October, 2007

Muslim youth vary in their practice of Islam, by 8-18 Media

8-18 Media traveled to Dearborn in late July and teamed up with a second youth journalism bureau, Y-Press of Indianapolis, to interview Muslim youth on their experiences of being Muslim in America. This is the second of two articles on the trip. We mostly hear about Islam as an extremist religion. We hear it being […]

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Paranormal group offers investigative services to public, by Kristy Basolo

Whether it’s disembodied voices, apparitions or just something that goes bump in the night, U.P. residents have several options to call for some good old fashioned ghost busting. While there’s no green ectoplasm goo involved, several groups in the area do investigations for ghosts, just in a little different fashion than depicted in the movies. […]

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Flu awareness season brings public clinics, by George Sedlacek

On October 11, 1918, Dr. Holm visited the home of David A., age thirty-three of Ishpeming who had a severe case of the flu. The illness rapidly got worse, and by the fourteenth, David was dead. His wife Anna, age thirty, got ill and died a few days later. Drs. Barnett and Picotte at the […]

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Farmers market thrives in new location, by Leslie Bek

It is just before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and a line already is forming at the Marquette Commons in Downtown Marquette. Shoppers are waiting for the bread man to begin selling his wares. By all accounts, there is nothing like it. This has been the first year the local farmers market has set up in […]

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Isn’t that peculiar? by Larry Chabot

Isn’t that peculiar? The beloved philosopher Lawrence “Yogi” Berra, former New York Yankee star, is as well-known for his malapropisms as he is for his Hall-of-Fame baseball credentials. A personal favorite, which I still puzzle over, is: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” He later explained that the statement is […]

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UPRA conference award-winning presenters, by Greg Peterson

• Marco Brown—See story on Page 40. www.marcbrownstudios.com • Sara Holbrook—The Bay Village (Ohio) performance poet with Michigan roots has authored six children’s books and has published professional texts for teachers. Holbrook’s latest title is Outspoken! How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance. Holbrook’s two twenty-something daughters, Katie and Kelly, illustrated their mother’s poems […]

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Reading conference offers expert speakers, by Greg Peterson

Peabody and Emmy award-winning children’s illustrator Marc Brown is among eleven important authors giving presentations at this month’s reading conference in Marquette. Brown is the keynote speaker for the 2007 Upper Peninsula Reading Association (UPRA) Conference dinner on October 11 at Northern Michigan University. The famous Hingham (Massachusetts) author and illustrator just received another Emmy […]

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Second Sunday dances begin in October, by Dean Premo

The Second Sunday Folk Dance series is starting its twenty-second year. Set in the beautifully renovated dance hall at Fortune Lake Camp, the event has the reputation of being one of the Midwest’s most popular venues for folk music and dance. The Second Sunday Folk Dance presents some of the best musicians in the country […]

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Crystal Theatre to host fiddling group, by Betty Premo

As part of an extension of this year’s Harvest Festival in Crystal Falls there will be a very special concert at the Crystal Theatre at 2:00 p.m. on October by the group JPP. JPP—Järvelän pikkupelimannit (“Little Folk Musicians of Järvelä”)—formed in 1982 in the fiddling capital of Finland (and perhaps the world), Kaustinen. Born from […]

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Let’s do the Time Warp…again, by Bobby Glenn Brown

It is that time of year once again. The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council is gearing up for the seventh annual Rocky Horror Show at the Vista Theatre in Negaunee. Iron Street once again will transform into a crazy walkway for several hundred fans who dress up and take part in what has become a cult […]

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Prize-winning comedy opens FRT season, by James A. Panowski

The Forest Roberts Theatre unveils its 2007-08 “Drop Everything” season with Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, “Harvey.” This famous American comedy runs at 7:30 p.m. from October 3 through 6, with a special matinee at 1:00 p.m. on the 6th. Harvey revolves around Elwood P. Dowd, a good natured, mild mannered eccentric known in […]

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Network helps residents lend a hand, by Linda Remsburg

The people of the Upper Peninsula are known for lending a hand where needed. However, oftentimes residents who want to volunteer don’t know where to offer their services. Likewise, many community organizations need help, but don’t know where to find volunteers. Sue Belanger, volunteer coordinator at the Alger-Marquette Community Action Board (AMCAB) and coordinator of […]

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Historic downtown building to change hands, by Becky Korpi

By 10:00 a.m. on a weekday, it’s business as usual in downtown Marquette. Cars zip down Washington Street on a quest for a good parking spot; pedestrians window shop, deciding where their travels will take them that day, and members of the workforce look out the window at Lake Superior and daydream. A little ways […]

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Marquette Monthly—the early years, by Mary Kinnunen

Late September, 1987 Musak, if memory serves me well, was playing in the Marquette Mall’s auburn foyer outside Angeli’s Super Valu. I was sitting on a bench conducting market research, watching shoppers and window shoppers walk by the stand piled high with hot-off-the-press premiere editions of Marquette Monthly. Couples and singles, groups of teens and […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon & Lynn Emerick

It was time to plant the final flag. Reverently, with joy and hopefulness, we place the small green banner with large white letters proclaiming “Save the U.P.” near the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The pennants were already waving at the other three corners of the Upper Peninsula—near Ironwood, Detour and Brimley. We had […]

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