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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

Chamber Chat: COVID-19 and the impact on community events

Community events are going to be a lot different this summer as we continue to mitigate and navigate the coronavirus pandemic. While there have been several cancelations already announced many organizations are evaluating how to proceed with modified traditional events or moving the event to ...

Downtown Seattle brought to ‘screeching halt’ by virus outbreak

SEATTLE — With the U.S. unemployment rate spiking to levels last seen during the Great Depression, people in Seattle have felt some of the deepest impacts as the first city to grapple with a major COVID-19 outbreak. Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, said ...

Takeaways from the worst jobs report in US history

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brutal. Horrific. Tragic. Choose your description. The April jobs report showed, in harrowing detail, just how terribly the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled the U.S. economy. Most obviously, there’s the 14.7% unemployment rate, the highest since the Great Depression. And ...

Partnership News and Views: Economic Development Week: It’s here!

Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Sugar and sweet in the western diet

Any discussion of health and wellness must include some mention of nutrition. Unfortunately, depending on who you are talking to, anecdotes will likely prevail as opposed to facts or research. Although we know a person’s diet is very important to well-being and health maintenance, there is a ...

Urology Pearls: Telemedicine in the age of COVID-19

Recent events have made me think about all things ‘tele”. On tele-vision I watch shows broadcasted from afar. I recall peering into the sky through a tele-scope. I even almost tele-phoned my wife to ask if we were thinking about ‘Telepathy’ at the same time. What made me contemplate all ...

Podiatry and the pandemic

If anyone is stranded on a desert island, they are likely the only person on the planet who isn’t inundated with news about the pandemic. How much of the information released is accurate? Because this virus is newly discovered, there is much ignorance about COVID-19. How exactly does the ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Grandparents Teach, too: Good mental health for everyone

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is every month, every day, no matter what is going on in the world. It’s OK not to be OK. And it’s OK to talk to somebody about this. A new documentary titled” Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health” will be available on YouTube after the ...

First District Congressional Art Competition Deadline Announced

WASHINGTON — Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more ...

Essay contest deadline extended

MARQUETTE —Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has extended the deadline for its spring 2020 essay contest. People are asked to consider writing a little something about the healing and rejuvenating power of nature and submitting it to the contest. The theme is The Healing Power of Nature. ...

Talking books still available amid pandemic

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Talking Books Advisory and Outreach Center, which serves patrons in the Upper Peninsula, Alpena and Crawford counties, remains “open” via the internet and phone service. Its Reader Advisors are working remotely from home and are able to provide all of the ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

Just a chat: Calls offered for older adults staying home

DALLAS — For 81-year-old Dell Kaplan, the offer to get calls from a stranger just to chat while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic was immediately appealing. “It gets pretty lonely here by yourself,” said Kaplan, a suburban Dallas resident who has been missing meals out with ...

Retirees, isolated by virus, become DJs for new radio hour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tucked away inside his room at a senior care facility, Bob Coleman knew he couldn’t go out into the world with the coronavirus raging. But he could share with the world his first love — country music. “Hello everybody, it’s a bright day in Franklin, Tennessee,” ...

From dime stores to a world war: Celebrating 100 years of Leo

MARQUETTE — From being a dime-store manager to serving in World War II, 100-year-old Leo S. Marczynski, who resides at Mill Creek Senior Living Community in Marquette, said his “good upbringing” has kept him patient and compassionate over the years. “We all want to end up in a good ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Removal of old tires from lake no small undertaking

MARQUETTE — The Superior Watershed Partnership and the Great Lakes Conservation Corps are conducting a comprehensive tire clean-up assistance project for communities in the Upper Peninsula with grant assistance from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Almost all ...

Outdoors North

“Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow, do you understand my pain?” — Bob Dylan When I walk or drive down the dusty streets of these old iron ore towns, it’s easy to view a dilapidated vacant building and see the shop or store there that no longer exists, except in old photographs, ...

Changing times

The term wildlife might conjure up thoughts of large, exotic mammals in faraway places. Or perhaps some of the larger mammals we have in Michigan, such as a moose or a black bear, may come to mind. But wildlife isn’t just the big, iconic animals we tend to think of, it includes smaller ...

Fish tale: ‘Very good’ chance of Arctic grayling’s return

LASING — Arctic grayling died out in Michigan in the 1930s but could make a comeback. “The chances are very good,” said Todd Grischke, the assistant chief of the Fisheries Division in the Department of Natural Resources. “We are probably three to five years out from actually having ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

DJ D-Nice unites during pandemic, one beat at a time

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK — When DJ D-Nice decided to start playing music live on Instagram amid countless closures due the worldwide pandemic, he did it in part to ease his loneliness and boredom given his own gigs had dried up. At first, the audience for his ...

Ice watcher carries on 165-year tradition on Madison lakes

By CHRIS HUBBUCH Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — It’s 48 degrees, and Ed Hopkins is looking for ice. There’s no shortage of it here along the shore of Maple Bluff, but a pair of eagles perched several hundred yards out hint at open water. According to custom, the lake is ...

Staying hopeful

The sun is shining, the air seems to hold the promise of spring and I find myself smiling at the sight of a couple walking a pair of large, shaggy dogs along the newly dry roads and sidewalks. It almost seems like a regular day in late March until I notice the empty streets, parking lots and ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

Lou Gehrig’s generosity of spirit shines in new book

In the pre-television and internet era, it’s hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as Lou Gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Decades later, as the Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken closed in on the consecutive games record ...

France comes to Sandy Knoll virtually

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has not let COVID-19 disrupt its French Camp for Young Learners, a 15-year collaboration with a local elementary school that provides students with basic knowledge of French language and culture. The silver lining of this year’s modified, virtual ...

8-18 Media: Team Spirit

During quarantine, I have had a lot of time to revisit old memories. One of my favorite memories occurred just last summer. I spent a week with my family in Lombard, Illinois. I loved every minute of that trip, from watching Netflix and HGTV with my aunts, to going to my first Major League ...

Gas tank getaways | VIEW ALL

Copper Country adventure

Houghton and Keweenaw counties exhibit a vast historical mining heritage and unmistakable exquisite beauty fanned out from the west to the northeast over what is commonly referred to as the “Copper Country.” The copper mining tradition here is displayed prominently in the holdings of the ...

Summertime on the southern shoreline

Across southern portions of Schoolcraft and Delta counties, U.S. 2 skirts the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, providing access to a range of places to explore for everyone from campers and birdwatchers to boaters, history buffs and anglers. The city of Manistique, the county seat in ...

Rest, relax & refresh

If you’ve ever pictured yourself riding up a highway along some beautiful windswept coastline, to the top of a mountain with a commanding view, then you may well enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula. From just outside Mass City in Ontonagon County, M-26 winds north through ...

Paddle the day away on Lake Gogebic

In the mid to late 19th century, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway had established a station at Lake Gogebic, the area was known then for its mining, and the small locality boasted a population of 40 souls. The U.S. Postal Service office here was dubbed “Ballentine” in honor of ...

Home and Garden | VIEW ALL

Some midcentury homes in Houston decimated by Harvey floods

By NANCY SARNOFF Houston Chronicle AP Member Exchange HOUSTON (AP) — On a recent Friday morning Sam Scott walked through his house for the last time. The Houston Chronicle reports he grabbed a dust mask from his car and entered through the open garage. The door had buckled during ...

Gear and gadgets for cleaning a dirty dog from home

Those of us with outdoor-loving pets know the downside to all that freewheeling frolic: muddy paws, tangled fur and often much worse. Animal behavior experts have many theories on why some dogs roll in noxious odors. Some researchers posit that getting one’s neck into a smell is an ...

Scene | VIEW ALL

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

NEW YORK — There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music to sing. Cookie Monster interrupted to ask what was Platt’s favorite cookie. “Oatmeal ...

A grotesque, inglorious look at Capone’s last year

Al Capone lived out his final years on a grand estate in Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Mae, by his side and grandchildren running around the property. It sounds like a pretty nice end for the notorious Chicago gangster, until you realize that he spent those post Alcatraz years suffering ...