March, 2008

A word to the wise – March 2008

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient February and March can be hard to endure for some folks. We have to look for reasons to break the routine, leave the snowbound cabin and celebrate. February has Mardi Gras and St. Valentine’s Day for respite. What about March? There’s the first day of […]

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City Notes – March 2008

Edited by Kristy Basolo Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor I was delighted to read Becky Korpi’s feature article about my mother, Anna Wahlstrom, in the January issue of Marquette Monthly. As was stated in the article, Mom always is the first to brag about her children and grandchildren. She […]

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Web site offers cure for homesickness

by Larry Chabot Among the tens of millions of America’s Web sites, an Upper Peninsula operation is in the top one percent in popularity. It’s Pasty Cam—the common name of The modest little site, nurtured at birth by the humbly magnificent pasty, has ten thousand visitors a day. Many are homesick ex-Yoopers staring teary-eyed […]

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Hemingway celebrated in Great Michigan Read

by Pam Christensen The Peter White Public Library recently received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to participate in The Great Michigan Read. This statewide program is a community-reading program focused on a single literary masterpiece—Ernest Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories. The Great Michigan Read encourages everyone in the state to read the same […]

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Local Army retiree goes back to work

by Becky Korpi After inspiring two newspaper articles and appearing on television, Harvey resident Major Joe Holman became a small town celebrity last fall. The news about Holman’s reactivation into the military after a twelve-year retirement spread quickly; he could no longer sit on the sidelines while thousands of others made a difference for their […]

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Winter ‘Ski-dogging’ offers special outdoor experience

I snug up the padded belt around my waist and check the quick release to make sure it works. I may need it. Getting pulled on skis by a powerful animal can give new meaning to the expressions “out of control” and “living on the edge.” I grab a dog harness and my skis and […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

There’s a puzzle in the winter woods. Not crossword or Sudoko or how to locate a geo-cache. This puzzle is not made by man but by our other neighbors in the north country. On the last day of 2007, a group of friends joined in a sunny snowshoe trek through a snow-laden forest, across a […]

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When we were young, and the world was ours

by Don Curto The following brief stories from China in 1946 were found recently in some files from that time. I have no idea how they survived so many moves. I was stationed in North China from late 1945 until August of 1946. During that time, I was public information officer for the First Marine […]

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Marquette economic organizations celebrate milestones

The Lake Superior Community Partnership turns ten this year, the Marquette Community Foundation is twenty and the Economic Club of Marquette County is thirty. These milestones represent thousands of hours of work with one goal—preserving an outstanding way of life by providing economic opportunities in Marquette County. The three will join together to celebrate their […]

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Lawsuits, meetings continue

The saga of a proposed sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains continues with lawsuits, permits and events. Pending lawsuits The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Huron Mountain Club and the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) filed petitions for a contested case with the State of Michigan Office of Administrative […]

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Clinic story takes another turn

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the Marquette County Health Department Dental Clinic since it opened its doors nearly fifteen years ago—June 1, 1993. Behind those doors was a waiting list of more than 600 children eager for dental checkups. For many, it would be the first time to lay back, look up trustingly into […]

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Study shows tobacco prevention programs cut adult smoking

Greater investments in state tobacco prevention programs are undeniably associated with larger and more rapid declines in adult smoking rates, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute based in Research Triangle Park (North Carolina). The study, “The Impact of Tobacco […]

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Diptheria causes much local speculation on cures, treatments and causes Epidemic!

by Bill Van Kosky Readers of the local newspaper found shocking news on the front page of the December 20, 1884 issue: “A number of fatal cases of diphtheria are reported from Ishpeming, and schools there are closed by order of health officer Henry E. Harwood.” A traveling salesman said he had taken an order […]

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Parents notified when young Michigan drivers get STOPPED

By 8-18 Media The Graduated Driver Licensing program in Michigan has reduced crashes involving young drivers five to eight percent overall according to state traffic safety officials, but the Michigan Sheriff’s Association wants to reduce that number even more. They have come up with a new approach dubbed the “STOPPED Program,” a parental notification system. The […]

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