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A winter wonderland in lights

By Jim Pennell The Christmas season is always a time when decorations are put up outside of houses, but some folks in the area go well beyond just putting up a string of lights along the eaves. For the past 35 years the Marquette Board of Light and Power has sponsored a Holiday Lighting Contest […]

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100 years of Finnish history

by Katherine Larson December 6, 1917, found much of the world in turmoil. World War I raged, and one of its major combatants, Russia, had spent the year in the throes of revolution. While these conflagrations burned, a spark of hope was lit: Finland unilaterally declared its independence. For over seven centuries, Finland had been […]

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A Christmas story

By Noah Hausmann Its needled boughs twinkle with dazzling lights as it stands poised and conical before the ivory dome of Michigan’s Capitol building. It’s traveled far, some 400 miles from one peninsula to another. If it could, it should be proud. Not just any evergreen can become the official state Christmas tree and preside […]

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Books Full of Magic and Mystery

Midnight in the Pawn Shop By Deborah K. Frontiera Midnight in the Pawn Shop is a charming little book about a group of objects that are for sale in a pawn shop. The story is told from the perspective of the security camera, which is able to record everything that happens in the shop. Not […]

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A new Grandview

By Jackie Stark A rundown old building looming over Marquette has found new life as low-income housing, with the renovation of the former Holy Family Orphanage into  Grandview Marquette. “The Grandview has stood on this bluff in our city—like a rock—pleading with us to give it the new life that it deserves,” said Marquette Mayor […]

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Commemorating World AIDS Day

By Laura Fredrickson, HIV/AIDS coordinator at Marquette County Health Department World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministers from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale. It was first observed in 1988, and was the first ever global health day. World […]

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The other Upper Peninsula

Story by Jon Magnuson Illustrations by Diana Magnuson Photos courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center This past summer, close to a hundred of us—local residents, tourists, and history buffs—crowded into Big Bay’s historic Thunder Bay Inn for an entertaining evening, viewing projected old photos of camps grand lodges, and cabins in the Upper Peninsula. Hosted […]

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Gift of Water

By Jonathon Johnson Waters of My Migrations: Marquette.  Most summer afternoons, I walk down to the harbor, buy a chunk of smoked whitefish from Thill’s Fish House, row out in a wooden dory, pull in my oars, and drift. I read, eat my fish, and if a line or two of poetry comes to me, […]

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Canine Comfort

Story by Trinity Carey Photos courtesy of Nicholas Meier HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, a national nonprofit organization, recently opened a Midwest Region Division and held a three-day training workshop in Marquette to certify teams of handlers and crisis response dogs for deployment throughout the Upper Peninsula. After receiving a donation from the Superior Health […]

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December 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader, The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. Nothing is more important than family. I’ll take any excuse to get together, eat too much food, follow it up with too much dessert, and laugh, reminisce and catch-up over cards after dinner. This is truly a special time of year, and […]

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Bridge, balloon & a prison break

  Story by Larry Chabot Illustrations by Mike McKinney Finally, a bridge over the Mackinac Straits, that five-mile-wide waterway separating Michigan’s two peninsulas! Pre-bridge frustrations abounded, like 15-mile-long lines of hunters waiting to cross, line jumpers paying the penalty as angry drivers picked up offenders’ cars and turned them around, local residents car-sitting (for a […]

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Bûche de Noël

Story and photos by Katherine Larson Looking for a spectacular Christmas dessert, one that is both decorative and delicious? Consider a Bûche de Noël. Literally, the words mean “Christmas Log.” It is the culinary version of a yule log, the tradition that early European Christians adopted from pagan Celts and Gaels who burned a large […]

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December 2017 Art Galleries

Big Bay Big Bay Outfitters. Featuring work by local artists. Open daily. 308 Bensinger Rd. 250-3350. Calumet Copper Country Associated Artists Studio/Gallery. Works by members and workshop participants in watercolor and oil, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, wood, textile, clay, glass and other media. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 205 Fifth St. 337-1252. […]

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Calculating College

The cost of college is something many parents think and worry about even before their child is born. The cost can keep people from attending school in the first place, so imagine paying nothing for your college education—leaving school with no student loan debt. In Germany that’s a reality, not just a fairy tale. In […]

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December 2017 Museums

Big Bay Big Bay Lighthouse. The grounds of the 1896 lighthouse are open year-round. 3 Lighthouse Rd. 345-9957. Calumet Calumet Theatre. Both self-guided and guided tours of this historic theatre built in 1900 are available. Self-guided tours: youth 2 and younger, free; 3 to 15, $2; adults, $4. Guided tours: youth 2 and younger, free; […]

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