Editorials

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, ...

Tobacco-free the way to go back to school

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

McCain set fine example that all of us can follow

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

It’s time to get a flu vaccine

Michigan residents are being urged by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to get flu vaccines to protect themselves from potentially life-threatening influenza amidst the first confirmed cases in the state. “Now is the time for Michigan residents to get their flu ...

Students should be aware of fire safety at college

Did you see one — perhaps more — of your kids off to college in the past week? It’s tough to let go, especially if it’s the first year, which might be the first time that child has lived away from home and your watchful eye. That doesn’t mean you can’t provide some reasonable ...

Remember safety when operating a UTV

Looking to get one last great weekend of summer 2018 in during the long Labor Day holiday? Make sure it’s memorable for all the right reasons, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute advises. As utility vehicles, or UTVs, grow in popularity in rural, suburban and urban areas, it’s ...

Good job by all on Carpenter Memorial event

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: The National Anthem opened the dedication of the Bert Carpenter Memorial at the Upper Twin Falls Badwater Bridge in Breitung Township by the American Legion Carpenter Clash Post 363. The United States flag was raised on the Navy flagpole in the ...

E-cigarettes carry risks, especially around children

The use of electronic cigarettes — battery-powered products that typically deliver nicotine in the form of an aerosol — is growing, even as use of other tobacco products declines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared to smoking traditional cigarettes, they ...

Snyder has right idea with high-speed internet proposal

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...