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Soaring to heights unknown: Natural to look back

As one gets older, it is natural to look back to those who were and always will be part of who we have become. I grew up in a family of eight children, and our sister Barbara was number 5 in the chain. Even though it was some years ago, I want to share the memory of Barb’s final day in the ...

Finlandia hosting #CrushCOVIDWeek

HANCOCK — Finlandia University will be hosting #CrushCOVIDWeek on campus from April 5 through April 9 in the hopes of getting more students, faculty, and staff signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations. “The first week in April marks the beginning of vaccine eligibility for many of our ...

COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Houghton County

HANCOCK – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in five Houghton County cases. The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant is thought to have ...

Aspirus shares spring tips for knees and hips

LAURIUM — People are eager to return to their favorite outdoor activities as spring brings warm sunny days to Upper Michigan. Before heading back outside, it is important to remember that you might need some time for your body to get used to your new outdoor exercise regimen. “Most ...

Returning to the Copper Country

This is my all-time favorite Tech organ story: I began playing the organ at age five. We were living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dad was the pastor in a large Reformed Church. We lived next door to the church, what is known as a “parsonage” (a house owned by the church to house the ...

Laurium police catch cat thief

LAURIUM — At approximately 4:16 a.m. this morning, Laurium police were dispatched to a residence in Laurium for a home invasion. The caller reported a person had broken into his residence. The caller reported he woke up to find the suspect had a gun pointed at his head and was demanding he ...

Laurium missing person found

LAURIUM — On March 22 at approximately 7:09 p.m., Laurium police were dispatched to a report of a missing person from Laurium. After several hours of searching, the person was located in Florida location at 12:13 a.m. by Calumet Township Fire and Rescue personnel. The person was transported ...

Becoming Tech’s organist: Taking a chance at hockey games

I followed the advice of Bob, the ice arena’s manager. The following week I spent a lot of time in the arena. For me, it what was a major event in my life. Not only did I have to become comfortable climbing that ladder, but I had to “learn” that Wurlitzer. It offered a lot of challenges ...

Aspirus issues updated visitor guidelines

LAURIUM – Aspirus Health today updated its visitor guidelines at its locations across Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The new guidelines ease restrictions to allow one dedicated visitor or support person for the duration of a patient’s visit or stay. This applies across all patient care ...

2021 Parade of Nations date, theme, and logo contest

HOUGHTON — It may be virtual. It may be in-person. Or it may be a combination of the two. But there will be a Parade of Nations this fall, on Sept. 18. This is the 32nd Parade of Nations, an annual celebration of the multicultural diversity of the Copper Country. This year’s theme is "The ...

Finlandia University plans for return to in-person instruction for fall 2021

HANCOCK — Finlandia University has announced its plans to return to in-person instruction for the Fall 2021. Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the university has provided a safe living and learning environment with a blend of multiple course delivery modalities and robust health and ...

Michigan expands vaccine eligibility phase 1B

LAURIUM – The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) further expanded Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. This means the following are now eligible: — Adults age 50+ with medical conditions and disabilities*. — Caregivers of children with special health care ...

Houghton parking deck committee holds first meeting

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s parking deck committee set officers and meeting times at its first meeting Tuesday. The initial members are Planning Commission members Tom Merz, Eric Waara, Mike Needham and Dan Liebau. Merz, the chairperson of the Planning Commission, will hold the same title on ...

Area providers experiencing shortened COVID-19 waitlists

HANCOCK — As the vaccine supply coming into the area becomes more reliable, providers in the Western Upper Peninsula are seeing a decline in the demand for appointments from those age 65 and older. “We are beginning to see gaps in our appointment schedules for the 65 and older group,” ...

Open registration for Michigan Tech Preschool

HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech Preschool began its registration for the 2021-2022 school year on March 9 to all new interested families. Enrollment forms are available on our website. Classes will be offered to children between three to five years old in the mornings or afternoons. Children must be ...

March is Celebrate Youth Arts Month

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is featuring artwork from area elementary, middle, and high school students from March 6 through 31 for Celebrate Youth Arts Month 2021. The Youth Gallery and the Kerredge Gallery at the CCCAC will be filled floor to ceiling with ...

Aspirus Health welcomes Wendy Frye, MD, FACS

LAURIUM – Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics is pleased to welcome board-certified General Surgeon Wendy Frye, MD, FACS, to its excellent surgical services team. Dr. Frye joins the general surgery team in delivering a higher level of comprehensive surgical services for patients of all ages ...