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Public service agencies gear up for Christmas

Local public service agencies are gearing up for their Christmas celebrations, events and programs, and here’s a brief overview of what’s going on. Salvation Army Leonita Schweigert, Salvation Army corps administrator, said the organization is getting ready for its toy distribution ...

The Quincy mine faces hard times

By the end of the 1920s, very few mines in Michigan’s Copper Country were still operating. On the hill above Hancock, the Quincy mine had truly fallen on hard times, and general manager Charles Lawton was doing everything in his power – and imagination – to avoid shutting the mine and ...

KBIC selling tobacco

HOUGHTON – Warrants were issued for two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members for transporting tobacco to the reservation as part of their jobs last year, according to a press release the tribe issued Tuesday. KBIC declined to name the individuals involved in the matter. “KBIC takes ...

Petting zoo a place for healing: Veterans continue serving community

BARAGA - About eight years ago, Diane and Pete Morin decided they would like to have some sort of facility for housing animals, which they could present to the public. "We just wanted a little petting zoo," Diane said. What they created was Pete's Petting Zoo in Baraga, which Morin ...

The effects of decline in the Copper Country: Part II

The Lake Superior copper district strike of 1913-14 had created some attitude changes throughout the Copper Country due in part, perhaps, to the economic hardships the eight-month strike had caused. While a variety of industries existed in the district, each was dependent on mining in some way ...

Climate Science Cafe seeks climate solutions

HANCOCK - In the first two installments, the monthly Climate Science Cafe events talked about predictions for climate change and its causes. Thursday, the group discussed potential solutions. The ideas the crowd came up with will be discussed further at the final session next month.Based on the ...

The effects of decline in the Copper Country

The Lake Superior copper district strike of 1913-14 had created some attitude changes throughout the Copper Country due in part, perhaps, to the economic hardships the eight-month strike had caused. While a variety of industries existed in the district, each was dependent on mining in some way ...

Halloween activities for all ages in the Copper Country

HOUGHTON - Boo! Halloween is more popular than ever. Here are a few ways to celebrate in the Copper Country.SaturdayMichigan Technological University Film Board is showing "Suicide Squad" at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 2;30 and 5;30 p.m. Sunday in Fisher Hall 135. Tickets ...

Lions International helping the blind and visually impaired

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comLions Clubs International has a long history of serving the needs of communities, locally and around the world. Founded in Illinois in 1917, by Melvin Jones, in just under a century Lions International has grown to more than 46,000 clubs in 200 ...

Those who won and those who lost

The labor strike that began in the Michigan copper district on July 23, 1913 with two days of violence and rioting ended quietly on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1914. Calumet local alone of the five locals, voted to fight on.On the surface, history records that the Western Federation of Miners lost ...

Keweenaw Young Professionals group reaches milestone

HANCOCK - The Keweenaw Young Professionals group has reached the next stage of its evolution, becoming a nonprofit group and launching a membership plan. Despite the name, Keweenaw Young Professionals has no age limit, said president Amanda McConnon. However, the events are geared towards ...

Talking books help those with physical disabilities

HOUGHTON - It's obvious that books on tape are an important technology for people who are blind or visually impaired, but they can also help people with certain physical disabilities who might have trouble turning the pages of a book, according to Dillion Geshel.Geshel, who is director of the ...

A Christmas party that would live on forever

The tragedy at the Italian Hall on Christmas Eve, 1913, left residents of the Copper Country and other mining districts across the country in shock. Residents along the Lake Superior copper range would receive another shock the same night the tragedy occurred, however.As news of the event ...

Stem cell therapy helps local stroke, MS patients

HOUGHTON - Stem cells are offering hope to many with debilitating conditions, including two Calumet residents who hope to benefit from new therapies using their own cells.Mike Bausano suffered a stroke on Aug. 1 due to dislodged plaque that traveled to his brain, after Marquette doctors placed ...

Making wishes come true

For the GazetteWhat started as granting a wish to 7-year-old Chris Greicius has become the world-wide Make-A-Wish foundation. Greicius, who had leukemia, yearned to be a Police Officer to catch 'bad guys' in Arizona.Greicius passed away before his 8 birthday, but US Customs Agent Tommy Austin ...

MTU lecturer helping others after her death

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - Elaine Loughead knows her daughter's death didn't need to happen.But she takes some solace in the fact that by donating her body to science, Michele Loughead can make sure other people with the same disease can have a better outcome."That's the ...

Copper Country Commercial Club investigates the strike

Part TwoWhen the Copper Country Commercial Club published the report of is investigation of the Strike of 1913, it came as no surprise that it was biased toward the mining companies. A large part of that, however, was because when invited to do so, the Western Federation of Miners refused to ...

Strike violence intensifies

While there were thousands of men throughout the Copper Country who had joined the Western Federation of Miners and were in favor of the strike in 1913, there were also thousands who had not joined, did not want to strike, and wanted nothing to do with the union or its members.The first two ...

Isle Royale calls for fiscal, moral responsibility

The wolves of Isle Royale are disappearing, and there is an ongoing debate about what should or can be done about it. In animal rights issues like this, what is right or responsible is often set up against with what is economically sound. According to Wayne Pacelle, president of the ...

Student band works to embrace the 80s, give back to community

CALUMET - It may seem strange, but there is a group of Washington Middle School students who actually enjoy 1980s rock and popular music, so much so they added some songs from the decade to the playlist for their band, Blue Express.Julie Baccus, site coordinator for the BHK Child Development ...