Editorials

A kind act to ‘pay it forward’

Bouquet From Blanche Kersting, Kingsford: On the evening of Friday, Sept. 14, I was doing some shopping at Walmart. I was hot and tired and ready to go home. I was next in line behind a lady at the cash register with a large order. She was accompanied by a nice-looking young man who was ...

Making sure kids are in a proper safety seat

It now is a given that young children in vehicles will not just be in seat belts but secured in a proper safety seat, one that’s in back, not alongside the driver as had been common in past decades. Booster seats usually stick around for the first few years. But what about for ...

Trump boosting offensive capabilities in cyber strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is warning foreign adversaries that the U.S. is preparing to step up its offensive cyber capabilities as part of a new government-wide strategy. President Donald Trump on Tuesday is signing a National Cyber Strategy that furthers his lifting of Obama-era ...

West Nile case shows mosquitoes still a threat in area

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Month highlights ways to avoid brain injuries

In recent years, more attention has been paid to the effects, both short- and long-term, of brain injuries, even ones that might have been viewed as minor in the past. More than 10,000 people are hospitalized in Michigan each year due to a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, considered to be any ...

Voter registration deadline for election nears

Today, the Nov. 6 elections are exactly seven weeks away. Seems like plenty of time, doesn’t it? But Michigan residents need to be just as aware about a date more quickly coming up: Oct. 9, the state’s deadline to be registered to vote. That’s only three weeks from now. While these ...

Nominations sought for state’s top teacher

Do you know a teacher you consider exceptional, one who has the skills to inspire learning and growth in the classroom? If so, the state Department of Education wants to hear from you. The department is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help find the next Michigan ...

Schultz family says thanks to all for benefit

Bouquet From Erick, Allen, Kristel, Andrea and Matthew Schultz, Norway: Erick and his family would like to thank everyone who came out to the Norway fairgrounds on Aug. 11 for Erick’s benefit event. Thank you for using your time to support Erick as he continues to battle and defeat ...

Pellonpaa much more than face on ‘Finland Calling’

Carl V. Pellonpaa was an Upper Peninsula treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Sept. 1. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ways. Perhaps ...

Know the early, subtle signs of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer can be a relatively subtle killer, experts say. No screening test exists, so only 15 to 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are detected early. So it helps for women to know the initial internal clues that something more serious might be going on inside them, the Michigan ...

Adults need vaccinations, too

Kids heading to school usually triggers thoughts of vaccinations to ideally protect them from some of the illnesses they might face mingling among other students. But mom and dad might consider their own vulnerability, experts with Aspirus Health Care advise. Being an adult doesn’t mean ...

Swimmer’s actions undoubtedly saved life at Black Rocks

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

Stolen lifesaving equipment should be returned

Although some might argue that there is a certain degree of inevitability in all of this, we were surprised — and troubled — to learn earlier this week that thieves had stolen marine lifesaving equipment from locations along M-28 in Chocolay Township. According to a press release ...

Annual Tour de Dickinson a great success

Bouquet -- From Bob Werner, president, Dickinson County Bike Path Committee: The 12th annual Tour de Dickinson Family Bike Ride on Aug. 18, sponsored by the Dickinson County Bike Path, was another great success. Without about 50 volunteers, the community and the sponsors, it would not have ...

Car buyers will pay for new trade deal with Mexico

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...

Suicide prevention, awareness of signs focus of event, month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. While a worthy cause, one month unfortunately seems inadequate to address an issue of such scope, complexity and, ultimately, tragedy as suicide. It’s likely each of us has known someone who took his or her own life, be it a friend, ...

Getting ready for the worst during National Preparedness Month

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

Tips to prevent childhood obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their lives. The following ...

Besides being tasty, beer has big effect on economy

You don’t have to like beer to appreciate its impact on the economy. The benefits of the beer industry here in Michigan can be seen in a whole heap of ways, from the jobs it provides directly, to the industries and other occupations it supports indirectly. The trickle-down effect is ...

Thanks to all who helped Iron County Fair livestock sales

Bouquet From Don Wolf, Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council: The Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council would like to thank the following buyers who purchased a market livestock animal at the 2018 Iron County Fair: Rainbow Packing, Roy Polich, F.A. Industrial, Spudland Farms, ...