June, 2009

Taking a fresh look at Munising

by Leslie Allen If you live in Munising, you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You see it driving east down the arc of M-28 into town as your eyes sweep across the sparkling blue circle of the bay and climb the cliffs on the far side of the water. […]

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Community thankful for theatre mentor’s contributions

by Bobby Glenn Brown After a couple of weeks to collect his thoughts, reflect on his “Swan Song” at Forest Roberts Theatre (FRT) and ponder how many faces from the past and present traveled across the country to attend his retirement bash, I was thrilled to be “penciled in” for an interview with Dr. James […]

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Lycopersicon exculentum

by Don Curto At the considerable risk of being inconsiderate of your knowledge of Latin botanical terms for common items, I will remind you that the title of this piece, lycopersicon esculentum is the name for the common tomato. And, one of the problems with today’s tomato is that it is too common. The first […]

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Flu outbreaks dot Upper Peninsula past, present

by George Sedlacek The National Center for Disease Control has reported an outbreak of influenza in humans similar to a virus found in swine—recalling the flu of a half-century ago that killed 500,000 Americans. Sound familiar? This was reported in the Marquette Mining Journal on February 20, 1976. A lot of information has been written […]

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County celebrates movie anniversary

by Sam Eggleston Murder will be the driving force behind many of the activities throughout Marquette County this summer—or, to be more specific, Anatomy of a Murder will be. The fiftieth anniversary of the landmark court drama’s creation, filmed in its entirety in Big Bay, Ishpeming, Michigamme, Marquette and surrounding areas and written by local […]

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Initiative gives Republic economic group a boost

by Sam Eggleston The Republic Economic Development Administration (EDA) has new life, thanks to the refreshing breath of the Republic Rainbow Initiative. The Initiative, which was started in February, merged with the formerly defunct Republic EDA in late April with hopes of increasing the economic standing of the small western Marquette County town. “We’re trying […]

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Farmers markets offer entertainment, healthy choices throughout U.P.

by Larry Alexander Between 1950 and 1997, the number of American farms went from 5.4 million to 1.9 million. Commercial farms got larger and farm production increased. In 1950, one farm fed 15.5 people; in 1990, a single farm fed 100 people. By 1997, one farm supported the needs of nearly 140 consumers. This increased […]

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CFS celebrates ninety years of service

by Larry Alexander Child and Family Services of the U.P. (CFSUP) is mounting an awareness campaign to coincide with this milestone that will look at the organization’s origins and history of service, including its participation in the original foster care program known as the “Orphan Trains.” The Orphan Trains began in 1854 and continued for […]

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MAPS board welcomes students

by 8-18 Media The Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) Board of Education has the task of making decisions that affect the hundreds of students and teachers in the district. The MAPS board is comprised of elected adults, with the occasional appearance of teachers, parents and citizens at a meeting to voice their opinions. In the […]

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Students honor influential teachers

by 8-18 Media Each spring, as the school year comes to a close, schools in Marquette and Alger counties celebrate Excellence in Education Week. The top five percent of seniors who become Excellence in Education scholars get a scholarship and also get to name the most influential educator of their learning career so far. The […]

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Bike fest evolves

by Heather Steltenpohl The 2009 Superior Bike Fest (SBF) will see some changes this year. In addition to the downhill and cross-country mountain bike races and the Friday night twilight criterion, the Saturday road race will be the Michigan State Road Racing Championship and the Sunday circuit road race will circle around Presque Isle Park. The […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick Foster came into our home at a scary time. Just after a medical diagnosis we did not want to hear, with its attendant fear of the unknown, a package arrived. It was from our Oregon-based daughter, then working at Steens Mountain Conservation Management Area. Ordering a gift online, Mary thought she […]

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Imp Lake: the stuff of paperback mysteries

by Leslie Allen As we drove down the two-track, scanning the woods for a dead tree, the mosquitoes lay in wait, huddling in the undergrowth, preparing to swarm. “There’s one.” “Too small.” We traveled on, jostling gently back and forth over ruts and stones. “There’s one over there…” “No, it’s too far in. We don’t […]

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Shoreviewer promotes nature tourism

by Carl Lindquist The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) recently completed the Web-based Shoreviewer, which provides professional color photography for more than 600 miles of Lake Superior coastline in Michigan. This unique, easy-to-use, free program can be accessed at www.superiorwatersheds.org Shoreviewer also includes multiple layers of Geographic Information System (GIS) maps, including soils, wetlands, slope and […]

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