Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

UPHP honors Steve Heikkinen

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan has named Steve Heikkinen 2016 Employee of the Year, according to a release from UPHP. Each year, UPHP names an Employee of the Year from a pool of Employee of the Quarter and “Caught ‘Cha” candidates. Each Employee of the Quarter is nominated ...

The week-long celebration of all things ‘Negaunee’

It’s almost that time — time for Negaunee residents to celebrate their beloved holiday, Pioneer Days! This year marks the 38th Annual Negaunee Pioneer Days, which will take place June 30-July 8. The Negaunee Irontown Association — the organization responsible for the birth of Pioneer ...

Small food makers wonder about Amazon-Whole Foods impact

NEW YORK — Among the many questions being asked about Amazon’s intended purchase of Whole Foods is one from small and medium-sized food manufacturers: How might this deal affect me? The unknowns include whether Amazon might change the grocery chain’s food offerings, which at the moment ...

Bowerman Johnson MFDA secretary

LANSING — Allison Bowerman Johnson of Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising was recently elected recording secretary of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. The appointment puts Bowerman Johnson on track to be elected MFDA president in 2020. The MFDA is a professional organization ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Superior meditation: International Day of Yoga celebrated along Big Lake

MARQUETTE — Yoga is supposed to be meditative in nature, allowing the practitioner to become self-aware while also working muscle groups through various poses. Practicing yoga in an enclosed room with aromatherapy and soft music is all well and good, but imagine doing it outside while ...

Holiday humor: Happy Fourth of July

One week from today we celebrate our wonderful patriotic Fourth of July. This is perhaps my favorite U.S. holiday. Today, let’s take a brief look at the history of this great celebration. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, has been an official USA federal holiday for many ...

Truth about dietary fats

Did I get you with my title? Perhaps you imagined that you would learn in these pages about what was truly good for you, nutritionally speaking. Did you wonder if it was possible that someone might have the truth? My apologies, but I do not. My title was merely a hook, an age-old method of ...

Dragonfly: Quality vs. quantity of life

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Life expectancy, or the average time an organism is expected to live, is a hard concept to grasp. It is partly because your life expectancy is a moving target, it changes as you grow older. In the U.S., for example, life expectancy ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Birch bark, not beakers

MARQUETTE — Making something 8 feet long and 12 inches high out of natural materials could be as simple as making a makeshift fort out of twigs in a backyard, or crafting a birch bark canoe. Guess which project took place at the STEM Summer Youth Academy? STEM, which stands for Science, ...

Local farm tours sponsored by Marquette Food Co-Op

MARQUETTE — The annual local farm tours sponsored by the Marquette Food Co-op will continue Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. The Aug. 20 tours include GrandBee’s Apiary in Pelkie, the MSU North Farm in Chatham, Reh-Morr Farm in Eben Junction and Treasa’s Treasures in Munising. The September ...

Try giving children a sense of geography

“Where do I live? Can you show me?” Map activities give young children a glimpse into the big picture of the world and where they live. It introduces maps and how to use them to find areas we find interesting or want to visit. You’ll need Google Maps Apps or paper maps from the local ...

Fun with paper fireworks all summer

Young children are often afraid of loud startling fireworks, but there are alternative ways children can have fun with fireworks on paper. This quiet activity often helps families during hectic family gatherings when children need a calming activity. You’ll need paper, watercolor or ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Constant gardeners

GWINN — What’s so bad about putting in 10 tons of pea gravel when you’re trying to improve a garden space? Apparently, not much, apart from maybe a sore back and blistered fingers. With the tiny stones in place and more improvements made, the garden and greenhouse at the Gwinn ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

Playing matchmaker for a good cause

MARQUETTE — Where would medical progress be without clinical trials? The Alzheimer’s Association has launched TrialMatch, which helps people with the disease — as well as their caregivers, families and physicians — find clinical trials based on criteria like diagnoses, disease stages ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet. • Keweenaw Bay: Coho, steelhead, splake and browns were caught when trolling spoons and stick baits along the shoreline or in the top 50 in 100 to 200 feet. Those jigging for lake trout had ...

Gauging the greenery

NEGAUNEE — A field guide came in handy on Saturday when professional and amateur conservationists performed a botany survey at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve in Negaunee Township. The reserve was donated by the Vielmetti-Peters family in 2016 to benefit the public and the ...

Heading into nature an exercise in passion

“The map of my heart looks a lot like yours from the one-way streets to the old detours to the dark dead ends with their missing signs” — Mary Chapin Carpenter Whether using the stars to plot our course, a chart scrolled away in a fading memory, the wonder of the satellites, a good old ...

Father’s Day: Time together beyond valuable

“I’ve long since retired and my son's moved away. I called him up just the other day. I said, ‘I'd like to see you if you don't mind.’ He said, ‘I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.’” — Sandy and Harry Chapin Having trouble figuring out what to give your dad for ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

FAMOUS FRIES

MARQUETTE — The family-owned fast food restaurant Beef-A-Roo in Marquette was voted as having the best french fries in the Upper Peninsula through an online reader poll organized by the media group Mlive.com. MLive’s “Michigan’s Best” team, made up of writers John Gonzalez and Amy ...

BEYOND BOLD

MARQUETTE — Wall sculptures can be created from many materials, but how many are made with foam insulation? Youngsters had the opportunity to make such artwork Thursday during “Build Bold,” a Teen Thursday session sponsored by the Peter White Public Library. The workshop took place at ...

Where Familiar and Novel meet

MARQUETTE — The five flickering movie screens, the smell of popcorn and those somewhat uncomfortable springy seats were essentially all removed from the building at 139 W. Washington St. in Marquette. Filling the void left by the abandoned movie theater are the sights and sounds of the Delft ...

MAKING THE BEST OF THEIR SPACE

MARQUETTE — When Pablo Krebs turns on a light at home, he probably doesn’t express the level of excitement he did when his circuit light flashed on Wednesday at Marquette Senior High School’s Makerspace. “Yay! Mine’s lighting up,” the North Star Academy first-grader ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

Why everyone should check out my YouTube channel

WHave you heard of a little website called YouTube? Yes? Wow, really? I didn’t think that many people knew about it. I mean, it is not like more than 1 billion people use it or anything—Liam! What is it? That’s actually true. Oh, well then ... Anyways, I’m sure you all enjoyed that ...

’Astronomy for Everyone’

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A horsehead nebula, a total solar eclipse, a barred spiral galaxy — what kid wouldn’t be excited about these astronomical attractions? Even though they didn’t actually witness these objects of the universe, they saw stunning ...

Voices of youth

If you had to make one rule that everyone would have to follow what would it be?

RED BUCKET brigade

MARQUETTE — The new red buckets placed along Third Street may brighten up The Village a little, but their purpose is more than decorative. The Superior Watershed Partnership replaced the old buckets for businesses on Third Street with new ones that contain a message about the connection ...

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Iron River a hidden gem

IRON RIVER —The town of Iron River is a hidden gem tucked away in the south central part of the Upper Peninsula with approximately 3,029 residents. If you are seeking adventure, culture and beauty, then look no further than Iron River. The community is welcoming, the recreational ...

Western Marquette County offers beauty, history, family-friendly events

MARQUETTE — Whether it’s art or history, camping, fishing, trail-riding, antique cars, horses, parades, live music, pig roasts or all of the above — chances are, Marquette County’s far west end has something for locals and visitors alike. Including Champion, Michigamme and Republic ...

Festive KEWEENAW

EDITOR’S NOTE — Much of the information for this story is from keweenaw.info, the website of the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau. MARQUETTE — Dianne St. Amour is not just the president of the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau, she is a lifelong resident of that area. And ...

Big and natural

MARENISCO — With 36 miles of shoreline and 13,380 acres of prime fishing waters, Lake Gogebic is the largest natural lake in the Upper Peninsula. However, the region is more than just a big lake. It offers historical exhibits, bicycling events and golf scrambles too. Lake Gogebic, though, ...

Home and Garden | VIEW ALL

Houseplants can clean indoor air

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that can pay a host of dividends, both for the planet and the people doing the gardening. Healthy plant life can help clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and various air pollutants, while the act of gardening can help gardeners combat stress. Published in ...

Home safety checks to complete today

A new kitchen or a bathroom remodeling job might be dream projects for many homeowners, but the right home improvement project at a given moment is not necessarily the most glamorous project. Sometimes safety upgrades around the house must take precedence over more popular projects. Accidents ...

Remedy landscape drainage problems

Homeowners understand that reaping the rewards of beautiful lawns and gardens requires hard work. But sometimes even hard work won’t be enough to prevent problems in a lawn or garden. Drought can be very harmful to lawns and gardens, but so, too, can excessive amounts of water and ...

Design a garden for all senses

Gardens add visual appeal to a yard, but gardens also can appeal to individuals’ senses of smell, taste, touch, and sound. Gardeners who want to create gardens that appeal to various senses can do so in the following ways. Sight Aesthetic appeal is one of the most sought-after benefits of ...

Scene | VIEW ALL

the big PICTURE

Mallard ducks cool off in this backyard kiddie pool in Marquette on a hot June day. (Photo by Sharon Fluette, of Marquette) Readers who want to submit photos for publication in the Big Picture should send them as large format jpgs to mheath@miningjournal.net, photos@ miningjournal.net or ...

Scholar offers insights into what makes Scandinavians tick

“Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North” (Overlook Press), by Robert Ferguson Norway, Sweden and Denmark consistently rank at or near the top in global surveys of national contentment, prosperity and well-being. It’s as if peaceful and progressive Scandinavia were a place of ...

u.p. moments in HISTORY

School Yard Playmates, Miller Sisters, Negaunee, circa 1890. This feature provided by: http://www.viewsofthepast.com 149 Washington St.

Nielsen ratings

June 12-18 Listings include the week’s ranking, with viewership for the week. Data is provided by The Associated Press. Numbers listed at the bottom are weekly averages. 1. NBA Finals: Cleveland at Golden State, Game 5, ABC, 24.53 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, ...