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Capturing surrounding beauty focus of MTU exhibit

From portraits to time traveling to the great outdoors, Michigan Technological University students show it all in the “Framed by Frames” photography exhibit hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Center in its Kerredge Gallery, which is available to view until April 28. The exhibit ...

Outdoor participation decreasing

HOUGHTON — The great outdoors is slowly losing participants creating a worrying trend for the future of parks and natural resources. The downward movement has been noted since the ’70s and continues, said George Madison, Department of Natural Resources fisheries manager for western Lake ...

Diverse Dialogues: CDI raises awareness throughout MTU campus

Michigan Technology University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) wraps up its pilot Diverse Dialogues series this month. The series is hosted by the Campus Diversity Educator, Amy Howard, as a way to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about ...

An interesting pioneer of the copper district

Throughout the more than a century of mining in the Lake Superior copper district, investors from one state often knew investors from another, and it was not at all uncommon for them to have business connections with one another, creating what we call today a network. Cyrus Mendenhall, of ...

Blinded with science

Jon Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Local children (and their parents) got an opportunity to learn about several aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from Dedicated Tech students and community members at the 20th annual Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival.

Annual fair exposes children to science

HOUGHTON — It was all about fun learning using the scientific method Thursday at the 20th annual Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival held at Michigan Technological University "Approximately 160 students from schools in the CCISD and GOISD submitted projects to the science fair on ...

Heart measure: MTU researcher develops convenient heart monitor

HOUGHTON — According to one study, more than 90 percent of U.S. medical expenses are spent on patients with chronic diseases. According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $190 billion are spent on cardiovascular disease that in many cases, patients are required to wear a heart ...

I am not a poet, and I do know it

The other day, in my office, Mr. Kangas (he agreed that I will use his name) told me that he was never a poet, but he did write a poem. I asked myself, what determines what we choose to do, what we choose to be? My story reads like a plot written by adults who conspired to convince me to ...

Express Care offers convenience and flexibility

Becoming sick or experiencing an injury that requires medical attention but doesn't warrant a trip to the emergency department is truly inconvenient. Add in the stress of waiting at a doctor’s office hoping they can fit you in, you can often feel overwhelmed and helpless.  UP ...

Calumet Drama Club takes on Agatha Christie mystery

CALUMET — The Calumet High School Drama Club is bringing an Agatha Christie classic to the stage. The group is performing “And Then There Were None” April 13-15 at the Calumet Theatre. The play takes its name from the final phrase of a nursery rhyme. The original British edition ...

Living form of art: Finlandia University students show designs, artwork

HANCOCK — The creativity of Finlandia University students was on display last week both on the walls and the runway. Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design held its annual juried exhibit and fashion show at the Finnish-American Heritage Center on March 29. It’s been a ...

Senter witnessed birth of Copper Country

As 1903 drew to an end, John Senter could sit behind his desk and gaze out the window at the wintery scene beyond his first-floor office in the Phoenix Hotel on Eagle River’s main street. Senter could look back, he could remember. He could recall the time before interior roads linked the ...

How validation can strengthen a relationship

As independent and self-reliant as many of us are and try to be, our relationships with other people are important as well. Whether those relationships are personal or professional, close or distant, relationships affect us throughout our lives. If your objective is to foster connection with ...

What happens in Saudi Arabia has local impact: former diplomat

HOUGHTON — Former diplomat Todd Holmstrom visited Michigan Technological University on Wednesday and described his perception of current events in Saudi Arabia. Holmstrom served as the U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 2014-16 and developed a relationship with Crown Prince ...

Garbage pail sounds: Turning scrap into musical instruments

HOUGHTON — One man’s trash is another man’s world-touring musical instruments. Scrap Arts Music is exactly what the band's name sounds like. Making instruments himself from industrial scrap material, Gregory Kozak is able to create unexpected sounds with his finds. The group performed ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “We Love CLK” by Isabella Kangas, a first-grade artist at CLK Elementary School.

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’

I'm a movie and television fan and have been my entire life. When I was in 10th grade, I took a film study class that simultaneously made me love and hate movies. It taught me to watch for things that were out of place such as power lines in the old west, phones, lights, or anything that ...

Smithwick and his ship formed an odd marriage

James Smithwick was a very experienced seaman who had abundant confidence in himself, and faith in the ship he skippered. Captain of “Algonquin,” his was the largest vessel in the five-ship fleet of the company. But, it was the smaller of the two American-owned ships plying the southern ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “Houses” by Emma Johnson, a kindergarten artist at Barkell Elementary School.