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Dam Jam: Bands take stage today at Calumet Lions Park

CALUMET — The Dam Jam fundraising music festival is returning to Calumet again this year, and once again will take place Saturday from noon until midnight at the Calumet Lion’s Park. Josh Mortti, one of the event’s organizers, said this year’s music festival will include 25 bands ...

Birds she’s seen, she paints

ONTONAGON — When Tammy Santti-Kero was growing up in Pelkie, her family had several birds as pets, so it’s logical she would choose birds as subjects for her art. Santti-Kero has an exhibit called “Birds I’ve Seen” at the Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Art Center ...

30 years out of high school? How’d that happen?

I really wanted to break out the yearbooks and dig out the class colors, class song, and everything else 1987 for this column; but I decided to see if the memory of a 47- soon to be 48-year-old man would be good enough. Thirty years; how in the heck has thirty years come and gone so fast? ...

Fun Run: Baraga-area nurse inspired people to live healthy lifestyle

L’ANSE — For Denise Marth, wellness involved eating well, exercising and having support of family, friends and community, sccording to Gordette Cote Leutz. “She committed her life to holistic medicine and healing,” said Cote Leutz, who is the executive director of the Baraga County ...

Murphy’s Law With Medical Emergencies

Anyone who’s ever tried to plan an event knows how fast an emergency can happen. Whether it’s a big event, like your son or daughter’s wedding, or small event, like taking your family to the beach for the afternoon, unexpected “emergencies” always have the opportunity to ...

New Bake-Off this year

After a disappointing turn of events for last year’s Pasty Fest bake-off due to an unexpected storm, Main Street Calumet has decided to change the rules a bit and will open up the event to the public more so than ever. In past years, the Pasty Fest bake-off has been set up with three ...

Europe is a dis-Union when it comes to place of pasty’s origin

It may be said that every notable thing about the Copper Country except for the copper was brought here from somewhere else, with the pasty being a notable example. A delicacy of the Upper Peninsula, virtually unknown below the bridge, this delicious and nutritious one-course meal is believed ...

Chauncer waxed poetic with bad rhyme on pasty

An Upper Peninsula delicacy introduced to the region by Cornish immigrants in the 1840s, the pasty has a history extending to the Medieval period of Britain. The first mention of the pasty in literature is found in Geoffry Chaucer’s 13th century “Canturbury Tales,” in which he ...

Keweenaw Time Traveler: Website takes users back to early Copper Country

HOUGHTON — It is now possible to see historic documents and photographs of a specific location and compare them with current samples with the click of a computer mouse thanks to the Keweenaw Time Traveler. Don Lafreniere, Michigan Technological University assistant professor of historical ...

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Emu-Style

A while back I promised updates from Tanglewood Farm when warranted. I suppose the continuing domestic strife between Satchemu and his mate, Dolly, justifies that promise. In case you’re new to Tales from Tanglewood, I have a farm which is the animal equivalent of the Isle of Misfit Toys. ...

Allergy Certification

HOUGHTON — It may seem ironic that a person who has a serious fish and shell fish allergy would own a seafood restaurant, but Alan Kiley said as long as he’s careful, it’s not a problem for him. Kiley, who owns Joey’s Seafood & Grill on Shelden Avenue in Houghton, said he’s also ...

Birding Prime Time in Keweenaw

HOUGHTON — For people who like to watch birds as a hobby, or even those who are only slightly interested in them, the Copper Country is an excellent place to do that, according to local avid birders. Bonnie Hay, who is a member of the Gratiot Lake Conservancy, said many species of birds ...

Copper Country bids goodbye to 3 icons

In the years before and during the Second World War, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal packages transformed the Copper Country in many ways. While the Work Projects Administration and the other programs modernized existing Copper Country roads and built new ones, along with roadside ...

Remembering a brother in arms

HUBBELL — Doug Johnson’s military career includes the United States Navy during World War II, and the U.S. Army after the war, and it’s experience in the army that’s most memorable for him. Johnson, who is 91 years old and grew up in Swedetown near Calumet, said he worked at a company ...

New economy in post-war Copper Country

While post-war travelers enjoyed the unbridled splendor of the Copper Country, Ocha Potter, president of the Copper Country Vacationist League, could not alone claim credit for new and improved roads, roadside parks and other projects that transformed the region into a premier vacation ...

Experience the Keweenaw

This Memorial Day weekend, many people in the Copper Country will be outdoors, and the people at the Portage Health Foundation have organized many activities to make the weekend fun and healthy. Kevin Store, PHF executive director, said the Foundation in partnership with other groups and ...

One man’s vision expands the Copper Country

As the Copper Country began to climb out of the Great Depression in 1936, it emerged with a more diverse economy than when the depression began. Funded largely by federal programs, in less than three years, the Copper Country appeared on the national scene as one of America’s premier tourist ...

Quit the Sit: Short activity doses are beneficial

LAURIUM — The weather is finally getting nice, and according to Jenn Jenich-Laplander, it’s a good time for women to get active, which is one of the suggestions to be presented at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Quit the Sit presentation. Jenich Laplander, AKH Aspiring Women coordinator, ...

Time to take time-travel trip to save Romeo

Some love scenes will never die: Romeo was charmed in the ballroom, enchanted beneath the balcony, and heartbroken in the crypt. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo fell for Juliet. “Did my heart love till now?” he asked. And his answer, referring to Juliet, immediately followed: ...

Joint and Muscle Pain Awareness

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or just looking to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, joint and muscle pain can limit your abilities. Often, it is hard to know what is considered normal aches and pains for your age, or if something is happening that deserves professional ...