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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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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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