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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 ...

Aerosol problem: Adding a piece to the climate change puzzle

HOUGHTON —Researchers at Michigan Technological University have discovered particles from wildfires may be staying in the atmosphere longer than previously thought, adding new considerations to climate prediction. When it comes to climate change and modeling, "it’s complicated"' is not ...

Have a little Sisu: Sisu the Clown was educational and informational

Determined to bring light-hearted care to his community, Sandy Mattila took on the name “Sisu” and started clowning around. For more than 30 years from 1983 to his death in 2016, Sisu the Clown brought an irrepressible humor to the Copper Country and beyond. Before he was Sisu, Mattila ...

Giving hope: Day of Hope raises spirits for cancer survivors

HOUGHTON — Whether you’re a survivor, family member, caregiver or neighbor, events like the Day of Hope are important, said cancer survivor Mary Zanoni. “Cancer is hard, and we need hope,” she said. The American Cancer Society event was held Aug. 18 at the Rozsa Center. This was ...