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Keeping the emergency department smooth

A hospital's Emergency Department (ED) has to be a well-oiled machine and, as the Emergency Department Coordinator at UP Health System-Portage (UPHS-Portage), Alecyn Sintkowski is the one who oils it. “I started at Portage as a Nursing Supervisor in 2010,” said Sintkowski. As a ...

Baraga’s got talent: County fair talent show fun for everyone

PELKIE - The young and young-at-heart took the stage to display their skills at the Baraga County Fair talent show, “Baraga's Got Talent” on Sunday. Of the eight contestants, the senior competitor was 67-year-old Linda Kinnunen. Kinnunen read from her collection of essays, “Memories of ...

Capitalism’s Import: Mining Frontier Company Stores

If Charles Brush wanted to sell miners’ supplies at his sutler’s store at Fort Wilkins, to clothe, feed, and equip miners and prospectors, it only made John Hays’ job that much easier. Hays, who was the agent of the Pittsburgh and Boston Copper Harbor Mining Company, was directing mining ...

Curly Weighs In

I was being dragged across the wood chip floored arena by an 1100 pound steer but I wasn't afraid. I was embarrassed and ticked off. Curly was misbehaving at the worst time. It was the UP State Fair. I was 9 years old and wearing borrowed cowboy boots and belt buckle. We had practiced at our ...

Take your time: Grieving is hard to do when your heart feels broken and lost

People often say they feel lost after the death of a loved one. Even though this can feel strange and confusing, this is a normal and natural response to loss because people we love are literally a part of us. Many systems in our body and mind are affected by those we love including our heart ...

Future fair fun: New and update attractions helped fair attendance

ONTONAGON — What better way to spend a summer weekend than a trip to the fair to enjoy deep fried treats, cute farm animals, competitions and taking a spin on a carnival ride? The Ontonagon County Fair has seen dwindling participation in recent years, only to abruptly reverse course this ...

‘Big Latch On’ invites nursing moms to gather together

HANCOCK — All nursing moms are invited to join in the 2018 “Big Latch On,” a synchronized community breastfeeding event this Saturday, at the Jutila Center in Hancock. The Big Latch On takes place at 10:30 a.m. and gives moms the chance to meet with other moms and help break the world ...

“Mind-Body Connection: Exercise for Better Mental Health”

When I was in my final year of college I was doing the sorts of things all my classmates were: finishing final requirements for my degree and thinking (and worrying) about getting a job. I was also planning my wedding and a cross country move. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and was having ...

Well check: Water testing important after floods

HANCOCK — Events such as the July 17 flood or the subsequent smaller rain events can harm water quality, making testing water sources important. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department offered free well testing for areas affected by the flood. As of Tuesday, 462 wells had been ...

On Golden Lake

Photo provided by David Storm Lake Superior at McLain State Park, normally a brilliant blue, turned absolutely golden during Thursday evening’s sunset.

Sewing for Juniors: Teaching an art form to children to hold onto tradition

In a world where most things are automatic and technology is instant, a quilting program is holding onto long-lost traditions while teaching today’s youth about the importance of making something from scratch. The Portage Quilt House (PQH) welcomes kids all around the Copper Country to ...

Checking up: Promoting well-child visits good for healthy kids, futures

HOUGHTON — Many kids in the Upper Peninsula are not getting regular checkups, particularly as they get older. Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) and Upper Peninsula Health Group (UPHG) are trying to improve those numbers. The resulting Healthy Kids, Health Futures campaign is a U.P.-wide ...

Training: Dial Help offers residents crisis intervention training at PLDL

HOUGHTON — This past Saturday, Dial Help of Houghton conducted a training session of sorts on crisis intervention at the Portage Lake District Library. This was the third time that Dial Help had put on the training. The last time they held it was last year. They also plan to run another in ...

Fort Wilkins’ wife talks about life in Copper Harbor

COPPER HARBOR — In 1869, Copper Harbor was a bustling little settlement, that depended on commerce for its livelihood. That commerce was threatened the following year, however, when the War Dept. decided Fort Wilkins would be de-garrisoned in August, 1870. Compounding that was the closure of ...

Assistance: Pet therapy is a happy addition to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

CALUMET — Animal-assisted therapy is gaining popularity — and value — across the country. According the Mayo Clinic, Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities, Mayo Clinic ...

Carmen comes to Rozsa Center

Charles Eshbach/For the Gazette The opera “Carmen,” which had a performance Thursday evening at the Rozsa Center, will have a return engagement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets available at the door. For more details, go to pmmf.org.

Living legacy: Jim Koski continues to help community, 13 years after death

ONTONAGON — When 35-year-old Jim Koski died in a motorcycle accident in 2005 his friends and family lost both a loved one and a tradition. “He was just a real likable guy if you ever met him and hung out with him you’d certainly remember,” said his friend Dave Hermanson. With Koski ...

Brick by Brick

Recently we attended, for the third year in a row, the Brickworld Lego convention in Chicago. We packed up two cars - yes two cars - to head down. We had three massive Lego creations to take down and display: the Evil Lair of Ayn Sidious (30,000 pieces), a Ninja Castle (1,000 pieces), and our ...

T-storm tournament and playing hookie for Solstice brookies

I have a pretty decent library of fishing books that get read and re-read during the winter for the four Rs: reference, relaxation, research and romance. But from Opening Day of trout season to closing day, I read brooks, not  books. Except last weekend when the thunderstorms and monsoon ...