November, 2007
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College for kids leads youth to Isle Royale, by 8-18 Media

It’s not an everyday occurrence to encounter a moose. But over the summer, eight local middle and high school students spotted and tracked one while spending five days backpacking the southeast shore of Isle Royale National Park. The trip was coordinated last summer by the Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University. Chuck Delpier, a teacher […]

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World Diabetes Day celebrated locally, by Ann Constance

On December 20 2006, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a landmark resolution recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. The resolution designates World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2007. Groups around the globe will be recognizing World Diabetes Day on November […]

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Health department promotes ‘Kick Butts’ month in November, by Jim Harrington

The Marquette County Health Department is recognizing November as “Kick Butts” Month. During this month, health officials are encouraging local community members to live a tobacco-free life and reduce their risk of the leading causes of preventable deaths in Michigan. In 1982, the United States Surgeon General’s Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking stated […]

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An autumn rabbit hunt, by Don Curto

My last rabbit on this day was small, his coat was mixed white-with-tan and his eyes were big and frightened. This tiny story takes place in 1940 in Harvey, late on an autumn afternoon, just before the first darkness began to set in. Dick Keskey, Richard “Gin” Nystrom, Howard Kitzman, Tommy Wiseman and I had […]

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Misplaced library book tells its own story, by Pam Christensen

May 23, 1921 was the last time the book Meteorology, Weather and Methods of Forecasting by Thomas Russell left the Peter White Public Library. For the past eighty-six years, the book has been languishing, most likely unread, at the home of Florence “Puv” Lowney Blair. How did the book, published in 1895, find its way […]

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Students fight for Native Plants Project, by Greg Peterson

Students presented an ongoing petition with nearly 900 signatures to Northern Michigan University president Les Wong during a meeting on October 26 and left his offices with renewed hope to save an environment research project from being uprooted to build dorms. Meanwhile, the students will travel to the western edge of Lake Superior next week […]

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Bad River ricing put off this season, by Jeffrey McRoy

The Bad River Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin, just over three hours from Marquette, cancelled their 2007 wild rice harvest. The harvest, which has been an annual tradition for many Native Americans who live in and around the reservation, was cancelled to allow the wild rice beds a year to recover. Myron Burns Sr., a […]

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Culture honored with month celebration, by Becky Korpi

In 1990, former President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Every year since then, events take place around the country in celebration of Native American culture and history. The NMU Center for Native American Studies has festivities planned at Northern Michigan University throughout […]

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Illustrator draws on childhood experiences, by Greg Peterson

Glorious fall colors fill the windows of a second-story studio where Marquette artist and children’s book illustrator Diana Magnuson creates a trumpet-playing leopard, a toucan tapping drum sticks on an armadillo’s back and a singing crocodile. To the delight of children around the world, her art is reminiscent of her carefree childhood frolicking on the […]

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Yogi Berra was misquoted, by Larry Chabot

Last month, one of Yogi Berra’s peculiar observations—“You can observe a lot just by watching”—served as the honorary theme for some peculiarities in the news. The former New York Yankee star tried to cover his tracks by claiming, “I never really said all the things I said.” Having been involved in a few peculiar events […]

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A tasty collaboration, by Becky Korpi

Restaurant association forms in Marquette Between alligator appetizers, sub sandwiches, burritos, crepes and homemade pasta, choosing a place to eat along the Third Street and Downtown area of Marquette isn’t always a simple choice. Each of the twenty-nine locally owned restaurants in this jurisdiction offers its own unique flavors and atmospheres, but the increasing presence […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Follow your passion, the sage advises. Seek that which you love to do, make it your life’s mission and surely you will find peace and harmony of spirit. Mark Silver has found his passion: he is the maker of exquisitely crafted firearms. No, not just a fabricator of guns, he is a creator of period […]

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Experts label U.P. mine as dangerous, by Cynthia Pryor

A team of national mining experts recently explained how a controversial mine proposed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is too risky, based on threats it poses to the state’s natural resources and public health. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) commissioned twelve industry experts from around the country to review the mining permit application and compiled the […]

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City Notes – November 2007

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town A note on the cover… Quarterback Brett Favre, No. 4, of the Green Bay Packers, prepares to hand off the ball to a running back at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2004 in a game against the Detroit Lions. The Packers won the game, 16-13, on a […]

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The beauty of Ireland…by sea, by Kristy Basolo

From puffins to pub crawls, nasty weather to charming people, local sea kayak instructor and massage therapist Sam Crowley experienced it all on his first trip to the land of his ancestors—Ireland. Crowley had a little different experience than the average traveler to the vast land, known for its history, magnificent structures and unique culture. […]

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