January, 2014

Entrepreneurship 101

MTEC SmartZone helps tech business startups By Deborah K. Frontiera This year, the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation, or MTEC SmartZone (affiliated with Michigan Technological University) celebrated its tenth anniversary. The actual date of its birth was somewhere in the summer of 2002, but it took a while to get operations going, so the celebrated anniversary […]

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Youth theatre to present Seussical, Jr. musical

by Sydney Rehmann Coming this January, audience members will go on a mesmerizing and entrancing journey through the tales of Dr. Seuss. Seussical the Musical brings life to many of the classic children’s books we all know and love including Horton Hears A Who!, If I Ran the Circus, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, The […]

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Deer camps in the U.P. are a tradition, whether small or grand. A slide show showing off some historic camps will be held January 30.

Camps of the U.P. featured in history center fundraiser

by Jack Deo I recently created a new, digital slide show that I’m calling, “From Deer Camps to Grand Camps.” A viewing of the show will be held Thursday, January 30 to benefit the Marquette Regional History Center. It’s one of several fund-raisers held throughout the year to support the operating expenses of the museum, […]

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Anchorage teacher Mary Beth Hammerstrom is originally from Marquette and recently took second place in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament. (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Marquette native finds Jeopardy! fame

by Eric C. Hammerstrom “Yes, I am Mary Beth’s brother,” I say. “Yes, I am Mary Beth’s mother,” says my mother. “Home of the genius––genius’s father speaking,” my father answers the telephone. My sister is a celebrity of sorts, after stretching her fifteen minutes of fame into two weeks of competition on the 2013 Jeopardy! Teachers […]

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A Marine Santa gives gifts to Chinese kids in Tientsin, 1945. Marines still play this role, around the world wherever there are Marines…and kids.

Christmas in 1945 distant from today

by Don Curto In the beginning, there was the winter of 1945. The War was ended. Peace looked like a possibility, if not a probability. This is a sketch, a short story about my trip from Guam, just a few degrees above the equator, to North China, a long way from the equator, home to […]

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U.P. authors write of inspiring life journeys

by Tyler Tichelaar Live Like Louis: Inspiring Stories From the Life of Louis Armstrong to Help You Lead a More Wonderful Life by Phil Lynch Phil Lynch, an Escanaba psychology teacher and musician, has written this thoughtful and inspiring book about Louis Armstrong with the purpose of helping its readers lead a more wonderful life. I […]

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Hunter Katie Wilcox, of Marquette, won the Big Bay Sportsmen’s Club Big Buck Contest with her eight-pointer this year. (Courtesy of Katie Wilcox)

Reflections on being a deer hunter

by 8-18 Media “As my dad would say, I think it is hogwash. Girls can do pretty much anything guys can do––that’s what he’s always told me since I was a young girl. We can put just as much time in baiting a blind, we can put in just as much time sitting in a […]

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How to get access to local health care

by Leslie Bek I am attempting to do something almost as monumental as designing a national access to health care system for all Americans. I am going to write about it. My intent was very simple in scope at its origin. I wondered, “How has the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act impacted the services […]

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The recent 31 Days of Pink fundraising campaign helped support the U.P. Breast Health Fund through local health departments. (Courtesy of Marquette County Health Department)

Free breast health services available to women

by Jill L. Fries, Marquette County Health Department The face of health care is changing, and how preventative services are delivered to our most economically challenged individuals has had to change as well to meet the enormous need in our community. To address this change, the Superior Health Foundation has begun a collaboration process with local […]

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Common garden seeds often are genetically modified

by Elise Bunce Seed catalogs are starting to trickle in. They are in a pile upstairs by the computer, in the bathroom, on the kitchen table and wherever else I might pause for a moment to peruse them. I am addicted to them. But there is one thing that makes it very easy for me […]

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Operation Action U.P. celebrates fifty years

by Tawni Ferrarini Each year, members of Operation Action U.P. and the business community from across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula gather to celebrate the accomplishments of businesses and share in their success. This year OAUP will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in grand splendor. With the anniversary support of Michigan Labors-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund and […]

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Some of the author’s Icelandic sheep, Sonja, Helga and Ragnar, on a stormy day which didn’t seem to bother them very much. (Photo Credit: Don Kilpela)

Watching sheep on a snowy evening

by Don Kilpela It has been snowing all day and a deep drift fills the end of my driveway. I shift my truck into low range and drop the plow, then step on the gas. The plow punches through the drift and throws a white wake to one side as I speed down the long […]

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End-of-the-world films for the beginning of the year

by Leonard G. Heldreth Three of the films for this month deal with the threat of the world’s end, but two of them end it not with a bang but a laugh, and the third ends on a positive note. The last film is a clever coming-of-age film in which a teenaged boy tries to cope […]

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A word to the wise – January 2014

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient “As we start the New Year, let’s get down on our knees to thank God we’re still on our feet.” So goes yet another Irish toast, this one just right for the dawn of 2014. Our column for this January offers a New Year stew, […]

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