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Local Army retiree goes back to work

by Becky Korpi After inspiring two newspaper articles and appearing on television, Harvey resident Major Joe Holman became a small town celebrity last fall. The news about Holman’s reactivation into the military after a twelve-year retirement spread quickly; he could no longer sit on the sidelines while thousands of others made a difference for their […]

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Success equals half century of baking experience, dozens of grandchildren

by Becky Korpi With a pen in one hand and a steaming cup of coffee in the other, Anna Wahlstrom silently and carefully works the sudoku puzzle in front of her. Upon noticing the cryptogram and crossword puzzle she completed earlier, a casual passerby might surmise that this is where Wahlstrom’s passion lies. But those […]

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U.P. libraries win awards, by Becky Korpi

Regulars of Peter White Public Library (PWPL) are proud of it for several reasons: it offers a diverse variety of book genres, hosts several community events, provides a relaxed, quiet atmosphere for concentrating on high priority projects and even houses a quaint coffee shop. But PWPL fans now have another reason to hold it in […]

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Culture honored with month celebration, by Becky Korpi

In 1990, former President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Every year since then, events take place around the country in celebration of Native American culture and history. The NMU Center for Native American Studies has festivities planned at Northern Michigan University throughout […]

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A tasty collaboration, by Becky Korpi

Restaurant association forms in Marquette Between alligator appetizers, sub sandwiches, burritos, crepes and homemade pasta, choosing a place to eat along the Third Street and Downtown area of Marquette isn’t always a simple choice. Each of the twenty-nine locally owned restaurants in this jurisdiction offers its own unique flavors and atmospheres, but the increasing presence […]

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Historic downtown building to change hands, by Becky Korpi

By 10:00 a.m. on a weekday, it’s business as usual in downtown Marquette. Cars zip down Washington Street on a quest for a good parking spot; pedestrians window shop, deciding where their travels will take them that day, and members of the workforce look out the window at Lake Superior and daydream. A little ways […]

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Celebrating twenty years of MM, by Becky Korpi

When MM celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in October 2002, it symbolized an important milestone for the staff members and writers who believed in it and dedicated themselves to putting it on magazine stands throughout the community every month. Five years later, that same sense of dedication continues and has seen MM through to its twentieth […]

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Funding cut for Olympic boxing program, by Becky Korpi

Since 1987, young boxers with Olympic dreams have had the opportunity to come to the Upper Peninsula and train with the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) at Northern Michigan University. The boxing program—the only one of its kind in the United States—helped pave the way for such names as Vernon Forrest (1991 world champion […]

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A Misunderstood Community, by Becky Korpi

K.I. Sawyer continues to confront the stereotypes and debunk the myths as it fights through the growing pains of… A Misunderstood Community Overgrown lawns. Curbs overtaken by garbage. Families living without utilities for months. Recent news coverage of living conditions in K.I. Sawyer has been less than flattering for its residents. Contrary to the three-part […]

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New businesses offer variety in county, Part II, by Becky Korpi

In 1910, Negaunee’s Union Station Depot was built on Gold Street to service the Chicago Northwestern and Duluth South Shore train line. A handsome brick building with a sloping roof, it opened on Christmas Day and serenaded downtown Negaunee with the boisterous call of train whistles until the ’60s. After changing hands several times, Union […]

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Marquette Catholic Diocese celebrates 150 years, by Becky Korpi

Festivities already are underway across the Upper Peninsula in honor of the Marquette Catholic Diocese sesquicentennial celebration. With such famous figures as Father Jacques Marquette and Bishop Frederic Baraga in its repertoire, Catholicism in the Upper Peninsula has been traced back to Jesuit missionaries in 1641 who spread the word of God to American Indians, […]

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Little businesses that could (and still are), Part 3, by Becky Korpi

Like hundreds of immigrants to the Upper Peninsula in the early 1900s, A. Louis Bonetti came in search of new opportunities. Arriving in 1915 from Bergamo (Italy), Bonetti found work in the underground mines around Gwinn and decided to raise his family in the area. In 1933, when the twenty-first amendment—the repeal of prohibition—was passed […]

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New businesses offer variety in Marquette County, by Becky Korpi

The longetivity of many area businesses and the clientele that remain faithful to them often make it difficult for newcomers to find a niche. But from natural beads to bubble tea, five new businesses have survived their infancy stages and found a nook to call their own. Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery on Washington Street in […]

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First Presbyterian Church celebrates 150 years, by Becky Korpi

For as long as many of us can remember, the story of Amos Harlow and his impact on the founding and development of Marquette has been famous and celebrated. But the story of how the Harlow family also brought Presbyterianism to Marquette is less commonly known. Olive Harlow, Amos’ wife, resided in one of several […]

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Little businesses that could (and still are), by Becky Korpi

This is the second in a series of articles about small businesses that have thrived in local communities throughout the years. Picture it: Marquette, 1869. Settled only twenty years ago as a shipping center, the future looks promising for this young city. Marquette General Hospital (known then as Marquette City Hospital) is in its first […]

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