June, 2017

For my father

John Kivela’s death on May 9 was a shock felt throughout the state of Michigan. The fact it was a suicide made it even harder to come to terms with. Kivela was a passionate civil servant, a loving father and husband, and an alcoholic. The first two were well-known, but his struggle with alcoholism was […]

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Rustic Eating

Life brightens up as the weather gets warmer for lots of reasons, of course, but for one special and important reason: Now we can make pizza on the grill. The first time we tried this, years ago, we were filled with trepidation. How could we put dough right on the grill? Wouldn’t it droop through […]

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June 2017 Family Friendly Community Guide

Learning About Work 12th Annual Skilled Trades Career Day comes to Marquette Nearly 500 high school students from Marquette and Alger counties learned all about putting in a day’s work at the 12th Annual Skilled Trades Career Day, held at the Marquette County Fairgrounds in May. Students from freshmen to seniors were able to spend […]

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Gift of Water

By Tim Clancy Even though, biologically speaking, water is essential to our existence, we too often take it for granted. And for those of us who live where it’s plentiful, available and under control, it’s easy to see why. Along with drinking it, bathing in it and using it to grow and process food, we […]

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June 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader, As a community magazine, focused on writing about this beautiful life in the Upper Peninsula, we at Marquette Monthly know how strong our U.P. communities are. When houses burn down, we provide families with clothes to wear, food to eat and a roof over their heads. When kids get sick, we hold spaghetti […]

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Where is it?

By Larry Chabot Whoever and wherever they are, they’ve hidden for 37 years a treasure stolen for their private enjoyment. What is it? A one-of-a-kind, extremely valuable Tiffany window, taken from the Kaufman Mausoleum in Marquette’s Park Cemetery sometime around 1980. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was an American artist and designer renowned for his stained […]

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License to serve

By the Marquette County Health Department Environmental Health Staff It’s that time of year again. Summer events are starting and temporary food vendor stands are opening. In Michigan, people providing any food to the public (free or for sale), are required to have a food service license. There are several food licenses available and the […]

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Lake Superior Theatre announces 2017 lineup

Winter seemed to hang on through much of May but here it is June—and a busy time for Lake Superior Theatre as we transition from boathouse to theatre. All of our peepers and people heading north, the snow is gone revealing green grass, and the trees are literally bursting with buds—all foretelling that summer is […]

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Breaking soil

Story by Sam Henke, Marquette Food Co-op • Photos courtesy of Bean Pole Farm So do you think the U.P. is a good place to start a farm?” I ask the young and enterprising farmer while she is on a break between her other, non-farming jobs. She hesitates then laughs, “. . .if you’re crazy!” […]

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But does it fly?

If you should ever happen to glimpse a strangely shaped vehicle tooling down the Marquette bypass, exceeding the speed limit, or should you happen to spot the same craft alligator-crawling alongside the lower harbor breakwater, please don’t call the state police or the Coast Guard—its only Pete Frazier testing WALT. WALT is a product of […]

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Examining love and a beloved building

Snow Country: A Copper Island Novel, One By Kristin Neva Snow Country is Kristin Neva’s debut novel. Neva was born and raised on Copper Island (the northern Keweenaw Peninsula), so she knows what she writes about. The novel is aptly named since it takes place during a long U.P. winter. The story begins in California […]

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A museum’s impact

Written  by Liam Ulland-Joy,  Annabella Martinson, with contributions by Eleanor Grosvenor,  and Anja McBride. When people are young there are many things that shape the adults they will become. It is often the little things that have the biggest impact; family, a favorite meal, favorite activities and the places people spent their time as a […]

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Everything Under The Sun keeps set list varied

By Amy Gawry Everything Under the Sun mixes funk, blues, rock and reggae together to create music unlike any other. The Marquette-based band consists of five local men who joined together in 2012 to form a group that didn’t want to be labeled by one single genre of music. With musical influences like Stevie Ray […]

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Distracted parenting

By Amy Gawry In April, the U.P. Children’s Coalition put on a conference for family and human services professionals called Strengthening Families Through the Protective Factors Framework. While some of the conference content was specific to training service providers, one session’s topic discussed an issue that’s relevant to anyone who interacts with children—the overuse of […]

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Pine Mountain Music Festival returns for 27th year

Opening on Friday, June 16 and concluding on Saturday, July 1, the 27th Pine Mountain Music Festival will feature five performance groups, each playing in Marquette, Houghton and Iron Mountain. This season new friends, as well as old, will perform a wide variety of music in a variety of settings. The season opens in Marquette […]

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