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Just another day in paradise for Seppo Makinen

In February of 2010, the eyes of the world focused on the small town of Whistler, British Columbia.  As Olympic athletes flew down a wild, off-camber ski run, I thought to myself “Seppo would be proud.” One day, while living in Whistler, I stumbled across a plaque high upon Whistler ...

How to make changes over course of new year

Is there something you would like to change? The New Year is a common time for people to set new goals like losing weight, quitting a habit, or getting into better shape. Last January, I decided I wanted to get leaner, so I set a weight and strength goal I wanted to reach by the end of the ...

Planet-friendly eating is eating plant-based food

MARQUETTE — With the new year coming up, many people may be looking to turn over a new leaf with their eating habits or adopt more planet-friendly practices. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to improve both your health and the planet’s health by shifting your food choices toward ...

Children in need: 31 Backpacks finding ways to help young people

The holidays are a time when are thankful for things that are usually taken for granted, like having enough food. Being grateful for one's own good fortune should also serve as a reminder that this is one of the hardest times of year for in-need families.  One reason for this is that ...

FBI probes death on KBIC reservation

The FBI has confirmed a law enforcement investigation is ongoing into the weekend death of Lisa Kinnunen, 48, of Baraga County. Because the death occurred on an American Indian reservation, the FBI is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) ...

Frontier life was never comfortable for anyone

Life on the Lake Superior frontier copper district was not romantic or simple by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was brutal, seldom merciful, and not everyone survived. While there were physicians in the region, medical knowledge and technology were limited to the time, and ...

Finding your hygge can really help at this time of year

With the colder weather and snow setting in, and the sun setting so seemingly early, I have been devouring books like crazy. In the last month, I have read eight books for pleasure, and three novels in my classes. My book club recently read the book, “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish ...

Old-fashioned: Houghton bringing back Victorian Christmas

HOUGHTON — From Christmas cards to Santa Claus, much of what people associate with a traditional Christmas came from the Victorians. Houghton will celebrate that epochal era for the holiday with its own Victorian Christmas on Dec. 15, when it holds its second annual Victorian Christmas. ...

Fresh horses: Garth Brooks tribute band in concert

Fresh Horses, a Garth Brooks tribute band, will be bringing country music hits and charm to the Calumet Theater this weekend with one performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Les Smith, the front-man for Fresh Horses, is a long-time Garth Brooks fan and has seen him live in concert many ...

Fear of food shortage becomes reality

The Lake Superior mining district communities were very frail frontier establishments in the 1840s. Their only lifeline was Lake Superior which then, like now, was prone to violent temper tantrums. Severe storms on the Lake during late spring, and throughout summer, were not a cause for alarm, ...

Hard Thing Rule will help raise kids who won’t quit

The best indicator of success in life is not talent or test scores. The best indicator falls under a term often refered to as “grit.” Grit is resilience, stick-to-it-iveness and pushing past quitting points. Angela Duckworth’s brief definition of grit is simply: “Perseverance and ...

Managing holiday stress is by no means easy

As a child, the holiday season was magical. Memories of the goodies baking, cutting a tree, and watching the annual holiday cartoons are still fresh. I know that I never slept on Christmas Eve because I was listening for jingle bells, footsteps on the roof and that infamous red-nose sighting ...

Better space: Life Outreach Center has a new home

This post has been edited to correct the center's hours. The Life Outreach Center, a community resource for new and expecting mothers, has recently moved from its previous location on Sheldon Avenue in Houghton to Quincy Street in Hancock. There were a number of reasons that the previous ...

A book for dealing with cravings that everyone has daily

L’ANSE — Students and adults in Baraga County had the opportunity to learn about cravings of all kinds from Robb Johnston, who read his newest book, “Craves.” The book explains how everyone gets cravings for different things and depicts them as a little creature that follows each ...

Financial help: Hancock students get unexpected treat

On Tuesday, Hancock High School (HCH) seniors in Brian Irizarry's personal finance class had a bit of a change of pace thanks to guest speaker Fouad Catrib. “I'm basically just trying to give them a little bit of insight about what it's like owning a business,” Catrib said before ...

One investor revolutionized American copper markets

It is difficult to say with certainty whether he meant to do it or if, as a result of his natural drive and genius for business, it was just a case of one thing leading to another along a path only he could see. With Curtis Grubb Hussey, one can never really know for sure. What started out as ...

Not ready for son’s double-digit birthday

In a few short days, my baby will be turning ten years old. I am not ready for him to be hitting double digits. I was not ready for the permission slip that came home about the puberty talk. I am not ready for him to go to middle school. The problem is not at all with him, but with Mom. Mom ...

Stop the Stigma: Suicide Prevention in the Keweenaw

Suicide. It’s an uncomfortable topic, but why? With Suicide being the second leading cause of death of Americans aged 10-34, why aren’t we talking about it? Suicide rates are on the rise and it is time to stop the stigma of suicide and start talking about it. In our community alone, ...

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 ...

Puppy Mushers: New club at Tech will race in CopperDog

This post has been corrected to reflect that Claire Hendricks is the club's vice president, and Adam Schmidt is the president. Also the proper name of the club is the Mushing Club at Michigan Tech. TAPIOLA — Michigan Technological University (MTU) is now host to the only university-based dog ...