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African American Michigan: The 1980s and 90s in Detroit

Editor’s note: This story is the seventh in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. This is also the second of a two-part look at how drugs became pervasive in Detroit in the mid-to-late 1980s. In Detroit, which is home to the majority of Michigan’s Black population, the ...

Latest technology failed to find plane from 1968 crash

REDRIDGE -- Missing planes last seen over Lake Superior are not uncommon.  In fact, there are several reports of such cases, partially earning the big lake the nickname of the “Great Lakes Triangle.” Of course, that also covers the four other lakes. Lake Michigan has recorded the most ...

The Battle of Gettysburg: Day Two and the 16th Michigan

On July 2, the second day of battle, the Union troops under General George Meade had successfully dug in along the most defensible positions on the field. A cautious Meade dared an overconfident General Robert E. Lee to attack him. On the first day, Lee had attacked the Union left and tried ...

The Battle of Gettysburg: Day One and the 24th Michigan Infantry

On the first day of battle, July 1, Union Cavalry General John Buford had taken a defensive position early in the day. With only two brigades of cavalry, Buford was able to hold off against a Confederate division under General Heth until Union General John Reynold’s 1st Corps of infantry ...

Location of NCAR plane still unknown

REDRIDGE — It’s a mystery that has baffled authorities for more than a half century. But the 1968 case of a missing National Center for Atmospheric Research plane remains no closer to being solved than it was that long-ago sunny October day. A crew of three NCAR researchers made radio ...

The Battle of Gettysburg: Prelude to the fight

Editor’s note: This story serves as the introduction to our coverage of important moments in both the American struggle for independence and the Civil War as significant dates overlap. This week, 157 years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought. The Battle of Gettysburg was not only the ...

Importance of voting, running for local offices

“I’ll see you in November,” is phrase coming up more and more in U.S. politics as election season comes around again. The U.S. presidential election is not the only race voters should be interested in. Every voter has an interest in state and local level governments, too. Whitehouse.gov ...

The condition Blacks found themselves in during the 1980s

Editor’s note: This story is the sixth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. This is also the first of a two-part look at how drugs became pervasive in Detroit in the mid-to-late 1980s. The late 1980s and 1990s was a very tumultuous time in Detroit, also known as America’s ...

Pets receive blessing

HOUGHTON — Swift’s True Value in Houghton held its inaugural Blessing of the Pets Saturday. Retired Rev. Jeff Paulson, an employee at Swift True Value Hardware, delivered the blessings. A Michigan Technological University alumnus, he had been a United Methodist “transformational ...

Secret tool for suffrage: Cookbooks revealed women’s secret world

To put it bluntly, history too often tends to be gender-biased. Historians will focus on wars, battles, industries, or some other aspect of life of which women were largely excluded. History, like life, was gender-biased. Because of this, historical sources regarding the roles of women in 18th, ...

Distinction: Difference exists between protestors, rioters

Protests and riots have organized and are taking place all over the country over the past week and into the unforeseeable future, following the killing of George Floyd. Who are the protesters, who are the rioters, and what are the goals of each? On May 25, an African American man, George ...

Black Lives Matter: No hate group, but a fighting movement

The oppression of African Americans by various police departments and courts around the nation is well documented, and in recent years, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has been a voice trying to bring equality to the American justice system. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, is but ...

Horizons principal recognized by staff, honored by state

MOHAWK — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School District’s Horizons High School Principal, Joel Asiala, has been named Michigan Alternative Education Organization’s 2020 Administrator of the Year. He was nominated by his entire teaching staff, who felt unanimously compelled, due to the many ...

Sheriff has it pretty good now

EAGLE RIVER — The May 28 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette contained two articles that discussed the new Keweenaw County Sheriff and the new undersheriff. To fulfill their duties to the residents of Keweenaw County, the Sheriff’s Office relies on a full staff of deputies capable of ...

African American Michigan: Insurgence of the century

Editor’s note: This story is the fifth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. One of the most tumultuous times for the advancement of African Americans in U.S. society was from 1954 to 1968, or the Civil Rights Movement. The American Civil War had been roughly 100 years ago, ...

Father of Decoration Day was changed by the war

War changes people. John Alexander Logan was among them. Logan was born in the pro-slavery region of southwest Illinois, in Jackson County in 1826. Logan’s father, in fact, had owned slaves in Missouri, but had sold them before moving to Illinois. Like the rest of the region, Logan was an ...

General John A. Logan’s Memorial Day order

General Order No. 11 Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, ...

Memorial Day 1919: Celebrating after the war to end all wars

World War I, the Great War, “the war to end all wars,” ended with an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, making Memorial Day of 1919 a very special holiday. President Woodrow Wilson hoped that WWI would be the last war, and that Memorial Day of 1919 would would mark a great peace for the U.S. and ...

African American Michigan: The People v. Jim Crow

Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. After Reconstruction comes the Jim Crow era, named for “Jim Crow Laws,” a set of laws on state and local levels designed to press segregation, primarily in the deep South. Jim Crow Laws lasted ...

Stomp it

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Mary Marchaterre stands near the course she drew on the path near her house in Houghton Saturday. It includes hopscotch, “spin,” “kiss a cloud” and, most crucially, “stomp on COVID-19.”