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Poetry collection, post-disaster novel reviewed

By Tyler Tichelaar PAINTING PICTURES WITH WORDS By Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan’s Painting Pictures with Words is a volume of poetry by a downstate Michigan resident very familiar with the U.P. and especially Lake Superior and its beaches. The book is divided into six sections. The first section, “In the Beginning,” features some […]

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Movies aimed at smaller, but appreciative audiences

  By Leonard Heldreth The films this month were not designed to be blockbusters but were aimed at a limited but generally appreciative audience. DAMSEL In an opening scene that hints at Samuel Beckett’s plays, Damsel telegraphs its plans to take varying degrees of liberty with the Western genre. Two men sit on a bench […]

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BACK THEN

When President Bush met the Mighty Mac By Larry Chabot  •  Illustration by Mike McKinney The death last November of George H.W. Bush stirred memories among those who remember one of his visits to the Upper Peninsula. His four trips here tied him for first among the presidential visitors and qualified him as an Honorary […]

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CLICK… CLICK…

Local photographer balances parenthood and small business ownership Story and photo by 8-18 media Click! The sound of a camera capturing a moment was more common 15 years ago than it is today.  Years ago when you attended an important milestone event such as a birthday party or a graduation you would make sure to […]

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Take some time out to go with the flow

  Story and photos by Scot Stewart The hill slid slowly at first, then suddenly to the river’s edge. It was a clear, fast running stream, filled with dark, mysterious boulders, bouncing the chattering water in all directions.  But it was that chatter, and the very racing itself, that brought a serenity, a peace to […]

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WILDERNESS GUARDIANS

Organization acquiring property, partnering with landowners to preserve the U.P.   Story and photo by Katherine Larson “It was 1999. A group of friends from Marquette went on a hike in the woods that ended with them sitting around a campfire, passing around a bottle, and solving the problems of the world.” Andrea Denham, executive […]

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ART MATTERS

Efforts ongoing to support public art in Marquette Story and photo by Joseph Zyble If new initiatives are successful, the public art scene in Marquette is going to bloom and grow for years to come. Last July, the City of Marquette rededicated its historic statue of the city’s namesake, and dedicated new features at Father […]

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COZY COOKIN’

An Aga saga in Negaunee   Story and photos by Katherine Larson The Aga is right there on page one of Margaret Drabble’s The Witch of Exmoor, and in books by Rosamund Pilcher and Joanna Trollope and Elizabeth Goudge. Stage directions for John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger specify it. Most readers of 20th-century British […]

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HIGH TIME

What to expect now that recreational marijuana is legal By Ron Carnell For those who haven’t heard by now, recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan. On Nov. 6, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 6, individuals were lawfully permitted to begin growing up to 12 plants, reserve as much as […]

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THE LIGHT KEEPER

His passion is collecting, resorting old lighthouses   By Deborah K. Frontiera Nick Korstad fell in love with lighthouses back in middle school, after a talk given by a member of the Coast Guard. Right then, he decided he wanted to live in one, but it would take many years before he could act on […]

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JAN. 26, 1837

As state turns 182, the U.P. remains a northern paradise Story and photo by Lon Emerick Michigan, admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837, is still very youthful and beautiful at 182 years old. Especially my homeland, the Upper Peninsula. We almost did not have this wondrous land above the Straits of Mackinac. In […]

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CROSSWORD CALAMITY!

Dear crossword enthusiasts,   Due to an unfortunate error in preparing the pages to go to press, the answer grid was mistakenly linked to the New York Times clues on page 48 of the December 2018 issue of the Marquette Monthly. For those who prefer more of a challenge, here’s the blank grid that was […]

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ARTISTIC HONORS

  Marquette artist again chosen to create governor’s Christmas ornaments By Joseph Zyble Carol Papaleo, owner of Art U.P. Style Gallery in downtown Marquette, has been a popular artist in Marquette since opening her shop nearly two decades ago. Now, she seems to be gaining prominence at the state capital, too. For the second time […]

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SINCE 1929

Iconic Escanaba store, named for dauntless founder, retains vintage qualities Story and photo by Ann Dallman It’s a great thing for a business to claim a history dating back to 1929, which is what the Gust Asp Party Store (616 Ludington St., Escanaba) can do. The store has been a favorite destination for generations of […]

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BACK THEN

The year 1958 was never safe, never boring By Larry Chabot (This is the 18th installment in a series looking back 60 years.) California fires, people fleeing Venezuela, deadly hurricanes, personal bombs. Sound familiar? Maybe so, but these events happened 60 years ago, in 1958. Hurricane Helene, with devastating winds up to 150 miles an […]

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