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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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THE SADDEST DAY

Remembering Pearl Harbor and the U.P. men lost in the attack By Larry Chabot The boy was on his way home from his favorite Sunday afternoon pastime: the matinee at the Ontonagon Theater. As he walked into the house on the Rockland Road, he saw his parents huddled by the radio, listening intently. Before he […]

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WATERSHED EVENT

By Jim Pennell In 1995, a dozen residents of northern Marquette County got together to talk about preserving the natural beauty of the land around the Yellow Dog River. That small group of locals has now grown into the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP), a non-profit headquartered in Big Bay with hundreds of members all […]

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WWI REMEMBRANCE

Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera Two years ago, Sue Collins, an associate professor in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, came up with the idea of a community-wide commemoration of the end of World War I and the Copper Country’s involvement in it. She formed a core committee of community members, including […]

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GAINING TRACTION

By Bryon Ennis. My 2010, all-wheel drive SUV usually performed well on snow-covered Upper Peninsula roads, and I credited this normally safe, sufficient traction to the four all-weather tires that came on the vehicle. However, I experienced two hair-raising episodes when, of its own accord and totally without warning, my SUV suddenly broke from its […]

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REDEDICATION

    By Joseph Zyble On a glorious summer day, upon a hilltop overlooking the community and Lake Superior, the City of Marquette held a rededication of its Father Marquette statue and dedicated new park features in a celebration that was both joyous and bittersweet. A large crowd gathered for the July 15 celebration. Attendees […]

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SILENCE IS NOT CONSENT!

  By Katherine Larson and Megan Emily Most people remember nightmares where they feel frozen. Some horror approaches, and they can’t run, can’t flee, can’t even scream. Waking up is a huge relief. For those who are victims of a crime, those nightmares can come to life—but there’s no waking up. The human brain is […]

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Rescuing History

    By Heather Mlsna John Parlin of Deerton wants everyone to know they are invited to a public unveiling of The Rescued, his restored 137-year-old Bowdish sailboat. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion in Marquette. Nelson and Edward Bowdish started a […]

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MYSTERIES OF THE KEWEENAW

    By Deborah Frontiera There is a Native American legend in the Keweenaw about a young maiden who lost her lover in the waters of Lake Superior and cries for him through the sands on the beach at Bete Grise Bay. It is said that the sands sing only on site, and when removed […]

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GREEN BURIAL

  Story and photos by Katherine Larson Those who have attended a North American burial funeral recently know how bodies are commonly entombed: placed inside a large casket made of slow-decaying hardwood, metal or both; embalmed with a toxic chemical containing the carcinogen formaldehyde; and sealed in an concrete or metal outer layer called a […]

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STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Annual festival in Chassell is oldest continuous celebration in state, now in 70th year By Deborah Frontiera This year, the Chassell Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival will celebrate 70 years, the longest continuously-running festival in the state according to a Detroit Free Press article in 2001. The first festival was held in 1949 to celebrate local […]

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SEEKING BIGFOOT

More than 300 participants attend Sasquatch conference There can be no doubt about it: interest in “Bigfoot” is alive and well in the Upper Peninsula and beyond. The second annual Marinette-Menominee Bigfoot Convention was held at The Whistle Stop/Pullman Center near Menominee June 9. It was a packed venue with some 300 participants attending from […]

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HEAVENLY HIKING

A day in “Michigan’s Grand Canyon” a day well spent, and good exercise By Deborah Frontiera People can easily drive right by Canyon Falls on the Sturgeon River if all they see is a sign for a roadside park off US-41 about 12 miles south of L’Anse. If driving north on US-41, it’s a few […]

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World-Class Athletes

The United Nations in NMU’s swimming pool Cutline: Arnoldo Herrera cuts through the water. Herrera is one of many international students who compete for Northern Michigan University’s swim team. (Photo courtesy of Corey Genovese) When Northern Michigan University reinstated its men’s swimming and diving program for the 2015-16 school year after a 35-year hiatus, the […]

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Full Speed Ahead

A history of Munising’s Bayshore Marina Cutlines: BSM2:  A recent picture of the Munising Marina. (Photo courtesy of Flotation Docking Systems) Munising Marina BSM 2: A crew works on the construction of the marina  in the late 1890s. (Photo courtesy of the Alger County Historical Society) By John Cebalo Boater friendly” is the phrase that […]

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