August, 2007
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Growing up organic, by Don Curto

“Organic” is old stuff to some of us who remember well what we ate in our youth. We grew up organic, but didn’t know it. The term was not used for food grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. because mostly there were none. Any family that did serious gardening in Marquette during the Great Depression […]

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Family helps bridge gap between puppy and leader dog trainee, by 8-18 Media

Since its inception in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester (Michigan) has paired over 13,000 blind or visually impaired people with leader dogs. The puppies need extensive training before being paired with their teammate. By taking the puppies into their homes for roughly a year and training them to handle everyday situations, volunteer […]

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New businesses offer variety in county, Part II, by Becky Korpi

In 1910, Negaunee’s Union Station Depot was built on Gold Street to service the Chicago Northwestern and Duluth South Shore train line. A handsome brick building with a sloping roof, it opened on Christmas Day and serenaded downtown Negaunee with the boisterous call of train whistles until the ’60s. After changing hands several times, Union […]

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Marquette Catholic Diocese celebrates 150 years, by Becky Korpi

Festivities already are underway across the Upper Peninsula in honor of the Marquette Catholic Diocese sesquicentennial celebration. With such famous figures as Father Jacques Marquette and Bishop Frederic Baraga in its repertoire, Catholicism in the Upper Peninsula has been traced back to Jesuit missionaries in 1641 who spread the word of God to American Indians, […]

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Cancer Care volunteers act as angels, by Leslie Bek

“The test results confirm that you have cancer.” The messenger pauses and then continues with details about characteristics of the cancer, treatment options, side effects, prognosis and timetables. For the listener, time has stopped back at those three words, “you have cancer.” The internal questions begin to spin, What about insurance coverage? What about my […]

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CCAA chooses Wiard as featured artist, by Linden Dahlstrom

The color of the Keweenaw sky becomes the color of the mountain, the color of the bamboo forest, the color of the tree, the color of the painting. Color is the medium through which artist Edith Wiard perceives her world and presents it to the rest of us topped with a “Noshi,” a Japanese fan […]

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Blues Fest goers get ready for weekend of musical fun, by Sue Schenk Drobny

The Marquette Area Blues Society will present the fourth annual Marquette Area Blues Fest over Labor Day weekend at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette. This year’s festival continues the tradition of a wide variety of blues styles for both blues mavens and casual music fans. The festival features a set of instructional workshops, […]

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Young Peacemakers honored, by Rachael Grossman and Jennifer Torreano

The Young Peacemaker Award is a scholarship available to a Marquette County high school senior who shows a commitment to peace and social justice issues. This award is presented by Marquette Citizens for Peace and Justice. To apply for this award, applicants are asked to write an essay in which they explain how they have […]

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Drop Everything! by James A. Panowski

The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University has announced its 2007-08 “Drop Everything” theatre season. “Four great shows, along with our popular new version of ‘Ebenezer Scrooge,’ promise something for everybody,” said theatre director James A. Panowski. “You’ll want to drop everything and get your season tickets today.” The season opens October 3 through […]

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Michigamme’s steamer comes home, by Bill Van Kosky

In May 2007, Michigamme’s 1900 horse-drawn steam fire engine came home. When the old steamer was sold in the early 1960s, it was regarded as an obsolete relic and was begrudged the space it occupied in a back corner of the village fire hall. Over the years, this perception changed. When the steamer was eased […]

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Tasting Paris, by Pat Tikkanen

A few months ago, we used this space to report on our travels to Paris last March. We had quite a few favorable comments from MM readers, but a number of people were surprised we did not write about the food. Well, in fact, that first column was intended to be followed by a sequel […]

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Marquette hockey team finalizes season schedule, by Mark Evans

The Marquette Rangers have finalized their schedule for the upcoming 2007-08 North American Hockey League season. Their second season at Lakeview Arena will feature twenty-five regular season home games, and showcase several special events during the course of the year. “We’re excited to get this done,” said Rangers president and general manager David Saint-Onge. “Now […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

You’ve been following the two-lane pavement north from Marquette toward the end of the road. You turn off on a narrow dirt track, and after a short bumpy ride, emerge into a gravel parking lot. Views of Lake Superior entice you from all directions. From here, you walk….on up the track to a point overlooking […]

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Race for bikers of all shapes and sizes, by Pam Christensen

Just over eight years ago, Scott Tuma and Rich Uren put their heads together and dreamed up a mountain bike race to showcase Marquette County. The Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic was born. Ore to Shore is Michigan’s largest mass-start, point-to-point mountain bike race. Last year, almost 2,400 racers enjoyed Marquette’s scenery and hospitality. […]

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Family’s fantastic voyage brings them back to Marquette, by Jamie Lafreniere

Anyone near Marquette’s Lower Harbor this month must have noticed an incredible new addition to our city. Niko Economides has taken one man’s dream and made it an attraction for us all. The Coaster is a mahogany schooner, which comes in at fifty-eight feet from back to front with forty-three feet on deck.It’s 6.5 feet […]

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