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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 ...

Giving hope: Day of Hope raises spirits for cancer survivors

HOUGHTON — Whether you’re a survivor, family member, caregiver or neighbor, events like the Day of Hope are important, said cancer survivor Mary Zanoni. “Cancer is hard, and we need hope,” she said. The American Cancer Society event was held Aug. 18 at the Rozsa Center. This was ...

Falling advice: Aspirius spends evening talking to seniors about falling safely

CALUMET — “I’m a faller,” Julie Sweitz of Hancock said. She’s fallen more than half a dozen times, sometimes tripping or stumbling over an edge, something on the floor or during an activity like bowling. With one total-knee replacement and problems developing in the other knee now, ...

Doing good things: AmeriCorps receives new round of funding

HOUGHTON — Superior AmeriCorps will keep going for at least another three years after its fiscal agency, BHK Child Development Center, recently received another round of federal funding to continue the program. The local program is one of the oldest in Michigan, having operated since 1997. ...

Culture camping: Wild rice camp returns next weekend

Manoomin (Wild Rice) Camp is returning this year, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but this time will be preceded by a Manoomin Cultural Camp that begins on Aug. 29, in response to requests for more preparation time. The cultural camp will include native teachings, stories and crafts including the ...

Multiple mistakes forced end of Lake Superior company

Charles Gratiot and John Hays were, to be blunt, the pioneers of mining in the Lake Superior copper district. They were the first to explore for mineral veins, agents of the first organized mining companies, the first to bring teams of miners into the region, and the first to engage in ...

Missing early onset of hoodie weather

One of the things you can be guaranteed in the U.P., (even on the Fourth of July), is that when the sun goes down the hoodie goes on. I attended many of the July 3 fireworks over the years and took it for granted that I'd have to either wrap up in a blanket or put on a hoodie. In 1991, I ...

Service Oriented: Jensen Case Management holds discussion on elderly services

Last Thursday, the Portage Lake District Library hosted a presentation from Jensen Case Management LLC on the services that they offer elderly individuals and their families in finding the resources that they need to live “as independent a life as possible.”  “This is a great place for ...