Tag Archives: Matthew Williams

Cyclocross taking off in U.P., by Matthew Williams

Five years ago, a couple of guys armed with rakes walked into the woods near the old landfill behind Pioneer Road in Marquette. They scratched out a winding trail through leaves and underbrush and dragged a few big logs over the path as obstacles. They jokingly called it a psychlo-cross course and charged their bicycling […]

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Townhouses coming to Founders Landing, by Matthew Williams

Townhouses coming to Founders Landing The long and often frustrating path toward finding a developer for Marquette’s Founders Landing may have been worth it. Last month, the City of Marquette sold a 3.1-acre parcel of prime real estate near the Lake Superior shoreline—the middle section of an area called Founders Landing—to a group of local […]

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Founders Landing project continues, by Matthew Williams

The City of Marquette continued to suffer growing pains with its Founders Landing project last month when a third proposed developer for the highly visible site on Marquette’s lakeshore was unable to procure the needed support from the city commission. Founders Landing is a twenty-nine-acre parcel stretching from the ore dock next to Ellwood Mattson […]

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U.P. deer losing crucial winter habitat? by Matthew Williams

A far greater threat to the U.P.’s deer population than predators or disease is the declining number of Eastern hemlock trees. Hemlock is a species crucial to the winter survival of deer and other animals. Once the most dominant tree species in the northern regions of Michigan and Wisconsin, hemlock provides valuable shelter to deer […]

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Man’s best friend key to winter sport, by Matthew Williams

Musher Ed Stielstra’s first foray into the sport was as a member of an organization concerned with cruelty to animals. With a skeptical eye, the Michigan State grad helped a family friend train a sled dog team in Ludington. From that ironic beginning some fifteen years ago, Stielstra and his wife Tasha now train nearly […]

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Superior Death: The birth of a novel, by Matthew Williams

Who would be silly enough to engage in a business where the potential buyer takes your product, demands exclusivity, consigns it to obscurity for up to a year—occasionally feeding you tiny morsels of hope that they may buy it—then crushes your ego with an unsigned, form-letter rejection? That person would be a writer, someone who […]

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Former city clerk prepares to enjoy retirement, by Matthew Williams

Norm Gruber waited thirty-two years for the chance to kick back in the late morning and sip cappuccino at a Marquette coffee shop. He enjoyed just such a pleasure recently after retiring as Marquette’s city clerk and one-time planning and zoning administrator, posts he held for nearly a third of a century. At sixty-one, he […]

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