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Distracted parenting

By Amy Gawry In April, the U.P. Children’s Coalition put on a conference for family and human services professionals called Strengthening Families Through the Protective Factors Framework. While some of the conference content was specific to training service providers, one session’s topic discussed an issue that’s relevant to anyone who interacts with children—the overuse of […]

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Finnish ambassador to visit Upper Peninsula in June

A member of the Finnish Foreign Ministry staff in Washington, D.C., has frequently reminisced about her visit to Michigan’s Copper Country during FinnFest USA 2013 and longed for ways to return to the area. So, when she had her choice of official visits on which she could accompany Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, she wasted no time […]

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Another year of camp

by Amy Gawry For 80 years, Presbytery Point has been serving children and families through their camp on the shores of Lake Michigamme. As they celebrate this milestone anniversary, they reflect on their journey so far, and the road that lies ahead of them. In 1937, the main property of the camp was purchased by […]

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In April, it’s time to March

By Jackie Stark On the 100th day of the Trump Administration, people will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., to send a message—that the health of the earth goes beyond politics. Hoping to echo or even exceed the People’s Climate March, when 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City on September […]

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Thrivent gives back to community

by Amy Gawry For many years, Thrivent Financial has been offering financial services to its members, as well as providing opportunities for giving back. With help and encouragement from the local Thrivent office and staff, Marquette area members are able to meet the needs of many organizations and individuals in their community. For the past […]

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Remembering Bart

by Barbara Buchkoe Have you ever climbed Sugarloaf Mountain to revel in the spectacular views of Lake Superior, the surrounding woods and the city of Marquette? Then was your attention drawn to the obelisk that sits at the top of the mountain? Why is it there? Who made it? Who or what is Bart? The answers […]

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Blazing trails

by Eric Hammerstrom Marquette native finds new home running mountain marathons in Alaska Matias Saari didn’t really decide to write a book about the Equinox Marathon. It would be more accurate to say the Equinox Marathon made all the decisions. Because, since 1998 when Saari first ran Alaska’s most famous mountain marathon, the race has seemed […]

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Good things come in small packages

by Erin Gaura We all know how beneficial it is to the local economy to support our community businesses, but the importance of shopping locally extends far beyond money. Sometimes we forget about the people running those shops and restaurants, underestimating the extent to which their work propels the community. In small towns, like those so […]

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Jim’s Music celebrates 30 years

by Taylor Johnson Back in 1986 Jim and Karen Dombrowski invested $3,000 into opening Jim’s Music, a small music shop in Escanaba. The store had instruments and sheet music for sale, but also offered instrument rentals and music lessons. The investment paid off, as Jim’s Music celebrated their 30th year in business in October. Today, […]

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Dog tags and Veterans Day

by Eric C. Hammerstrom We scrambled in the wee hours of August 20, 1968, when the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia and the world was on the brink of war. At Patch Barracks, in Stuttgart, Germany, soldiers went on alert, kissed their wives and children goodbye, and headed for airport tarmacs where they waited to be deployed […]

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Welcome to Hockeyville USA

by John Smolens To celebrate Lakeview Arena’s Hockeyville Award, Marquette threw a party. The festivities included a 5K race, a Fun Fair in the Superior Dome, a Red Carpet Gala, youth skating clinics and a parade that ended at the Marquette Commons with a BBQ cookout for more than 1,000 celebrants. Tuesday night, October 4, […]

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The path to PAWS-ibilities

by Laura Farwell or nearly four decades, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter has taken on different shapes and forms in pursuit of animal welfare. For the last 10 years, all UPAWS’ decisions have focused on taking the best care of animals it possibly can. This clarity of focus continues to produce great results for […]

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Taking Pride

by Neal Simons Despite heavy rains and freezing cold, a small band of dedicated marchers headed from the Marquette Commons to Tourist Park at 11 a.m. to commence the third annual Pride Fest, coordinated by U.P. Rainbow Pride on September 10. This march is known as the Walk of Awareness, and it opens Pride Fest […]

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MARQUETTE is HOCKEYVILLE USA

By John Smolens Marquette’s Lakeview Arena is one of the last surviving cathedrals of Old Time Hockey; thus it seems fitting that it’s the recipient of the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville Award. Over 1,000 communities entered their rinks and arenas into the annual competition, sponsored by Kraft Foods. As this year’s U.S. winner (there’s a separate […]

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North

by John Smolens What is north? We sport clothing that touts Up North! Marquette’s local university is geographically identified, and often simply referred to, as Northern. Drive along US-41 and you’ll see numerous local businesses that incorporate north or northern in their names. The word north derives from the Old High German word nord, which has […]

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