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Investing in art

By Jackie Stark Umbrellas hung up along Marquette’s Rosewood Walkway. A statue honoring Father Marquette, an old legend, and one honoring Phil Niemisto, a modern one. Benches painted with different designs. Bike racks shaped like bicyclest that create unique shadows on the ground. Murals in windows and on the sides of businesses. Public art in […]

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MM turns 30

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 […]

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Making Moments

By Jackie Stark In an unassuming room on the lower level of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, a group of people gets together three times a week for lunch and fellowship. They drink coffee, play games, make art, even go on a few field trips here and there as time permits. What sets this […]

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Conducting a lasting legacy

By Katherine Larson On June 23 the Marquette area lost an important piece of its history when Dr. William Dehning passed away at the Marquette County Medical Care facility in Ishpeming. Forty-six years ago, in 1971, Dehning became the founding music director of the Marquette Choral Society. It was the very start of what became […]

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A community trail

By Kristi Evans Anyone who has spent time outdoors in the Upper Peninsula (or who has even just gone for an evening stroll along Marquette’s multi-use path) has become familiar with the distinct blue blazes marking the path for the North Country Trail. Indeed, those blue blazes serve as a backdrop for many a U.P. […]

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Preserving Nature

by Jim Pennell Whose woods are these I think I know His house is in the village though He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow – Robert Frost Land, as they say, is a wise investment because they’re not making any more of it. With the exception […]

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By the Numbers

by Stephen Alan Smith  He had been shoveling the driveway for 47 minutes when the cab pulled up. He slowed his pace for three more loads, then walked into the garage, hung the shovel between the snow scoop and the push broom, walked over to a clipboard hanging on the wall and next to Friday […]

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Shinrin-yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’

by Dr. Scott Emerson It is well documented that nature parks provide many billions of dollars in economic and environmental benefits to our communities in the United States. According to the City Parks Alliance, these include cleaning the air and water, cooling cities, increasing property values and tax revenues, increasing social cohesion, decreasing crime rates, […]

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Michigan Marchers

The bus ride began with a blessing. “May you be safe. May you be free from all harm. As the road or skies carry you toward your fellow pilgrims, may you sense the presence of those who travel with you in spirit …” Susan Uballe read the blessing, written by Unitarian Universalist minister Erika A. […]

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Standing with Standing Rock

by Dan Roblee Yooper water warriors offer prayer, protest, provisions, presence Nestled in the embrace of Lake Superior, Native Americans and many other west U.P. residents feel blessed by their access to clean, healthy water. It’s a blessing they feel ought to be universal, so when Natives on the Standing Rock reservation in the Dakotas began […]

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Crossing Over

On a Friday evening in October, over 500 persons crowded into a candlelit church sanctuary in Marquette County to hear Eben Alexander, M.D., a former neurosurgeon, talk of his own near-death experience that subsequently changed his life and career. His 2012 New York Times’ best-selling book Proof of Heaven triggered a tidal wave of highly […]

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Celebrating the Fresh Coast

When people think of Marquette and the Upper Peninsula, Lake Superior isn’t far from their minds. It’s hard not to link the largest freshwater lake in the world to the identity of the people who live around it. The water shapes our weather, our outdoor recreation, our festivals and businesses. It shapes who we are […]

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Mystery at McClure

by Byron Ennis When we purchased a camp on the McClure Basin six miles west of Marquette 20 years ago, it consisted of two buildings and an outhouse on land leased from the Longyear Realty Company. Several years later, the McClure Basin Association Corporation was formed by most of the campers on the basin, and […]

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A walk along The Wall

    By Larry Chabot Since its controversial 1982 unveiling in Washington, D.C., over 100 million people have walked the 495-foot- long Vietnam Veterans Memorial which honors the 9 million Americans who were on active duty during the Vietnam War, and the nearly 60,000 who lost their lives there. Now, because so many people will […]

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Still with them

Arrin and Shane Murray have plenty of great photographs of their mom in Las Vegas: smiling next to an Edward Scissorhands impersonator, smiling as a firefighter laughs and looks at the camera while another kisses her on the cheek, smiling with one hip kicked out to the side and an Elvis impersonator doing his best […]

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