March, 2014
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SAIL works to support individual paths

by Rod DesJardins For Upper Peninsula residents, independent living is not only about doing things by yourself. Independence is about exploring and exercising your right to choice, freedom, participation and happiness. How we achieve these rights comes in many forms depending on our environment, friends, family system and society as a whole. Each person in the […]

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Margaret Helminen and Designotype employee Nancy Larson (Margaret’s right hand) checking the weekly schedule that keeps it all together. (Courtesy Deborah Frontiera)

Calumet couple build success in business and family life

by Deborah K. Frontiera Close to the intersection of U.S.-41 and Airpark Boulevard in Houghton County, sits an attractive blue and white building with the sign “Designotype Printers.” One can see easily from the size of the structure that this is a successful business. What isn’t quite so apparent is the family behind this enterprise and […]

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Authors say connections between readers and their books are often hard to predict, but enriching for both. (Courtesy Mike McKinney)

Local authors talk about life after writing a book

by Larry Chabot Well, your book is finally in print. You’re holding the first copy in your hands, hardly believing you actually wrote it, and your own name is on the cover. You set forth on your selling venture with cases of books, settle down for a two- or three-day marathon at a craft show, spread […]

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The author’s sap evaporator, made in self-reliant fashion from an old scrap pile. (Photo Credit: Don Kilpela)

The Sugar Moon

by Don Kilpela Orange flames lick the black sides of a large pot and a white cloud rises into the cold night. I lean over the pot and inhale warm steam. It smells sweet, blending with smoke in a wild, primitive fragrance. The cloud intermittently clears, revealing  amber liquid that roils and froths like a […]

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Detritus, and poetry

by Don Curto Often when I am working on a column, or some other piece of prose a line or two of what I might call fun appears on my computer screen, almost unasked for. This week’s example: “I’ll weigh in on my way out.” Or “which way do you think the medical problems will […]

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Women’s History Month celebrates women who are often overlooked in histories of the past, of all races and religions.

Women’s history celebrated this month

By Becky Greiner March is a highly anticipated month for many reasons, including the promise of warmer weather and more sunlight through daylight savings. But March is also a celebration of progress for women––Women’s History Month. Though the importance of Women’s History Month and the significance of the struggle for equal rights may have faded […]

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A word to the wise – March 2014

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient A spelling conundrum surfaced recently as I was talking with an alert reader who knows her way around a library. “What’s a good way to distinguish between complement with an ‘e’ and compliment with an ‘i’”? The wisdom of spellcheck won’t help us with this […]

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Both veteran and novice ice climbers are welcome at the Michigan Ice Fest, which takes place at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising. About 500 people attended this year to climb ice and learn from workshops. (Courtesy of Michigan Ice Fest)

Ice ‘scholars’ learn how to climb

By 8-18 Media Scholarship supports girls Another Michigan Ice Fest recently wrapped up and two of the roughly 500 participants in the ice climbing festival along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore attended the workshops and events for free thanks to a long-running scholarship program for girls set up in memory of the late alpinist and climber […]

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Powwow invites everyone to walk together

By Lucy Hough When the main drum beats at the “Learning to Walk Together” powwow, it symbolizes the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It is a colorful and active tradition for Native Americans to celebrate life and honor relatives. All of this happens on Northern Michigan University’s campus. After a year hiatus, the NMU powwow returns for […]

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Any favorite meal can be made more nutritious by adding vegetables.

Better nutrition starts with small steps

By Laura Gauthier March is National Nutrition Month––a time to think of or rethink nutrition goals we have set for ourselves. The theme of National Nutrition Month for 2014 is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” The primary focus of NNM is to combine taste and nutrition, and incorporate that into healthy meals and snacks […]

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Role of nurses advances in health care field

by Leslie Bek Change is inevitable and constant. Change is the norm in health care, and in the field of nursing this change has been one of progressive advancement. Sometimes the evidence is glaring. Other times you have to seek it. The patient sees a nurse . . . Two names come to mind almost […]

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Snow shelter builder Ralph Christensen works to create a door for his snow shelter, which also has a tarp roof and Styrofoam insulation flooring to keep it warm. (Photo Courtesy: Pam Christensen)

Snow shelter offers basic way to experience winter camping

By Pam Christensen For most women, Valentine’s Day means flowers, candy and a romantic dinner out. My Valentine’s Day this year was spent in our backyard snow shelter. On a recent trip to Lansing for a Library of Michigan Board of Trustees meeting, Ralph, my husband, and I were discussing our “bucket lists.” Ralph had […]

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Trolls and fairy tales teach and entertain

by Tyler Tichelaar True and Untrue and Other Norse Tales by Sigrid Undset Illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman Anyone who loves fairy tales will find this book both entertaining and educational about the tales of Norway, which unfairly often get ignored beside the better known German Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Perrault’s fairy tales from France. True […]

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Films based on real events give viewers cause for thought

By Leonard G. Heldreth The films this month all are based on true events. Two have been nominated for one or more Academy Awards. Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof was a foul-mouthed, homophobic, generally prejudiced heterosexual electrician from Texas who spent most of his free time riding bulls at rodeos, bedding prostitutes and taking drugs. […]

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A word to the wise – March 2014

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient A spelling conundrum surfaced recently as I was talking with an alert reader who knows her way around a library. “What’s a good way to distinguish between complement with an ‘e’ and compliment with an ‘i’”? The wisdom of spellcheck won’t help us with this […]

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