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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 ...

Wars and destitution drove settlement of copper district

Like nearly every other European immigrant, the German people were just sick of wars, the devastation they caused, the poverty, starvation, and disease they left in their wake, and being conscripted to fight in those wars for the goals and ambitions of some emperor or king. Like the Irish, the ...

Your financial adviser can do some ‘life coaching’

Life coaches – not surprisingly – strive to improve the quality of life of their clients. And financial professionals essentially embrace the same mission. So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some “coaching” as you work toward all your important ...

How do you know when you need to get help

“Let’s take care of it,” my 93-year-old Dad likes to say when a challenge comes along. Those words, along with his encouragement, motivated me to meet many challenges over the years. Like most folks of the Greatest Generation, my World War II veteran father did much, propelled by a ...

Bloody Sunday and stumbling on a pen pal

The children ran down the sidewalk waiving to our van.  Then, at the last sidewalk painted in the union jack's red, white and blue they stopped. They stood waiving and smiling. Murals on nearby walls read “no surrender” and “still under siege.” On Wednesday, a radio trivia question ...

Building resiliency and leadership skills in youth

Now that the winter season is fully upon us and our snow days have begun to quickly pile up, you may begin to hear some common phrases that have been uttered by teenagers for generations. It usually goes something along the lines of, “I’m bored!” or “There is nothing to do around ...

Education 4 Alvin

HANCOCK — A Finlandia University trip to Tanzania may lead to a Tanzanian student being able to study in America. Last year, Finlandia University student Logan Moore went on the university’s annual Service and Learning in Tanzania program. After a safari, the group went to the Kisarawe ...

English caused Irish to come to the copper district

Along with Cornish immigrants to the Lake Superior copper district came thousands of Irish. Whatever grievances the Cornish had against the English crown and its church, it was nothing compared to what the Irish suffered. For the Irish, it had begun centuries before, and devasted the Emerald ...

A discussion of the amount of waste in our lives

Don’t worry this isn’t another column about weight loss as in a waist is a terrible thing to mind, but rather on waste, how we waste money, time, and things every day. I discovered that my new bank in Northern Lower Michigan has what I call a double fee, I used an ATM that wasn’t theirs, ...

Blood donations urgently sought in UP

HANCOCK - Donate a pint of blood in January at the UP Health System-Hancock Blood Center and get a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard at Culver's in Houghton.  Blood donations of all types are needed across the Upper Peninsula. "We're doing OK right now compared to previous years," ...

A discussion of race

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Junior Day. The national holiday celebrates the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), a prominent twentieth century civil rights activist. The holiday commemorates his birthday on Jan. 15, but is traditionally celebrated on the ...