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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 ...

Falling advice: Aspirius spends evening talking to seniors about falling safely

CALUMET — “I’m a faller,” Julie Sweitz of Hancock said. She’s fallen more than half a dozen times, sometimes tripping or stumbling over an edge, something on the floor or during an activity like bowling. With one total-knee replacement and problems developing in the other knee now, ...

Doing good things: AmeriCorps receives new round of funding

HOUGHTON — Superior AmeriCorps will keep going for at least another three years after its fiscal agency, BHK Child Development Center, recently received another round of federal funding to continue the program. The local program is one of the oldest in Michigan, having operated since 1997. ...

Service Oriented: Jensen Case Management holds discussion on elderly services

Last Thursday, the Portage Lake District Library hosted a presentation from Jensen Case Management LLC on the services that they offer elderly individuals and their families in finding the resources that they need to live “as independent a life as possible.”  “This is a great place for ...

Keeping the emergency department smooth

A hospital's Emergency Department (ED) has to be a well-oiled machine and, as the Emergency Department Coordinator at UP Health System-Portage (UPHS-Portage), Alecyn Sintkowski is the one who oils it. “I started at Portage as a Nursing Supervisor in 2010,” said Sintkowski. As a ...

Take your time: Grieving is hard to do when your heart feels broken and lost

People often say they feel lost after the death of a loved one. Even though this can feel strange and confusing, this is a normal and natural response to loss because people we love are literally a part of us. Many systems in our body and mind are affected by those we love including our heart ...

Future fair fun: New and update attractions helped fair attendance

ONTONAGON — What better way to spend a summer weekend than a trip to the fair to enjoy deep fried treats, cute farm animals, competitions and taking a spin on a carnival ride? The Ontonagon County Fair has seen dwindling participation in recent years, only to abruptly reverse course this ...

“Mind-Body Connection: Exercise for Better Mental Health”

When I was in my final year of college I was doing the sorts of things all my classmates were: finishing final requirements for my degree and thinking (and worrying) about getting a job. I was also planning my wedding and a cross country move. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and was having ...

Well check: Water testing important after floods

HANCOCK — Events such as the July 17 flood or the subsequent smaller rain events can harm water quality, making testing water sources important. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department offered free well testing for areas affected by the flood. As of Tuesday, 462 wells had been ...

Sewing for Juniors: Teaching an art form to children to hold onto tradition

In a world where most things are automatic and technology is instant, a quilting program is holding onto long-lost traditions while teaching today’s youth about the importance of making something from scratch. The Portage Quilt House (PQH) welcomes kids all around the Copper Country to ...

Checking up: Promoting well-child visits good for healthy kids, futures

HOUGHTON — Many kids in the Upper Peninsula are not getting regular checkups, particularly as they get older. Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) and Upper Peninsula Health Group (UPHG) are trying to improve those numbers. The resulting Healthy Kids, Health Futures campaign is a U.P.-wide ...

Training: Dial Help offers residents crisis intervention training at PLDL

HOUGHTON — This past Saturday, Dial Help of Houghton conducted a training session of sorts on crisis intervention at the Portage Lake District Library. This was the third time that Dial Help had put on the training. The last time they held it was last year. They also plan to run another in ...

Fort Wilkins’ wife talks about life in Copper Harbor

COPPER HARBOR — In 1869, Copper Harbor was a bustling little settlement, that depended on commerce for its livelihood. That commerce was threatened the following year, however, when the War Dept. decided Fort Wilkins would be de-garrisoned in August, 1870. Compounding that was the closure of ...

Assistance: Pet therapy is a happy addition to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

CALUMET — Animal-assisted therapy is gaining popularity — and value — across the country. According the Mayo Clinic, Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities, Mayo Clinic ...