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How do you know when you need to get help

“Let’s take care of it,” my 93-year-old Dad likes to say when a challenge comes along. Those words, along with his encouragement, motivated me to meet many challenges over the years. Like most folks of the Greatest Generation, my World War II veteran father did much, propelled by a ...

Bloody Sunday and stumbling on a pen pal

The children ran down the sidewalk waiving to our van.  Then, at the last sidewalk painted in the union jack's red, white and blue they stopped. They stood waiving and smiling. Murals on nearby walls read “no surrender” and “still under siege.” On Wednesday, a radio trivia question ...

Building resiliency and leadership skills in youth

Now that the winter season is fully upon us and our snow days have begun to quickly pile up, you may begin to hear some common phrases that have been uttered by teenagers for generations. It usually goes something along the lines of, “I’m bored!” or “There is nothing to do around ...

Education 4 Alvin

HANCOCK — A Finlandia University trip to Tanzania may lead to a Tanzanian student being able to study in America. Last year, Finlandia University student Logan Moore went on the university’s annual Service and Learning in Tanzania program. After a safari, the group went to the Kisarawe ...

English caused Irish to come to the copper district

Along with Cornish immigrants to the Lake Superior copper district came thousands of Irish. Whatever grievances the Cornish had against the English crown and its church, it was nothing compared to what the Irish suffered. For the Irish, it had begun centuries before, and devasted the Emerald ...

A discussion of the amount of waste in our lives

Don’t worry this isn’t another column about weight loss as in a waist is a terrible thing to mind, but rather on waste, how we waste money, time, and things every day. I discovered that my new bank in Northern Lower Michigan has what I call a double fee, I used an ATM that wasn’t theirs, ...

Blood donations urgently sought in UP

HANCOCK - Donate a pint of blood in January at the UP Health System-Hancock Blood Center and get a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard at Culver's in Houghton.  Blood donations of all types are needed across the Upper Peninsula. "We're doing OK right now compared to previous years," ...

A discussion of race

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Junior Day. The national holiday celebrates the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), a prominent twentieth century civil rights activist. The holiday commemorates his birthday on Jan. 15, but is traditionally celebrated on the ...

Why dead potatoes impacted the copper district

We have talked a lot about the isolation of the Lake Superior copper district, and its affects on the local pioneer residents of far-flung mining locations. But in another sense, a very real sense, the new mining district was no so isolated at all. In fact, events and policies occurring in ...

No two ways about it, I am a creature of habit

I am notoriously a creature of habits. (Although I honestly don’t mean to be…) I get up for school at the same time every day and follow my usual routine. If I happen to order a to-go lunch from Denali because I want a “treat” that day - it’s always a Cobb Salad with bleu cheese ...

Statue Bulking

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Phi Kappa Tau members are in the “bulking” phase of building their Winter Carnival statue on Quincy Street in Hancock. On top of the highest wall are Zach Tibbits (left) and Jake Jones. On the bottom are (left to right) Braeton Ardell, Seth Olson, Cam ...

Polyamory’s dilemma

Studies show that lay-people have long believed that monogamous relationships are more trusting, committed, passionate, and sexually satisfying. Monogamy, lay-people believe, is also less likely to involve jealousy. A recent study conducted by Dr. Conley from the University of Michigan showed, ...

According to the Army, Ruggles didn’t do it

Lt. Daniel Ruggles, 5th United States Infantry, had a scientific mind. Ordered to Copper Harbor in early 1844 with Companies A and B, under command of Capt. Robert E. Clary, Ruggles was to establish a military post to be named after the U.S. Secretary of War William Wilkins. It did not take ...

While pioneers suffered winter, Fort Wilkins had its problems

Capt. Robert Emmet Clary was in command at Fort Wilkins. In fact, it was his command that had constructed the post at Copper Harbor. The garrison consisted of 105 officers and men, comprising Companies A and B of the Fifth U.S. Infantry. And from the moment those men and their families landed ...

Just another day in paradise for Seppo Makinen

In February of 2010, the eyes of the world focused on the small town of Whistler, British Columbia.  As Olympic athletes flew down a wild, off-camber ski run, I thought to myself “Seppo would be proud.” One day, while living in Whistler, I stumbled across a plaque high upon Whistler ...

How to make changes over course of new year

Is there something you would like to change? The New Year is a common time for people to set new goals like losing weight, quitting a habit, or getting into better shape. Last January, I decided I wanted to get leaner, so I set a weight and strength goal I wanted to reach by the end of the ...

Planet-friendly eating is eating plant-based food

MARQUETTE — With the new year coming up, many people may be looking to turn over a new leaf with their eating habits or adopt more planet-friendly practices. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to improve both your health and the planet’s health by shifting your food choices toward ...

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 ...

FBI probes death on KBIC reservation

The FBI has confirmed a law enforcement investigation is ongoing into the weekend death of Lisa Kinnunen, 48, of Baraga County. Because the death occurred on an American Indian reservation, the FBI is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) ...

Frontier life was never comfortable for anyone

Life on the Lake Superior frontier copper district was not romantic or simple by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was brutal, seldom merciful, and not everyone survived. While there were physicians in the region, medical knowledge and technology were limited to the time, and ...