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TALKIN’ TRAINS

Four railroad companies remain active throughout the U.P. By Bryon Ennis During the “Golden Era” of American railroads from the 1890s into the 1920s, some 19 independent railroads operated in the U.P. on 3,513 miles of track. One-quarter of all railroad miles in Michigan were in the U.P. But by 1920, cars and trucks began […]

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ESCANABA

… in the limelight BACK THEN • Story by Larry Chabot • Illustrations by Mike McKinney Escanaba! A resilient Yooper city on Lake Michigan that survived the Great Depression, Prohibition, two world wars, health scares, docks on fire, and other threats. Various sources mention that Native Americans first occupied the area 5,000 years ago, the […]

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HISTORY LIVES

Keweenaw Heritage Center reaches quarter-century LOOKOUT POINT • By Lee Arten The Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with special events all this summer.  The facility, which serves as a museum, educational facility, and a venue for musical performances, meetings, weddings, receptions, and other gatherings, is located at 25725 Scott St. in […]

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CRYPTIC COLORS

Mimicry, blending into their natural surroundings, helps creatures to survive IN THE OUTDOORS • Story and photos by Scot Stewart “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Søren Kierkegaard Imagine having to spend your whole life looking over […]

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MOUNTAIN HIGH

State’s largest park boasts lakes, trails, waterfalls, amazing views LOOKOUT POINT • By Deborah Frontiera With 60,000 acres, 35,000 of that in old growth forest, the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness area in Ontonagon County is Michigan’s largest state park! Estab-lished in 1945, it contains lakes, rivers, waterfalls, numerous streams, 90 miles of hiking trails and […]

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DOG WHISPERER

Dr. Kapla is one of nation’s few certified animal behaviorists LOCALS by Laura Farwell Despite my misguided belief that I actually understood our dogs, I felt ill-equipped to handle one of our rescue dog’s behavioral problems. Fortunately, Dr. Susan Kapla was recommended to us. She distilled the problems, the antecedents to the problems, and guided […]

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SUSTAINING FUN

Copper Harbor’s Keweenaw Adventure Company celebrating 25 years LOOKOUT POINT by Joseph Zyble The Keweenaw Adventure Company in Copper Harbor is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer season. The business, which had started as a sea kayak and sled dog outfitter, changed dramatically when Sam Raymond purchased it in 1999. He dropped the sled dog […]

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EASTERN DELIGHTS

Authentic Japanese cuisine focuses on quality over quantity AT THE TABLE • Story and photos by Katherine Larson A happy concatenation of circumstances brought me to Japan recently, and two factors—the joyful awakening of tastes I didn’t even know I possessed, and the urging of my editor—prompt me to set aside the planned article on […]

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THEATRE OPENS

LST will launch 2019 season with performances of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ ARTS & HUMANITIES • By Peggy Frazier Really? This is our summer after the long winter? It often seems when we are working at the Boathouse during June to transition into the theatre that we wished we had heating instead of an air […]

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MUDJEKEWIS

Land Fred Rydholm worked to acquire and protect gifted to care of Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve LOOKOUT POINT • By Elizabeth Fust Mudjekewis is a word derived from the Anishinaabe-mowin for first born, and its origin ties it to creation tradition. This is the name that the Rydholm’s chose for their land in the Yellow Dog Plains […]

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WRITERS (UN)BLOCK

Expert volunteers will help alleviate prose woes Story and photo by 8-18 Media “Help! Help! I’ve started a piece of writing and I can’t finish it!” is something we’ve all wanted to scream at 11 p.m. while attempting to finish a paper last minute. Now, with some prior planning, we will be able to avoid […]

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PARK PERFORMANCES

Copper Harbor announces new outdoor entertainment series ARTS & HUMANITIES • News Release The Copper Harbor Improvement Association is excited to announce the new summertime entertainment series: “CHIA Presents Performances in The Park.” The eight-week performance event begins Thursday, July 11, and runs every Thursday through Thursday, Aug. 29. This family-friendly, free outdoor event will […]

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ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Ironwood native’s struggle for acceptance, love SUPERIOR READS • By Victor Volkman Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life By Raymond Luczak www.RaymondLuczak.com Raymond Luczak’s collection of autobiographical essays, Assembly Required: Notes From a Deaf Gay Life was accessible to me because it is very much the story of an outsider growing up in […]

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HOME CINEMA

Acting superb in Stan and Ollie   By Leonard Heldreth This month’s films include two biographical films and a new film by a controversial Greek director. STAN AND OLLIE Director John S. Baird’s film opens in 1937 when Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were at the peak of their fame, and he sets the stage […]

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CITY NOTES

July 2019 issue ANNOUNCEMENTS Feeding America food-bank rescheduled The Feeding America food distribution will be held Thursday, July 11, at the North Iron Church located on US Highway 41 in Ishpeming from 9-10:30 a.m. This will be a drive through distribution. After receiving food, all vehicles must exit via the east side of the parking […]

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