May, 2006

Calling all female athletes, by Jamie Lafreniere

It’s spring and every young woman’s thoughts turn to baseball. At least, they should this year, because thirty lucky players are about to go national. USA Baseball is holding tryouts, and national team coaches are ready to train for the 2006 Women’s World Cup in Taiwan this August. The USA women took the gold medal […]

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Cycling club resurfaces in local area, by Heather Steltenpohl

A group of cyclists breezes down a dusty Marquette County road on a summer afternoon, appreciating the warm sun and the wind at their backs. Their destination? Wherever the good roads lead. They’re just out for an early evening ride like they do every week. This could be a scene from any given week last […]

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More kids than ever have cell phones, but it’s often parents’ idea Calling all kids, by 8-18 Media

Go to any mall, movie theater or skate park, and you’re likely to see almost as many cell phones as young people. According to the technology research firm Yankee Group, nearly half of all U.S. teens ages thirteen to seventeen have their own cell phones, and more than a quarter of kids ages eight to […]

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Auditions set for next play

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will hold auditions for their summer production of Into the Woods Jr. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on May 30 and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on May 31 at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. […]

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Annual music festival slated for May 13, by Dean Premo

The third annual Fortune Lake Festival is planned for May 13. Traditional and contemporary folk music artists will teach, demonstrate and perform throughout the day and evening at Fortune Lake Camp near Crystal Falls. Food and a friendly environment will complete the package. The first and second festivals attracted people from all over the U.P. […]

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Medicaid eligibility rules change, by Susan G. Wideman

On February 1, Congress passed a bill known as the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DEFRA), which puts into place startling and drastic changes in Medicaid eligibility rules. President Bush signed the bill into law on February 8, 2006. It is likely that Michigan will adopt these new rules sometime this year, and they could […]

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Internationalization sweeps NMU campus, by Miriam Möller

Walk across Northern Michigan University’s campus, eavesdrop on a conversation between faculty and administrators, attend a university forum, listen to a speech by NMU’s president Les Wong or simply read The North Wind and most likely you will come across the word “internationalization.” Making NMU’s campus more diverse and opening the doors to the global […]

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Confessions of auction junkies, by Larry Chabot

Don’t believe what you see on old TV sitcoms about auctions. Maybe it was an I Love Lucy episode: Lucy scratched her nose, the auctioneer yelled “SOLD!” and Lucy was the startled owner of a purple hat rack or 500 plastic glasses, which she had to hide from Ricky. Modern auction-goers are less uptight than […]

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Harmonica player trains local musician in lumberjack style, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

Passing on a tradition Les Ross, Sr. is an acknowledged master of Finnish harmonica, but he learned the musical style from rough-and-tumble lumberjacks who played harmonicas during the Great Depression because they were inexpensive and portable. Ross’ technique, called lumberjack style, is unique and demanding; he plays melody, chords and bass simultaneously. Today Ross, eighty-two, […]

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Color, flowers affect emotional health, by Leslie Bek

My mind was off to flowers and gardens. For some people, all it takes for such a thought process to begin is a seed catalog arriving in the mail. For me, it was a newsletter from my local flower shop, Garden Bouquet and Design. That newsletter included a piece titled: “The Benefits of Flowers.” It […]

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City Notes – May 2006

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor I want to make you aware of a federal program being administered by each state’s department of agriculture. The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has been introduced legislatively to the 109th Congress and has been referred to committee. I am speaking out against this […]

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To be, or not to be…smoke-free, by Christian Hansen

Up in Smoke It was sometime late last summer that Marquette entrepreneur Dan Dallas had a profound and enlightening—if not healthy—revelation. As the owner of several Marquette-area businesses, Dallas was informed that his recreational facility, Superior Lanes, would be one of many businesses required to comply with the new countywide ordinance on smoke-free workplaces, which […]

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