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The other Upper Peninsula

Story by Jon Magnuson Illustrations by Diana Magnuson Photos courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center This past summer, close to a hundred of us—local residents, tourists, and history buffs—crowded into Big Bay’s historic Thunder Bay Inn for an entertaining evening, viewing projected old photos of camps grand lodges, and cabins in the Upper Peninsula. Hosted […]

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Investing in art

By Jackie Stark Umbrellas hung up along Marquette’s Rosewood Walkway. A statue honoring Father Marquette, an old legend, and one honoring Phil Niemisto, a modern one. Benches painted with different designs. Bike racks shaped like bicyclest that create unique shadows on the ground. Murals in windows and on the sides of businesses. Public art in […]

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MM turns 30

By Jackie Stark Living in the U.P. is like living under a double-edged sword.” So began the very first article in the very first edition of Marquette Monthly, which hit the streets 30 years ago in October 1987. All 20 pages of that premiere edition were created at the home of founding editor and publisher […]

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Making Moments

By Jackie Stark In an unassuming room on the lower level of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, a group of people gets together three times a week for lunch and fellowship. They drink coffee, play games, make art, even go on a few field trips here and there as time permits. What sets this […]

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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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