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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. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “New Year's Rooster” by Chloe ...

The never-changing brutality of winter

“No thought of agriculture – the cultivation of the soil thus laid bare by these sturdy pioneers,” John H. Forster wrote in describing pioneer life in the Lake Superior copper district. Forster himself was an early pioneer of the district, a prolific speaker and a prolific writer. He left ...

KHC preserves Calumet history

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Keweenaw Heritage Center came into existence in 1994 partly to preserve the former St. Anne’s Catholic Church in which it’s housed, and since then the KHC board members have also worked to research and present the history of the Calumet area, according to Jean ...

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. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Dragon” by Zach Welch, an ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Construction” by Landen Chosa, a first-grader at ...

Classic Snowmobile Lineup

Yvonne Robillard/Daily Mining Gazette An Antique Snowmobile Show and Ride attracted a line of classic machines last week in Greenland.

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. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Chinese New Year’s Dragon” by ...

MTU students teach tech to non-technical

HOUGHTON — Jillian Jacobsen started using computers about 15 years ago for her work as a dental assistant, but using a personal computer is sort of a mystery for her. “I can’t get on Yahoo,” she said. The computer she used at work had software related to dentistry, Jacobsen said, but ...

Use of ham radios growing in UP

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — It may seem unusual when there are so many forms of electronic communication available there are still people who use radios to communicate, but according to Stuart Kauppila the use of the technology is actually growing. Kauppila, who is the president of the Copper ...

Why call it ‘ham’?

According to the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio in the U.S., the meaning of ham to describe amateur radio users came about this way: “The first wireless operators were landline telegraphers who left their offices to go to sea or to man the coastal ...

Free clinics catch serious blood pressure issues

By KURT HAUGLIE khauglie@mininggazette.com High blood pressure can lead to serious health issues, such as stroke and heart problems, and the Aspirus clinics’ free blood pressure screenings are meant to alert people to possible blood pressure problems. Michele Grisolono, Aspirus ...

Bete Grise holding benefit concert

HANCOCK — The Stewards of Bete Grise Preserve are sponsoring a benefit concert Saturday to help them with their efforts to protect and maintaing the 5,000-acre site in Grant Township, according to Gina Nicholas. Nicholas, who is the chairwoman of the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District, ...

Copper Country heritage goes back to Bronze Age

As mining declined in the Lake Superior copper district, the population tended to decline along with it. The Great Depression was waning, and displaced mine workers left the area, seeking better jobs, a brighter future, and as a bonus, more reasonable climates. For those who chose to remain, ...

KSO featured in Winter Carnival matinee

HOUGHTON - The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Joel Neves, conductor, partners with Winter Carnival in a matinee pops concert featuring movie music and video game tunes this weekend. A special Winter Carnival Matinee concert titled "The Greatest Movie and Video Game Music," will be at ...

Face of copper production changes

The face of copper production had changed in the Lake Superior copper between 1915 and 1935, even if many area residents hadn’t noticed. Geological realities and new technologies were responsible for those changes. At Calumet and Hecla, geologists and engineers had figured out back in the ...

Heikinpaiva is extended this year

HANCOCK — In years past, the organizers of the Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival ended it on the last Sunday of January with a dinner and musical events. This year, David Maki, chairman of the Hancock Finnish Theme Committee, said the decision was made to extend the festivities for another ...

The Great Depression brought changes

The Lake Superior Copper Country had seen hard times since it was opened by the government in 1843. The Civil War had brought frequent labor strikes by workers demanding a higher wage for forced double shifts or extended workdays, while companies struggled to meet war-time metal demands that ...

Children hit the slopes

HANCOCK — Winter is snow recreation time in Michigan, and the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association is conducting promotions to get more people on the ski slopes, including children. The Clarkston, Michigan-based MSIA is providing a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride passport for ...

Finnish immigrants revolutionized cutover land

Logging and lumber companies had laid waste to many areas of the Copper Country, clear cutting forests and leaving behind thousands of acres of stumps, along with endless mountainous piles of boughs and branches. Like the mining companies of the era, logging companies destroyed vast tracts of ...