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August 2017 Art Galleries

Big Bay Big Bay Outfitters. Featuring work by local artists. Open daily. 308 Bensinger Rd. 250-3350.   Calumet Copper Country Associated Artists Studio/Gallery. Works by members and workshop participants in watercolor and oil, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, wood, textile, clay, glass and other media. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 205 Fifth St. […]

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Pickling: it’s a big dill

  By Katherine Larson I come to the topic of pickles as a relative neophyte, but like many converts am extra-enthusiastic. For years, pickles were to me the flavorful objects that miraculously appeared, fully formed, in glass jars in grocery stores or on plates in restaurants. The idea of having anything to do with their […]

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Conducting a lasting legacy

By Katherine Larson On June 23 the Marquette area lost an important piece of its history when Dr. William Dehning passed away at the Marquette County Medical Care facility in Ishpeming. Forty-six years ago, in 1971, Dehning became the founding music director of the Marquette Choral Society. It was the very start of what became […]

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A community trail

By Kristi Evans Anyone who has spent time outdoors in the Upper Peninsula (or who has even just gone for an evening stroll along Marquette’s multi-use path) has become familiar with the distinct blue blazes marking the path for the North Country Trail. Indeed, those blue blazes serve as a backdrop for many a U.P. […]

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July 2017 On the Town

Calumet Shute’s. – Tuesdays: Open mic. 322 Sixth Street. 337-4430. Gwinn Happy Hour. – Saturdays: Karaoke. 5 East Stephenson. 346-6340. Up North Lodge. – Mondays: Trivia. 7 p.m. – Sunday, July 2: Joe Boogren and Katie. – Sunday, the 9th: Derrell Syria and Friends. – Sunday, the 16th: Travis Swanson. – Sunday, the 23rd: Under the Radar. […]

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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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Preserving Nature

by Jim Pennell Whose woods are these I think I know His house is in the village though He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow – Robert Frost Land, as they say, is a wise investment because they’re not making any more of it. With the exception […]

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May 2017 Art Galleries

Big Bay Big Bay Outfitters. Featuring work by local artists. Open daily. 308 Bensinger Rd. 250-3350. Calumet Copper Country Associated Artists Studio/Gallery. Works by members and workshop participants in watercolor and oil, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, wood, textile, clay, glass and other media. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 205 Fifth St. 337-1252. […]

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By the Numbers

by Stephen Alan Smith  He had been shoveling the driveway for 47 minutes when the cab pulled up. He slowed his pace for three more loads, then walked into the garage, hung the shovel between the snow scoop and the push broom, walked over to a clipboard hanging on the wall and next to Friday […]

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Shinrin-yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’

by Dr. Scott Emerson It is well documented that nature parks provide many billions of dollars in economic and environmental benefits to our communities in the United States. According to the City Parks Alliance, these include cleaning the air and water, cooling cities, increasing property values and tax revenues, increasing social cohesion, decreasing crime rates, […]

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Michigan Marchers

The bus ride began with a blessing. “May you be safe. May you be free from all harm. As the road or skies carry you toward your fellow pilgrims, may you sense the presence of those who travel with you in spirit …” Susan Uballe read the blessing, written by Unitarian Universalist minister Erika A. […]

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Dancing with Parkinson’s

by Marge Sklar & Ruth Almen Imagine you are Rafi Eldor, Ph.D. and professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University. The year is 2008 and your doctor has just told you that you have Parkinson’s disease and will need nursing care within five years. Where do you go from here? Eldor had an interesting response. In order […]

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Standing with Standing Rock

by Dan Roblee Yooper water warriors offer prayer, protest, provisions, presence Nestled in the embrace of Lake Superior, Native Americans and many other west U.P. residents feel blessed by their access to clean, healthy water. It’s a blessing they feel ought to be universal, so when Natives on the Standing Rock reservation in the Dakotas began […]

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Crossing Over

On a Friday evening in October, over 500 persons crowded into a candlelit church sanctuary in Marquette County to hear Eben Alexander, M.D., a former neurosurgeon, talk of his own near-death experience that subsequently changed his life and career. His 2012 New York Times’ best-selling book Proof of Heaven triggered a tidal wave of highly […]

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Food access critical part of a local food system

by Sam Henke Where does a food system start?  It’s true that a plant’s roots are nourished by the soil it is grown in, but doesn’t the condition of the soil start with the land’s history?  If a farm is sited on an historic farm that’s been maintained, much of the work of the farmer […]

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