Columns

Tale of two discount retailers is case history in leadership

In the late 1950s a small retailer emerged with a dream, “bring discount retailing to rural and small town areas.” Its innovative leader created a team atmosphere among his employees. His vision included creating dynamic information systems and establishing a performance driven culture ...

Scholarly look at creative human force known as love

In a world growing with hate since 2016 (white supremacists alone responsible for 73% terrorist deaths in the U.S. this past year ), it's time to recognize the need for an opposite emotion. Hate destroys. Love creates. But what is love? According to the old joke, it's a man's insane ...

Great horned owls take up residence at Jutila Center

Copper Country Audubon installed a Peregrine falcon nest box on the Finlandia Jutila Center in the spring of 2015 to provide the Portage Lake Lift Bridge falcons with an alternate nest site when the Michigan Department of Transportation was doing work on the bridge. The falcons totally ignored ...

Career success depends on support network portability

For more than 10 years, Alex had worked his way up to be a supervisor at a Walmart distribution center. He managed the evening shift of several hundred employees, worked directly with buyers, district managers, store leaders and trucking companies, plus many more key players. The relationships ...

Colosseum more than hockey rink

EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial has been corrected in listing Calumet's Albert Joseph Smith and Oscar Johnson of Foster City as the only two Upper Peninsula natives who received the Medal of Honor. That Calumet is Hockeyville is not exactly breaking news in the Copper Country, but it is news ...

Prepare your child for standardized testing at home

State standardized assessments are required under both state and federal law, to ensure all children are learning and receiving a high-quality education. State assessments are “summative,” meaning they measure what students are expected to know and be able to do at specific grade levels ...

Connecting with kids builds positive future for us all

“Deep human connection is... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life – and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity.” — Melinda Gates Here’s a question for you. Do you remember you, before you were you? Before all the choices you made and the ...

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates luck, laughter of Irish

What is it about that curious little country across the Atlantic that encourages so many of us to want to become Irish for a day? We know about their quaint attitudes, their love of the brew, the freckled beauty of their women, their accent (which seems to change from one part of the country ...

How education will change to support lifelong learning

A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will ...

A time of year to take great risk of falling in love

In the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus is a fountain topped by a beautiful winged archer, balanced on one foot, about to shoot an arrow of love. He is Eros, behind each expression of love orIginated by Saint Valentine — a fifth century Christian and martyr — whose day is celebrated ...

Traumatized students need specially trained teaching

A trauma-informed school (TIS) recognizes that trauma has an impact on staff, students, families and the community. The Copper Country Intermediate School District Learning Center operates a Social Skills teaching program, a program for students with severe disabilities, a mild cognitively ...

Can education make your career be robot-proof?

A 2015 McKinsey Report found that using technologies that existed at the time, over 45 percent of U.S. jobs were at risk of being automated, equating to $2 trillion in wages that would be lost. This raises the question of what skills humans need to acquire that cannot be replicated by machines ...

Start of new year good time to make Big Resolution

This year make the Big Resolution. It’s the same thing every January: gyms are overflowing, kale is selling like hotcakes, and everyone is trying to be their best for the New Year. But what if this year, you could resolve to do something even more important than deciding to stomach a green ...

Parent committee advises on student disability issues

The mission of the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is to promote partnerships among parents and educators that benefit students with disabilities. To support this, the PAC members provide communication, awareness, and collaboration between ...

Washington’s support group is lesson for success

It was 241 years ago when Gen. George Washington marched his Continental Army into quarters at Valley Forge for the Winter. His band of 12,000 soldiers had just suffered humiliating defeats at the battles of Brandywine Creek, Paoli, and Germantown. The situation was dire, a true inflection ...

Make this holiday season about presence, not presents

I’m not the first person to suggest that the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, ...

Celebrate what we hold dear during holiday season

We've celebrated a lot of wonderful holidays: St. Paddy's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving - and now we approach the closing of the year with what has become the most celebrated day of the year for so many religions: Christmas. Rather than take the obvious route: historical, ...

CCISD oldest students learn community transition

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is responsible for providing special education services from birth through the age of 26. Last month I described what the CCISD does to help some of our youngest students. Now I would like to share what we do to service our oldest ...

One man’s inspiring story in this season of giving

What were the common concerns of a senior in high-school in the 1950s — where should I work, should I go to college, what do I want to do for the rest of my life, or what do I want my legacy to be? For one young man, he had chosen to enroll in college but then the unthinkable occurred. His ...

Holidays for adopted child brings extra feelings

rner you may be feeling a mix of emotions. Holidays can be a happy time while celebrating each other’s company. Holidays are a chance to celebrate your traditions and spend more time as family. Holidays can also bring feelings of sadness about the people who will not be around. Holidays ...