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Concerned for grandchild’s health; present mother with facts

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Dear Annie: My 32-year-old daughter is not watching my 10-year-old grandson’s diet and is allowing him to become overweight. When I brought it up, she replied in a very defensive manner that she does not want him to be self-conscious or concerned about how he looks. I was taken aback by this ...

Making money as a child in the 1950s in Houghton

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Growing up in the 50s, there were always a lot of ways for a kid to make money. Seasonal gigs like snow shoveling, mowing lawns, gardening, window washing and even thimbleberry picking provided more than just pocket change. My early clients included, Mrs. Frimodig, Ms. Irene Prisk, Mr. Carlos ...

Houghton holds budget meeting

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council likely wrapped up its budget meetings Wednesday, as City Manager Eric Waara ran through the parking, water, sewer, equipment and employee benefit funds. Employee benefit, previously planned to be raised by 2%, was instead raised by 5%. In recent years, ...

When records and patient memory differ, it’s best to revaccinate

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female. I am current on all vaccines, but I do have a question about the pneumococcal vaccine. My current physician recommends that I get one. I thought that I had gotten that vaccine a few years ago from my physician who retired. We are unable to find in ...

Parts of original Mackinac Bridge steel placed on auction

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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — History lovers have a chance to own pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge with parts of the bridge’s steel grating placed on auction. Barrels that weigh about 470 pounds and contain around 140 pieces of grating are on sale until May 18 when the auction closes. ...

New career path: Cici the KSNAG alum moves from rescue to greeter

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The Keweenaw Spay and Neuter Assistance Group (KSNAG)’s mission is to assist local families with surgery costs those families could not otherwise afford. They also help rescued cats find new, loving homes. Cici, one of the more popular rescues KSNAG has had in recent years, has found a new ...

State funding has fallen short for mental health for years

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HOUGHTON — In a recent press release, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, “I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan.” In her 12-point proclamation, the governor went on to say that “all individuals can experience times ...

Michigan court: Call to UP police was a terrorist threat

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DETROIT — The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of a man who was charged under an anti-terrorism law when he called a sheriff’s office and said it was going to be “hashtag Las Vegas” if he didn’t get money for a workplace injury, just days after that city experienced ...

Hancock considers construction projects in next several months

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HANCOCK — The City Council held their meeting for May on Wednesday, dealing with everything from energy to the capital improvement plan. Construction and improvement were the opening topics of discussion, as the city received a note from SEMCO Energy, informing the city and its residents ...

Boyfriend sexting other women; dump the chump

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Dear Annie: I’ve been with the same guy for three years. At first, he was incredibly thoughtful and sweet. Over time, I’ve grown frustrated with how unaffectionate he is. Getting him to express his love feels like trying to wring juice from a dried-out lemon. And he’s never introduced me ...

Are two vaccines better than one when it comes to COVID-19?

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine. When the crush relents, would you see any difficulty in adding the J&J vaccine at my own expense? It seems that the different vaccines vary in how they protect against different strains, and ...

Pier project to go at full scale

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HOUGHTON — Houghton’s pier project will move ahead without needing to be scaled down. At a special meeting Wednesday, the City Council approved additional matching funds of $408,550 to go with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s extra $1,225,650 of grant money. That brings the ...

Aspirus Health shares safety tips for contact lens wearers

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LAURIUM — If you wear contact lenses, when was the last time you replaced the lens storage case? Has it been longer than 90 days? Do you ever wear your contact lenses while taking a shower or sleep with them in? Wearing contacts can make seeing the world in 20/20 vision comfortable and ...

Help is available; you should not have to live in fear

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Dear Annie: My husband and l have been married for 22 years. When we first married, it was young love. But throughout our marriage, he has been adulterous and abusive toward me, physically and verbally. I have a disability and have a hard time defending myself. He has choked me and held a knife ...

Local official says local discussion on mental health is needed now

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KEWEENAW COUNTY — This past weekend, Sheriff deputies responded to a young person who had driven a vehicle into a stand of trees in an unidentified location at nearly 100 miles per hour, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office social media page. The post stated the cause of the crash ...

Ear-popping jaw pain stems from TMJ; not uncommon

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen several doctors for my TMJ: my primary doctor and dentist, an ear nose and throat doctor, the dental hygienist and also “ask Google.” I am a 73-year-old female and have had this problem on the left side of my face for at least a couple of years. It started ...