Tag Archives: Deborah Frontiera


Festival will focus on viking-age Finland By Deborah Frontiera Were some Finns also Vikings? Balagard festival organizer, Toby Dawson, says, “Come to the Balagard Festival on the Hancock Green right next to the Finnish-American Heritage Center on Oct. 5, 2019, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and find out.” “Balagard” is an Old Norse word […]

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State’s largest park boasts lakes, trails, waterfalls, amazing views LOOKOUT POINT • By Deborah Frontiera With 60,000 acres, 35,000 of that in old growth forest, the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness area in Ontonagon County is Michigan’s largest state park! Estab-lished in 1945, it contains lakes, rivers, waterfalls, numerous streams, 90 miles of hiking trails and […]

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Olympic winter sport has taken hold in the Copper Country   By Deborah Frontiera If you’ve never heard of the sport of curling, you are not alone, but the sport dates back to 16th century Scotland, where it was played on frozen lakes and ponds using channel stones. Scottish immigrants brought the game to Canada […]

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Annual festival in Chassell is oldest continuous celebration in state, now in 70th year By Deborah Frontiera This year, the Chassell Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival will celebrate 70 years, the longest continuously-running festival in the state according to a Detroit Free Press article in 2001. The first festival was held in 1949 to celebrate local […]

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A day in “Michigan’s Grand Canyon” a day well spent, and good exercise By Deborah Frontiera People can easily drive right by Canyon Falls on the Sturgeon River if all they see is a sign for a roadside park off US-41 about 12 miles south of L’Anse. If driving north on US-41, it’s a few […]

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Ontonagon: The town that won’t go away

By Deborah Frontiera Ontonagon has had a long history of “boom” and “bust” that predates the California Gold Rush. Unfortunately, its history has also been filled with outside speculators and investors who tended to come in, extract, use up and then spit out the area and its residents. Ken Raisanen, a long-time resident and current […]

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