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Plan your weekend around this year’s 41 North Film Festival

“I love all of them, of course,” said Erin Smith, director of the 41 North Film Festival, when asked to name her favorites. The film festival features 24 films this year, starting on Thursday morning and running through Sunday night. The event is free and open to the public, but ...

PLDL, Rozsa hold short story contest

HOUGHTON — If you have a story to tell, but have trouble telling it, this might be your golden opportunity. Selected Shorts is coming to Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center and is bringing a unique opportunity for locals. Selected Shorts is a podcast and nationally ...

Plant Parenthood: What to expect from a water-based garden

HOUGHTON — There are a lot of reasons to consider growing indoors if you live in the Upper Peninsula. Short summers and increasinly unpredictable storms make growing almost anything outside a risky endeavor. But some reasons aren’t exclusive to the U.P., either. “It’s easy to keep ...

Making your rainwater smart

Many people utilize rainwater collection systems to water their gardens, but Rose Turner at the Michigan Tech Sustainability Demonstration House has taken that idea one step further, programming her collection system to deliver water to the garden exactly when it’s needed. Turner started ...

From ear to ear

“This is new to me,” Connie Cretens told Dr. Kati Stilwell during her recent appointment. Cretens, 65, was describing all of the extra sounds she has to filter with her new cochlear implant. Car engines, fans running, conversations that she’s not involved in, and other background noise ...

Where ART meets STEM

“I fell into art in high school because my drafting teacher told me I couldn’t draw,” Anne Beffel said. Whatever her teacher’s intentions at the time, it seems to have worked out for Beffel. She earned degrees at University of Michigan — for art and design — and University of ...

Bessie Phillips exhibit opened in Eagle River

The Eagle River Museum unveiled their newest exhibit last week, featuring the late Bessie Phillips, noted Eagle River hotelier and reporter who also worked at the electric company and Eagle River courthouse. “We’ve had some very interesting people living in Eagle River over the years,” ...

Manoomin Camp spreads Ojibwe wild rice culture

ALBERTA — People gathered in the cool, wet Wednesday weather at the Ford Center in Alberta to learn about Manoomin, or wild rice in English, at the 2019 Manoomin Camp. The camp is a way for members of native Indian tribes to learn about and share the cultural importance of wild rice and the ...

Pieced back together

Evan Weinper, 53, now a Hancock resident, walks with a wooden cane and considers himself fortunate. “I spent 11 years working in jails and prisons out of Las Vegas, Nevada,” he said. He worked long days, often 16 hours, for weeks at a time and worked as a canine officer, too. In ...

Cruising through Copper Country

Trail riders aren’t the only cyclists that will be passing through Copper Harbor this year, as the Tour Da Yoop, Eh circles the perimeter of the upper peninsula for the second time. Race promoter Kim Mellon says the point of the ride is to showcase and enjoy the beautiful, safe roads of the ...

Art takes many, many forms

L’ANSE — The new Village Gift Store in L’Anse is open for business, even as it continues to be worked on. Blacksmiths Payne Chassen and Bill Steinhardt purchased the former Mind’s Eye photography shop next to the Village 104 Collective — which Chassen ran solo — at the beginning ...

Jamming in the park

Dam Jam returned for its fourth year with nearly 20 different acts on two main stages. “Everything went great,” said Jim Newman, one of the lead organizers. “We got perfect weather.” According to Newman, attendance was comparable to previous years, with about 1,000 attendees through ...

UPHS — Portage receives honor

cently received an honor of quality from its parent company. The hospital has been recognized as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate. The designation recognizes hospitals within the LifePoint Health system that have enrolled in the LifePoint National Quality Program and succeeded succeeded in ...

Children in need: 31 Backpacks finding ways to help young people

The holidays are a time when are thankful for things that are usually taken for granted, like having enough food. Being grateful for one's own good fortune should also serve as a reminder that this is one of the hardest times of year for in-need families.  One reason for this is that ...

Old-fashioned: Houghton bringing back Victorian Christmas

HOUGHTON — From Christmas cards to Santa Claus, much of what people associate with a traditional Christmas came from the Victorians. Houghton will celebrate that epochal era for the holiday with its own Victorian Christmas on Dec. 15, when it holds its second annual Victorian Christmas. ...

Better space: Life Outreach Center has a new home

This post has been edited to correct the center's hours. The Life Outreach Center, a community resource for new and expecting mothers, has recently moved from its previous location on Sheldon Avenue in Houghton to Quincy Street in Hancock. There were a number of reasons that the previous ...

Women’s health primary concern for Holladay

Dr. Theresa Holladay is a gynecologist for UP Health System - Portage with a new office in Internal Medicine. Her specialization in gynecology, as well as her position within the internal medicine suite, allows her the ability to give specialized attention to the residence of the Copper ...

Veteran’s Day: It took 17 million lives to start a holiday

What began as an isolated incident based on the nationalistic views of a misguided 19-year-old Serb, escalated in a matter of months, into the most devastating war the world had seen up to that point, involving three continents. Before it ended four years later, it claimed 17 million lives, 8 ...