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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 ...

Viral coexistence takes place naturally

Wayne Smith was standing next to the window, looking outside. Years ago, he was a captain on a ferry sailing between Port Jefferson, New York, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. I could tell from the look in his eyes, dark green and curious, that he was still searching for a new horizon to conquer. ...

Some updated facts about concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a hit, blow, or jolt to the head (or body) that causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull. This rapid movement of the brain causes stretching and damage to brain cells. It’s similar to shaking an egg; the contents are still ...

Need a Lyft? Tech student 1st to offer local ride-hailing

HOUGHTON — When Kyle Ludwig interned in the Bay Area last year, drivers for ridesharing apps were omnipresent. Until now, the companies haven’t made inroads in the Copper Country. That changed with Ludwig, who recently started driving with Lyft. Ludwig, a fifth-year computer ...

Better late than never: Hancock man awarded diploma for his service to country

HANCOCK — As a 10th-grade student in 1954, Herbert Marutz thought the Navy sounded more appealing. “I had uncles that served — one in the Army, one in the Navy,” he said. “We'd been talking about it, Korea was just getting ready to end. I wasn't doing well in school - English and ...

Getting healthy: Vegan diets not easy but worth time, effort

HANCOCK — It requires some work, but a healthy vegan diet is doable, local dietitians said. Like a basic vegetarian diet, vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and honey, as well as foods containing them. Like other vegetarian diets, veganism offers health ...

Was a heart attack to blame for Albert?

In a previous episode: Albert was a 32 year old struggling salesman: his dog had died several weeks earlier; he and his girlfriend had just moved into a small rental apartment building; he could never rest because his downstairs neighbor was constantly playing the drums; and suddenly, while he ...

How does the Board of Pharmacy protect the public?

As of June 30, 2017, the Michigan Board of Pharmacy is requiring accreditation and subsequent licensing with regards to sterile compounding. This mandate affects hospitals, infusion centers and compounding pharmacies. The Michigan Board of Pharmacy has a rigid set of standards for compounding ...

The benefits of using essential oils

CHASSELL — Humans have been using extracts from various kinds of vegetation to treat various maladies, and Dr. Kemmy Taylor thinks essential oils are still important for health. Taylor, who is a practicing chiropractor with an office on U.S. 41 north of Chassell, said the quality of ...

Gardening out of love: Club formed to bring gardeners together

HOUGHTON — According to Jeannie DeClerck, the Keweenaw Garden Club is not a club in the traditional sense of the word, since there are no officers and no elections. DeClerck, who is the lead person in the group, said the KGC began in June 2013 after she moved to the area from downstate ...

Eclipse: Moon over my animals

It was Eclipse Day! After all the build-up over this rare solar event, I was looking forward to seeing what kind of impact it would have on the animals. Would the farm grow eerily quiet? Would the animals take the unexpected midday reduction of light as a sign it was time to leave their pasture ...

Fun for all ages: Geocaching has something for everyone

COPPER HARBOR — Naomi Haycock has been geocaching for 11 years, now, ever since she and her husband, Elliot, started organizing a geocaching event at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. Geocaching could be called a high-tech scavenger hunt. It involves placing geographic “points” ...

It’s like a Tuesday every day

This past month has been a very difficult month. I'm glad that the Houghton County Fair is this weekend for a much-needed bit of fun after the rather sad and depressing beginning of this month. The first week of August was the moving of my middle child to her new home for the next five years, ...

Breastfeeding can be best option: experts

Although most health-care professionals agree breastfeeding newborn babies and infants is best for the baby, some babies have trouble “latching on” to a nipple, but that’s a problem that can be fairly easily corrected. Jean Ballone, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant ...

Are you what you eat?

Jim takes expressions such as “you are what you eat” literally. In his mind, he sees a vegetarian turning into a broccoli, a pescatarian joining a school of fish, and a carnivore taking the shape of a cow grazing in a vast meadow. I am afraid that in an attempt to remain who he is, Jim will ...

Over 200 beers to be enjoyed at ninth annual Keweenaw Brewfest

HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw County Foundation Keweenaw Brewfest is in its ninth year, and according Jim Vivian, it’s a solid fundraiser for the organization. Vivian, who is KCF executive director, said there will be a lot of beers to choose from at the event. “This year, we’ll have over ...

Godfather of Americana: Bromberg headlining Porkies festival

Folk legend David Bromberg and his band will play for the first time in the Upper Peninsula as the headliners of this weekend's 13th annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival. Called the godfather of Americana, the 71-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter has been honing his ...