Tag Archives: Deborah K. Frontiera

ART WALK

Community celebrates artists every first Friday of the month year-round By Deborah K. Frontiera Every month, year round, rain or shine, Calumet businesses and galleries hold an Art Walk on the first Friday of each month. (The only exception might be a winter blizzard so bad that schools are closed that day.) Held in the […]

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LIVING HISTORY

Ft. Wilkins celebrating 175 years By Deborah K. Frontiera Douglas Houghton’s geological survey work reporting the presence of copper in the Keweenaw in 1841 began the first mineral boom in the United States. So many prospectors came to Copper Harbor to file claims for land that the government built Fort Wilkins in 1844 to serve […]

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SUPERIOR READS

Insect fiction novel offers lessons for people Reviewed by Victor Volkman Chronicles Part IV – The Inception of the Combined Colonies By Deborah K. Frontiera www.AuthorsDen.com/DeborahKFrontiera Jade Enterprises Deborah K. Frontiera’s fourth book in the ongoing Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier, subtitled The Inception of the Combined Colonies, is a wild, post-apocalyptic story of the conflict […]

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THE LIGHT KEEPER

His passion is collecting, resorting old lighthouses   By Deborah K. Frontiera Nick Korstad fell in love with lighthouses back in middle school, after a talk given by a member of the Coast Guard. Right then, he decided he wanted to live in one, but it would take many years before he could act on […]

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WWI REMEMBRANCE

Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera Two years ago, Sue Collins, an associate professor in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, came up with the idea of a community-wide commemoration of the end of World War I and the Copper Country’s involvement in it. She formed a core committee of community members, including […]

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Accordian to Jim

Story and photos by Deborah K. Frontiera Copper Country accordionist Jim Enrietti celebrated his 82nd birthday in July. He began to play the accordion when he was 7 or 8 years old. He was unsure exactly how old he was when he discovered his maternal grandfather’s two-row, diatonic button box accordion. That grandfather, John Ceretto, […]

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For love of music

By Deborah K. Frontiera Musician Jan Arnold and I sat on the porch of her summer home on the beach of Little Traverse Bay in the Copper Country on a lovely day in June. The lake was calm, the air clear—a great view of Traverse Island (Rabbit Island) just five miles away and across Keweenaw […]

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North Woods Conservancy preserves land for public use

by Deborah K. Frontiera For generations, people in Houghton and Keweenaw counties fished, hiked and picnicked along the Gratiot River, the beach of Lake Superior at Seven Mile Point and several other areas. People always considered these places as “public land.” In the past, such areas had belonged to mining companies and other corporations that did […]

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KBOCC celebrates Michigan authors

by Deborah K. Frontiera A few years ago, the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College in L’Anse had a beautiful new library with a huge deficit in the number of volumes it contained. The college set about seeking to fill those shelves, asking for donations of “special collections.” Many years earlier, Steve Covieo, author of You […]

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Jutila Center: New businesses grow on old foundation

by Deborah K. Frontiera Karin Van Dyke, vice president for university relations at Finlandia University, is head of Finlandia University’s business incubator with offices on the third—ground floor—of what was once the St. Joseph Hospital and then Portage Hospital, the Lily I. Jutila Center for Design and Business. The 120,000-square-foot, nine-floor building was renovated with […]

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Taking the “dis” out of disability

The first time I met Gretchen Preston, I knew she was a remarkable woman. Preston has been legally blind for many years, but has not let that slow her down, or dampen her dreams. Her children’s books, the Valley Cat series, are delightful; she is active in the community; she can ski, hike and join […]

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Margaret Helminen and Designotype employee Nancy Larson (Margaret’s right hand) checking the weekly schedule that keeps it all together. (Courtesy Deborah Frontiera)

Calumet couple build success in business and family life

by Deborah K. Frontiera Close to the intersection of U.S.-41 and Airpark Boulevard in Houghton County, sits an attractive blue and white building with the sign “Designotype Printers.” One can see easily from the size of the structure that this is a successful business. What isn’t quite so apparent is the family behind this enterprise and […]

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Entrepreneurship 101

MTEC SmartZone helps tech business startups By Deborah K. Frontiera This year, the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation, or MTEC SmartZone (affiliated with Michigan Technological University) celebrated its tenth anniversary. The actual date of its birth was somewhere in the summer of 2002, but it took a while to get operations going, so the celebrated anniversary […]

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Finlandia University: AKA Suomi College or University of Sisu Part II

By Deborah K. Frontiera When Suomi College was first established in the 1890s, all of the classes were taught in Finnish, except the English class. This served the children of Finnish immigrants well, but left many people with the impression that the school was “too Finnish” for anyone else. V. K. Nikander wrote at the […]

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Finlandia University Part I—The First 50 Years

by Deborah K. Frontiera In the spring of 2012 when I took on the task of compiling a “new” history for Finlandia University, I didn’t fully realize what I had gotten myself into. The monstrous task would keep me occupied more than full time for the entire summer and half of the fall. I heard […]

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