. Novick saw the human body as matter fixed in space and ...

Communties That Care address needs of youth

In 2017, the Houghton Keweenaw Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition conducted a survey with area youth in 8th,10th, and 12th grades. The information from that survey, together with public health data, showed that our 8th grade students ranked below the national average for depressive symptoms. ...

Tracking Ryan family from Ireland to Copper Country

Limerick Junction was not a junction in 1829 when John Cornelius Ryan was born. It was not much of a town, either. In fact, it did not become a junction until 1845, when the Waterford and Limerick Railway laid its tracks. The railway did little to boost the town. In George Henry Basset’s ...

Objects of unknown origin

My graduation from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, in the early 1990s, coincided with the second wave of immigration from Russia to Israel. There was a moment in which it seemed that these immigrants were all doctors looking for a position as a resident-doctor in General ...

Time my grandfather nearly lost duel with fish, auger

Fishing stories are as old as fish and people. Like many families, mine has a lot of them. Some of my favorite are of my grandfather Ed Aho. Mornings often started in a mad dash. One day Ed left in a hurry. He gunned his truck and the snowmobile sailed out of the bed. Not to be denied, he ...

Healthy habits lead to improved mental health

There are many things that impact the health and happiness of today’s youth. Now more than ever, anxiety, ADHD, and depression are being openly discussed and better understood. As we learn more about mental health, we realize not only how important it is, but how it is intertwined with ...

Hear ye, hear ye: UP Audiology gives away hearing aids

HOUGHTON — To repay its customers for more than three years of support, U.P. Audiology gave the gift of hearing to three people over Christmas. From the early days of the business, they had the idea that once it found its footing, it would give hearing aids to someone in the community with ...

Irish find freedoms in the brave New World

The immigrant miners from Ireland, particularly those from the Bunmahon area, probably made an easy transition from the mines there to those in the Lake Superior copper district. Bunmahon was a mining district on the south shore of Ireland, in County Waterford, in the province of Munster. The ...

Vividly, fondly remembering ‘Mr. V’ from school days

Anyone who grew up in the mid-seventies until 1991 and went to Lake Linden-Hubbell High School knew “Mr. and Mrs. V". Mrs. VerBerkmoes was our school librarian, that to this day I credit with teaching me respect for books, libraries, and other people's privacy. She didn't have to shush us to ...

Many immigrants danced across the ocean

Society and technology are dynamic in that they are in constant change. And yet, the members of one society of one time period are very similar to those of another society in another time in many aspects. For example, almost every Copper Country resident knows someone who, at one time or ...

A hockey player’s fate

To be 18, a professional athlete, and loved—who wouldn’t envy such an existence. Unless, luck suddenly turns on you, and in an unfortunate turn of events, you fall seriously ill. At 9 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, Steve, a member of a hockey team on a training tour through several states ...

Broomball madness: Students, alumni combine for fun tournament at Michigan Tech

The 10th annual Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational took place last weekend as part of Michigan Technological University's (MTU) Winter Carnival. The tournament consisted of two main brackets, one of twelve alumni teams and one of six student teams. Games started at 8:30 a.m. with the final ...

Consulting from Copper Country

HOUGHTON — It may be a little-known company on the street, but Monte Consulting was formed in 2001 by Matt Monte, whose website states that in those years, the company has developed innovative solutions that help its clients meet and exceed their business goals. “The work that we do is ...