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Opinion

Tips for a guilt-free holiday

Columns

While the holidays are a special time to be with loved ones, it's also a time when we overindulge in big meals and sweet treats. But, with a little meal planning and mindfulness, it is possible to put out a guilt-free spread both you and your guests enjoy. Taylor Mattson, clinical dietitian ...

Reviewing my first year serving in the Michigan House

Columns

As we near the end of 2019, I want to share some highlights of my first year representing the western Upper Peninsula in the Michigan House. Serving our communities has truly been a rewarding experience. I have learned a lot just from listening to the thoughts and ideas of people I meet at ...

Respite care for foster families

Columns

In this season of giving, many people are looking for ways to help others in their community. One way to make a life-changing impact on a child’s life is through becoming a foster family. There are many other ways of helping foster children as well. One of these ways to help is to provide ...

Portage Health Foundation delivers checks

Editorial

On Thursday, the Portage Health Foundation delivered checks to non-profits throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. A total of 15 non-profits in the area were supported by $217,781 in donations from community members. With a $100,000 match from the foundation, the ...

What is up in Dollar Bay?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Since the millage proposal passed in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City School District on August 6th, 2019, members of the community have been attending the school board meetings and providing input. Instead of welcoming the comments and providing feedback on them, the ...

A Houghton County treasure

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A geologist may spend an entire career spanning the globe in search of precious metals, ore bodies, and never discover one. Here in the Keweenaw ore bodies were abundant, many of them being mined out. Sometimes the discovery is made by accident, right under our feet. My family ...

A Texas-sized thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you for printing my letter requesting your readers to send information about your city. Each one of my classmates sent a letter to a different city across our country. Everyone was impressed at how much mail I received. Even the kids whose letters were printed in large ...

What’s wrong with Bergman?

Letters to the Editor

Every time I have responded to an email that asks that I send it to my congressman, Jack Bergman has been quick to respond. But this response is nothing more than an acknowledgment. Recently, I sent a critical email about his position on Republican gerrymandering, voter suppression and being ...

Career & Technical Education (CTE) update

Columns

In the summer of 2017 the Copper Country ISD asked the voters of Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties to pass a millage to support and grow Career and Technical Education (CTE). As you likely know, the millage passed overwhelmingly by a two-to-one margin. I feel it is important, once a year, ...

Absence of loved ones requires special effort during holidays

Editorial

While the holiday season is a time of joy, food, gifts and reunions with family and friends who are rarely seen but dearly cherished, there are some years where families have a hole in them. Sometimes a death steals someone from a family, sometimes it’s a couple’s troubles splitting a ...

Adopting children out of foster care

Columns

November was National Adoption Month. Adoption month has been celebrated for over 20 years in hopes to raise awareness of the need for permanency for children in our state who are in foster care and are waiting for their forever home. Adopting out of foster care has very little cost and most of ...

Thanks Portage Health Auxiliary

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to the Portage Health Auxiliary for supporting a new and exciting program at the Portage Lake District Library. The Portage Health Auxiliary has awarded the library a $3,000 grant to assist with the development of Rad Academy, an afterschool program launching next ...

Pancake Breakfast fun

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am a student at Hancock Barkell Elementary and I want to thank everyone who came to the Pancake Breakfast! I also want to thank the places who donated to the breakfast: McDonald’s, Econo, KC Bonkers, UPPCO, Keweenaw Coop, Memorial Chapel and Phi Kappa Tau. I like going to ...

Santa in Mohawk success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank all who came to make our Santa in Mohawk a success, or made donations: Santa & Mrs., Mohawk Superette, Slim’s, Erickson Crowley Funeral Home, Lassila Insurance, Sara Lee, Calumet IGA, Wal-Mart, Econo Foods, Ron (tree lights), Carol, Marcy, Bethany ...

Make things clear here

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Regarding the recent congressional impeachment hearings, I have found a way that enables me to “make sense” of the entire process. Because there is so much “demonizing” and name calling by both parties and the White House, I look at the facts without attaching specific ...

Good quality of life in Calumet

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have seen a lot of things happen in The village of Calumet in the past 25 years. There is something positive in the winds happening here lately. The village has done a remarkable job keeping the sidewalks and the roads in very good condition this winter. Job well ...

The power of elastic thinking in education

Columns

In the 1960’s the executives at the Balaban & Katz theatre chain were worried about their business. Most of their profits came from concession stand sales, popcorn and Coke. They tried two-for-one deals, matinee specials, but nothing was increasing their profit. Traditional problem ...

Nursing home standards low

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While many of us are interested in who owns and operates our hospitals and medical/health systems, nursing homes seem to be held to a lower standard and thus may not feel pressured to be transparent with such information. I am a strong proponent of education and believe if ...

Russia’s new threat, sabotage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: During the Cold War, our national intelligence community found that the U.S. was vulnerable to a Soviet air attack from across the North Pole. That led to establishment of 63 radar stations on our border. It was known as the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line and Calumet was one ...