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Talking Derby

Story by Jim Pennell • Photos courtesy of Shine Studio/Andres Abdo Since 2012, the Dead River Derby in Marquette has been bringing its own style of derby fun and excitement to the area. What is roller derby? That’s not an easy question to answer. It can’t be compared to another sport because it’s unlike any […]

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Upper Peninsula Pride

By Neal Simons LGBTQA advocacy group U.P. Rainbow Pride (UPRP) will hold its fourth annual Pridefest at Tourist Park in the City of Marquette on Saturday, September 16. This year’s Pridefest will include children’s games and activities, Pride merchandise, LGBTQ resources, drag shows, and various performers. “It’s evolved where it’s gotten bigger. Our entertainment is […]

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The Great Divide

A number of years ago while waiting in line at a Houghton fast food restaurant, my eye was drawn to several colorful professional sports banners hanging from the ceiling. On display was a red and blue banner for the Detroit Pistons, one of navy blue and orange for the Detroit Tigers, and a red and […]

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Boy Scouts celebrating 50 years at Camp Hiawatha

Story and photos by Michael Murray t’s Friday afternoon at Camp Hiawatha, the unofficial summer headquarters of the Upper Peninsula’s Boy Scouts. After five days of rain and cool temperatures, the sky is clear and blue—and the boys’ attitudes reflect the return of summer weather. They gather along the edge of Bunting Lake to cheer […]

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Mining history

  Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera The first thing that Delaware Mine owner Tom Poynter told to me as I talked with him about the mine was that the “working years” of the mine numbered 40, and this is the 40th year since he opened the mine for tours. “The tours will last […]

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Things will be great when you go DOWNTOWN

  Story by Jackie Stark * Photos by Peggy O’Connell People in Escanaba have been spending their summer vacations outside and downtown, with a plethora of events scheduled all summer long to keep people gathering together. “If people can’t find something to do in Escanaba, they’re not looking,” said Peggy O’Connell, president of Escanaba Downtown […]

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Harborfest to rock out Marquette’s lower harbor

By Pam Christensen Marquette West Rotary Club hosts Harborfest in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park each August. This family-friendly festival combines live music, a classic car show, children’s inflatable activities, a bag toss competition, a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, U.P. Luge Association demonstration, antique wooden canoes and boats, food vendors and fun for Friday and […]

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Racing through Sands

Story and photos by Noah Hasumann Stock cars zoom around the track at 50 mph with a thunder of engines and burning rubber, some at less than 17 seconds a lap. The drivers step on the gas and grip their steering wheels, attempting to maneuver their way into the lead—without spinning out of control. They […]

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Yooper pride wins out

By Jackie Stark By Jackie Stark There’s little doubt that when Brett Goldberg woke up on June 20, he thought he was waking up to just another Tuesday at the office.  Instead, he began his day at the company he co-founded, TickPick.com, with a social media firestorm that ultimately set him on a crash course […]

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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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