July, 2009
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Ishpeming native leaves international legacy

by Suzan Travis-Robyns Editor’s Note: The following article is compiled from written international tributes, a brief statement Mike Koenig wrote at his mother’s request shortly before his death, and an interview with Harry and Debbie Koenig. Mike Koenig grew up in a small mining community in the Upper Peninsula and went on to conduct ground-breaking […]

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Big things in little Ishpeming

by Pam Christensen Stacey Willey is throwing open the doors to Ishpeming’s Roosevelt Supper Club on July 1. The Supper Club, located at 200 West Division Street in Ishpeming, has been closed for many years. Willey is inviting anyone connected with John D. Voelker or the filming of Anatomy of Murder in 1959 to join […]

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Cornishtown reunion draws former residents

by Larry Alexander For the fourth year, former residents of Negaunee’s Cornishtown will reunite during Pioneer Days. Pioneer Days celebrates Negaunee’s heritage with events ranging from a softball tournament to a fireworks display. Fireworks will be at dusk on July 11 this year. The Cornishtown reunion will be held at the Negaunee Senior Center, starting at […]

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Escape to America

by Larry Chabot “I still think of my homeland, but I’m as American as I can be.” So says Maria Sossi of Marquette, whose life began 5,700 miles away in Slovenia and who survived two repressive dictatorships before finding refuge in the United States. Maria was one of untold millions uprooted in Europe by World War […]

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Words of descriptive elegance

by Don Curto It is true there are occasions when a picture is worth a thousand words. However, there are writers who are so good that no one picture could possibly capture the world portrayed by their words. Such a writer was Elizabeth David, the first great modern food and travel writer who brought French […]

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Pause and reflect

by Leslie Bek Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Upper Peninsula in the winter. Where else on Thanksgiving Day can I leave my home and fifteen minutes later arrive at a ski hill or trail and then plan to do the same thing again for an Easter egg hunt? If you are someone who has […]

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Summer ’67 was busy for clean water

by George Sedlacek “A special meeting of the Marquette City Commission will be held at 7:00 p.m. this evening in the city hall for the purpose of discussing the sale of water to Marquette Township.” Sound familiar? No, you didn’t just see this headline this week; this was the topic of discussion back in March 1967. […]

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Media honored for Good News

by Loreene Zeno Koskey The “good news” was celebrated in Marquette on June 10 with a luncheon and awards ceremony attended by more than fifty people. Media representatives from across the Upper Peninsula were commended for positive stories they wrote and programs they produced this past year at the 2009 Good News Awards. Since 1998, […]

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‘Mom’s’ caters to locals, welcomes visitors

by Sam Eggleston The apple pie still was warm as it was handed over the counter to the hands of the eagerly awaiting customer. “Karen just made it,” said Betty, an employee at “Mom’s Place” in McFarland. The store, located on M-35 between Gwinn and Rock, smelled like cinnamon apples on the first truly warm day […]

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Children, community come together during forest fire

by 8-18 Media On May 20, 2009 a fire broke in a rural, but fairly populated area off of County Road 581 south of Ishpeming. The fire was caused by a fallen power line and resulting sparks. Because of the very dry and windy conditions, the fire spread quickly. The fire burned for several days […]

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South Country Connection – July 2009

SARC offers dog listening The Salvation Army Recreation Center (SARC) in K.I. Sawyer will host the summer lunch program through the Gwinn School system and the United States Department of Agriculture for all youth up to the age of eighteen. The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through August […]

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A closer look at some Academy Award nominees

by Leonard Heldreth All of the films this month were nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and some won. Three of the films examine the effects of doubt and guilt on their characters, while the fourth presents the end of a professional athlete’s career. Doubt Although first staged in 2004, just after the church scandals about […]

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Theatre season opens with Guys on Ice

by Peggy Frazier Once again Lake Superior Theatre (LST) raises the curtain on another spectacular season. Since this was the summer that seemed a long time in coming, it seems quite appropriate that the LST season begins with Guys On Ice. “Sitting outside in the freezing cold, building a little nest for yourself…is the ultimate expression […]

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U.P. poet writes of film, family and life

by Tyler Tichelaar The Child Who Loved Movies By L.E. Ward Upper Michigan poet and Iron River native, L.E. Ward, is a two-time Pulitzer nominee (in 1992 for criticism and in 1999 for poetry). When one reads his poems, it’s easy to see why his work has received such attention. Born in Iron River in 1944, […]

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