Sunday: Our Youth

Distracted parenting

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Today’s parenting is not the same as it was even a decade ago. Cell phones come in handy when parents need to reach someone in the case of an emergency, for instance, but their overuse also can keep them from making meaningful ...

Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first ...

Voices of youth

What is your favorite day or holiday and why?

ADORAble reading

K.I. SAWYER — How much more fun is it for kids — or anyone, for that matter — to read aloud while a pair of big brown eyes are giving them a loving gaze? Especially if those eyes are from a big, friendly lug of a dog? Kelly December, of Marquette, brought Dora the Explorer — not ...

Training for my first 5K

About a month or so ago, my dad, brothers and I were in the car on the way to the Superior Dome. Along the way, my dad brought up the Hope Starts Here 5K race that will be going on in early May. It sounded really interesting, and it raises funds for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center ...

Picturing the Rocks

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MUNISING — When should someone be concerned about a snake’s welfare? And what’s the difference between a chionophile and a chionophobe? Knowing the answers to those questions was easier for students in the K.I. Sawyer Elementary School ...

PeltING KIDS WITH INFORMATION

MARQUETTE — What color is a red fox’s fur? OK, that might be an easy question, depending on what you consider red. But learning the answers to other questions pertaining to things like the sharpness of a whitetail’s teeth might be more difficult. To help kids — and their ...

Here’s why Nerf guns are so amazing

Sometimes I just have phases where I am obsessed with a particular thing. Just ask my sister Esme; she’ll tell you. One of my most recent obsessions has been with Nerf. For those of you who don’t know what Nerf is, it’s a company that manufactures all sorts of “Epicness.” Their ...

Science Olympians unite

MARQUETTE — Where could a student go on a “Microbe Mission,” become a “Road Scholar” or fly a miniature helicopter, all in the same day and basically the same place? Those opportunities came during the regional tournament of this year’s Michigan Science Olympiad, which took ...

Dancing ballet from preschool on

I have been in ballet since I was in preschool and I have learned a lot ever since I started. I am in ballet 1 right now and the levels are: Baby ballet, something, another thing and then primary. Then comes ballet 1 and 2, 3, 4, and maybe one more after you complete ballet 1-4 or 1-5 you ...

A Reading Rainbow

MARQUETTE — It was the day before St. Patrick’s Day, but youngsters still got a taste of the Irish holiday while learning more about the written word Thursday at “Reading Rainbow” Reading Night at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Barb Rhyneer performed Irish fiddle music ...

Going green

MARQUETTE — One color was prevalent during the Creativity Second Thursday series at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. “GREEN!” was the theme of the Thursday event. “Tonight it’s ‘everything green’ so we have different stations where kids can exert their ...

The pros and cons of turning 12

I am going to be 12 years old soon. That means my mom, who likes the Packers, can call me Aaron Rogers because his number is 12 (although the rest of the family, including myself, likes the Chicago Bears). I have approximately 365 days left of being a kid before I officially become a teenager. ...

Chef’s Club

By HANS MADSEN The Messenger, Fort Dodge FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Before the new members of the Quick Fixin’ Young Chefs Club at the Fort Dodge Middle School could do anything, there was one important task to attend to. Getting their adult-sized aprons adjusted to their fifth- and ...

Facing fears, challenges on the skill hills

How I started skiing was, my grandpa took me out a lot. My mom and her sisters would go skiing with my grandpa a lot when they lived in Minnesota. So when I was about 3 or 4 years old my grandpa and my mom would take me to Marquette Mountain, and they would always try to take me as far as I ...

Real World Experience

MARQUETTE — Students of Republic-Michigamme High School traveled to Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center with Industrial Arts teacher Matt Barbercheck to learn about materials testing procedures prevalent in engineering and technology fields. The goal of the field trip was to ...

STEAMing their way into… MAKERSPACE

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School junior Branden Lindgren on Thursday tapped into the Maker Movement at the appropriately named Makerspace. The spot is a great place for students to learn about anything related to STEAM: Science, technology, engineering, arts and ...

Swimming is challenging and relaxing

When I was 4 or 5 years old my swim lesson instructor Shawn taught me how to swim a lap in the pool. From then on I was determined to swim as many lengths as I could do. We started with the basics, something called “monkey, airplane, soldier.” I have come a long way from the basics and ...