September, 2007

Remembering MM’s first 20 years, by Don Curto

Remembering MM’s first 20 years This issue celebrates twenty years of the Marquette Monthly. Two hundred and forty months without a miss. If you have never worked on a newspaper, daily or weekly, or on a monthly magazine, you probably have little idea of just how difficult it is. You might be led by the […]

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Reporters find more similarities than diversity, by 8-18 Media

Two Muslims, two Catholics and a Romanian-Orthodox are sitting in a room singing a song about cake. No, it’s not the opening line of a bad religious joke. Actually, the five are friends from Dearborn. They laugh, joke, talk and sing like any other group of teens. The Dearborn area holds one of the largest […]

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Arts & Culture Center offers music, workshops and stroll, by Nikke Nason

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will offer several fall workshops. For youth, classes include Dance for Musical Theatre, children’s Spanish, Harry Potter Halloween costume making, piano and voice lessons and more. For adults and young adults, MACC offers belly dance for beginners, drawing and animation, fused glass ornaments, gentle self-care yoga, Make […]

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All that Jazz … for the greater good, by Jamie Lafreniere

Three local nonprofit agencies have come together to form “Arts for the Greater Good,” a committee focused on area fundraising. But this committee also has another focus: to get area youth involved in the arts. Marquette County Habitat for Humanity, Child & Family Services and the YMCA of Marquette always have focused on educating and […]

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I played piano for the Jazz Baroness, by Frank Richardson

An old axiom of enlisted men was that you didn’t volunteer for anything. Stepping forward a pace in a regimental lineup when a call went out for piano players probably meant you would end up moving the general’s piano down two flights of stairs. After a year and a half at Fort Belvior (Virginia), many […]

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Funding cut for Olympic boxing program, by Becky Korpi

Since 1987, young boxers with Olympic dreams have had the opportunity to come to the Upper Peninsula and train with the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) at Northern Michigan University. The boxing program—the only one of its kind in the United States—helped pave the way for such names as Vernon Forrest (1991 world champion […]

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Author focuses on human element, by Karen S. Johnson

“People are really screwed up, but love them anyway. They’re all we have,” one wise old Finn advises his war-shattered nephew in Lauri Anderson’s new book. In Back to Misery Bay, Anderson, a long-time Finlandia University English professor, explores the poignant effect of both place and the past on the lives of his very human, […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

It happens on almost every outing of the Thoreau Sauntering Club: a pleasant surprise. We have been astonished by the sight of two tundra swans resting in a small slip of open water on a remote lake in winter; amazed by the aquatic mating frenzy of hundreds of carp at the end of the Stonington […]

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Sulfide mining still a hot topic, by Cynthia Pryor

Kennecott Eagle Mining Company (KEMC), a subset of Kennecott Minerals and a fully-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto has an open permit application proposing an underground nickel/copper mine on the Yellow Dog Plains of northern Marquette County. This mine will be direct-ship, hire ninety to 120 fulltime personnel, run for seven to eight years, and extract […]

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Project creates Christmas in August, by Leslie Bek

Once upon a time, a man and a woman were taking packages from a church gathering space to a vehicle waiting outside. It was cold and snowy, and both were filled with the spirit of Christmas. The packages were from the parish’s “Giving Tree,” which offered Christmas gifts intended for families who were not able […]

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City Notes – September 2007

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Dear editor The following was sent to the WLUC-TV6 regarding their series about K.I. Sawyer. Thank you for your recent expose on the deplorable conditions in some K.I. Sawyer neighborhoods. It’s important that the Marquette County community know that some families are living in unhealthy and unacceptable […]

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A Misunderstood Community, by Becky Korpi

K.I. Sawyer continues to confront the stereotypes and debunk the myths as it fights through the growing pains of… A Misunderstood Community Overgrown lawns. Curbs overtaken by garbage. Families living without utilities for months. Recent news coverage of living conditions in K.I. Sawyer has been less than flattering for its residents. Contrary to the three-part […]

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