April, 2008
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18th annual Marquette Monthly Short Story contest winner

by Eric Hammerstrom The Leper Boy by Eric Hammerstrom Makangé first noticed Leper Boy on the opening day of school, but he saw no evidence of leprosy. The boy sat alone, on the farthest edge of the courtyard, where there was no shade. Shade was reserved for others, it seemed, and the others had no […]

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You can beat bread’s rising cost

by Don Curto Is this woman, sitting in enjoyment, looking over part of her beautiful yard in Marquette Township the all-time home bread baking champion? When you read the facts of this amazing baker, you may wish to concede her the title. How is this for starters: With the exception of occasional purchases of hamburger […]

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U.P. runners train for Boston

Officially, Patriot’s Day is only celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine; most other U.S. citizens have never heard of it. But some residents of the Upper Peninsula have dedicated months, even years, of their lives to hopes and dreams of making a pilgrimage to Boston on the third Monday of April to run the Boston Marathon. […]

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Notes from the North Country

It’s the season to do some trash-talking. More precisely, talking about trash. At this time of year, as the snow melts, the litter left during the winter is revealed along our highways and back roads. No one cares even to think about litter— especially, perhaps, the careless culprits responsible for the mess. So, why write […]

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Celebrate Donate Life Month

Many people say the reason people don’t volunteer is because they aren’t asked. It also has been said the greatest reason many people don’t donate may be because they aren’t asked. The aim of Donate Life Month is to encourage you to volunteer something that only you can give, something that at the time of […]

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UPDON fundraiser set for April 30

What do a doctor, a miner, a musher and an accomplished pianist have in common? They are Marquette County residents showing their support for the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) by sharing their time and talents on April 30 for the first ever Diabetes…Silent No More Silent Auction and Evening of Entertainment. This event is […]

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Puppets keep bringing smiles to kids

by Kathy Pohl For almost fifty years, a group of dedicated women has been pulling just the right strings to put smiles on the faces of area schoolchildren. Each winter, a group of young-at-heart members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) puts on a puppet show for elementary-age schoolchildren in the Marquette Area […]

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Students take volunteering seriously

by Nicole Weber This month, as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 27 through May 3, the Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center thanks Northern Michigan University student volunteers. This year, more than 1,000 students were involved as volunteers in programs such as Superior Edge and the Student Leader Fellowship Program, which has a […]

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Public health in Marquette County

by George Sedlacek The first week in April has been designated Public Health Week. Most of the work of public health workers is done behind the scenes, work that keeps us all as well as possible. This work in Marquette County is more than a century old. A youngster born at the turn of the […]

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Planning needed to afford rising tuition

by 8-18 Media With tuition costs climbing higher and higher each year, many kids are faced with financial challenges when it comes to affording college. The College Board is a not-for-profit association of more than 5,400 educational institutions. They assist students with college searches, and also oversee Advanced Placement courses and administer the SAT. They […]

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Defending Mother Earth

The first ever Northern Michigan University Indigenous Earth Day Summit will take place on April 22 and 23 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center at NMU in Marquette. The summit’s focus is on Indigenous environmental issues found on Turtle Island (the United States and Canada) and around the world. […]

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Classic musical comes to Ishpeming

This month Ishpeming High School will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Peterson Auditorium. This will mark the first time in twenty years that a musical theatre production has been presented at IHS. For several years, music and drama were in full swing at IHS, as at many other Upper Peninsula […]

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Great music highlights fifth annual festival

The Fortune Lake Festival is known for outstanding live performance music and the fifth annual festival continues this tradition on May 10. Musicians will teach, demonstrate and perform throughout the day and evening at Fortune Lake Camp near Crystal Falls. Food and friendly staff complete the picture for a day spent with music and friends. […]

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City Notes – April 2008

Edited by Kristy Basolo Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor It has been a season of extraordinary achievement by Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) student-athletes. Last month our girls’ Alpine Ski Team reached championship status by winning the Division I State Finals. A few weekends ago involved an equally amazing […]

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