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IN FOCUS

Photographer relied on camera to see before glasses Story and photo by Lee Arten Eric Munch’s parents brought him to the Upper Peninsula as soon as they possibly could. On his first trip, his father put him on U.P. ground not far from the Straits of Mackinac. He was about a year old. “The first […]

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LOCALS

Maple syrup and music are a family affair Story and photos by Mary Shegan The air around the Paul family home in Trout Creek sizzles and crackles with excitement and anticipation when the sap starts to run in the spring, and when the family is ready to board the bus for Branson. The Paul family, […]

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MUSIC MAN

Marquette native’s compositions are being performed around the globe   By Katherine Larson How do you get to Carnegie Hall? If you’re Marquette composer Thomas LaVoy, you start writing music at the age of six. You are nourished by a solid public high school music program, encouraged by a music-loving family, and end up earning […]

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COACHING TREE

The legacy of hall of fame basketball coach Irv Dieterle   By Michael Murray The Westwood High School girls basketball team leads Marquette in the fourth quarter of a game in mid-February, but its advantage is shrinking. Marquette’s half-court trap is causing problems for the Patriots, and Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran, pacing in front of […]

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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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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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HEADING HOME

By Joseph Zyble. While many candidates and incumbents are hoping to win elections this month, Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba is working on wrapping up his political career. It’s not simply the fact that he has reached the eight-year term limit allotted to state senators in Michigan. Sen. Casperson’s decision to step away from political […]

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RAISING THE BATON

  By Katherine Larson This September, a new conductor will take the helm of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Octavio Más-Arocas. Originally from Spain, Maestro Más-Arocas has extensive conducting experience throughout Europe and the Americas. His work with the MSO will be added to his current engagements as music director and conductor of the Mansfield Symphony […]

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ANSWERING THE CALL

Emergency dispatcher receives awards for excellence, saving a life By Joseph Zyble Helping out a number of people he can neither see, nor will he ever likely meet, is all in a day’s work for Mike Larson. For the past 15 years, Larson has served as an emergency dispatcher for the Negaunee Regional Communications Center […]

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Winning Ways

In his first year as the head coach of the NMU hockey wildcats, Grant Potulny guided his team to their best record since the 2001-2002 season. He was later named WCHA Coach of the Year. (NMU photo) By Michael Murray In his first season as Northern Michigan University’s head hockey coach, Grant Potulny led the […]

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A LEGACY OF SERVICE

A LEGACY OF SERVICE Maki family represented in full slate of U.S. armed forces Cutlines: LOC 959 Bill Maki can be seen in the cockpit of a C-119 aircraft. Maki was 17 when he joined the Air Force, one of 11 siblings in his family to serve in the U.S. armed forces. The Maki family […]

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A pattern of giving

By Jackie Stark The first thing you notice when you walk into Esther Johnson’s Marquette Township home are the quilts. Her work is on display everywhere, whether as art on her walls, or for use, draped over the back of a chair, folded neatly on the arm of a couch. “I enjoy it. I call […]

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Accordian to Jim

Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera Copper Country accordionist Jim Enrietti celebrated his 82nd birthday in July. He began to play the accordion when he was 7 or 8 years old. He was unsure exactly how old he was when he discovered his maternal grandfather’s two-row, diatonic button box accordion. That grandfather, John Ceretto, […]

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Earl Senchuk: creating art with purpose

By Trinity Carey Earl Senchuk has spent seven of his 68 years, he calculates, inside a drab and unfinished room in the basement of his Marquette home. It’s cement walls form merely a 6×8 space. He arches his neck over the wooden table cluttered with screws, metal, and plastics working diligently on his latest invention. […]

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For love of music

By Deborah K. Frontiera Musician Jan Arnold and I sat on the porch of her summer home on the beach of Little Traverse Bay in the Copper Country on a lovely day in June. The lake was calm, the air clear—a great view of Traverse Island (Rabbit Island) just five miles away and across Keweenaw […]

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