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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.”

African American Michigan: The Reconstruction Era

Editor’s note: This story is the third in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. The post-war period when the the nation attempted to repair itself is called Reconstruction, and lasted from 1865-1877. The intent of this particular study will look at how the reshaping of the ...

African American Michigan: The War for Freedom

Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. Africans and African Americans in Michigan had a lot to fight for in the American Civil War. The black population in Michigan fought for freedom in two ways; they played major roles in the ...

PLDL wins service award, continues to offer services

HOUGHTON – Last week, Portage Lake District Library in Houghton received the June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service from the Michigan Library, a branch of the Department of Education. PLDL is the first Upper Peninsula Library to receive the award. “Our staff work ...

School staff broadcast to help kids during time of coronavirus

HOUGHTON — At about the time they’d normally be hearing morning announcements, local students will be able to listen to stories and advice from school staff. A new series of short broadcasts from school administrators, teachers, counselors and mental health personnel with the district ...

Racers enjoy Great Bear Chase

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — This year’s Great Bear Chase drew a record crowd of close to 900 racers, many making their debut. For Penny Tussing, it wasn’t just her first time in the Great Bear Chase, but first skiing race ever. Tussing, a physical therapist in Marquette, also recruited friend ...

112 and counting in Houghton County

On Jan. 31, Canal View-Houghton County resident Stella "Nanny" Lennox turned 112 years old. Above is a picture of her during her "Roaring 20's"-themed birthday party that Canal View held for her. In the past Nanny worked as a registered nurse and assisted with developing the crash cart. She ...

Five ways to make those resolutions stick

First you make 'em. Then you break 'em. Does that sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better--to achieve your goal. But by February, your resolution is kaput. Don't throw in the towel just yet, advises Taki Rida, ...

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 ...