Sunday: Our Youth

Three Upper Peninsula robotics teams make state championships

MARQUETTE — Robotics are alive and well in the area, and even downstate. Three Upper Peninsula FIRST Tech Challenge teams have qualified for the state championships set for Dec. 15-16 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. In the final round of elimination matches at a Nov. 11 ...

Father Marquette is a good school for everyone

michael mankee, 12 The Father Marquette Catholic Schools are schools filled with amazing teachers and kind faculty members. I’ve been attending the schools since I was 4 years old and I’ve made lots of friends over the years at Father Marquette. Through all of my time at Father Marquette ...

This Thanksgiving, whip up a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger

By ELIZABETH KARMEL, Associated Press Pumpkin is so popular today that there is hardly anything that hasn't had a pumpkin variation. Some of them are no-brainers, others are so far-fetched that I don't understand who is buying them, much less eating them. Back in the day, a pumpkin ...

Weathering creativity

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The whimsical and colorful Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum was a comfortable respite from the blustery wintry conditions that were outside the building Thursday. However, youngsters still could have learned about the weather ...

Autism has shaped me in many different ways

If your best friend was the one that was picked out of 160 children to have autism, would you volunteer to take their place? “I Volunteer.” That’s what I would say. Why? Because I love living with autism. It’s helped shape me and it has given me the abilities that I have. It may have ...

Lemonade for literacy

K.I. SAWYER — Who would think a lemonade stand would be popular on the first day of significant snowfall in the area? That happened Tuesday at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Teacher Whitney Buchan’s first-grade class was responsible for the surge in lemonade popularity that day. “I ...

Robo-kids

MARQUETTE — The fascination with robotics isn’t limited to the younger generation. Proof of that was apparent Thursday night at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette when local youth robotics teams, the Robogators and Cold Logic, gave demonstrations of two robots: Roberta and ...

Mountain biking a fast-paced, exciting sport

I like mountain biking because it is a fast-paced activity. Mountain biking is a sport because it involves physical exertion, individuals and teams that compete against each other for entertainment. I ride the Marquette north and south trails. My favorite trail is either Down Dogger, or Eh ...

Teen active in 4-H programs shines in environmental education role

MARQUETTE — Marquette County has a notable 4-H teen environmental and outdoor education science leader in Hannah Peterson. As a younger 4-H member, Peterson had amazing experiences at the Upper Peninsula 4-H Camp. Ever since, Peterson and her family have been big supporters of the program, ...

Coder Dojo 906

MARQUETTE — There are Coders. There are Dojos. And then there are Coder Dojos. Coder Dojo 906 is a community-based programming club for young people ages 5 to 17 who want to learn how to code and develop websites, apps, programs and games. It’s also a chance for kids to have fun ...

Choir Camp a really good time for everyone

This past summer I went to the second annual Choir Camp at St. Peter Cathedral. At first I was nervous. Would all the kids there be ready to go to Hollywood? Would I be the one kid who is totally off pitch? Well, let me tell you how I came to find this camp. One day I was waiting for my ...

SMALL SEED SAVERS

MARQUETTE — An adult might not get a kick out of squishing a cherry tomato, but a 3-year-old might. That activity was part of a Tuesday program at the Peter White Public Library, “Seed Saving for Kids.” Actually, it wasn’t just “for the kids” as it also was “by the ...

Voices of youth

What Halloween candy is the worst, and which is the best?

‘Screenagers’ Coming soon to a screen near you

MARQUETTE — Teenagers using cell phones? It’s an everyday occurrence. However, it can get out of hand, and tempering the use of such electronic devices in the digital age is the subject of the film “Screenagers.” The 68-minute film will be shown Monday at Kaufman Auditorium, ...

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union are preparing to head back to the Brexit negotiating table after a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May that received a cautious welcome from the bloc’s leaders. May stressed in her Friday speech that Britain wants to keep closes ties with the bloc and offered to keep paying the EU and following its rules during a two-year transition period after the U.K.’s formal departure in March 2019. EU leaders welcomed the constructive tone of May’s speech, but called for more detail. French President Emmanuel Macron said clarity still is needed on three big issues: the rights of European citizens affected by Brexit, the amount Britain must pay to settle its obligations to the EU, and the status of the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. “If those three points are not clarified, then we cannot move forward on the rest,” Macron said. Negotiators are due to start a fourth round of Brexit talks in Brussels on Monday. In a blow for May’s government, credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded Britain a notch to Aa2, the third-highest level, citing the country’s debt burden and uncertainty about Brexit.

About a year ago our very trusted babysitter, Patty Sanderson, was looking on Facebook and found a video about a dog that needed to be adopted at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. She let my little sister and I watch the video. After we watched the video we found out that the dog’s ...

Planting pollinators

HARVEY — Sean Buckmaster, a third-grader at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette, took charge of his little plot of land Friday along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. “I need some more dirt here,” Sean said. The boy was one of many Sandy Knoll third-grade students who took part in a ...

Voices of youth

What is one thing you don’t do that you wish you did?

Turbine techies

MARQUETTE — They weren’t intended to power the city of Marquette, but they were fun to make. Participants at a special Wednesday event entitled “Explore Tech: Family Engineering Challenge: Design a Park and Wind Turbines!” created their own miniature wind turbines in the ...

I have a crazy family, but we make it work

My name is Bria Larson and I have a large unique family. My stepdad’s name is Jon Teichman. He is super cool. My mom’s name is Laura Teichman, and she is the best at cooking. My sister’s name is Ava Larson and she is great at computer coding. My dad’s name is Jake Larson, and he is so ...