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Saturday: Weekend

Honoring a local icon

MARQUETTE — Local icon Phil Niemisto is commemorated each day through a local landmark — the Phil Niemisto Pocket Park along Washington Street in Marquette. In October 2017, Marquette artist and inventor Earl Senchuk added a statue in Niemisto’s likeness to the park. While ...

Parrots on the attack

Have you ever heard of the term “self-fulfilling prophecy”? As defined by Encyclopaedia Britannica, a self-fulfilling prophecy is a “process through which an originally false expectation leads to its own confirmation. In a self-fulfilling prophecy an individual’s expectations about ...

Pictured Rocks of the past

MARQUETTE — The multi-colored and cavernous rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline known as Pictured Rocks and the pristine beaches tucked between its unique formations are beloved and frequented by locals and tourists alike. It’s one of the Upper Peninsula’s many great beauties and ...

Girls on the Run seeking new U.P. sites

By MARQUETTE — Girls on the Run Upper Peninsula is recruiting new sites and volunteers in all U.P. communities for its spring 2020 season. Girls on the Run, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is “dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free ...

Strong ARMing robots

ISHPEMING — Even though Monday was a snow day, one room at Westwood High School was filled with whirring sounds and the occasional frustrated grunt. It was all for a good purpose, however. Robotics teams from Aspen Ridge School, North Star Montessori Academy and Bothwell Middle School ...

Messy politics

Sometimes I wonder whether elected officials forget that they’re entitled to their own opinions. Take a look at the national level of politics, for example. How many people are swayed by their own party’s opinion, rather than voting with their own conscience or with what their ...

NMU grad helps cannabis company build brand

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Michigan is on the cusp of explosive growth in the cannabis marketplace, with the first recreational dispensaries scheduled to open in early 2020. Northern Michigan University alumnus Brandon Frisk is in the thick of this fast-paced and ...

Couples, woman receive Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award

From the Diocese of Marquette MARQUETTE — Two couples from Marquette and a woman from Ontonagon have been selected to receive the 2019 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The recipients are Bob and Sandy Jurkovich of St. Peter Cathedral; Sally Luft and her deceased husband, Cliff, ...

Holiday survival

With Thanksgiving now already gone, I may be a little late to the party with this one, but I wanted to lay out a few tips on how to survive the holiday season, especially when spending that time with family — yours, your spouse’s, a friend’s or even just some random family you found on ...

Anyone can help prevent climate change

harlow leisure, 8 Hi! My name is Harlow. I am 8 years old and in fourth grade. Today I would like to tell you a story about a climate change rally I attended. I heard about the rally because my mom told me about it. She gave me the choice to go or not and I said for sure. I went to the ...

An array of art

MARQUETTE — Acrylic paintings, photographs, digital cinema, sculptures, woodworking — a variety of colorful and intriguing art pieces are on display in Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum for this year’s Fall 2019 Senior Exhibition, which showcases the work of ...

NMU hosts forum on anti-American Indian bias

MARQUETTE — Stereotypical images of American Indians flashed on a screen, showing people in headdresses, fake war paint and other things that although might seem harmless to some people probably are offensive to others. The images were part of a Thursday forum titled “Combating ...

The hunt is on

The wood stove in the camp’s main room is almost always hot. In my younger years, whenever we were out there, one of the grownups would holler at us to pay attention to it so we didn’t burn ourselves. The hollering didn’t always work. My family camp has been around for decades. I ...

‘Chillvibes’

MARQUETTE — The weekly program “Chillvibes” at Peter White Public Library in Marquette does have a certain vibe about it — and it’s not about making kids rambunctious. The after-school program takes place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Youth Services Great ...

Hate speech

MARQUETTE — How does hate speech operate in today’s society? It’s not one simple answer. Instead, it can be many involved ones. Discussing this topic and providing his varied explanations on Monday at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall was Arthur Milikh of the Heritage ...

Shop till you drop

Here we are in the swirling, spinning flurry of November shopping deals — hot-ticket items for dirt cheap, so cheap you’d be a foolish twerp not to purchase three of them today! The season of American consumerism is upon us. Be sure to take the time to warm up your credit cards for extra ...

Veterans Day Warrior Walk

MARQUETTE — For many civilians, it can be difficult to fully grasp and appreciate what veterans have experienced during war, deployment or even basic training. To foster a sense of community and spread awareness of what veterans face, around 30 veterans and civilians participated in the ...

Little Town, big ideas

MICHIGAMME — Michigamme Township proves over and over again that when it comes to preserving history, it's the little town that could. It started with the 20-year pursuit and finally the procurement of the township’s own 1900 steam fire engine, which had been sold to a private collector in ...

New life for an old dock

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Students and faculty from three academic disciplines are collaborating on behalf of a Marquette organization’s endeavor to repurpose the deactivated Lower Harbor Ore Dock as a botanical and ecological center. The project was one of two ...

Power and corruption

‘Power tends to corrupt,” as they say, and “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That quote is attributed to Lord John Acton, a 19th century British historian. Ever heard of him? Me neither, but he sounds like a smart dude. We just ran through another election cycle and I hardly ...