MM turns 30

From left, Dick Armstrong, Tom Buchkoe and Leonard Heldreth stand outside the Marquette Monthly cottage on Third Street in Marquette. (Photo by Jackie Stark)

By Jackie Stark

Living in the U.P. is like living under a double-edged sword.” So began the very first article in the very first edition of Marquette Monthly, which hit the streets 30 years ago in October 1987.

All 20 pages of that premiere edition were created at the home of founding editor and publisher Mary Kinnunen, a woman with a unique vision and the guts to carry it out.

MM would go on to have offices in a number of places in Marquette, ultimately settling in at the cottage at 810 N. Third Street, where it remains today.

“Mary knew what she wanted and she pretty much got it,” said Dick Armstrong, MM’s circulation manager of 30 years.

Brought on roughly six months into the magazine’s life, Armstrong originally drove to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, to pick up the papers printed there by a newspaper.

“My kids were young then, so we’d all pile into the van and go up there and get them,” Armstrong said.

He would bring them back for Kinnunen to distribute. Though, as the magazine grew and as distribution grew right along with it, Armstrong eventually took over all the delivery of the magazine.

He now drives across the Central and Western U.P., dropping off bundles in stores, medical offices, libraries, visitors’ bureaus, coffee shops, anywhere and everywhere people go…

To read the full story, please pick up a copy of this months Marquette Monthly at one of our distribution outlets.

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