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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

Ship hunts vessels doing work reserved for US crews

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Offshore energy service companies are out to find foreign-flagged ships hauling pipeline parts and other energy-related equipment from U.S. ports and delivering or installing them in U.S. waters. The Offshore Marine Service Association has launched a ship to gather photos ...

Partnership News and Views: Small business has a big impact

Big business is always big news, dominating headlines and driving the dialogue on economic policy. But even as they demand our attention by sending their owners into space, down here on earth, we know there’s a lot more to the economy than giant companies, and that bigger isn’t always ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

VIRUS DIARY: A really, really, REALLY long Olympic journey

SOMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC — My location was Haneda Airport in Tokyo. My destination was the Main Press Center for the Olympics — also in Tokyo. Turns out the quickest route was through Seattle. Let me explain. Among the requirements to cover the Tokyo Olympics were two negative ...

What is a COVID-19 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. A small number of such cases are expected and health officials say they’re not a cause for alarm. COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the body to recognize the ...

Urology pearls: A man with a hole in his stomach

It was June 6, 1822, a spring day in Michillimackinac (Mackinac island), Michigan. Alexis St. Martin, a young healthy man, a Canadian of French descent who was working as a voyageur for the American Fur Company, was accidentally wounded by a discharge of a musket. The bullet tore several ...

Health Matters: Soft drinks and the obesity epidemic

Let’s talk about Tom, an average American. Tom wakes up, wanders downstairs to prepare for his workday. When he’s running on time, he’ll sit down for breakfast. Along with a bowl of cereal, Joe has a glass of orange juice. At lunch, he washes down his chicken sandwich with an energy ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Medical schools address health disparities in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s two medical schools are collaborating on a study addressing health disparities in the state. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin will use $3 million in endowment money to measure and ...

An Inland Seas voyage to Marquette

MARQUETTE — After a six-day visit to Detroit, the Inland Seas Education Association is in transit to the Upper Peninsula on the Inland Seas, a 77-foot schooner that offers educational programming about the Great Lakes. The ship will bring programs to Houghton, Marquette and Sault Ste. ...

Camp offers high school students head start on pilot career

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Minette du Plooy wants to fly. The 18-year-old from Prosper, Texas, has her mind set on becoming an Air Force pilot. She’s so committed that she convinced her parents to drive three days and book a hotel in Charleston so she could spend two weeks learning from ...

‘The Wicked Sister’ comes to Marquette

MARQUETTE — Signed copies of the new-in-paperback book in which the Upper Peninsula is the setting, “The Wicked Sister,” are now available at Snowbound Books in Marquette. Author and Michigan native Karen Dionne, in a brief biography on her website at karen-dionne.com, notes that she ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

Woman reflects on playing pro baseball during WWII

BIGFORK, Mont. — Under the shade of an umbrella, Donna Roberts, peaked out from beneath a sun hat to catch the action at the Bigfork Fourth of July Parade. The high school cheerleaders waved and spun their way down Grand Drive followed by a dazzling cowboy who wowed the crowd with a series ...

PASSING IT ON

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — When he was growing up in the Philippines, Amante Marinas was fascinated with watching his great uncle practice martial arts. At 8 years old, Marinas began to learn the movements and forms of the long-pole martial art of pananandata. Working alongside his uncle, he came ...

Does new Alzheimer’s drug work?

WASHINGTON — When a controversial Alzheimer’s drug won U.S. approval, surprise over the decision quickly turned to shock at how long it might take to find out if it really works — nine years. Drugmaker Biogen has until 2030 to complete a study confirming whether its new drug Aduhelm ...

Smoking harms the brain, raises dementia risk – but not if you quit

Everyone knows smoking is bad for the heart and lungs. But the damage it does to the brain often gets less attention than it should, from smokers and health care providers alike. Researchers say that comes at a steep cost. “We know that smoking harms every organ of the human body,” said ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Superior saplings

SAULT STE. MARIE — The environmentally friendly campus of Lake Superior State University looks even greener thanks to a recent donation of more than 300 trees by the Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Conservancy, based in Marquette. A crew of four young adults from SWP’s Great Lakes ...

Outdoors North: A river’s healing embrace

“The empty rooms where her memory is protected, where the angels’ voices whisper to the souls of previous times,” – Bob Dylan It was a summer day like today, many, many years ago, when the first sounds from that grand masterpiece came rolling across my brain. Those intricate lyric ...

Gone fishin’

Ontonagon: When anglers did find fish, they primarily caught lake trout with an occasional coho mixed in. With the cooler water temperatures, anglers had to fish all over to find active fish. The lake trout coming in were loaded up with smelt with the average fish being in the two to four pound ...

Seven days in June

MARQUETTE — When Melaina Mrozek Stypulkowska (’16 BA) was an NMU freshman, she and her mother made a pact to bike the scenic route from their home state of Minnesota to Marquette. They planned to tackle it her senior year, but the dream was deferred by injury and a study-abroad program ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

Taking note: Looking back

My unease grew as I scrolled through the news notifications on my phone on the evening of March 11, 2020, the lit-up screen a bright contrast to the surrounding darkness. “Tom Hanks tests positive for COVID-19.” “NBA suspends season.” “Restrictions announced on travel from ...

Taking note: ‘In like a lion…’

The first day of March seemed to completely fulfill the beginning of that well-known cliche about the month: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Writing the first half of this old saying in my journal last Sunday was a bit trite, but completely irresistible as winds howled, clouds filled the ...

Taking Note: Hidden stories

For me, there’s no shortage of things to love about secondhand items. There’s the mysteries, the stories, the joyful coincidence of the perfect object somehow finding its way to you, the chance to give something another use, a new life. And whether an item comes from a thrift store, a yard ...

Christie’s Chronicles: Anthropomorphism problems

EDITOR’S NOTE: Christie’s Chronicles is a new monthly column by Journal Staff Writer Christie Mastric that will run the last weekend of each month. At first I balked about naming my column Christie’s Chronicles, as I realize that alliteration is overused in literature. But that’s what ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

PWPL August youth events

Ocean Jars Aug. 2, 3, 4, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Peter White Public Library Youth Services Come into the Youth Services room to make an Ocean Jar with an underwater scene, then take it home for mesmerizing play! Register for a time slot at pwpl.info/events. Registration opens July 12. Masks and ...

Saving water is essential for life, planet

The Earth loses 25,920 liters per day of water according to the Petanu Water Treatment Plant; and although it seems that there is endless amounts of water on Earth, studies show that society could run out of fresh water by 2040, according to an article titled “18 Surprising Projections about ...

Dessert Wars

MARQUETTE — If all wars were like the ones being held in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, the world would be a much better — and sweeter — place. The PWPL hosted sessions of “Dessert Wars” in which youngsters could create sugary concoctions on their ...

U.P. Catholic Foundation gives out over $500K in grants

MARQUETTE — For the first time, the Upper Peninsula Catholic Foundation Inc. topped $500,000 in its annual grant distributions for various Catholic ministries across the Upper Peninsula. The UPCF connects faith with charitable giving through long-term support for the needs of Catholic ...

House To Home | VIEW ALL

Detroit going green to help slow flooding during heavy rains

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Massive amounts of green are being spent to find “green” ways to prevent basements, yards, streets and freeways in Detroit from flooding during heavy storms like one last month. Of $100 million pumped each year into infrastructure ...

People get on with life by purging pandemic clothing

NEW YORK — Alina Clark is about as tired of her pandemic wardrobe as her comfort clothes are stretched and torn. “I have four sets of jeans, seven shirts and five sweaters that I wear every week,” said Clark, co-founder of a software development company in Los Angeles. “They’re ...

Former Robert E. Lee home reopens: Confederate general’s mansion overhauled

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Virginia mansion where Robert E. Lee once lived that now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public again, after a $12 million rehabilitation and reinterpretation that includes an increased emphasis on those who were enslaved there. The National Park ...

Gas tank getaways | VIEW ALL

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 ...

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Local musician entrenched in Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE — Jimmy Slivensky, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist-studio rock musician, has played throughout the Midwest and East, but is back home in Marquette, making more music, including a recent CD titled “Space Junk.” Slivensky described his music as “uptempo, guitar ...

‘Snake Eyes’ doesn’t play its cards right

Henry Golding has undeniable screen presence. He’s handsome, sure. Lots of actors are. But Golding also has that effortless charisma that the biggest movie stars possess. It’s no wonder that he was catapulted from relative, travel show host obscurity to film fame with just one role in ...

Documentary explores Anthony Bourdain’s own ‘parts unknown’

There are many startling moments in “Roadrunner,” Morgan Neville’s rich and moving documentary about the singular culinary storyteller Anthony Bourdain, who tragically took his life at the age of 61. Here’s just one that sticks out: a quick scene with a therapist, in Argentina. As ...

Val Kilmer on a life in illusion and new documentary, ‘Val’

CANNES, France — Val Kilmer was in movies he wasn’t in. The new documentary “Val,” bursting with footage Kilmer shot himself over his 61 years, includes home videos and backstage glimpses, as you might expect. But the most remarkable thing is seeing Kilmer’s own audition tapes of ...