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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

News from the Greater Munising Area

Applications regarding a second round of grant funding for small Michigan businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 are now available with a deadline of Aug. 5. Through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program grant, $100 million will be dispersed to businesses throughout the state, with ...

THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS PROFILE: Comprenew

MARQUETTE —Is your business updating its electronics and you’re not sure what to do with the items you no longer need? Are you an individual with a new computer who wants to make sure your old model is properly recycled? Comprenew is here — including an office and store in the Upper ...

Big salmon, big win: Palmer native wins Lake Michigan tournament

MARQUETTE — Sometimes it pays to get up in the wee hours of the morning to enjoy a pastime. For Mike Laituri — who lives in Whitewater, Wisconsin but hails from Palmer and is a 1985 Negaunee High School graduate — getting up early on July 17 resulted in netting, literally, a ...

Chamber Chat: Following virus response plans

Following Our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans As part of the reopening, all businesses were required to develop a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. These were put in place to help slow the spread of the virus and create a safer environment for employees and customers. It ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Streamlining campus

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University students are set to return to campus next week, with fall semester classes to begin Aug. 17. This is earlier than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic; by starting classes earlier, students can finish the semester by Thanksgiving. This means they ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“Kuplink! Kuplank! Kuplunk!” It’s the sound of late summer berry picking in Robert McCloskey’s “Blueberries for Sal” where Sal and her mother meet Little Bear and her mother bear on the same blueberry hill. The moms mistake each other’s children, but all ends well. Berries are ...

Health Matters: Difficult choices for conservative versus surgical care

You have to admit, there's a certain panache to being a surgeon. Society reveres the healer who wields a blade. Think Benedict Cumberbatch in Dr. Strange. Brilliant, handsome, wealthy and arrogant, he was the epitome of a hot-shot surgeon. Isn't this the image that comes to mind for most ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Diversity urged in dietary guidelines

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Native American Studies Professor Martin Reinhardt and his Decolonizing Diet Project are referenced in an article by Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. The article asserts that recent recommendations ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“The more you read the more you will know. The more you learn the more places you will go.” — Dr. Seuss What can families do from birth to age five to help develop skills in reading and school readiness? The international Reading Association has some suggestions for families: Read to ...

Amid virus, uncertainty, parents decide how to school students

Joshua Claybourn is leaning toward sending his kindergarten daughter to in-person classes at a private school next month. Holly Davis' sixth-grade daughter will learn online, though the family has not yet decided what to do for school for a teenage daughter who requires special accommodations ...

Suit seeks ed reform at Native American schools

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to trial in November. The lawsuit filed in 2017 seeks systematic reforms of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, an agency ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

Living a gardener’s dream: Ishpeming resident opens greenhouse at 70

ISHPEMING — Even at 70 years old, dreams can come true if one sets their mind to it. Linda Andriacchi of Ishpeming had always dreamed of opening a plant business and providing a service that’s unique in the community. This came to fruition with the recent ribbon cutting at Andriacchi’s ...

Virus challenges seniors’ use of tech

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians. These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a ...

80-year-old Negaunee author releases 12th history book

MARQUETTE — Though mining is slowly becoming a faded profession, fragment remains of abandoned railroads and old roads detail the days of yesteryear. For some people, history is just history. But for others, those forgotten ports of transportation are stories meant to be preserved. Author ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Those able to get out on the nice days were rewarded as both Keweenaw and Traverse Bay provided ample lake trout for those primarily jigging. The few trolling also caught a few fish. Marquette: A few more lake trout, along with the occasional coho, were ...

From loppets to luges

MARQUETTE — Perhaps few regions in Michigan, and perhaps the United States, are as defined by the outdoors as the Upper Peninsula. And with the rugged U.P. outdoors comes a diversity of outdoor recreation and the people who take part in it. To display this heritage, the Marquette ...

Outdoors North

“Let’s steal away in the noonday sun, it’s time for a summertime dream.” — Gordon Lightfoot While neck deep in Queen Anne’s lace, prickly purple thistles and squiggly vines, along the meandering edge of a cold trout stream recently, I realized that a change had occurred around ...

Outdoors North

“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings, coming down is the hardest thing.” — Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne I remember the little Indiana town along the Big Blue River that once manufactured sheet iron, caskets and a wide range of other items. Once called the “Rose City” for its ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

Man helps spur creation of a new park in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — David Pergande was biking on Washington County 18 last fall when he noticed a prime piece of real estate for sale just north of Afton’s Old Village. The nearly $1 million property — 31 acres in all — is home to part of the Valley Creek trout stream, wetlands, a pond, ...

Taking note: Mysterious treasures

The glint of bright orange shining through the glass of the frame immediately caught my eye. I couldn’t help but investigate what this partially hidden treasure might be. I gently moved the several framed images that stood in front of it on a low, dusty shelf of a local secondhand ...

Minnesota family farms see business surge during pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Roberta Ehret paused when asked if her family farm could possibly survive the coronavirus pandemic. “I feel a little guilty,” she told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Actually, business is booming.” She and husband Brian own KDE Farms in Hugo, a four-generation farm ...

More than just a walk: Retired couple makes a big dent in litter

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Retired teachers Ed and Chris Stried found a simple way to stay fit when the coronavirus ended their normal workouts earlier this year. On March 24, they bundled up and set out from their Janesville home on South Harmony Drive for their first daily walk. Early on, they ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

8-18 Media Guest Column: Reflecting on horror in cartoons

In many TV shows meant for children, there's always secret and hidden messages. One thing I seemed to notice throughout the years while watching, for example, Looney Tunes, was cartoon characters committing suicide either because they were mad at someone and couldn’t handle the anger or they ...

‘Camp-to-Go’: Bundles of lessons help kids explore the outdoors

MARQUETTE — Camping with COVID? It might sound like a catchy phrase, but it’s not such a good idea. Many youth-centered events were canceled this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with organizers understandably not wanting youngsters to congregate too closely with each ...

Virtual vocations: Totus Tuus missionaries spread the word via YouTube

MARQUETTE — Religion, meet technology. Technology, meet religion. St. Cecilia, St. Francis of Assisi and St. John Henry Newman are sharing their stories and coming into homes throughout the Upper Peninsula via YouTube. The saint skits are part of this year’s digital programming led by ...

8-18 Media: Learning to cook in quarantine

During the past few months, when everyone was quarantined at home some people made schedules for themselves to make their days seem as normal as possible. Others sat on their couch all day long watching Netflix (Anyone? Don’t worry, that was me too). Some people picked up new hobbies. At ...

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Call a truce in the war against weeds

If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don’t like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden. ----------- MULCH For starters, there’s mulches, which can smother weeds. Pile organic mulches ...

Outdoors with style: Eat, entertain outside with good planning

Squeezing the most out of summer — especially this coronavirus summer — has often meant eating and entertaining outside, for those with the space to do it. “The goal today is to lavish just as much love and attention on your outdoor setup as you do your indoor rooms. Even if it’s just ...

Chipmunks in Northeast drive some people nuts

There were plenty of acorns this spring, and now the chipmunks are driving people nuts. Their frenetic activities can be entertaining. But this summer in New England the varmints are making a nuisance of themselves, darting to and fro, digging holes in gardens, and tunneling under ...

Here’s 5 fast, luxurious small sport-utility vehicles

Small luxury SUVs have traditionally offered an appealing mix of practicality, refinement and upscale features. Now they also offer high performance. Many luxury automakers have introduced new performance-focused versions of their small SUVs that can rival top-end sport sedans for power and ...

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Michigamme & Three Lakes area: Gateways to abundant waters

Serving as gateway communities on either side of the Marquette-Baraga county line, Michigamme and Three Lakes are places tied indelibly to the waters of peaceful and picturesque inland lakes. This is a land of shoreline cottages, pontoon and fishing boats, swimmers, anglers, campers, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Multitalented Wisconsin teen shows flair for indie music

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — To call Spencer Douglas a versatile performer would be an understatement. The 17-year-old Eau Claire resident has appeared in nearly a dozen regional and touring musical productions through local community theaters; began dance training at age 7; sang in multiple honors ...

Superiorland Nightlife

Today 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring The Why Nots at Drifa Brewing Co., Marquette Tuesday 6:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Derrell Syria Project at Concert in the Park, Munising Thursday 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Kim and Kurt at Summer Concert Series ...

The Gallery: ‘The heart of downtown Marquette’

MARQUETTE — Walking along West Washington Street in downtown Marquette just before the end of the block where Lake Superior peaks out below the hill, The Gallery greets tourists and residents alike with a collective exhibition of art. In one of the front window shops in the Masonic Square ...

superiorland Nightlife

Tuesday 6:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Black Pearl at Concert in the Park, Munising Thursday 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Flat Broke Blues Band at Summer Concert Series at Old Ish, Ishpeming Friday 9:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Spun at Barge Inn, ...