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Having fun at hospital: UP Health Systems holds Health and Safety Fair

HANCOCK — Most visitors to the operating room come under stress or under sedation. UP Helath Systems — Portage hospital swung the doors open for that and dozens of other services at Saturday’s 10th annual Health and Safety Fair. They were on track Saturday to be a little over the ...

At Zingerman’s Deli

Several years ago, I was on a visit to Ann Arbor, where my two older sons were students at the University of Michigan. The first words I heard them utter were: “Dad, let’s go to Zingerman’s.” The Zingerman’s Delicatessen, they meant, the one established in 1982. The line was ...

Understanding Trauma’s Impact

Life was ideal until I was a first grader in a small school where I became the target of a fourth grade bully. Our teacher passively permitted the bully’s daily torment of words and physical intimidation. I could not understand why my friends joined in. He ordered them to call him, ...

Day of remembrance: Memorial Day is far more than cookouts

Marshall Frederick Kipina grew up in a community that was no stranger to war. Kipina was born on Dec. 18, 1944, two days after the attack of the American lines in Belgium that began the Battle of the Bulge. He was in first grade when the United States entered the Korean conflict, the ...

‘You’re leaving the area?’

In the last couple of columns, I hinted that something big was coming. Last month I talked about how my youngest child is leaving the nest, becoming an adult and becoming her own person. With an empty nest in every corner of my world where three little girls giggled, played, fought, and even ...

Lake Superior Ojibway losses highest with treaty

The acting treaty agent at La Pointe, Robert Stuart, displayed no desire for talks with the Ojibway chiefs as he laid the conditions on which they could either sell their lands or have the government take them. The negotiations lasted just three days, concluding on Oct. 4, 1842. The only ...

Kauppi enjoys Keweenaw business life

COPPER HARBOR — Peggy Kauppi has owned the Mariner North in Copper Harbor for nearly 41 years. While most people in business that long start to think about slowing down or retiring, Kauppi is working to expand business in her area. Kauppi bought the Mariner North as a result of her and her ...

Future Husky’s first goal

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette Michigan Technological University defenseman Cooper Watson attempts to stop a shot from one of the children at Thursday’s Spring Hockey Carnival at the MacInnes Ice Arena Thursday.

Weathering the storm: on-the-ground reporting key

HOUGHTON — While no storm chasing is necessary, Upper Peninsula residents form an important part of weather monitoring and storm response. “We're not expecting people to get out and chase storms, wait for them to come to you,” said Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist for the ...

A window into art: Free Comic Book Day a big hit at Black Ice Comics

HOUGHTON — Last Saturday was National Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), which is intended to help bring newer fans into the fantastical worlds that writers and artists create on an often-monthly basis. Titles from publishing giants like Marvel and DC were on display alongside smaller, independent ...

Treaty talks began at La Pointe

It was a ridiculous time of year to demand a council. It was the season of gathering rice, and harvesting, and food gathering in preparation for the winter. It is likely why Robert Stuart chose this time to call the Ojibway chiefs of the south shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota Territory, and ...

Community-Supported Ag: Farmers use CSA to get back to roots

CALUMET — With young farmers looking to get a start in agriculture and locals looking for access to fresh local fruits and vegetables community-supported agriculture (CSA) farming can be a perfect match. CSA involves an investment by community members in a farm at the start of a season. In ...

A final trap from Stuart for the Ojibway

Like journalists, it is a historian’s job to remain neutral and write based only on the facts presented, found, or revealed without adding a slant one way or another. In writing on emotional issues, remaining neutral can sometimes be difficult. In history, a topic can be so one-sided, the ...

Clearing a path: It takes a village to keep North Country trail ready

BARAGA — Leaving civilization behind, hikers on the North Country Trail come for the beauty, the views, the solitude and the forests. “It’s the longest, skinniest National Park in the nation being four feet wide and 4,600 miles long, and people from all across the nation come and they ...

Filling all available space

Photo provided to the Daily Mining Gazette An aerial photo of the parking lot at the Copper Country Mall during the Daily Mining Gazette Home and Rec Expo Friday showing a nearly full parking lot between visitors and vendors. The Expo continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A little bit of Love

In one short month Bethany Love Foreman will graduate high school with honors, many evidenced at the time of this writing as she returned home from the academic awards night, with again enough certificates to make a fan; but this path started long ago. Bethany was born smiling, the last of ...

End of an era for bleachers

Daver Karnosky/Daily Mining Gazette With the tearing down of the current bleachers Thursday afternoon, construction has begun on upgrades to Sherman Field at Michigan Tech.

Ojibway stuck with unwanted business partners

It is difficult to understand the current relationship between the Ojibway in the Lake Superior copper district and the whites in the region without having something of an understanding of the fur trade, which began with the French in the 1600s. The fur trade was the cause of what white history ...

Getting Head Start: SmartStart helps ideas become businesses

HOUGHTON — Six years after its inception, the SmartZone’s SmartStart is still going strong, helping to take entrepreneurs’ ideas from a thought to a successful business. SmartStart provides the setting for entrepreneurs to create a business, going beyond books and theories, offering ...