March, 2013

Word to the Wise

A word to the wise Verbum satis sapientibus:    A word to the wise is sufficient. Sins come in three varieties, as you recall from your catechism: mortal, venial and verbal.   We pretty much all have in common the same dumb offenses, including those against language.  From time to time, I plan to offer […]

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Superior Reads

Scandinavian Culture in the U.P. and Beyond. Swedes in Michigan by Rebecca J. Mead Swedes in Michigan is part of the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series published by Michigan State University Press, a series with numerous titles, including Dutch in Michigan, French Canadians in Michigan and Germans in Michigan. I admit that while I’ve […]

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Women and Finance

Gone are the days when families relied on the “man of the house” to be the bread winner. Now, more than ever, women are working outside of the home and are contributing to their family’s financial success. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics sites that in 1950 the labor force participation rate for women […]

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by Pam Christensen Steve Lindberg has wrapped up six years of service to Michigan’s 109th District in the House of Representatives. He is leaving one of the most contentious legislatures in Michigan’s history. He sat down to reflect on those years after leaving Lansing and returning to his hometown of Marquette. Lindberg was born in […]

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Snowbound Books

Snowbound Books in Marquette is not closing!!  As my journalism professor at Western Michigan University used to say, “Lead with the most important facts first.”  Snowbound Books is not closing, but it is undergoing a big change.  Store founder Ray Nurmi is retiring at the end of March 2013.  After 29 years of operating the […]

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Overcoming Lyme Disease, Fear and a Three-Mile Run

by Don Kilpela “Thank you all for coming out this morning,” says a young man with a bullhorn. “When you reach Painesdale, those of you that want to get a true 5K time will have to run up a long street.  There will be people there to direct you.  Those of you who don’t want […]

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Home Cinema March 2013

Moonrise Kingdom The films of Wes Anderson (including Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tannenbaums, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox) are almost a genre in themselves.  Focused on family problems, gentle with their characters, and often whimsical in their humor, they provide a welcome contrast to the loud innuendos and raucous action of most contemporary comedies (think […]

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by Jill Fries At the Marquette County Health Department, we attempt to foster healthy, happy babies through a wide variety of services and programs. Some programs such as WIC (the Women’s Infant and Children Supplemental Food Program) offer nutritional education in conjunction with food assistance. There is the car seat safety program that promotes safe […]

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Making Child Well-Being a Public Policy Priority

The recently released national “Kids Count” indicators of Child Well-Being and more specifically the Michigan Kids Count Data Book 2012 and Upper Peninsula data sets are turning heads. That is a good thing. That is the intent. This information serves as a stimulus to making child well-being a public policy priority. For example, in the […]

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Finlandia University: AKA Suomi College or University of Sisu Part II

By Deborah K. Frontiera When Suomi College was first established in the 1890s, all of the classes were taught in Finnish, except the English class. This served the children of Finnish immigrants well, but left many people with the impression that the school was “too Finnish” for anyone else. V. K. Nikander wrote at the […]

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U.P. Celebration

by Jon Saari Why do people choose the U.P.? Hint: It is not for the old extractive industries of mining and logging. That’s one of the myths exploded by economist Thomas Michael Power, who has written about mining worldwide in his book Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies. Extractive industries export the natural assets of our […]

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‘Model’ Horses on the runway

 by Tia Platteborze, Lauren Lasko, Ashley Longtine, Abby Pierce and Emilee Solka They care for them, they’re proud of them, and they love them. They are horses, but not the eating, breathing, riding kind of horse. They are the porcelain and resin Breyer kind of horse. The kids who gather these collectable models are very […]

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