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A winter wonderland in lights

By Jim Pennell The Christmas season is always a time when decorations are put up outside of houses, but some folks in the area go well beyond just putting up a string of lights along the eaves. For the past 35 years the Marquette Board of Light and Power has sponsored a Holiday Lighting Contest […]

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100 years of Finnish history

by Katherine Larson December 6, 1917, found much of the world in turmoil. World War I raged, and one of its major combatants, Russia, had spent the year in the throes of revolution. While these conflagrations burned, a spark of hope was lit: Finland unilaterally declared its independence. For over seven centuries, Finland had been […]

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A new Grandview

By Jackie Stark A rundown old building looming over Marquette has found new life as low-income housing, with the renovation of the former Holy Family Orphanage into  Grandview Marquette. “The Grandview has stood on this bluff in our city—like a rock—pleading with us to give it the new life that it deserves,” said Marquette Mayor […]

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Canine Comfort

Story by Trinity Carey Photos courtesy of Nicholas Meier HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, a national nonprofit organization, recently opened a Midwest Region Division and held a three-day training workshop in Marquette to certify teams of handlers and crisis response dogs for deployment throughout the Upper Peninsula. After receiving a donation from the Superior Health […]

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When the gales of November come early

By Jackie Stark It was difficult not to think of the Edmond Fitzgerald on October 24—the might and power of Lake Superior was on display in awe-inspiring fashion all along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The National Weather Service in Negaunee recorded a record-breaking 2.3 inches of rainfall on a day that saw 77-mile-per-hour […]

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After Hockeyville

By Ray Bressette One year removed from when Marquette hosted its infamous NHL Hockeyville game, Lakeview Arena is still searching for ways to build off the notoriety and financial compensation that came with the achievement. When Lakeview Arena breezed through a series of national voting rounds to find the country’s top hockey arena in the […]

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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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