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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 ...

MTU Mushers: Puppy club will race in CopperDog

TAPIOLA — Michigan Technological University (MTU) is now host to the only university-based dog sledding club in the country, the MTU Mushing Club. Club president Claire Hendricks said the club is open to non-students. Its main focus is getting people involved in the sport any way they ...

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 ...

Protect family against flu, community against spread

To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, UP Health System - Portage hospital is encouraging all employees, medical personnel and community members to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination ...

Finding balance: Libraries are reinventing themselves to service patrons

Despite our decreasing reliance on print material, Americans are reading more than ever. This has meant a gradually changing role for environments that have been traditionally focused on print media. One example of this is the “Making in Michigan Libraries” program.  For the past few ...

Women bore the brunt of pioneer life in Copper Country

October was a seasonal transition period that induced emotional responses in many early residents of the Lake Superior mining district. As the month progressed, the brilliantly colored leaves fell, or were blown, from the trees, creating a forlorn mood that emanated from the forest. The ...

Larry McCarron and the birth of a true Packer fan for life

If you live in the UP long enough, you will eventually be asked if you side with the Packers or the Lions. People have all kinds of reasons why they follow the teams they do. I am a Packer fan, and if you were in my shoes you would be too. I can trace my Packer birth date to a specific day: ...

Using keys to unlock mental health like a doorway

Most of us have keys to doors. If a lock stops working, or when we do not have our keys, we have a problem because we lose the power and control to get where we belong. This recently happened to me. At my home, the lock on a door started to fail and an old garage door opener stopped working. ...

Have a little Sisu: Sisu the Clown was educational and informational

Determined to bring light-hearted care to his community, Sandy Mattila took on the name “Sisu” and started clowning around. For more than 30 years from 1983 to his death in 2016, Sisu the Clown brought an irrepressible humor to the Copper Country and beyond. Before he was Sisu, Mattila ...

Teachable moment: Seventh-graders study science, engineering at Tech

HOUGHTON — Even students growing up with Michigan Technological University in their backyard might not realize what options are available for science courses. More than 100 Houghton Middle School seventh-graders got a look at ongoing projects at Tech Wednesday as part of the sixth annual ...

Ancient versus modern mining methods

In some ways, mass copper mining in the Lake Superior copper district in 1850 was not evolved much beyond what it had been 5,000 years before. When Samuel Knapp discovered the fissure vein that would become the world-famous Minesota mine in the Ontonagon district, he had discovered a huge ...

Something is brewing

This morning, when I came downstairs to make make lunches before we all headed out for our school day, I found a note on the counter from my beloved saying, “It is cold outside. Winter is coming.” We had to turn on the heat this week, and close all of the windows. To quote Mary ...

Suicide Awareness Month

Suicide is a difficult topic to discuss. There is a fear that even saying the word suicide, will plant the idea into a person’s head. On average, one person dies every seven hours by suicide in Michigan, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds in the state.There are ...

Power Plant Peek

NEGAUNEE — Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC) gave a sneak peek of the F.D. Kuester Power Generation Station in Negaunee on Wednesday. The station, sister to the A.J. Mihm station being built in Pelkie, is about 45 percent complete, according to UMERC project manager Terry ...