Tag Archives: Erin Gaura

If it’s January, it’s Heikinpäivä

by Erin Gaura In 1999, when James Kurtti organized a midwinter Finnish festival to help soothe the bitter cold of Hancock’s January, it was supposed to be a one-time event. It wasn’t expected to become the annual culture fest of Keweenaw Finns for almost the next two decades—this year’s festival celebrates its 18th year and […]

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Good things come in small packages

by Erin Gaura We all know how beneficial it is to the local economy to support our community businesses, but the importance of shopping locally extends far beyond money. Sometimes we forget about the people running those shops and restaurants, underestimating the extent to which their work propels the community. In small towns, like those so […]

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U.P. environmental groups join forces

by Erin Gaura The Upper Peninsula is famed for its natural environment, carved into a corner of three Great Lakes and covered by the North Woods. For the most part, the U.P.’s 300,000 residents live in a number of small towns peppering the land, remnants of the mining industry that prompted settling in the area […]

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Church finds new life as family home

by Erin Gaura Picturing a church that has been converted into a home, one may imagine a hollow structure of stone with rows of stained-glass saints lining the walls that allow for little light. The bright, upcycled building with contemporary décor at the top of Third Street in Marquette may not immediately come to mind. A […]

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