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February 2018 Events Calendar

end of january events 31 WEDNESDAY Sunrise 8:15 a.m.; Sunset 5:51 p.m. Gwinn • Merry Mixers. 1 p.m. Forsyth Senior Center, 165 N. Maple St. 346-9862. Marquette • Storytime for 1s and 2s. Toddlers 18 to 35 months and a caregiver are invited for interactive stories, songs and activities. 10:15 a.m. Youth Atrium, Peter White […]

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February 2018 Commercial Establishments

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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Learning to share

Story and photos by Jim Pennell Business in America has gone through major changes in recent years and one of the big differences is the way office space is designed and used. The image of the 1950’s office with heavy wooden doors, drifting cigar smoke and the constant sound of typewriters from a squadron of […]

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Jumping in

By Carrie Usher Four seasons of fun—the U.P. offers a variety of recreation activities year-round. Skiing, ice climbing, mountain biking, fishing and hiking are just a few outdoor sports popular in area. While most can be enjoyed and completed alone, it can be intimidating to learn new activities without the aid of a coach, or […]

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Riding the naturbahn

By Michael Murray, Photos courtesy of  Tom Skelding Every winter at Lucy Hill in Negaunee, Tammy Wills gets to relive part of her childhood. As a 9-year-old more than three decades ago, Wills went with a friend to a public sliding event sponsored by a local luge club. Her friend thought once was enough, but […]

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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. […]

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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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Pickling: it’s a big dill

  By Katherine Larson I come to the topic of pickles as a relative neophyte, but like many converts am extra-enthusiastic. For years, pickles were to me the flavorful objects that miraculously appeared, fully formed, in glass jars in grocery stores or on plates in restaurants. The idea of having anything to do with their […]

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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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July 2017 On the Town

Calumet Shute’s. – Tuesdays: Open mic. 322 Sixth Street. 337-4430. Gwinn Happy Hour. – Saturdays: Karaoke. 5 East Stephenson. 346-6340. Up North Lodge. – Mondays: Trivia. 7 p.m. – Sunday, July 2: Joe Boogren and Katie. – Sunday, the 9th: Derrell Syria and Friends. – Sunday, the 16th: Travis Swanson. – Sunday, the 23rd: Under the Radar. […]

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For my father

John Kivela’s death on May 9 was a shock felt throughout the state of Michigan. The fact it was a suicide made it even harder to come to terms with. Kivela was a passionate civil servant, a loving father and husband, and an alcoholic. The first two were well-known, but his struggle with alcoholism was […]

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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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