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How validation can strengthen a relationship

As independent and self-reliant as many of us are and try to be, our relationships with other people are important as well. Whether those relationships are personal or professional, close or distant, relationships affect us throughout our lives. If your objective is to foster connection with ...

Garbage pail sounds: Turning scrap into musical instruments

HOUGHTON — One man’s trash is another man’s world-touring musical instruments. Scrap Arts Music is exactly what the band's name sounds like. Making instruments himself from industrial scrap material, Gregory Kozak is able to create unexpected sounds with his finds. The group performed ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “We Love CLK” by Isabella Kangas, a first-grade artist at CLK Elementary School.

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’

I'm a movie and television fan and have been my entire life. When I was in 10th grade, I took a film study class that simultaneously made me love and hate movies. It taught me to watch for things that were out of place such as power lines in the old west, phones, lights, or anything that ...

Smithwick and his ship formed an odd marriage

James Smithwick was a very experienced seaman who had abundant confidence in himself, and faith in the ship he skippered. Captain of “Algonquin,” his was the largest vessel in the five-ship fleet of the company. But, it was the smaller of the two American-owned ships plying the southern ...

Why is Y Disappearing?

The human Y chromosome is threatening to disappear. It is not the number of copies of the Y chromosome that is in any immediate danger: there is still one copy of the Y chromosome in almost each cell in the male body, or about 30 trillion copies of it in each man. But, the size of the Y ...

What is hospice care?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three educational articles about hospice care. Look for these two articles in the coming weeks: “What services are included with hospice care and how are they paid for?” and “When and how does someone request hospice care?” It is a ...

Learning life skills: Students gain real-life experience

Life creates countless challenges and questions after high school, and things can become even more challenging for students with disabilities. It is with these students in mind that the 13th annual Interviewing Workshop was conducted on Thursday, March 15, at Michigan Technological University. ...

Getting stuck reading

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton Elementary School kindergarten students begin the process of covering Principal Anders Hill in layers of silly string at the culmination of National Reading Month activities at the school Friday. The school's parent-teacher organization bought every ...

Retirement plans, both expected and unexpected

HOUGHTON — For those close to retirement, or already retired, planning and preparation are key factors for a comfortable later life. “Retirement is very different for every person,” said financial advisor John Nelson. “Some people enjoy traveling. Some people want to stick (to) home ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is a pen and ink drawing by Taylor Sebbas, a 10th-grade artist at Hancock High School.

Miners knew to feed oggies to knockers

Long gone in the Lake Superior copper district are the days when a pare would taper off with a fuggan or an oggy, and a bit from the miners jack at croust. That is to say in Cornish dialect, a mining team would relax while eating a fruit-filled pastry or a pasty, and take a drink from their ...

Using tears to measure vitamins

HOUGHTON — Instead of using blood to test vitamin levels in our bodies, Michigan Tech researchers are exploring tears as a less invasive alternative. But how would researchers know if they had a subject that wasn’t missing key nutrients? Babies were the answer, with their nutrient rich ...

Go further with food by preparing in advance

CHICAGO — During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by preparing meals in advance to enjoy throughout the week. “Preparing several meals on the weekends can provide balanced meals that ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “Biina Josefine” by Opal Ellsworth, an 11th-grade artist at Baraga High School.

Phoenix House offers path to escape addiction

Simply stated, addiction can kill. And it often does. It doesn’t have to be the end. While many people suffering addiction can reach a point of hopelessness or a feeling of being trapped by their addictions, there are ways out of addiction and into recovery for those who truly want to ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image “Texture Chicken” by Sidney Kelly, a kindergarten artist at Houghton Elementary School.

Using GRACE to study well-being

The GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) project is looking for high school teachers and students to be a part of the upcoming project. The statewide project trains high school teachers and students to use GIS (geographic information science) and spatial technologies ...

A study of guilt

I am interested in the man running behind the presidential limousine, for I know that for the rest of his life, his heart would be pierced by the spike of guilt. It was a sunny day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. In the rear of the blue and grey Lincoln continental convertible, sitting on the back ...