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Sixth running of Copper Dog 150 starts Feb. 26 in Calumet

CALUMET - Since it its first race in 2010, the Copper Dog 150 has attracted mushers from all over the world. In 2011 and 2012, the Copper Dog race included a musher from as far away as South Africa, the Copper Dog website stated.Organization of the race began in 2009 and now includes two races, ...

Spark Plug awards for community achievers

CALUMET - Mark Wilcox talked about a snowblower's spark plug, the least expensive part of an engine."It's a tiny thing," he said, "But that tiny thing makes the whole (machine work)."Wilcox gave the opening remarks at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce's annual Keweenaw Community Spark Plug ...

10 Things to know today: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. TRUMP, SANDERS LOOK TO EMERGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH WINSTheir victories would lend needed credibility to the unexpected candidates' pursuit of their parties' nomination.2. WHY HONG KONG ...

Visiting Carnival 44-year tradition for Tech grads

HOUGHTON - Many people have attended the Michigan Technological University Winter Carnival more than once, but for one group of Tech grads the tradition has lasted for 44 consecutive winters.Jim Accetta, who graduated in 1973 with degree in mechanical engineering, said he; his wife, Sally; Ed ...

Maze Runners: Snow maze highlight of Baraga County Winter Happening

L'ANSE - The kids were moving too fast to count, ducking into dead ends and running for freedom, getting as much fun as one day would allow out of the snow maze at the Baraga County Winter Happening."I've already done this two or three times," said visitor Eliza Thomas from Iron River. She'd ...

Kids’ Nordic ski race in Hancock offers fun for all

HOUGHTON - A few hours before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, about 60 Upper Peninsula children had their own competition.The ninth annual Barnelopet took place at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock. The name comes from a combination of the Norwegian words for "children" and "race."The ...

El Nino holding snowfall to below-average levels

HOUGHTON - Despite the few heavy snowfalls the Keweenaw Peninsula experienced in January, snowfall amounts are still below normal, thanks to El Nino, according to Todd Kluber.Kluber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said not only are snowfall ...

Frat doubles up Carnival titles

HOUGHTON - The winners have been announced in Michigan Technological University's Winter Carnival Snow Statue Competition. This year's theme is "As Snow Accumulates at Alarming Rates, We Show Our Love for the Fifty States."For the eighth time in the last nine years, Phi Kappa Tau captured the ...

Hancock fraternity adds Stage Revue title

HOUGHTON - Phi Kappa Tau members began their day putting the finishing touches on their first-place snow statue. They ended it with another first, as their sketch about a professor and his student traveling to famous moments in American history grabbed the top spot in the Stage Revue event of ...

Tech prof explains science behind Flint water problems

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - The situation with lead in the city of Flint's water system has become a serious environmental and medical problem, and it should be a warning to communities with older water-delivery systems, according to David Hand.Hand, who is a Ph.D. and ...

Stem-cell science is key to tissue regeneration

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - Regeneration of human tissue can occur when adult stem cells, which are used for the cardiovascular tissue, are taken from fat tissue, bone marrow and other sources from patients or donors, explained Michigan Tech scientist Feng Zhao, whose ...

Pacesetters: Tech program promotes more women in computer careers

HOUGHTON - Sophia Farquhar didn't have a computer coding class available to her when she was in high school, but she did have one computer-focused class."I took a web design class," she said.Farquhar, who is a junior with a computer science major at Michigan Technological University, said she's ...

10 things to know today: Friday, Feb. 5, 2015

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. FIREWORKS FLY IN FIRST ONE-ON-ONE DEMOCRATIC DEBATEHillary Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of subjecting her to an "artful smear" regarding her Wall Street links while ...

Sculptors craft snow statues at All-Nighter

HOUGHTON - In December, Michigan Tech students just wanted enough snow get the statues started. Wednesday night, they were ready for a break in the storm, and an opportunity to put the last gleaming touches on their Winter Carnival 2016 creations."The snow was good when we started. Now it's ...

Tissue regeneration

HOUGHTON - A Michigan Technological University scientist recently became one if only six researchers around the country to receive a prestigious biomedical award.Feng Zhao, whose work involves building nanoscaffolds out of natural materials to grow tissues, was given the Rising Star Award by ...

Ontonagon hospital to get expansion

ONTONAGON - Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital's Emergency Department is getting an 8,210-square-foot expansion and renovation, according to a recent news release from Aspirus.With a project completion date set for March 2017, engineering and design plans are being finalized. The project includes the ...

Program aims to close gender gap in computer science field

HOUGHTON - As with many other areas of technology, there is a gap between the number of men and women working computer-oriented careers, and Michigan Technological University is involved with a program intended to close that gap.Linda Ott, Tech professor of computer science, said since 2013, ...

Abandoning seasonal roads is possible — but still tricky

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP - When Gerald Lamppa purchased a 60-acre Traprock Valley parcel from his mother in 1971, he knew there was a road on it that the Houghton County Road Commission claimed was in its seasonal road system, and along with the road, 33 feet of right-of-way on the side of the ...

UPH unveils Cal clinic plan

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - Expanding service to an aging population and to low-income people is one of the goals of the UP Health System-Portage, and the creation of a new clinic in Calumet Township should help achieve that goal, according to Jeff Lang.Lang, CEO of UP Health System-Portage (UPHSP), ...

Clinic to promote health care for low-income, senior residents

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comCALUMET TOWNSHIP - Almost from the beginning of the partnership in 2013, when Tennessee-based LifePoint Hospitals acquired the hospital in Hancock now known as UP Health System-Portage (UPHSP) hospital, CEO Jeff Lang said there were discussions of ...