×

Features

Shawn Pittman offers intimate show from the Calumet Theatre

Shawn Pittman put on a world-class show Monday at the Calumet Theatre. Despite a small attendance, the audience received a jaw-dropping performance. A masked and socially distanced crowd was treated to an intimate, personal-feeling show as Pittman led a trio of experienced, professional, and ...

The legacy continues with the son and grandsons

HOUGHTON — A tradition begun some 64 years ago, when Lions Club member Matt Manderfield started the annual Lions Club Chicken Barbecue fundraiser, has also become a legacy that continues with his son, Pete, and two of Pete’s nephews, Matt’s grandchildren. The annual chicken bbq was ...

A conversation with Bluesman Shawn Pittman

On Monday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Shawn Pittman will be bringing his unique styles of Blues to the Calumet Theatre. This is Pittman’s second time to the U.P., having been to Marquette last year for the Marquette Area Blues Fest. “This [Calumet] is definitely setting my record for being ...

Canal Rock launches late, with precautions

HANCOCK – Canal Rock – a summer concert series held by the City of Hancock and the Hanock Business and Professionals Association and held at Porvoo Park in Hancock – is usually in full swing a this time of year but instead it just started. “We were supposed to start this summer but we ...

DIA turns Hancock “Inside Out”

lly applied for a grant from the Detroit Institute of Arts. The “Inside Out” Grant sends replicas of famous art works housed in the DIA to public places in cities throughout the State of Michigan. “The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning ...

Seigel crowned Strawberry Queen

CHASSELL — Ani Seigel was crowned Copper Country Strawberry Queen during the 72nd annual coronation Friday night — and the first to be held without the accompanying festival. Gia Guidotti was named first attendant. Sierrah Driscoll was named Miss Congeniality. “I am super excited, ...

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 ...