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COURTESY MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

Since he once worked with Olympic athletes, you might think that physiologist Steve Elmer would be all about “bigger, faster, stronger.” Read more

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY RYAN BOLEN; KARYL CLARK AND TERRACE BAY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Jerry Roehm’s first call as the volunteer fire chief for Ontonagon, Michigan, was a structural fire that engulfed almost an entire block of side-by-side buildings. Read more

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KONNIE LeMAY

So you’ve decided to travel around Lake Superior and earn your Circle Tour bragging rights. The excitement (and maybe some anxiety) of this epic journey can span months of careful planning for some. Read more

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PICTURE THIS OF BRIMLEY, MICHIGAN

In September 2016, Marion Eavou came to live – and to die – in the Robert and Helen Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Every minute of her eight months there, someone in her large family stayed with her. Read more

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Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Acupuncture – the ancient Chinese practice of using carefully placed needles to treat a variety of maladies – has moved into the modern medical mainstream nationally and Big Lake locally. Read more

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Essentia Health Staff Reunite Patient with Service Dog

Maureen Talarico

When Dennis Wold found out he was going to have to stay at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior for an extended period, he feared he would lose his new service dog, Warner. But the hospital welcomes pets as part of its care. Read more

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No Need to Leave Town for Top-Notch Care

Courtesy UP Health System-Marquette

Marquette is not the only regional city with medical options beyond what might be expected. We take a look at three state-of-the-art offerings at three area hospitals that can keep patients home or in their home region. Read more

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Don’t Blame Winter for Missing Outdoor Fun

Chris Gibbs

In winter, many Lake Superior outdoor enthusiasts live by the old adage: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Read more

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Fortunate Fillings

Courtesy Nipigon Dental

Lake Superior’s rural neighborhoods fare pretty well when it comes to available dentists. Residents of most areas have at least one general practitioner within an hour’s drive – and usually much closer. Read more

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Therapy Dogs Bring Comfort to Others

Courtesy NMU Lydia M. Olson Library

A dog's calm presence can bring comfort to people under stress of grieving, recovery, depression or other anxiety-inducing pressures like final exams. Read more

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The Advantages of Local Cancer Treatment

Courtesy St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center

Any cancer treatment once meant long or frequent trips far from the Big Lake shores. Today most treatment can happen right here by home, which brings a number of advantages. Read more

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Local Podiatrist Tackles Common Problems for Runners

Courtesy Conway McLean

Dr. Conway McLean, who practices foot and ankle medicine in Marquette and Munising, Michigan, expects his usual stepping up of traffic from marathon runners, regular joggers and distance hikers, all who face potential foot injuries. Read more

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Game, Set, Match

John Shibley / Lake Superior State University

The quick swab of a cheek was soon forgotten by the busy Lake Superior State University students who volunteered to give life-saving cells during a donor drive. But something worth long remembering would come of it. Read more

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Joint Efforts: Getting Your Knees Back in Action

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Unwilling to concede mobility to arthritic joints or injuries as they age, baby boomers are receiving total knee replacements in unprecedented numbers and at younger ages. A local orthopedic surgeon offers some words of advice. Read more

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The Bee’s Knees: Local Couple Adopts a Healthful Honey of a Hobby

Claire Duquette

Three years ago, Paula Cunningham looked out at the little apple orchard behind her and husband Tom’s Ashland, Wisconsin, home and had an aha thought: “It would be a great idea to get some bees.” Read more

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Fit for School

Felicia Schneiderhan

When it’s time to send children off to school, parents’ health checklists might include vaccinations and teaching children to cover when they cough. But there are a few extra health tips for children in our northern clime that might surprise you. Read more

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Engineering Better Health

Courtesy Michigan Tech

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Research coming out of Michigan Tech could create medical wonders, and highlighted here are a few of those innovations. Read more

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Small Town Caregiver

Claire Duquette

Recently a family brought a newborn to Jan Penn, a nurse practitioner at Essentia Health Ashland Clinic. They didn’t need medical advice; they needed Jan to pose for a photo with the child, the fifth generation of the family to come to Jan for care. Read more

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Get the Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Courtesy Jennifer Baldwin

Living near Lake Superior, we naturally know how to handle winter. But even the hardiest winter warriors sometimes disregard the special care needed for our body’s first line of defense – our skin. Read more

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Inhaled over an extended period of time, radon’s radioactive particles can cause lung cancer. Fortunately, it’s easy to test your home and there are ways to reduce the gas in the house. Read more

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    Dance of the Sun Day Spa

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    A calming atmosphere sets the scene for a relaxing massage at Dance of the Sun Day Spa in Marquette.

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    Waves of Superior Spa

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    Massage can come in many forms, like the hot stone massage where warmed stones, strategically placed, help to prepare muscles before a deep-tissue massage. Waves of Superior Spa in Tofte, Minnesota, takes advantage of its Lake Superior setting to help the relaxation process. Roxanne Kinderman, spa manager, says the spa encourages clients to come half an hour before their sessions and to stay afterwards to sip tea or other beverages and relax. “It’s a beautiful environment to work in; everybody who’s here wants to be here,” Roxanne says. “We’re just a natural extension of what’s outside.”

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