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Book banning occurs more frequently and more recently than many realize     Story and photos by Ann Dallman “Books light the fire—whether it’s a book that’s already written or an empty journal that needs to be filled in,” said the esteemed author Meg Wolitzer, known for The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, The […]

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FAMILY HISTORY

Woman enjoys celebrating her Ojibwa heritage; will speak on culture, collection   By Larry Chabot When Judy Conrad, like millions of other Americans, launched a genealogy search to fill out her family tree, she learned that other family members were also searching, and that she was looking in the wrong place for her Native American […]

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CTE

Career Technical Education raising student career outlooks     By Joseph Zyble Area business and trades professionals are volunteering and collaborating to greatly improve career opportunities for high school students who may not have the access to or interest in pursuing a traditional college degree to begin a career. This group, called the CTE Committee, […]

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CURLING

Olympic winter sport has taken hold in the Copper Country   By Deborah Frontiera If you’ve never heard of the sport of curling, you are not alone, but the sport dates back to 16th century Scotland, where it was played on frozen lakes and ponds using channel stones. Scottish immigrants brought the game to Canada […]

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CANINE COMPANION

Comforting dream about wolf preceded surreal live encounter Story and photo by Jude Holloway I have been walking this road and its surrounding woods and fields for some 42 years now. It’s been my home stomping grounds. I’ve walked it in many moods, both its and mine. The area has always been a spiritual sanctuary […]

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COMMON CENTS

The lowly penny and the nation’s most honored president Story by Bryon Ennis People who collect or are interested in coins and currency are called numismatists. I am not a numismatist, and that is perhaps why I find the occasional discovery of an old penny so surprising and rewarding. Occasionally, I have discovered old pennies […]

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NORTHBOUND

Sci-fi web series being made in U.P. By Elizabeth Fust Standing at the top of one of the U.P.’s mountains, along the secluded bend of a river, or off the path of a forest trail, one can almost feel as if they are alone in the world, as if everyone has just disappeared. Or something […]

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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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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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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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